Choosing the right-sized van is often the hardest part of renting a van! Understanding the different sizes and knowing how much space you need for your stuff isn’t always as simple as it might seem.
That’s why we’re running a series of posts aimed at helping you understand the most popular van sizes offered by the van hire companies in our price comparison system. (You can also find a summary of this information with typical load bay dimensions on our van sizes page.)
So far, we’ve covered:
Today we’re looking at large vans.
Should I go large?
When a rental company offers you a large van, it usually means a long wheelbase panel van. Occasionally it might be a medium wheelbase model.
Popular models include the Ford Transit LWB, Volkswagen Crafter (pictured above), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Renault Master and Fiat Ducato.
Although these vans are quite bulky, they’re still quite easy to drive, with big clear mirrors and dash-mounted gearsticks and power steering which make them easy to handle. Typical fuel consumption is likely to be 30-35mpg. And these vans usually have a high roof, so you won’t be able to go into car parks with height barriers, for example.
What will fit in a large van? Most things, as long as you’re realistic. You should be able to fit the contents of a studio flat, including some furniture and a reasonable number of boxes. Possibly even a one-bed flat if you don’t have too much furniture or kitchen appliances.
For example, you should be able to stack a couple of sofas, slide in a mattress, and fit plenty of boxes in around these big items. Depending on the size of your sofa, you might get a fridge or a washing machine in too.
Although you can get a lot in, it’s worth remembering that you probably won’t be able to use the full height and space of the van. If you stack stuff too high, you may end up with damage.
The load area on a long wheelbase van is typically 3.5-4m long, although this can vary. The roof is often high enough to provide standing height and load width will be around 1.7m (less between the wheel arches).
What won’t fit? Very long and large pieces of furniture may still be difficult to fit, or if they do fit, you may find that you have to put them down the middle of the van because of the wheel arches. This may mean that you can’t use the rest of the space inside the van very efficiently.
Other things that might not fit inside a long wheelbase van are 4.8m lengths of timber from builders merchants and 5m rolls of carpet.