Need to hire a van or trailer for a band or musical group to go on tour? The type of vehicle you hire will depend on:
To help you choose the right van to go on tour with check out our guide below to the most popular types of tour vehicle including standard vans, splitters and tour buses.
Admiral Van Hire is based in Walsall and offers 9-seater Splitter vans for bands. These affordable and practical vehicles have 9 forward-facing seats with 3-point belts and a separate load area that measures 1.54m long x 1.75m wide x 1.82m high (5 cubic metres).
These vans also make ideal crew vans or minibuses for large family outings with luggage.
Admiral's Splitter vans can be driven on a standard car licence.
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Here's an overview of the most popular types of vans used on music tours:
The standard panel van (e.g. Ford Transit) is a reliable choice for a small band with a reasonable amount of equipment. Three seats in the front and no windows in the back so you can leave it parked overnight without advertising the contents to would-be thieves.
If you don't need more than three seats, a regular panel van is by far the cheapest way to hire a van for a band tour. If you do need a few more seats, consider hiring a people carrier as well.
With comfortable seating for anything from five to nine people, people carriers make excellent luxury transport for bands and touring music groups.
Equipment and luggage space is minimal - but when combined with a hired van or a trailer, you get the best of both worlds.
If you're in a larger group - a jazz band, chamber orchestra or a large production, for example - then you may need to rent a full-size minibus. Capable of carrying up to 17 people, minibuses have very restricted luggage space but are great for moving lots of people efficiently.
If you need to carry equipment, the best solution is often to rent a van, too. Another alternative is a trailer, but not all minibus hire companies allow the use of a trailer - check before you book.
For bands that want to keep everything in one vehicle and don't need seating for more than 9-11 people, a self drive Splitter van can be the best solution.
Splitters are normally long wheelbase panel vans divided into two sections. The rear section houses the band's equipment while the front section has seating and perhaps other luxury minibus facilities like tables, music and air-conditioning.
Splitters are a bit more expensive to hire than regular vans and minibuses but can be a great solution. You can transport all the band members, crew and equipment for a small tour within one vehicle - meaning your travel costs are lower and you only need one driver.
The next step up from a Splitter van is a tour bus or sleeper van. This is a vehicle that has been specially converted to provide seating and bunks for sleeping. It may also have basic bathroom and drink-making facilities.
Although they both have sleeping accommodation, sleeper vans tend to have more equipment storage than tour buses - which usually rely on a secondary van, truck or trailer to carry all of the band's equipment.
Trailer rental can be the ideal solution when you are arranging a van for a band tour. A trailer allows you to use a vehicle with plenty of comfortable seating and keep all your music gear and equipment separate, but all with only one driver.
Not all van hire companies allow you to tow trailers with their rental vans - check before you book.