Dropsides Trucks For Sale

The dropsides is a venerable truck, having been around on the nation’s roads for many decades. It is one of the earliest forms of truck and is still around probably due to its versatility. The design of the dropsides is pretty simple. Essentially, it can be regarded as simply a flatbed truck with a little added security for the load. In addition to the flatbed itself, the dropsides has containing walls to the rear and the sides. These are usually fairly modest in depth, allowing easy opening and access to the load.

The dropsides can be loaded and unloaded from the sides or from the rear and even from above. This makes it extremely flexible when planning routes compared to box vans, which need to be loaded and unloaded in order from the rear. It also makes the dropsides potentially quicker to unload, with many forklifts able to unload from all sides at once. The ability to unload from the sides can also make the dropsides a popular option for site work, where access can be tight. Many dropsides take advantage of their open nature by including an onboard crane. This can make them extremely efficient on multi-drop routes, as they don't need to wait for a forklift to become available for unloading to take place.

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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 POA
2009 | Dropsides | 7500kg No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Traffic Steps: At Rear; Length: 21ft; Kms: 45323; Engine CC: 3920; D.O.R.: 07.2009; MOT Expiry: March 2016; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV POA
2011 | Dropsides | 7500kg This Iveco 75E16 EEV EUROCARGO commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Length: 20ft; Kms: 158428; Bhp: 160; D.O.R: 24.09.2011; MOT expiry: April 2016; Engine Cc: 3920; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
Iveco Eurocargo 75E18
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E18 POA
2007 | Dropsides | 7500kg This Iveco 75E18 EUROCARGO commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 5 Speed manual; Body: Double dropside, rear tail gate & headboard; Length: 20ft; Kms: 185181; Bhp: 3920; D.O.R: 30.06.2007; MOT: New 12 months; LEZ: Compliant
Volvo FM 7 250 6 X 2
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Volvo FM 7 250 6 X 2 POA
2000 | Dropsides | 26000kg VOLVO FM7-250 6 X 2 YEAR 2000 DROP SIDE FLATBED REAR LIFT AXLE SLEEPER CAB WITH HIAB 1265H MANUAL GEAR BOX TEST TILL JUNE 2016 IN FULL WORKING CONDITION VOLVO
V J Commercials Limited
Mercedes-Benz Axor
Mercedes-Benz Axor POA
Dropsides | 26000kg MERCEDES BENZ 6x2 2528L AXOR 2006 MERCEDES BENZ 2528L 6x2 AXOR COMPLETE WITH 27ft ALLOY DROPSIDE BODY CONTRACT MAITAINED FROM NEW
Trucks 2 Go Limited
Mercedes-Benz Atego  816
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Mercedes-Benz Atego 816 POA
2008 | Dropsides - 4x2 7.5T Dropside Tipper - Under Floor Ram - Day Cab - 6spd Manual Gear Box
Cormac Leonard Commercials
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter  7.5 TON
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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7.5 TON POA
2007 | Dropsides 2007 MITSUBISHI CANTER 7.5 TON 150 HP WITH 14FT DROPSIDE BODY. TIDY TRUCK. TESTED AND READY TO GO.
North Dublin Commercials
Mercedes-Benz 18-23
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Mercedes-Benz 18-23 POA
2005 | Dropsides 2005 MERCEDES 18-23 WITH 25FT DROPSIDE BODY AND PK 10,000KG REMOTE CONTROL LOADER. 427,000KM.
North Dublin Commercials
Ford Transit
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Ford Transit POA
2012 | Dropsides | 3500kg Paint & Lettering tail Lift Ingimex tow Bar - Taco - Hands Free Parrot
A M Phillip Trucktech Forfar
Iveco Eurocargo
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Iveco Eurocargo £8,850.00
2008 | Dropsides | 7500kg Cd Player tachograph
A M Phillip Trucktech Forfar
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DAF DropsideThe very versatility of the dropsides does, however, impose limitations. Because it is open, the loads on the dropsides are exposed to the elements. Clearly, this can be addressed by ropes and sheeting, but it can still make the dropsides unsuited to carrying delicate goods. The open nature of the dropsides also makes it less secure and loads are open to the gaze of potential thieves. Again, this makes it less suited to carrying valuable loads when the truck may be left unattended, either for short breaks or overnight.

Many dropsides will therefore find a home in the scaffold yard or builder's merchant, where loads such as aggregates are ideal for the dropsides characteristics. Aggregate loads are usually pretty impervious to the weather and are not valuable enough or light enough to make attractive targets for thieves. They are also well restrained by the sides and rear of the truck. Some dropsides come with tipping bodies to make short work of unloading these aggregates. The dropsides is also ideal for palletised loads, such as paving or bricks. 

Traffic management dropside

The sides themselves may be constructed from aluminium to save some weight, and care should always be taken to examine their condition when buying a used dropsides as repair or replacement can be expensive.

The dropsides comes in a variety of axle configurations, lengths and weight ratings. You will also find them with all sorts of cab types, from standard day cabs to crew cabs and sleeper cabs. It is a simple body type and is relatively easy to maintain and repair. With no real specialist equipment (assuming no crane or tipping body), a used dropsides should give years of excellent service. Being simple and relatively cheap, the dropsides truck lends itself well to the used-truck market. It is also extremely versatile and able to operate in many environments.

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