Saturday, April 30, 2016

VMAC under hood air compressor demo

Vmac VR70 under hood air compressor demonstration

VMAC Underhood Air Compressor System

What matters most you to in your air compressor? Power, performance and duty cycle? Safety? Fuel savings? The lightweight VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor system fits under the hood of your work truck, freeing up valuable space, providing you with the compact power you need.

The VMAC UNDERHOOD is the world's most compact truck mounted mobile air compressor with almost 20 years history. Its success comes from the unique technology that integrates the compressor onto the truck's engine to build massive air and free up the truck's cargo space.

You will be faster and more efficient on your jobsite like never before!


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Friday, April 29, 2016

8' Stakebed on 2500HD Crew Cab Chassis

Ron Sadler shows off a great work truck for your crew. This is a 2500HD Crew Cab chassis with an 8' steel diamond plate deck flabed with steel gates. Great to get your crew to the job and carry the cargo as needed.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ford 2016 Medium Duty Reveal NTEA

2016 Ford F-650/750 John Davis Ford Chief Engineer video interview. Video interview Bruce W. Smith/

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BAK Industries new BAKFlip MX4 premium matte hard folding cover - features and benefits

Charly Henley, West Coast Sales Manager for BAK Industries, discusses the advantages and features of the new BakFlip MX4.
The BAKFlip MX4 features heavy-duty aluminum matte finish panels that offer superior UV and scratch resistance, and an enhanced premium density foam core. The MX4 comes equipped with upgraded latch housing components, and an all-new integrated tailgate seal that allows the tailgate to be closed with the cover up or down.
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Chevy Pickup History - Decades Of Trucks

Chevy Trucks Pictures, Images and Photos

Chevy pickup history began in 1918 when the first trucks went on sale. They were a far cry from the Chevrolet trucks of today, but they made a huge impact on the world. Man would now use motor power instead of animals for work and travel. A proud farmer or rancher standing beside his Chevy truck becomes a common sight.
William Durant and Louis Chevrolet 
The Chevy truck grew out of one man's idea to build a truck that the average citizen could afford to purchase. William Durant teamed up with Louis Chevrolet to accomplish this task. They became a forceful pair. Chevrolet was driven by his love for racecars and Durant had an issue with General Motors. He had been forced out as head of General Motors, which he had founded. His Chevrolet earnings would get him back in.
Chevy Pickup History 
The first trucks were crude compared to the streamlined versions of today. Their basic feature was a chassis cowl with a 4-cylinder motor and transmission. It was the buyer's responsibility to provide the cab. These were usually purchased from outside companies, but often the buyers would build the cab themselves. It would be several years later before the trucks were offered with, or without, a cab.
Chevy trucks revved up for a ride to the top of the market. No trucks were manufactured in the company's early years. Eventually Chevy engineers began to design the vehicles for everyday family use to meet ever-changing roles. From Saturday night dates, to family vacations with a camper on the back, the trucks became a family icon.
1980s Bring Economic Problems 
Chevy trucks had climbed upward at a steady pace from the beginning, edging out competitors. William Durant had certainly supplied the consumer with a dependable and affordable means of transportation. Then the energy crisis of the nineteen eighties hit the country. Chevrolet sales took a sharp decline. Chevrolet was faced with the challenge of making the truck more fuel-efficient. The engineers went to work and came up with a lighter version of their truck that once again drove their sales to the top.
Chevy pickup history has seen many changes from the first ones built in 1918. Today you can recline in leather seats, while enjoying air conditioning and music from your radio or DVD player. Do not be fooled by the frills. There has been a constant upgrade under the hood. Improved V8 truck engines, improved aerodynamics, along with features to keep up with the ever-important safety and environmental issues, has kept the Chevy truck at the top.
Once again, an energy crisis looms over the country. Look for Chevrolet to lead the way, as the car manufacturers endeavor to address the problem.
Old and Still Running 
The fan clubs of Chevy trucks tells a story. This vehicle has earned the unwavering loyalty of its owners. When you see these thirty and even forty year old models in the car shows and on the roads, it is a tribute to their durability.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Smarter Suspensions Are on the Way for Pickups

In the future, unique suspension systems used today likely will find wider acceptance and offer better control and more flexibility. We expect more air suspension options and magnetic ride technology to provide better fuel economy, load-carrying capability, comfort and handling. It wouldn't surprise us if the computer systems on new vehicles will be better able to predict what's likely to happen next on the road, possibly leaning into a turn at the first steering input to make a big truck feel more like midsize car.

Active anti-roll-bar systems already found in Range Rover SUVs, luxury sedans, and Toyota's and Lexus' active suspensions could improve highway and trail performance for small and large pickups. The Toyota 4Runner SUV's cross-linked shock system is an impressive active suspension system that works as well in four-wheel drive as it does when entering a 240-degree curving freeway on-ramp.

