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 is the Answer
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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The DAF LF series of curtainsiders can be counted on to complete distribution work with minimal effort, making use of the latest Euro 6 engines so that urban delivery routes can be completed efficiently and the stop-start nature of driving on congested roads does not hit fuel economy too hard.
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Curtainsider trucks are great for distribution work, and you can find Iveco models on the used market with reliable credentials and competitive asking prices. There are many smaller 7.5 tonne Eurocargo models, but this family of curtainsiders from Iveco also extends to include vehicles with operating weights of up to 26 tonnes and much larger load spaces.
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Iveco Eurocargo curtainsiders are a mainstay of the distribution market, epitomising the kind of compact and versatile vehicle that is necessary for modern operators to use if they want to remain competitive. Used Eurocargo curtainsiders make a good choice when you want to save money on acquiring this type of truck. And there are plenty of models on the market with different engines, wheelbases... Read more
There are many reasons to choose a curtainsider rather than any other type of truck. But whether you are influenced by the practicality of such a vehicle or the cost-effectiveness it brings, buying a model from MAN makes sense in all situations. This manufacturer makes curtainsiders ranging in length from 20 to 30 feet as well as spanning weight categories from 7.5 to 26 tonnes.
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The curtainsider design offers a very efficient means of loading and unloading a truck, especially compared to units with rigid sides that do not deliver nearly as much convenience for situations which require repeated access to the body of the vehicle. And Mercedes-Benz builds some of the best trucks for curtainside use in the business, with a range of operating weights and cab configurations... Read more
Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks take busy distribution routes in their stride, with curtainsider bodies measuring between 20ft and 28ft available on the used market, where prices can be unexpectedly affordable.
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Mercedes-Benz Axor curtainsiders come in 18-, 26- and 32-tonne variations, with all benefiting from the same inviting cabs, efficient engines and rigid, versatile bodies with lots of extras to offer. In spite of being retired, the Axor range is still making a splash in the used market, and there are a lot of different curtainsider units available, helping organisations to handle distribution... Read more
When looking to buy a used Renault curtainsider truck, you will need to keep a checklist of the specifications that you are seeking alongside an appropriate budget for the purchase in order to make the process less complicated. There is a good amount of choice for this type of commercial vehicle from Renault, with models taking on distribution duties, urban delivery runs and comprehensive... Read more
Used curtainsider trucks need to be reliable in spite of their age and must be equipped with enough cab features to keep drivers happy. And buying a vehicle of this kind with Scania’s distinctive name tag attached will deliver on both counts. You will tend to encounter models from this firm in the weight category of 18 tonnes and up, with curtainsider bodies that can accommodate a range of... Read more
Rigid curtainsiders that form part of the popular Scania P Series can take demanding distribution work in their stride. Whether intended for daily use on regular routes around towns and cities or for long-haul journeys with overnight stops involved, you can find a used P Series curtainsider truck that will be just right for the role in question.
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Volvo curtainsiders cut an imposing and impressive figure on the road. They are built sturdily by a company that knows all about making vehicles that can stand the test of time. And so anyone looking for a used truck of this type will come across a lot of appealing options from this Swedish firm.
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