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Old 11-03-2018, 09:28 AM
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Default Drop side pickups, what's on the go?

We bought an Iveco 15c35 about 11 years ago and now looking to change it. It's has a 5m double dropside body on it. The Iveco we find has been a bit soft although there have been little issues with it. Now looking to upgrade her to something a year or two old. What's everyone's preference on this? Would need to be long wheel base (4 1/2M), dropside, last for another 10 years
What's everyone got?
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:19 PM
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ive got a toyota dyna,65000 trouble free miles cabs pretty tight not good for 3 adults
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Default Re: Drop side pickups, what's on the go?

Go for a Transit.
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Default Re: Drop side pickups, what's on the go?

My preference would be Iveco.

Yes they aren't the nicest to drive, but they are one hell of a strong truck.

I've got one with over 220k on it and had 3 transhits in the same time that have all died.

The 35c15 you have will be the 3.0l engine in 150bhp form. You can get them up to 200bhp ish now.

My second would be the sprinter but the 3.5t are single back wheels unless you buy bigger and down rate them.

After that I'd look at the new vw crafter/MAN tge chassis cabs. Again these are single back wheels though.
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I donít think you can go far wrong with the Iveco, but they are very expensive second hand. Itís a bit leftfield but Renault and Vauxhall both make a similar looking truck (I know nothing about them but they seem to come up cheap, and look a decent tool).
Weíve run Ivecos in the past and they are very strong - hd springs on the back and you can overload them ridiculously and nothing breaks. They are also really powerful - that 3l engine would pull a house down in any of its power outputs.
Weíve also run a Toyota Dyna - great truck, super strong but extremely cramped in the cab.
We are on Nissan Cabstars now - hd springs on the back and they carry a massive load too. More manoeuvrable than the Iveco but not as powerful (but I donít think anything is - they are better than most of the other 3.5 tonners). They also tow 3.5 tonnes (like the Iveco).
Iíve only ever heard good things about the Sprinters, but single rear wheel and rust put me off unfortunately.
You wonít find anything that is nicer to drive than a transit though - I personally donít like them but every single traveller on the planet canít all be wrong (can they?!)...
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:31 PM
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Iíve only ever heard good things about the Sprinters, but single rear wheel and rust put me off unfortunately.
You wonít find anything that is nicer to drive than a transit though - I personally donít like them but every single traveller on the planet canít all be wrong (can they?!)...
Just curious, why would single rear wheels put you off a sprinter?

Probably one downside with the transits, always someone looking for them for ďpartsĒ
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:52 PM
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Default Re: Drop side pickups, what's on the go?

We initially went for the Iveco because it was reasonably priced and had the longest chassis apart from the sprinter but it was silly money for a chassis cab. This time round the length is not the most important as we have a 7.3m atego now so the drop side can be a more standard Lwb drop side. I think the transit is front runner atm as it's readily available and fairly common and plenty options for dealerships. But will check out a few different options first
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:17 PM
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Transit then iveco or if you need the 7t gtw iveco first.
Avoid the vauxhall/Nissan/Renault joint ventures they tend to not be the best
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:23 PM
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didnt the newer transit have big problems with the diff/rear axle ?
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Just curious, why would single rear wheels put you off a sprinter?

Probably one downside with the transits, always someone looking for them for ďpartsĒ
We spend a fair bit of time off tarmac and dual wheels halves the rear axle ground pressure - with big knobbly mud terrain tyres itís surprising where we can get to with our 2wd tippers!
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