A curtain side truck is all about options—more rather than fewer. A curtain van can load/unload standard freight through the rear door like a conventional van or body. But a curtainsider doesn’t have to. It can take on large or odd-sized loads from the side like an open flatbed, if that’s what you need to haul at the moment. Street-side loading with no loading dock... no problem at all.
Box trucks are a common sight on city streets every day. A closer look reveals the fact that, more and more, these short-haul, medium-load carriers are curtainside bodies. The Class B box truck in lengths up to 26 feet is the workhorse of local delivery. Companies ship items ranging from small boxes to mattresses to wall-sized flat-screens, all bound for local and regional destinations. The capacity to handle a wider variety of loads than a cargo van, combined with the economy of operating a truck smaller than a tractor-trailer, makes the workaday box truck a major player in the business of moving freight. Here are some of the reasons why curtainsides are becoming more common in that market: