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 Sprinter 311 CDI LWB drop side 13ft6
2009 | Dropsides | 3500kg
Please note this vehicle is located at our Walsall branch, less than 1 minute from Junction 10 of the M6 motorway. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get free delivery to your door within UK mainland. Your payment fully refunded upon delivery if you are not happy
Mercedes-Benz Axor MERCEDES BENZ 1823 4 X 2, 18 TONNE DROPSIDE FLATB
2005 | Dropsides | 18000kg
Mercedes Benz Axor Sleeper Cab. Mercedes Benz 230 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. 2 Stage Engine Brake. Mercedes Benz 6 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. Mercedes Benz Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. 26Ft Flatbed Body C/w Aluminium Dropsides, Wood Panel Flooring And Raised Headboard. Cab Roof Mounted Amber Beacon Bar. Aluminium Fuel Tank. Aluminium
Renault Midlum 270 DXI 4x2 Rigid
2010 | Dropsides
24ft Body With Alloy Drop Sides, May 2017 M.O.T RIGIDS
DAF LF55 FA LF55.220 4x2 Rigid
2006 | Dropsides | 18000kg
25ft 18 ton gvw dropside truck, 1 owner, just had full service in our own workshops, new mot, inspection welcome.
Renault Unknown G280 DROPSIDE LHD
LEFT HAND DRIVE,
STEEL DROPSIDE BODY,
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 13ft 6in Dropside
2010 | Dropsides | 3500kg
1 owner with full service service history and new mot. Exceptionally clean throughout and nice to drive.
Please note this vehicle is located at our Walsall branch, less than 1 minute from Junction 10 of the M6 motorway. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get free
Ford Transit 350 Caged Dropside Tail Lift & Tool Box
2011 | Dropsides | 3500kg
Ford Transit caged dropside with tool box, finished in white, one owner from new, low mileage, tool box with roller shutter for secure tool and equipment storage. Heavy duty cage with tail lift, massive load volume capacity. In excellent condition throughout. Ideal for house clearances, tree surgery. Ready for work.Please note this vehicle is located at our Walsall branch, less than 1 minute from
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 13ft Dropside (New Body)
2010 | Dropsides | 3500kg
Fitted with brand new 13ft dropside body. one major company owner from new. Extremely well maintained and in truly exceptional condition throughout. Lovely to drive with a nice clean cab. Comes with our all items covered comprehensive in house warranty for your total peace of mind. Please note this vehicle is located in Kingstanding, Birmingham only a few miles from Junction 7 M6 motorway. 7 days
Mercedes-Benz Atego 816 7.5T 20ft Dropside New Body
2008 | Dropsides | 7490kg
Lovely low mileage truck with brand new body.Please note this vehicle is located at our Walsall branch, less than 1 minute from Junction 10 of the M6 motorway. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get free delivery to your door within UK mainland. Your payment fully
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI ** EXTRA LONG** 19ft 6ins Dropside 1 Owner
2009 | Dropsides | 3500kg
One owner, light use (plastic pipes,) full Mercedes Benz main dealer service history. Recent service with new MOT. Specially extended chassis to provide 19ft 6ins load length. Quiet engine, smooth gearbox, very clean cab, lovely drive.
Please note this vehicle is located in Kingstanding, Birmingham only a few miles from Junction 7 M6 motorway. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away
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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