Driving a freightliner m2 beverage delivery tractor

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  1. Ddr1992 579

    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    What are the pros and cons of the m2 trucks?What is it like to drive a freightliner m2 that beverage drivers use? What's the ride like? Is the motor strong enough for the type of work that it's used for? Do most beverage drivers like the trucks better or are international trucks better for the type of work?
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  3. snowbird_89

    snowbird_89 Heavy Load Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    I've never driven one, but I hear the turning radius is really good on it. The visibility seems really good too.
  4. The Shadow

    The Shadow Light Load Member

    Jun 11, 2018
    I drove a 2003-ish model for a few months one summer. I think it was around 2007. From what I remember, I can echo the visibility and turning radius being great, but air conditioning sucked. Fortunately it didn’t have a idle shutdown so I let it run the whole day. No nannies to tell on you back then. I was just moving empty trailers around the local area so I never pulled any real weight but it would almost keep up with the average car coming off a stoplight with a trailer and definitely would bobtailing. It was a true automatic like a car, (meaning Not an autoshift), I think it was a 6 or 7 speed. That’s all I can remember.
  5. DonRobbie

    DonRobbie Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    I've Driven an M2 off and on for 8 years now. They're cheap trucks, rough riding , lots of leaks and noise, and not terribly reliable (in our 2016s and 17s the wiring is a real pain point). As for power it depends how they are spec'd and what you are hauling. Our are M2 112s with 13 Liter Detroits and Fuller 10 speeds (mostly Autos). They struggle mightily at 80k gross but ain't bad running around at 40-50k.
    We used to run Internationals (Transtars/8600s) with Cummins power and they were troublesome cheap trucks as well. The ones with MaxxForce Engines, well, they are why we don't buy Internationals any more.
    They're tools, no one's going to write a song about driving an M2, but you can make a living driving one.
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  6. lfod14

    lfod14 Road Train Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    The ride is a little stiff, they're typically a little on the louder side vs the road tractors, turning radius is pretty good. In the end you're in and out of it so much it really doesn't matter. Beverage is a fast paced day. You spend a lot more time out of the truck than you do in it. In beverage, the truck is only a way from point a to b, to z. 90% of your job isn't driving.
  7. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    You will spend more time humping stuff out of the truck than driving it.
    Nothing to worry about. ;)
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