REDFORD, MICH. – June 02, 2008 – There’s a reason people do a double-take when they drive past Dennis and Nadine Creps’ house.
That’s because if they aren’t distracted by the replica Western Star® truck mailbox perched out front, they definitely notice the sleek Western Star truck parked in a custom-built garage.
Dennis and Nadine Creps, owners of Midnight Express Trucking, Inc., recently built a new home in the resort town of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. When planning their home, the Creps’ decided to add an extra garage for their pride and joy – their 2007 4900 EX with 82-inch High Roof Stratosphere® sleeper.
“A lot of people in Havasu build bays for their RVs, so I decided my Western Star truck needed that kind of special treatment,” said Mr. Creps.
Creps, who started a second career as an owner-operator after retiring from the automotive business, uses his Stratosphere to haul fiberglass insulation and waste paper in the western United States, six days a week. The ’07 truck is his second Western Star.
Because of his demanding schedule, Creps selected the 82-inch High Roof Stratosphere – the largest sleeper in the industry by volume – specifically for its roomy interior and luxurious styling. In fact, he made sure the truck’s interior was spec’d with premium comfort amenities, such as upholstered swivel bucket seats; a portable bathroom; full refrigerator; and more.
“I really love my sleeper,” Creps said. “Because I am on the road so much, I wanted a home away from home, and my truck truly accommodates all of my needs.”
Creps worked with Bobby Balda of Quality Truck Care Center in Oshkosh, Wisc., to hammer out the details of his truck.
“Bobby and I conducted all of our communications on the phone and via email,” Creps said. “It all paid off in the end – and Bobby’s team really delivered on all of the special details.”
In addition to creating a luxurious interior, Creps also took special care of his trucks’ exterior. He spec’d extra LED lights laser-cut into the front bumper; stainless steel skirting and lights; and chrome detailing. Painted in a sharp jet black pearl metallic, the cab also has a “3” painted on both sides, in honor of Creps’ favorite NASCAR driver, the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
“There’s not a day that goes by where someone doesn’t compliment my truck,” Creps said. “It really is a beauty.”
Besides looking impressive on the road, Creps’ Western Star is impressive for the wallet.
Featuring a Willis Auxiliary Power System, Creps has already realized a fuel savings of more than $2,400 because of reduced engine idling. And, Creps also added a Detroit Diesel Series 60 with a chrome engine package.
And, what about that mailbox?
“We wanted to do something different when we built the house,” Creps said. “So, we found someone in Havasu who custom builds a lot of different types of mailboxes, so we commissioned him to create ours.”
According to Creps, the all-metal mailbox took about two months to construct, and weighs about 65 lbs.
“My mailbox and my garage say it all – there’s nothing like being on the road with my Western Star, and there’s nothing like showing it off here at home,” Creps said.
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Redford, Mich., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.