Differences between a utility van and a van
The first difference between a utility van and a van resides in their respective sizes. The first is shorter and smaller. In addition, the utility van is more versatile and closer to the everyday car than the van.
Heavy-duty camping cars have long been the favorite recreational vehicles for camping enthusiasts. Today, they give way to smaller more fuel-efficient and more comfortable vehicles, like utility vans and vans.
Utility vans manufacturers have taken these vehicles potential into consideration and have understood the needs of users. The Van similar to a small van, is the perfect vehicle to go on vacation while enjoying the necessary comfort (bed, kitchen ...).
Another alternative to the camping car is the van. We see more and more of them on our roads. Indeed, given its versatility and the comfort it provides to its passengers, it is no surprise that vacationers are in love with the vehicle.
This is a type of vehicle that is highly prized by many professionals, particularly those who need a large space to house their equipment. Utility vans are also used for the transportation of goods.
In order to get a commercial/utility vehicle, some professionals opt for a used van especially when they’re starting their businesses while others prefer the purchase of a new one directly from the right dealer.
Converted van : comfort and versatility
The converted van is, of origin, none other than a van which has been modified. It adds a real living space by providing a sleeping area (van fitted with twin beds for example), a kitchen and toilet.
The purpose of a van conversion is to transform a vehicle which was conceived only for transport, so that it offers brand new features. We can sleep in, take a shower and prepare food in the same space. The installation of hydraulic cylinders stabilizes the vehicle when moving with passengers on board.
Purchasing a converted van
For a van acquisition, we can focus on the models of used ones which are very rare in the automotive market. It is actually very normal since you do not buy much of this type of vehicle. The other alternative is obviously to buy a new converted van.
Purchasing a converted utility van
Van and converted utility vans: the novelty for the roadworthiness test
The new roadworthiness test in France has evolved to make the safety of vehicles and passengers its prime objective. So it will include more control points and will be more expensive. With regard to vans and converted utility vans, the new regulations, which came into force in May 2018, require the owners of these vehicles to approve them as VASPs (specialized motor vehicles) with a gross weight of 3.5 tonnes or less.
Obtaining the VASP approval (registered on the registration card) for recreational vehicles tuned to be motorhomes (van and utility van) is necessary to pass the technical control. Vehicles arranged by a professional have no problem. As for others, approval is granted only after verification with a competent body. Creating a van or utility van with removable equipment and removing it before the roadworthiness test is a solution to escape the VASP approval.