From the Driver’s Seat

Deals on Wheels - - Trailer Review -

Mark Lien­hop is a 35 year-old driver orig­i­nally from Har­court, about half an hour out of Bendigo.

He has been driv­ing trucks since turn­ing 21 and most of those years on in­ter­state work at the wheel of B-dou­bles.

Not so long ago, with a wife and two grow­ing chil­dren, he de­cided it was time to head home at night, ev­ery night. But find­ing the right ‘lo­cal’ job was the big ques­tion.

Around the same time, Steve Tyquin was look­ing for some­one with a re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude and a good track record. Fol­low­ing an in­tro­duc­tion by one of Steve’s driv­ers, Mark joined the com­pany ear­lier this year and now has the reins of the com­pany’s new A-dou­ble com­bi­na­tion.

Mark con­cedes it’s early days in the A-dou­ble and while there’s a lot to like about the new K200 cab-over, he knows it’ll take time to come to grips with the com­bi­na­tion’s char­ac­ter­is­tics.

“Re­vers­ing will be the big­gest thing for a while,” he says. “There’s an ex­tra pivot point over a B-dou­ble and the draw­bar is re­ally quick to re­act.

“Hope­fully I won’t have to back it into tight places,” he says with a grin, “but like any­thing, prac­tice makes per­fect.”

There is, how­ever, al­ready one crit­i­cal as­pect of the A-dou­ble that has both sur­prised and im­pressed him.

“The trail­ers track re­ally well. Bet­ter than a B-dou­ble, for sure,” he re­ports, “It’s sur­pris­ing where you can turn it around so it’s all look­ing good so far.”

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