Classy Truck of 2013: Review Monthly Winners & Vote Online

A mix of high-tech new and refurbished classic rigs engineered to tote septage from several jobs on a single run dominate the classy truck monthly winners for 2013.
Classy Truck of 2013: Review Monthly Winners & Vote Online
D. Lovenberg’s Portable Toilet Rentals Inc.

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Something old and something new and big and brawny are the themes for the 2013 Classy Truck of the Year competition. Our 8th annual contest to determine the classiest truck from our stable of 12 monthly winners offers an eclectic mix of new rigs sporting all the latest technology and cab comforts, as well as refurbished Kenworths and Peterbilts that give a shiny new take on big and bold classic models.While they all have beautiful paint and graphics, with chromed accents to catch the eye, this collection of trucks is definitely built for the grueling work of pumping septic tanks and grease traps. They are practical, first and foremost, with ergonomic placement of components and features used daily by hardworking technicians. They boast heated valves in cold climates and rugged suspensions and durable powerplants when running in rough terrain. They are purpose-built to provide years of trouble-free service.

And most of the trucks show a trend toward bigger tanks on rigs that haul septic waste all day. Owners and their drivers appreciate being able to make multiple stops to take on septage or grease before having to haul loads for disposal. Most have 3,500-gallon-plus tanks and durable pumps that will move a lot of waste on a daily basis.

Which is the top Classy Truck from 2013? Your vote will help a panel of judges at COLE Publishing choose the winner. The Classy Truck of the Year and its owner will be featured on the cover of the February 2014 issue of Pumper, the issue distributed at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International.

We invite you to review our monthly winners. Then go to to cast a ballot for your favorite truck. You have until Dec. 20 to make your vote count. One vote per IP address allowed.


King’s Pumping Service
Dallas, Oregon
Robb Barnes added a 2000 Kenworth T800 service truck with a new aluminum 3,600-gallon dual compartment tank assembled and installed by Beall Corp. subsidiary Pioneer Truckweld. Vacuum is supplied by a Masport HXL400WV pump with Masport scent-control unit. The cab is painted blue starflake, while the tank is painted silver, with pinstripes and graphics by Rod Axtell.


Blu-John Inc.
Cumming, Ga.
Jeremy Hawkins added a refurbished 2006 Kenworth T800 with a new 5,000-gallon steel tank built out by House of Imports. The former over-the-road sleeper rig is powered by a Caterpillar C-13 530 hp engine tied to a 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Vacuum comes from a water-cooled 420 cfm Jurop pump. Detailing is from Wrappid Grafix. Driver John Wayne Gaydon uses the big rig for commercial septic tank accounts.


D. Lovenberg’s Portable Toilet Rentals Inc.
Andover, N.J.
Dustin Lovenberg added a refurbished 1999 Freightliner FLD120 with a 3,500-gallon steel tank and a Jurop R260 pump. The truck is powered by a Caterpillar 550 hp engine wed to an Eaton Fuller 18-speed transmission. It features graphics provided by Ultimate Alphabet. The truck runs a 100-mile round trip almost daily to a disposal facility, with Dustin or his father, Bob, behind the wheel.


Creech’s Septic Tank & Grease Trap Cleaning
Lucama, N.C.
Myrtle Creech added a 2012 International Workstar 7400 MaxxForce DT with a 2,500-gallon steel tank and NVE Challenger Series pump built out by Lely Manufacturing. This is the company’s first truck with auto transmission, from Allison. The all-white rig was lettered by Sign Stop in Wilson, N.C. The truck is operated by Myrtle or her son Travis, and is dedicated to grease trap service.


Miller & Company
Canton, Ohio
Ron Miller II added a 2012 Freightliner M114 with a 3,600-gallon steel tank purchased from Young Freightliner, and the tank was added by Marengo Fabricated Steel. The truck is powered by a DD13 Detroit Diesel engine tied to an eight-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Vacuum comes from a Masport HLX75 pump. The pump, water tank and other accessories were added in-house by Miller and maintenance supervisor Vic Green.


B.E. Miller and Son Septic Services
Street, Md.
Brad Miller added this refurbished 1984 Peterbilt 359 with a 3,000-gallon steel tank. The one time over-the-road semi was stripped of a sleeper cab. With the help of Brittain Inc., they added a salvaged Lely Manufacturing tank and Jurop R260 vacuum pump from a Mack pumper. The truck was painted by Charlie Fleet Services and lettering was done by Allsigns. Shown in the photo (left to right) are Brad, Dawn, Emily and Matthew Miller.


Green’s Septic and Excavation LLC
Chestertown, Md.
Steve Green refreshed his 1989 Peterbilt 379 by adding a 3,600-gallon steel tank from Lely Manufacturing. The truck is powered by a rebuilt Cummins 444 engine tied to a 15-speed Eaton Fuller Transmission. Vacuum is from a Masport HLX15 pump. Graphics and lettering were designed by Green and created by Nicholson Tinting and Graphics. Green drives the truck himself, pumping septic tanks and grease traps.


Burns Sewer & Septic
Victorville, Calif.
Paul McClain added a 2012 Peterbilt 348 with a 4,000-gallon aluminum tank and 400 cfm liquid-cooled Masport pump from Satellite Industries. The truck is powered by a 350 hp Cummins clean-idle engine tied to a 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Graphics including the flame logo were provided by Fine Design. Driver Tim McClain uses the truck for septic service.


Woody’s Septic Tank Service
Holly Hill, Fla.
Jerry Thompson added a 2010 International 7600 with a 4,200-gallon steel tank from Lely Manufacturing. The rig is powered by an International MaxxForce II 390 hp engine tied to an Allison 4000 automatic transmission, and the tank is served by a Robuschi RBDV-65 blower. Graphics were provided by Sign Power. Driver Larry Robinson serves commercial and residential septic and grease trap customers.


Coia Sanitation LLC
Cumberland, R.I.
Bobby Coia added a 2012 Peterbilt 337 built out by Andert Inc. with a 2,000-gallon steel tank and Masport Inc. 400 WV pump. The truck is powered by a Cummins 300 hp engine tied to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission, Coia’s first auto shift and has a luxury cab. Bold graphics are by Delaney Signs. The truck is shared by Coia and his son, Steven.


Tidy Services
Roanoke, Va.
Alex Phillips added a 2001 Sterling built out with a 2,000-gallon steel tank and Fruitland RCF500 pump by Abernethy Welding. The truck was previously used to haul drilling pipe and the original bed was removed and the frame was shortened. It is powered by a 275 Caterpillar 3126 engine tied to a six-speed Fuller transmission. The truck is used for residential and commercial septic service.


Hall’s Septic Services, Inc.
Street, Md.
Jerry Scarborough added a fire engine red 2011 Peterbilt 348 from Pik Rite Inc., which was displayed at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International. The truck has a 3,600-gallon tank and Jurop LC420 vacuum pump. It’s powered by a Paccar 350 hp engine tied to a six-speed Allison automatic transmission. The truck has elaborate fire department-themed graphics and is used for residential septic service.

Cast Your Ballot Today!

Step 1. Look over the 12 Classy Trucks for 2013.
Step 2. Choose your favorite.
Step 3. Go online at and cast your vote. (One vote per IP address allowed.) Act now! The deadline for voting is Dec. 20.

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