Charlton achieves Bodybuilder sales record in 2011 06 February 2012

When operator Mick George acquired another 10 Charlton SuperLite-bodied DAF 8x4 tippers for its fleet, 2011 sales for Dover-based bodybuilder reached a record.

For Mick George, which operates a large fleet of tipper vehicles, the requirement was for the lowest possible bodyweight, without sacrificing the strength and versatility of steel.

"Quite simply, payload equals revenue," explains Pete Newman, engineering director at Mick George. "What we have to do is combine that earning potential within a wider vehicle specification that also maximises our operating reliability and versatility."

Newman explains that the operator's trucks are contracted to carry out a variety of jobs for a range of customers.

"So what we need is a single truck specification that can handle just about everything. On balance, the Charlton/DAF combination is the most productive tipper we can devise," he says.

Built throughout from high-yield steel, Charlton's SuperLite bodies feature single piece, full length sides with a heavy-duty floor. Mick George's specification also includes a steel front spillboard, electric front to rear sheeting, VWS electronic weighing, pushbar and plastic ducting for all body wiring.

To complement its SuperLites, Mick George also chooses Hyva FC149 front-end tipping gear, says Newman, because of its lower weight and higher performance.

Mounted on DAF CF 8x4 chassis, the virtually bullet-proof Charlton body affords a payload of almost 20 tonnes.

John Challen

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