Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Spreader is Right for the Job?

No two ice removal jobs are the same, and that is why we offer multiple options to meet your specific needs. With a variety of features to back you up in your ice control efforts, confusion may arise regarding which BOSS spreader is right for you. Below is a description of the similarities and key differences between the FORGE and VBX spreaders to assist you in your decision!


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Hopper Capacity: The VBX line offers multiple hopper capacity options to fit your needs – 1.5, 2, and 3 cubic yard capacity

Enclosed Spinner Motor: With a ¾ horsepower stainless steel spinner motor, the VBX gives you all the power you need without the maintenance of a gas-powered feed system. Also, the spinner motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure performance, durability, and reliability.

Hopper Material: The double-walled Polyethylene hopper provides a spreader that is durable, corrosion resistant, and low maintenance.

Standard Tarp: The VBX comes standard with a tarp to protect your de-icing materials from snow and moisture on the job.

LCD Screen In-Cab Controller: To make your life even easier, BOSS has equipped the VBX with an in-cab LCD display controller that allows you to manage spreader functions at the touch of a button. The LCD screen is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

LED Work Lights: BOSS knows that many ice removable jobs take place after normal hours, so LED work lights are a standard feature that illuminate the spreader at night.

Spinner Assembly: In addition to the swing-out feature on the spinner assembly – which makes for an easy removal of excess material – the VBX allows for further spinner customization. Users can easily adjust the height of the spinner to set their desired spreading range.

Additional Accessories:
Pre-Wet Ready: New VBX purchases come standard as Pre-Wet ready spreaders. Learn more about adding a Pre-Wet System to your spreader HERE.

Pro-Lid: VBX spreaders now have the option of adding a weather-sealed, poly-hard cover to protect deicing materials. Pro-Lid retrofits to existing VBX models and is available on the VBX6500, VBX8000, and VBX9000. Learn more about adding the Pro-Lid to your VBX HERE.

FORGE 2.0
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Hopper Capacity: The FORGE 2.0 spreader is only available in one size – 2 cubic yard capacity with a minimum bed length required of 6’6.”

Enclosed Spinner Motor: The FORGE is equipped with a ½ horsepower drive motor. Like the VBX spinner motor, the FORGE motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure durability, performance, and reliability.

Hopper Material: Using heavy gauge stainless steel, the Forge provides a strong body that is less susceptible to damage and better prepared to take on the winter elements.
In-Cab Controller: The Forge features a high value in-cab controller that is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

Spinner Assembly: The FORGE also provides a swing out spinner assembly to allow for the emptying of old materials.

Additional Accessories
Customizable Features: BOSS allows you to customize features to fit your needs. Optional accessories include the Forge light kit, tarp, vibrator, and inverted V (pintle).

Pre-Wet Capable: The FORGE is pre-wet capable if desired. In order to add the Pre-Wet System, a Pre-Wet capable controller is required. To learn more, visit bossplow.com

Similarities
Though the VBX and FORGE 2.0 spreaders each contain unique features, BOSS has equipped both spreaders with similar features that are necessary to battle the winter elements.

Tie Down Kit: Both spreaders come standard with a tie down kit that keeps your spreader safe and secure in the bed of your truck.

Standard Top Screen: The VBX and FORGE both come standard with a top screen that prevents any large clumps of material from entering the spreader.

Dump Switch: After your ice removal job is completed, the VBX and FORGE both feature a dump switch that empties excess material effortlessly.

Inverted V Auger System: The inverted V auger system comes standard on both spreaders, and is optional on the pintle chain system. Only the auger feed system comes standard with a vibrator to assist in material movement, as the pintle feed design rarely requires this feature.

As with any purchase, taking the time to understand each product will help you select the spreader that best suits your needs. Contact your local dealer today for further questions and inquiries.
Topics: Buyer's Guide

Learn more at: http://info.bossplow.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Knapheide KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility, Supreme Utility Walk Around



Watch Tony Marshall, Manager of Product Strategy and Marketing, Nathan Campbell, Regional Sales Manager, and Carl Schumacher, Strategic Account Manager, as they go through features and options on the KnapKap Ultra High Cab Utility and KnapKap Supreme Utility from The Knapheide Manufacturing Company.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Products at WTS17


"Always something new ... always something to learn." - Michael Meeks, Franklin County Engineer http://www.worktruckshow.com

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sierra Denali HD Interior with Jason Fenske | GMC


Take a closer look at the details that go into making the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali a premium truck, inside and out. Join Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske for a walk-through of Sierra’s unique interior features like heated & ventilated front seats plus a customizable Driver Info Center.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

More Storage Capacity with the Traverse Compartment



Jordan shows us a unique change to an 8' Service Body that makes it so much more useful and effective in the same space. It's not a bigger body, but a substantially more effective one. The transverse compartment is part of the magic, and then combine that with the horizontal series long horizontal compartment, add the master lock system, Harbor's push-button locking system, stainless steel lids and this changeup creates magic when it comes to functionality and effectiveness.

See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sierra Denali Interior with Jason Fenske | GMC


Take a closer look at the details that go into making the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali a premium truck, inside and out. Join Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske for a walk-through of Sierra’s unique interior features like heated & ventilated front seats plus a customizable Driver Info Center.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Keeping Your Cargo Covered and Secure



Jordan shows off a standard 8' Harbor Service body with rack and a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure to keep the stuff in the bed out of sight. It is easy to use and offers a good deal of flexibility for your cargo needs in a service body.

See more at http://www.dowlewistrucks.com

Friday, September 1, 2017

Highway Products | Pickup Pack


For over 35 years, Highway Products has built custom toolboxes for professional work vehicles. Our Cross-Frame Box is a popular choice for custom utility vehicles, dump-trucks, semi-trucks and has endless applications for the storage and organization of your tools.

To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at www.highwayproducts.com

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pickup Trucks 101: Gas Vs. Diesel

If you are in the market for a new pickup truck, you may be wondering if you should get a gas engine or a diesel engine since there are significant differences between the two. Those differences vary for mid-size, light-duty full-size and heavy-duty full-size pickups.

Which is best for you? Let's look at the differences of the two engine types, focusing not only on the engines themselves, but also on the components that are different between them.

Read the whole story at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/08/pickup-trucks-101-gas-vs-diesel.html

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Highway Products | Warehouse Walkthrough


Products, Inc. was founded in 1980 and we have been fabricating aluminum ever since. We back all of our products with a Lifetime Warranty.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

IMPROVE YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR’S PERFORMANCE THIS WINTER


Though it may feel like summer just started, the reality is that fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the rain, frost, ice, and in most cases, snow. Now is the time to start planning and ensuring that this winter your equipment is ready to work as hard as you do in the freezing temperatures.

Think back to last year’s winter season, did your air compressor let you down in any of the following ways?

• Refused to start

• Broke down frequently

• Caused a cumbersome safety hazard while parked on the side of the road

• Required maintenance to be done standing in the truck bed or on a ladder next to your truck

• Required snow and slush to be dug out from around the deck-mounted unit so it could warm up enough to run

If any of these challenges sounded familiar, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor. Here’s how a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor solves each of these issues:

RELIABILITY

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The last thing you need when working outside in the elements is difficulty starting your equipment, or an unexpected breakdown on the jobsite. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is very reliable, and proven to operate in extreme cold conditions. Manufactured in North America in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, VMAC air compressors and multipower systems meet high quality standards, and are backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty (Limited).

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance costs are greatly reduced by investing in the UNDERHOOD air compressor as high quality aluminum parts, and few moving pieces means VMAC air compressors require less maintenance and servicing than a reciprocating air compressor. A VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor also requires less maintenance than a hydraulic deck-mounted or engine driven air compressor because there is no hydraulic or engine-related components to maintain. To ensure the best performance, regular compressor maintenance is recommended by VMAC.

SAFETY

Above-deck air compressors can cause a major safety hazard in snowy and icy conditions. Operators have to climb into the back of a snow and ice-filled truck bed to dig out the air compressor to allow it to warm up enough to function. In addition, parking a tow-behind on the side of the road to conduct maintenance is challenging and dangerous, especially in bad weather. By having the UNDERHOOD air compressor stored safely under the hood, boots are kept on the ground, ensuring the safety of operators, and limiting OSHA and WCB concerns and claims.

COLD WEATHER STARTING

The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is mounted directly on your truck’s engine, which warms up the compressor on the way to the jobsite, and keeps it warm and protected from the elements, even when temperatures drop well below freezing.

Working outside in harsh winter conditions can be challenging enough, especially when temperatures drop below freezing. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor relieves common pain points that many operators suffer from each winter, from decreased productivity to unsafe working conditions. Waiting for an air compressor to warm up, climbing in the back of a slippery truck to dig out equipment, and conducting maintenance on the side of the road in dangerous driving conditions are just some of the challenges that you can take out of the equation with a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor. So when planning your investments for this winter, include an upgrade to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor, contact sales@vmacair.com.

Learn more about VMAC’s line of UNDERHOOD air compressors, ranging from 30 CFM up to 150 CFM outputs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TRANSFER FLOW - INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY FOR FUEL AND PROFITS!


A Transfer Flow fuel tank installed on your work truck allows you to spend less time at the fuel pump and more time on the job. Increased capacity gives you the option to shop for the best fuel prices, and save money by purchasing more fuel at one time.


With almost 35 years of engineering and manufacturing fuel tank systems, some of the biggest and best companies trust Transfer Flow for their fuel system needs. To increase the driving range on one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles, we have the manufacturing capabilities and product diversity to help you grow your business.

Increase your capacity for fuel and profits by contacting us at 800-826-5776 or visit our website at transferflow.com.

Transfer Flow – we fuel YOUR success!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Boss TGS Spreaders disperse deicing materials quickly and efficiently

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The TGS Spreader series from BOSS is the easiest way to arm yourself against all things snow and ice. BOSS tailgate-mounted spreaders attach easily and disperse deicing materials quickly and efficiently to make your job as smooth and steady as possible. All TGS Spreaders are built heavy-duty to handle harsh conditions quickly and efficiently, because BOSS knows the faster you can RESTORE ORDER to your community, the better.
  • Low Profile Design Poly Hopper is designed so that your vision is not obstructed.
  • Solid Poly Hopper Cover is designed to last longer and prevent moisture from entering the hopper.
  • Top Screen with Bag Splitter easily opens bags and filters deicing material.
  • Enclosed 12-Volt Electric High-Torque Motor completely sealed and enclosed.

Friday, August 18, 2017

WEATHER GUARD Defender Series Truck Boxes


WEATHER GUARD introduces a new line of truck boxes with Defender Series. Watch this video and understand the differences between WEATHER GUARD and Defender Series.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tommy Gate's G2 Series Liftgate



Tommy Gate's G2 Series is the latest in parallel-arm technology. Dual hydraulic cylinders apply direct power to both sides of the platform for increased consistency in motion and stability. With reduced maintenance requirements, wide variety of platform options, and vast hitch compatibility, G2 Series hydraulic lifts are a strong, versatile lift that are convenient, efficient, and make trucks work better.

Liftgate Features

    Dual hydraulic cylinders
    Maintenance-free components
    Recessed control
    Larger platforms
    Fully-enclosed hydraulic system

Monday, August 14, 2017

Highway Products | Aluminum Strongback Flatbeds


100% Aluminum flatbeds are 1/2 the weight of steel flatbeds. By reducing the weight of your flatbed you will be able to carry a heavier load and you will conserve fuel.

We over build these flatbeds because we want them to last longer than your truck.

We back our products by offering a True Lifetime Warranty.

http://www.highwayproducts.com/

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CargoGlide HVAC WallGlide 30 Broadcast


CargoGlide HVAC WallGlide 30 Broadcast showing the features and benefits 
of the WallGlide system

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WEATHER GUARD | EZGLIDE2 Drop-Down Ladder Rack Walk Around


Weather Guard Van Roof Racks Create Space To Carry Long Equipment. 

Weather Guard Van Roof Racks are made of aluminum, steel and plastic to provide long lasting durability even in harsh outdoor elements. Roof racks fit vans with roof racks. Additional Cross Members can be added for longer material and ladders. Velcro straps assist in securing objects for transport. Anti-wear protection on cross members protect ladders and building materials during transport. Available styles include All Purpose Van Rack, Conduit Carrier, Conduit Carrier w/Extension, Conduit Carrier Kit and Cross Member. Types are 2- or 3-Cross Member, or High Roof for Full Size, 11-Foot or Minivans. ARMOR-TUF® Powder Coat finish available in White, Black, Red or Aluminum. Fits van models including Chevy, GMC and Ford. Dimensions vary.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Truck U - Load'N'Go Powerbody Work Truck


Truck U on the SPEED Channel hosts Matt Steele and Bruno Massel demonstrate the Load'N'Go Powerbody slip-on work truck tool box from Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies. The work truck industries original full size steel pickup truck utility - service body.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Which BEDSLIDE is right for you?


BEDSLIDE now offers 5 models of BED SLIDE Cargo Trays. Which BEDSLIDE is right for you? The BEDSLIDE is the best truck bed accessory to help access tools and equipment.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Highway Products | Custom Fabrication [Roll Up Tool-Boxes]



Roll-Up Boxes are an ideal choice for those who need storage with a lid that can move completely out of the way of your workspace. Fire-fighters, emergency workers, on-site contractors and many other professionals across various industries find the extra storage invaluable in their every day work environment. 

Roll-Up Boxes are a type of custom truck toolbox made by Highway Products Inc.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Custom Designed Welders Bodies by Harbor Truck Bodies






It seems that there's no such thing as a standard Welder Body because every welder want something different.Harbor can custom build a Welders Body for each customers unique needs.Here's a 9' Low Pro 34" Open Top Service Body with Stainless Steel lids and with slightly raised front compartments to the standard height of 40" closed compartment style.

This also has a small sized transverse compartment with two compartments for tall gas bottles in storage, while in the main front compartment are bottle brackets and rings for short gas bottles. This also has the rear compartment cut off and an 18" work platform with V-groove on the back plus the standard 8" step bumper.

This is all mounted on a new Dodge 3500 regular cab chassis and makes for a very clean looking rig.

Let Harbor create a unique body for you! Call 800-433-9452. www.htbi.net

Monday, July 31, 2017

Andersen Hitches Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection


The Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection from Andersen Hitches is the lightest, strongest, most innovative 5th wheel hitch in the world!

Oder yours here! https://andersenhitches.com/Catalog/5...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

BRANDFX LAUNCHES THE ADVANCED COMPOSITE UTILITYFX™ CUTAWAY

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BrandFX™, the leader in advanced composite work trucks, has launched the UtilityFX™. The UtilityFX allows for an increase in mobile operation efficiency by providing optimal access to all storage areas and organizational compartments.

Like all BrandFX products, the UtilityFX was built to withstand up to 20 years of continual use. Due to its advanced composite materials construction, this all-new utility unit has an extremely high life cycle value. This allows for strong resistance to corrosion and oxidation. That composite construction also provides a substantial reduction in vehicle weight, resulting in reduced fuel costs. The lighter weight also lessens stress forced on tires, brakes and suspension systems – this can reduce maintenance costs significantly.

This all-new utility service unit eliminates the need to purchase ordinary full-size vans – when it’s time to replace the vehicle, the UtilityFX can be removed and reinstalled.  Additionally, even after extensive use, the advanced composite body will remain in a like-new condition. The UtilityFX is available in 15”D x 42”H packs, as well as a 36” canopy above pack and 124” long body.

BrandFX is the world’s largest producer of advanced composite service truck bodies, providing line bodies, service bodies, inserts, tonneau covers, and toppers to many of the world’s largest utility and service fleets – including 5 out of the top 6 U.S. service fleets. These composite bodies are proven to offer the highest life cycle value, delivering 20-plus years of effective service while maintaining their quality finish and appearance. Because BrandFX believes in American-made quality, the company manufactures all truck bodies in the U.S. For more information, visit BrandFXBody.com, email info@BrandFXBody.com, or call 866-431-1131.


Find out more at: http://brandfxbody.com/news/brandfx-launches-advanced-composite-utilityfx-cutaway/

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Heavy-Duty PRO II Steel Truck Racks without Camper Shells


Features and Specs

  • Nationwide lifetime frame warranty
  • Strongest production rack
  • Yellow Zinc Dichromate fasteners resist corrosion up to five times longer than standard white Zinc fasteners used by competing brands.
  • NO-DRILLING REQUIRED.  Our racks INCLUDE a No-Drill Clamp-On option that will not damage your trucks bed.
  • Rack easily removed with four bolts.
  • Flexible tubular frame absorbs impact stress that can damage your truck bed.
  • Self locking nuts stay tight.
  • Extended length racks positions the front crossbar beyond windshield on extended cab trucks.  This reduces wind noise, looks better, and provides more support for long cargo.
  • Front bar overhangs cab to reduce wind noise and to support longer loads.
  • Superior corrosion protection.
  • Not cutting required
  • Time and money saving accessories available

Specs


  • Yellow Zinc plated hardware
  • Cosmetic button head bolts.
  • Nyloc self locking nut.
  • 1700 LB. cargo capacity
  • 2” dia x .083 thick high tensile strength steel
  • Zinc Epoxy undercoat
  • High gloss black marine grade powder coat finish.
  • Swaged tube joints
  • 1000 hours ASTM salt spray resistance.
  • Dimension Chart



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Maxon Lift Corp.


MAXON Liftgates are the most trusted, best backed, most innovative in the business.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

No pickup matches the premium status of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.


From the leather-appointed seating inside to the signature chrome grille outside GMC Director of Design Matt 
None explains why you won’t find another mid-size pickup matching the premium status of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali. 

For more information about the GMC Canyon Denali, visit: http://www.gmc.com/trucks/canyon-dena..

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ladder Racks For Vans by Ranger Design


Ranger Design's ladder racks for vans make loading and unloading ladders an easy operation on your commercial vehicle.

http://rangerdesign.com/products/ladd...

This heavy duty rack has the capability of carrying 28’ ladders. 

These work van ladder racks are made of military grade aluminum extrusion, high density reinforced plastic and stainless steel components that ensure no corrosion over the lifetime of the rack.

The aerodynamic design of Ranger Design's ladder rack minimizes wind noise. 

There is also no metal contact to the ladder, your ladder only touches plastic leading to longer life of ladders with less chance of wear or fiberglass splinters. 

Ranger Design: the perfect fit for your toughest jobs!

Visit us at: http://rangerdesign.com/products/ladd...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why does the BEDSLIDE go up at the end?


Take a look at why the BEDSLIDE has a rake at the end of it. BEDSLIDE demonstration. BEDSLIDE with a load.

Monday, July 17, 2017

ProTech Top-Open Rail Boxes

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ProTech Top-Open Rail Boxes can be ordered with smooth or diamond plate doors and feature our low profile design.

1/8" thick, Commercial-grade Aluminum Alloy. ProTech's heavy gauge construction sets the industry standard for greater strength and corrosion resistance. Sliding Trays with Dividers in our cross body and inbed boxes keep small items organized and easy to find.

Sliding Trays with Dividers. Keep small items organized and easy to find.

Continuous Stainless Steel Hinges. Stainless steel hinges stand up to repeated opening, closing, twisting and shaking through the years.

Positive Control, Stainless Steel T-Locks. ProTech's unique twist locks snug the lid down to the seal, for complete weather-tight protection. Dual action T-locks: US Pat. # 6,502,868 B1

Durable Gas Struts. Smooth, convenient open/close operation. Struts hold door open for quick and easy access to your gear.

Automotive quality seals. Weather, water, dust and dirt stay outside where they belong.

Full, continuously welded seams and joints. Resists cracking from heavy use and overloading.

5-year limited warranty. Since we manufacture one of the industry's most durable boxes, we stand behind it, giving you total peace of mind.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/

Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a box built to your custom specifications.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ProTech Louvered Cab Rack


Standard Units Fit Most Truck Bodies and Styles. Call with your truck year, make and model. Custom orders welcome!
Cab Rack Design Options to Suit Your Needs. Choose rugged aluminum mesh, stylish louvers, or no insert at all. Standard Design Features. Diamond plate front panel, brake light cut-outs, and 24" feet are standard on all units. 32" Extended Feet Option. Designed to accommodate level installation of our popular cross-body box.
All Aluminum Construction means low maintenance and high durability. Strong and lightweight design for added fuel economy. Unlimited Options for Work Applications. Choose lumber stops, load light brackets, beacon light plates, overload sign assembly and more! Customize for optimum performance and top-notch looks!
Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a cab rack built to your custom specifications.
Louvered Cab Rack Cab Rack Features:
  • Unlimited options for serious work applications
  • All aluminum, lightweight construction means low maintenance and top-notch looks

Learn more about ProTech products at: http://protech.net/products/

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ProTech Contractor Body


At ProTech, we make sure every product is masterfully crafted to the highest standard and quality possible. We only use the highest quality materials to provide strength and durability that will stand up to years of use. In addition to our standard sizes, we specialize in custom work and will gladly build our products to your exact specifications.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/products/flatbeds/bodies/contractor-body



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

GoLight Lighting Video


This is a product video of GoLight, Inc. GoLight creates industry leading lighting solutions for recreation, military, automotive, and more.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Highway Products | Leopard Package


The Leopard Package by Highway Products consists of Leopard Gullwing Toolbox, Leopard Headache Rack, Full Length Bed Rails, Light Kit, all install instruction's and mounting hardware.

To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at www.highwayproducts.com

For over 35 years, Highway Products has built custom toolboxes for professional work vehicles. Our Cross-Frame Box is a popular choice for custom utility vehicles, dump-trucks, semi-trucks and has endless applications for the storage and organization of your tools.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Federal Law to Require New Cars to Include BackUp Cameras by 2018

Backup Camera System for Trucks

A new rule requiring backup cameras in all new cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups weighing less than 10,000 pounds by May of 2018 has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  All new cars, SUVs and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses, will be required to include backup cameras, a measure which is expected to reduce the nearly 210 backover deaths each year.  It is estimated that rear facing camera, including those automakers already offer, could save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, many of which were children.  Automakers will be allowed to “remove side –view mirrors and replace them with cameras that may expand side vision while increasing fuel efficiency”.  In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to require vehicle to vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks, however an exact date for implementation of this technology has not been set.


Source: http://omaha.legalexaminer.com/automobile-accidents/federal-law-to-require-new-cars-to-include-backup-cameras-by-2018/

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dow Lewis Motors - Part of the GMC Business Elite




Dow Lewis GMC is a Business Elite dealer. See more about this great business and fleet customer-focused program here.

Dow Lewis Buick GMC believes in a hassle-free sales process that provides the highest levels of customer service and a lasting relationship long after the sale. We carry the full line of Buick and GMC models, along with used and certified pre-owned vehicles.

In addition, we have a fast-growing commercial truck/work truck inventory in stock of work-ready flatbeds, service bodies, enclosed plumber-style bodies, dump trucks, and many others including work truck pickups and work truck cargo vans. Dow Lewis GMC Trucks has been in the commercial truck or work truck business for a long time. See Jordan Lewis, commercial truck/fleet manager for all your needs in work vehicles.

One of the most important aspects of Dow Lewis Buick GMC and its longevity is our outstanding service and parts departments. We are well known throughout Yuba City, Marysville and the surrounding area for our care of each and every customer that comes to us for service and repairs. If you haven't had the opportunity, please give us a try and we think you too will become a long time customer.
 Here at Dow Lewis Motors, we are an extremely active community member and love giving back to Yuba City and the surrounding areas whenever possible. We understand that in order to continue to serve the wonderful community near Nevada County, we must invest in the future of these communities. Dow Lewis Motors would like to thank our generous Buick and GMC customers, the residents of Yuba City, as well as all of our neighbors for their loyal business!

One last thing. Our dealership and its heritage is family. We are family owned and family operated. Murry and Ted Lewis are owner operators of the dealership that their father, Dow Lewis began many years ago, and now we have a third generation of the Lewis family in Jordan Lewis, now head of our commercial truck and fleet department.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CargoGlide CG1200


The Construction and Benefits of the CargoGlide CG1200 

Heavy-Duty PRO II Steel Truck Racks without Camper Shells


Features and Specs

  • Nationwide lifetime frame warranty
  • Strongest production rack
  • Yellow Zinc Dichromate fasteners resist corrosion up to five times longer than standard white Zinc fasteners used by competing brands.
  • NO-DRILLING REQUIRED.  Our racks INCLUDE a No-Drill Clamp-On option that will not damage your trucks bed.
  • Rack easily removed with four bolts.
  • Flexible tubular frame absorbs impact stress that can damage your truck bed.
  • Self locking nuts stay tight.
  • Extended length racks positions the front crossbar beyond windshield on extended cab trucks.  This reduces wind noise, looks better, and provides more support for long cargo.
  • Front bar overhangs cab to reduce wind noise and to support longer loads.
  • Superior corrosion protection.
  • Not cutting required
  • Time and money saving accessories available

Specs


  • Yellow Zinc plated hardware
  • Cosmetic button head bolts.
  • Nyloc self locking nut.
  • 1700 LB. cargo capacity
  • 2” dia x .083 thick high tensile strength steel
  • Zinc Epoxy undercoat
  • High gloss black marine grade powder coat finish.
  • Swaged tube joints
  • 1000 hours ASTM salt spray resistance.
  • Dimension Chart



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2018 GMC Yukon Denali Elevates Style, Refinement

The ultimate expression of Professional Grade 
gets bold refresh on GMC Yukon models



DETROIT – GMC is elevating the 2018 Yukon Denali lineup with styling and trim enhancements, as well as a new, advanced 10-speed automatic transmission.

A new, sculpted grille design distinguishes the Yukon Denali, while new Mastique Ash real wood trim adds depth and richness to the interior.

The new 10-speed transmission — paired with Yukon Denali’s 6.2L V-8 engine — enhances refinement with world-class shift smoothness, responsiveness and quietness.

“Yukon Denali has always matched style with substance, and the enhancements for 2018 advance that legacy,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The foundational elements of exclusive design, premium touches and uncompromising capability have made Yukon Denali an icon for nearly 20 years.”

Multi-Dimensional Grille Design

GMC designers evolved the iconic Denali grille with a multidimensional, sculpted interpretation that, like other contemporary GMC elements, was designed in a layered manner. It’s a theme seen in other new GMC models such as the Acadia and Terrain.

“The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, advances the design legacy established with the very first Yukon Denali in 1999,” said Matt Noone, director, Global GMC Exterior Design. “It’s a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family.”

In addition to a more sophisticated appearance, the new grille offers greater airflow to the radiator. Active aero shutters behind the grille close in certain conditions on the highway to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance efficiency.

10 Speeds, Refined Performance

The Yukon Denali’s new 10-speed automatic leverages the engineering experience of General Motors’ multispeed transmissions to deliver improved performance.

A wider, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread, compared to the Yukon Denali’s previous eight-speed automatic, enables a lower numerical top gear ratio and contributes to greater efficiency.

The transmission’s optimized gearing and proprietary controls allow the 6.2L V-8 engine to deliver a winning combination smooth operation and precise response.

Standard and available features include:

  • 420-hp 6.2L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control, tow/haul mode, trailer sway control, auto grade braking and hill start assist
  • Magnetic Ride Control for improved body motion control
  • Standard 20-inch wheels and available 22-inch wheels
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • Four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors
  • Active Noise Cancellation for a quieter interior
  • 8-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment system with Navigation includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Standard 8-inch diagonal customizable driver display with head-up display
  • Multiple USB ports and accessory power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, to support electronic devices
  • OnStar Basic Plan1 is standard for five years and includes access to an in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot2 and select features via the myGMC mobile app3
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, heated second-row seats
  • Hands-free programmable power liftgate
  • The Denali trim accounts for well more than half of all Yukon sales. It is offered in Yukon and Yukon XL models, with the XL featuring a 14-inch-longer wheelbase (20 inches longer overall), for increased third-row legroom and more than double the cargo room behind the third-row seat.


