Business owners need to assess which type of vehicle would best suit their operations. A pick-up truck has an open bed and off-road capabilities, while a van has an enclosed cargo area for stowing tools or equipment. If you are on the fence whether to get a van or pick-up, here are some tips to help you make a better decision.
Why Choose a Van?
– Bigger Storage Capacity: For trades that require bringing a lot of spare parts and tools, the larger cargo area is better for carrying materials and keeping tools organized. Vans typically provide features such as shelves or drawers that keep items systematized when going from one jobsite to another.
– Mobile Workshop: A van’s configuration makes working inside the vehicle much easier, increasing productivity and driver satisfaction.
– All Weather Protection: A cargo van provides better protection from the sun, rain or snow since it is completely enclosed and sealed from the elements.
– Security: Vans provide more safety and security for cargo and equipment because they have an enclosed frame which protects valuable items from prying eyes. Pick-ups need extra accessories or toolboxes to do so.
Why Choose a Pick-up?
– Four Wheel Drive (4×4): Driving off road or in inclement weather requires the power provided by a four-wheel drive. Pick-ups can handle practically any terrain, with their high ground clearance, drive settings, and specially designed suspension.
– Towing Capacity: Pick-ups have a higher towing capacity compared to vans. The latter’s center-of-gravity can also affect its stability. For example, the Ford F-250 has double the towing capacity of the Ford Transit. Pickups are common for construction work where medium to heavy towing is involved. Here are more tips when choosing a truck for towing. https://thomassolutions.ca/2016/12/choosing-best-truck-towing/
– Fuel Mileage: Most pick-ups achieve better fuel economy compared to enclosed cargo vans, which usually weigh more, have more drag, and have engines that are not designed to maximize fuel efficiency. Click here to get more fuel mileage tips. https://thomassolutions.ca/2017/02/top-5-ways-improve-fuel-mileage/
– Seating Capacity: A crew-cab pick-up can seat up to five passengers without compromising cargo space and hauling capabilities.
– Ease of Access: Because of the pick-up’s open bay area, your load can be retrieved by simply reaching and grabbing what you need compared to a van where you must enter through the rear or side doors.
– Parking: In cities and downtown areas where parking is limited, a pick-up can get into tight spaces while a van needs extra clearance to open the rear doors. Vertical clearance in some parking areas may likewise restrict vans from entering.
– Less Vulnerable to Heavy Crosswinds: Because of the larger profile of vans, there is higher resistance to crosswinds and that could affect the stability of the vehicle compared to pick-ups.
– Better Visibility: Pick-ups have rear windows which translate to better visibility whereas some van configurations do not include them.
– Hauling Hazardous Materials: A pick-up is a better choice when hauling hazardous or noxious materials since the driver and occupants are not exposed to harmful substances.
Do you need work trucks or cars for your business? With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent. Whether you are in Hamilton, Niagara or anywhere in Southern Ontario for that matter, we would welcome the chance to see if we can help you with your fleet needs. Contact us today.