Love That 330

This new Peterbilt service rig is a bright and shiny sign that Wade and DeLaine Bernard’s fledgling business, Gotta Go Services, has arrived.
Love That 330
The new Gotta Go Services truck looks good and is built for driver convenience with suction and storage boxes on both sides and a twin restroom carrier on the back. (Photos courtesy of Wade and DeLaine Bernard)

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THE RIG: 2014 Peterbilt 330 built out by TankTec, Tank Technologies & Supply Co.

COMPANY: Gotta Go Services, Pineville, La.; owners Wade and DeLaine Bernard

BEHIND THE WHEEL: DeLaine Bernard and driver Shary Jones split time on the service routes.

SPECS: The Pete 330 runs a 6.7-liter PACCAR engine tied to an Allison automatic transmission. It carries a 1,500-gallon waste, 500-gallon freshwater tank and a Masport HXL4V pump, dual 3-inch inlet ports and racked suction hoses, a 4-inch dump valve, a topside manway and a fold-down two-unit rear-mounted restroom carrier.

SHOWING MY COLORS: “Lil Pete,’’ as the Bernards call their first medium-duty work truck, has a white cab with bright orange fenders and roof. The orange matches their inventory of orange PolyPortables Integra restrooms. The color choice is also a nod to NASCAR driver Tony Stewart – DeLaine’s favorite – who used to drive the similarly painted Home Depot car. “When we started out, we were thinking of going with a color that nobody else had in the area,’’ Wade says of choosing the orange restrooms, totaling 350 after six years in business. “We wanted to stay with [a color] where people would see it on the job and say ‘That’s Gotta Go Services’ units.’ ’’ The paint job provided by Hanner Jeansonne of the local Advance Collision is finished with an orange stripe on the length of the hood. The look is completed with a splash of chrome in aluminum wheels and a chromed stack. Simple lettering is in orange and yellow, and a little humor is added with a logo graphic of a running toilet, conceived by the Bernards’ daughter, Amber and executed by Signs Plus of Marksville, La.

WORKIN’ FOR A LIVIN’: A serious upgrade from pickups with slide-in vacuum units, the Pete is a workhorse used for daily service routes covering a 60-mile radius around Pineville and neighboring Alexandria, La. It runs Sunday through Friday, with about 25 to 30 restroom pump and clean stops daily. It sees a lot of construction sites, as Wade is a homebuilder and has many contacts in that industry. He still builds about six houses a year and DeLaine manages Gotta Go, which started as a part-time venture, but has blossomed into a successful business in its own right. “It really spread by word of mouth,” says Wade, adding that a few of the couple’s children help out with the business as well.

ROLLING THE ODOMETER: 70,000 miles per year

WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY TRUCK: It’s the greater capacity on the job, Wade says. Up until they took delivery of the Pete last fall, drivers were always having to think about how much waste they’d taken on during the day with the smaller slide-in (300-gallon waste/150-gallon freshwater) units. “Before we were dumping every day. Now we can hold almost a whole week’s worth before heading to dump,’’ Wade says.

Another benefit is the Allison auto transmission, which Wade says is a plus working in an area with a lot of stop-and-go traffic and multiple drivers behind the wheel. It’s what they were used to with the pickups, so they were happy to stick with auto shift. Wade also mentions how nice the truck looks rolling down the road.

“It’s just classy looking to me,’’ he says. “I wish I could afford to keep it as a show truck, but that doesn’t pay the bills.’’

CREATURE COMFORTS: The cab has air-ride seats, power tinted windows, A/C, stereo with CD player and cruise control. Wade installed a backup camera after taking delivery.

WHY PETERBILT? Wade says he’s liked the looks of Peterbilt trucks since he was a young boy and he’s always heard good things about them. The choice was between Pete and Kenworth. When he approached TankTec with his preferences, Steven Nelson had a 330 in stock already built out to the specs Wade was looking for and the deal was done.

PAMPERING MY RIG: “It’s too expensive of a truck to let it get dirty,” Wade says. So he has it washed every week and parks it in a covered shed. He also has plans to have it buffed to bring out the original luster after it’s on the road a while longer. He’s following Peterbilt recommendations to change the oil every 500 hours of service.

MY BACKUP SERVICE VEHICLE: A 2008 F-350 Ford with a V10 Triton gas engine with 300,000 miles on the odometer. It carries a 370-gallon waste/180-gallon freshwater aluminum TankTec slide-in unit. The truck has a two-unit fold-down rack on the back, so DeLaine still uses the truck regularly for restroom deliveries.

WHEN I’M NOT IN THE CAB: With two businesses, there’s not a lot of time to get away, but the Bernards and their kids, Joel, Amber, Ashley, Dillon and Chelsey (ages 17 to 25) enjoy camping around the state with their motor home.



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