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What Size Removal Van Do I Need?

Once you’ve found a removals company that you trust, next is figuring out the size of the van (or vans) you’ll need to transport your belongings safely to your new home.

The team at Simply Removals perform thousands of moves every year, from big to small, we know what it takes to get your move underway and completed in a safe and efficient manner. Our team have over 30 years’ experience in the home removals industry and provide bespoke packing services to put you at ease during your move.

In most cases, you may find that moving companies will use a Luton Van. This is because removal companies know that these vans are capable of carrying out any move, big or small and they’re usually cost-effective.

Choosing the right removals van when moving home is very important for a number of reasons, the two most important being cost and size. We’re here to help you make your moving day as stress-free as possible, and that begins with finding the right removals van for your move.

The Removal Van Size Guide

We have outlined our vans in size order below:

  • Medium Wheel Base Van (medium-sized van)
  • Long Wheel Base Van (medium-large-sized van)
  • Luton Van (large van)
  • 7.5 Tonne Luton Van (biggest van)

There are many different van sizes in the removals industry, all of which are built for slightly different uses. However, in most cases, removal companies use four standard van sizes for most jobs.

The four vans listed above are commonly known to as the workhorses of the UK removals industry, and can move anything from a studio flat to a fully furnished 4+ bedroom house.

How Do I Know Which Van I Need?

Simply Removals operates on four main van types (ranging from small to large):

  1. The Medium Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
  2. The Long Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
  3. The 3.5 Tonne Luton Van (with tail lift)
  4. The 7.5 Tonne Luton Lorry (with tail lift)

Let’s start by talking about the smallest removal van option.

1. The Medium Wheel Base (MWB) Transit Van and Sprinter Van

The MWB van is one of the most common removal vans in the UK because of its small size, cheap hire rate and easy loading platform. The most popular models for MWB vans are the Mercedes Sprinter, the Ford Transit van and the Vauxhall Movano. All these removal vans are fitted with high roofs and the interiors are usually ply-lined to help movers load there items swiftly and easily.

What can I fit in a MWB van?

If you’re looking to move out from a studio or one-bedroom flat, this is likely the van you’ll want to choose. In some cases, the MWB can take two people’s belongings (around 30-40 boxes) and possibly a small bed or sofa.

The average dimensions for MWB are…

Size:

  • Length – 5.1m – 5.5m
  • Height – 2m – 2.8m
  • Width – 2.2m – 2.8m

Loading dimensions:

  • Length – 2.6m – 3m
  • Height – 1.6m – 2.5m
  • Width – 1.4m – 2m

Loading capacity:

  • 8 – 11 cubic metres

2. Long Wheel Base (LWB) Transit Van and Sprinter Van

Next up in size is the LWB, the common models being the Peugeot Boxer HDi 335, the VW Transporter and the Citroen Relay. Like MWB vans, LWB are also available with high roofs, which is why they’re often referred to as Jumbo vans. There are various different types of LWB models, each of which have different dimensions. Be sure to speak with your removals team to ensure you’re getting the right van for your move.

What can I fit in a LWB van?

LWB vans like the Ford Transit van and Mercedes Sprinter are the preferred options for moving big one person flat or a two bedroom flat. While they’re not the largest vans, you can easily fit white goods (fridges, freezers), wardrobes, items of furniture including a sofa, tables and chairs and even a bed if it’s collapsible. Alongside these items, you may also be able to fit up to 20/30 boxes depending on their size and contents.

The average dimensions for LWB are…

Size:

  • Length – 6.6m – 7.4m
  • Height – 2.3m – 3m
  • Width – 2.2m – 2.7m

Loading dimensions:

  • Length – 4.1m – 4.7m
  • Height – 1.7m – 2.3m
  • Width – 1.6m – 2m

Loading capacity:

  • 11 – 15 cubic metres

3. Luton Van

One of the bigger vans in the removals industry is the Luton Van. It’s arguably the most popular removals van for removals companies because while it is big, it’s relatively narrow, meaning is can easily navigate through narrow London roads. While it actually matches up pretty even with most LWB models in terms of payload limits, Luton Vans are preferred over LWB vans because they don’t have wheel arches poking into the storage area, meaning it’s a perfect box shape. This makes loading far easier and therefore quicker.

What can I fit in a Luton Van?

This is a pretty big van and it’s used for the vast majority of moves, big and small because of it’s easy loading bay and narrow dimensions, making it easy to get around the busier roads. It’s capable of moving a two bedroom flat or a small house with up to 45 boxes, one table and set of chairs (stacked), big sofas, two double beds, wardrobes, drawers and white goods.

The average dimensions for Luton Vans are…

Size:

  • Length – 6.5m – 6.9m
  • Height – 3.1m – 3.5m
  • Width – 2.2m – 2.4m

Loading dimensions:

  • Length – 3.9m – 4.1m
  • Height – 2.1m – 2.4m
  • Width – 1.8m – 2m

Loading capacity:

  • 15 – 16 cubic metres

4. 7.5 Tonne Luton Van

This is the biggest removals vehicle used in the industry. It’s able to carry far more than the 3.5 tonne Luton Van and its still small enough to fit through the narrow London roads. It’s almost identical to the previous Luton Van, just bigger!

What can I fit in a 7.5 tonne Luton Van?

This Luton Van is makes moving house easy. It’s equipped to handle the majority of big removals jobs. It’s capable of storing 40 to 50 boxes, up to four beds, three sofas, two dining tables and sets of chairs, three to four wardrobes and pretty much all kitchen appliances.

While the 7.5 tonne Luton Van is the biggest vehicle in the removals arsenal, you may require another removals vehicle if you’re moving out four or five bedroom house with a number of boxes and items of furniture. This can be discussed with your removals team to ensure a quote is agreed before the move.

The average dimensions for 7.5 tonne Luton Vans are…

Size:

  • Length – 8.2m – 8.6m
  • Height – 3.2m – 3.5m
  • Width – 2.1m – 2.4m

Loading dimensions:

  • Length – 6m – 6.3m
  • Height – 2.2m – 2.4m
  • Width – 2.1m – 2.4m

Loading capacity:

  • 25 – 27 cubic metres

The Only Removals Van Company You Need

If you’d like to understand more about how to choose the right removals company for you, head over to the British Association of Removers website.

For more information on our removals services, get in touch with us via our contact form or call us today. We have everything you need for the perfect house move.

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