Vehicle review: With the XF 460 swap-body 3-axle vehicle, DAF now also offers standard BDF chassis from the factory. Front air suspension is also a useful option.
Swap bodies are both a blessing and a curse. They create mixed feelings everywhere. They are great for freight transfers with other vehicles, waiting patiently on the ramp or elsewhere. But they do not always get the most careful treatment. The technology is certainly more complicated than for the tractor-trailer vehicle, and it requires drivers who know their business. Even if it is not always easy for them, and they often have hassle with things like twisted or stiff support legs.
But, at the same time, they do not get a bad reward for their efforts once the last twistlock is tightened and the trip can begin. After all, the driving comfort in very long wheelbase three-axle vehicles customary for such transport runs is totally different to and better than in common tractor-trailer vehicles with their associated constant problems. The swap-body chassis creates mixed feelings not just among truck manufacturers. Though widespread in Germany, this drawbar-trailer-dependent configuration is still only an exotic rarity in Europe as a whole. But attractive enough to now tempt DAF to offer BDF chassis from the factory.