Glass carriers - or Frail vans - need to combine the practical features and durability of other commercial vehicles with the specific features that make them capable of carrying an inevitably fragile cargo.
These trucks can be purpose-built by manufacturers but are also often converted from existing models to accommodate glass panels, either on the interior or affixed to a framework on the exterior. Because glass carriers will be accommodating a fragile cargo, they will need to be given a lot of attention by anyone who is going to buy a second-hand model, especially if the carrier capabilities have been added as a secondary feature.
A glass carrier truck that is in a good state of repair will be an important asset for a commercial operator.
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Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI DUALINER
2015 | Glass Carriers
/15 plate Vito 116 Dualiner Compact
•Covered 67,314 miles
•Finished in Flint Grey Metallic Paint
•Roof Rails Please quote ref: 516872
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDI
2012 | Glass Carriers
MERCEDES 3.5t SPRINTER 313CDI GLASS CARRIER. LWB WITH GLASS FRAILS INTERNAL & EXTERNAL. ROOF RACK. REAR DOUBLE DOORS. SIDE LOADING DOOR. RADIO/CD PLAYER. INTERNAL LENGTH 14'. INTERNAL HEIGHT 6'1. INTERNAL WIDTH 5'7. EURO 5. MOT APRIL 2018. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. THIS IS A CERTIFIED VEHICLE.Power Steering, 4x2. Right Hand Drive
Iveco Daily 65C18 Spec Lift
2007 | Glass Carriers
Iveco Daily 65C18 6500kg Spec lift, Crew Cab, Manual Gea Box, Year 2007, DSM Swanneck Spec Lift, Wheel Grids & Lifting Forks, PTO Operation Wander Lead Remote, 8000lbs Hydraulic Winch, Fibre Glass Composite Locker Body, Beacon, Work Lights, Jump Leads, Tr Recovery Vehicles
BMW Unknown X3 2.0d 5dr Estate
2006 | Glass Carriers
2006 BMW X3 2.0d 5dr Estate, Full Leather Interior, 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Wood Trim, Privacy Glass, Parking Sensors, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
A frail van that is worthy of your attention needs to be one that is clearly well looked after and will be able to offer plenty more years of service to a second-hand buyer. So the first thing you should check are the key mechanical elements, such as the steering, suspension, brakes and engine. Although the exterior may look clean and tidy, uncovering signs of damage or disrepair by taking a closer look is always sensible. With a load that may be unbalanced due to the carrier frame being mounted on one side, check for wear and tear on the wheels to see what state the truck is in as a whole.
Glass carrier trucks may be based on standard panel vans, or they can be adapted pick-ups which can accommodate more glass but may not have as much weatherproof storage for other loads in the rear as their stable mates. Deciding which to pick will come down to the extent of specialism that is required in your organisation. It may also be dictated by the second-hand glass carriers that are available at the time, as supply and demand can fluctuate.
Who did the conversion?
If a glass carrier kit has been fitted by a third party, then make sure you check up on which organisation did the work, when it was done and whether there are any guarantees about how long it will remain in operational order. A glass carrier frame may well have been built specifically for the truck in question, in which case getting it repaired or replaced might be difficult because of the bespoke nature of the work. As such, getting a second-hand truck which does not need any major repairs is going to be the most convenient and affordable option for buyers in the long run.
Larger glass carrier trucks with separate cabs and trailers can be found, although these are of course intended for transporting large amounts of glass from one place to another, rather than allowing a smaller amount of glass, along with a crew and additional equipment, to head out to jobs as and when required. Make sure you know the type of glass carrier truck you require, and also look out for high-quality used examples if you want the best possible outcome.
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