Devon-based DA Commercials chose the highest-powered derivative of the 12.8-litre OM 471 engine for its new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 8-wheeled tipper.
Explaining his reasoning for opting for 530hp, company owner Dan Ayling said the truck will be ascending the steep Telegraph Hill at Haldon, near Exeter, five times a day. In addition to being quicker, he reckoned it will be more fuel-efficient too, on account of it “not having to work as hard”.
Finished in the livery of customer Aggregate Industries, the Arocs 3253 ClassicSpace has been fitted with an Aliweld insulated aluminium tipper body. In addition to the optional Multimedia Cockpit, the haulier opted for MirrorCam for the new addition to its eight-strong truck fleet. “Rear visibility is certainly better, and reversing into tight spots is very easy now,” claimed Ayling. “More importantly, though, by doing away the mirrors and replacing them with roof-mounted cameras Mercedes-Benz has also effectively eliminated a massive, forward-facing blind spot. I’ve been driving for more than 20 years and can tell you that’s a huge safety benefit, particularly on the approaches to roundabouts.”
Other additions include a roof-mounted Ecco light bar and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
The truck, which will work out of Stoneycombe Quarry, near Newton Abbott, was supplied by City West Commercials and is covered by a six-year Mercedes-Benz Complete Service Contract.
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