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Bigger van vs trailer

Hey everyone , this is probably a common type of thread.

I do a lot of little jobs in my Citreon Berlingo van , every now and again I get a big job where I have to go back for the waste after dropping my tools off at home.

I feel like this looks terrible to the customer (unpro) but on the flip side I may do 2 weeks just lawn trimming where my little van os odeal and runs on very little fuel.

If I owned a transit say or something  , thebfuel would be 50% more ...then I thought If I bought a trailer Id have to rsnt somewhere to store it. 


has anyone been at this point in business ? 

any recomendations ?



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  • PRO

    How much is your fuel cost really? Depends on mileage but I often see people decry a 2p rise in fuel costs.


    Last financial year I spent £1380 on diesel. I have a double cab tipper that gets about 25 mpg. It's very little cost compared to how much waste/materials I can carry. However, I do use its full size and you may not.


    Something else you haven't mentioned is that a trailer + van is very long and you may not be able to park it near to the place of work.

    • Hi seth 

      Ive never worked the miles out , I' also use my van for personal use too , as a tipper is ideal for the bigger jobs , I possibly get a big job roughly once a fortnight which consists of green waste, and the rest of the time maintenance.

      I see your points reg parking.

  • PRO

    Hi Neal 

    I am at a similar crossroads having a smaller van the Citreon nemo which i have now outgrown , I spend too much time having to organise the van , constantly condensing kit but it runs on little fuel .

    I started with an estate car and trailer which was more practical  than the small van but progressed to a bigger van before the Nemo which i feel was the better option . 

    Alot of the properties i go to are on street parking and tight , others are resident permits only which would mean alot of parking frustration and also having to leave a trailer unnatended some distance away from a property . 

    For me a bigger van is the way to go .

    • cheers john , the situation sounds exactly like mine.

  • PRO

    A transit or vivaro works quite well for machine storage and waste, I use a swb vivaro and get 2 mowers a strimmer a blower and a hedge cutter in it plus all my wolf hand tools and spades forks wolf tools and about a dozen handles of various sizes etc and up 4 tonne bags of waste when I really cram it in.

  • PRO

    Small van plus trailer fuel economy probably = big van and no trailer fuel economy  

    Big van has benefits that you can rack it out nicely, easier to manouevre than van and trailer, comfy to drive etc etc. 

    We are managing close to 30mpg on our LWB Ducato’s and Sprinters, and slightly less on LWB Transits (all 3.5t mgw vehicles). 

    • Hi Nick,

      Just as an aside, how do you rate the both models??. I'll be in the market next year to change. 


      • PRO

        Fiats are by far the best for us. They have an extremely low loading height as although they are 3.5t vans, they are front wheel drive. They are cheaper to service too, as they take roughly half the oil of a sprnter (whch takes something like 11.5 litres!)

        • Nice bit of advice Nick.Thanks

  • I use a Vauxhall Vivaro with a good roof rack. Regards moving large amounts of waste, it's like having 2 good sized vans!

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