A totally redesigned cab is coming to Autocar LLC's line of Xpeditor refuse trucks in the second quarter of this year. According to the OEM, the new cab will offer drivers more room, easier entry, and more forward and rear view visibility without affecting the chassis space available to body builders.
“We did a survey about two years ago of refuse operators — municipal and commercial, large and small — in part to get design feedback on our cabs,” Tom Vatter, Autocar's vp-sales & marketing, told Fleet Owner at Waste Expo in Atlanta last month. “From that and other feedback we knew we needed to lower the height of the cab to allow for easier entry and exit for the driver, expand overall interior cab space and belly room behind the wheel, improve visibility and add more interior storage.”
The new cab features an additional 18 cu. ft. of interior space, a tilt steering wheel for more belly room, under-seat storage areas, cup holders, as well as a curved front windshield matched by a larger single-piece rear window and corner windows to give the driver an expanded view when backing up, said Vatter. On top of that, the cab as a whole is five inches lower to the ground.
Manufactured entirely of fully welded, two-sided galvanized steel, “this is the same tough cab as before; it's just bigger and [with] a wider range of safety, convenience and ease-of-use improvements,” Vatter said. He emphasized that the new cab also features the multiplexed wiring system unveiled last year, as well as the more efficient electronic HVAC system and integrated camera monitor.