Carpet Cleaning Vans – Choosing the Right Cargo Van
A reliable, dependable cargo van is a key component for a successful carpet cleaning business. It needs to be spacious enough to haul all the necessary equipment and sturdy enough to handle the weight. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular cargo vans and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The GMC Savana is from the same family as the Chevrolet Express van. This is a sturdy vehicle that has been serving the business community for years. The heavy-duty version is the one ton (3500) configuration that can come in an extended-wheelbase version (155-inch). It is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 that generates 300 hp and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Econoline or E-Series cargo vans are similar workhorse type vehicles. The heavy-duty version is the E-350 model with a 5.4 liter V8 that produces 225 hp. Upgrades are available to a 6.8 liter with 305 hp or a 6.0 liter Power Stroke turbo diesel the produces 235 hp. It sits atop a 138 in. wheelbase and also sports a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Dodge Sprinter is a commercial van produced by Daimler-Chrysler (now just Daimler). Redesigned in 2007, the new Sprinter features a more spacious body with more cargo space thanks to an optional 170 in. wheelbase and extended roof. The heavy-duty version is the 3500 sporting a 3.0 liter turbo diesel producing 154 hp. This is the only engine option.
The most significant differences between these three vans is the amount of cargo space and powertrain options. The Sprinter’s optional 170 inch wheelbase is longer than anything Ford or GMC can offer. It also has the unique feature of offering different roof heights up to 7 feet vs. the standard 4.5 foot ceiling in the other vans. On the downside, its the most expensive of the three and there are no engine upgrades if you need to do a lot heavy hauling.
So there are your choices. The Ford E-Series and GMC Savana vans are powerful, dependable and readily available both new and used. The new Dodge Sprinter is more spacious and comfortable but has fewer used offerings and costs more than GMC or Ford.
Any of these vans will get the job done but it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible to find the best fit for your business.