There's a long-standing tradition of Unimog vehicles being used in year-round municipal operations at Lake Tegernsee.
Framed by an imposing Alpine backdrop, the parish of Rottach-Egern lies on the southern shore of the picturesque Lake Tegernsee. The beauty of nature and the amenities of the spa town attract visitors from all over the world all year round. Where others go on holiday, two Unimog trucks from the town's works yard are reliably used in all manner of operations – at any time of the year and in any weather.
Since the 1970s, the parish council has put its trust in the year-round all-rounders from Mercedes-Benz. The town has had varying numbers of the high-endurance vehicles carrying out a variety of tasks, with some having previously been used as fire appliances, whereas today's vehicles are equipped as implement carriers for municipal tasks. At present, a modern Unimog U 427 and a 40-year-old Unimog U 421 are in operation at the works yard. Depending on the requirements, "there'll be another one added to the fleet in the next few years," explains Tobias Maurer, Deputy Operations Manager at the works yard in Rottach-Egern.
Some routes have climbs of as much as 85 percent. But those are precisely the conditions in which the Unimog feels truly at home.
Tobias Maurer, Deputy Operations Manager at the Rottach-Egern works yard
A veteran and a spring chicken share the work.
According to Tobias Maurer, the two top performers – the spring chicken and the veteran truck – "together form a true multi-purpose weapon in municipal operations". In the warm season, the Unimog U 427, equipped with a modern Euro VI engine, carries out its tasks reliably around town, up in the mountains and down in the valley. And it demonstrates its broad range of operations impressively. On building sites, it transports bulk materials or gravel, and can even tow construction machinery. It can also be skilfully used with a front tipper or it can work as a support unit during asphalting operations. For the Unimog, all of these are just part of a day's work.
The maintenance of the numerous mountain hiking trails and the upkeep of the forest tracks are also on its agenda. The talented climber cleans up where others break into a sweat. "These routes have climbs of as much as 85 %. But those are precisely the conditions in which the Unimog feels truly at home," explains Tobias Maurer enthusiastically.