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 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.
“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.”