Deals on Wheels - - Clas­sic Truck -

He prefers the smooth lines of Euro­pean cab-overs. “You just run a broom over it, and wa­ter. There’s no nooks and cran­nies.” He even had the bull­bar pow­der coated so he doesn’t need to pol­ish it.

Ken still car­ries in­juries from the mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent, so easy ac­cess to the cabin is es­sen­tial. He says the de­sign of the Sca­nia’s steps, and the way the doors open to right an­gles, make it easy to climb in and out of the truck.

Mar­shall Group, Mil­dura, main­tains Ken’s truck un­der a Sca­nia Main­te­nance Pro­gram.

Ken likes the pro­gram be­cause it turns the un­known vari­able cost of ser­vic­ing, main­te­nance, me­chan­i­cal re­pairs and break­downs into the fixed cost of a monthly fee.

Of course, life on the road has a way of throw­ing un­ex­pected costs at you.

Kan­ga­roos, for ex­am­ple. Ken says he’s had a kan­ga­roo col­li­sion on al­most ev­ery trip to Queens­land. So he in­vested in a high-ten­sile alu­minium bull­bar from Chris Bar­ron En­gi­neer­ing which has proven its worth.

“Three or four nights be­fore a full moon, [kan­ga­roos] get very ac­tive. They move around and cross the road very fast. On the night of the full moon they’re not too bad.” And they are qui­eter af­ter the full moon, he says.

It’s about putting owner-driv­ers out of busi­ness and it will break me within a fort­night.

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