Thursday, April 27, 2017

Boss Snowplows at the Ford Truck Booth


BOSS products made an appearance in the Ford booth at the Work Truck Show . The BOSS EXT, introduced in 2016 was proudly displayed on a truck in the impressive Ford booth. To learn more about the EXT click here.

Thank you to all BOSS fans, interested customers, dealers, distributors, and vendors who stopped to visit the BOSS booth! We enjoy sharing our excitement for the 2017-2018 season with you. We are already counting down the days until winter 2017-2018!

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Boss Snowplows at the 2017 Work Truck Show


More than 500 companies traveled to Indianapolis for North America's largest work truck event--The Work Truck Show 2017 hosted by NTEA. From March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center 11,799 visitors descended on the show to view the latest equipment, products and technology companies have to offer in the truck equipment sphere. 
BOSS Snowplow attended, highlighting new products for the 2017-2018 season. Here is a look at the BOSS booth!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


An employee at the DMAX, LTD engine plant assembles Duramax diesel engines in Moraine, Ohio on Monday, March 6, 2017.

DETROIT — General Motors, which fields the industry’s most expansive portfolio of diesel-powered passenger cars, crossovers, pickups and vans, confirmed today that Chevrolet’s highly-anticipated, all-new Class 4/5 commercial truck will be powered by a Duramax engine and Allison transmission – a legendary combination that has powered close to two million trucks.

Chevrolet made the announcement today at The Work Truck Show 2017, and confirmed the truck is on track to launch in 2018. It is being jointly developed by Chevrolet and Navistar.

“Our new Chevrolet medium-duty will be the flagship of our truck portfolio for fleet and commercial customers, and we believe the strength of Duramax/Allison powertrain combination will be able to tackle various jobs – from general contracting to urban delivery to bucket loaders and wreckers,” John Schwegman, U.S. director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty for GM Fleet said. “To win customers, we’re marshalling the best diesel and heavy-duty transmission engineers in the world and offering more choices than any other manufacturer.”

Allison Transmission, based in Indianapolis, is the largest designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems. Their designs have been used in a variety of applications, including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. They have helped drive Chevrolet’s hardest-working trucks since the 1950s.

The first Duramax diesel engines were introduced in Chevrolet and GMC trucks in 2001, and they have accumulated more than 100 billion miles of real-world experience. Since then, the engines have been continually refined, introducing first-in-class technologies such as aluminum cylinder heads, the quick-start system and the Venturi Jet Drive Oil separator.

Technical specifications for Chevrolet’s new medium-duty truck, including cab and frame dimensions, horsepower and torque, GAWR, GVWR, payload and other ratings, will be released close to launch.

Chevrolet’s industry-leading portfolio of diesel-powered vehicles also includes:

The 2017 Silverado HD offers a newly-redesigned Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo-diesel, the most powerful engine ever installed in a GM pickup truck with 910 lb./ft. of torque and a class-leading 445 hp.
The Cruze sedan and hatchback, which offer up to an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg — the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America and an estimated range of up to 702 highway miles.
The Equinox compact crossover, available this summer, is expected to achieve a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway (EPA estimates are not yet available).
The Colorado mid-size pickup, which is the industry’s most fuel-efficient pickup, according to the EPA’s website.
The Express full-size van, which is available in both passenger and cargo variants, with either the short or long wheelbase.
The Low Cab Forward commercial truck, which offers two turbodiesel engines. A 3.0-liter engine paired with a 6-speed double overdrive transmission is available in 3500HD models.  Larger 4500HD, 4500XD, 5500HD and 6500XD models are available with a 5.2L engine.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


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  • Ford F-Series trucks will tow ‘Tiny Houses’ – named in honor of Henry Ford and his wife Clara – on a summer-long road trip across America; just revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show
  • “Henry,” featuring 181 square feet and weighing more than 9,000 pounds, and “Clara,” with 252 square feet and weighing more than 12,000 pounds, will be pulled by the all-new 2017 F-150 and F-250 Super Duty respectively
  • Thousand Trails presents the launch of Petite Retreats, where people can research and book a range of unique vacation rentals, including tiny houses, cozy cabins, yurts and more, putting a twist on the typical vacation

DEARBORN, Mich., April 18, 2017 – Ford F-Series trucks are the vehicles of choice to tow the latest tiny houses to join the Petite Retreats unique accommodations. Called “Henry” and “Clara” – in honor of the founder of Ford Motor Company and his wife – these Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certified houses just debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The debut kicks off a summer-long road trip with a 2017 Ford F-150 and all-new 2017 F-250 Super Duty, set to tow Henry and Clara across America.

“We are honored Petite Retreats selected F-Series to tow these cutting-edge tiny houses,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “With Super Duty’s best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 32,500 pounds of towing, plus F-150 with its segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission mated to an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that helps deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated gas fuel efficiency, F-Series trucks own towing.”

