Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Detroit Auto Show Trades Winter for Summer

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The North American International Auto Show is moving, although not from its physical location in downtown Detroit. Rather, it's moving down the calendar by five months.

While the 2019 NAIAS — also known as the Detroit auto show — will happen in January, the 2020 show will forgo winter and set up shop in and around the Cobo Center in June.

The move will allow one of the country's premiere auto shows to highlight Detroit's downtown assets and present an auto show that resembles an indoor/outdoor festival and dream car cruise. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the show organizer, said opportunities for consumer engagement will be endless. Exhibitors will be able to give media members and showgoers the opportunity to actually drive new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers in newly designed interactive vehicle displays. Ride and drives, autonomous/automated driving, off-road challenges and more are all on the table.

The 2019 show and schedule will be similar to years past, with Jan. 14-15 being press preview days and the public show running Jan 19-27. The show will then take 17 months off to prepare for the all-new 2020 show. The Detroit auto show has seen a declining number of automakers participating due to timing, cost and audience turnout. Time will tell whether this reinvention will attract the big auto debuts that once were a hallmark of the show before it had to compete with the November Los Angeles Auto Show and the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Read more from the source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/detroit-auto-show-trades-winter-for-summer.html#more


Sunday, July 29, 2018

DECKED Customer Gallery

 

See how DECKED’ers use and customize their truck bed with the DECKED storage system. Upload a photo or video of how YOU ended the junk show in the back of your vehicle, and we’ll feature it on our website and possibly on Instagram!

See how more customers use their DECKED Systems: SEE GALLERY

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Highway Products | Pickup Packs™


The Pickup Pack™ is a unique alternative for those 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...

Monday, July 23, 2018

A turbo 4-cyl. gas engine in half-ton pickups?

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation

Upcoming 2019 Sierra 1500 'Elevation' takes monochrome, blacked-out route, features GM's new 2.7L turbo truck engine

GMC's next-gen Sierra 1500 lineup will again include an Elevation edition—although it's now more focused on appearance than sport truck performance, which is how the Elevation came onto the scene among the previous-generation Sierras in 2015. But on that note, its engine may be a surprise high point.

The Sierra Elevation, which will be available starting this fall, joins the SLT, off-road-themed AT4, and high-society Denali trims that will be available on the 2019 Sierra 1500. With their tall front grille and curved "blade"-style headlights, the new Sierra 1500s all are designed for a standout look.

The Elevation model takes that farther, however, with body-color door handles, bumpers, and grille surround as well as a black grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim, and 20-in. wheels.

To outfit the Elevation for more serious off-road use, you'll want the available X31 Off Road package, which includes a specially tuned suspension with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, protective underbody skid plates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system, a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing, all-terrain tires, and hill descent control.

Or for towing, the Sierra's available ProGrade trailering system incorporating multiple cameras and backing guidance overlays is designed to make backing and hooking up to a trailer simple even for noobs.


Read more at:
https://www.fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/turbo-4-cyl-gas-engine-half-ton-pickups?NL=FO-005&Issue=FO-005_20180726_FO-005_423&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPENT000004488230&utm_campaign=19491&utm_medium=email&elq2=37ca0058cd7849c09177f63dff3ee1e1

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Explore Masterack® Products

 

When it comes to choosing high quality, professional grade commercial vehicle equipment, Masterack is an industry leader with over 40 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, and installation. Our large selection of steel and composite van interiors, pickup equipment, ladder racks, and accessories are available as pre-designed trade packages or can easily be mix-and-matched to customize your vehicle.

Learn more at: http://masterack.com/


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Very Sharp GMC 3500 with Harbor Flat Bed Body




Here's a sharp looking GMC 3500 with a Harbor flatbed. Looks great in the daylight and the LED Lights will light this body up at night. The Headboard has CNC or laser cut openings for great visibility with a galvanized solid steel lower section for maximum corrosion protection. The body has a treated wood floor and underbed boxes. This high quality flatbed that will last for years under all kinds of loads and uses

See more creations by Harbor Truck Bodies in Brea CA at http://www.htbi.net/, or call them at 800-433-9452.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Reducing Idling – Benefits and Outcomes

"Anything that we can do that takes the amount of fuel that you burn at idle out of the control of the person behind the wheel is what we're looking for." – Dakota County Minnesota Fleet Manager



When Kevin Schlangen, Fleet Manager of Dakota County Minnesota, sought out to source a solution to improve fuel economy for his 380- vehicle fleet, he desired an automated option. After implementing a solution provided by Derive, Schlangen’s vehicles experienced 6-15% improvement in fuel use. Translated into fuel cost and taking fuel price fluctuation into account, the Dakota County fleet would expect to save anywhere from $25-$70 per vehicle per month. A substantial amount when multiplied across their entire fleet.

