Mammoth Trucks is dedicated to exporting. In fact, company president Geoff Gogle is so adamant about the importance of selling outside Canada that his motto is “Export or die.”
Mammoth has established a unique niche in converting North American built cars and trucks to right-hand drive and selling them to Australia, New Zealand, and countries in Southern, Central and East Africa, where driving on the “wrong side” is the norm. “If you don’t export, you won’t make it in today’s world,” says Gogle, “and with the low dollar, Canadian businesses have a real competitive advantage.” Gogle can be considered an expert in international business: he imported trucks to his native South Africa before settling in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Lake District and setting up Mammoth Trucks. As he puts it, “I’ve worked both sides of the fence.”
In joining the Canada Trade Mission on its South African leg, Mammoth Trucks is on a mission of its own. “With Durban as our port of entry, South Africa is currently serving only as a transit point for the rest of the continent,” explains Gogle. “We have every reason to believe that the high profile of the trade mission will help open doors for doing business with South Africa, where the import of used vehicles has been prohibited for the last several years. There is strength in numbers, and the Park Hyatt in Johannesburg will be an excellent venue for discussions.”
Gogle says that he regularly consults with Canadian embassy staff wherever he does business. “They always keep us in the picture about tenders coming up,” notes Gogle, who adds that fully 40 percent of all the reconfigured vehicles sold to Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and Malawi were financed by CIDA. “We have also supplied the United Nations with vehicles through contracts that were facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).”
While in South Africa, Mammoth Trucks will be taking the opportunity to promote business on behalf of another Penticton-based company that manufactures truck trailers.
In view of recent developments in Southern Africa RE the Hardening attitude towards left hand drive H.G.V.’s (Heavy Goods Vehicles) operating in predominately R.H.D. countries – We at Mammoth Trucks BC Ltd. Have decided to give our customers what effectively is ‘custom engineered’ pre-owned trucks which combine the attributes of both a European cab design with a North American power train. Nothing new really – except for a new truck. ERF, Foden, Liaz, Seddon-Atkinson, Etc have done this for years. However for a used truck this has not been economically viable as the cost of conversion to R.H.D. on a C.O.E. North American truck runs around US $8,000. (We know because we are converters) which effectively adds between 30% to 50% of the initial purchase price to the converted vehicle. – Much too high! This takes the “cherry” off the North American (truck) “pie.” This leads to truckers rushing to the U.K. to buy R.H.D. horses from Mercedes Benz, MAN, Volvo, Scania, ET AL – But the negative side is 4×2 or 6×2 configurations! – Not 6×4 which legally is the only acceptable form of providing traction ‘and’ weigh bridge conformation. So what’s our solution? Take an N14 or S-60 powered conventional (Bonneted) day cab from suppliers (International, Freightliner, Kenworth, Volvo, Ford Sterling, etc.) and install a good used European R.H.D. cab. All Engineering work will be done in North America and the client will receive a ready to haul truck. Donor chassis will be within model years 1994-2000 (last year of N14) and we estimate EX Port Savannah prices will range from US $15 G to US $20G.
If interested please contact Geoff on Phone 1-250-494-8941 or Cell 1-250-488-0037.
Cummins N14 Celect Plus
Torque 1550-1800 LB. FT.
Detroit 60 12.7
Torque 1450-1650 LB. FT.
Fuller – 9, 10, 13, 15, or 18 Speed
Rockwell FG941 or 961 – 14,000LB
Kirstall – 7 – 8 Ton
Rockwell/Meritor – RT140-45, RT160-46
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels 8.25 x 22.5 10 hole Steel or Aluminum
Tires R11 or R12 x 22.5 (Bridgestone/Goodyear/Mixed)
Cab over Engine (C.O.E.)
89” B.B.C. (Small Sleeper)
110,000” LB 10 ¾ “ x 3/8 “ Single Channel with suspension liner
Wheel Base: 163” to 197”
White or Single Color