Which Van for Which Tradesman?

Which Van for Which Tradesman?

If you work as a tradesman, one of the most important factors to consider is the type of vehicle you’ll need for the job. No matter if you operate in a solo capacity or as part of a bigger team, you’ll want to ensure you have the right type of van for your specific trade.

Deciding which van to pick up is just as crucial as picking which tools you need to carry out your job effectively. And, depending on the type of trade, there will be a commercial van available to accommodate the specific needs required.

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Rivervale Leasing offers you, as a tradesperson, the perfect solution for van leasing, allowing you to lease through us and obtain a van that precisely meets your trade requirements. With our extensive range of van leasing options, you can benefit from flexible contracts that eliminate the need for a substantial upfront investment, freeing up your capital for other vital aspects of your business.

By choosing to lease through us, you gain access to the latest van models equipped with advanced features and technology, ensuring enhanced comfort, improved fuel efficiency, and heightened safety. Our streamlined vehicle management process takes away the burden of dealing with vehicle depreciation and the complexities of selling or disposing of old vans. With Rivervale Leasing as your trusted partner, you can focus on delivering exceptional service to your clients, knowing you have a reliable and up-to-date van that optimizes your professional capabilities.

Generally speaking, the following list covers the most popular sizes and types of vans:

We’ve put together a list of various trades and the options you may need to consider when weighing up which van is the right one for you.


When it comes to the building and plastering trade, an ideal vehicle is a medium panel van. Reliable, robust and with payloads of around one tonne, they’re able to transport heavy goods effectively and are perfectly suited to loading tools and materials in and out easily.

The reliable Renault Master or popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are both great panel van choices to suit your building or plastering needs. Spacious enough to carry all of your cargo while also offering optimal load capacity, you can’t go wrong.

Of course, you might choose to go with a more rugged alternative, such as a pickup or tipper van. Made for moving bulkier goods, such as plasterboard or sand and stone from site to site, the Ford Transit Tipper is an ideal option for the more heavy-duty minded. And with its flatbed and trailer towing capacity, the Ford Ranger is another excellent choice.


No matter if you’re moving pipes and valves or transporting a whole host of other plumbing fixtures, a large box or panel van with a medium wheelbase could be your perfect partner for the job.Tradesman Van Boot

Spacious enough to carry the tools you need but compact enough to sit snugly on your front-drive, the versatile Ford Transit Custom offers everything you need. Featuring a load-through facility as standard, it’s ideal for carrying plumbing pipes up to three-metres long. Or you could opt for the spacious Citroen Relay. High roof space? Tick. Enough storage space to hold all the tools you need? Double tick.


Driving around from place to place is all part of the job for electricians. So you’ll need to invest in a vehicle that’s efficient and reliable while also containing enough storage space for all the tools you need. A microvan such as the Fiat Doblo offers a roomy interior as well as being super economical, making it the ideal van for busy electricians with places to be.

Another reliable choice is the Ford Transit Courier. Well-suited to solo workers covering smaller local areas, this compact microvan is economical, easy to drive and a great option if your business is just getting off the ground.

For a more environmentally friendly option, you could also consider the all-electric Nissan E-nv200, if your job involves circling the inner-city streets.

Tradesman Tools


Looking after gardens and any sort of work that involves grounds maintenance means a lot of heavy and bulky tools to transport. In this case, you’d want to consider a medium or large panel van, such as the Ford Transit Connect. With short or long wheelbase options and a single row of seats to maximise your load space, it’s a good all-rounder.

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If your work involves a larger scale park or garden, you could also consider a tipper van, such as the Peugeot Boxer to help keep things in tip-top condition. Easily transformed into an open flatbed body, it’s ideally suited to your landscaping needs.

At the end of a hard-working day, a hard-wearing van is the name of this trades game.

Tradesman Gardener Van


This type of trade requires such an array of tools, that what you’re really looking for is a shed on wheels. Enter the medium-sized panel van. From sanders and nail guns to table saws, jigsaws and routers, you’ll need a van that can carry everything you need and one with optimum ride comfort.

The practical Vauxhall Vivaro is a sensible choice, with its side sliding door for easy access. It’s also ideal if you want to keep the door locked on the goods inside.

If you need to carry out carpentry work inside your vehicle, you’ll need to seek out a van with a high roof and long wheelbase to ensure a high level of comfort for both carrying out the work and carrying all of your essential tools. Offering a selection of lengths, as well as on-road style, the Citroen Dispatch could be just what you need.

Here at Rivervale, we understand that every trade requires different needs and presents different challenges when it comes to transportation and undertaking the job as effectively as possible.

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Moving your tools and materials safely and reliably is crucial when considering the type of van and we’ve got you covered with our range of van leasing deals. Don’t waste any time in browsing our extensive selection and find your perfect partner for the job today.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call on 01273 433 480, or request a callback today.

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