Do I Need To Hire A Large Van?

Long wheelbase vans are ideal for larger, longer or heavier loads. They generally have a maximum laden weight of 3.5t and tend to offer around 9 cubic metres of load space. This usually translates to an internal length within the van of 3.5-4m and a high roof to allow plenty of flexibility. Payload is also higher and will probably be somewhere between 1,000-1,200kg.

Hire a large van

All the major van manufacturers offer large vans. Van hire companies usually choose the long wheelbase version for their hire fleet. The vast majority of van hire companies offer this type of van.

As you'd expect with a bigger, heavier vehicle, fuel consumption is lower - around 25-35mpg - and costs are slightly higher.

Driving a large van shouldn't be a problem for most car drivers - a little experience might help, but these larger vans generally have big, clear wing mirrors, power steering and car-like gear sticks and controls.

They are bigger and potentially less stable, though, so remember to go slower than usual on corners and roundabouts. It's important to think a little further ahead than usual, especially when the van is loaded.

Take a minute to check your load before you set off, too. Is it securely fastened in the back, or will it move around when you go round a corner?

Depending on what you're carrying, you could end up damaging the van and the load if you don't secure or pack it properly.

Some of the most popular makes and models you'll come across are:

  • Ford Transit
  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Renault Master
  • Citroen Relay
  • Fiat Ducato
  • See our what size van? page to work out if this type of hire van is the right size for your requirements.

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