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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DAF LF55 55.220
DAF LF55 55.220 POA
2004 | Dropsides | 18000kg 4X2, Fitted 22' Dropside Body with Atlas 120.2E Crane with Brick Grab,(Kinshofer KM 331), Cruise Control, Tape Player, Reverse Camera and Hands Free Parrot Telephone System. Supplied With New MOT.
Allports Truck Centre
DAF LF45 170
DAF LF45 170 POA
2006 | Dropsides | 7490kg 2006 DAF FA LF 55.170 - Direct from MOD, vehicle has covered 69000km and is in great condition as excepted. Fitted with a 20ft double dropside body, with a tailboard. Fresh test carried out April 15
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C18
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C18 POA
2007 | Dropsides 2007 Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 75 7c18 21ft alloy double dropside body fitted with palfinger PC2300 crane
Volvo FL 6 17 ton Hi-Ab dropside
Volvo FL 6 17 ton Hi-Ab dropside £5,750.00
2002 | Dropsides 2002 Volvo FL6 17 ton Dropside truck with rear mounted Atlas 80.1 double extension Hi-Ab. Steel dropside body, manual gearbox, steel suspension, genuine mileage, MOT, ready for work. Volvo
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  311CDi MWB Dropside
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311CDi MWB Dropside £5,250.00
2007 | Dropsides 2007 '57' Mercedes Sprinter 311 CDi Medium wheelbase Dropside truck. 11'6 body with Aluminium dropsides, 6 speed manual gearbox, double passenger seat, CD radio, electric windows, genuine mileage, MOT, ready for work, VGC inside & out Mercedes
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
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
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 POA
2007 | Dropsides | 7490kg 2007 Iveco Eurocargo 75E16, 20ft Platform, Euro 4, 7.5ton Gross, Manual Gearbox, Steel Suspension, Direct Company, Clean and Tidy, MOT MAY 2015, LEZ Compliant
Trailer Flat
Trailer Flat POA
Dropsides tri axle drop side white
F W Thomas
Iveco Stralis  AD260S31Y/PS DAY auto box
Iveco Stralis AD260S31Y/PS DAY auto box £35,000.00
2009 | Dropsides 2009/09 Iveco stralis day cab , complete with rear mount seat controlled crane ass, with builders merchant body, ex contract, mileage warranted @ 174,000kms full test , full service history, massive saving on new , auto box rare vehicle, Price Plus VAT
MBV Trucks Limited
MAN LE le18220
MAN LE le18220 POA
2006 | Dropsides | 18000kg man 18.220 2006 fitted with a atlas 105.2 crane with stand up controls this crane will lift at 1.9 meters 5050 kg 2.7 m 2900 kg 5.4 1940 kg and at 7.1 m 1490 kg the body is 24 foot long with alloy drop side the truck is on air suspension on the rear this truck has done very low klm recorded for more details on this very clean truck call john or nin at cromwell truck sales
Cromwell Truck Sales
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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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