Sunday, July 15, 2018

How the Harbor Service Body with a Cargo Bed Enclosure Keeps Stuff Out-Of-Sight

This is an example of a GMC 2500HD chassis upfitted with a Harbor 8' Service Body with a Forklift-Loadable Rack, Class IV Receiver, and a 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure. It's a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight. Ron Sadler is the Fleet/Commercial Manager at Lehmer's Buick-GMC in Concord CA.

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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.


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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Turn your pickup truck into a complete commercial service vehicle


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.


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.


Spacekap Compak with open doors and sliding tray


Spacekap Wild with back and side door open

Spacekap Diablo with door open

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Ford F-150: Engine Lineup | F-150 | Ford

The F-150 now offers its most advanced engine lineup of with variants that can work for anyone. See how the Ford F-150 doesn't just raise the bar, it is the bar.

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The Enoven Master Mechanic™ Series Crane Body

Built to withstand your industry's toughest environment.


The RUGGEDLY REFINED Master Mechanic™ Series design is the result of over 40 years of custom body building experience coupled with valuable input from the end-user community and our loyal customer base.

The Master Mechanic™ Series body includes more standard features and benefits than our competitors standard production bodies — Feature Superior + Price Competitive = best overall VALUE available.

The heavy-duty Master Mechanics™ Series bodies are available in two basic platforms, Service Bodies and Crane Bodies, with design and manufacture focused on withstanding the harshest environments and most demanding applications in field use while providing the user with the highest quality, most user friendly, versatile, functional, and safe body available.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Updates for Ram 2019 lineup: New design, sizes for vans, distinct choices for pickups

 2019 Ram 1500 Limited

Ram Trucks detailed changes for its 2019 commercial lineup, including a bolder look for its ProMaster and ProMaster City vans and a "Classic" designation for current body style 1500 pickups, which will be sold alongside the newly arriving, redesigned 2019 1500 trucks.

Those latter trucks are all-new for the coming model year, featuring a larger but lighter body that's been aerodynamically enhanced vs. the current 2018 1500. They've also got an available eTorque small electric assistive motor that can be added to the pickup's 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L HEMI V8 engines.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The DECKED Brand Product Story

Born in Idaho, made in the USA, DECKED innovates products that make working in and around vehicles more efficient, safer and easier. Our manufacturing partners help us produce the highest quality products on the market right from the heartland of America.

We started thinking about DECKED in 2011, and by 2014 we were shipping our first full bed-length drawer storage systems. With a relentless eye on product quality and customer satisfaction, we are driven by the needs of the working man and woman.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Popular Landscape Dump Body On 3500HD - Lehmers Work Trucks

Ron Sadler, Commercial Manager shows off a very popular tool for landscapers: The landscape dump body. This 12' dump body is mounted on a 3500HD diesel GMC chassis and ready to go to work!

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.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Horizon Bullnose Bumper by Ranch Hand

 For Ford F250/F350/F450/F550 Super Duty With Top Ring

The Horizon Front Bumper is Ranch Hand’s smooth metal series composed of 7-gauge steel with matte black finish. The sleek contoured design remains true to Ranch Hand's reputation for strength and durability.

Horizon Bullnose Bumper

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

How Does Commercial Link Make The Difference?

GM Fleet vehicles equipped with OnStar and fleet telematics can help you lead your industry, not follow it! Check out Ian Snider, President of Crawford Sprinkler Company, as he talks about the advantages his company gains utilizing Commercial Link. Find out more: