Torbay firm takes the plunge with Roger Dyson

Torbay-based Yalberton Autos celebrated its 25th anniversary in fine style – by landing a major extension to a key contract and treating itself to a new Roger Dyson Group slideback recovery unit.

Yalberton Autos has previously bought its trucks from another bodybuilder, so the new slidebed is the only Dyson-built truck operating within its 17-strong fleet.

Managing Director John Denbow, who founded his business in 1985, recalls: “I ran a Dyson unit with more than a decade ago. It was a good truck but it was stolen and I’ve been loyal to my existing supplier ever since.

“However, Dyson has been in the back of my mind recently and as this new one was keenly priced I’ve decided to dip my toe again. We’ll see how it goes for a while but first impressions are certainly very favourable.”

Based on a range-topping, 7.5-tonne Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C18D with Double crewcab, the unit is fitted with a Dyson Hydraloader 3000 La (Low approach) slidebed fabricated from lightweight aluminium, as well as a second vehicle lift.

Yalberton Autos is based in Paignton and was recently awarded an extended contract by the AA to cover a much larger swathe of Devon, taking in both Salcombe and Plympton. “It’s an important new string to our bow,” says Mr Denbow, “but by no means the only one, as we’ve picked up quite a bit of new business recently. So we needed this latest vehicle to help us cope with the additional workload.”

Mr Denbow drove in his ground-hugging Audi R8 sports car to collect his truck from Roger Dyson Group’s production facility in Droitwich, Worcestershire. “I’ve run Porsches in the past and always like to ensure that the loading angle of any new vehicle allows me to pick up my own car without damaging it,” he explains. “The Hydraloader La’s 10-degree load angle meant I had no difficulties in loading my Audi onto the back of the truck.”

He continues: “Dyson’s equipment has never been the cheapest but the Hydraloader appears to be very sturdy and well built, so I’m happy that it represents excellent value for money – you get what you pay for, I guess.”

Meanwhile, driver Darren Hurst is no less impressed: “This Dyson is 100 per cent better than my previous vehicle,” he enthuses. “It looks a lot stronger, the bed is simple to operate and the fact that the winch is remote-controlled, rather than manually operated, makes life a lot easier. Several customers have also commented on how smart it looks, and how comfortable it is to travel in.”

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