Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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fifth wheel sitting on long slider racks. Its frame had 10-3/4-inch-tall frame rails with full inserts, common when pusher axles are used and to take the heavy fifth-wheel loads anticipated in this type of service. He said he's spec'd even brawnier versions, including one with a GCW rating of 240,000 pounds. It had stronger frame rails and suspensions, among other things. Heavy hauling is among the many tasks for which the builder's design- ers and engineers have outfitted the T880. About 85% of the applications heretofore handled by the venerable T800 can now be taken on by the T880, and more are on the way, Fen- nimore said. Though it was introduced last year and only entered production in December, the new model, with its wider, roomier and more comfort- able cab, is catching on fast, making converts of truckers long loyal to the "T8," which has been in production for 28 years. "A lot of guys still like the T800, but then they get into this and they look around and say, 'Wow!'" Fen- nimore said. The T880's dash is more automotive in style and houses a lot more electron- ics, including a driver's information panel behind the steering wheel and a large multi-function color screen to the right. That displays naviga- tion maps and instructions and other techie stuff, but can also show virtual gauges to provide arcane info like the temperature of the oil in the rear-rear drive axle. This preserves dash-panel "real estate" and renders the old gauges obsolete – assuming that the screen, 1.855.743.3733 www.hendrickson-intl.com/optimaax SIMPLIFYING THE SOLUTION. OPTIMAAX ™ OPTIMAAX ™ 6×2 Liftable Forward Tandem Axle and Suspension System. 5% Fuel Economy Improvement — 100% Automated. Hendrickson's OPTIMAAX ™ system is a revolutionary 6×2 solution designed to: • Reduce Fuel Cost – up to 5%* • Save Weight – up to 350 lbs* • Reduce Driver Training – 100% automated system *Compared to 6×4 confgurations OPTIMAAX - SIMPLIFYING THE SOLUTION. Circle 125 on Reader Action Card and the computers that feed info and graphics to it, last as long as the T880 as a whole is likely to. www.truckinginfo.com OCTOBER 2014 • HDT 41 BONUS: Find more Test Drive articles, photos and videos at www. truckinginfo.com/hdt/testdrive

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