Fruehauf is having a big push on its rigid tipper bodies, and has already built 55 of them this year.
The body was launched four years ago, however, under the previous ownership, sales were slow. “But now with MV Commercial behind us, we can push it into the market,” explains Fruehauf sales director David Thomson. “We will do another 30 this year, and already have orders for 170 in 2023.”
The 16cu yard Hardox-bodied muck-away tipper features a curved floor to aid discharge. Another distinctive feature is the chequer plate mud guards, which according to Thomson are not only easily replaceable if damaged, but take weight out of the body. When mounted on a DAF CF 8x4 chassis, the vehicle has a payload of 20.4 tonnes.
Thomson expressed his approval at last year’s purchase of Fruehauf by MV Commercial, in particular the heavy investment the company is currently making in the Grantham site. “Fruehauf had been neglected and undervalued for years, but MV recognises the strength of the brand, and is investing in it,” he said. He also praised the customers who have remained loyal to the brand over the years.
A spokesman for MV Commercial confirmed that the success of the Fruehauf tipper body will not affect its long-standing relationship with tipper bodybuilder Thompson. “We will still take as many Thompson bodies as possible,” he said.