The 2018 Yukon Denali goes on sale this fall.

About GMC

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


1 OnStar Basic Plan is available for five years from the delivery date of eligible 2015 model year and newer vehicles and is transferable. Basic Plan does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services; these and other services require a paid plan. Visit onstar.com for details.

2 Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere. Data plans provided by AT&T.

3 Compatible mobile device required. Some features require a paid OnStar service plan.

Friday, June 23, 2017

WARN Drill Winch: Drill-Powered Portable Winch



How do you turn a mere handheld power drill into a portable, versatile pulling tool? With the rugged, versatile, and easy-to-use WARN Drill Winch. From moving heavy nursery stock, to pulling a rolling load up onto a trailer, the 500 lbs. capacity Drill Winch does the hard-to-handle pulling jobs. Simply chuck in your drill to the winch, and you're ready to pull up to 500 lbs.

The WARN Drill Winch has 30 feet of durable wire rope and has a freespool feature for fast and easy rigging; integrated hawse fairlead, and rigging hooks front and rear. Learn more at http://www.warn.com/utility/acwinches....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ProTech Cab Racks


Full-size, short or long-bed trucks. ProTech offers cab racks to fit most truck bodies and styles. With options designed to suit your needs, our racks are manufactured with your safety and job in mind. We always welcome custom work with any ProTech product.


Louvered style available as special order.

Standard Units Fit Most Truck Bodies and Styles. Call with your truck year, make and model. Custom orders welcome!

Cab Rack Design Options to Suit Your Needs. Choose rugged aluminum mesh, stylish louvers, or no insert at all. Standard Design Features. Diamond plate front panel, brake light cut-outs, and 24" feet are standard on all units. 32" Extended Feet Option. Designed to accommodate level installation of our popular cross-body box.

All Aluminum Construction means low maintenance and high durability. Strong and lightweight design for added fuel economy. Unlimited Options for Work Applications. Choose lumber stops, load light brackets, beacon light plates, overload sign assembly and more! Customize for optimum performance and top-notch looks!

Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a cab rack built to your custom specifications.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/products/work-truck/cab-racks/service-body-cab-rack-mesh




Monday, June 19, 2017

GMC Strengthens Professional Grade “Like A Pro”

New “Like A Pro” ad campaign personifies 
what it means to be Professional Grade

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DETROIT — Today, GMC debuts “Like A Pro,” a new campaign evolving its “We Are Professional Grade” positioning. “Like A Pro” celebrates GMC vehicles and customers — people who passionately live life to a higher standard. The “Like A Pro” campaign illustrates the core values of “We Are Professional Grade” and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.

GMC owners demand vehicles that are designed, engineered and built to a higher standard. For nearly 20 years, GMC has established a strong reputation with “We Are Professional Grade.”

“Our owners are dedicated individuals, respected by their peers, whose passion and abilities set them apart,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “Their values reflect our ‘Professional Grade’ spirit and we look forward to bringing that emotional connection to life. And we’re excited to show how we think our customers live their lives like pros.”

The new ads feature GMC Denali trucks and SUVs — the pinnacle of Professional Grade. Earlier this year, GMC Denali models passed the 1 million sales milestone and represent nearly 30 percent of GMC retail sales. The campaign also debuts the all-new GMC Terrain, which launches later this summer. Terrain joins the hot-selling, recently redesigned GMC Acadia in the GMC SUV lineup. GMC Acadia sales have increased more than 50 percent calendar year to date.

The lead ad, “How Do You Want To Live — Anthem,” will air in 30- and 60-second executions. This new work showcases those who reach higher in everything they do. On Father’s Day, GMC will debut “Dad Like A Pro” in select media, including the final round of a major golf tournament. The 60-second spot gives an inside look at the relationship between a father and his son. The emotional connection in the spot is further enhanced by the casting of a real-life father and son. In July, a new Acadia spot called “Third Row Like A Pro” will be added. This spot showcases a parent maximizing the versatility and capability of the GMC Acadia. In unique time-lapsed editing, you see the driver manage three rows, three sports … no problem.

The campaign will showcase the GMC brand across media channels and consumer touchpoints from broadcast television to the showroom floor. Join the conversation on social media using #LikeAPro.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Harbor WorkMaster - Working for Your Protection.



The WorkMaster secures the tools of your trade unlike any other enclosed service body. Constructed with steel, built like a vault, the “walk-in” WorkMaster is designed for heavier-duty cutaway vans…and we have been known to mount them on a chassis or two. The WorkMaster is constructed in different lengths and heights to meet your every tool, material storage, and interior height (up to 6’3″) requirement. Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!
  • Tightest security system in town, featuring double-bit keys and a Master Lock internal locking system
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • Rear side access door for storage of conduit or other long (10-ft.) materials
  • 12" step bumper and side-wall grab handles for ease of entrance into the bed
  • Interior ladder storage on hooks mounted along inside shelf
  • Weights up to 300 lbs. lighter than competing brands using FRP
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Learn more at: htbi.net

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tommy Gate - Cantilever Series


Tommy Gate Company's all-new Cantilever Series, specifically designed for panel vans. For more information, visit www.tommygate.com .

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PGND Gooseneck Body // Knapheide-NTEA 2017


The Knapheide PGND Gooseneck Body is top-of-the-line when it comes to gooseneck beds. Recently redesigned, this body is sure to give you ample storage space with the towing capacity that you demand.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

BEDSLIDE specs, measurements, and accessories


How tall is a BEDSLIDE? What are the measurements of the BEDSLIDE accessories? Take a look at how little space is used to maximize the use of your truck bed. 

