What are some of the differences between Box Trucks vs. Step Vans? Let’s explore both to have a better understanding of which style of truck better suits your needs.
Box Trucks vs. Step Vans
A box truck goes under many different names, such as cube truck or van, box van, or straight truck. This style of truck has a rectangular shape where the cab is separated from the box. Box trucks can hold 12,599 to 33,000 pounds, depending on the size of the box. Because box trucks can handle larger amounts of weight, they are often used to move or haul large quantities of product longer distances while also stopping frequently, like a company distributing to produce to local restaurants and grocery stores. These trucks have larger engines, again allowing them to travel longer distances. The gas mileage on these trucks ranges from 8-14 gallons.
There are two types of cabs for a box truck, a conventional or cabover. The difference between the two is where the engine sits in the cab, which allows for a different look for the cab. The most common is the conventional cab. This type of cab puts the engine in the front of the steering wheel, which gives the cab more of a “nose.” The Cabover style puts the engine under the driver seat, which gives the cab a no “nose” look.
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Step vans are also known as walk-in or multi-stop delivery trucks which allows the driver to stand or sit while driving. Step Vans have a rectangular shape, but the cab is only separated from the cargo area with a sliding door. These trucks are used for making deliveries that are distance-wise close together, or serve as emergency vehicles. They are popular because they allow people standing space in the cargo area, and are easy to get in and out of. The gas mileage with step vans have a similar range to that of a box truck, approximately 8-14 gallons. However, step vans that run on diesel should get a range of 12 to 15 miles per gallon.
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There is little variation in cab style for step vans. However, step vans do have a variety of body styles and chassis depending on your needs. The most common body styles are Utilimaster and Morgan Olson. Utilmaster has been a leader 1970 for step vans. Morgan Olson is not far behind, if not tied with, Utilimaster. Morgan Olson is one of the first companies to use materials that allow the truck to be lighter. MAG Trucks carries both body styles – check out the inventory at www.magtrucks.com.
The differences in the body relies on the chassis of the truck. Certain chassis work better with various body types, as an example Morgan Olson body is best with a chassis from Freightliner and some Fords. Utilimaster body works well with chassis from Freightliner, Ford, Workhorse, and Isuzu. So, when thinking about step vans, it’s important to understand the basics that goes into it.
Analogy of Box Trucks vs. Step Vans
Comparing these two types of trucks, box truck or step van, is like comparing a Mac to a Windows PC. A box truck is a Mac, meaning there is not much you can change. However a step van allows you to build a more customizable truck. Now, this analogy is not perfect. It does not cover all aspects of each type of truck. However, it does give you an idea of the kind of thought process you need to have when considering these trucks. Consider what you need a truck for… Are you going to driving long distances? Do you need ISP configurations? Are you a grocer delivery company needing shelving? Linen company needing racks? Will you be making constant stops? How much input do you want on the design of the truck? These are the questions you should think about before buying a truck, and can ask the MAG team. We’d love to ensure your truck purchase is suitable for your needs. 888.503.7481
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