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 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid
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DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid POA
2009 | Dropsides | 7490kg DAF CRANE TRUCK for sale in excellent condition. This one needs to be viewed to be appreciated. Only 255877 Kilometres recorded. For more details or to view, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks.
Cromwell Truck Sales
DAF 45 Series LF45
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DAF 45 Series LF45 POA
2009 | Dropsides White, 2 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 4x2, GVW: 7500kg, RHD, 2009 DAF FA45 in excellent condition, only 219617 Kilometres recorded. To view or for more details, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks, POA
Cromwell Truck Sales
Iveco Trakker 6X4
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Iveco Trakker 6X4 POA
2007 | Dropsides | 18000kg White, 2 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 6x4, GVW: 26000kg, RHD, IVECO TRAKKER in White 317407 Kilometres recorded. This vehicle is in excellent condition. For more details or to view, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks
Cromwell Truck Sales
Mercedes-Benz Axor 2528 6x2 Rigid
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 2528 6x2 Rigid POA
2005 | Dropsides | 26000kg White, 1 owner, 2 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 3 Seats, Previous Owners: 1, 4x2, 280hp, Euro3, GVW: 26000kg, RHD, 55 plate Mercedes Axor 2528 22ft mesh sided dropside. 26 tonne GVW. Complete with rear mounted Atlas 125.2 crane with Remote Control. Covered 247,308 kms recorded only. Rear air suspension and a rear steer axle. Call the team for more details, POA less
Cromwell Truck Sales
MAN M2000
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MAN M2000 POA
2007 | Dropsides White, 2 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 4x2, GVW: 18000kg, RHD, Man M200 in White, only 131180 Kilometres recorded. For more details of this fine example or to view, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks, POA
Cromwell Truck Sales
Mitsubishi L200 CVS Canter
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Mitsubishi L200 CVS Canter POA
2010 | Dropsides White, 3 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 4x2, GVW: 7500kg, RHD, Mitsubishi Canter 75 in White. Excellent condition and only 134724 Kilometres recorded. For more deatails or to view, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks
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Iveco Eurocargo 180E24S
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Iveco Eurocargo 180E24S POA
2006 | Dropsides White, 2 owners, 3 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 3 Seats, Previous Owners: 2, 4x2, 240hp, Euro3, GVW: 18000kg, RHD, Outstanding 18 tonne GVW Crane lorry. In excellent condition and covered 311,220 kms recorded only. Has an 18 foot mesh sided dropside body. A beautiful PM10 crane and the lifting capacities are; 1.95m=4950kgs, 4.05m=2500kgs, 5.7m=1600kgs, 7.5m=1150kgs. 3 seats in cab also. Must be
Cromwell Truck Sales
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 4x2 Rigid
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Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 4x2 Rigid POA
2006 | Dropsides Silver, 3 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 4x2, GVW: 7490kg, RHD, 2006 Mercedes Atego in Silver, only 61303 Kilometres recorded. For more details or to view, call John or Nin at Cromwell trucks, POA
Cromwell Truck Sales
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 POA
2006 | Dropsides | 7490kg White, 1 owner, 3 seats, Rigid Trucks, Day cab, 3 Seats, Previous Owners: 1, 4x2, 160hp, Euro3, GVW: 7500kg, RHD, Iveco 75e16 16 ft alloy dropside body. Rear mount Atlas 48.2 crane. Covered only 173,870 kilometres recorded. Manual 5 speed gearbox and 3 seats. Call for John or Nin at Cromwell trucks.
Cromwell Truck Sales
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 POA
2007 | Dropsides | 7500kg This Euro 4 LEZ compliant vehicle has a sleeper-cab and NEW alloy dropside truck body,One owner, Ready for work.. 160 hp HP
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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. 

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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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