When deciding between a work van or a work truck for your business, there are several factors to consider. Having a clear understanding of the various ways your team will be using the vehicle is key. According to Automotive Fleet, the choice between a van or a truck is usually driven by “job function, type or weight of payload, or terrain. Both vans and pickups can provide security and ease of access for tools and equipment.”
Additional considerations include:
- What types of material will you be hauling regularly?
- What is the maximum load capacity you need to be able to handle?
- Will you be hauling a consistently heavy load or will your loads vary in weight throughout the day/week/month?
- Are you going to need to haul a trailer?
- How will cargo loading and unloading be handled?
Benefits of a Work Van
- Van bodies allow your company to remain organized before, during and after deliveries. Our van bodies offer shelving options among other organizational features to help your deliverers remain completely organized.
- No more worrying about weather concerns when you’re delivering during the rainy spring season, or the cold and snowy time of year.
- Your expensive equipment and products are always protected when you’re transporting them in a covered, lockable vehicle.
- A van has the ability to act as your company’s moving advertiser! Rather than relying on the small amount of space that a pickup truck can advertise, you now have an entire blank canvas to display your logo, website URL and other company contact information.
- Vans are great for tight driving situations, such as inner-city deliveries.
A van body can serve your company in several ways, helping to make it more efficient. Our aluminum bodies ensure your cargo can be transported safely, and your workers can remain organized throughout the delivery and transport process. All DuraMag van bodies are 100% aluminum, rust-free, and come with the best warranty in the industry. Contact our team to learn more about our van body options today »
Benefits of a Truck Body
Per Automotive Fleet:
- If four-wheel drive is a requirement for your business’s vehicles, trucks may be the only real choice, due to the lack of all-wheel drive or 4X4 capability in most vans.
- Towing is typically not recommended with vans. For example, comparing the Ford Transit 250 versus the Ford F-250, the F-250 has double the towing capacity of the Transit.
- Another challenge when fleets switch from pickups to vans is the driver’s field of vision. Work vans typically don’t have cargo door glass, so getting used to the reduced visibility could be a concern.
- Sometimes the height of a van is unable to meet urban clearance requirements, such as in parking garages and car washes, for example.
If a truck body is the best option for your company’s needs, there are several different types to choose from; from platform bodies, dump bodies and landscape bodies. It’s key to understand the type of cargo you’re hauling, how often, and what needs your company work truck should meet. Consult with employees to understand the safety requirements your truck body should include, as well as maximum load capacity and possible custom options needed. Learn more about our various truck bodies today »
Often times, businesses in certain industries will gravitate towards work vans vs. work trucks and vice versa. For example, vans are currently more typical for trades such as plumbers, electricians, and HVAC repair technicians. Meanwhile, pickups are common for construction and/or off-road job functions (e.g., construction, oil field, road maintenance) or where medium to heavy towing is involved. Vans are enclosed, and there are many storage systems available for interior upfit. Finally, safety can affect choice, such as when hauling hazardous or noxious materials. In that situation, a pickup may be the choice over an enclosed van that shares space for cargo and occupants.
Editorial content credit: Automotive Fleet