This Shiny Machine Demands Customer Recognition

We get behind the wheel of a Classy Truck from Pumper magazine and have a classy conversation with Bill Gilpin Jr. of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts

This Shiny Machine Demands Customer Recognition

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Bill Gilpin Jr. of Gilpin Septic Service in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, says keeping his steel tank clean is the key to recognition in the field and the reason his vehicle earned a Classy Truck designation in Pumper magazine.

Gilpin drives a 2014 Kenworth T370 sporting a 2,700-gallon steel waste tank. “It’s just a really nice truck,” he says. “I get a lot of compliments on it.”

He says keeping a truck clean doesn’t have to be hard work, and the payoff is well worth it. It’s especially easy for Gilpin, though, because the Kenworth is equipped with a 60-gallon polished aluminum freshwater tank mounted on the truck. “That was one of the features I liked most when I bought it,” Gilpin says. The water tank allows drivers to clean off the truck themselves on the spot rather than asking a customer to hook up a hose.

The Kenworth also features two chrome toolboxes, a rear-mounted power hose reel carrying 200 feet of hose, a sight tube behind the cab, tinted windows, polished aluminum fuel tank, chrome accents including stack and visor, stainless steel diamond plate hose trays, and tank protectors. “It’s a pretty shiny machine,” Gilpin says of the truck.

The truck, Gilpin’s second, was purchased used with 10,000 miles. It has a Fruitland RCF500 pump built out by Andert of Connecticut. The truck is powered by a 350 hp PACCAR PX-9 engine sending power to an Allison Transmission 3000 RDS auto transmission.

Gilpin had planned on buying new, but he found this truck only an hour away. He drives the truck himself for residential pumping. The interior has leather seats, CD stereo and Bluetooth. Graphics were provided by Larry Zahner.


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