Glider Kits: One of the Hottest Things in Trucking

GREEN BAY, WI – Need a truck or several trucks, but don’t like the thought of owning one with what some believe is complicated engine technology that not just any mechanic can work on?

Then a used rig, and not just any, that are for sale by one of the largest fleets in North America may be what you looking for.

Schneider’s Fleet Sales says glider kits are its hottest selling truck.

For those unfamiliar with glider kits they don’t start off as used trucks, but they are not new trucks. They are, as Transport Canada defines them, “an assemblage of parts” or what an earlier story from Today’s Trucking described as “an admittedly inglorious description for what’s becoming a fringe alternative to buying new trucks.”

According to Schneider, the gliders it’s selling, which have various milage, have remanufactured Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines that are pre-EGR, which means four major differences when compared to the latest truck engines: no exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), no diesel particulate filter (DPF), no selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and no diesel exhaust fluid (DPF).

In other words a lot less of alphabet soup and what some believe is a less complicated way of owning a truck when compared with the latest truck models.

“Our buyers understand the value of having less downtime because you have an engine ‘your’ mechanics can work on and plenty of parts are available,” according to Schneider.

These 2011 and 2012 Freightliner Columbia glider kits available are day cab, 48-inch mid roof, 58-inch mid roof, 70-inch raised roof and 72-inch extra-tall. All feature a brand new cab/frame, are lighter weight with most being prices between US$55,000 and US$70,000 and most come in any color you want, provided its bright orange.

Determining whether a glider kit is right for you no doubt varies by the individual and the fleet. For more information search the Today’s Trucking website using the word “glider.”

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