If you have been in the business for a while certain aspects about step vans seem like common knowledge, but if you are new to trucking some things can sound like a foreign language. Let’s go back to the basics and dive into some key differences in delivery trucks.
The first obvious difference in the vehicles is the brands. Several different brands manufacture commercial trucks and our company has experience with all of them. The most common brands we deal with are Ford and Freightliner. The fuel type is a simple difference between the two. Fords usually are gas whereas Freightliners are typically diesel.
Within each brand, there are multiple different models of trucks. For MAG, the most common models that come thru our shop are Ford E450 or F59, and Freightliner MT45 or MT55. The biggest difference in the models is the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The GVWR is the weight of the truck plus the maximum load weight they can carry. Fords usually have lower weight limits than Freightliner. Ford E450’s can weigh between 14,000 and 14,500lbs where the F59’s ranges from 16,000 to 22,000lbs depending on the length of the truck. Typically, an F59 is at least 16 feet in length and up to where E450’s are much shorter. Freightliner MT45’s have a maximum weight of 14,140lbs to 19,500lbs but MT55’s are allowed to be between 20,500lbs and 30,000lbs.
There are more differences in step van which can become important depending on what you will specifically be doing with the vehicle. MAG has experts that can help determine what truck will fit your needs. We are here to help our customers be satisfied and confident in the truck they buy. Contact us to discuss what truck will be best for you!