Burstwick Freight goes for Mercedes-Benz Atego 18 May 2015

Latest additions to Burstwick Freight’s all Mercedes-Benz fleet are its first from the manufacturer’s new, Euro 6 light distribution range – two Atego 816s, each with ClassicSpace sleeper cabs.

The Hull-based caravan and motorhome transport specialist used local dealer Northside Truck & Van to specify the vehicles.

Both have been downplated from 7.5 to 6.5 tonnes gvw and fitted with bespoke transporter bodies built to the operator's design by Martin Williams, also of Hull. Each also has a towing hitch, allowing it to carry one touring caravan and pull a second.

Managing director Tony Miskin says he chooses Mercedes-Benz trucks for the reliability and resale value.

"Several of our vehicles have racked up more than a million miles," explains Miskin. "In some cases we've sold them on to our sub-contractors and now they have nearly two million on the clock, yet still have not needed engine rebuilds."

Burstwick Freight has also recently taken delivery of two Actros 1836 rigids, with BigSpace cabs and short 3.7-metre wheelbases – also downplated from 18 to 15 tonnes gvw.

These have bodies and trailers built by Britcom International, of Market Weighton, and are used for transporting larger, heavier motorhomes.

Miskin accepts that the Atego trucks are available at gross weights up to 16 tonnes but prefers Actros rigids for its heavier work, due to the availability of more powerful engines and bigger cabs.

"Our vehicles cover long distances so we want our drivers to be as comfortable as possible, and to have enough power," says Miskin.

"I firmly believe in the principle that if something works well, you stick with it. So rather than constantly trying out different vehicles, we've remained happily loyal to Mercedes-Benz," he adds.

Miskin says that sticking with Mercedes makes sense, not only because the trucks are so reliable but also because his technicians know them so well.

"The new Atego models are extremely well put together and we're confident they'll prove as dependable as ever," he continues.

"The cabs are better designed than the previous model, in terms of driver comfort, and look extremely smart, while we've also heard very good reports about the fuel efficiency of the 156bhp Euro 6 engines."

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Britcom International Ltd
Martin Williams (Hull) Ltd
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

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