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What is a long wheelbase van?

Long wheelbase vans (LWB) are the biggest you can get your hands on without driving a truck or an articulated lorry. The wheelbase of any vehicle is the distance between the centre of the front wheels and the centre of the rear wheels, with a LWB there is a clear extension on the end of the van making the wheels further apart.

Common sights in the building industry; they’re massive and can fit loads of materials, goods and tools in the back. They also offer a smoother ride and better stability when driving.

A long wheelbase (LWB) transit van will usually be more expensive to insure than a short wheel base (SWB), because a larger van has the capacity to carry more and hence do more damage in a collision than a smaller van.

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LWB van insurance advice and FAQs

Are there different types of long wheelbase vans?

There are two types of long wheelbase vans and, as the name suggests they’re long, but how long exactly?

The first type is a standard long wheelbase version; typically it’s 3.4 metres in length, 1.7 metres high and 1.7 metres wide.

Sitting just above it is the extra long wheelbase van; typically it’s 4.1 metres in length, 1.8 metres high and 1.7 metres wide.

How can I insure a long wheelbase van?

Long wheelbase vans come with the same insurance options as smaller vans and cars in the form of ComprehensiveThird Party Fire and Theft and Third Party Only cover.

However, it is important to consider your vehicle usage when deciding which policy is right for you; generally, long wheelbase vans are utility vehicles that serve an obvious purpose for businesses and companies. If you are going to use your long wheelbase van for any business purpose – even just commuting – then you need business van insurance rather than a standard insurance policy.

Where can I get long wheelbase van insurance?

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