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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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 3.5T 20FT 6M CURTAIN SIDE 20FT
2011 | Curtainsiders | 3500kg
Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get FREE DELIVERY to your door within UK mainland. Your payment fully refunded upon delivery if you are not happy for any reason whatsoever. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Comprehensive peace of mind warranty with money back
DAF LF45 45 130 7.5 TON
1993 | Curtainsiders
LAYLAND CURTAIN SIDER, DAY CAB, SPRING SUSPENTION, MANUAL GEARBOX,
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1833 4x2 Curtainside Body
2011 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
CD Player,Cruise Control,Radio,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Heated Mirrors, Barn Doors,Cantilever Tail Lift Britcom
Volvo FL 260 4x2 Curtainside Body
2011 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
Air Con,CD Player,Cruise Control,Radio,Single Bunk,Sun Visor,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Windows,FADK,Heated Mirrors,Side Wind Deflectors, Barn Doors,Tuckaway Tail Lift Britcom
DAF CF65 EURO 5, 4 X 2 18 TONNE CURTAINSIDER û 2009 -
Curtainsiders | 18000kg
DAF CF Series Day Cab. Paccar 250 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/w Ad-Blue. ZF 6 Speed Manual Gearbox. Ecasá Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. DAF Single Reduction Drive Axle. EBS Disc Braking System. 31Ft Curtainside Body C/w Barn Doors, Lashing Rings And Wood Panel Flooring. Rear Aperture : 7Ft 8ins. Side Aperture: 7Ftá7 ins. Internal Height : 7Ft 7ins. Cab
DAF CF65 220 Sleeper Cab Curtainsider
2005 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
2005 Daf CF65 220 Sleeper Cab Curtainsider, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Single Bunk, Rear Barn Doors, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Mercedes-Benz Axor Atego 2528 Day Cab Curtainsider
2001 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
2001 Mercedes Atego 2528 6x2 Rear Lift Day Cab Curtainsider, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Rear Barn Doors, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Scania R Series R420 10 Tyre Curtainsider Dangler
2006 | Curtainsiders | 44000kg
2006 Scania R420 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Topline Curtainsider with M&G Tri Axle Curtainsider Trailer 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Barn Doors, Full Wind Deflector Kit, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination
Scania P Series P270 10 Tyre Rear Lift Curtainsider
2006 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
2006 Scania P270 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Curtainsider, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Single Bunk, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
DAF LF55 .220
2008 | Curtainsiders
18t CURTAINSIDE WITH COLUMN TAIL LIFT. INTERNAL LENGTH 22'. INTERNAL HEIGHT 7'2". INTERNAL WIDTH 8'4". APERTURE HEIGHT 6'10".DAY CAB ON STEEL SUSPENSION. REAR WIDE SLAT SHUTTER DOOR. ROOF DEFLECTOR. HARDWOOD FLOOR. AUTOMATIC GEARBOX. REVERSING CAMERA. RADIO/CD PLAYER. EURO 5. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. PARKED AT SHEPSHED FOR VIEWING.Power Steering
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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