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

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Road to driverless trucks clogged with unanswered questions

Driver training, safety, and cybersecurity among the topics discussed during FMCSA listening session.




With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use.

Yet a public listening session sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) illustrated just how many questions remain to be answered before the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.

“There is a gigantic void between what is reality and what is the Hollywood version of what is going on. We are a long, long way from a truly driverless truck, and I think everyone in this room knows that,” said Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association.

Source: http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions




Friday, May 19, 2017

Pickup Packs by Highway Products



The Pickup Pack™ is a unique alternative for companies needing organized storage and lockup security without the cost of a service body and that can be easily installed on your pickup in a few hours.

Pickup Packs™ include a headache rack, two lockable low side boxes, a flat or dome center hatch, and a removable ladder rack. Other options include gullwing saddle box and an HPI Truckslide™.

Learn more at http://www.highwayproducts.com/pickup...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maxon Lift Corp.


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

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 GMC SIERRA 3500HD



FAST FACT
The new available Duramax 6.6L offers the segment’s highest diesel horsepower rating.

BASE PRICE
$36,185

EPA VEHICLE CLASS
Full-size truck

NEW FOR 2017
  • New Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine with a 19-percent increase in torque over the previous model and segment-leading horsepower: 445 (322 kW)
  • Teen Driver, which encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • Exterior colors: Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Dual-rear-wheel configurations are available
  • Trim levels include Sierra, SLE, SLT and Sierra Denali
  • Sierra Denali is offered exclusively as a crew cab and matches do-it-all capability with an exclusive package of design and upscale interior amenities, including a signature chrome grille, 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels (17-inch polished aluminum with dual rear wheels), body-color front and rear bumpers, specific interior details, exclusive eight-inch customizable driver display, wireless phone charging and more
  • Sierra All Terrain HD premium off-road package is offered on SLT crew cab 4WD models, featuring unique 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires, spray-on bedliner, Z71 suspension with Rancho twin-tube shocks, exclusive exterior and interior cues and more (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • The Z71 suspension is available on SLE and SLT models without the All Terrain package (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • Available snow plow prep package
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on SLE, SLT and Denali crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package
SAFETY FEATURES
  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage air bags are standard
  • Thorax side-impact (driver and front passenger) and head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions are standard on Denali and available on other models
  • Rear Vision camera system (available on Sierra and included on SLE, SLT and Denali; not available with box delete)
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package — available on SLE and SLT; standard on Denali — includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BrandFX - The UltimateFX at the 2017 Work Truck Show

BrandFX introduced the new all-composite service truck body and

UltimateFX is purpose-built to handle all worksite conditions and is the latest in the line of BrandFX’s composite truck service bodies.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GM WENTZVILLE


NEWS SERIES GM WENTZVILLE

See the production line building trucks in Wentzville, MO

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Harbor WorkMaster Truck Body ...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!

Standard Features:

  • 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.
Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/




Friday, May 5, 2017

Highway Products Toolbox - Removable Tool Tray


Tool trays made of plastic will crack, bend and break. These durable aluminum tool trays sit high on the tool box for easy access. The easy-to-grip handle enables you to remove the tray or you can slide it to the side. This simple, yet functional design allows you to organize smaller items that would normally get lost on the bottom of your tool box.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sortimo By Knapheide at the 2017 Work Truck Show


Work Truck Show 2017. Here's a look at some of what was shown from the most innovative line of van equipment in the industry: Sortimo By Knapheide.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Product Updates // Knapheide


We released both new products and improvements to current products at this year's Work Truck Show. Watch to learn more.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CargoGlide CG1000





The CargoGlide CG1000 for Pickups, Vans and SUV's makes storage and retrieval much easier!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Innovations at Work Truck Show '17


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Friday, April 21, 2017

GMC Wins Most Refined Brand for Fourth Consecutive Year

Full line of GMC Denali trucks and SUVs
2017 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award 
is based on positive consumer perception
DETROIT — GMC won Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 Brand Image Award for Most Refined Brand today. It’s the fourth year in a row GMC has earned the award, as it continues to earn praise for its premium trucks and SUVs from new car buyers.