With fuel costs being an unpredictable expense, seeking out ways to reduce fuel costs is more and more common of fleet managers today. Though some managers are following in Kevin’s footsteps and relying on fleet vehicle technologies to reduce idling, others are implementing anti-idling programs aimed to educate and incentivize drivers into idling more efficiently. Knowing that the amount of vehicles on U.S. roads has continuously increased over the past years and is currently near 268 million, reducing idling is growing in importance for more reasons than one.

To Improve the Bottom Line

Whether it be a small, medium or enterprise sized fleet, fuel costs can impact the bottom line considering their unpredictability and that fuel is a major part of fleet operating spend. In a recent fuel use chart provided by Minute Man Trucks, every hour of idling wastes nearly one gallon of fuel. When a fleet vehicle is in-between stops or paused in traffic, fuel is being wasted which directly relates to fleet fuel costs and wasted spend. For example: With a fleet of 100 vehicles, a daily idling of one hour a day per vehicle can result in nearly $9K in fuel cost losses a month assuming fuel costs are around $3 per gallon. While idling cannot be fully eliminated, there is no denying that reducing it can significantly benefit operating costs.

To Improve the Vehicle Health

Idling not only impacts fuel costs which are part of operational spend, idling can also impact the lifetime of the vehicle. Wear and tear on a vehicle engine can lead to engine performance issues. Over activation of the vehicle engine can result in increased vehicle maintenance and thus, increased operating costs. Aside from fuel costs, vehicle oil changes and fuel check-ups can all increase as a result of excessive idling. None of which positively impacts the overall lifecycle of the vehicle and provides even more reason to tackle the idling issue before it adds to expenses.

To Avoid Costly Idling Fines

Costs associated with fleet fuel are one reason to reduce idling. Costs associated with idling fines are another. Idling in some scenarios is required. For instance, when a law enforcement vehicle needs to power on-board equipment via power take-off (PTO). Or when weather related scenarios make it difficult to start driving immediately before warming up. No matter how normal or seemingly harmless such scenarios seem, many states nationwide are cracking down on permitting idling when it doesn’t seem to be needed.

According to the E.P.A 31 states and Washington, D.C. have put in place regulations that prohibit vehicle idling. Variances between on length of idling time permitted, weather related exceptions and fines per penalty are all dependent on state. These fines can set fleets back in cost quite a bit but can be avoided with the right fleet vehicle technology.

For the Health of Our Climate

The health of the population is not the only health that is of concern when it comes to emissions. Vehicle idling is a known contributor to climate change. When looking at sources of greenhouse gas emissions within the U.S., transportation is a large piece of the pie chart. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2016 greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for around 28.5 percent of the total of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This percentage was the largest contributor in comparison to agriculture, industry, electricity and commercial and residential contributors.

Knowing that fleet trucks consume more fuel per mile and are typically driven more than most other vehicles, reducing fleet vehicle idling can make a significant impact in our efforts to offset climate change driven by greenhouse gas emissions.
Solutions to Reduce Idling

With driver training and coaching reducing idling can be achieved and benefits can be experienced. In addition to manager-led driver training, fleet technology exists today that can help reduce idling automatically and without driver intervention. Utilizing fleet telematics solutions can assist fleets in identifying where idling reduction can occur within operations. Solutions, such as Derive go beyond telematics insights to proactively reduce idling. Being able to set manager defined idle shut-off parameters can enable fleets to experience benefits sooner rather than later. When combined with driver education, the potential for improved operations and ability to reduce costs associated with idling becomes even more attainable.

Sometimes unavoidable, vehicle idling is a costly and environmentally harmful act that needs more attention from all. Though some modern vehicles now offer engine shut-off functionality, service vehicles built for utility and vehicles built before such technology existed hold the biggest opportunity to reduce idling. Fleet managers responsible for vehicle operations of any size should look into technologies that reduce idling as effortlessly as possible. The results could be a savings to the bottom line much like Kevin Schlangen, of Dakota County, Minnesota or even greater, a healthier climate and safer air quality. More than enough reason to take action.
About Contributor

Derive is an automotive technology company that empowers fleet managers to optimize their fleet’s performance beyond traditional telematics and driver training. Derive’s solution customizes fleets to be more fuel efficient, safer, and sustainable by using software that upgrades vehicle operating systems. With over 2 million software installations, Derive has transformed fleet performance from one-size-fits-all to mission-specific.

Source: https://www.worktruckonline.com/305671/reducing-idling-benefits-and-outcomes

Friday, July 13, 2018

GMC Chassis with 3-Piece Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, Ladder Rack and Conduit Carrier





This is a regular cab loaded truck with great aluminum wheels and all the finery any worker could want, and then it has this great body.

The raised 3-piece cargo bed enclosure to keep those items in there out of sight and out of mind. The top opens up two thirds of the bed area when opened and glides smoothly on Teflon pads. The other unique thing on this is the way the rear is finished. Most commonly, the rear would be barn doors with no tailgate and this one retained the tail gate has has modified bard doors with HD lock assembly to boot.

This unit also has a HD material rack with a conduit box and master lock system to make life easy on the job site.

See more from Harbor at www.htbi.net

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sortimo at the 2018 Work Truck Show



Didn't get the chance to attend the 2018 Work Truck Show last month? See what you missed from Sortimo.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Turn your pickup truck into a complete commercial service vehicle

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All SpaceKap™ models are slip-in transferable service bodies offer a universal fit for all full-size pickup trucks in the market. You can easily install or remove the capsule from your pickup truck within few minutes if you need to switch vehicles or replace your truck. Once fitted with shelves and ladder or step ladder racks, it keeps your tools and equipment safe and well organized, to save you time and money.

OUR MODELS

Manufactured since 1992, the SpaceKap™ is considered an attractive and eco-friendly solution that meets the transport needs of businesses of all sizes. SpaceKap™ units are affordable, safe, reusable and transferable from one vehicle to another, to turn any pickup truck into a service vehicle.The pickup-SpaceKap combo is 12% more fuel efficient than a cargo van, making it the ultimate solution for truck fleets.

Models:

Spacekap Compak with open doors and sliding tray

Compak



Spacekap Wild with back and side door open







Spacekap Diablo with door open






Learn more at: http://www.spacekap.com/





Saturday, July 7, 2018

Increase Capacity and Effectiveness with the Harbor Contractor II



Jordan Lewis, Commercial Truck Manager at Dow Lewis GMC in Yuba City CA shows off a great solution for many contractors who want storage, but also want the benefits of a flatbed truck. This body, mounted on a 2014 GMC 1-ton Dually chassis is a Harbor Contractor II Body. The twist with the Contractor II Body is the tall and deep compartment at the front of the body. The open lid typical upper box is retained, but the real value of this body is the combination of the two types of boxes.

You can see how much more storage capacity there is in the Contractor II arrangement. The shelves are moveable or removable and the compartment is deep enough to carry a wide variety of items, including tall items.

This unit also has a removable forklift loadable rack, fold-down contractor style gates in the rear, and a class IV receiver, and 7-pin trailer connector. It also has a great full-length step for easy rear access.

See more at http://DowLewisTrucks.com

   

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BEDSLIDE truck bed drawer system features and benefits



Learn how a BEDSLIDE will change the way you use your truck bed. Never crawl under your tonneau cover or truck cap again. Use the BEDSLIDE to slide all you stuff right to you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Coca-Cola Case Study - XL Hybrid Electric Fleet

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Coca-Cola operates the largest heavy-duty hybrid electric delivery fleet in North America. The company is partnering with XL to upfit all new vans with the innovative XLH™ Hybrid Electric Drive System. After converting 280 service vans to hybrids and driving more than 9 million service miles, vehicles with the XLH Hybrid Electric Drive System showed an approximate 20% reduction in fuel.

Learn more at: http://www.xlfleet.com/content/case-studies/coca-cola/