If you are a plumber, you need to find a van which is designed to make your job as simple and efficient as possible, whilst also being economical and hard-wearing. There are a few necessities such as the ability to carry pipes, 8x4 sheets, a ladder, and a variety of key tools. We know how hard it can be to search for a van which ticks all the boxes, so we have scoured the market to bring you this list of the top three vans for plumbers.
The Toyota Proace has quickly gained a reputation for being the best van for plumbers, thanks to the wide variety of bases which extend from 4,606mm to 5,308mm in length. There are two engines available, the 1.6 and 2.0-litre which are both known for returning impressive fuel economy figures, making it one of the most efficient vans in its class.
For plumbers looking for a commercial van which will provide a touch of comfort, the Comfort trim offers brilliant sound insulation, air-conditioning, and the desirable Toyota Pro-Touch touch screen sat-nav. The majority of owners also choose the Smart Cargo system which provides a foldable front passenger seat and load through bulkhead. The most impressive feature among most owners, however, is the middle seat, which turns into a table top to create a useful mobile office or lunch space.
With its 2,975mm load-space length and straight side walls, the Volkswagen Transporter is often considered one of the best plumbing vans. The van is available with a variety of options to enable owners to design the ideal plumbing van including two wheelbases, four engine choices, and three different roof heights.
Volkswagen knows that the key to a great commercial van lies in providing space and quick access, so the van can be fitted with up to eight load-lashing rings and up to two side sliding doors. The Transporter has always been a desirable commercial van thanks to its high residual values of around 37% after three years of ownership.
The Ford Transit has been a reliable commercial van for all types of trades people since it hit the road in 1965. As such, the model is a popular plumbing van thanks to its reliability, practicality and fuel efficiency, which sits at 44.8mpg on the combined cycle.
The van features a load-through facility within the bulkhead as standard, which makes it ideal for carrying plumbing pipes up to three-metres long. The wheelbase is shorter than the Volkswagen Transporter, so there is slightly less room, but it is easy to pack and provides plenty of additional storage in the cabin such as lift-up seat cushions and under-seat storage.
If you are a plumber looking for a new contract hire van or high-quality used van, we have showrooms in Harlow, Maidstone and Dunstable, where you will be able to view our range. Our selection includes popular models such as the Toyota Proace 1.6 D. For more information about our vehicles or to book a test drive, please contact our dedicated team today.