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Treloar Transport orders new Iveco International truck

Tasmania-based civil contracting business, Treloar Transport, has ordered Iveco Australia’s new International ProStar truck, following the manufacturer’s appointment of new dealerships.

Treloar Transport Managing Director, John Treloar, wrote to manufacturer, Iveco, expressing interest in ordering the first of the new Iveco International ProStar trucks to arrive in Australia, having owned around 15 Internationals since operating his business.

“Early on when we were getting up and running many years ago with my father Cliff and brother Tony, we were using old Bedfords and progressed to MANs, then we wanted something bigger that was also able to tow a trailer,” said Treloar.

“One of the local dealer salesmen, Brendan Smith, recommended a second hand 1986 S-Line,” he said. “We were a bit hesitant because it already had 500,000 clicks on it, but Brendan told me it would do a million guaranteed, so we went for it and it hit 1.1 million without a problem.

“At this point it developed a water leak at the head so I bought a rebuild kit to suit the Cummins 350 big cam and it only cost me $1800. Our competitors were running around in other brands and paying big money for rebuilds and maintenance, so I thought this will do me. The Internationals have always been good, honest and reliable trucks.”

Treloar told Iveco that he was concerned that the last truck he purchased in early 2011 - 9900 Eagle day cab tipper – might mark the end of the International range in Australia.

“I thought that was it, so I went out and bought another two second-hand 9900 models to try and keep us going into the future. I thought I’d be able to rebuild these, but for our new trucks we didn’t know where we’d go to next,” said Treloar. “Then the first announcement came that International might be coming back, which was great news.”

The majority of Treloar Transport’s fleet are configured as tipper and super dogs, along with two prime movers for float and semi work, according to Iveco. The new ProStar will also work in a tipper and dog application and will have the familiar Cummins / Eaton driveline combination.

Treloar has said the truck will be put to work in a demanding application but had total confidence that the ProStar would be up to the challenge based on the earlier performance of his other International trucks.

“Where we are south of Devonport the conditions are challenging and the application demanding,” said Treloar. “The terrain is undulating, the trucks operate at a heavy weight, often travelling on gravel roads that are wet and slippery, the weather conditions can also change pretty fast.

“I’m expecting longevity out of the ProStar, especially if it’s anything like the others. We still have a 1982 S-Line on fleet that is running strong. I reckon the die-hard International guys will definitely pick-up and run with this model.”

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