Curtainsider Trucks for Sale (340)

Curtainsiders are the workhorses of the transport industry.  Extremely flexible, a curtainside truck can be used for such a wide range of delivery tasks.

It can obviously do everything a box truck can do.  If you want to load and unload quickly then there are the rear doors – either roller shutter style or with barn doors where the truck can be loaded from a loading bay.

Where curtainsiders come into their own is when there are cumbersome objects that do not lend themselves to being loaded on pallets easily, but require the protection from the weather that a flatbed or drop side truck cannot afford.

A forklift can load the truck quickly from either side – if you are in a rush and have the resources, the curtainsider can be loaded on both sides at the same time using two forklifts.

Used Curtainside Trucks & Trailers

After the ubiquitous box truck, the curtainsider is the second most popular rigid truck for sale at Truckpages.  If you include the curtainside trailers then they usually top the charts.  The most popular curtainside truck brand is, unsurprisingly, the market leader DAF, whilst the largest choice of curtainside trailers comes from leading manufacturer, SDC .

Used Curtainside Truck for SaleTypical Used Curtainside Truck for Sale - Here a 2018 Mercedes Actros 1824 18 tonnes Euro 6
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Curtainsider
Make
Renault
Model
Range D
Location
For Auction at the Euro Auctions sale 2022-01-26.
2013 Renault 270DXI 4x2 Curtainsider Lorry, Automatic Gear Box, (Reg. Docs. Available) - PO13 AUR - VF644AHH000007004
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Curtainsider
Make
DAF
Model
LF45
Location
For Auction at the Euro Auctions sale 2022-01-26.
2012 DAF LF45-180 4x2 Curtainsider Lorry, Manual Gear Box - EX61 RCZ - XLRAE45FF0L411149
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Curtainsider
Make
DAF
Model
CF65
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DAF CF65 220 4X2 18 Ton Curtainsider, Rear Barn Doors, Day Cab, Manual Gearbox
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Curtainsider
Make
Volvo
Model
FL
Location
For Auction at the Euro Auctions sale 2022-01-26.
1994 Volvo FL6-18 4x2 Curtainsider Lorry, Rear Mounted Hydraulic Atlas Crane, Manual Gear Box - M192 KOE - YB1E5A2AXS125017
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Curtainsider
Make
Don-Bur
Location
For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2022-02-01
Lot No: 3080 *HEMEL* 13.6M, 4.5M, BPW DISC, ROLLER REAR DOOR* Price is Plus VAT * * Seller: DIRECT FROM ROYAL MAIL* Weekly auctions featuring stock from Doncaster, Hemel Hempstead & Scotland. Viewing Monday-Friday by...
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Curtainsider
Make
DAF
Model
LF
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IMMACULATE THROUGHOUT AND READY FOR WORK CONTACT OUR SALES TEAM FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Curtainsider
Make
DAF
Model
LF55
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Curtainsider
Make
Don-Bur
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For Auction at the Euro Auctions sale 2022-01-26.
Don-Bur PM35AF Tri Axle Step Frame Curtainsider - 3S044044
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Buying a Used Curtainsider

Buying a used curtainside truck is no different to making any other secondhand truck purchase.  You must take a good long look over the driveline, check the wheels and tyres etc.  The only additional area you need to consider is the state of the curtains and tracks themselves.

Take your time and undo every clip that holds the curtains in place, then fully slide them along to reveal the while of the loading area.  Make sure the belts are not worn and that there are no tears in the curtains.  Check of any earlier repairs to the curtains – it is not necessarily a terrible thing that they have been damaged slightly in the past, but the repair will need to be solid.

Some curtains look tired when they have had their previous graphics removed, but often, a decent quantity of traffic film remover can sort this out.  Buying a curtainsided truck with the logos simply painted over could be a lot of work to remove and you may be better negotiating a great deal with the seller and investing in a new set of curtains.

Curtain Replacement

It is not the end of the world if you have to replace the curtains – doing so will really smarten up the truck in any case.  Buying new curtains for the truck also means that you can change the colour to one that suits you better.  Bear in mind that there is usually only a choice of base colours – matching your livery may be a lot trickier.

Recycle Old Curtains

If you are buying new curtains for the curtainsider, then don’t just throw away the old ones – there is a company in Switzerland called Freitag (translated as Friday) that buys these curtains to make them into handbags and satchels.

Other Names for Curtainsiders

Tautliner

Over the years there have been plenty of companies making these types of truck bodies.  Sometimes the brand names stick – think Hoover and vacuum cleaners.  You may hear people talk about ‘Tautliners’ – this is a brand of curtainside body that is built by Boalloy in Cheshire.  They differ slightly to many curtainsiders in as much as the bottom of the curtain is never removed and the curtains simply slide along a rail.

Tilt Body

These are a type of curtainsider that is a lot more popular on the continent.  They are essentially a dropside truck with a removable frame and series of curtains.  This means that the truck can be used as a curtainsider, but if there are loads that are too tall for the frame (and are OK being exposed to the weather) then the frame is removed and the truck is a standard dropside.  This type of ‘Tilt’ or ‘Tiltliner’ body is common for semi-trailers in the continent.

In the UK we see the vast majority of trucks as traditional curtainsiders, with a tiny percentage being tiltliners.

Euroliners

These are trailers that look like curtainsiders that are used on the continent.  The main difference is that the roofs slide open to help loading from overhead.  This means that loading long items or heavy coils from an overhead gantry crane is possible.

Megaliners

Mega trailers in general are those that run on smaller wheels and tyres with a low-ride tractor unit.  Using smaller wheels means that the height of the body can be taller giving more load space.  In the UK this is less of a problem, as our motorway bridges are higher than on continental Europe.  We are able to have overheight trailers running on normal wheels and tyres.

 

Latest Curtainsider Trucks News

New FUSO Canter for Brewery

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A Tonne Extra Payload Seals FUSO Canter Deal

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Low Ride Seals Mercedes Actros Deal

Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ ability to supply a 26-tonne chassis with the low frame height that allows customers to maximise load volumes meant that when it needed a second truck to stay ahead of growing customer demand, PRM Green Technologies had no hesitation in choosing another Actros. The company, which operates from headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire, provides specialised IT equipment recycling and secure data destruction services for customers from across the commercial and public sectors. Like its three-year-old predecessor, the new vehicle was supplied by Dealer Midlands Truck & Van. Once again, the operator chose a 2540 LnR model with ClassicSpace L-cab,…

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Renault Range D Conquest Deal

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Solid Mercedes Tractor Units Lead to Rigid Truck Purchase

Exeter-based Parsons Nationwide Distribution have always been impressed with their Mercedes Actros tractor units but preferred to go for a Swedish manufacturer for their rigid trucks.  That’s all changed as the company has just commissioned its first rigid truck bearing the three-pointed star. Purchased from City West Commercials, the 26-tonne Actros came with MirrorCam, Active Brake Assist 5, enhanced Predictive Powertrain Control and the optionally upgraded Multimedia Cockpit, interactive. The 2540 L model has a 2.3m-wide StreamSpace cab and a 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 394 hp. Its reinforced curtainside body is by TWR Commercial Bodybuilders, of Cullompton, which…

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What is the Best Make of Curtainsider Truck?

(Updated January 2022)

There is usually no straightforward answer to this question, for example, some manufacturers may make excellent Curtainsider trucks at the top of the weight range, but their lighter weight models are less well thought of - perhaps they are too heavy or not engineered correctly for the duty cycle.

Remember too, that there are only seven or eight major truck manufacturers that market their trucks in the UK. DAF Trucks are the outright market leader, so you would usually expect them to top this poll for all categories. However, this is not always the case.

So how can we help to decide the best manufacturer of Curtainsider trucks for the UK market? Using the amount of information we hold at Truckpages regarding the popularity of the trucks, looking at the most popular trucks for each body type would usually show us the best Curtainsider trucks for the average operation. With this in mind we can definitely answer the question:

Who makes the most popular Curtainsider truck on the used market in January 2022?

In first place comes DAF with a great range of DAF Curtainsider trucks with 80 examples currently advertised on Truckpages.

To look at DAF's approach to the market, it's worth taking a look at their used tipper trucks are broken down by individual model groupings - to check the models out, click on the link to browse further.

Model Groups for DAF Curtainsider Trucks


Second place sees the Mercedes Curtainsider appear on the podium with a choice of 39 currently availble at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The last podium place goes to the SDC Curtainsider with 38 examples currently advertised for sale at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The Winner! It's the DAF Curtainsider

DAF is The Most Popular Curtainsider Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used DAF Curtainsider for Sale - Here a Euro 6 DAF LF220 rated at 18 tonnes for local and regional distribution work

And in second place - It's the Mercedes Curtainsider

Second Most Popular Curtainsider Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used Mercedes Curtainsider for Sale - Here a 2015 model 1824 18-tonne Actros Curtainsider

And in third place - It's the SDC Curtainsider

Third Most Popular Curtainsider Manufacturer in the UK Typical SDC Curtainside Trailer for Sale - Here a 42 metre freespan pillarless tri-axle model

Most Popular Makes of Curtainsider Trucks

DAF Curtainsider Trucks (80)

DAF are the UK’s runaway market leader in truck sales. As you would expect therefore, DAF curtainsiders are very popular on the UK’s used truck market.

The DAF LF is for lightweight operations and is built to a maximum of 18 tonnes GVW which is where the CF curtainsider comes in and is available as a 6x2 26 tonne curtain sided body.
Used DAF Curtainsiders
The most common of these trucks is the 7.5 tonne Euro 6 DAF LF curtainsider – an operator’s favourite and a grerat all-rounder.

For operation at 18 tonnes GVW up to 26 tonnes, then it has to be a CF - if used for long... Read More Info & View DAF Curtainsider Trucks for sale...>

Iveco Curtainsider Trucks (31)

Curtainsider versions of the popular Eurocargo range of Iveco trucks have proven highly popular for general distribution in the UK for many years.

There is always a great selection of used Iveco curtainsiders for sale at Truckpages. These all-purpose curtainside bodies usually come in standard lengths on the Iveco Trucks. For a 7.5 tonne Iveco curtainsider this will be around 20ft with an iside height of 7' 6" to 8 feet.

For 18 tonne Iveco Box vans, the standard length is typically 26ft with similar interior heights.
Used Iveco Curtainsiders
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Mercedes Curtainsider Trucks (39)

Mercedes sell a lot of trucks in the UK to be used as curtainsiders. Their popular Atego, Axor, Antos and Actros models are often configured with curtainside bodies for distribution work.
Used Mercedes Curtainsiders
Looking for a smaller Mercedes curtainsider under 5 tonnes GVW, then you should be looking at a Sprinter.  There are links to all of the Mercedes curtainsided models and variants. on this page - browse through the links to find your ideal three-pointed star. Read More Info & View Mercedes Curtainsider Trucks for sale...>

SDC Curtainsider Trucks (38)

The UK's used trailer market usually has plenty of used SDC curtainsiders for sale.  The company manufacturers a whole range of different types of curtainsider, including double deck and over length (extra long) versions, not to mention the smaller urban curtainside used in conjunction with an urban tractor unit.

Most common are SDC's standard curtainsiders, but specialist curtainside coil carriers are available from time to time.

Newer models such as the freespan help loading as there are no side supports to get in the way of forklifts or Euroliners that can be loaded from above,... Read More Info & View SDC Curtainsider Trucks for sale...>

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