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Volvo Trucks partners with Galfab and Fontaine Modification to streamline installation of roll-off bodies

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Volvo Trucks North America has announced a collaboration with Galfab to have roll-off bodies available for installation at the Fontaine facility near Volvo Trucks’ Dublin, Va., factory.

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The local process will enable a more efficient body installation and delivery of Volvo truck models with 60,000- or 75,000-lb. Galfab roll-off hoist bodies to customers and dealers, VTNA says. The bodies are delivered from Galfab’s headquarters in Winamac, Ind., to Fontaine Modification located adjacent to the Volvo Trucks assembly plant in the New River Valley of Virginia.

The most common model for this specification is the Volvo VHD, but it is also offered on other Volvo Trucks models that meet the minimum chassis requirements for the application, the company says. Volvo Trucks performs all frame drilling, corrosion resistance coating and paint applications on the chassis at its assembly plant prior to the body installation process at Fontaine.

Previously, a finished Volvo truck chassis was transported to Galfab’s Indiana facility, where the roll-off body was installed before being delivered to the customer or dealer. The new process reduces logistics fees and delivery times for fully finished, quality commercial vehicles that arrive straight to the customer or dealer, VTNA says.

Roll-off applications are typically used for transporting large containers such as trash receptacles with a hoist. Galfab produces bodies that utilize Volvo Trucks’ rear engine power take-off (REPTO) mounted with an F1 piston pump as well as Volvo’s transmission-mounted PTOs. The hydraulic tank is mounted to the frame rail to ensure optimum oil supply to the pump. Galfab bodies also enable coded troubleshooting through Volvo Trucks’ Body Builder Module (BBM) in the dashboard, which simplifies the installation and testing of electronics and data components.

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