Sunday, August 28, 2016

GMC Canyon Named Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016 by

Experts Test Trucks in Segment Challenge, 
Applaud Canyon’s Interior, Ability and Performance


DETROIT – The 2016 GMC Canyon has been named the Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016. put the current lineup of midsize pickup trucks to the test in its Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge to determine the overall best option for buyers.

Canyon, the segment’s only premium midsize truck, was also named the top pick by the editors of in a 2015 midsize pickup comparison test.

“Establishing a benchmark for a premium midsize pickup was our goal with the Canyon, and’s insights affirm our instincts,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The Canyon’s quiet cabin, premium design and materials make it a maneuverable solution for customers who want the capability of a pickup with the modern amenities customers expect from GMC.”

Testing included head-to-head comparisons in 18 objective categories and included the following vehicles:  2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier.

“The Canyon is an all-around great truck,” said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-
chief. “It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”

The Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge was conducted in partnership with, a company. For full results of this challenge, including detailed scoring from each of the 18 test categories, click here or 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

Work Truck Solutions Is End User Focused

Work Truck Solutions provides ‘end users’ – commercial dealers, with an easy way to display their commercial inventory online, as a button on their retail site, on a separate commercial website, or both!

As a result, when the dealers ‘end user’ the truck buyer, sees that the dealer is in the commercial business, and that they not only offer inventory, they offer online convenience as part of their promise of service to the truck buyer, it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here is an easy chart so you can see, at the end of the day, how Work Truck Solutions’ service helps both ‘End Users’:

Your Truck Buyer
Truck Sales Professional
Simple online access
Simple online access
Two clicks to a vocationally specific truck
Two clicks to a specific truck for a buyer
Easy to communication with the dealer
Easy to communicate with the buyer
Great photos and information on both the chassis and the body
Great information on both the chassis and the body, including backend details
Enhanced product information from the manufacturers
Enhanced product information from the manufacturers, including distributor contacts
Easy to share a truck with co-workers,
bosses and friends
Easy to send the right truck(s) to past or prospective truck buyer
Save a truck for later in a personal Garage
Quick Quote: email a quote while the buyer is on the phone, or save it to their Garage
Know you are working with a professional!!!
Look professional, knowledgeable; include
your signature and contact info always
Have many commercial vehicles to choose from
Use the optional trade network to show extra trucks and vans, and to help move inventory
Reach a professional, commercial salesperson quickly
‘UP’ system notifies Salespro what buyers want via text and email
Learn more about work trucks
Informational marketing emails sent monthly

You can see that Work Truck Solutions’ service is designed to help both sides of the sales process!

And it is SO easy to set up, just sign up online, answer some questions, and give access to body invoices. Then inventory listing and prices are automatically updated nightly. At any time, the salespro can easily post a sale price online or feature a specific truck or van. Work Truck Solutions can also feed online media such as Commercial Truck Trader to help drive leads to the dealer’s inventory.

Work Truck Solutions’ service can even integrate with the dealer’s retail CRM so that leads assigned to salespro are not accidentally grabbed by retail sales personnel. The monthly Google Analytics report is being used by smart dealers to track interest in specific chassis, body types, stock numbers and more to help them plan flooring and keep their days on lot low.

And the newest way Work Truck Solutions is helping their dealers? Dealer inventory is now being displayed on body manufacturer and distributor websites to help customers locate your inventory quickly no matter what site they start looking online first! Examples include: Knapheide, Smyna Body, Allied Body, Reading Equipment, and more.

Find out more about Work Truck Solutions at

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Adrian Steel Helps Eric Dale HVAC Organize His Mobile Business

Guest post written by Ken Keller

Eric Dale is the energetic president and owner of Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning based in Marshall, Michigan, delivering 24/7 service for a 30-mile radius of the Battle Creek area, with eleven field technicians and a nine van fleet. Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing services for residential, new construction and commercial refrigeration customers since 2005.

