Introducing the ‘Goose’ 1996 Classic XL and its 140-inch remodeled custom ICT sleeper

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Daniel and Phyllis Snow of Harrison, Ark., have lived more than the last decade with their long-in-progress 1996 Freightliner Classic XL, “The Goose” to their son Jayme’s workhorse “The Duck,” a custom 1999 XL you got a close look at two weeks back now. They bought the rig in 2005, more or less a stock working hauler at that time with nary an extra light or piece of stainless on it, as Daniel tells in the video up top.

It also was outfitted with a 63-inch sleeper the Snows replaced with this 140-inch ICT big bunk they then proceeded to gut, performing a front-to-back remodel over the years.It also was outfitted with a 63-inch sleeper the Snows replaced with this 140-inch ICT big bunk they then proceeded to gut, performing a front-to-back remodel over the years. The interior has all the accents of a lived-in home, clear evidence of Phyllis Snow’s influence since she joined Daniel with a CDL shortly before purchasing the unit. Find many more interior views in the video.The interior has all the accents of a lived-in home, clear evidence of Phyllis Snow’s influence since she joined Daniel with a CDL shortly before purchasing the unit. Find many more interior views in the video.

Owner-operator Daniel Snow’s story is one of pairing back from ownership of a bull-hauling fleet with up to seven trailers at its largest point, scaling back over time to a single truck and bringing family up into the business. I met the Snows at the Joplin, Mo., Guilty by Association Truck Show in September, getting at close look at both Daniel and Phyllis’ big-bunk Freightliner and that of their son, Jayme, parked up next to each other for fellowship with family and the close friends they’ve made at the 4 State Trucks show over the years.

Daniel (Doc) and Phyllis (Tinkerbell) showed off these travel coffee mugs as proud evidence of connections made there — they were presented to the Snows by Jeremy Brannan and his son, Colton, after meeting and getting know them at the event in past years.Daniel (Doc) and Phyllis (Tinkerbell) showed off these travel coffee mugs as proud evidence of connections made there — they were presented to the Snows by Jeremy Brannan and his son, Colton, after meeting and getting know them at the event in past years.

There’s more to the truck, powered by a DDEC 4 Detroit Series 60 and transmission that are recent replacements for the original powertrain in the rig, that I’ll share later this week as part of the Overdrive Radio podcast — namely, as you might have expected, there’s some kind of a story behind how the Snows’ rig came to be known as The Goose, alongside Jayme Snow’s The Duck. Stay tuned.

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