Fleetowner 5637 Kenworth T270 T370 Frame Packaging Configurations

Kenworth adds frame packaging options for T270/T370

Sept. 15, 2015
Kenworth Truck added two new product enhancements on the Kenworth T270 and T370.

Kenworth Truck announces the availability of two new product enhancements on the Kenworth T270 and T370 – fuel tanks mounted between the frame rails behind the rear axle and a narrower battery box.

According to the company, together these enhancements are part of a focused Medium Duty Body Builder Expansion program that opens up more frame packaging options for medium duty customers with complex body installations such as utilities, fire and street maintenance departments, towing operators and hydronic service providers.

“By choosing these two new options together, special application customers and their body builders will find it much easier to install custom bodies, equipment and apparatus on the Class 6 Kenworth T270 chassis and the Class 7 Kenworth T370 chassis,” said Kurt Swihart, marketing director. “That’s great news for our customers as the new frame packaging options created by the body builder expansion program can help reduce installation time.

“The new frame packaging options could also reduce the amount of custom work body builders have to do, resulting in a potential reduction in the cost of installation,” he added.

The new battery box, which is 6 inches narrower than the standard box, frees up space on the left-hand side for body installations and for a small DEF tank to be mounted under the cab, the company said. With this option, the air tanks are now located on the back of the cab rather than the standard placement below the battery box.

“Even though the new battery box is narrower, fleets won’t lose any battery capacity on their T270s or T370s,” he said. “The new battery boxes can still accommodate two or three batteries.”

A matching narrow tool box is also available for the right side of the T270 and T370, and can be combined with a fuel tank pulled forward to lessen the effect on the back of the cab. In this case, the DEF tank is mounted behind a right-hand narrow tool box.

The new steel rectangular fuel tanks, mounted between the frame rails behind the rear axle, are available in 45- and 70-gallon capacities.  After review of current customer capacities needed, these two capacities should support all complex body applications, Swihart said. The fuel tanks feature temporary fuel fillers, which body builders can relocate in many different ways to accommodate various bodies and equipment. The tanks can also be equipped with auxiliary supply tubes for customers using generators or other apparatus. Because the tanks are supported by welded steel cross members, they can be used with or without frame inserts.

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