When I spotted this outstanding combination from a distance, I just had to leave the main road to have a closer look and take some pictures. First, my compliments to the driver(s) of the one-owner MAN TGX grain tipper truck, still looking brand spanking new, after being in the agri-business for almost a decade.
MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg) is a member of the big Traton truck & bus family, just like Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and -recently- Navistar. Traton SE is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.
In 2000, MAN introduced their first gen TG-series of trucks and tractors, with the TGX as the top model. Despite the number 26 in the model designation of Timmer’s 6×2 truck, its GVM is actually rated at 28 metric tons (61,729 lbs). The MAN does have a heavy-duty, 9 tons front axle though.
The number 480 is fully correct: 480 DIN-hp maximum power output from a 12.4 liter, inline-six.
Cuppers Carrosserieën B.V. Lichtenvoorde, you can call them Cuppers, built the full trailer and both tipper bodies, fitted with a top hinged tailgate and a grain hatch. Underneath the tailgates, there’s a roll down tarpaulin to protect the rear light units and keep them neat ‘n tidy.
All axles of the truck and trailer couple have super singles, except the MAN’s drive axle.
Here’s the same combination, now with the trailer’s tipper body all the way up. (photo courtesy of C. Timmer Transport B.V.)
The rig’s legal maximum payload capacity is calculated as follows: 50,000 kg (max. GVM) minus 16,665 kg (curb weight) equals 33,335 kg (73,491 lbs). Or in other, matching US numbers: about 1,312 bushels of dry corn, never mind the weigh stations.
Another magnificent Timmer combination, yet longer and heavier: