Kenworth T880 Tour Blog
MHC Kenworth - Greensboro

With more than fourteen thousand miles on the odometer, the 2013 tour convoy pulled into Greensboro NC for its final event of the year.

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This year’s road tour took us on an amazing journey across North America. With stops in 23 States and 5 Canadian Provinces, thousands of guests had the opportunity to experience Kenworth’s latest products and technologies.

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The 53-foot tour trailer featured 1,000 square-feet of exhibit space. Inside, visitors examined the features of the new aluminum cab common to both T880 and T680 models, new five-piece T880 hood, complex reflector headlamps, air-assisted hydraulic clutch, interior trim levels, exterior paint samples featuring 30 new Kenworth Signature colors, 52-inch sleeper interior, Kenworth NavPlus system, and the electric-over-air system functionality. Monitors within the tour trailer told Kenworth’s story on how the T880 and T680 models were designed, displayed the robotic cab construction, and gave a glimpse into Kenworth’s 90-years of history.

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Traveling in style, the tour convoy featured Kenworth’s new flagship vocational work truck, the T880, and a sleek T680 featuring the new mid-roof 52-inch sleeper.

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All trucks on tour were powered by PACCAR MX-13 engines, and they never missed a beat. These engines proved to be extremely quiet and fuel efficient while providing excellent drivability throughout the entire trip.

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Kenworth of Jacksonville

The second to last 2013 Kenworth Road Tour stop took place at Kenworth of Jacksonville in Jacksonville FL.

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Inside the tour trailer it’s all business; truck talk. Many of the guests who come out already own or operate a Kenworth, and it’s great to hear their stories. Whether it be an owner operator, running a T680, who has reduced his operating costs through improved fuel economy, or a small business owner, operating a small fleet of T800 dump trucks, who has increased his profit margin by maximizing vehicle up-time. It’s always rewarding to hear how the Kenworth products are helping their businesses excel.

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A delicious BBQ lunch was provided by the folks at Kenworth of Jacksonville.

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The menacing skies over Jacksonville threatened, but never broke.

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A big thanks to the Kenworth of Jacksonville team for hosting today’s tour stop. Thank you to all the guests who came out to talk trucks and make it a really fun day.

MHC Kenworth

We begin the final week of the 2013 Kenworth road tour in Atlanta GA, at the MHC Kenworth dealership.

Due to the inclement weather in Atlanta, a handful of display trucks were staged inside MHC’s showroom. The 52” mid-roof sleeper tractors just barely cleared the ceiling!

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The remaining display trucks, and the tour trailer were staged just outside, which helped minimize everyone’s time spent in the rain.

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The Speed Orange T880’s paint code is 874679 EB, and is one of Kenworth’s new Signature Color series.

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MHC offered up a nice little lunch spread for the day’s event.

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Guests were surrounded by T680s & T880s as they sat down to enjoy lunch.

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This was definitely the coolest lunch room I’ve ever seen!

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Check out this cool natural gas powered T800SH! This truck is powered by a Cummins ISX12 G spark-ignited natural gas engine providing 400 hp and 1450 lb-ft of torque. The fuel is stored as compressed natural gas inside the boss-mounted Trilogy Engineered Solutions CNG fuel tanks. This system provides 86.4 diesel gallon equivalent of fuel capacity.

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A big thanks to the folks at MHC in Atlanta who made today’s event a success, and the guests who came out to show their support of the new Kenworth products, even with the undesirable weather conditions!

Truckworx Kenworth

The next tour stop landed us at Truckworx Kenworth in Birmingham AL. The folks at Truckworx had a great venue setup including vendor booths, food trucks, and even a live band. These guys know how to draw in a big crowd!

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A variety of vendor booths were available to guests. These are an excellent way to get your questions answered and take home some literature about their products and services.

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Most of today’s attractions were setup inside the Truckworx service bays, making it comfortable and convenient. And of course, the orange T880s looked amazing under the bright service bay lighting.

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Truckworx sure has a talented bunch down there. Corporate Sales Coordinator, Greg Franklin, is the lead singer of today’s live entertainment. Growling Greg & the How is a Birmingham based sould/blues band. You guys rock!

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There was a plethora of mouthwatering items on today’s lunch menu including soup, burgers, pulled pork, grilled cheese (with bacon!), and shrimp tacos.

