Ultimate Test Drives… Freightliner 122SD: Hitting The Road Outside Napa
If you weren’t already aware, the S-D in 122SD stands for severe duty. This truck is built to take on some pretty big, pretty tough jobs. Myself and the Ultimate Test Drive Team spent a day with this truck in Napa, California to see if it lived up to the billing. It took all sunny California could throw at it and came back for more. It didn’t even break a sweat. The 122SD lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.
This is the first test drive we’ve done on a vocational truck, and they are rather different from your standard highway hauler. They have to be designed and built to last the original 10 years or more. They may not see the mileage a highway truck sees, but they get the hours and they spend many of those hours in some harsh conditions, like off road, in mud, on construction sites, and in this case, in the oilfields of northern Alberta.
We shot two videos of the 122SD while we were in Napa. One is a walk around highlighting the features and components that go into a tough truck like this. The other was a test drive on some terrain that would give a highway truck a hard time, but certainly not the worst this truck will ever see.