Equipped to pull a tandem-axle drawbar trailer, the FH comes with a lifting rear axle on its 5,200mm wheelbase and air suspension on all three axles to aid loading and unloading, as well as protect precious cargo on the move. The truck also benefits from Volvo’s dual-clutch I-Shift gearbox that uses sports car technology to enable seamless gear changing. The FH is powered by Volvo’s latest Euro VI, Step D, 13-litre diesel engine delivering 493bhp and 2,500 Nm of torque. It joins three other Volvos on Cotswold Carriers’ fleet of five heavy trucks.
Supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West on a five-year contract through Volvo Financial Services, the FH is covered by Volvo’s Gold Contract repair and maintenance agreement, guaranteeing the best possible uptime.
The box body was built by SBR Specialist Coachbuilders and allows Cotswold Carriers to fill the truck with multiple loads on removals runs across the UK and into Europe. The Globetrotter XL sleeper cab benefits from Volvo’s Two Bed Resting and Drive+ Packages, perfect for the company’s staff who can be away on the road for long spells.
It is expected to do roughly 80,000km per year.