A major revision to the Dempster rear loader occurred during 1976, resulting in the designation Route King II. The basic concept remained the same, but the sweep panel was now sharply curved, imparting a scooping motion which lessened the degree of pre-crushing and dragging within the hopper. 18, 20 and 25-cubic yard models were advertised, with a full range of container handling options.
Cutaway showing the interior of the RK2. Note the new curved packer blade.
Packing cycle stages. "Interrupted Cycle" was a safety feature which would soon be mandated industry-wide
Video tour of a 2003 Route King II courtesy of FormerWMDriver Special thanks to Trucks & Parts of Tampa for making this vehicle available for demonstration
Hand loading the RK2
An early RK2 on Crane Carrier "Centurian" chassis
Overhead winch and "kick bar" container attachments
Kick-bar could handle containers up to 3-cubic yards