Step vans have become more popular in recent years for a range of business and industry applications. While more people are beginning to hear about step vans, there are still lots of things the average business person might not know about them, such as what matters in various parts of the doors and body. This article will discuss 5 things you didn’t know about step vans but should look out for. This way you will be prepared the next time you are in the market for one.
The first thing you might not know about is that they come with a number of different configurations for the rear doors. There are only about three you really need to be aware of, however: roll ups, partial width barn doors, and full width barn doors. How you plan to use the van will help you decide the kind of doors that work best for you.
The second thing you might not know is that they come with two main kinds of body materials: steel and aluminum. Some vans will come with nose or trim pieces made of fiberglass, but the majority will not come with entire boxes made from fiberglass. However, due to the construction materials, aluminum might be better than steel because steel is more likely to rust than aluminum.
The third thing you might not know is that they come with varying box capacities. The box size that works best for you will depend on your needs. Besides making sure the box is big enough to accommodate your products, make sure there is a gate present between the back of the van and the cabin area of the driver; this is important not just to secure the products in the box, but to protect the driver in case flying packages head toward the front of the van in an accident.
The fourth thing you might not know is that they have weight capacities that must not be exceeded. If you simply use your van for everyday transportation of normal materials, this will probably not be an issue. However, if you plan on carrying pipes made of cast iron, such as if you are a plumber, you will want to pay close attention to the axle and general weight capacities of your step van.
The fifth thing you might not know about step vans but should is that the engine and transmission choices available are essentially those you will find in pickup trucks. You can purchase engines with 8 cylinders, 6 cylinders, and even 4 cylinders in some cases. It is possible to buy diesel engines, although the majority you come across will be powered by gasoline. You can also choose between manual and automatic transmissions. Keep in mind that you probably will not need a vehicle that accelerates rapidly or has a very high top speed; as long as you can reach highway speeds when you need to, you should be fine.