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.
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