An option for moving house, or simply transporting lots of different items, is a removal van hire. These vehicles are available complete with driver or as a self-drive selection. Most leading vehicle hire suppliers in the UK provide self-drive removal van rentals. Vehicles suitable for moving house are Luton vans and 7.5 tonne box vans.

The larger 7.5 tonne removal van rentals are only available for rent to drivers who passed their UK driving test before 1997. Drivers, who passed after January 1997, need to take an extra heavy goods vehicle exam to drive a 7.5 tonne truck. Due to vehicle sizes not all rental companies offer large vehicles at every service depot.

The 7.5 tonne removal van rental will hold most of the household contents of a semi-detached house. The average length of the storage area in the vans is 5.8m, while the height is usually around 2.5m. The Luton body van’s load space is usually 4.0m long by about 2.2m high. The 7.5 tonne vehicle is also marginally wider.

Most of the hire companies offer removals van rentals with tail-gate hydraulic lifts, which are convenient for manhandling bulky sideboards or wardrobes on board. Even though the Luton box vans are smaller they are still capable of carrying sofas, motorcycles and hefty cabinets for instance.

Although most removals van hire is just short term, hire companies offer longer rental periods for commercial users. Using removals van rentals is the cheapest and most comfortable selection for transporting your treasured household belongings from one place to another.

Another advantage of a DIY removal is time. Contract removal firms are restricted by time as they may have to fit several different house content removals into one day. A special option for people moving long distance is the one-way removal van rental. Clients taking advantage of this innovative option can pick-up and drop-off their vehicle at two different locations.

Practical Car & Van Rental is among the UK suppliers which provide service at airports in Scotland and England. Airports include Glasgow International and London Gatwick. Picking up removal van rental at an airport is an easy choice as airports are invariably at the centre of regional motorway networks.

A quick search of Yellow Pages will produce local removals van hire providers. National firms, such as Budget, run customer call centres with well-trained staff, who will quickly book the vehicle suitable for your requirements. Both local and national companies offer online bookings, either through their own web sites or a rental broker’s site.

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