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Dropsides Trucks For Sale

The dropsides is a venerable truck, having been around on the nation’s roads for many decades. It is one of the earliest forms of truck and is still around probably due to its versatility. The design of the dropsides is pretty simple. Essentially, it can be regarded as simply a flatbed truck with a little added security for the load. In addition to the flatbed itself, the dropsides has containing walls to the rear and the sides. These are usually fairly modest in depth, allowing easy opening and access to the load.

The dropsides can be loaded and unloaded from the sides or from the rear and even from above. This makes it extremely flexible when planning routes compared to box vans, which need to be loaded and unloaded in order from the rear. It also makes the dropsides potentially quicker to unload, with many forklifts able to unload from all sides at once. The ability to unload from the sides can also make the dropsides a popular option for site work, where access can be tight. Many dropsides take advantage of their open nature by including an onboard crane. This can make them extremely efficient on multi-drop routes, as they don't need to wait for a forklift to become available for unloading to take place.

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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1823
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1823 POA
2002 | Dropsides | 18000kg This Mercedes-Benz 1823 commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed manual; Crane: Atlas AK3500.2.A2; Serial no: 730315; Year of construction 2002; Rear mounted; Length: 20ft; Kms: 306367; Bhp: 230; D.O.R: 18.12.2002; MOT : New 12 months if required
Mercedes-Benz Actros  2544
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Mercedes-Benz Actros 2544 POA
2008 | Dropsides VBG QUICK HITCH COUPLING AND WHEELBASE ENGINEERING TRI-AXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER, PAINTED TO YOUR COLOURS
Trucks 2 Go Limited
DAF CF75 75/310
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DAF CF75 75/310 POA
2006 | Dropsides WITH PALFINGER PK12000 FRONT MOUNTED CRANE AND KINSHOFFER BRICK GRAB
Trucks 2 Go Limited
DAF LF55 FA LF55.180 4x2 Rigid
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DAF LF55 FA LF55.180 4x2 Rigid POA
2004 | Dropsides | 15000kg 2004 (04 Reg) DAF LF 55.180 Dropside truck. Fitted with Atlas AK 3008.2 A1 Crane with brick grab. 15 ton GVW. 230434 Kms. 18ft 6' body. 4x2. Day cab. Fitted with Motorola hands free phone kit. MOT Expires Jan 2015. Please call 07795 844172 for any further details.
Leicester Commercial Centre
MAN LE 150
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MAN LE 150 £9,000.00
2005 | Dropsides 55 Reg MAN 150 7.5 TON, 17ft DROPSIDE BODY, FULL MOT, COMPLETE WITH BONFIGLIOLI P5000L CRANE, THIS OUTFIT IS LIKE NEW AND MUST BE VIEWED AND TRIED £9000.00 (NO VAT).
DAF LF55 FA LF55.220 4x2 Rigid
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DAF LF55 FA LF55.220 4x2 Rigid POA
2005 | Dropsides | 18000kg 2005 (05 Reg) DAF LF 55.220 Dropside truck. Fitted with Remote controlled Atlas Terex 105.2 A2 Crane with brick grab. Crane will fold up behind the cab without the grab. 18ton GVW. 21ft 6'body. 225296kms. 4x2 axle drive. Day cab. Fitted with Nokia hands free phone kit. Euro 3. Also has rear dropside panel, for rear access loading. Comes with 12 months MOT, and 6 months crane loader test.
Leicester Commercial Centre
DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid
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DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid POA
2008 | Dropsides | 7490kg 7.5 tonne Daycab, Euro 4, 23ft Alloy Dropside body, Full service history, New dropsides, Approx 400,000kms, Choice. Both very clean.
James Hart (Chorley) Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1523 4x2 Rigid
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Mercedes-Benz Atego 1523 4x2 Rigid POA
2005 | Dropsides | 15000kg 2005 (55 Reg) Mercedes Atego 1523 Dropside truck. Fitted with Atlas Terex 92.2 crane with brick grab. 15 ton GVW. 282081kms. 17ft body. Reversing camera and screen. Day cab. 4x2 axle drive. MOT Expires Nov 2014. Crane loader test expires Oct 2014. Please call 07795 844172 for any further details.
Leicester Commercial Centre
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 POA
2014 | Dropsides | 7500kg This Iveco 75E16 commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is Manual; MOT: New 12 months if required; Bhp: 160; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
DAF LF55 55.220
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DAF LF55 55.220 POA
2008 | Dropsides | 18000kg This DAF 55.220 commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed manual; Body: Single Dropside - Newly converted; Length: 24ft; Bhp: 220; D.O.R: 11.2008; MOT: New 12 months if required; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
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DAF DropsideThe very versatility of the dropsides does, however, impose limitations. Because it is open, the loads on the dropsides are exposed to the elements. Clearly, this can be addressed by ropes and sheeting, but it can still make the dropsides unsuited to carrying delicate goods. The open nature of the dropsides also makes it less secure and loads are open to the gaze of potential thieves. Again, this makes it less suited to carrying valuable loads when the truck may be left unattended, either for short breaks or overnight.

Many dropsides will therefore find a home in the builder's merchant, where loads such as aggregates are ideal for the dropsides characteristics. Aggregate loads are usually pretty impervious to the weather and are not valuable enough or light enough to make attractive targets for thieves. They are also well restrained by the sides and rear of the truck. Some dropsides come with tipping bodies to make short work of unloading these aggregates. The dropsides is also ideal for palletised loads, such as paving or bricks. 

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The sides themselves may be constructed from aluminium to save some weight, and care should always be taken to examine their condition when buying a used dropsides as repair or replacement can be expensive.

The dropsides comes in a variety of axle configurations, lengths and weight ratings. You will also find them with all sorts of cab types, from standard day cabs to crew cabs and sleeper cabs. It is a simple body type and is relatively easy to maintain and repair. With no real specialist equipment (assuming no crane or tipping body), a used dropsides should give years of excellent service. Being simple and relatively cheap, the dropsides truck lends itself well to the used-truck market. It is also extremely versatile and able to operate in many environments.

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