Top vans for plasterers
When it comes to transporting essential tools and equipment for plastering, you need a van that offers a generous payload but is suitable for a variety of customer locations. Ladders and boards are crucial for the job at hand so you need a van that is wide enough and can take extra racking for essential large tools. There are several van models out there but which one is the best for a plasterer?
You need to look at the running costs of the vans. An affordable van that is cheap on the insurance makes for a happy plasterer! The cost of the vans vary but they each have a unique quality that might suit your needs. Short Wheel-base vans seem to have the best in the space department. They can easily accommodate the essential equipment with some room to spare. Most vans either come with the van floor or sides rubber lined. This is very convenient to keep the van clean. If it doesn’t come as standard, most van dealerships offer this as an added extra cost.
The most suitable van on the market at the moment for a plasterer is a short wheel-based custom Ford Transit. It is one of the vans available with multiple suitable factors. It has a PVC lining on the cargo of the van. This is highly advisable for a plastering business, as you can keep the inside of your van clean even through the dirtiest of jobs! The full length of the van is 2.5 metres, so this can hold plasterboard lengths. You will also have a spare room for your equipment and bags of plaster as well.
VW Transporter T6
The VW Transporter T6 is a popular choice for Plasterers. If you get the short wheel based model then you can install rubber lining in the back of the van. Again, this is a good choice to help keep the van clean. The back of the van is big enough to accommodate plasterboard and all of the other essential equipment that is needed.
Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro
The Renault Trafic or Vauxhall Vivaro is very similar in their designs. They have the same backspace as the VW Transporter, so are able to fit the plasterboards and equipment in, but they do not come with rubber floor or sidelining. Both companies do offer this as an optional extra when you purchase the van. These vans both offer excellent running costs and fuel efficiency in comparison to the VW Transporter. In fact, they are the most fuel efficient in their class. The extra bonus that the Renault Trafic provides is that you can add a roof rack. This can be handy to secure your ladder to free up space in the van. You can secure the ladder with roof ladder locks.
Citroen Berlingo vans are another popular choice of a van. This is a smaller van to use, so you would not be able to place the bigger types of plasterboard within. However, if you mainly work in small jobs then you will be able to get smaller plasterboard in the back. Having a smaller back means that the space for the tools and materials are limited in the Berlingo but it is good for ease of parking in City areas. The Berlingo does have side sliding doors so access isn’t a problem. This is a bonus over the other vans as it is easier to retrieve the materials without having to physically climb into the back of the van.
The Peugeot Bipper is the smallest in the Peugeot van range but is still an adequate van for a plasterer to use. It’s quite similar to the Citroen Berlingo in its shape and size, you can get some, if not most of the essentials in the van that is needed. The advantage of it being smaller is that it is cheaper to purchase and to run in general. It only has the rear door for opening, no side access. You can upgrade to a slightly bigger version from the Bipper to the Peugeot Expert. This offers the bigger cab in the back and comes with deadlocks on the doors as standard.
The Mercedes Citan is an up and coming van with plasterers who don’t need vast space. It has many similarities to the Berlingo and Bipper, although you can get the Citan in 3 different lengths. The Citan has the smaller capacity in the back, but enough for a smaller business. It also sports rear opening doors like the Berlingo. Mercedes have included a load of extras on the Citan like parking sensors and light and rain sensors. Although this might not impact the van for a plasterers job, it is a handy bonus!
The Renault Master is a large van that gives the popular Ford Transit a run for its money. It has an economic fuel consumption so it is easy on the pocket. The new models have a revamped cabin and are more comfortable during extended driving periods. Great if you work long distance. The Master comes with a multitude of choice which is why it’s made the list here. It can be tailored to your needs. You can have an extended overhang or single twin rear wheels. Three different wheel-base lengths to decide from and three different roof heights. This range of choice allows you to choose the best possible van for your plastering business.
In order to choose the best van for your plastering business, You really need to research what size van will be suitable to the type of plasterer you are. If you only take on small jobs or are part of a larger firm who tend to transport the bulk of the equipment, then the smaller model of vans would likely be more suitable for you. Cheaper to run, and the smaller load capacity. Obviously, if you are a larger company or run multiple jobs, then the bigger model of vans offer more flexibility, allowing you to store and transport more tools and materials and bigger amounts of plasterboard. You will need to look at the fuel consumption of your van. If you are having to fill a full tank every other day, then the van isn’t really economical for you. Be sure to look at overall running costs vs fuel economy and decide on a van that offers good ratings in both areas.
If you are a plasterer that provides their own ladders, then you will need to look at whether the van has a roof rack attachment. If not, will you have enough space in the back to store it? Can a roof rack be added as an optional extra and at what cost?
Another factor to think about will be the security of the van. If you are planning on leaving your tools in the van overnight, are the lock mechanisms strong enough? Will you have to pay to Armaplate all the locks for extra protection? Read our article on the top vans for security here.