Truck Spotlight

Lucinda Coulter | May 04, 2010

The Zeltens are impressed with the cooler running engine and their tractor’s clean exhaust stack, too. “There’s not a stitch of soot on it,” Kenn says. Since the couple took the 2010 on the road in January, they have started buying urea in bulk at California truck stops. n



• 188-in. bumper to back of cab


• Volvo D13, 240-380 hp

• Volvo D16, 500-625 hp

• Cummins ISX, 400-500 hp


• Batteries: Volvo dual purpose

• Alternators: 12-volt Delco Remy: 110 amp 35 SI pad mount; 135 amp 35 SI pad mount; 165 amp high efficiency 36 SI pad mount; 145 amp 24 SI pad mount


• Volvo 12-speed I-shift automated (available with overdrive)

• Eaton Fuller FR, FRO, RTO, RTOC, RTLO 9-, 10-, 13- and 18-speed; manual, AutoShift and UltraShift


• Front: Volvo, Meritor, Hendrickson, Dana Spicer – 12,500-14,600 lb.

• Rear: Meritor RT40, RT46 and MT40, hypoid-generoid and amboid gearing, interaxle and full diff lock; Dana Spicer DST40 and DST41


• Parabolic leaf spring – 12,500, 13,200 and 14,600 lb.

• Hendrickson AirTek – 12,500 and 13,200 lb.


• Volvo and Hendrickson air – 38,000-46,000 lb.


• 77-in. mid-roof integral sleeper

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  • whyismycachealwaysclearing

    Love my Swedish meatball. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well…maybe a bit lighter of a truck, though I do feel safer with the stronger driving cab area (which is, I’m told, a major source of weight, specifically on the steers.)