Should I fit a full-size bulkhead to my van?

I’m in the process of buying a new van and am thinking of having a full-size bulkhead fitted as an option. The van already has a ladder style bulkhead as standard, but the dealer says only a complete steel version will provide 100% safety. Does he have a point, or is he simply trying to get more money out of me?

Asked on 24 September 2013 by bob smith

Answered by Dan Powell
The dealer has a valid point: a steel ladder bulkhead will keep you safe from being crushed by your van's load in the event of an accident, but it won’t protect you from loose items, such as screwdrivers, hammers and nails - only a full-size bulkhead will do that.

My advice would be to pay for it if you can afford it. It'll protect you and make the your life more comfortable, as it’ll take considerably less time to heat up or cool down the cab due to the fact you’re not surrounded by acres of empty space.
Tags: vans safety
Similar questions
I'm the Business Manager of a Special School in Kent. Our older students regularly go out on short trips in small groups to improve their life skills and gain Work Experience. We're looking to purchase...
I have an LDV Maxus, which I have been pleased with as a work horse. I'm looking for a van with more refinement, good fuel economy, road handling, safety and visibility, space, comfort and reliable functions...
My wife and I (76 years and 78 years old respectively) have bought new or nearly new demonstrators for the past 20 years, selling them when they reach 8 - 10 years old. As we live in a rather remote area,...
 

Ask Honest John

Value my van