Sleeper cab for TIR work
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• A sleeper-cab for removal companies operating Continental journeys has been designed and developed by J.H. Sparshatt and Sons Ltd, of Portsmouth. It has a bunk bed with sleeping accommodation for two men behind the driving position.
The first model has been supplied to White and Co Ltd also of Portsmouth, the company which has done much to pioneer pallet loading of pantechnicons. In fact, the new cab is fitted to a palletized vehicle.
Average time spent on the Continent by a White vehicle—used mainly for household removals—is 10 days. The company usually sends a two-man crew to share the driving and also be able to pick up return loads.
Built on a British Leyland Boxer Model BX1425 201in. wheelbase chassis, the vehicle just delivered has the now-standard Sparshatt three pallet White and Co body, with roller shutters for side loading by fork-lift truck.
The standard factory-built Boxer tilt cab has been substantially modified. It has been extended to the rear by Ift 9in. and a grip roof and rear bulkhead assembly fitted.
The additional cab space accommodates upper and lower fixed bunk beds. Seating for three people has been retained, using the original seats and the interior of the cab is fully lined for maximum comfort.
Constructed to TIR specifications, the 1650 cu ft capacity body can be used either for pallets or as a conventional tail-loading removals vehicle, with traditional drop well. For additional rigidity, the body is framed throughout in steel, with aluminium faced ply panels. The roller shutters are of alloy and are protected internally by removable cross-slats.