Finally I caught a panel van that provided some insight into the owner’s business. Normally, everything is hidden behind closed cargo- and sliding doors.
As demonstrated here, many compact commercial vans are not used as pure delivery vehicles. Bringing meals, bread, medicines, mail, cut flowers or bouquets (buckets?) to one’s home address are the light-duty haulage jobs I can think of.
Big toolkits on wheels, that’s what they mostly are. Carrying the driver’s gear, both on the roof rack -there’s a ladder in the background- and in the van’s belly.
Just for the record, the registered payload capacity of the painter’s second gen Partner is 685 kg (1,510 lbs). More than adequate for this type of service vans. The same applies to the Peugeot’s 90 hp turbodiesel.
Clever, that home-built flooring with drawers. The full divider (with a window), separating the cab from the cargo compartment, is partly visible. So no, DeWalt will not fly through the windshield when hitting the brakes hard.
The cargo doors can swing open up to 180 degrees. In this case, 90 was enough. A so called europallet (80 x 120 cm) will fit between the rear wheelhouses, so a forklift can work its magic.
There’s another drawer behind the sliding door. The divider intrudes into the cargo compartment quite a bit, in favor of more room for the driver and passenger. And please note those buckets of flowers.
Related Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo articles, as they are two of a kind: