Dropside vans are one of the go-to option for the construction sector as they are efficient for loading blocks, paving, bricks, and pallets. The flexibility of loading is what makes a dropside van so unique, you can also have a dropside van with tail lift that provides additional assistance for rear loading and essentially transforms the vehicle into a flatbed van hire.
At hirefleet you can request a dropside van hire with a 500kg capacity tail lift fitted, making it much easier to get those larger and heavy items onto the back of the van, they are also equipped with lightweight aluminium drop-sides which can be dropped back if needed to repurpose the truck to a flatbed truck hire with tail lift hire.
Your dropside van hire comes with 8 heavy duty tie down points located on the bed of the van and 4 further tie downs securely fastened to the bed posts making lightwork of securing goods to the back of the van.
Here are some of the main benefits of a dropside van to consider.
§ Loading efficiency
§ Ability to transform to a flatbed van hire
§ Durable design for heavy duty jobs
§ Ability to attach tail lift for further efficiency
§ Heavy duty tie-down points to secure goods
§ Can carry greater payloads
§ Easy access for forklift truck loading
§ Non-slip floor coating for wet weather
§ Drive on a standard UK driving licence
§ Great visibility with large windscreen
§ Affordable dropside van hire options
§ XLWB & LWB dropside van hire available
Flatbed vans are simply open body vans with no sides or roof to allow for easy loading and versatility. A dropside van can be converted to a flatbed simply by lowering the sides, this is done to reduce any restrictions of an enclosed space when loading items.
The key difference between the two is that dropside van offers the best of both worlds with the ability to transform into a flatbed van when required but also have an enclosed space to secure goods when more appropriate. At hirefleet we also offer flatbed van hire if the enclosed space is likely to just get in the way, we have Transit flatbeds, Peugeot boxers and similar.
A tipper van is almost identical to a dropside van but does have an additional functionality. Tippers have an under-floor tipping system that allow for unloading items. They are mainly used for unloading loads such as dirt, gravel, sand, and loose building materials.
The similarity across dropside vans, lorries and trucks is the ability to transform the vehicle into a flatbed van, flatbed lorry or flatbed truck when required.
When we discuss trucks and lorries we are usually referencing large and heavy goods vehicles also known as HGV or LGV vehicles. These vehicles typically exceed 3500kg and therefore fall into a different category of vehicle in which additional licence requirements are needed.
A great way to understand the differences between a flatbed van, flatbed truck and flatbed lorry is to view vans as the smallest and lightest variation in which most can be driven on a standard UK driving licence, trucks are consider more middle of the road, depending on the specifications of the vehicle you may or may not require a specialised licence and lorries will almost always require additional licence requirements to drive within the UK.
At hirefleet we offer a 3.5 tonne dropside van hire which is the largest van you can drive on standard UK driving licence and will also provide you with the flexibility to transform the van into a flatbed van hire if needed by simply lowering the sides. If you require a flatbed van hire without the dropsides we also offer a 3.5 tonne flatbed van hire with tail lift.
The dimensions can differ from model to model, at hirefleet we offer a range of dropside vans such as XLWB ford transits, Peugeot Boxer Dropsides, small dropside van hire and similar.
The minimum dimensions we have for our dropside van hire is as follows
§ Load length 4000 mm
§ Load width 2000mm
§ Payload 1100mm
If you are looking for dropside van hire or dropside van lease deals, at hirefleet we not only offer great prices but truly provide a first-class service. We also are conveniently located to serve Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire.
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