8x4 in van recommendations

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Hitchh, Sep 24, 2021.

  1. Hitchh

    Hitchh New Member

    I been looking around few days now for used van ,haven’t really got anywhere.

    I need something that can take 8x4 sheet if needed and total van height needs to be under 1800mm .
  2. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    Roof rack be alternative
  3. Hitchh

    Hitchh New Member

    yes , already considering that .
  4. Okoak

    Okoak Active Member

    Beware a lot of vans can technically carry 8x4's at floor level, but the bulkhead protrudes back behind the seats into the load area so you can actually stand sheets up and close the doors, therefore the van has to be empty to carry anything, which is, not very helpful!
    Roof racks are handy but it tends to limit you to dry weather, particularly with plasterboard.
    I have a long wheelbase Vivaro that will take sheets standing on edge and still accommodate all my equipment at the same time.
  5. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Long wheel base ( carpet van) will take 8x4 sheets although now you can buy roof boxes to take sheets.

    Why oh why to van manufacturers make pallet vans. I can get a pallet in my Ford connect but who dose. No depth. Too high as can't reach roof. Terrible trade van imo and less room inside vs escort van
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  6. Max22

    Max22 New Member

    I have had 2 swb vivaros and a swb transporter, all will take 8x4s standing up if you angle them. Bit of a pain but better than trying to lay them on the floor. If I needed sheets regularly, I would get a Lwb vivaro, transit, transporter etc

    wouldn’t be under 1800 high though. Only chance of that is a roof rack on a low van
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  7. Okoak

    Okoak Active Member

    My partner has a long wheel base VW Caddy, very spacious van that has twin side doors which is useful, you can't get 8x4's in it but it's within your height requirements.
  8. woodbutcherbower

    woodbutcherbower Well-Known Member

    Think you’ll struggle mate to be honest. 1200mm for the sheet on its edge - only leaves 600mm for thickness of roof, thickness of floor, suspension, running gear/springs, exhaust and wheels. I run a Transit Custom (2m high) and 8x4’s just squeeze in.
  9. woodbutcherbower

    woodbutcherbower Well-Known Member

    L1H1 Transit Custom. Thanks to my genius racking design, I can also get 8 x 12.5mm sheets in here on the diagonal. Beat that :)

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  10. pppmacca43

    pppmacca43 Super Member

  11. woodbutcherbower

    woodbutcherbower Well-Known Member

    Cheers mate. If a professional chippy can’t fix up his own van then his customers stand no chance…
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  12. ElecCEng

    ElecCEng Screwfix Select

    Seems the 1800 ht is a requirement and the space for sheets is a nice to have.

    Could you get around the latter with a towbar for occasional trailer use or have sheets delivered direct to site?

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  13. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Screwfix Select

    I don't have a big enough van so I use a trailer which can take 8x4s inside. It has a lift up lid (on gas struts) or you can drop the tailgate to slide boards in. Internal height is 490mm approx. The lid and tailgate lock independently and it is completely waterproof. The lid is flat with a rail around the outer edge so you can carry longer items and secure them.

    Two people can remove the lid once the gas struts are undone and that's just two bolts - the hinges separate once the lid is vertical. It's unbraked so the payload is only 550kg but I haven't found that an issue yet although I do have to use a set of wheel chocks on sloping ground as it moves very freely.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to using a trailer but the arrangement suits me pretty well. It's one of those things that I wish I'd bought years ago.
  14. Hitchh

    Hitchh New Member

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  15. Hitchh

    Hitchh New Member

    Box system looks interesting, definitely will look into it .
  16. Hitchh

    Hitchh New Member

    I usually get everything delivered on site but I would like to have option fit 1-2 sheet in car if I urgently need it.

    It’s tricky one as access to my garage is restricted 1,8m height and most of bigger tools and material leftover etc I keep there , would be annoying park in distance and carry everything in van when needed .
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2021

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