For more images of BEDSLIDES check us out on IG @BEDSLIDE or with the hashtag #BEDSLIDE and #bedslideequipped

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BRANDFX LAUNCHES THE ADVANCED COMPOSITE UTILITYFX™ CUTAWAY

BrandFX™, the leader in advanced composite work trucks, has launched the UtilityFX™. The UtilityFX allows for an increase in mobile operation efficiency by providing optimal access to all storage areas and organizational compartments.

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Like all BrandFX products, the UtilityFX was built to withstand up to 20 years of continual use. Due to its advanced composite materials construction, this all-new utility unit has an extremely high life cycle value. This allows for strong resistance to corrosion and oxidation. That composite construction also provides a substantial reduction in vehicle weight, resulting in reduced fuel costs. The lighter weight also lessens stress forced on tires, brakes and suspension systems – this can reduce maintenance costs significantly.

This all-new utility service unit eliminates the need to purchase ordinary full-size vans – when it’s time to replace the vehicle, the UtilityFX can be removed and reinstalled.  Additionally, even after extensive use, the advanced composite body will remain in a like-new condition. The UtilityFX is available in 15”D x 42”H packs, as well as a 36” canopy above pack and 124” long body.

BrandFX is the world’s largest producer of advanced composite service truck bodies, providing line bodies, service bodies, inserts, tonneau covers, and toppers to many of the world’s largest utility and service fleets – including 5 out of the top 6 U.S. service fleets. These composite bodies are proven to offer the highest life cycle value, delivering 20-plus years of effective service while maintaining their quality finish and appearance. Because BrandFX believes in American-made quality, the company manufactures all truck bodies in the U.S. For more information, visit BrandFXBody.com
email info@BrandFXBody.com or call 866-431-1131.



Monday, June 5, 2017

SPACEKAP INTERIOR COMPAK EN


A look at the SpaceKap interior package with outside shelving and cargo area slide out capability.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sierra Denali Exterior with Jason Fenske | GMC


The exterior features of 2017 GMC’s Sierra Denali are all about precision details. Join Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske for a walk-through of Sierra’s unique exterior features like the signature Denali grille and GMC’s unique C-shaped headlamps. 

Learn more: http://www.gmc.com/trucks/sierra-dena...

Friday, June 2, 2017

2017 Product Updates | Sortimo By Knapheide


At Sortimo By Knapheide, we're dedicated to making today's mobile contractors as productive and efficient as possible. We're happy to announce these updates to our product line.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

Photo courtesy of Ford.

by Mike Antich 

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. It is important to design a truck or van that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the vehicle. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity.

A common mistake made by inexperienced fleet managers is that they do not know a vehicle's operating parameters and payload requirements. You need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. The key objective of your discussions with drivers or technicians is to match the truck or van with the fleet application. When meeting with end-users, ask questions about their current vehicles. For example, is the powertrain right for their application? Similarly, investigate whether the gross vehicle weight (GVW) is adequate for the payload carried, or, is the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) high enough if the vehicle will be towing a trailer?

When talking with employees who are actually using trucks or vans, you may discover they have problems unknown to you. It is common to discover problems with loading height, cab access, lack of bins, limited visibility when backing, or insufficient tool storage. This is your opportunity to ask a lot of questions to determine vehicle or upfit deficiencies. For instance, ask employees about passenger requirements, how the payload is distributed, whether the vehicle will be fully loaded or operating with a diminishing load, and how they load and off-load cargo.

Look at the existing vehicle and investigate the maintenance records. What type of problems has this vehicle had, if any? This will help you determine if the current vehicle is under-spec’d. If it is, then take the necessary steps to correct it. Usually, the majority of trucks or vans that have unscheduled maintenance problems are under-powered and overloaded, which, in addition to increased shop time, results in increased driver downtime. Your maintenance records will reveal that most of the vehicles that experience repeated mechanical failures are under-spec’d.

When you’re building a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly, or you’ll make an expensive mistake. The foremost consideration when building a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

It is also important to understand how a vehicle will be loaded and unloaded to determine whether a liftgate or pull-out ramp should be chosen for the truck body. Ask how employees will load the payload. Do they use pallet jacks or forklifts? What are the dimensions of the payload? It is important to know the height requirements of the truck. For instance, if payload will be loaded and off-loaded at a dock, what is the dock height? If a forklift is utilized in the loading or unloading payload, it is essential to have the forklift reinforcement option included in the body specifications.

Also, know where and how your drivers are securing the load. Take into consideration the height and bulk of your product to ensure the truck or van has the proper cargo restraint system.

Clean Sheet Approach to Spec’ing
When spec’ing vehicles, past history is important but one negative outcome to using last model-year specs is repeating past inefficiencies. Fleet managers need to adopt a “clean sheet” approach to how they spec their truck or van fleets.

Building a truck or van is a complicated process. Specifying the right vehicle requires hundreds of decisions and choices — and each choice potentially impacts another. When spec’ing a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly. If not, you’ll end up making an expensive mistake.

Where it gets tricky is finding the balance to avoid over-spec’ing or under-spec’ing a truck, each with its own unique set of consequences. Over-spec’ing a truck or van increases the capitalized cost of the vehicle, while under-spec’ing increases maintenance cost.

Another consequence to an under-spec’d truck or van is that it may require multiple trips due to limited payload capacity. Also, when spec’ing a smaller GVWR truck than required, the tendency is to overload the vehicle. Besides accelerating replacement of wear items, such as brakes, an overloaded vehicle also increases the company’s liability exposure if it is involved in a preventable accident.

Overextending a truck or van's payload capacity beyond the chassis’ weight specifications is a good way to shorten the vehicle's service life. Overloaded trucks will cause premature tire wear, decreased fuel economy, and downtime due to engine or transmission repair. In addition, overloading results in fines and possible impoundment of the vehicle by the authorities.