Today’s amazing lunch was catered by the Off The Hook and Melt food trucks. It’s great to see local businesses supporting one another.

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Thanks to the Truckworx crew for all of your support hosting today’s amazing T880 tour stop! Thanks to all of the guests who made it out today to have fun and talk trucks with us!

Kenworth of South Louisiana

Today’s tour stop was in Grey Louisiana, at the Kenworth of South Louisiana dealership.

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The bunch down south wasn’t messing around. First thing in the morning, the guys set up a custom multi-station grill trailer to handle the day’s cooking.

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Visitors were welcomed by the hospitable Kenworth of South Louisiana team.

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Here is a great comparison photo showing the T680 full height 76” sleeper and our mid roof 52” sleeper. Two beautiful examples of aerodynamic derived styling.

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Is it lunch time yet? These guys are ready!

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Don’t forget oysters on the half shell!

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These two wanted to get a view from behind the wheel. And what a view it is. The T880’s large panoramic windshield, low hood crown height, large DayLite doors, and optimally located mirrors provide the operator a confidence inspiring perspective of their surroundings.

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As the sun sets and the trailer is packed up, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to visit today and to the group at Kenworth of South Louisiana for hosting another incredible tour stop.

Performance Kenworth

Today’s tour stop landed us in Houston TX. We setup the tour trucks and tour trailer on Performance Kenworth’s front lot.

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Performance Kenworth already had a nice stock of T680s on the lot, including a 52” Mid-roof sleeper.

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Here you can see the 52” mid-roof sleeper interior display found inside the tour trailer. The 52” mid-roof sleeper design was optimized for regional haul applications, where an operator may be spending two or three days on the road before returning home. The comfortable living environment of the 52” mid-roof sleeper is appointed with a liftable lower bunk for storage access, ample back wall storage, and a flat screen TV swivel mount.

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The weather in Huston was beautiful.

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A handful of tour partners were on site in Huston supporting customer’s questions and handing out product literature. Thanks to all of the T880 road tour partners; Bendix, Bridgestone, Chevron, Eaton, Hendrickson, and Michelin.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to attend today’s tour stop in Huston, and thanks to Performance Kenworth for hosting!

Tulsa OK

Let’s keep this thing going! Today’s tour stop took us to MHC Kenworth in Tulsa OK.

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The group setup shop inside the service bays making for a comfortable environment to check out the equipment and talk trucks.

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The facilities at MHC were top notch. Just look at how clean those floors are!

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Here some of the guests take a spin through the tour trailer.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to talk truck in Tulsa, and thanks to MHC for hosting today’s tour stop!

Inland Kenworth - Phoenix

After an exciting few days with customers down in Chandler, the tour convoy stopped by to visit the folks at Inland Kenworth in Phoenix.

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The Inland stop in Phoenix was loaded with T880s to ogle. Most of the trucks that we used during the customer event in Chandler made their way up to Inland for the day.

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It’s not a bad deal, when people can enjoy lunch outside in mid-November without having to bundle up!

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Phoenix even had this sweet two-toned T880 mixer truck on display.

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Thanks to the great folks with the Inland Group for hosting today’s event, and thank you to all of the guests who came out and made it another successful tour stop. Next stop Dallas TX. See you there!

T880 Customer Event

In between our SoCal and Phoenix tour stops, Kenworth hosted a Vocational customer event in the desert of Chandler AZ.

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imageTest drives were intended to demonstrate the performance of the new T880, so naturally, each truck was loaded accordingly.

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imageA T680 Day Cab was also put to work.

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imageThe first T880 mixer spec was on display.

imageLegendary racecar driver, Bob Bondurant, shows his approval of the performance of the new T880!

Tomorrow the T880 tour will be making a stop at Inland Kenworth in Phoenix.

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Inland Kenworth

Today’s event was hosted by the group at Inland Kenworth at their facility in Fontana CA.

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California weather did not disappoint. It was a perfect day to be outside.

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Inland had a sweet mini-dragster on display.

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imageThe aerodynamics display, inside the tour trailer, demonstrates how Kenworth’s T680 has taken aerodynamic truck design to the next level.

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imageGetting comfortable in the driver’s seat of the T880.

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imageToday’s lunch included fresh taqueria style tacos, beans, rice, and grilled jalapenos!

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A big thanks to the folks at Inland Kenworth for sponsoring today’s event, and thanks to all of those who came out and said hi!