New Truck Appearance And Features! (It Ain't All About The Grill!)

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Rick S.'s Comment
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The Volvo's (especially the 780's) were long considered the "Cadillacs" of OTR sleeper setups.

The new ones are pretty, and they did some decent re-designs of the sleeper and interior. Changed the model lineup though - they now how a 770 (70" sleeper) and an 880 (80", ok - 79" sleeper). As well as some exterior re-design.

The problem with Volvo is PARTS SUPPLY. Many of the current manufacturers have some "crossover" on parts (Pete/KW) and Freighshaker has such market penetration, that their dealer parts network is usually pretty good.

OTOH - sadly still - if you have a Volvo in the dealership, it's likely going to be there for awhile. They had talked about 5 years ago, about improving it - but from industry reports from the field, they haven't (much). Which is why a lot of bigger companies just won't make major fleet buys from them. The few that do, have a dealership nearby, that stays well stocked on parts and an expedite agreement with Volvo corp to get them parts quickly.

Volvo's (with the convertible workstation setup), and KW T680's, are probably still my "if I had to live fulltime" cabin setups for comfort.



Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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You can get the New Cascadia with a workstation/dinette/driver lounge setup.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You can get the New Cascadia with a workstation/dinette/driver lounge setup.

I saw those at MATS last year. They're actually pretty nice - and more expensive than the "fleet trucks" purchased by the companies.

I doubt you'll see them out at the "mega companies" - though it would be a nice "driver retention perk".



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