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 313 CDI LWB 3.5t Dropside
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5t Dropside £14,191.00
2016 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Cannock branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Axor  2629
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 2629 POA
2012 | Dropsides | 26000kg - 6x4 26T Rigid - Demountable Econ Gritter Body - Demountable Econ Dropside Tipper Body - Palfinger PK11001-K Crane
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313 CDI LWB 3.5T Dropside
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T Dropside £12,201.00
2014 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Watford branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 3.5T Dropside Van
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 3.5T Dropside Van £12,391.00
2014 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Colchester branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5t Dropside
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5t Dropside £13,191.00
2014 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Cannock branch.
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Volkswagen Crafter CR35 13ft 2.0tdi Dropside 136ps
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Volkswagen Crafter CR35 13ft 2.0tdi Dropside 136ps £16,191.00
2016 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, CD player, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Warrington branch.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313 CDI LWB 3.5T Dropside
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T Dropside £15,101.00
2016 | Dropsides ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Slough branch.
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DAF LF45
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DAF LF45 POA
2012 | Dropsides 160HP EURO 5, MANUAL GEARBOX, 7500KGS GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT, DAY CAB, 3 SEATS, 21FT DROPSIDE, 144,000KMS FROM NEW, 12 MONTHS MOT, EXCELLENT CONDITION 160 Engine.
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Mercedes-Benz Atego Actros 3241
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Mercedes-Benz Atego Actros 3241 POA
2006 | Dropsides | 32000kg Mercedes Benz Actros 3241, 8x4, Year of reg 23.03.06, 381648 km, reverse camera, Palfinger Pk 36002-3 extensions, Crane year 2005, serial 100027745, Remote control, 24ft dropside body, Lashing down rings, twist locks, Truck inspected ready to go. Craneflats
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DAF CF75 7.5 Hook Loader
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DAF CF75 7.5 Hook Loader POA
2009 | Dropsides LF45.160 7500 KGS Hiab Hook Loader Arm Day Cab Manual Gearbox Single bin supplied Extra Bins available Choice available all with very low kms Feb to April 18 Mots All one owner Direct ex council Available with rubble Body or Caged Dropside body
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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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Mercedes-Benz Dropsides


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