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The loads you carry should determine what van you buy
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WHAT van is right for you? Two things: size and weight. When you’re choosing a van, make sure it’s big and strong enough to handle your typical cargo.

Check the width, length and height of the van’s cargo hold. Check its maximum payload. And if you tow, check its maximum trailer weight.

Then ensure the van meets your cargo needs. These typical weights and sizes will help you choose.

Baled hay, straw130-225kg per cubic metre
Barrel (36 gallons)275kg
Beer case (24 x 1 pint)35kg
Beer crate (24 x 10fl oz bottles)23kg
Books815-1125kg per cubic metre
Bricks, building2300-2500kg per 1000
Bricks, engineering2000kg per 1000
Bricks, house, standard pallet1000kg
Coal, loose920kg per cubic metre
Coal, loose1000kg per 1.1 cubic metre
Copper tubing3000mm length
Cement, bag50kg or 25kg
Chipboard, sheet2440mm x 1220mm
Euro pallet1200mm x 800mm
Gravel, loose1635kg per cubic metre
Hardboard, sheet2440mm x 1220mm
Hardcore1940kg per cubic metre
Ladders2000mm, 2500mm, 3000mm, 3500mm
MDF, sheet2440mm x 1220mm x 25mm weighs 51-62kg
MDF, sheet2440mm x 1220mm x 15mm weighs 30-37kg
Milk crate, 20 bottles27kg
Paint tin, 5.0 litres7kg
Paving slab600mm x 450mm x 65mm, 40kg
Paving slab600mm x 600mm x 65mm, 52kg
Plaster, bag25kg
Plastic guttering4000mm, 2000mm
Plywood, sheet2440mm x 1220mm
Potatoes, loose530kg per cubic metre
Potatoes, bag50kg
Sand, dry1330kg per cubic metre
Sand, wet1600kg per cubic metre
Slate2800kg per cubic metre
Softwood, lengths1800mm, 2100m, 2400mm, 2700mm etc
Soil1200-1490kg per cubic metre
Water, 10 x 1.0-litre bottles10kg

When choosing a business van it’s important to remember that, if you only need to carry really large items occasionally, sometimes it’s more financially advisable to buy a small van, and rent a bigger van for the days you need it.

Business van operators should also make sure that they keep within the law for van weights, particularly if you are towing.

Now you know what van type you should buy click on our Van Reviews to choose the right van for you.

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