Larry Cole

In Overseas, Just Truckn Around, June 20201 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 8, 2020

Mike Beesley found owner-operator Larry Cole fitting some extra lights and over-width flags on his rig in readiness for heading out that night on the start of an 1800-kilometre journey from the Port of Tacoma in Washington State to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Larry contracts to Mullen Trucking in Aldergrove, Alberta, with his 2018 Kenworth T800W, which is powered by a 600hp Cummins engine with an 18-speed Eaton Roadranger gearbox. The CAT face shovel bucket on the low loader weighs in at 48 tonne and will have a 64 cubic metre capacity once all the attachments have been fitted in Edmonton. The overall length of Larry‘s combination is 33 metres and the total weight will end up around 82 tonne.

Most of the trip will be done at night to avoid traffic congestion, and the planning, along with the all the permits needed to make this haul, are a test for any piloting company. When Larry is at home, he likes to cruise around in his 1952 Mercury classic car, or out in the bush crashing about in his ATV.

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