Supplied by Sparks Commercial Services, the C460 is the fleet’s first tridem and has been bought in to give more flexibility as well as drive profitability on MRA Rousell and Sons’ aggregate and tarmac jobs.
Chris Rousell, partner, who runs MRA Rousell and Sons with his brother, Kevin, explained why the C460 tridem helps to widen their business offering: “We’ve been running Renault trucks for 13 years and we’ve been very happy with them. The tridem, which has a retractable rear axle, gives us the flexibility to get into smaller and tighter access construction sites as well as farm deliveries that are often down narrow country lanes.”
The Renault Trucks C tridem, with factory-fitted extra axle adaption, is said to offer enhanced manoeuvrability as well as good traction and, with its three-axle bogie, offers a shorter wheelbase of 3.7 metres, improving the turning circle by 20% compared to a conventional 8x4, and access to sites not usually accessible by an eight-wheeler.
This is the company’s fourth Renault truck, having run a used vehicle back in 2008, a 62-plate 8-wheeler tipper and a 2016 C460 6 wheeler.Chris Rousell explained why they opted for the new vehicle: “The tridem was bought in to replace a six-wheeler and, as there wasn’t a massive price difference between the new truck and a standard eight-wheeler, we opted for the tridem as it offers more flexibility. It also carries 19.5 tonnes compared to 15.5 tonnes which gives us an extra four tonnes, and ultimately makes a difference to us in terms of profit.”