If you are looking to buy a curtainsider, you know that in distribution work it is vital to get exactly the right type of truck for your operations. This will certainly mean choosing the right size and maximum weight for your work and the most efficient engine and transmission combination, but it is also vital to choose the right body type. This used to be a straightforward choice. You had the flatbed truck or dropsides for bulky work and the enclosed box body for smaller and more valuable loads. Perhaps a Luton lorry could be considered to maximise space. The curtainside body changed the goalposts somewhat.
Flatbed lorries have their advantages. You can load them from the rear or either side, and they can take bulky loads that even overhang the dimensions of the flatbed. The easy access leads to fast loading and unloading and because they can be accessed all around, there is greater flexibility in planning delivery routes: first on does not have to mean last off.
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Trailer DAF LF 55.250
2011 | Curtainsiders | 24000kg
9m 20T Curtainside Trailer
Euro 5, AdBlue
Fixed 5th Wheel
Rear Air Suspension
Electric Heated Mirrors
AVAILABLE WITH MODIFICATION/ENGINEERING IF NEEDED
(PTO, Extension, Body building, Paintwork plus much more can be arranged and quoted)
3, 6, 9 OR 12 MONTHS DRIVELINE WARRANTY AVAILABLE
2013 | Curtainsiders | 3500kg
Renault Midlum 180
2012 | Curtainsiders
- 4x2 Curtainsider
- Manual Gearbox
- 19ft Body
- Day Cab
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824 4x2 Rigid
2011 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
2011 (61) Mercedes Benz Axor 1824 long distance cab, 26` curtainside body, 554311 kms, October 17 MOT, 1.5 ton tuckaway tail lift, air con, electric windows and mirrors, 6 speed manual, rear air suspension, excellent condition.
Trailer Schmitz CargoBull
2007 | Curtainsiders
Schmit CargoBull Curtain side trailer and Q7 Roller floor in good condition with MOT until April 2017. Trailers
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Fuso
2008 | Curtainsiders
Mitsubishi Fuso canter curtain sider, 7.5ton, manual, excellent condition Other Trucks
Isuzu Forward 75 - 190
2013 | Curtainsiders | 7500kg
No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Length: 20ft; Rear Doors: Barn ; Kms: 181,121; D.O.R.: 11/2013; Engine CC: 5193; Euro: 5
Isuzu NQR 7500kg
2008 | Curtainsiders | 7500kg
Isuzu NQR 7 4x2 Curtainside (NX08 AOY), year 2008, 08 reg, 7.5 tonnes, 19 feet bed, automatic gearbox, on springs, day cab, MOT to April 2017. Clock reads 76639 miles. H: 3.50 W: 2.50 L: 8.10 metres
MAN TGM 18.240, 4 X 2 CURTAINSIDER -
2008 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
MAN TGM LX Series Highroof Twinsleeper Cab. MAN 240 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. ZF 12 Speed Astronic Gearbox. MAN Single Reduction Drive Axle. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. 29Ft Curtainside Body C/w Barn Doors And Wood Plank Flooring. Dhollandia 1500 Kg Tuckaway Taillift. Internal Height : 9Ft 3in. Side/Rear Aperture : 9Ft 2 Ins . Roof Mounted Air
MAN TGA RHD 26.350 6X2 R LIFT CURTAINSIDER
2006 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
Sleeper, D2066LF03 350, 604783km, Automatic, Air, Diesel,
The limitations of the flatbed are in security and exposure to the elements. No matter how well tied and sheeted a load is, it is still vulnerable to thieves. They can see the load, decide if it is worth stealing and quickly cut through the sheets and ropes to access it. Similarly, no sheeting is going to completely protect the load from the elements and damage is always possible.
The limitations of the flatbed are addressed by the box truck. This provides a secure enclosure for the load, keeping it away from prying eyes and protecting it from the appalling British weather. This would seem enough, but the box body truck also introduces limitations. Chief among these concerns is access. Most box vans have access only via the rear. This means that care must be taken in planning the load. Put simply, it’s first in last out. If there are changes to the schedule, this could cause problems for a multi-drop operator. At the very least, it could mean wasted time shuffling loads around, but in some cases it could mean insurance issues as receiving bays refuse to handle someone else’s pallets.
The curtainsider provides an answer to these problems. It is designed specifically to combine the flexibility of a flatbed with the security of a box van. Like the flatbed, the curtainsider can be loaded from either side as well as the rear. This speeds up loading and introduces flexibility in the unloading order. With the curtainsider, therefore, productivity can be increased and unforeseen changes to a schedule are not so much of a problem. On the other hand, it keeps loads away from prying eyes and protects them from the elements.
This makes the curtainsider an ideal compromise for many operators. The material of the curtainside itself may not be as secure as a rigid box, but modern versions are really pretty tough. When buying a used curtainsider, it is important to check that the fabric and mechanism are sound. Clearly, these are moving parts and as such can be damaged. Replacing them can be expensive, so a little care during the inspection could result in substantial savings. Aside from this, the curtainsider is a simple and standard wagon with no special checks needing to be made.
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