Vans may never usurp pickup trucks among contractors but they are gaining some traction with sales of large vans increasing at more than double the rate of pickup trucks over previous year, at a pace of 15.5% to 7.1%. When deciding whether to buy a van or truck, one must consider such factors as the versatility that vans offer: Pickups also are candidates for upfitting, but the choices aren’t as broad, says Dave Sowers, head of commercial marketing for Ram. “It’s hands-down on the van side,” he says. “Once you get past the heavy-duty accessories that pickups can do, like snowplows and things like that, when you’re looking at a contractor or remodeler and what kinds of tools they’d use, vans are way more flexible.”

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