When renting a truck or van, which type of vehicle should you select for your move? Should you rent a pickup truck? Or, would a cargo van rental be a better option for you?

Pickup Truck

Pickup trucks are ideal vehicles when you are transporting equipment or supplies. Most commercial pickup trucks feature 8-foot beds with single cabs that provide generous room for hauling equipment in the back of your vehicle.

The major advantage of a pickup truck is that it can haul items such as rocks, pine needles and other landscaping supplies that are not well-suited for a van. Because pickup truck beds are open-air, they clean easily after an outdoor job.

The downside? Any items, such as furniture, that you want protected, will be exposed to the outside elements when traveling in a pickup truck. You will also need to stabilize large items by securing them with rope or bungee cords. Because of this, pickup trucks are often not the best choice when moving furniture or other valuable items over long distances.

One other advantage of pickup trucks is their drivability. Pickup trucks usually hold 3 passengers, are short enough to fit into most parking garages, and are easy enough for just about anyone to drive.

Cargo Vans

Cargo vans are an ideal vehicle to rent when you need to protect the items you are transporting. Cargo vans offer generous indoor storage, enabling you to move furniture and equipment without exposing these items to the outside elements when moving. Because your items are stored inside, cargo vans will not “whip” in the wind like a pickup truck might.

Cargo vans enable you to stack your items, and also reduce the need to “tie down” items like you might with a pickup truck.

The downside to cargo vans is that they are larger and taller. Because of their size, cargo vans may not fit within the clearance limits of all parking garages. Additionally, for drivers that have not driven larger vehicles, the size of a cargo van can be intimidating at first.

The Final Verdit

Which vehicle is the right choice for your rental? It boils down to a few factors.

A pickup truck is the best rental option if you:

  • Need to haul landscaping or outdoor equipment
  • Have height clearance limitations, such as with a parking garage

A cargo van is the ideal vehicle to rent if you:

  • Are moving valuable items such as furniture
  • Need additional storage capacity beyond a pickup truck

Fetch offers a variety of trucks and vans for rent. We’d love to assist you with your next move or transportation job.