County Down-based RAS Haulage has put a new Renault Trucks Range T520 High 6×2 tractor unit into service on its cement bulk tanker and aggregate tipper operation working across Northern Ireland’s quarries. Supplied by local dealer, Diamond Trucks, this latest addition is the first T High to join the exclusively Renault Trucks fleet of eleven tractor units.
For family-run RAS Haulage, the proud and professional image of the new flagship T520 High was a key factor in the company’s purchase decision, according to brothers Paul and Stuart Spence. Paul says: “The T High is the whole package, it’s great to drive, very comfortable and it looks really impressive out on the road.”
Image is a priority, with the company’s striking blue and white livery complemented with Kelsa top and bottom lightbars, rear Kelsa A Frame bar, windkit perimeter strips, LED spotlights, twin roof-mounted air horns, colour-matched cab components including fixed roof and side deflectors and Alcoa Dura-Bright aluminium wheels. Inside, the T520 High’s cab is equipped for driver comfort, with Ultimate Bronze Finish, and 40 litre quiet fridge.
The T520 High with pusher axle is powered by Renault Trucks top of the range DTi 13 litre Euro-6 engine, which produces 512hp and 2550 Nm of torque. Behind this is a 12 speed Optidriver automated transmission system. Further transmission options include a Renault Trucks factory-fitted power-take-off and a rear drive axle ratio of 2.85. The T520 High is on front air suspension for stability, improved ride and comfort when operating in often challenging terrain.
RAS Haulage has also specified Adaptive Cruise Control and emergency braking system, as well as a load per axle indicator.
A loyal Renault Trucks customer for over thirty years, RAS Haulage opted for a five year Renault Trucks Start & Drive hire purchase contract with maintenance carried out by Diamond Trucks. Commenting on the quality of support they receive from the local dealer, Paul says: “Our fleet is 100% Renault Trucks now, thanks to the service we receive from Diamond Trucks. We know all the people there very well, and it’s their personal service that sets them apart.”
For RAS Haulage, residual values are also important, and Paul expects the T520 High to hold onto its value: “We spec’d the vehicle carefully at point of order, selecting top spec and a range of options, as the more extras on the truck the easier it is to sell on,” he concludes