Roll-up vs. Swing Doors

Roll-up vs. Swing Doors

Throughout history, step vans have proven to be one of the most versatile vehicles that have served many industries. Step vans can be customized to fit your needs and your budget. There are many decisions to consider when deciding on a step van, including a choice between gas or diesel, shelving, and roll-up doors or swing doors. In previous blogs posted by the leading step van dealer, MAG Trucks, discussed gas vs. diesel options. It's important to understand the differences. Let's explore the pros and cons of Roll-up vs. swing doors.

Roll-up vs. Swing DoorsRoll-up Doors

The rear door of a step van can be upfitted into a roll-up door or a swing door. As a leading step van dealer that houses a fabrication department, MAG Trucks can easily switch out the door based on what is needed for your specific need. From ISP fleets and delivery trucks to linen and textile step vans, step vans can require many different customizations beginning with the roll-up or swing style door.

Commonly step vans that are ISP-Ready have a roll-up rear door. Introduced in the early 1950s, roll-up doors were introduced to address the disadvantages of swing doors. They have many advantages, including:

  • Opening the rear door quickly with little storage space for the door
  • The roll-up door is wider and allows for packages and delivery of larger boxes
  • Optimal surface area for branding and marketing opportunities
  • Doors may be operated while securely parked at a loading dock
  • During curbside deliveries, doors may be quickly opened and closed increasing efficiency
  • Easier access and securement during multiple drop deliveries

Roll-up doors are safer, more efficient, more secure and better adapted to branding and promotional marketing opportunities.

Swing Doors

Swing doors are also known as barn style doors, and are designed to maximize the space in the cargo area. Swing doors can have many advantages, including:

  • The swing doors can be upfitted to a specific size
  • Secure and safe during travel between stops
  • Less maintenance
  • More efficient for airflow and temperature regulation
  • Better interior protection from natural elements (wind, rain, snow, etc.)

Step vans are versatile and can be converted into a food truck, fleet delivery trucks, and linen/uniform trucks. What type of rear door you decide to get on your step van depends on your needs. Before purchasing your next truck, be sure to think about what you need the step van for before deciding on your rear door style. Ask the team at MAG Trucks for suggestions on the style that would fit best for your specific needs. Ready to check out MAG's inventory? Click here!