Two refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) from Wiltshire Council’s waste and recycling fleet have been given a major overhaul by Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) to increase their operational life under an extended contract.
The vehicles, a 58 and 59 registration, respectively, are both Dennis Eagle 26-tonne RCVs with Terberg bin lifts, and were due to be replaced when the contract was extended by another year.
Andrew Saxton, council fleet manager, said: “It worked out much better value to have the vehicles overhauled rather than hiring vehicles. It has cost us a fraction of what we would have spent on rental charges.”
The vehicle bodies and bin lifts required extensive repairs, including a major packer overhaul and repair to the ejector panels.
RVS’s extensive programme of repair work included replacing all pins, bushes and bearings, checking or replacing control units and switches, along with cosmetic repairs. One vehicle was completely repainted due to extent of welding work required.