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Kenworth caters to tall truckers

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. -- Kenworth's new T800 extended day cab is six inches longer than its traditional day cab and...

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Kenworth’s new T800 extended day cab is six inches longer than its traditional day cab and provides an additional five inches of headroom.

Steve Garland enjoys driving again. The logger from Grande Prairie, Alta., said he always had trouble fitting his 6-foot-4-inch body comfortably behind the wheel of any truck he drove. After taking delivery of his new Kenworth extended day cab, he’s finally comfortable. He recently became the first vocational customer to take delivery of the new cab.

“My long legs were too cramped in the smaller cab of the previous truck I had – even with the seat pushed all the way back,” Garland said. “My head was hitting the roof and I developed hip problems that required physical therapy. It was not very comfortable spending 12 hours a day or more in that other cab.”

The extended day cab also offers more room behind the wheel and a seat that reclines 21 degrees for added comfort.

“An added benefit is the three storage compartments across the back behind the seat. They come in handy to store paperwork and supplies,” Garland said. The cab’s side visibility is also improved from his prior trucks thanks to Kenworth’s DayLite door.

Garland and his nephew make about four round trips a day, hauling spruce and pine logs about 90 miles to the Canfor mill in Grande Prairie. He estimated he covers 75,000 to 90,000 miles a year on the highway and off road. Garland’s new Kenworth T800 is powered by a 475-hp Cummins engine and driven through an 18-speed Eaton transmission to tackle the hills and off-road grades.

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