New wagon

I don't have many luxuries in life but am soon hoping to be in the market for a new vehicle, I'm thinking a Renault Trafic or equivalent or something slightly bigger like a Peugeot Boxer. I want a van to carry a large mower, strimmer, blower, hedge cutter plus a load of other paraphernalia. I do however suffer with delusions of grandeur of myself owning a Nisssan Nivara or something equally as big and unsuitable. Does anyone own one of these or can anyone shed some light on the as yet unknown usefulness of these vehicles as all I need is the tiniest of excuses and I'll be straight down the Nissan dealers.

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  • PRO

    Have a ford ranger pick-up with canopy and it's OK to work out of as a lawn care spraying / fert vehicle. Would not use for mower - have vans for that!

    new shape LWB vivaro is very nice to drive & 3m load length. Very good. So I assume the traffic will be likewise. We have a Relay, and it's not so nice to drive and has been pants reliability wise, so again I assume Boxer likewise...we also have a lwb  transit new shape. Much nicer...less time at the garage too. Would go for that over Relay/Boxer.

    Of course, with the right man maths, you can work out how to get the pick-up and the van...just takes time...

    • Thanks Andrew, of course the correct vehicle is a van over a pick up but it’s nice to dream :) so my decision would be small or large van, and the cost differences are negligible so I should be going for a large van but are they not just so difficult to get into small entrances etc?
  • PRO

    Being slightly bigger, advantages of capacity / kit access outweigh problems of small drives. A 4m van is bigger, so more problems. 3m load length nice compromise and easy to move into tight spots with parking sensors.

    It's also nice to be able to walk into the back standing up, so having a high roof is good. LWB hi roof vivaro / traffic would be ideal as a mowing single van (3m load length). We use a hi roof lwb transit (3.5m load) as the mowing van as we occasionally put a ride-on in the back.

  • PRO

    HI A M

    Fuel economy is a factor!

    I have two pick ups, ranger single cab and l200 double cab, and a Nissan Primastar SWB. The primastar is much better on fuel and more versatile. The pick ups are more efficient for all day mowing i.e. no doors to open. Security is also a factor, they are both open backed with no hard tops, but we work in a nice area. We still don't leave a strimmer or blower unattended though.

    If I had to choose one vehicle to now do all my business from...Primastar

    One for a nice drive, pose, and personal vehicle...L200 Trojan

    One as a dogs body chuck anything in it....Ranger 

    Hope this helps

    I should also add that the main reason for having the double cab is the need for 3/4 staff members to be on board.


  • PRO
    I’ve got a navara and it’s impratical for all the obvious reasons stated above by the others.
    It does work and I love it though!
    If you use your head you will get a van if you get what you want it will likely be the pick up!!
    • PRO
      Haha, this is true, I've owned both pickups and vans, pickups are very versatile vehicles compared to a van, every time I've owned a big van I have ended up filling it with crap that just sits there never really being used, a small van and pickups make you more organised as you haven't got the space to just store stuff, it's all good for thought, however if it's your first pro work vehicle then I'd probably go for the Vauxhall Vivaro size van, it will set you on the right path, good luck
  • PRO

    Whats the budget btw?

    • Thanks to all of you, really helpful advice and good to learn from all your experiences- re. my budget, I think about £6-7000 will get me a nice van but then with finance ( loan from bank) at an all time low - trafic’s are available for £12,000 plus vat brand new, would that not be worth while? I heard on the news the other day new vehicle sales are down especially diesels prompting even better deals to come.
      • PRO
        If you can afford something new do it would be my advice.
        Downtime costs can be made more than monthly payments on new when you add things up.
        On the other hand you could buy used and get a gem that goes and goes!!
  • PRO

    I drive a new Renault Trafic, good on fuel, nice drive, looks smart, LWB so got enough space for 2 mowers, strimmer, back pack blower and a van vault bolted down

    Highly recommended from me.

    10/10 for me. 

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