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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Mercedes-Benz Axor ATEGO 2528
2002 | Dropsides
2002 02 MERCEDES ATEGO 2528 FITTED WITH 24FT DROPSIDE BODY WITH ATALS 105.1 CRANE AND BRICKGRAB
DAF LF45 45 LF 180 6 CYLINDER ENGINE
2006 | Dropsides
20FT DROPSIDE BODY, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT, VGC. REF H982 HGV
Ford Transit 350 115 Dropside
2008 | Dropsides
2008 Ford Transit 350 - 115 Dropside. 13'6 long aluminium dropside body, twin wheel rear axle, 6 speed manual gearbox, CD radio, double passenger seat, VGC inside & out, service print out, MOT'd ready to go. VANS/ pickups
Ford Transit 350 100 Crew Cab Dropside
2009 | Dropsides
2009 '58' Ford Transit 350 - 100 Crew Cab Dropside. 10 foot dropside body with aluminium Tail Lift. Only 64,000 miles from new, Direct council. Seats 7 all with seat belts, 5 speed gearbox, twin wheel raer axle, CD radio, beacons, VGC inside & out. MOT'd VANS/ pickups
DAF LF45 45.160 LF
2009 | Dropsides | 12000kg
No of Seats: 2; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Crane: Fassi F50 / Front Mounted; Length: 19ft; Euro: 4
DAF LF55 FA LF55.220 4x2 Rigid
2003 | Dropsides | 18000kg
2003 (03 REG) DAF FA LF 55.220 DROPSIDE TRUCK. WITH ATLAS 3500 CRANE HAS A 21FT ALLOY DROPSIDE BODY. FITTED WITH A NOKIA HANDS FREE KIT WITH ALL THE USUAL LF EXTRAS. 5 IN STOCK TO CHOSE FROM IDEAL FOR EXPORT. ANY TRIAL INSPECTION WELCOME. ANY MORE INFORMATION CALL: 07795844172
2010 | Dropsides | 7500kg
2010 (60) Iveco Eurocargo 75 E16 Dropside Flat 7.5 Tonnes Daycab 6.5m Body Auto Euro 5 Add Blue. Euro 5
DAF LF45 45.160 LF EEV
2010 | Dropsides | 7500kg
This DAF 45.160 LF EEV commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 5 Speed manual; Extra details: Newly converted 1/4 Front Dropside with rear Tail Gate; Bhp: 160; MOT: New 12 months if required; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
1998 | Dropsides | 15000kg
DAF FA 55.180 DROPSIDE LORRY WITH A FRONT MOUNTED ATLAS AK1403C FOLD AWAY CRANE TRUCK IS IN GOOD USUABLE CONDITION. PLEASE CALL 07795844172
Iveco Eurocargo 75E 16 Flatbed 7.5 Tonner
2012 | Dropsides
20ft Long Alloy Dropside Body,Sleeper Cab,Auto Gearbox,Euro 5 Engine,4.8m Wheel Base. RIGIDS
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 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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