What Is a Cab-Over Tractor?


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A cab over tractor, also called a cab over or cab over engine, is a body style of truck with a flat front and a cab that sits over the front axle. Cab over designs normally place the engine behind the cab that tilts forward to allow access.

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Conventional truck designs place the engine in front of the driver. The cab over design is popular in the light- and medium-duty truck categories. Cab over designs generally allow trucks to have shorter wheel bases and shorter overall lengths. This allows a truck to retain its overall length classification while increasing the length of the cargo area. However, the cab over design is less aerodynamic and results in a smaller cab area than other designs, and truckers claim that the shorter wheel base is less safe and provides for a less comfortable ride.

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