Brand Image Award winners are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch™ study. Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into more than 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. The comprehensive study provides insight on how shoppers identify important factors influencing their purchase decision and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-vehicle shoppers.
“GMC’s ‘Professional Grade’ ideology has struck a resonant chord with consumers, and that’s reflected in car buyers visiting Kelley Blue Book’s website, KBB.com, naming GMC 2017’s Most Refined Brand,” says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book. “The extra attention to design and detail found across GMC’s lineup has clearly resonated with American consumers.”
In previous wins, Kelley Blue Book has acknowledged Denali, GMC’s highest expression of premium vehicles, for continuing to elevate the brand’s overall perception among consumers. Kelley Blue Book’s findings show that consumers recognize GMC trucks and SUVs pair professional grade capability with exceptional features and technology.
“Receiving the Most Refined Brand award for a fourth consecutive year reflects GMC’s commitment to our core brand pillars,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “Consumers appreciate GMC’s ability to deliver bold, capable and precisely crafted vehicles that fit their lifestyle.”
GMC began 2017 by selling its 1 millionth Denali vehicle since introducing the sub-brand on Yukon in 1999. Denali accounted for 25 percent of GMC retail sales in 2016, outselling the entire product lines of several premium automakers such as Land Rover, Jaguar and Porsche.
For more information about the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, visit http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/brand-image-awards/.

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors UNDERHOOD Demo


Demonstration of VMAC's VR70 and VR140 UNDERHOOD air compressors. Learn More: http://vmacair.com/product/underhood-...

VMAC is a world-leader in the development of truck mounted mobile air compressor solutions used for service trucks, public works, utilities and highway/heavy construction. 

VMAC engineers and manufactures 70cfm and 150cfm UNDERHOOD Air Compressor Systems, 40cfm and 60cfm PREDATAIR hydraulic driven Air Compressor Systems and THROTTLE COMMANDER 3-speed engine throttle controls. UNDERHOOD and PREDATAIR Air Compressors feature high-powered rotary screw air-on-demand technology. Both systems are ideal for use on work trucks in applications such as mining, construction, tire-service, fire-apparatus and municipal operations. THROTTLE COMMANDER throttle controls are easy to install idle up speed controllers activated with a 12-volt signal. Designed for electronic engines, these load sensing throttle controls will follow a preset programmed rpm setting. 

VMACs success comes from working with customers to determine what their air compressor needs are and then surpassing those needs with unparalleled product quality, innovation and customer service. By regularly introducing new and innovative products to the market, VMAC ensures it remains the leader in truck mounted mobile air compressor technology. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Recap: Knapheide at the Work Truck Show 2017


This year's NTEA Work Truck Show was held March 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN. Learn more about the exciting new products and updates we announced.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jason's Story: Part 2


After Jason was announced as our Win-A-Truck Sweepstakes winner, he went to work right away spec'ing out his new work truck, a Knapheide 696 Flip Top Service Body. Watch as his body is upfitted and delivered at Dealers Truck Equipment in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Day in the Life - Aaron and his New Knapheide Aluminum Gooseneck Body


When we set out to build something, we build it right. With Knapheide's new Aluminum PGNB Gooseneck Body, you'll be able to carry out your day-to-day tasks without any worries. Watch how Aaron Ball, Farm Manager, utilizes his Knapheide AL-PGNB on the job.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Quiet Diesel Commercial Mobile Generator Product Line



Sometimes it can be hard to see the difference between Genuine Cummins parts and non-genuine parts, but it’s the little details that make a difference. Non-genuine parts may fit a Cummins engine – but they aren’t built or remanufactured using the same procedures or materials, to Cummins exact specifications. This video takes a look at some of the critical differences in quality and performance between Genuine Cummins parts versus non-genuine parts. To learn more about Genuine Cummins parts, visit http://cumminsgenuineparts.com or contact your Cummins dealer or distributor.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2 Millionth Duramax Diesel Engine Rolls off the Line


MORAINE, Ohio — General Motors, DMAX, Ltd. and I.U.E.-CWA Local 755 employees today celebrated the build of the 2 millionth Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine.

