KW T680 Compared To Freightlightner Cascadia

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Texaslady0804's Comment
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About to start new company and need to decide between the KW T680 and the Freightlightner Cascadia. Need plenty of room. Can anyone tell me which one has the most floor space. Specs on them do not give this info that I can find. Thanks for any responses.

Old School's Comment
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Sharla, welcome to the Forum!

The T680 has a roomier sleeper area, but upfront the cab area is slightly smaller. The Freightliner feels bigger when in the driver's seat. So, it depends on where you want the space distributed.

Texaslady0804's Comment
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Sharla, welcome to the Forum!

The T680 has a roomier sleeper area, but upfront the cab area is slightly smaller. The Freightliner feels bigger when in the driver's seat. So, it depends on where you want the space distributed.

Thanks for the info. Primary reason I'm asking is we will have large dogs in there with us. So floor space is for them. Team driving with my husband and our dogs.

Rick S.'s Comment
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From the layout - and as long as we're talking FULL SIZE Cascadia (versus lightweight) - the cabin layout of the KW was designed (or redesigned) for driver comfort and ergonomics when OFF DUTY. Giving you some actual HANG SPACE (with the rotating passenger seat, table, TV mount, etc.). The KW is less wide up front (as is typical of KW's), but the open area of the table on the passenger side doesn't feel quite as claustrophobic as it would if there were a floor to ceiling cabinet there.

While the Cascadia is still pretty much the same FL layout as previous trucks, and the Lightweight version, while some companies pay more to drive it, is pretty small for someone who is full-timing it OTR.

Driving-wise - from what I hear from folks that have run miles on both - there are the usual upsides/downsides that pretty much equal out.

Give my druthers, and from the interiors I've seen, I'd prefer the KW over the FL.

I have rode in, but haven't actually put miles on either one - so my opinions are subjective and not based on long-term experience.

Rick

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Errol V.'s Comment
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I spent 4 months in a KW T660 (Studio sleeper) about as many in a T680, now I'm in a Cascadia.

The 660 is really narrow up front - I turned sideways to get between the front seats, and no I'm not fat! But the sleeper is easily big enough for two people - two stacks of cabinets, drawers on both sides.

My 680 is just as the Kenworth web site says: designed by and for truckers. The standard sleeper is still roomy.

My Cascadia? I'd like to get rid of it. The sleeper seems to be designed at minimums: one stack of cabinets on each side that are 9" wide, with no shelves, making them useless.

The KW features are better thought out, from how the front curtains work, to instrument cluster design. Remember, sleeper design is an option, so your sleeper set-up may be different.

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