Moving to a different country requires a sturdy vehicle. A cargo van, jeep, or truck are the standard options to move house contents to a new place. But each of them has their own pros and cons. Below are the factors to consider when choosing a vehicle to move house.
The cargo van
People rarely own a cargo van for personal use but the commercial one. And when you need it, you can opt for hiring a vans rent service. But even if you entrust your belongings to the company, knowing a little about the vehicle specifications will help you to calculate the cost wisely.
Fuel efficiency matters. And cargo van is certainly the vehicle that can save you a lot of money compared with trucks or jeeps. For instance, the current trend among British is to move abroad to Paris. Perhaps it is due to the Brexit policy, or the romantic atmosphere in Paris has attracted more British these days. Anyway, cargo vans from car manufacturers like Mercedes Benz Nissan, and Ford are known for their fuel efficiency.
Mercedes Benz Sprinter has a king-size cargo, which makes it ideal to move if your belongings include sofas, big fridge, or spring bed. And if you want to move fast, Sprinter’s acceleration allows it to speed up from 0-60 mph only in 11.4 seconds. For the maximum speed, Sprinter can reach 80 mph on the highways. It might not stand out compared with Ford Transit Power Stroke that can go for 90 mph, but Benz Sprinter offers more balance and safety to the cargo.
Nissan NV is rarely used by moving service these days, but just in case you find one who still uses it, you should know why people have moved to the newer brands. First, the ergonomic design prevents Nissan NV to speed up while maintaining its balance. But in the power category, Nissan NV has 9,500 lb towing capacity. Its cargo is truck-size. It offers more height than Sprinter.
Ford Van intersects the benefits of the other two vans, the Nissan and Sprinter. It offers fuel efficiency (more or less 22 mpg) for highways use without sacrificing its power. The twin-turbo V-6 combined with 3.2-liter inline-five makes the machine compensate the inefficient combustion of diesel fuel.
When moving belongings with a personal vehicle, you must consider the towing power. We only recommend jeeps with towing capacity more than 1,000 lbs. Below that, it can be dangerous. Below is a list of jeeps that you can use to move house across countries:
- Grand Cherokee
But you must know too that moving with a jeep might cost more than using a van. The average fuel economy of jeeps is 40 to 60 mpg (Ford van is only 22 mpg).
And for the storage space, the maximum cargo space of jeeps are only around 50-70 cubic feet. But if you fold the back seats, you might get extra space. However, if you put heavy things on those folded seats, they will be most likely to break.
Trucks here are open pick-up. The unbeatable advantage of this vehicle is its easiness to load and unload stuff. If you are moving large objects, such as closets, drawers, desk, and beds all at once, then you have no choice but to use an open pick-up.
Mitsubishi L200 pickup ranks on the top list. It has a four cylinders diesel engine that has a towing power of 6,000 lbs. But just like the jeep, L200’s fuel efficiency is 40 mpg. L200 pickup is still a personal vehicle, and not to use commercially for moving house. Therefore, the storage container is only around 1,470 mm square and 475 mm deep. It is slightly larger than jeeps but less spacious than cargo vans.