The regional distribution market is one of the most competitive. It is crowded with big national operators and small independents. Margins are tight, so getting the most from your lorry is absolutely vital. This means making some decisions on the size and weight limits of your truck, but it also means making an even more fundamental decision about your choice of body type. Early distribution trucks included flatbeds and dropsides and there are still many of these around today.
They do tend to be more suited to specific niches, though, such as construction and builders' merchants delivery work. This is due to their physical nature. Being open, they are not suited to delicate or high-value items. The loads are exposed to the elements and potentially to the eyes of thieves, so they are better suited to bulky and low-value loads which won’t get damaged in the rain and don’t attract the attention of thieves — so building materials are ideal.
The box van is a much more secure option. It protects loads from any criminal intent and shelters them from the elements. What it gains in security, however, it loses a little in flexibility. Read more...
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DAF LF45 160
2013 | Box Vans | 7490kg
DAF LF45 160 Day Cab, Fitted With 20ft GRP Box Body, Rear Roller Shutter Door, DEL 1000kg Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, On-Board Computer, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Manual Gearbox, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 30/08/2018
MAN TGL 8.180
2012 | Box Vans
2012 62 MAN TGL 8.180 Euro 5, sleeper cab, 20ft box, tie rails, underslung Anteo 100kg tail-lift, night heater, reverse camera, electric windows/mirrors, 1 owner, full history, good condition, ú9950 + vat Rigids
DAF LF55 180 Day Cab Box Van
2005 | Box Vans | 13000kg
2005 Daf LF55 180 Day Cab Box Van on Springs Suspension, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Roller Shutter Doors, Tail Lift, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 Day Cab Box Van
2004 | Box Vans | 7500kg
2004 Mercedes Atego 815 Day Cab Box Van on Springs Suspension, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Roller Shutter Doors, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Trailer KRONE BOX
2012 | Box Vans
2012 Krone box, Choice available, year 2010-11-12, 1 with a tail lift, barn doors, BPW drum axles
Scania 4 Series 124 470 6x2 Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Manual Gearbox
2005 | Box Vans | 26000kg
This is used SCANIA truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
2018 | Box Vans
**SOLD - MORE ON ORDER**First of our brand new range to be listed
Renault Master 135DCI
2015 | Box Vans
99.000 miles2015 modelTie railsBarn doors14 ft box700 cuft3.5 ton low loader
DAF LF45 .160
2012 | Box Vans
2012 62 plate LF45-160 with auto gearbox, sun visor and 20ft GRP box body. Excellent condition throughout with 260,000 miles and MOT. Choice from £7,750.00 + VAT
DAF LF55 .220
2009 | Box Vans
15 TON BOX VANEURO 5 29 FOOT BOX AUTOMATIC GEARBOXONLY USED FOR CARRYING BREAD CLEAN INSIDE AND OUT
The joy of the flatbed is that it can be loaded from either side or from the rear. This makes them easy and quick to load and also simple to unload on tight sites. It also means that there is no real preference in load order and the driver can cope easily with changes to schedules because loads can be taken off in any order. The flatbed can also cope with loads that overhang its dimensions a little.
The box van cannot offer that flexibility as most need to be loaded from the rear only. When a driver is dealing with a full load, therefore, he must think carefully about the loading order and ensure that the last pallet in is the first off. He will, of course be able to move things around a little, particularly a few drops into his schedule, but nevertheless this can cost valuable time. A curtainsider offers a bit of a compromise. It protects loads from bad weather and prying eyes but allows loading and unloading all around the truck. The curtains themselves can be damaged, however, and the curtainsiders are generally a little more expensive to buy. Security is not quite as good as a box van either, as the material of the curtains can be cut.
Despite this competition, there can be no doubt that the box van is the workhorse of the regional distribution market. They are cheap to buy and run and simple to maintain, with no moving curtains to get worn or faulty. They offer the best level of security and protection from the elements that you can get. With no exotic parts, buying a used box van is a simple affair. The standard mechanical checks should be carried out and service records examined. The box itself is a robust piece of kit and need only be checked for obvious signs of damage. Remember too that the box is a great opportunity for you to advertise your firm.
Until recently, box-bodied trucks were usually sold by the truck manufacturer as rigid chassis cabs with a box body built by a specialist bodybuilder. This is changing as more manufacturers are selling their trucks ‘ready bodied’. When buying a truck with a box body, check all round for damage and the inside for water leakage and nasty smells that are difficult to remove. If the truck has a tail lift, check that it is working and that it has been tested. Does the truck have a roof air deflector that reaches to the top of the body? If not it will cost you more on fuel or to fit the correct device. Finally double check all interior and exterior dimensions to make sure it is suitable for the job it will do.
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