We also predict that as sales of luxury-model pickups increase, we'll be more likely to see more canyon-carving trucks with independent rear suspensions. The new 2017 Ridgeline will have coil rear springs and an IRS, and is anticipated to have a payload of 1,600 pounds; likewise, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize commercial van (also with coil springs and IRS) has a minimum payload rating of 1,800 pounds, more than many half-ton pickups. 

Bushing technology also is likely to improve, perhaps adding a self-adjusting or computer-controlled aspect to them, allowing them to quiet engine vibration or wheel chatter while allowing precise steering. Less vibration means quieter and less-stressed parts and pieces.

And we expect broader application of magnet ride systems, perhaps even grouped with towing packages where damper behavior would be modified simply by engaging Tow/Haul mode or when sensing heavier loads.

Front suspensions may adopt a dual ball-joint lower coupling and have been used on everything from VW Passats to BMW SUVs and the new Lexus LS. This arrangement pays big dividends in bump absorption, handling and directional stability, and leaves more room for axle shafts and bigger brakes to move freely and stay cool.

Further down the road, we expect tuning of active suspension pieces like air springs, self-adjusting shocks or active anti-roll bars to link with cameras and navigation data to prime the suspension before it hits a bump or comes to a sharp bend, making the suspension more predictive than reactive. No matter what happens, we're confident we'll be getting more sophisticated and smarter suspensions to keep our pickups under control.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Commercial Truck Training Ultimate Bootcamp Scheduled

Just announced from Ken Taylor and Will Brogan and

Ultimate Boot Camp
June 1-3, 2016
Jacksonville, Florida

The Ultimate Boot Camp, having to be delayed because of an amazingly loaded travel schedule this spring, is BACK!

We'll be holding it at our usual location, the Homewood Suites by Hilton at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, but the dates will be a bit unusual. For the first time ever, we'll start an Ultimate Boot Camp on a Wednesday and ending on a Friday. 

The official start is Wednesday, June 1st, at 8 am, and the event will conclude at 12 noon on Friday, June 3rd, which should still allow you enough time to fly home for the best of the weekend.

We've had three spots pre-reserved already, and will only take a maximum of ten. Additionally, we'll DISCOUNT THE PRICE $300 this entire week,from the regular $1995 to just $1695. In other words, don't wait to reserve your spot, as it may be gone shortly!

What will we cover in an Ultimate Boot Camp? See below! While every single one is different - thanks to a diversity among attendees - a few happenings have become so commonplace that you could consider them "traditions" now! See below for more!

Will and I have cherished the opportunity to help so many dealers - now exceeding seventy five attendees as we start into our fourth year of Ultimate Boot Camps - and we are excited to keep helping those who want to get better. It doesn't matter if you're brand new or have been in this business for decades, we're confident that we can assist your sales efforts!

Thank you so much - I hope to see you in Jacksonville in a few weeks! 

Ken Taylor

Here is an outline of what we'll cover at this event:

1. PLANNING: I have created a planning document that we use in all of our commercial accounts. It is so easy to get caught up in the trash that fills your plate every day. Having a plan designed around the specifics of the commercial business is not a luxury, it is a necessity. I will give you detailed tips all along the way to guide you through this process!

2. PROSPECTING: It all starts with prospecting targets! Listen closely... cold calling does not work!! It is an excuse to not be prepared and allows you to be unorganized. If someone tells you they do better cold calling, I would like to follow them for a day and count the number of decision makers they see! It won't be many! Here, we'll provide the best place to start with prospecting for new sales consultants, whether new to commercial or new to automotive altogether!

3. WRITING SCRIPTS: Scripts are a key in getting consistent and successful results. So many people we work with are opposed to scripts. They believe that it sounds contrived or insincere. Do you ever go to the movies? Have you ever laughed, cried, or cheered? Why? The actors seemed real, but in reality it was all scripted! Trust me, scripts will sell your trucks! 

4. THE MODERN SALES CALL: In retail automotive sales it is about "now". If the consumer visits the dealership and leaves, the chance of a sale diminishes as time goes by. The opposite is true in commercial sales - the chance of a sale increases as we continue to develop a relationship, so anything that could potentially interfere with the relationship process is detrimental to the sale, including asking for the business too soon. We'll lay out all you need to let the prospect do all the selling!

5. PERSONALITY STYLE SELLING: An often overlooked component of selling is adapting your selling style to the personality of the person with whom you are speaking, whether on the phone or face-to-face. People are so varied, and how you sell (or allow them to buy) versus another can make or break the relationship development and the sales process. You'll receive a personality style selling card that will give you some details regarding how you can adapt and win!

