Truck Spotlight

Max Kvidera | April 01, 2010

The enhanced visibility, Wood says, is important because the driver is often backing up to retail store docks. “It’s a very forgiving truck,” he says.

While all the Peterbilts have been quiet, Wood says the 348 is the best yet at muffling road and engine noise and vibrations. He credits the vertical smoke stacks for contributing to the quieter ride. n


Peterbilt 348

CHASSIS

• 108-in. bumper to back of cab

ENGINE

• Paccar PX-8 engine with ratings from 240-380 hp.

TRANSMISSION

• Eaton Fuller – 6-, 10- or 11-speed manual; Eaton Fuller 10-speed AutoShift; Allison 4-, 5- or 6-speed automatic

AXLE: FRONT

• Dana Spicer – 12,000-20,000 lb.

AXLE: REAR, SINGLE

• Dana Spicer – 21,000 lb., 23,000 lb., 25,000 lb., 26,000 lb., 30,000 lb.; Meritor – 21,000 lb, 23,000 lb.

AXLE: REAR, TANDEM

• Dana Spicer – 40,000-46,000 lb.; Meritor – 40,000-44,000 lb.

SUSPENSION: FRONT

• Taper Leaf

SUSPENSION: REAR

• Front Taper Leaf

• Peterbilt AirTrac

• Reyco 79KB, 102 or 102AR

SUSPENSION: TANDEM

• Front Taper Leaf

• Peterbilt AirTrac

• Low Air Leaf

• Hendrickson HMX, RT

• Reyco 102

• Chalmers 854

DESIGN FEATURES

• Lap seam aluminum construction

• Metton impact-resistant hood

• Steel painted or chrome, aluminum polished or stainless steel clad bumpers

• Lexan headlamp lenses

• Stainless steel grille

• Schwalbe or Weldon crew conversion package