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RTS Contractors Bolsters Fleet With New Volvo FH13 Rigid Tanker

RTS Contractors’ Volvo FH13 8x4 rigid tanker truck has a D13K engine that produces up to 500 horsepower and an I-Shift automated manual transmission. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

RTS Contractors of Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, which specializes in waste and drainage services, recently purchased a new Volvo FH13 8x4 rigid tanker truck. The FH13 sports a D13K Euro-6 engine that produces up to 500 horsepower, an AT2612F I-Shift automated manual transmission with enhanced power take off, and Volvo’s RTS2370A single reduction drive axles. RTS selected a High B Ride height chassis with a 5,600-millimetre wheelbase and then dressed it in the firm’s blue, yellow, and red livery.


“We have run Volvo trucks for some time now, but this is our first brand-new vehicle purchase,” says Rob Saint, general manager at RTS Contractors. “The ordering process was straightforward. We needed a good chassis to put under a specialist jet vac tanker. Technically this is a complex vehicle, but the specification was easy to do.”

The FH13 supports an RTN Clayton Vallely combi vacuum tanker body with a 4,200-gallon segmented tank. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

The FH13 8x4 rigid tanker has a sleeper cab with one bunk as well as an under-bunk refrigerator, but the priority for RTS Contractors was finding a truck to support an RTN Clayton Vallely combi vacuum tanker body. The main tank can store 4,200 gallons and is divided into an 1,800-gallon fresh water compartment, a 2,200-gallon debris compartment, and a liquid ring capacity of 200 gallons. It also features a Speck jetting pump and Samson vacuum pump. The truck is covered by a three-year Volvo Gold Service Contract.

10-Year Plan

“Our new Volvo FH with its RTN Clayton Vallely vacuum tanker represents a substantial investment,” says Saint. “In our opinion, Volvo trucks are the best chassis to put under these complex bodies, and we are looking to operate the vehicle for a period between eight and 10 years.”

If you’re interested in adding an FH13 or other similar model to your fleet, you’ll find hundreds of used Volvo trucks for sale at TruckLocator, including Volvo tanker trucks.

Posted On 16 August 2018
Category: Truck and Trailer News
Tags : rigid tanker trucks volvo
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