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 LF45 .160
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DAF LF45 .160 POA
2011 | Dropsides | 7500kg No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is 5 Speed Manual; Length : 20ft; Kms: 295,224; D.O.R.: 06/2011; Engine CC: 4461; Euro: 5
Iveco Daily  70C18
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Iveco Daily 70C18 POA
2012 | Dropsides | 7000kg No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Front : 2ft Tool Box; Length: 11ft; Kms: 116,840; D.O.R.: 12/2012; Euro: 5
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1825
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1825 POA
2013 | Dropsides | 18000kg No of Seats: 2; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Length: 26ft; The taillift is rated at: 1500kgs Column; Kms: 26,400; D.O.R.: 12/2013; Euro: 5
Ford Transit CREWCAB DROPSIDE
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Ford Transit CREWCAB DROPSIDE £7,250.00
2010 | Dropsides TRANSIT 115 T350 RWD, 60, 126K MILES, 6 SEATER CREW CAB, 11FT DROPSIDE BODY, MOT - 09/2016, SERVICE HISTORY UPTO 114K, TOW BAR, 6 SPEED, BEACONS, WORK LAMPS, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, SPARE KEY, 3 MONTH WARRANTY, PLEASE CALL TO ARRANGE A VIEWING / TESTDRIVE FOR THIS VEHICLE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE !
Commercial Trucks Ltd
Scania 4 Series 114L 380
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Scania 4 Series 114L 380 POA
2002 | Dropsides | 26000kg Scania 114L 380 6x2 Lift AxLE Dropside, Sleeper Cab, Manual Gearbox, Complete with truck mounted Kooi aap Z2-1-2030 Fork Lift Truck (1511 Hours) Rigid Trucks
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
Renault Midlum  220 DCI
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Renault Midlum 220 DCI POA
2006 | Dropsides Renault Midlum 220 DCI 4x2 18 Ton Dropside with Tail Lift, Manual Gearbox Year 2006 Rigid Trucks
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
DAF CF75 .310
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DAF CF75 .310 POA
2008 | Dropsides 2008 58 DAF CF75.310 REAR MOUNTED CRANE EURO 4 2008 58 DAF CF75.310 6X2 DAY CAB AIR SUSPENDED AND LIFTING REAR AXLE AUTO GEARBOX COMPLETE WITH CAMERAS REAR AND SIDE DROPSIDE BODY REAR MOUNTED REMOTE CONTROLLED HIAB 122.DUO STAND UP CONTROLS BRICK GRAB ONE OWNER CONTRACT MAINTAINED FROM NEW EURO 4 CHOI
Trucks 2 Go Limited
Ford Transit
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Ford Transit £6,575.00
2024 | Dropsides | 3500kg Towbar & Electrics digital Tachograhp handwash Unit
A M Phillip Trucktech Forfar
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV POA
2011 | Dropsides | 7500kg No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Length: 23ft; Kms: 130,113; D.O.R.: 05/2011; Euro: 5
DAF LF55 .220
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DAF LF55 .220 POA
2013 | Dropsides | 18000kg No of Seats: 2; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Length: 14ft; Kms: 124329; Equipment: 3 x Shutes; Top Sheet : Insulated; Length: 14ft; Kms: 124329; D.O.R.: 03/2013; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
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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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