Groundbreaking for the new DMAX, Ltd. plant began in 1998, with the first engine rolling off the line July 17, 2000.

Since then, Duramax engines have won multiple awards and built a reputation for impressive power and durability.

Today, DMAX makes the Duramax diesel engines for heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Duramax engines also power some Navistar commercial trucks, Gale Banks vehicles and even marine applications.

DMAX, Ltd. has grown its employment in the past few years and currently employs 554 I.U.E.-CWA Local 755 hourly and 114 salaried employees for a total of 668.

The plant has received two recent investments:
2014: $60 million investment announced for emissions improvements
2015: $82 million investment announced for productivity improvements

Employees are currently building the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel. This next-generation engine offers more horsepower and torque than ever — an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) at 2,800 rpm and 910 lb-ft of torque (1,234 Nm) at 1,600 rpm — to enable easier, more confident hauling and trailering.

Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the last Duramax 6.6L, the redesigned turbo-diesel’s performance is quieter and smoother, for greater refinement. It is also capable of running on B20 biodiesel, a fuel composed of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. B20 helps lower carbon dioxide emissions and lessen dependence on petroleum. It is a domestically produced, renewable fuel made primarily of plant matter, mostly soybean oil.

DMAX, Ltd. was established in 1998. GM owns 60 percent and Isuzu owns 40 percent of the joint venture.

Quote from GMNA Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President Cathy Clegg
“The Duramax Diesel has powered GM’s heavy-duty pickups to numerous quality, reliability, durability and truck of the year awards. These awards would not be possible without the hard work of the men and women of the IUE and DMAX.”

Quote from GM Plant Manager Pat Curtis

“Over the past 17 years, DMAX has produced 2 million award-winning heavy-duty diesel engines. This is not only a significant milestone, but truly speaks to the dedication of our team.

“We consider ourselves to be a big part of the community in which we live and work. We have invested both dollars and volunteerism into several local organizations, specifically the Moraine Foundation, which channels all local charitable activities and the promotion of STEM-related opportunities through the West Carrollton HS–FIRST Robotics Club.”

Quote from President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for DMAX, Ltd. Shinichi Suzuki

“When we started this project, who would have expected we would achieve 2 million engines? I do recognize that although we made 2 million engines, it could not be achieved without the support of all employees. The most important thing is not that the 2 million engines have been manufactured, but that they have been sold by the effort of the entire team.”

Quote from President IUE-CWA Local 755 Carl Kennebrew

“This is a testament to the dedication of our workforce to continue to produce a great product. We have a culture here at DMAX that is based off of teamwork and a family environment. Everyone is dedicated to the vision of our company. I'm so proud of our members and their continued drive to be successful!”

About General Motors Co.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

About Isuzu

Founded in 1916, Isuzu Motors has the longest history of any Japanese vehicle manufacturer. During our years of operation, we have consistently focused on "creation without compromise" in the process of building Isuzu into the company it is today. And now we are boldly taking up the challenge of global leadership in commercial vehicles and diesel engines while maintaining our traditions.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Innovations at the Work Truck Show 2017


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Harbor CraneMaster Body - West Coast Style Personalized to Meet Your Every Need...



CraneMaster bodies represent an open design that permits you to choose all the appointments to meet your every need when using 2,000-4,000 lb. cranes with capacity up to 12,000 ft.-lb. The west coast service body design is the preferred style for these cranes. Harbor has sorted out which cranes go with which bodies. Tell us what weight you are loading and what length of crane you need to get the job done (length in feet x weight in lb. = ft. lb.) and we’ll put you in the right combination. Then, we’ll help you choose from among the many options that will make this your personal design!

Find more at: www.htbi.net



Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Chevrolet & GMC Duramax: Inside Look


We take a detailed look at specs and technical features of the new Duramax diesel V8 powering the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks. Full review.

Photo gallery and text article: http://testdriven.tv/2016/09/2017-che...

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