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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2002 | Curtainsiders
2002 10 mtr single axle steering axle GRP box van air suspension drum brakes mint
Mercedes-Benz Actros MERCEDES 2532 26 TONNE CURTAINSIDER 2013 FJ63 BTY
2013 | Curtainsiders | 1500kg
Mercedes Actros MP3 Long Distance High Roof Twin Sleeper Cab Mercedes 320Bhp Bluetech Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Adblue After Treatment System Mercedes Telligent 12 Speed Semi Automatic Gearbox c/w Manual and Automatic Gear Change Selector Mercedes Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension c/we In Cab Hand Held Raise Lower Controls Air Suspended
DAF LF45 .180 4x2 Curtainside Body
2012 | Curtainsiders | 12000kg
CD Player,Radio,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Windows,FADK,Heated Mirrors, Barn Doors,Tuckaway Tail Lift Britcom
DAF CF65 .220 4x2 Curtainside Body
2010 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
Central Locking,Cruise Control,Radio,Single Bunk, Electric Windows,FADK,Heated Mirrors, Britcom
MAN TGM 18.250 4x2 Curtainside Body
2011 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
CD Player,Central Locking,Cruise Control,Radio,Single Bunk,Sun Visor,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Heated Mirrors, Barn Doors,Tuckaway Tail Lift Britcom
DAF LF45 .160
2010 | Curtainsiders
20 foot curtain c/w Ratcliff Palfinger 1000kg tuckunder taillift,electric windows,cruise control,exhaust brake,Radio/Cd player,dual passenger seat,steel suspension,barn doors,manual gearbox,nice condition,for more info please phone 0121 326 6950,for the latest stock updates follow us on Twitter @junction6com. Right Hand Drive
DAF LF45 .160
2012 | Curtainsiders
20 foot curtain,electric windows/mirrors,cruise control,exhaust brake,Radio/Cd player,dual passenger seat,steel suspension,barn doors,air deflector,manual gearbox,only 305,000 kilometres, nice condition,for more info please phone 0121 326 6950,for the latest stock updates follow us on Twitter @junction6com. Right Hand Drive
Scania R Series R270 6 X 2 CURTAINSIDER - 2008 - BX58 ENM
2008 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
Scania R Series Sleeper Cab. Scania 270 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. Scania 8 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. Scania Single Reduction Drive Axle. Drive Axle Air Suspension. Air Suspended Rear Lift Axle. 28Ft Curtainside Body C/w Wood Plank Floor And Rear Barn Doors. Side/Rear Aperture : 8Ft 3ins. Internal Height : 8Ft 8ins. Aluminium Side Guard Safety Rails. Aluminium Fuel
Scania 4 Series 114 340 10 Tyre Rear Lift Curtainsider
2003 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
2003 Scania 114 340 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Curtainsider, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Twin Bunks, Rear Barn Doors, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Scania R Series R310 10 Tyre Rear Lift Curtainsider
2006 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
2006 Scania R310 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Curtainsider, 8 Speed Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Twin Bunks, Rear Roller Shutter Door, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
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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