Driver comfort and safety comes first for Staines-based Euro UK Moves Group Ltd, which has selected a flagship left-hand drive 26-tonne Renault Trucks Range T440 High 6×2 rear-steer rigid to support its international and domestic removals business.
“We do everything to keep our drivers happy and the Range T High delivers with its large, flat floor sleeper cab,” explains Euro UK Moves Group’s Company Director and Transport Manager, Vittorio Gismondi.
For Euro UK Moves Group, which also offers a fragile packing service, made-to-measure special crates, and specialist fine art, exhibition and gallery moves, its reputation for exceptional customer care is underpinned by keeping its drivers engaged and motivated, making the top specification left hand drive Range T High ideal for the company’s European long-haul work.
Supplied by Renault Trucks Essex, the Range T High has been built to Euro UK Moves Group’s detailed requirements, featuring a bespoke Kurt Hobbs Coachworks Ltd high specification removals body. The new truck is used on European runs to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain as well as domestic work for private and trade clients.
The left-hand drive Range T High sleeper cab, in Ultimate Alu finish with Ultimate upper bunk, boasts all the home comforts for life on the road including a 40 litre fridge and Renault Trucks’ built in entertainment system, as well as bespoke additions.
Vittorio notes: “The new vehicle is fitted with a Transvend Renater heater and wash unit on sliders inside one of the lockers so the driver can make hot drinks. It has also has a side scan pedestrian warning system, interior and exterior LED lighting and Renault Trucks’ factory-specified rear camera: all of these extras help make the driver’s life easier and more comfortable on board.”
The Kurt Hobbs Coachworks Ltd rigid body is a low height sub-frame, maximum height vehicle and has an overall length of 11.83 metres, maximum width of 2.55 metres, and a tare weight of 11,980 kgs – all designed to maximise payload which is critical on two week trips across Europe.
“By working with Renault Trucks and Kurt Hobbs Coachworks Ltd we have been able to increase our volume by 8-10% which is crucial in running a profitable business,” adds Vittorio. “In order to maximise space and payload, there’s a second deck for loading over cars too. As well as having a more fuel efficient Euro-6 engine, we were also able to specify two fuel tanks so we can fill up on route in Luxemburg where we save, on average, 30 pence per litre. Being able to do this every two weeks or so saves us a significant amount on our fuel bill. Fuel theft can be a huge and expensive problem so we’ve also included lockable doors over the fuel fillers to deter would-be thieves.”
Shaun Warren, Operations Director at Kurt Hobbs Coachworks Ltd comments: “The Range T High was a perfect partner for our highly bespoke body and it was a real pleasure to work on such a great project with Vittorio and the team. The vehicle has also been future-proofed with an adjustable spring-assisted under-run bar for possible VBG coupling fit, giving Euro UK Moves Group the option of building a trailer to tow behind the existing truck and further increase capacity as their business grows.”
The efficient Range T High is equipped with DTI 13-litre engine, 12-speed Optidriver automated transmission, and Optivision gear shifting strategy optimised for Fuel Eco. Its rear-steer axle delivers exceptional manoeuvrability for working in tight access areas such as London’s congested streets. Full air suspension on front and back axles helps reduce loading height, and gives a more comfortable ride.
Maintenance is undertaken by authorised Renault Trucks Repairer, MTHL, who originally supplied the sales lead to Renault Trucks. Mark West says: “We’ve been servicing Euro UK Moves’ vehicles for some time so I’d like to say it was my pure charm and good looks that persuaded them to swap to Renault Trucks, but I think it was the excellent product and second-to-none back up from ourselves that really sealed the deal!”