On March 6th the first state replacement wrecker was delivered to
Catawba County Schools; Rowan County received theirs on March 10th. This
year's wrecker is quite different, since a vehicle had to be specified
to bring us in line with the current axle weight laws. Heavy duty
school bus chassis, engines and larger capacity bus bodies have
significantly increased the weight of newer buses. DPI Transportation
Consultant Craig Warren weighed some new buses with existing wreckers
and determined that a tandem axle was needed for new wreckers.
The resulting new wrecker body is Century model # 4024T2 with an
aluminized body that also reduces the weight of the wrecker. It should
be more resistant to rust than the traditional steel bodies we have
previously purchased. This year the wrecker was bid as a total truck in
an attempt to get better pricing. International Truck Corporation
submitted the lowest bid with the 4400 series chassis and the Century
body. The total cost of $112,766.00 was nearly $8,000.00 lower than the
The chassis is powered by a DT466E diesel engine rated at 300 horse
power with a ten speed road ranger transmission and a tandem rear axle.
The tandem axle allows us to increase the rear axle weight limit from
20,000lbs to 38,000 lbs which should handle any school bus purchased for
the state fleet.
The boom and under reach are integrated, allowing for easier operation
and a weight reduction. The body has several new features to help the
wrecker operator - lighted compartments, bin-mounted controls, partial
cab controls and remote set of lanyard controls. The cab has an air ride
driver seat, AM/FM radio and air conditioning.
This wrecker should meet our needs for many years.
The following counties are contributing funding for the boom to receive
a replacement wrecker:
Capital Outlay Wrecker: Chapel Hill/Carrboro City