Building contractors (especially the self-employed and small companies), landscapers and house furnishers, among others, have been doing really well in the strange times we all live in. So logically, their commercial vehicles were everywhere, working overtime. Here’s a diverse collection of them, caught over the past months.
2013 Renault Trafic 2.0 dCi with a 2006 Hapert tandem axle flatbed trailer.
Oh look, that’s an interesting full-size van project, inside the shed.
2018 Peugeot Expert 2.0 BlueHDi and 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vito 109 CDI (1.6 liter), both are FWD vans. The same Peugeot can also be seen in the first picture, on the left.
2019 Renault Master 2.3 dCi box truck with a cantilever liftgate, RWD and with dual rear wheels. There’s a 2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD van-conversion hiding behind the Renault truck. It’s powered by a VM Motori, four-cylinder turbodiesel; the same 2.8 liter engine was also available in the Jeep Wrangler~Cherokee/Liberty and Dodge Nitro.
Over to Mercedes-Benz with this 2016 Vito 114 CDI (2.1 liter). Unlike the red Vito further above, this one is RWD, like all more powerful Vito models.
2012 Sprinter 316 CDI (2.1 liter) single cab panel van with a low roof…
…and a 2016 Sprinter 313 BlueTEC (2.1 liter) double cab panel van with a high roof, in a more outstanding and daring color scheme and with the long(est) wheelbase of 433 cm (170.3”).
Parked right in front of the renovation jobsite, a 2016 Renault Trafic 1.6 dCi with a rather short tandem axle trailer.
The cab and entire FWD-drivetrain from a 2005 Renault Master 3.0 dCi.
Chassis- and coachbuilder Coxx produced everything behind the cab, with this market vendor’s mobile shop as the end product.
2006 Hyundai H200 2.5 TCI. Tough vans!
2019 Ford Transit Custom 2.0 EcoBlue TDCi. The FWD, missing link between the compact Transit Connect and the full-size Transit.
A house furniture hauler, this 2016 Ford Transit 2.2 TDCi box truck with a cantilever liftgate. Such chassis-cabs must have underride guards, as seen here on the right side.
A Henra tandem axle flatbed trailer, coupled to a 2006 Volkswagen Transporter T5 2.5 TDI. A paver’s combo, all too obvious. Now you can perfectly see what such trailers are used for and why dropsides are so darn handy.
Interesting, this 2010 Iveco Daily 40C18 double cab tractor with a Veldhuizen tandem axle, lowbed semi-trailer. The nose on the right is from a 2009 SsangYong Rexton van-conversion with a license-built, five-cylinder Mercedes-Benz turbodiesel under its hood.
Another Iveco Daily tractor, a late model, with a semi-trailer. Going around the roundabout, with a Manitou telehandler as its main load.
The tour’s last rig, a 2015 Iveco Daily 35C17 panel van. Body-on-frame and RWD, this one with dual rear wheels. The Daily is the heaviest European, full-size van.
The Iveco is towing a 2007 Hapert dump trailer. For this occasion, removable fences have been placed on top of the usual dropsides. A landscaper’s combo, all too obvious.