Rinus Roofing scores two Arocs
Rinus Roofing Supplies has taken delivery of two Mercedes Arocs rigids.
One is a 26-tonne 2532 L model with rear-steer axle, the other an 18-tonne 1827 L. The former will be based at the company’s recently opened Leeds branch and the latter at its Bradford depot.
Both trucks are fitted with ClassicSpace M-cabs, JC Payne dropside bodies and rear-mounted Hiab cranes. They are also equipped with Mercedes’ Mirrorcam system which replaces conventional mirrors and its Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking system.
They were supplied on a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract by northeast dealer group Bell Truck and Van, from which the company has sourced all 50 of its vehicles.
“The improvement has become more obvious as time has progressed – after five years repair costs for our previous trucks were a lot higher than we’ve experienced with the Arocs. This increased reliability has been invaluable in enabling us to meet our delivery commitments to customers, as the business has continued to grow,” said Rinus’ operations and risk manager Martin Pollard.
“The visibility is so much better, and it’s particularly noticeable, for example, when you’re approaching a roundabout. Drivers no longer have to contend with mirror covers the size of dustbin lids blocking their line of sight. [The] cameras also make it a lot easier to judge where the truck’s rear end is.”
Rinus is due to take delivery of three further 26-tonne Arocs before the end of the year, each fitted with dropside bodies and cranes.
Hunts chills out with Carrier Transicold
Wholesaler Hunt’s Foodservice has taken delivery of 31 new vehicles fitted with Carrier Transicold refrigeration equipment – a mixture of replacements and new additions to its 120-strong fleet.
The heavy vehicles include three 7.5-tonne, two 12-tonne and six 18-tonne MAN rigids, respectively fitted with Supra 550, Supra 850 MT and Supra 1250 MT refrigeration units.
The remaining 20 are 3.5-tonne MAN vans with Pulsor 400 MT multi-temperature systems. All of the units were supplied with the supplier’s Evercold maintenance package, which includes an annual temperature control test and certificate, regulatory checks and 24/7 access to its incident management service.
The vehicles will be used up to six days a week to deliver frozen and chilled foods and the company expects to operate the vans for three years and the trucks for five.
“Our priority is maintaining the integrity of the cold chain when the doors are constantly being opened on demanding multi-drop routes, where customers are often in close proximity to each other,” said Philip Hopkins, Hunt’s group transport manager, “Carrier’s systems effortlessly meet that challenge, which allows us to focus on providing the highest quality service to our customers.”