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Different Van Types Explained

Posted on by Whitgift Hire Team


No matter what work you need carried out, there’ll be a van for the job. There are a multitude of vans out there, all with their own characteristics and benefits.

But if you’ve never owned a van, you may not know what type of van is right for the jobs you need it for.

That’s why this month we’ll be explaining what the different types of vans are and what they are best used for.

Panel Vans

As the most popular type of van in the country, you can expect there to be a great variety in the different styles of panel vans available. They can be categorised best by size. These are:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

Small panel vans are nippy and great for quick runs for small-scale jobs including gardening and transporting smaller items of furniture. A small panel van can also be ideal for transporting mobile work tools.

Medium panel vans, on the other hand, give you more leeway. They offer increased cargo space and are better suited for carrying heavier loads. In these vans, you can transport larger furniture such as beds and settees.

Large panel vans are deeper than their medium panel van counterparts. Again, you can transport heavier items, or fill it with more goods for each trip, thereby saving you time and money. Commercial users could also use these to transport fixtures and installation materials as they work particularly well for construction purposes.

Luton Vans

The body and cab of Luton vans are separate, making these types of vans easily identifiable. The extended body of a Luton van is designed to accommodate vast amounts of goods and to transport them safely and efficiently. The Luton van body is raised high off the ground and above the wheels, meaning that you have more space to store items in the van but have to use the hydraulic lift (attached) to load and unload the vehicle. As such, loading the van is relatively easy, and you won’t have to worry about making too many unnecessary trips to transport your goods.

Luton vans are the preferred vehicle of choice for removals companies throughout the country. They are perfectly suited to transport a home-full’s worth of goods. However, they do have a drawback: they are harder to manoeuvre than a panel van, especially on inner city streets. Ultimately, though, this is offset by the fact that you won’t have to make as many trips.

Tippers and Lorries

If you need to move a vast amount of goods over a long distance (making multiple trips impractical), a tipper or lorry may be more suitable. Tippers are similar to a large panel van with the sides removed, earning it another name in a dropside van. It has an open-load area equipped with a hydraulic ram allowing the front of the load-area to be raised. They are great for moving topsoil and for moving other waste or construction materials, as they can tip out their contents onto the floor.

Lorries, however, do not have this function. Instead, lorries are excellently suited for large-scale removals and the transportation of a great amount of goods. At Whitgift Hire, we have a number of MAN 7.5 ton trucks available for customers throughout the South East of England.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Whitgift Hire are second to none when it comes to van and lorry hire throughout London and the South East of England. We have a fleet of over 400 well-maintained vehicles available for hire that cater to any requirement you may have across commercial and domestic fields.

We are fully certified and accredited and offer a comprehensive breakdown cover for hires to ensure that when you hire from us you’re always in the safest hands. To discuss hiring a vehicle from Whitgift Hire, contact our friendly team today!

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