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.