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 Atego 815 Day Cab Dropside
1999 | Dropsides | 7500kg
1999 Mercedes Atego 815 Day Cab Flatbed Dropside on Spring Suspension, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, 3 Seat Cab, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 75 Day Cab Dropside
2004 | Dropsides | 7500kg
2004 Mitsubishi Canter 75 Day Cab Flatbed Dropside on Spring Suspension, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, 3 Seat Cab, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
2013 | Dropsides | 3500kg
A quality used Iveco Daily Dropside from A M Phillip
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5t Dropside
2015 | Dropsides
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Cannock branch.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T Dropside
2015 | Dropsides
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Slough branch.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi 13ft Dropside 130ps
2014 | Dropsides
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Warrington branch.
Vauxhall Movano F3500 L3H1 CDTI DROPSIDE 12FT
2011 | Dropsides | 3500kg
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 for any reason whatsoever. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Comprehensive peace of mind warranty with money back guarantee. Your old car or van taken
Volkswagen Crafter CR35 LWB High Roof 2.0 Tdi 136Ps Chassis Cab Start
2016 | Dropsides
ABS, Airbags, CD player, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Wakefield branch.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5T Chassis Cab
2013 | Dropsides
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, CD player, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Edinburgh branch.
MAN TGL 12.220
2017 | Dropsides | 12000kg
First Registration Date: 01 Jan 2017,
Emission Class: Euro 6,
Cab Type: Day Cab,
Tacho type: Digital,
Odometer: 9,658 KM,
3 Year Manufacturers Warranty,
Body type: Dropside,
Body width: 220,
Body length: 22ft,
Ideal Scaffolding Lorry,
Full Aluminium Dropsides,
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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