J. R. GLENN & DAUGHTERS’ NEW FH TRIDEM IS ‘SPUDDY MARVELLOUS’

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J. R. Glenn & Daughters Ltd of Sandy in Bedfordshire has taken delivery of a striking Volvo FH Tridem 8×2 rigid from Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, Ely for the distribution of potatoes to fish and chip shops across London and along the M25 corridor.

Thanks to the Tridem configuration, the new 460hp truck can carry up to 19-tonnes of potatoes, while maintaining the manoeuvrability required to easily get to customer premises, even in the heart of the capital.

Says the company’s lead driver, Jamie Hall. “She turns on a sixpence and because of the mid and rear-steering axles you don’t need to swing out to take a left turn, which is a really useful attribute in London traffic.”

Jamie says the truck is much easier to drive than he thought it would be, even though this is his first taste of an I-Shift automated transmission. “I love the gearbox,” he says. “I-Shift is as smooth as you can get and combined with the Volvo Engine Brake+, for incredible engine braking as well as the superior comfort of the FH cab, the working environment is fantastic.”

Despite Jamie not working away at nights, the Globetrotter cab features double bunks, a fridge/freezer and leather upholstery throughout.

“Both seats are air-suspended, which makes this the most comfortable truck I’ve ever driven by far,” he adds. “The spec of the cab and truck overall means the residual value in three years’ time should reflect positively in our overall running costs for the period. I am positive this investment makes great sense for the business.”

J. R. Glenn & Daughters operates from a site covering approximately 2-acres adjoining the family’s farm shop. The family has been involved in farming and potatoes for over 55-years, although today stock is collected from the potato farming heartlands of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. “We’re ideally placed in relation to our suppliers and customers,” says Jamie. “As such, I’m only expecting to cover around 80,000km/annum, which is nothing for a truck of this calibre.”

While the calibre might be impressive the appearance is stunning. Bodywork by Priden Engineering and paintwork by D. J Elbury and Son – both of Wisbech – convert what is already an impressive 8×2 Tridem rigid into a real eye-catcher.

Jamie says: “Richard and Shaun at Tranztech in Wisbech hand fabricated stainless steel side skirts that really add to the purposeful look, while the pearlescent graphite grey colour scheme helps give the truck a real sharp, business-like look. The attention to detail is second-to-none.”

These details include Alcoa Durabrite wheels, a reinforced and insulated curtain side body and a simple, but ingenious lighting system designed by Tranztech specifically for city driving.

“We’ve had an orange LED strip fitted the full length of the body on both sides,” explains Jamie. “This can be permanently illuminated, but when driving it is linked directly to the indicators. Basically, if I indicate left then the whole left side of the truck flashes orange. This is particularly beneficial for cyclists as even if they’re beside the truck they can see the indicator – a really clever safety initiative.”