East Sussex-based Cascade Pipeline Corporation has taken advantage of the fast delivery times of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Ready to Work programme to buy four dropside-bodied 3.5-tonne Sprinters in the last nine months to cope with new contract wins.
Launched last year, Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Ready to Work programme provides operators with quick, cost-effective access to pre-bodied tipper and Luton variants, as well as dropside versions, based on chassis from the Sprinter range.
Cascade manufactures and supplies pipe fittings to the UK water industry. The company’s in-house production capability shortens supply chains and speeds up delivery times, allowing it to respond rapidly to urgent orders from clients.
The quick delivery of the Sprinters – all from local Mercedes-Benz Dealer Rossetts Commercials – is crucial to the company’s business model, as Cascade proprietor Andy Munro explained: “Our vehicles can quickly rack up big mileages and must be totally reliable, so I prefer to buy new Sprinters rather than used ones. Stock availability is also very important to me. When a new contract kicks in we need a vehicle to service it within a couple of weeks. I can’t afford to wait months for a chassis to be bodied – if I did, I’d have lost the business by the time it arrived.
“Our four pre-built Sprinters were all delivered at short notice by Rossetts’ van sales executive John Lomas, who’s pulled out all the stops when we’ve needed him to do so. Much like the vehicles themselves, John’s proved that he can be relied upon to get the job done.”
Based on L3 (long) 314 CDI chassis, Cascade’s dropsider Sprinters are fitted with factory-built bodies. Their fuel-efficient 2.1-litre common-rail turbo diesel engines produce 143 hp and drive the rear wheels – a front-wheel drive variant with the same Ready to Work body and a 1,360 kg payload allowance is also available.
Every new Mercedes-Benz van is sold with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Ready to Work vehicles have full ‘bumper-to-bumper’ cover, so include the body, plus ancillaries such as tail-lifts when fitted.
Routine maintenance is undertaken by the service team at Rossetts Commercials’ Eastbourne branch. “They’re very accommodating and will invariably undertake the work overnight so our vans are always available when we need them,” continued Munro.
Cascade’s dropside vehicles are from the third-generation Sprinter range, which was launched in 2018 and incorporates 4G internet connectivity. Features include Mercedes PRO connect vehicle management service packages. Vehicle data is analysed in real time – everything from fuel consumption to vehicle locations, trip history, maintenance status and driver behaviour can be monitored.
“I particularly like the visibility that PRO connect offers,” added Munro. “It means I can always see where the vehicles are, without having to phone or text the drivers.”
The Sprinter’s cab interior combines style, comfort, practicality and quality, while safety innovations include the autonomous Active Brake Assist system, with pedestrian recognition technology, and ATTENTION ASSIST, which detects drowsiness in drivers and encourages them to take breaks when tired.