Kenworth's new medium-duty body-builder manual available

Kenworth's new 152-page online body builder manual focuses on Kenworth’s medium duty conventional lineup, ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8 models.

The 2022 manual, now available via this link, features a new format with click-to-go links to speed spec’ing choices. Nine section in addition to the introduction offer details on the variety of specs available related to:

  • Safety and Compliance
  • Dimensions
  • Body Mounting
  • Frame Modifications
  • CAN Communications
  • Electrical
  • Power Take-Off (PTO)
  • Aftertreatment
  • Routing.

Truck body planning and installation guidelines are spelled out in detail, with listings by name and page number for both the manual’s 30 tables and 127 figures for quick reference. 

The manual's especially useful when the body builder is involved in the vehicle definition and ordering process. Early in that process, body builders can often contribute valuable information that may help reduce the total body installation cost by helping to ensure the truck is spec'd correctly and set up appropriately.

Kenworth’s medium duty conventional line features the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), T280 (Class 6), T380 (Class 7) and T480 (light Class 8). In addition, the Kenworth T380V and T480V models are for vocational applications. These Kenworth models are offered with the 6.7-liter Paccar PX-7 and 8.9-liter PX-9 engines. The lower-emissions Cummins 8.9-liter L9N and 6.7-liter B6.7N natural gas engines also are available.

Kenworth mid-duty trucks serve an expansive variety of applications, including cargo and reefer van, beverage, tow and recovery, utility, mechanic service, fuel oil and propane, landscaping, fire, dump and mixer. The trucks can be spec'd with either a standard low roof (63 inches) or raised roof (67 inches).  

Three hood types include a short aero hood (107.5-inch BBC) to accommodate front axles from 8K to 20K lbs. of capacity; a medium aero hood (109.5-inch BBC) for higher horsepower and AWD applications; and Kenworth’s vocational "sloped" hood for the T380V and T480V.

Paccar's TX-8 automatic 8-speed transmission is standard for the mid-duty line, with a max torque rating of up 1,000 lb.-ft. and 57,000-lb. GCWR.

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