Roger Dyson covers all the bases for Hadwins

When prestige car dealer Hadwins needed a new vehicle transporter, specialist bodybuilder Roger Dyson Group had it covered.

Hadwins runs Volkswagen and Audi franchises in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. It is now using its new truck to deliver new and used cars to customers, and to bring vehicles into its two service centres.

The transporter was built to a very strict set of criteria:

• It had to have a covered body, to protect cars from the elements and to maintain privacy and discretion;

• It had to be based on an MAN 7.5-tonne truck chassis, so it could be driven on a standard driving licence while also offering sufficient payload to carry top-of-the-range off-roaders like the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg;

• And, crucially, the ramps had to provide an approach angle shallow enough for sporty, low-slung supercars such as the Audi R8 and Spyder to be loaded without any risk of the bodywork coming into contact with the ground or the loading ramps.

Hadwins’ Managing Director Roy Allen contacted several bodybuilders and was particularly impressed by the professional and helpful response he received from transporter and recovery vehicle specialist Roger Dyson Group, of Droitwich, Worcestershire.

“Roger came out to visit us in Cumbria, so I could see straight away that he was taking our business very seriously,” recalled Mr Allen. “He talked through our requirements in great detail and worked out a solution that provided everything we needed.”

Hadwins’ new transporter is based on a 7.5-tonne MAN TGL 7.180 day cab chassis, which is powered by a 180hp Euro 5 engine that drives through a Tipmatic automated transmission.

The body of Roger Dyson’s Transloader TR3 covered transporter is fabricated entirely from aluminium, as are the rear roller shutter door and lightweight loading ramps. The result is an impressive payload of 2,700kg, while the extending ramps offer a loading angle of less than five degrees. The body’s sliding curtains, which are tensioned front-to-back, allow access to the transporter deck so that vehicles can be secured easily, ready for transportation.

“Our new Dyson Transloader is ideally suited to the job,” confirms Mr Allen. “The time and effort that Roger put in to helping us design the vehicle has really paid off, and the bodywork is also superbly finished. All told, the service from Roger Dyson Group has been first class.”

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