Interconnectivity Between Specs
It can’t be emphasized enough: To properly spec a truck or van you need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. You should solicit input from field personnel to ensure that local issues affecting the vehicle’s operation are taken into account.

When consulting with end-users, there are three components to determining payload requirement. The first is payload weight. How much weight will the vehicle need to carry in its daily workload? You need to determine the maximum need, not an average. The vehicle must be able to do the job every day with the maximum load at any given time. Payload weight will also help determine if the cargo can be loaded and unloaded by hand, or whether you will need a power liftgate or some other type of assist to get it up in the body or bed.

Another determinant is in the volume or size of the payload. The vehicle needs to be large enough to handle the volume. And, you need to know how the payload will be loaded. Is it stackable? Can you stack it right to the ceiling? Or, can only the floor space be used? How do you secure the product? Getting any of these factors wrong can mean the truck or van will be spec’d incorrectly.

The third component is the type of payload. Are you hauling loose gravel, pallets, or boxes of merchandise? This will determine the type of truck or van and body combination you need to choose.

The best way to determine actual payload is to take a normally loaded truck and weigh it on a highway scale. Another practical tip is to weigh the front and rear axle. This will tell you if you are overloading the whole vehicle or just one of the axles.

In addition, you need to make sure that the vehicle can carry not only the payload but also any additional equipment you put on it. The fleet manager needs to add the body and equipment weight to that of any tools or other material that could be stored or transported by the chassis.

To determine the correct vehicle size for the intended payload often requires a judgment call as to how much over-capacity to build into the payload capacity of the vehicle when spec’ing its requirements. Spec’ing the vehicle to the minimum necessary payload rating (by basing it on an average load or looking at only today’s business needs instead of trying to anticipate future needs) means that the vehicle will be operating at peak capacity most of the time, which may compromise safety and the length of its service life. Conversely, too much payload capacity is wasted capacity.

Application is King
Specifications should be defined by the application and mission requirements. Trucks must be equipped to handle very specific fleet applications, which require specifying a multitude of components such as the right drivetrain, suspension, and body. By understanding day-to-day fleet applications, you will be able to build a truck that meets the users’ daily needs. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity. The same holds true with vans.

Fleet managers must understand how company vehicles are intended to be used in the field; however, it is important to be aware that intended usage often does not match real-world usage. The most important first step to correctly spec’ing a truck or van is to meet and talk with the drivers or technicians who will be using the vehicle. This understanding will influence all truck specifications. It can’t be stressed enough that vehicle specifications must be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements.

One way to increase truck or van productivity is to modify specs to increase mpg.

The drivetrain, tires, engine, and aerodynamics of the vehicle must be properly matched to maximize fuel efficiency.

Selecting vehicles with aerodynamic features can prove cost-effective. The rule of thumb is that for each 10% reduction in air resistance, mpg increases by 5%. Examples of aerodynamic modifications include specifying aerodynamic mirrors, moving air filters under the hood, and eliminating fender-mounted mirrors.

Ergonomic Considerations
Under OSHA regulations, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. Across a variety of vocational segments, today’s fleet managers are devoting increased consideration to ensuring upfits will be ergonomically safe for the driver over the service life of the vehicles.

More fleets are requesting upfits with additional safety equipment, such as a rear-view camera, reverse sensing, back-up alarm, remote start, grab handles, convex spot mirrors, and drop-down ladder racks to reduce workers’ comp claims and to improve operator efficiency.

To create an ergonomically safe work environment, make sure the vehicle is properly engineered upfront for the job it is required to do. For instance, if applications require crane installation on service bodies, the chassis GVWR should be sufficient for the application. Under-engineering can lead to unnecessary safety risks to drivers. When spec’ing auxiliary equipment, be cognizant of component weights. Extra weight not only increases fuel consumption but also reduces payload capacity.

When selecting upfit equipment, review vehicle requests from the field and ask follow-up questions of drivers to verify the equipment is suitable for the job. Thoroughly train all employees handling the equipment in its operation and safe use. Develop written guidelines covering vehicle and equipment usage. Follow manufacturer guidelines to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Field managers should regularly inspect equipment to ensure it is in safe working condition and that equipment is only used for its intended purpose. Often, decisions are made in the field to modify vehicles without the fleet manager being informed. The home office is often not aware of the modification until there is an issue, such as when someone complains about an ergonomics-related health issue.

Spec to Maximize Future Resale
Trucks and vans are ultimately tools of a trade and the chassis merely provide mobility and power to operate equipment. When these vehicles are built to perform at their optimal performance, specifically in the areas of reliability, fuel economy, and driving experience, there will always be a demand and a market to resell these vehicles. While resale is a very important lifecycle consideration, the most important part of a lifecycle calculation for any type of truck, especially medium-duty applications, or van is building the right vehicle for the intended job function.

How you spec a truck or van has a direct bearing on its future resale. Nowadays you don’t want to spec a manual transmission. There are fewer qualified drivers today capable of driving a manual transmission than in the past. Automatic transmissions are required by most companies when selecting a vehicle, which makes automatics more desirable from a resale perspective. In addition to resale value, an automatic transmission assists in driver acquisition, retention, lower maintenance costs, and more uptime.

In addition, for trucks, always specify the power take-off (PTO) provision. Even if there’s no need for a PTO for the truck’s initial use, the availability of the PTO provision will make the truck more attractive to buyers in the secondary market because it saves the future owner from having to pay to add the provision.

Ultimately, mileage and general condition will likely play the greatest role in determining desirability and resale value.

Source: http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/article/story/2017/05/understanding-the-variables-to-optimize-truck-van-specs.aspx


Tuesday, May 23, 2017