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 Daily 70C18
2012 | Dropsides | 7000kg
This Iveco 70C18 DAILY commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed manual; Body: 12 ft Thompson Steel Dropside with large front Tool box (2ft); Kms: 93807; Bhp: 180; Engine Cc: 2998; D.O.R: 24.12.2012; MOT Expiry: November 2016; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
Isuzu NQR 75 5.2L
8 | Dropsides
2008 ISUZU NQR 7.5 TON, 15.5 FT DROPSIDE BODY, ONE OWNER, IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1997 | Dropsides | 7490kg
BODY LENGTH: 20FT
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1318 ATEGO
2000 | Dropsides
MERC 1318 ATEGO,
BODY LENGTH: 21FT
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 4x2 Rigid
2002 | Dropsides
MERCEDES 815 ATEGO,
BODY LENGTH: 23.5FT
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MERCEDES 313 CDI DROPSIDE TAIL LIFT
16112011 | Dropsides
MERCEDES SPRINTER 313 CDI
LIGHTS GOOD VEHICLE
16/11/2011 FIRST REG
3500 KG GVW
13.8 FT DROPSIDE
6 SPEED GEAR BOX
2 AXEL RIGID
THIS TRUCK IS VERY CLEAN AND TIDY AND READY FOR WORK FOR MORE DETAILS OF THIS TRUCK PLEASE CALL THE CROMWELL TRUCKS SALES TEAM
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 Day Cab Dropside
1999 | Dropsides | 7500kg
1999 Mercedes Atego 815 Day Cab Dropside on Springs Suspension, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, 3 Seat Cab, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition, We can ship this truck to Walvis Bay for ?ú2,000
MAN TGL 4.6 7.155 4X2 BB DAY 5d 150 BHP 1 Owner, Full Hi
2006 | Dropsides
We have owned this MAN Dropside since new. It has full MAN service history.
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV
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
Mercedes-Benz Atego MERCEDES 1823
2004 | Dropsides
54 REG MERCEDES 1823 28FT DROPSIDE, 6 SPEED MANUAL, DAY CAB, ON STEEL, DIRECT FROM COMPANY TESTED TILL AUGUST
The 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.
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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