The curtainsider design offers a very efficient means of loading and unloading a truck, especially compared to units with rigid sides that do not deliver nearly as much convenience for situations which require repeated access to the body of the vehicle. And Mercedes-Benz builds some of the best trucks for curtainside use in the business, with a range of operating weights and cab configurations available second-hand. From compact curtainsiders built on the Sprinter platform to full tri-axle trucks with 28ft bodies, this manufacturer has many requirements covered with its range. And since used models make acquiring one of these versatile vehicles more affordable, it is worth examining the models for sale.
Starting out at 18 tonnes, the outgoing Axor and new Antos range of trucks from Mercedes-Benz features curtainsider models which are designed for reliable, productive distribution in a range of environments. Newer models are equipped with Euro VI compliant engines which enable improved fuel consumption figures compared with rival units. Even the cabs, which are explicitly designed to be compact and aerodynamic, offer good levels of driver comfort and visibility. And the safety features are particularly impressive, with the latest versions offering the option to add things such as automatic braking to the mix. Of course, even older variants of this truck and the other ranges offered by Mercedes-Benz feature technologies which were ahead of their time, so buying second-hand does not mean you have to make compromises.
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 2529
2011 | Curtainsiders | 57320kg
day cab 2529 day cab 6x2 rear lift, 8speed manual, fitted with 28ft curtainside body, full heightt cantilever taillift.ex contract hire., Transmission Speed: manual, Cab Type: Standard Cab.; 6x2
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2533
2012 | Curtainsiders | 57320kg
2533 Sleeper cab, low mileage short wheelbase,manual gearbox,ally dropside body,or curtainside with taillift, both with low miles and excellent condition., Transmission Speed: manual; 6x2
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1824L
2015 | Curtainsiders
2015 Antos 1824L M-cab Classic Space2.3m wide, in cab air conditioning, electric windows Mercedes Powershift 3, Curtainside body with taillift., high viz red seatbelts, curtainsider with barn doors and tuckaway taillift,
Power Steering; 4x2
Mercedes-Benz Antos 1824L DAY CAB CURTAINSIDE
2017 | Curtainsiders
UNREGISTERED New Antos 1824L Day Cab Curtainside, 4 x 2, White Paintwork, Powershift 3 Auto Transmission, Electric Windows, Air Con, Sun Visor, Bluetooth Radio, Rear Air Suspension, Curtainside Body With Tuckaway Tail Lift
Price plus VAT
Flexible finance packages available
Power Steering; 4x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor 2529L 28 Foot Curtain c/w Taillift
2009 | Curtainsiders
‘2009 Mercedes Axors 2529L day cab, Euro4, manual gearbox, Rear lift tag axle, 28ft curtainsider with full closure taillift.
429,000kms. Export Enquiries welcome.
Power Steering, Locking Differential; 6x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor ATEGO 1824 HIGHT ROOF CURTAIN TAIL LIFT
2005 | Curtainsiders
2005 MERCEDES BENZ AXOR 1824/1828 DAYCAB 17TON 25FT CURTAINSIDER, MANUAL GEARBOX, BARN DOORS, ZEPRO TAIL LIFT , CHOICE OF TWO, Axle Type: 4x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor MERCEDES BENZ ATEGO 2528 6X2 REAR LIFT CURTAINSID
2006 | Curtainsiders
2006 MERCEDES ATEGO 25-28 DAYCAB?á 6X2 26FT CURTAINSIDE BODY, MOFFETT MOUNTED BRACKETS, MANUAL GEARBOX, 478845KMS WARRANTED, UK TEST JULY 2017, Axle Type: 6x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor TAIL LIFT
2006 | Curtainsiders
Mercedes 1823 Axor 4x2 Curtainside (YJ06 UEX) year 2006, 06 reg, sleeper cab, tail lift, on springs, 18 tonnes, 6 speed manual gearbox, 26 feet box. Clock reads 465916 kms. H: 4.10 W: 2.50 L: 10.30 metres, Axle Type: 4x2
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1218
2005 | Curtainsiders
Mercedes Atego 128 4x2 Curtainside (EU55 DWX), year 2005, 55 reg, on springs, day cab, manual 6 speed gearbox, 12 tonnes, 21 feet bed length, clock reads 665339 kms. H: 3.50 W: 2.5 L: 8.10 metres, Axle Type: 4x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824
2013 | Curtainsiders | 18000kg
No of Seats: 2; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Previous Owners: One; Suspension: Air; BHP: 240; Length : 26ft; The taillift is rated at: 1500kgs Tuckaway; Rear Doors: Barn; Kms: 183,221; D.O.R.: 11/2013; Engine: 6374cc; Euro : 5
The Atego range comes with a number of curtainsider bodies attached, with day cabs offering excellent features to keep drivers content while handing distribution through urban streets or on longer trips. Sleeper cabs are even included as part of certain used units, which may be a feature that buyers seek to help increase the range of their fleet. Other Mercedes-Benz curtainsider trucks to look out for include the Axor and the newer Actros.
When buying a truck with a curtainsider body, there are several things to consider, especially if you are looking at second-hand Mercedes-Benz units, which may be reliable but should nevertheless be subjected to scrutiny before a purchase is completed. Establishing the type of curtainsider body that is present is important, as you not only need to work out the length, weight and maximum load capacity of a given vehicle, but also what the load space consists of behind the curtain. Some models are multi-purpose and feature a standard flatbed configuration, while others may offer internal structures to support and secure loads to make transporting them safe and simple. It is also possible to procure curtainsiders with refrigerator units affixed at the rear, making them suited to a more specialised style of deployment involving perishables.
Mercedes-Benz has a good track record in terms of reliability, and most of its trucks should be simple to maintain when necessary. But working out whether any significant servicing costs are just around the corner before you buy a used unit is a good idea. And checking obvious elements for wear and tear, such as the brakes and tyres, will let you invest in a curtainsider with all the information you need to be confident in it.
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