This striking combination was parked in a nearby industrial area – I just couldn’t miss it, when passing by. It’s owned by hauling company Simon Loos and is working for Albert Heijn, or simply AH, the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. Parent company Ahold Delhaize is also a major player in the United States.
The temperature-controlled, 2013 Krone semi-trailer is coupled to a 2021 Volvo FH tractor unit. Everything is super clean and slick!
There was another food supplier’s big rig just around the corner, yet operating in an entirely different market. The Duynie company brings animal feed to farms. More specifically, the so-called co-products.
The axle spacing and the shape of the fenders indicate that the semi-trailer’s first and third axle are steering axles. When delivering goods to farms, maximum maneuverability is required. Especially when driving on the often narrow corner roads that lead to the farms and while entering and exiting the yard entrances.
A few years older than the Simon Loos tractor, focus on the front light units. Duynie’s 2019 Volvo FH is also powered by the truck maker’s 12.8 liter inline-six, good for 428 hp. The semi-trailer is a 2010 Hobur tanker.
Both combination vehicles have five axles, yet the tanker rig is rated at a gross weight of 50 tons (110,231 lbs), whereas Simon and Albert add up to 46.5 tons (102,515 lbs). The reason: 500 kg extra thanks to the tractor’s heavier front axle plus another 3,000 kg thanks to the semi-trailer’s increased axle spacing.
Enjoy your meal!