Fuso Canter cleans up for unique Brisbane business

A Nudgee Beach coffee caravan helps highlight the flexibility the Fuso Canter offers small businesses.

The Brisbane business Bean and Bark provides customers with a coffee station and unique dog day care service including a dog wash where tasty treats for both dogs and their owners are available.

Launched 18 months ago, the business is the brainchild of Danule Taylor and his partner Brianna Young.

The former chefs customised a 1970s caravan-based food van into striking custom coffee van complete with tiles, chequer-plate and wood surfaces.

A Mitsubishi Triton ute hauled the caravan while an IBC water cube has been fitted to the tray for dog washing.

According to Taylor he initially considered a larger American ute, before purchasing a Fuso Canter 515 from Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast.

The 515 City Cab Canter is fitted with a Duonic dual-clutch Automated Manual Transmission as standard.

It has independent front suspension, which gives the Canter a more car-like ride.

“It doesn’t even notice it is carrying anything,” Taylor said.

“It is really easy to drive,” he said.

With a class-leading payload, the Canter comes with an aluminium tray as standard, with plenty of room for the water tank and all the dog wash gear.

The Canter is the only light duty truck in Australia to be fitted with an automatic emergency braking system called Advanced Brake Assist and it is now standard on all new models except for the off-road Canter 4×4.

Also standard on the 4×2 Canter is Lane Departure Warning and Electronic Stability Control.

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