This fishy lit­tle rig is well set up

Isuzu top choice for Sea Lorry

Big Rigs - - LIGHT RIGS - Bob Ri­ley

MAL HUNKIN is the proud owner-op­er­a­tor of Toowoomba-based The Sea Lorry.

About two years old and with a bit more than 150,000km on the clock, Mal said the lorry was a good lit­tle truck.

“It’s our sec­ond new Isuzu, the first, a dual cab in the pre­vi­ous cab shape, put in more than 800,000 kilo­me­tres be­fore it was re­placed,” Mal said.

Mal and his wife Neptina also op­er­ate Seafood on Mary, a pop­u­lar seafood shop not far from the city cen­tre in East Toowoomba.

The Sea Lorry is set up on an Isuzu NPR 200 Pre­mium Trade­pack Medium which is fit­ted with a Sitec Se­ries III 155 diesel, an AMT gear­box and all-round disc brakes.

On the tray sits a cus­tom-made com­bi­na­tion fridge-freezer box that is also fit­ted with a live seafood tank and is set-up en­tirely for re­tail sales.

“Most of the work the truck does is in re­tail and farm house­hold de­liv­er­ies,” Mal said.

“I run from Toowoomba out as far west as Roma, south-west to St Ge­orge and south to Goondi­windi, In­gle­wood, Texas, Stan­thorpe and any­where in be­tween.

“We serve up to 1600 peo­ple door-to-door each fort­night with fresh, frozen and live seafood so I’m prob­a­bly run­ning any­where from 600 to 1500km a week.”

On the tray just be­hind the cab sit the fridge mo­tors and the com­pres­sors which are sep­a­rated and in­su­lated from the ac­tual fridge­freezer box. They run off a dual bat­tery sys­tem that pow­ers ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the cash reg­is­ter and the EFTPOS ma­chine as well as an in­ter­net-based com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that lets Mal mon­i­tor the shop’s cold room, fridges and freez­ers when he’s on the road, and also keep in touch with his fam­ily.

Be­hind the fridge mo­tors sits the freezer com­part­ment which is ac­ces­si­ble from both sides of the truck. The left-hand side of the cold box lifts up to form an awning over a stain­less steel counter/ servery area, pro­vid­ing di­rect ac­cess to the freezer and the dis­play fridge.

PHOTOS: BOB RI­LEY, CHAS­ING TRUCKS

READY TO ROLL: The Sea Lorry is a busi­ness on wheels set up by Toowoomba en­tre­pre­neur Mal Hunkin.

The busi­ness-side of Mal Hunkin’s set-up.

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