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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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Iveco Eurocargo 7.5 TON DROPSIDE
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Iveco Eurocargo 7.5 TON DROPSIDE £6,750.00
2000 | Dropsides | 7500kg HIAB CRANE 060, 20FT BODY, BRAND NEW CONDITION, 12 MONTH TAX AND TEST. REF H710 HGV
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E18
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E18 POA
2005 | Dropsides | 7500kg Iveco Cargo Tector 75E18 2005 (55) Day Cab, 7.5 Ton, 15' Dropside Body, Manual Gearbox, Straight From Work, 30,000 Miles Only From New, Service History And Service Records, Ready To Go To Work.
Mercedes-Benz Atego Atego 815
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Mercedes-Benz Atego Atego 815 POA
2005 | Dropsides | 7500kg Mercedes Atego 815 2005 (55) 7.5 Ton, 18' Double Dropside Body, 7 Speed Manual Gearbox, Electric Windows / Mirrors, Air Con, Sun Roof, CD Player, Cruise Control, Beacons, Tool Box, Disc Brakes, Hands Free Kit, 300,000 Miles From New, Straight From Work, Excellent Condition.
DAF CF75 /310
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DAF CF75 /310 POA
2006 | Dropsides WITH FRONT MOUNTED PALFINGER PK12000 CRANE WITH BRICKGRAB, CONTRACT MANTAINED
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Mercedes-Benz Axor  2533
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 2533 POA
2006 | Dropsides COMPLETE WITH 2008 MOFFAT M4 2000KG FORKLIFT
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DAF CF75 CF 8X4 DROPSIDE
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DAF CF75 CF 8X4 DROPSIDE £27,750.00
2006 | Dropsides HIAB XS REMOTE CONTROL CRANE AND BRICK GRAB, MANUAL GEARBOX, 252,000 KMS WARRANTED, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF H698 HGV
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DAF CF75 CF 360 8X4 DROPSIDE
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DAF CF75 CF 360 8X4 DROPSIDE £24,750.00
2005 | Dropsides HIAB XS & BRICK GRAB, REMOTE CONTROL CRANE, MANUAL GEARBOX, ONE OWNER FROM NEW, VGC, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF H696 HGV
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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C18
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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C18 POA
2011 | Dropsides | 7500kg 2011 (11) Mitsubishi Canter 7c18 day cab, 17' double dropside body, dual passenger seat, 191940 kms, 6 speed manual, beacons, C.D., electric windows, excellent condition.
Midlands Truck & Van
Daf LF45
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Daf LF45 POA
2003 | Dropsides 22ft alloy dropside with road management system, alloy tailift, very tidy
John Whiting Ltd
Iveco Eurocargo Dropside Body with Crane and Lamp Post Lifting Att
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Iveco Eurocargo Dropside Body with Crane and Lamp Post Lifting Att POA
2006 | Dropsides <span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri;">2006 06 Reg Iveco 180E24 with 28 ft Triple Dropside Body and Pesci SPE130 Remote Control Crane&nbsp;with 2009 Kinshoffer Manipulator for Street Lamps,&nbsp;On Board Compressor, 35,000 Kms Only, Full Council Specification, Outstanding Condition</span>
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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. 

Traffic management dropside

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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