Company's Flagship Truck Inspires Fleet of Kenworth Vehicles

We get behind the wheel of this Classy Truck from Pumper magazine via a classy conversation with Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer of Newport News, Virginia

Company's Flagship Truck Inspires Fleet of Kenworth Vehicles

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Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer out of Newport News, Virginia, loved its first Kenworth truck purchase so much that the company ended up with three others. That first truck — a silver 2006 T800 — is still the company’s shining star, and it’s also this month’s Classy Truck in Pumper.

Kenworth is the preferred brand for the company, according to Clark Siebels, head of the environmental side of the business for Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer, a company owned by Clark Siebels' mother, Theresa Siebels and her siblings, Ron and Steve Ziegler.

Ziegler’s classy Kenworth T800 features a 3,850-gallon waste and 150-gallon fresh steel tank and 400 cfm Masport pump built out by Quality Tank of Indiana. “They built out our previous truck, and we liked their work.”

Employees Chris Pugh and Michael Strickland use the truck mainly for grease trap, septic and pump basin service.

The truck was purchased new. “It was just a classy truck,” Siebels says. “That was our first Kenworth, and now we have three others. Everything from that truck we purchased new. That way we’re able to get what we want.”

Siebels says not only is the truck good looking, but it’s built well, too. The company used a local Kenworth dealer, and Siebels says they haven’t disappointed.

So far, Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer has always used steel tanks, but they’re considering an aluminum tank on a future purchase. “We’re looking at buying a 1,500-gallon tank probably mounted on a 550 pickup truck for grease jobs,” Siebels says. “We do a lot of small interior grease traps. We do more grease than septic.”

The 2006 Kenworth is powered by a 475 hp Cummins ISX engine wedded to an 18-speed Fuller transmission (Eaton Vehicle Group) and features twin steerable drop axles, 3,000 psi jetter with a pump (General Pump), aluminum wheels (Alcoa Wheel Products), twin chrome stacks and air filter housings, diamond plate toolboxes and diamond plate lined hose trays that carry 240 feet of hose, three rear sight glasses, top and rear manways and rear work lights. It has an air-ride cab and twin air-ride seats and power windows.

While the rig has no heated valves, Siebels says keeping it stored inside in winter is advantageous. “We’ve never had problems with them freezing on us.”

In terms of additional amenities, Siebels says, “One thing we have wanted to look into is something to tell how many gallons we pull from each job, precisely from each tank.”

In addition to the Kenworth, Ziegler has another notable pump truck — a 1997 International with 3,000-gallon waste and 100-gallon fresh steel tank that’s just about to turn 1 million miles.


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