“We provide our field techs with the best equipment possible,” Eric said. “Our fleet includes Ford E-250’s and a mid-size Transit van. We all love the Transit and we have plans to convert the entire fleet over to all new Transit vans.”

“All of our vans are outfitted with Adrian Steel products,” Eric said. His company uses an authorized Adrian Steel upfitter: Riverside Vans in Colon, Michigan. “Riverside Vans is a great company. When we buy a new van we simply go to Adrian’s website, write down the part numbers that we want and call Riverside Vans with this information. They pick up the truck at the dealer, take it down to Colon, Michigan, install all the Adrian equipment and drop it off at my door. It couldn’t be easier.”

Some of the Adrian Steel products that Eric’s fleet uses are the Adrian drop down ladders, drawers and shelving, racks and bins, and the Adrian bulkhead and center console. Specific to the HVAC industry, Eric Dale Heating & AC uses Adrian’s refrigeration and nitrogen tank holders. “Basically we order the Adrian Plumbing Package with some of our own tweaks added with Adrian Steel’s accessories.”

The drop down latter rack is a favorite tool of his field technicians. “We like the Adrian Transit side-mounted ladder racks because you don’t need a ladder to get your ladder down. In the winter, on ice covered ground, your feet can stay on the ground when lowering the ladder,” Eric explains.

“Number one for us is Adrian’s versatility. Adrian Steel has everything we need. Because we have different sizes of vans, we are able to customize the vans to fit our individual technician’s requirements. We can make it fit what it needs to fit. Some techs may need bigger bins, more width or more spacing. You can move the shelving, racks and dividers up and down as needed. You don’t have to change out equipment or buy new shelving,” Eric said.

“Adrian Steel’s equipment is clean, strong and easy,” Eric adds. “We put a lot of weight on the shelves and they don’t fall apart. Over the years I have had at least 15 – 20 vans, and they all used Adrian products. I have never had to send anything back or use the warranty. When we sell our old vans we leave them fully Adrian equipped and have no trouble selling the vans within a week.”

Customer relations is an important part of Eric’s business and Adrian helps by giving the vans a clean, profession appearance. “All of our techs wear pressed uniforms. If they are at a residence and the van doors are open, we don’t want to have tools and parts falling out of the van. Adrian Steel Products helps us to give to our customers the impression that we are a first-class, organized and professional company.”

Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning has been growing its business by about 20% each year. With Eric’s fine business sense, his dedicated employees and his fleet of Adrian equipped Ford vans, there is no doubt that Eric’s company will continue this growth into the future.

See more about Eric Dale Heating & A/C at

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Consumers Can Test Drive All-New 2017 Ford Super Duty at Tour Stops in Cities Across the United States

  •     Drive the Future of Tough tour offers an early opportunity to test drive the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever
  •     29-city tour continues through Nov. 13, with each site offering vehicle drives, interactive displays and towing demonstrations; product experts are on hand to answer questions on all-new Super Duty’s 17 class-exclusive smart new features
  •     Consumers can enter for a chance to win an all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty
DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford, America’s truck leader, is offering consumers across the United States an opportunity to test drive the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

Drive the Future of Tough, a 29-city cross-country tour that kicked off earlier this year, continues through Nov. 13. Consumers can schedule test drives at, though walk-up participation also is encouraged.

The test route allows truck consumers to experience the all-new Super Duty’s best-in-class capability and its 17 class-exclusive smart new features, including adaptive steering, adaptive cruise control and Trailer Reverse Guidance. Product experts are along for the ride to explain the innovations and answer questions.

“The new Super Duty takes the heavy-duty truck segment to the next level,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Truck customers can learn how it provides best-in-class towing and hauling, and they’ll get to experience Super Duty’s class-exclusive features from the best place possible – the driver’s seat.”

Participants can enter a sweepstakes to win an all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty. Details are available at tour locations.

The tour includes a variety of well-equipped F-250, F-350 and F-450 models in Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. The trucks feature a mix of the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine and 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel. F-250 models are equipped with the all-new TorqShift-G transmission.

