Irizar Integral is a coach for life at Don’s of Dunmow
Long-established operator Don’s of Dunmow has added a new Irizar i6 Integral tri-axle to its 25-strong fleet.
The coach has 63 i6 seats, and will cover every aspect of the company’s work.
Managing director Steven Harvey said Don’s was responding to increasing demand from schools for continental trips, and the 14.07-metre coach combined a high seating capacity with plenty of legroom and amenities, making it ideal for both schools and adult parties.
Specification includes an on-board fridge, built-in servery, central sunken toilet, driver’s bunk, three-point seat belts, USB charging points and a wood-effect floor.
Other passenger facilities include air-conditioning, an Actia video system, new range Bosch entertainment system, and an extra guide’s microphone.
An advanced 462 hp DAF MX-13 340 engine drives through a 12-speed ZF AS tronic automated manual transmission.
Steve Harvey said the acquisition of the Irizar i6 Integral was an expansion for the company, which offers vehicles with capacities ranging from 16 to 102 seats from its base in Great Dunmow, Essex, where it was established by Don Hale 69 years ago.
“We have two Irizar-bodied coaches, which we purchased pre-owned, on the fleet already,” he reports. “We have had a very good experience with Irizar, and the customers love them…it’s got great kerb appeal.
“We also like the DAF engines fitted to the Integrals, and Irizar (UK) have worked very hard to bring us exactly the vehicle we wanted at a competitive price, including taking us to the factory in Spain for three days. They are a very approachable company to deal with.
“This vehicle is pretty much a purchase for life for us: we have paid a bit extra to have a full stainless-steel frame for the Integral and we anticipate running the coach for between 10 and 20 years.”
Like all the Don’s of Dunmow fleet, the new i6 Integral will be maintained in-house. Steve Harvey said: “With our previous two coaches we had service scheduling so took advantage of that, but with all due respect to such companies we much prefer to keep everything maintained by our own staff as we find that the attention to detail that we can apply in our own workshops can’t be beaten.”