The Somerset-based operator was one of the first in the UK to operate a tridem chassis, after acquiring its first tridem drawbar in 2005.
Wheelers not only builds the body, but also installs the loading crane, as Bob Wheeler explains: “We need a bespoke truck and we know that by building it in-house we get exactly the right tool for the job.”
The build is often complex and can take up to two years.
The introduction of type approval requirements, he adds, proved to be no problem for its latest Volvo drawbar truck.
“A call to VBG gave me the necessary kit of parts, type approval documentation and sound advice, as well as the fitting instructions.”
VBG has an integrated system approach to the drawbar installation kit (draw beam and side plates) in conjunction with the rear underrun protection.
It claims to be the only drawbar equipment supplier to manufacture the complete system – so easing the type approval process.
Wheelers’ specification, for example, calls for just three type approval documents to cover all of the VBG parts fitted to the new truck.
The operator has specified and fitted an air actuated VBG 575V-2 (50mm) drawbar coupling, DB75V-2 draw beam, EDK-short end plates and UHAP-2 alloy bumper fitted to the spring-assisted hinged arms.
“VBG provided us with a one-stop shop for all of our drawbar related equipment and gave us the confidence to overcome the fears of type approval and the dreaded IVA inspection,” says Wheeler.