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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2004 | Curtainsiders | 39000kg
TRI AXLE CURTAINSIDER
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Trailer Fruehauf Tri axle curtainsider
2004 | Curtainsiders
tri axle curtainsider Trailers
Scania 4 Series RHD 4-SRS P94 4X2 CURTAINSIDER
1999 | Curtainsiders
DAF LF55 LF 55.180
2011 | Curtainsiders | 13000kg
23'8" Curtainside with Rear Roller Shutters
Euro 5 Adblue
Air Deflector Kit
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
MAN L2000 8.155
2003 | Curtainsiders | 7500kg
A tidy well kept curtainsider. Drives well but synchros are tired on 3rd and 4th gear. Cab clean. Good tyres. Needs MOT
DAF LF55 .250
2009 | Curtainsiders
2009 09 DAF LF55.250 CURTAIN GLASS RACKS EURO 4 2009 09 DAF LF55.250 DAY CAB 4X2 COMPLETE WITH 24FT CURTAIN SIDE BODY SLIDING ROOF INTERNAL SLIDING GLASS RACKS REMOVABLE SIDE PILLARS TOOL BOX ONE OWNER CONTRACT MAINTAINED FROM NEW EURO 4
MAN TGM 26.290 Curtainsider
2011 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
2011 (61) MAN TGM 26.290 Curtainsider, 26 Tonne, Sleeper Cab, Auto, Tuckunder Tail-lift This truck is a Euro 5
Scania 4 Series P94
1999 | Curtainsiders | 26000kg
260 6x2 Curtainsider with Moffett Mounty Bracket Engine Power: 260HP
2006 | Curtainsiders
DAF CF65 -220
2007 | Curtainsiders
CF65-220 4x2 Curtainside Lorry 2007 MANUAL GEARBOX 28ft Curtainside Body, Air Suspension, Day Cab, Tail Lift, Rear Barn Doors, ADK, Electric Windows, Sunroof, Sunvisor, CD, Digital Tachograph, 6sp Manual Gearbox.
- STOCK NO Q222
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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