Freightliner Introduces Factory-Reconfigured Century Class Day Cab

Converted SleeperCab Offers Unique Value for a Used Truck

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY...Freightliner LLC’s used truck division today unveiled its latest innovation -- a factory-reconfigured Century Class Day Cab. Available exclusively at SelecTrucks Centers and Freightliner dealer locations, this truck represents a unique product and exceptional value for used truck customers.

SelecTrucks is Freightliner LLC's used truck network with locations across North America.

The new product debuted at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 21-23.

“The Freightliner factory-reconfigured Century Class is a used day cab truck which has been transformed from a Century Class SleeperCab,” said Bill Gordon, president of the Freightliner LLC business unit that operates the SelecTrucks network. “The truck meets Freightliner’s strict engineering and performance standards and offers an excellent value when compared to a new truck. Customers purchasing this product also will benefit from the technological advances of the Freightliner Century Class.”

The factory-reconfigured Century Class Day Cab is different from a typical day cab in that it has a mid-roof-height cab roof and an extended cabin. “Working closely with our design and engineering groups, we found that we could add significant vehicle attributes as part of the reconfiguration process,” Gordon said. “The end product has unique features that we think are attractive to both the company owning the equipment and the driver operating it.”

Inside, a driver of the factory-reconfigured Century Class Day Cab is surrounded by additional space (almost 45 cubic feet) that makes the cabin an efficient working environment.

The roof has been raised almost nine inches over a typical cab height making it easier to move in and around the cab. The additional headroom allows for an overhead console just like a SleeperCab. This storage area is back-lit with the combination interior lighting package (door, reading, and night-red dome-light assembly) popular with Century Class users.

The cab is about ten inches longer than a typical cab providing over 9.5 inches of additional space behind the seats. This allows for additional space for storing tools, personal belongings and other equipment. There also is more seat travel, giving the driver up to two inches more belly room and allowing for the seat back to be reclined further.

Finally, a large 20” X 36” tinted rear window is installed to maximize rear visibility.

Outside, the flowing lines and aerodynamics of the Century Class are maintained with the reconfiguration. The front and side sunvisor components are from the SleeperCab, providing excellent protection from sun glare and heat loading while also delivering superior air flow properties around the cab roof. Side extenders are standard. If the used truck being converted originally had chassis fairings, they can be left on, or at the customer’s request, removed and replaced with fuel tank steps.

The Freightliner factory-reconfigured Century Class used truck is fashioned at a Freightliner-owned used truck reconfiguration and refurbishing factory in Tooele, Utah. The 65,000-square-foot Tooele facility features a complete “assembly” line, with facilities for cab reconfiguration, cab and chassis paint, component replacement, front end alignment, interior fitting, pressure washing, steam cleaning, inspection, road test and final inspection.

To create the factory-reconfigured Century Class Day Cab, Tooele technicians remove all existing side and roof skins from a late model Freightliner Century Class SleeperCab. Using assembly line technology, a new mid-roof height roof is installed and the back panel of the sleeper section is reused. The new rear window is fitted and new interior panels and floor coverings for the additional cab section areas are installed. With all Freightliner factory-reconfigured Day Cabs, the cab, hood, frame, and chassis are prepped, masked off and painted.

Every reconfigured day cab undergoes a thorough 150-point inspection process, including a road test, to ensure its readiness and integrity. All the power train fluids and filters are changed, the chassis is lubricated and the truck is Federal-DOT certified. Finally, each truck is cleaned and detailed.

Customers also can choose from a number of additional appearance or mechanical options. Appearance options include a new grille, premium detail, new aluminum wheels, new steel quarter fenders and others. Mechanical options include new tires, new belts and coolant hoses, new batteries, new rear brakes shoes, new remanufactured starter, new remanufactured alternator, new clutch, new remanufactured transmissions, new engine brake and more.

“Ever since integrated sleepers became so prevalent, it has become increasingly difficult to find quality day cabs in the used market,” Gordon said. “Freightliner’s factory reconfigured Century Class Day Cab offers a superb alternative for customers seeking a quality alternative to purchasing new.”

This is Freightliner’s first factory-reconfigured Century Class truck. The Tooele facility continues to convert Freightliner FLD 120 SleeperCab tractors into FLD Day Cabs according to demand.

Gordon said Freightliner would continue to explore creative ways to deploy used truck inventory.

“Freightliner has made a major investment in its used truck operations and today we offer unmatched used truck remarketing capabilities,” Gordon said. “We believe this is a major strategic advantage for the company going forward. The reconfigured Century Class Day Cab is a perfect example of Freightliner’s commitment to innovation to meet industry and customer demands.”

He added that Freightliner is continuing the expansion of the SelecTrucks Centers network, now up to 40 locations in North America.

SelecTrucks Centers and Freightliner Trucks dealers offer a wide selection of used trucks, convenient locations, comprehensive warranty packages, flexible financing terms and business support.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner Trucks produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler company, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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