Vans are the workhorses of the construction industry and can be extremely useful vehicles for self-builders.
Whether it is the efficient delivery of tools and supplies to a build site, transportation of contractors from one location to another, or leading away waste, a versatile and commercial-grade work van is crucial to attaining maximum productivity.
The engineering, technology, and design that makes certain van types suitable for construction use make them equally compatible with self-build projects There is a wide variety to choose from: compact delivery vans, long-distance load conveyors, and people carriers. The ideal solution depends on the self-builder’s location, a couple of questions you should consider are, will the van have to travel long distances? and what type and volume of materials need to be conveyed?
Once you have a rough idea of what attributes you need, take a look at our overview below listing popular van types that can accommodate the needs of a self-build project, along with their distinguishing features.
Ford Transit Custom: This mid-sized van has considerable load space, making it a popular passenger car. Practical touches include a steel bulkhead with a load-through ability and a 2.2 litre TDCi engine that can go up to 155bhp.
Mercedes Sprinter: A large and versatile vehicle, the Mercedes Sprinter is available in nine different body models, and power ranges from 95 to 190bhp. There are also four different body lengths and three roof heights, offering solutions for self-builders of all projects types. A smooth rise makes the Sprinter popular for high-mileage travel.
Ford Ranger: Available in single cab, super- and double-cab forms, the Ford Ranger is a rugged van with a towing capacity of 3.5-tonnes. Basic models offer few bells and whistles, but their carrying capacity compensates for design simplicity. Fuel consumption is relatively poor, so Ford Rangers are a better choice for locally accessible self-build projects.