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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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB 3.5T Euro 6 Dropside
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB 3.5T Euro 6 Dropside £21,000.00
2017 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Bristol branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314cdi 13ft Dropside 140ps New Shape
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314cdi 13ft Dropside 140ps New Shape £19,200.00
2017 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Warrington branch.
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Ford Transit T350 13ft Dropside 125ps
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Ford Transit T350 13ft Dropside 125ps £17,300.00
2016 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Warrington branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2014 | Dropsides Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With 13ft9" Dropside Body, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Factory Fitted Handsfree, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Raer Chevrons, Jaw and Pin Towbar, Roof Beacons, Exterior Work Lights, Metal Safety Rails, Reverse Camera, One Owner From New, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 22/08/2014
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2016 | Dropsides Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With 16ft3" JC Payne Aluminium Double Dropside Body, Factory Fitted Immbiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Bluetooth Handsfree, Multifunction Steering Wheel, On-Board Computer, Cruise Control, Full Service History, One Owner From New, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 31/12/2019
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2013 | Dropsides Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MWB Chassis Cab, Fitted With a Brand New JC Payne 11ft8" Aluminium Dropside Body, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Factory Fitted Handsfree, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, On Board Computer, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Low Miles, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 04/10/2013
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2016 | Dropsides Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With JC Payne 16ft Dropside Body,, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Factory Fitted Handsfree, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Still Has The Remaining Balance Of The Manufactures Un-Limited Mileage Warranty, One Owner From New, Full Service History, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 31/12/2019
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Mercedes-Benz 1820  4X4 Dropsie with Pesci SE 105 Crane
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Mercedes-Benz 1820 4X4 Dropsie with Pesci SE 105 Crane POA
1996 | Dropsides Mercedes 1820 4x4 Dropside Complete With Pesci SE 105 Crane, 4 Wheel Drive, Day Cab, Manual Gearbox, Only 33000 Kilometres on Clock Rigid Trucks
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi 13ft Dropside 130ps
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi 13ft Dropside 130ps £12,000.00
2015 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Warrington branch.
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Ford Transit 2.2 Tdci 125Ps Chassis Cab
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Ford Transit 2.2 Tdci 125Ps Chassis Cab £14,300.00
2016 | Dropsides ABS, Bluetooth, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Oxford branch.
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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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