By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 24th 2021 11:14AM
If you run cargo vans for your expedite business, you?ll want to stay on top of any developments that could impact your vehicle purchase decisions. This way, you gain insight into whether you should pull ahead a purchase sooner than you planned, hold off for now, or try a different van make or model than you currently own. So, as you evaluate your options, here are the highlights of what?s new in cargo vans for 2021. Ford TransitAn electronic parking brake replaces the manual...

FMCSA Seeks More Safety Data for Cargo Vans

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 22nd 2020 2:30PM
Cargo vans and small trucks under 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) are exempt from most federal commercial truck regulations. But if the FMCSA?s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) meeting on July 13 and 14 is any indication, that might change at some point down the road. The MCSAC pointed to the recent surge in the last-mile package and small goods delivery sector ? primarily because of COVID-19 ? saying there appears to be a gap in safety oversight...

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 7th 2020 10:36AM
If you're not ready to invest $200,000 in a new straight truck to become an expedite owner-operator, perhaps a cargo van is a more practical starting point. But with numerous van options and configurations available, what should you consider in a van for expediting? Use this seven-point checklist as a guide. #1. Carrier requirementsWhat van specifications does your trucking carrier require? Get the answer to this question before you begin van shopping. Otherwise, you take the...

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 18th 2019 11:39AM
If you?re an expedite owner-operator or fleet owner who runs euro-style high-roof cargo vans for your business, you might be looking into purchasing new vehicles this next year. So, what?s new in cargo vans for 2020? What should you look for in terms of new engine options, driver safety systems, and van configurations that could impact your upfront costs, operational expenses, and productivity? Here are the latest updates on Ford Transit, RAM Promaster, and Mercedes-Benz/ Fre...

Top Trends to Watch in the Cargo Van Market

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: May 28th 2019 11:28AM
Cargo vans have been a staple of the expedited trucking industry for decades. They offer a much lower cost of entry for aspiring owner-operators than straight trucks and tractors. And with newer high-capacity Euro-style vans?like the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and RAM Promaster?today's vans can haul larger, more profitable loads than previous generation vans while staying below 10,000-lbs gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to avoid regulatory constraints. But when freig...

The lowdown on downsizing: Hauling in the cargo van owner-op niche

By: Todd Dills - OverdriveOnline.com
Posted: Apr 9th 2019 12:29PM
With its under-10,001-pounds regulatory category, cargo-van hauling might seem to hold the key to addressing some of the biggest complaints among Class 8 owner-operators. Outside of placardable hazmat hauling in a van, such owner-operators do not have to cross scales, keeping them out of the prying eyes of temperamental inspectors. Parking well away from crowded truck stops and rest areas is easy ? many van operators make use of campgrounds and RV parks, often with shorepower...

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

By: Paul Clinton - TruckingInfo.com
Posted: Feb 8th 2018 9:22AM
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year. The new Sprinter will bring an array of updates, including a gasoline engine, more than 1,700 configurations worldwide, telematics offering Mercedes Pro, and available driver assistance systems such as a self-cleaning rear-view camera in the re...

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record Van Sales; Teases Rollout of Next Sprinter

By: David Cullen
Posted: Jan 8th 2018 10:59AM
Stuttgart, Germany-based Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced it set a new record for unit sales in 2017 and for the first time passed the 40,000-vehicles sold mark. The division also again gave a taste of what its next-generation Sprinter will offer....

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

By: Paul Clinton - TruckingInfo.com
Posted: Dec 5th 2017 12:57PM
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz is launching the third generation of its Sprinter that was first introduced in the U.S. 1995 and updated in 2010. "The Sprinter is the flagship of our commercial fleet and embodies our...

Part 3: Why I Chose a Cargo Van for Expediting

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 6th 2017 9:00AM
This is the final installment of a three-part series to introduce you to each type of vehicle typically used for expediting. The first two articles covered "Why I Chose a Tractor" and "Why I Chose a Straight Truck." Rick Guffey is an owner-operator and fleet owner who has leased with Square One Transport and Logistics since 2015. He owns three 2015 Ram Promaster extended wheelbase, high-roof cargo vans. One is a 2500 model, and the other two are 3500's. So, why did Guffey cho...

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