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Whats the best size removalist truck for your job?

Removalist Trucks


Well it all depends. From small vans to massive semi-trailers, moving vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. Each has its own pros and cons!


Removalist Vans

Removalist vans are nimble and good for getting into tight spaces, small driveways and quick to load when you only have a few items of furniture to move. However, on the downside they are limited to about 11 to 15 cubic metres in size, which really only makes them good for transporting a few items, 1 bedroom or 1 bedroom apartments. When it comes to securing a load it can also be more challenging to place and tie down furniture as most vans have slightly rounded sidewalls and are limited in height.


10 Tonne Trucks

Larger 10 tonne trucks are suitable when moving furniture in 3 and 4 bedroom homes. They are also easier to pack with a generous square space with ample tie rails. Their height, typically 2.4 metres to 2.7 meters, also means they can accommodate taller shelving and couches which may not stand up in smaller modes of tranport.

On the flip side, their length and height can restrict access especially in low tree lined streets or where parking is at a premium. The furniture removalists may have to walk some distance, or on a bad day may not find a park at all. Don’t loose heart they can always use a smaller vehicle as a ferry or shuttle.


4 Tonne Trucks

In between we have the 4 tonners, affectionately also known as “pie carts”. These are a good compromise between volume and accessability, but, you may have difficulties transporting large 4 seater couches. how mcuh can they hold? As a rough rule of thumb a 4 tonne removalist truck can transport the furniture of most 2 bedroom apartments and smaller 2 bedroom homes.


Comparing removals vehicles

Most importantly when comparing different truck sizes always compare in terms of cubic metres NOT truck tonnage.

When talking in terms of tonnes, things can get very confusing in the removals world as tonnage can refer to different things such as:

– Gross vehicle Mass which is the weight of the vehicle plus its carrying capacity or

– Tare weight,  just the weight of the vehicle.

Furthermore two removals trucks of the same tonnage could be very different in their volume (carrying capacity). We recommend you ask your movers, how many cubic metres is your removalist truck? Talking in cubic volume is a better reflection of how much of your furniture can be transported, and dimensions are always easier to visualise.

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