February 20, 2023

Vans vs Pick-Ups: Choosing the Right Glass Transportation Vehicle

Whether you're a business owner or an individual in need of a glass transportation solution, this article will provide you with valuable information to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your next vehicle.
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Glass transportation is an crucial component of many businesses, especially those in the construction and glazing industry. The type of vehicle used for glass transportation can greatly impact the efficiency and safety of transporting fragile and valuable goods. Two popular options for commercial glass transportation are vans and pickup trucks, each offering unique advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using vans and pickup trucks for glass transportation, considerations when choosing between the two, and the importance of choosing the right glass rack. Whether you're a business owner or an individual in need of a glass transportation solution, this article will provide you with valuable information to help you make an informed decision.

Mercedes Sprinter with a MyGlassTruck glass rack.
Mercedes Sprinter with a MyGlassTruck glass rack.

The Benefits of Using Vans for Glass Transportation

Vans are a popular choice for glass transportation for several reasons. Firstly, vans offer a large amount of cargo space, allowing for more efficient transportation of goods and products.  In addition to racks on the outside of a van, an interior rack or sliding glass rack can be mounted inside the van to maximize cargo capacity. Secondly, compared to other commercial vehicles, vans tend to have better fuel efficiency, which can help in reducing operating costs. Pair that with a lightweight aluminum rack and you have a seriously efficient glass transportation setup. Additionally, vans are more suitable for urban areas, making them ideal for businesses that operate within the city. Lastly, vans tend to have lower maintenance costs compared to other commercial vehicles, which can result in long-term savings for the business. According to Ford Motor Co.’s North American fleet division, “Vans tend to be slightly less pricey for the same capacity, and the fuel economy can be better, and the roof height on the van is a huge plus,”

Ford F250 with a MyGlassTruck glass rack.
Ford F250 with a MyGlassTruck glass rack.

Advantages of Pick-Up Trucks for Transporting Glass

Over the last few years we’ve noticed a steady increase in the amount of pick-up trucks being up-fitted with our racks. To start, pick-up trucks typically offer a higher payload capacity when compared to vans. When it comes to glass racks, Pick-ups can take advantage of our over-the-cab and goal post metal carriers. These racks let you carry those extra long extrusions or extension ladders. Additionally, with their increased ground clearance and 4x4 capabilities, pick-ups tend to perform better in adverse road conditions and the more rugged parts of the country. Finally, pickups usually offer some type of towing package. As a glazier, this means you can pair your truck with one of our Sidekick trailers to maximize the amount of glass you can carry to the jobsite.

MyGlassTruck glass rack on a Ford Transit van.
MyGlassTruck glass rack on a Ford Transit van.

Found the Perfect Vehicle? Meet the Perfect Glass Rack

No matter the type of commercial vehicle you choose, If you’re looking to transport glass safely, it’s best to consult experts and professionals who have the knowledge and experience needed to build the right rack for your van or pick-up. Trust the experts and get the job done right. MyGlassTruck is the standard the others copy. Our team of engineers have worked directly with glaziers over the last 30+ years to design the most popular glass rack in the industry. We pioneered aluminum construction for higher weight capacity, full-coverage padding for superior glass protection, and a weld-less design for longevity and easy field service.

MyGlassTruck glass rack on a Ford Transit van.
This gray Ford Transit was sourced locally and delivered to a customer in Michigan.

How to Leverage Our  Network of Dealer Partners

We will work hand in hand with your current dealer or leasing agent to determine the most cost effective and convenient way to up-fit your truck with a MyGlassTruck rack or a glass body. No matter how you are currently up-fitting your vehicles, we are here to help and have a network of installers throughout North America to support you. MyGlassTruck has a network of truck dealers we’ve always relied on to help us provide turnkey glass trucks right off the lot. While we don’t have as many glass trucks in stock as in the past, we do have truck cab-chassis, vans, and pickups on order for delivery as soon as possible. This lets us cut down the wait-time for getting new glass trucks to our customers.


The decision between using vans or pickup trucks for glass transportation depends on several factors, including the type of business transportation needs, budget, terrain and driving conditions, and vehicle maintenance and operating costs. Vans offer a large amount of cargo space, better fuel efficiency, and lower maintenance costs, making them ideal for urban areas and businesses with smaller payload requirements. On the other hand, pickup trucks offer a higher payload capacity, better performance in adverse road conditions, and the ability to tow, making them a better choice for businesses with larger payloads and tougher terrain. Regardless of the type of commercial vehicle chosen, it is important to consult experts in order to choose the right glass rack to ensure safe transportation. MyGlassTruck offers a network of dealer partners and a team of experts to help customers determine the most cost-effective and convenient way to up-fit their vehicles.

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