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How Do I Choose the Best 4x4 Van?

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In order to choose the best 4x4 van, you must identify the purpose of the vehicle. Vans intended for daily driving are often much different than a 4x4 van that will be used to venture off-road on hunting and fishing trips; conversely, a van that will be used to work in a harsh off-road environment must also include special purpose-built options. Horsepower directly relating to engine size and type, transmission type and tire size should all be factored into the equation to deliver the best 4x4 van for any buyer. As you investigate equipment packages while searching for the best 4x4 van, axle gearing and differential style should also be added into the search criteria.

Four-wheel drive trucks have found a use in many different environments and duties, from daily-driven family transportation to hunting and off-road excursions as well as rough country work vehicles. One problem, however, has plagued the owners of the 4x4 truck: the lack of protection and the difficulty to reach cargo stored in the bed of the truck. The 4x4 van solves this problem by providing an enclosed body that is easily accessed by both side and rear- entry-doors in most body styles.

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Manufacturers of the small, mini-type van models have offered a 4x4 van option to provide families with better traction during inclement weather. This 4x4 van option is different than an all-wheel drive package. In an all-wheel drive vehicle, the vehicle's computer system or transmission will indicate when the all-wheel drive system is used. In a 4x4 van, the driver is able to select the 4x4 option at his discretion, commonly engaging the 4x4 drive system via a switch on the dashboard or a shift lever on the floor of the vehicle.

Outdoors-men, hunters, fishermen and campers alike enjoy the benefit of using a van over a pick-up truck due partly to the ability to sleep and dress inside of the van. With options such as auxiliary heaters, generators, refrigerators and beds, the van is well-suited to support an outdoor lifestyle comfortably. The large body also makes a suitable work platform because it is capable of housing large parts bins, equipment such as welders and pipe-threading machines and even accommodating large work crews. For these reasons, the 4x4 van is becoming an option that is being chosen by a wide array of purchasers.

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