Work vans are specialized work-horses for many different occupations. As each one is different, it is important to understand the differences.
How to Find the Work Van You Need
Sifting through available work vans that suit your needs takes some knowledge of the available options and their functions. The following insights should help you in your quest.
9, 10 & 12 Passenger Vans
When you need to move groups of people, you’ll be looking to find passenger vans. They typically come in three sizes: a 9 passenger van, 10 passenger van and a 12 passenger van. The 9 passenger van is ideal when you need to move a smaller group and have plenty of room for comfort and storage. It provides optimal leg room and seating space for all of your passengers. It works well for longer trips where passengers may wish to be able to stretch their legs on the way. Most are fitted with comfortable seats arranged into three rows of two seats and a three seat bench in the back with a central aisle from which you can access all of the seats with ease. Sitting as a compromise between the 12 seat and 9 seat vans is the 10 passenger van. It uses slightly smaller seats in the middle two rows in order to accommodate an extra seat, which also results in more floor space. Most seating arrangements are a row of full sized seats, followed by a two seat bench, then another two seat bench beside a single seat, and followed by a three seat bench towards the rear. Lastly is the 12 passenger van. This is the van for you if you need to carry the most people at a single time. This is the ideal vehicle if you need to transport a group of people for a day trip. These are equipped with two seats in the front, followed by two rows of three seats which can often slide from side to side depending on how the space needs to be allocated, and a row of four seats in the rear of the van. They feature a cargo area in the very back but are optimized for maximum passenger capacity. These are commonly seen in use by churches, scouting groups and other social organizations that need efficient mobility for members.
What if you need a van primarily for hauling cargo or storing your tools and other utilities? In this case, a sprinter van is exactly what you need. Standard equipment for this van includes a driver seat, a passenger seat, and a large space in the back designed for maximum cargo volume. These vans feature easily customizable interiors to suit whatever need you may have for them. They are used by as many industries as you can imagine: plumbers, electricians, computer technicians, home appliance installing crews and more. Because you can make the interior storage space equipped for any job, the implementations are limitless. The best part is that since they’re essentially empty boxes with seats at the front, they’re often cheap to purchase as well. This way you can buy one completely empty and customize it for your particular needs. You can also find sprinter van rental services as well if you only need one temporarily. You won’t be allowed to modify the vehicle, but a sprinter van rental can be of great assistance if you need a vehicle for transport that’s easy to handle for a day.
Top Van Manufacturers
The main companies from which you’ll find solid work vans are Ford, Mercedes-Benz and GMC. Ford produces one of the most popular vans ever developed, the Ford Transit. First developed in 1965, the Transit has been the go-to cargo van for all manner of businesses. Today, the Transit starts at $23,000 and has a standard interior volume of nearly 106 cubic feet with an optional extended wheelbase chassis that will increase that amount by an additional 43 cubic feet. Coming standard with a 275 hp 3.7 liter V6 engine and the option between being equipped for cargo or passenger capacity, the Transit can handle anything you need. When you think of a work van, Mercedes-Benz might not be a company you’d consider, but it should be. Mercedes vans are incredibly durable, powerful and comfortable. With a starting price of $32,500 and configuration options that can provide up to 516.5 cubic feet of interior cargo space, this is the perfect van if you need the ability to move significant amounts of cargo. This is possible by offering a 170" extended wheelbase and a super high roof that sits at just over 87", making this one of the only vans that are capable of fitting three full shipping pallets safely in the back. It features a turbocharged I4 engine and the ability to haul up to 5,000 pounds of material. For these reasons, it is typically used by businesses and specialty shipping instead of for personal use and is commonly outfitted for use as ambulances as well. Last in the lineup of popular van manufacturers is GMC with their well-known Savana. This van starts at $31,600 and has a maximum internal cargo space of 284.4 cubic feet. This is the only vehicle featured that is capable of being equipped with a V8 engine, and it’s a 6.6 liter turbo diesel which allows the Savana to be rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds as well. Deciding to have your Savana structured as a 12 passenger van instead of as a cargo van is capable of nearly the same towing capacity. This makes it an ideal vehicle for someone who enjoys taking a group of people and a boat to the lake for the weekend. This GMC vehicle is also commonly used as an ambulance in the US.