Yesterday Ryan sent me some photos of a former Hostess plant near Sacramento, CA. Everything onsite is how it looked the day the company declared bankruptcy and ceased operations. Among the rows of parked trucks (most of which were cabovers) something caught my eye. The drom box.
The drom box (dromedary) was a popular setup for truckers out west for a number of years in what would be considered the golden age of trucking, think late 40’s through the 60’s. The theory behind the drom box was the ability to haul more cargo while remaining within the established length limits of the time. As the age of cabovers ended and length restrictions changed the drom slowly faded away. Outside of specialized rigs you probably won’t see one on the highway anytime soon…unless you live in Canada. Recently Wal-Mart started a pilot program dubbed the Supercube. This unique setup uses a Freightliner Argosy glider kit and call haul up to 30% more cargo than a conventional tractor trailer. Wal-Mart argues that this truck is good for the environment as it can move more product with less fuel. Driver associations are wary of the supercube as it could enable trucking firms to move more freight with less drivers. Check out the two articles below for more info and photos.
Walmart’s 60-foot supercube draws a double take – Landlinemag.com
Super-cube rig for Walmart Canada might raise some issues – Truckinginfo.com
Same great product with new packaging!