The tour features interactive displays to help consumers understand how the all-new Super Duty is Built Ford Tough, starting with its high-strength steel frame construction and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box panels.

Upcoming tour stops include:

    Aug. 16-20, Billings, Montana
    Aug. 19-21, San Antonio
    Aug. 20-28, Louisville, Kentucky
    Aug. 25-27, Dallas
    Sept. 2-5, Henderson, North Carolina
    Sept. 9-18, Puyallup, Washington
    Sept. 9-25, Reno, Nevada
    Sept. 13-15, Grand Island, Nebraska
    Sept. 15-18, Nashville, Tennessee
    Sept. 20-22, London, Ohio
    Sept. 21-Oct. 9, Anaheim, California
    Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
    Sept. 30-Oct. 11, Dallas
    Oct. 6-8, Concord, North Carolina
    Oct. 13-16, Ormond Beach, Florida
    Oct. 18-20, Moultrie, Georgia
    Nov. 1-5, Las Vegas
    Nov. 8-13, Avondale, Arizona

Media will be invited to participate in select cities.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit

Friday, August 26, 2016

Knapheide History Video

An overview of Knapheide's 160+ years history as a company.

Covercraft launches new Carhartt truck cover

Covercraft has launched a new custom Carhartt cover 
for light trucks, SUVs and vans.

The covers feature Covercraft’s exclusive Ultra’tect fabric with Carhartt Rain Defender durable water-repellent protection.

For more than 100 years, Carhartt has been known as America’s trusted brand when it comes to rugged outdoor, work and military-inspired apparel, and our original Carhartt SeatSavers have been hugely successful,” said Mark Korros, CEO of Covercraft. “We’ve expanded the line to include these heavy-duty vehicle covers for the outdoor enthusiast, sportsman and work truck owner—perfect for light trucks, SUVs and vans.”

carhartt-gravel-truck-coverCarhartt Truck Covers feature overlapped triple-needle stitching on stress seams, solution-dye fabric for fade resistance, UV protection and Carhartt logos on the sides and tailgate area.

“Rain Defender treatment makes the covers extremely water repellent and easy to clean while maintaining breathability,” a Carhartt representative said.

Carhartt Truck Covers are available for pickups, SUVs and vans in traditional Carhartt Brown or Carhartt Gravel.

Carhartt Truck Covers are available to order now at and select authorized Covercraft dealers and will begin to ship on September 1, 2016.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Harbor Cargo Bed Enclosure keeps your stuff accessible and yet out of sight.


Rear view of a Harbor 8' service body with raised cargo bed enclosure, conduit box mounted in material rack with Rack-strap tie downs, 3-piece cargo bed enclosure and barn style rear doors.

The 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure is a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

VMAC launches compressor for F-650, F-750 with Triton V10


VMAC announces the launch of its latest Underhood150 rotary screw air compressor system designed for Ford F-650 and F-750 6.8-liter Triton V10 gas engine work trucks.

The announcement marks VMAC’s fourth product launch this year after the VMAC Raptair-G30 gas drive, the DTM70 PTO drive air compressor and the VMAC Underhood-Lite air compressor system, all rotary screw air compressors.

“Continually developing and expanding our product lines to meet our customers growing needs is what positions VMAC as the global leader in advanced mobile compressed air systems,” says Gordon Duval, VMAC vice president of marketing and sales.

“The addition of the Ford F-650 and F-750 expands our Underhood product range to now include the top range of Ford’s medium duty F-Series truck.”

VMAC’s Underhood system provides 100 percent duty cycle and up to 150 CFM and 175 psi and is designed to work in extreme climate conditions. The mounting kit, designed for easy installation, is engineered to fit the Ford F-650 and F-750 engine and chassis taking only a few hours to install.

“VMAC’s Underhood line of air compressors offer significant advantages in that they are much more compact and lightweight than typical mobile air compressors,” Duval states. “There is no installed deck footprint compared to up to 76 cubic feet of typical deck mounted compressors, which provides our customers with more free deck space.

“The system weighs in at a mere 200 pounds, substantially lighter than a typical utility mount system of 1,900 pounds (861 kg), and according to the Environmental Protection Agency fuel savings of up to 2 percent per 100 pounds can be achieved by reducing the GVWR.

“We’re very proud of this product announcement. It underscores our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations by continually evolving our advanced air solutions to help them reduce expenses, improve productivity and grow their bottom line.”
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Mercedes Continues to Expand Its Van Lineup

Full-size diesel pickup trucks may be the vehicle of choice for many contractors in the building trades, but sleek, fuel-efficient Euro-style vans are coming on strong in just about every other commercial enterprise that transports goods and services. The new Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker is a prime example of one such offering.

The 2017 Metris Worker Cargo, which starts at $26,990 including destination, is the only midsize van now being offered in the U.S. It sports 186 cubic feet of cargo space (about 45 percent more than the Ford Transit Connect), and its 5,000-pound tow rating is considerably more than any other downsized work van, which includes the Chevrolet City Express, the Nissan NV200, the Ram ProMaster City and the Ford Transit Connect. The Metris Worker also fits inside a typical two-car garage, all of which bodes well for contractors who place a high value on vehicle security and accessibility to residential and commercial parking environments.

By Bruce W. Smith

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty: Exploring the Smart Features

We took our group of truck customers on the road to see firsthand, how Ford is helping to lead the way in driver-assist technology making it easy to own work with the smartest Super Duty ever.

From a 360-degree bird’s-eye-view camera system to Lane Keeping alert*, see how the 2017 Super Duty helps drivers navigate more effectively on the road and on the worksite.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Venco - Rugged Hoists for Pickup and Dump Bodies


Since 1981, Venco has been providing scissors hoists for commercial and industrial uses. Our rugged hoists are highly regarded in the industry and represent an excellent value. Hoists are offered for pickup truck, conversion/dump body, and trailer hoist applications.


*Venco hoists are designed for and intended to be used on stationary trucks dumping on firm and level ground.  Spreading applications and/or shock unloading are strictly prohibited and will void any warranty.

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Inside the World's Most Amazing Adventure Vehicle

EarthCruiser makes some of the most incredible and capable vehicles on the planet. Based on a 4-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Fuso platform, the EarthCruiser FX averages 15 miles per gallon, has a 1000 mile range and can carry enough fresh water to keep you off the grid and self-sufficient for months at a time. Founded in Australia and now based in Bend, OR, an EarthCruiser should be on the short list of vehicles to consider if your dream involves selling your house and traveling the globe for years at a time.

See more about this fascinating vehicle at

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Autonomous Evasive Maneuver Assist in action—ZF Innovation Truck

Autonomous truck technology is not a fad. ZF, a supplier of driveline, chassis and safety technology, showed off the next step in autonomous technology evolution with its Innovation Truck. Taking autonomous technology to the next level was the unveiling of Evasive Maneuver Assist. A partnership between ZF and WABCO birthed a level two autonomous system that assists the driver in performing an emergency braking lane change to avoid a collision. For a better understanding of the technology and what lies ahead for the Autonomous truck trend, I spoke with Dr. Gerhard Gumpoltsberger, ZF’s Senior Manager Testing, Innovation Management.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

GM dominates J.D. Power short-list of most dependable trucks -


The automaker dominates a short-list of the most dependable pickups of 2016 published this week by J.D. Power.

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study and Initial Quality Study is based on surveys of thousands of new and used vehicle owners. Power Circle Ratings based on that data are used to predict long-term reliability.

Scores are calculated based on the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD dominate the segment with a Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also received a Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

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IMT SiteStar Lube Skid

Our lightweight IMT SiteStar lube skid easily attaches to and detaches from your mechanics truck, giving you the flexibility to provide lube truck services to your fleet.