First Owner-Operator To Purchase New Aerodynamic Kenworth T700 Enjoying the Ride

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Kenworth



T700 Offers Enhanced Fuel Economy and Superior Driver Comfort 
BATTLE LAKE, Minn., Aug. 26, 2010 – It’s not often that you’ll hear a truck dealer say “wait.” But, that’s just what Lavel Larson, an owner-operator from Battle Lake, Minn., heard when he visited his dealer to buy a new truck.
Larson, who is leased to Valley Express and makes runs to California and the West Coast, was operating a Kenworth T2000 with close to a million miles under the hood. “It was time for a trade-in,” Larson said. “I bought the T2000 back in 2003 and really liked the extra space it offered, and was happy with the performance and fuel economy. I was ready to buy another.”
“As a salesman, you certainly want to get a truck sale, but I knew if Lavel waited for the new Kenworth T700 to come out, he’d be more than happy. He’d be ecstatic,” said Joel Hought, a salesman with Wallwork Kenworth – Fargo.
“Joel said the new Kenworth T700 offered more room, better amenities and new technology. What he told me and showed me, sold me,” said Larson.  “But he didn’t need to sell me on durability and reliability of the T700 – with all the years driving a Kenworth, I knew what I was getting – a quality vehicle.”
Thus, Larson became the first owner-operator to buy the aerodynamic Kenworth T700. According to Larson, things have gone smoothly and the transition to a new 2010 engine – a 500-hp Cummins ISX15 driven through an automated transmission – has been a non-issue as well. “I welcome new technology and had no qualms about buying a truck with the new engine,” Larson said.  “Having to use DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) isn’t a big deal either.”
Thus far, fuel mileage is exceeding that of his previous truck, “and it will only get better through the break-in period,” Larson said.  “And the room, quietness and storage in the T700 are terrific.  It was good in my last truck, but this is even better.”
Operating an efficient truck is top-of-mind for Larson.  The Kenworth T700 is EPA SmartWay(SM) certified and possesses the least aerodynamic drag of any Kenworth.  His T700 includes stylish aerodynamic chassis fairings, bumper and hood; 19-inch wide side extenders with 7-inch rubber edges; and dual Kenworth aerodynamic heated mirrors. Larson runs fuel-efficient wide-base tires on the drives and has ordered a new trailer with wide-base tires and trailer side skirts to also aid aerodynamics. To help reduce idling – which he reports at 6.6% of engine time – he uses an auxiliary power unit (APU) which utilized Kenworth’s pre-wiring and pre-plumbing package offered at the factory.  To assist with fuel economy, he can take advantage of the standard, high-tech Kenworth Driver Information Center and utilize the Kenworth GPS system to help reduce out-of-route miles.
For driver comfort, Larson started by choosing the premium Kenworth Diamond VIT interior. Then, as options, he selected Kenworth’s new drawer style refrigerator; a 4-spoke, leather Kenworth SmartWheel(R) multiplex steering wheel; adjustable, telescoping tilt steering column; and Kenworth Air-Cushion Premium Plus highback heated seats. Larson also chose Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with best in class lighting down the road and an estimated 11-fold increase in bulb life compared to conventional sealed beams, and a 30-inch by 78-inch folding upper bunk with magazine rack.
His T700 75-inch AERODYNE(R) sleeper has an 8-foot cathedral ceiling, which opens up the work environment and provides room to stretch out and relax – plus sit upright in the upper bunk. The sleeper, which comes standard with a 42-inch by 80-inch liftable lower bunk, has a pull-out desk, full-length door-enclosed hanging closet, rich-looking wood grain accents, wall-to-wall carpet, and Xenon incandescent bulbs for excellent lighting.
The T700’s roomy interior, which features an industry-leading 60-plus cubic feet of storage space and nearly 25 percent more interior volume compared to a similarly specified Kenworth T660, gives Larson plenty of space to handle long trips.  And, there is nearly 30 inches between the driver and passenger seats for easy sleeper access.
Larson also went with air disc brakes for the first time and said the stopping distance is shorter. “They’ll also require less maintenance and have a longer life than traditional braking systems.”
An owner-operator since 1989, after serving two years as a company driver to learn the ropes, Larson followed a family tradition – his dad was a long-time trucker.  “Truck technology and driver comfort items have really changed and I’m impressed with what the T700 offers and the fuel efficiencies it has.  The fairings really dress up the truck as well.  It’s a great looking truck, comfortable and fuel efficient.  I’m sure I’ll put close to a million miles on this tractor as well.”
Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. In 2009, Kenworth became the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.


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