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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:08 pm 
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Hi all

I'll be moving house soon and am trying to work out the best (read cheapest) way to get my stuff from the east coast to Wales (around 300 miles each way). I'll have two van loads so will have to do the run twice. I'm looking at hiring and driving myself, but will also get some quotes from "man with van" type companies.

What I don't know is what kind of MPG I'm likely to get with a fully loaded LWB Transit 350, Sprinter etc. driving mainly on motorways. I need to factor in the diesel costs which I'm guessing won't be cheap.

I know it isn't technically a DIY question, but I figure a lot of people round here must drive large vans and so thought it would be a good place to ask.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:09 am 
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Make sure you check prices when you book. Most companies will charge you more if you are driving longer distances. Also look at hiring a Luton, it will be more expensive but you might get away with one trip which will save you a lot of time and money.


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Also, check out prices in Wales, and go for the independent hirers rather than the big chains.

You could take a carload to Wales, take the empty van east, then end up at your final destination just having to take the van back - not doing the last leg empty, then returning in an empty car.

I personally would budget £350 to £400 for fuel but that's a guess.

What town in Wales? I'm in Pembrokeshire, Motec in Haverfordwest are good value & don't worry about the mileage, though the vans are old.


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:withstupid: Very good advice there.


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Rorschach wrote:
:withstupid: Very good advice there.


Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. 250 miles from Southampton, four cars, two trailers, all the furniture, logistical nightmare.

Moved in order to avoid 500 mile round trips every other weekend to visit the wife's elderly father - then he passed on a year later.

Leaving me in Pembs., but it is a lovely place to retire to!


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it will be easier in a luton with a tail lift - most hirer vans will be restricted so if you put your foot flat to the floor it will burn diesel and not go any faster, you wont do much more than 50 mph so 5-6+ hours to do your trip one way (a luton is as aerodynamic as a brick)

another consideration is - does you licence allow you to drive anything over 3500kg (all depends when you passed your test)


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Just to give some figures. At a previous job I used a transit 350 LWB with the high roof and the 2.4L engine usually part loaded and out of interest I tried fuel tests. Returns were 34/35 mpg . Nowadays I run my own transit 260 with the 2.2L and it is coming in a shade under 40mpg again part loaded. Previously I had a couple of LDV pilots one with the Peugeot 1.9 which seemed pretty poor and the other with the 2L Perkins which gave over 40 to the gallon.
As they say figures are for guidance only as driving styles etc can all have an efffect on fuel consumption. Biggest saving probably ones ffrom only getting to moderate speeds , I rarely go much over 50 mph.


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Thanks everyone for the useful and helpful replies. Much appreciated :)


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Some of the larger hire campanies like Sixt will also do one way hire. No need to take the vehicle back where it came from, just return to a depot near the destination.

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Thanks Hitch. That's on the radar, but unfortunately they charge £100 for the pleasure...


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Well it depends how you value your time + fuel to return it - £100 seems cheap to me


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For sure, it's still unfortunate though and free would be nicer :) I remember a few years back flying into North Spain and flying out from South Spain with a hire car in between and no charge for the different drop off.

But I'm with you, and it would take £80+ of diesel to get the van back anyhow...


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