For even more F-Series towing innovation, class-leading features like Trailer Reverse Guidance and an exclusive 360-degree camera system with trailer view, can make hauling even a house easy. Moreover,  F-150’s available class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes the challenge of backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

Henry and Clara may be small, but they can easily exceed 9,000 pounds and 12,000 pounds, respectively. Henry features 181 square feet of space, while Clara packs it all into just 252 square feet. Sporting a number of innovative features and amenities, Henry and Clara are the latest Petite Retreats house rentals.

Henry and Clara are on display at the New York International Auto Show, April 14-23. The cross-country road trip begins the following week, stopping first in Boston and Philadelphia, with additional locations to be determined.

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit

Petite Retreats is presented by Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds, featuring more than 180 locations across North America. Encore & Thousand Trails and their affiliates offer RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort-style amenities and Petite Retreats unique accommodations of tiny houses, cabins, yurts, tents, or teepees. For more information on the tour across America check or join the conversation at #tinyhouseroadtrip.

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 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,, 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

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, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at

Monday, April 24, 2017

Want To Stand Out? There's Nothing Like A Red KUV!

At Commercial Truck Success, we love red trucks. Actually, we like all colors, but there's just something about red that begs attention. Can't you just see your company name and phone number blazoned across the side and back of this great Knapheide KUV plumber style service body? Or a great entire vehicle wrap?
Patrick Clounch of 5 Star Ford in Richland Hills, Texas, just north of Fort Worth shared one image of this truck on LinkedIn and I asked for more to show off this great truck on the CTS Blog.
This is a 2017 Ford Transit T350 chassis with the 3.7 V6, 6-speed automatic, power windows, door locks and mirrors, matched to a Knapheide KUV 129SLK through General Truck Body. Options on the body include electric compartment locks with key fob, 3-bow ladder rack, receiver hitch, pass through compartment door. Notice the large step bumper with very low access that is covered with spray liner to keep your feet steady and sure.
5 Star Ford is a large commercial truck stocking dealer and has quite a selection from an F-150 work pickup to the mighty F-750 medium duty. See the selection for yourself where you can sort inventory by the body and many other ways:
And, since Pat was kind enough to share this, you can reach him directly at 817-519-6877. And, you can see more about this great dealership at

X-Pro ONE Drop-In Aluminum Commercial Truck Cap/Pack

The The X-Pro ONE Drop-In Aluminum Commercial Truck Cap is a premium, one-piece pickup truck bed enclosure designed with flexibility and durability as standard.

It’s a shop that fits in the back of your truck. It’s perfect for tradesmen who have a lot of tools to transport to off-site locations. This isn’t your average commercial truck cap, either. It’s made of the same strong, lightweight 1/8″ aluminum as our semi-truck accessories. It’s tough, it’s never going to rust, and it’s 100% renewable.

“Blank Canvas” design comes standard. Customize your commercial truck cap to fit the specific needs of you and your business. Aluminum construction allows us to easily weld and drill accessories to your cap as needed.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

CargoGlide Wall Slides Save Waste for the USPS

Wall Slides in use by the USPS: This is called saving waste!

Michelin Auto Inflate Automatic Tire Inflation

Increase fuel economy, extend tire life, reduce road service calls and downtime—all automatically. Maintaining optimal tire pressure is necessary given today's high cost of doing business. Optimal pressure management is nearly impossible to achieve manually due to many complex factors, including leaky valve stems, natural leakage, extreme temperatures, driving between climates, heated shops, gauge inaccuracy and human error. MICHELIN Auto Inflate solves the complicated problem of tire pressure management.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors UNDERHOOD Demo

Demonstration of VMAC's VR70 and VR140 UNDERHOOD air compressors. Learn More:

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. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 NIssan NV200 SV Compact Cargo Van - Nissan of Vacaville

Rich from Nissan of Vacaville gives a great demonstration of the fuel efficient Nissan NV200. See more at

NV200 Side By Side Comparison S vs SV Trim Level - Nissan of Vacaville

The Ram Heavy duty offers Class Exclusive rear auto-level air suspension for a balanced load 
The Ram Heavy Duty from the lineup of America’s Longest Lasting Pickups

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ram Heavy Duty | Competitive Advantage | Towing

The Ram Heavy duty offers Class Exclusive rear auto-level air suspension for a balanced load 
The Ram Heavy Duty from the lineup of America’s Longest Lasting Pickups

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RAMBOX Cargo Managment System

The Class Exclusive Rambox Cargo Management System provides unrivaled storage space. 
The Ram 1500 from the lineup of America’s Longest Lasting Pickups

Green Truck Summit presenters share their insights

Hear Green Truck Summit presenters share their insights into the potential for alternative fuels and technologies relative to vocational fleets.