6. FOLLOW UP: So many sales professionals fall down at this point. They do a good job of getting appointments but do not have a good follow up plan. In this section, you'll learn how to not only get to maintain your great customers by follow up, but you can also get hundreds of referrals that are highly likely to buy from you!

7. MARKETING: Marketing in commercial sales is very different (in most respects) than retail automotive. Retail is a much more "macro" approach with mass media, internet exposure, and to a degree, social media. Commercial and fleet vehicle marketing is very different, with the emphasis being on specific targets with very specific needs. A marketing campaign can be vehicle specific or even industry specific. 

2016 Work Truck Show: RAM Commercial Press Conference

RAM Commercial Press Conference at the 2016 Work Truck Show

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bradley Briggs Shows Off The AG Body Drawer Systems and Options

AG Body of Salt Lake City makes drawers for service bodies, other enclosures, utility needs, or wherever you might need the convenience of drawers--even your garage!

Here, Bradley Briggs of AG Body shows Commercial Truck Success a few of their different drawer designs and available hardware and finishes. See much more from AG Body at, or call them at 800-786-BODY.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First Ford Truck Exported to China will be a 2017 F-150 Raptor

Go big, or go home.

The first Ford truck to be exported by the automaker to China will be its 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew. It’s exciting news for Ford which reports that the Chinese auto market is the largest in the world.


Mike Levine, Ford’s truck media manager, told Hard Working Trucks that there will be no changes to emissions for the China-bound Raptor and that horsepower and torque figures will be released later this year.

“F-150 Raptor will be the first Ford pickup truck we have ever sold in China,” Levine said. “F-150 Raptor is the only variant (of the F-150) that we’ll sell in China.”

Ford reports in its press release that the Raptor “will be available in China in 2017, delivering a new level of capability to China’s off-road enthusiasts.”

Though apparently there’s enough market interest to warrant exporting the Raptor to China, off-road racing there is another story.

“There are no plans to race F-150 Raptor in China,” Levine said.

Ford is very pleased with its plans to export the Raptor to China.

“F-150 Raptor represents the very best of what Ford can accomplish with its world-class engineering and design teams, and its long history of building tough, capable and versatile trucks,” said Jamal Hameedi, global chief program engineer, Ford Performance. “We are thrilled to offer our customers in China the chance to experience new levels of off-road performance with the all-new F-150 Raptor.”

The 2017 F-150 Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost that produces more power with greater efficiency than the previous Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8, which was rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. An F-150 Raptor exclusive, the engine is paired with a new 10-speed transmission that was produced through a collaborative effort with GM.

A new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case manages power distribution between front and rear wheels. Ford reports that the case combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

While Ford trucks have already been imported into China through various businesses, the 2017 Raptor will be the first truck exported directly from Ford to the large Asian country. The truck will be making its debut there Monday in Beijing.

China’s growing economy has resulted in a surging demand for vehicles. As the middle class has grown and sought more recreational activities, many have turned to off-roading,  The Wall Street Journal reports. However, pickups, like all trucks in China, cannot enter a city without a permit from that local government.  Pickup sales, according to, account for about 3 percent of China’s swelling auto market.

A Raptor could definitely come in handy in China where flooding problems have doubled since 2008, according to The Economist. Fast-paced urban growth paired up with inadequate drainage systems are to blame.

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Introducing the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty

See what makes the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever built.

Friday, April 22, 2016

FUSO - Contractor Work Trucks

Whether you’re a plumber, roofer, electrician, HVAC or other contractor, a dependable truck is the most important tool of your trade. Mitsubishi Fuso’s line of contractor, construction and dump trucks have a well-earned reputation for reliability. Just like you. Be prepared for the new Canter to take your work ethic to the next level while lowering your cost of ownership through superior fuel economy. In testing, the Canter delivered 8.45%* better fuel economy than an Isuzu commercial work truck, and improved to 13.8%* better when the Canter’s ECO Mode was engaged.

It will transport you, and up to 2,200 pounds more equipment, tools and supplies than an Isuzu can carry, to any job site. With its rugged, ladder-style steel frame, a Canter contractor truck can haul it all — from self-contained utility bodies, storage and tool boxes to shelving, racks and more. And with its short turning radius and excellent visibility, you’ll be in and out of work sites and residential neighborhoods safely and quickly, and on to the next.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

1st Attack Engineering's Fire Truck Features from 2013 Promotional DVD

Owner Jeffrey Cook displays some of the features on 1st Attack's fire trucks and shows them in action fighting fires.

Uptown Alurack Case Study

Hear why Uptown Heating and Cooling chose AluRack, a Prime Design ladder rack, for their fleet of work vans. According to Chris Grant, Warehouse Manager at Uptown, Prime Design's aluminum, lightweight and ergonomic ladder racks provide the best solution to fit their needs. By offering secure, safe ladder storage for multiple ladders without rusting, the AluRack from Prime Design was the easy choice.