Here’s a fine example of a big rig also being used as a rolling billboard. Normally Convoi Exceptionnel is used to define an oversize or overweight load, but in this case it’s hinting at the exceptional qualities of the cargo. The Greenery is a fresh produce wholesaler, distributor and auction with a more than € 1 billion yearly revenue.
A 4×2 cabover tractor towing a semi-trailer with three axles and six super singles is the most common big rig configuration throughout Europe. A tractor with a tall walk through sleeper cab has become the norm, certainly in international road transport. All truck makers (Scania, Volvo, DAF, Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Iveco, Renault) offer them.
The tractor unit here is a 2010 Scania R500 Topline with a 500 hp 15.6 liter V8 engine. Never too late with a V8; rather important in this branch.
Somewhere around 500 hp is the most usual maximum power output in this segment of trucking. If you want mucho more you can always ask the Swedes, they will amicably help you with a 730 hp Scania or 750 hp Volvo.
False alarm… The Scania tows a 2007 Pacton refrigerated semi-trailer. The Pacton’s overall length is 14.00 m (45’11”). On its sides and right cargo door it says Frische Ideen, German for fresh ideas. Germany has been our main export market for fresh produce for a very long time now.
Speaking of hauling produce to other countries, the Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products after the US. Yep, agribusiness is big business alright.
The semi-trailer’s first and third axle are steering axles, the first axle is also liftable. If you add up the rig’s individual axle loads you get a maximum legal GVM in the Netherlands of 46,500 kg (102,515 lbs), that’s from front to back: 8,000 + 11,500 + 9,000 + 9,000 + 9,000.
Now don’t forget the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals!