I'm thinking of changing my install vehicle from a standard work van (and sometime addition of a cargo trailer), for a Sprinter type van. (Mainly residential built-in cabinetry.) The biggest advantage is the walk-in height. Also seems I could outfit the Sprinter more permanently with shelves and drawers, and still have room for delivery of goods. Now I sometimes have to unload van to pick up sheet goods. Anyone make this change? Other things to consider with the Sprinter type vehicle. Thanks as always.
From contributor Jo
I would love one, but I'm too close to retirement to buy one. Do you watch the show American Pickers ? The changed to a new Ford product.
From contributor ja
As we aged Standing up became a Bright idea !!
From contributor Ji
I bought a used Sprinter 3 years ago and LOVE it. I can walk right in from my low level loading dock. I can stand up inside. Made storage systems for my tools and other needs. Left room down the middle for walking through and for hauling the sheet goods on their side.
It handles and turns much better than my chevy van, holds more stuff and gets 30% better gas mileage. Not to mention that the sides are bigger which resulted in more room for signage.
I never regret getting it.
From contributor Ji
I don't personally own one but the new Nissan full size high top van looks good.
I have owned a couple of StepVans and work out of a Isuzu NPR (366 gas V8)with 14' box.
Step Van is easy in/out but noisy as all get out.
The NPR is harder to get in/out of but quiet and very manuverable in tight jobsites and pulls my 24' Haulmark loaded easily. It will pass everything but a gas station.
From contributor Ge
I replaced my E350 and trailer with an Isuzu NPR and would never go back. The Sprinters are expensive, and not large enough to move tools and cabinets or ply.
From contributor Ev
I would love to have a Sprinter. Those trucks aren't cheap though, when a low-mile E250 can be had for under $12,000, toolboxes included. Add a trailer and you can haul a whole house worth of cabinets.
We hire a delivery company for every delivery bigger than a couple bath vanities. The cost is relatively low, and it keeps our guys doing the work that makes money, not driving around, getting parking tickets, and breaking their backs.
Also, have your materials delivered whenever possible, and plan ahead so you don't have to do material runs. The $20 delivery fee from most suppliers is a bargain compared to the time you'll spend to go fetch it.