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Aylesford, UK: Kent Frozen Foods has added 13 Eurocargos and 18 Daily vans to its 80-strong refrigerated fleet.

Haynes Trucks supplied the 12-tonne Eurocargos and the 3.5-tonne Dailys which have twin-compartments.

The Eurocargo ML120E25s deliver chilled and frozen food to cafes and restaurants in London where manoeuvrability is key. The Eurocargo MLC Day Cab is 2.1 metres wide which suits operating in urban areas.

Jason Windleas, distribution manager, Kent Frozen Foods, said: “The 12-tonne is the perfect multi-drop urban delivery truck. It’s got a good turning circle and drivers like them as they easily take them into places where access is very challenging. The Eurocargo is the perfect size as we rarely work to the truck’s full payload, instead it’s more about optimising load cube on each journey.

The 3.5 tonne Daily vans have a single passenger seat, replacing the usual bench, as payload is important. With the Solomon body it has a 900kg payload and for the majority of times it leaves the depot working at maximum load

KFF opted for the Eurocargo fitted with the Euro VI-d-compliant 250-horsepower 6.7-litre Tector 7 engine which copes well with its predominantly urban work. Solomon Commercials fitted a twin chamber frozen and chilled box body on the 4.815m wheelbase chassis-cab with a 1.5 tonne Dhollandia tuckaway tail lift and Frigoblock fridge.

Each Eurocargo is fitted with seven external cameras, one internal camera, a Verizon tracking unit and Hi-Viz red seatbelts. The Dailies also have the same equipment, plus an electronic parking brake that reduces repetitive movements for the driver.

The 3.5 tonne Daily box vans cover longer distance delivery work serving customers as far as Manchester and Plymouth. The Daily vans have a single passenger seat, replacing the usual bench, as payload is important. With the Solomon body it has a 900kg payload and for the majority of times it leaves the depot working at maximum payload.

“Because of the inherent strength of Daily, they work at maximum payload on the outwork leg of their journeys. We take them down to the weighbridge to ensure that with a driver and full tank of fuel the vehicle is compliant but working at its optimum weight,” Windleas says.

“We’ve looked at the heavier Daily, but we wanted to stay under the 3.5 tonnes GVW to manage longer trips without the restriction of a tachograph,” he says.

The replacement profile for both vehicles reflects their working patterns with the Eurocargo being renewed every eight years and around half a million kilometres, while the Daily’s five-year life on fleet will see them cover in the region of 400,000km.

“The reason for our long-term relationship is that Haynes’ service has been second to none. They supply us with one of their technicians each night and he manages any smaller problems on site to help keep our fleet on the road. For anything major he will take the vehicle to Haynes’ Maidstone site and work on it so it’s ready for to go the next morning. He is first class and treats the vehicles like his own which has meant our Vehicle Off the Road rates are very low,” Windleas says.

“The R&M package is very valuable as it helps us with budgeting and leaves us just with tyres, insurance and fuel to worry about. All other aspects of the vehicle are covered by Haynes,” he says.

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