Friday, March 6, 2015

All-New Ford F-150 Adds Tough New Snow Plow Prep Option Across All Cab Configurations

  •     The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is expected to be the only light duty pickup with a manufacturer’s snow plow prep option across all cab configurations*
  •     F-150 owners with snow plow prep option can operate a plow installed via the aftermarket
  •     Maximum light-duty plow weight will be over 450 pounds

Winter warriors will have a tough new tool in their arsenal against Mother Nature with Ford’s new snow plow prep option, available on the all-new 2015 F-150. Ford is expected to be the only manufacturer to offer a light-duty snow plow prep option across all cab configurations – Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew.*

When snow plow mode is activated via the push of a button, the vehicle temporarily turns off nonessential features to provide dedicated power for the plow.

The option package requires the truck be equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive, and is available across XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels.

“The new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter,” said Eric Peterson, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing. Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done.”

The maximum light-duty plow weight will be over 450 pounds.

Pricing for the snow plow prep option, excluding the plow, will be announced later this year. The all-new 2015 F-150 will arrive in dealerships at the end of 2014.

* When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Work Truck Show 2015 Floor Draws Crowds

Attendees continued to fill the show floor during opening day. Visit for more live coverage.

Attendees Take the Wheel of Clean Technology Vehicles at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive
The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive provides attendees the opportunity to drive or ride in vehicles equipped with the latest in clean commercial vehicle technologies. The Ride-and-Drive continues Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 12:00PM-4:30PM.

Exhibitor Product/Technology Announcements

Today's press conferences began with several exhibitors announcing innovations and new products. View the press releases from today.

View More Photos!
Check out The Work Truck Show 2015 photo album on Flickr to view more photos.

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Hino Trucks Adds Class 4 Model 155 To Its Light-Duty Lineup

March 4, 2015  Novi, Michigan – Hino Trucks announced the addition of a Class 4 155 model to its product offering during the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.


Hino Trucks now offers product ranging from class 4 through class 7. 

The 155 model has a GVWR of 14,500 lbs and is power ed by Hino’s award winning J05E-TP engine rated at 210 HP. The Class 4 cab-over also comes standard with an industry leading 5-year, 175,000 mile Powertrain warranty, Hino’s 24 hour-7 day a week roadside assistance program HinoWatch, and HinoCare; Hino’s two year or 60,000 miles preventative care program. Hino will also offer a double cab version of the class 4, marketed as the 155-DC model. 

With the addition of the 155 and 155-DC, customers in the class 4 market can now experience Hino’s long-term quality and low cost of ownership. “We are very excited to announce the addition of the 155 and155-DC to our model line-up. We will now be able to better serve the needs of our customers with a wider range of product offerings,” stated Glenn Ellis, VPMarketing, Dealer Operations and Product Planning for Hino Trucks.

The 155 and 155-DC will be available at Hino Trucks dealers in May.

About Hino:

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 4-7 commercial trucks in the United States. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide com mitted to achieving excellence in customer service andsupport. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers the low total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market. For more information, visit our Internet home page at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What’s in the 2015 F-150? | Cabin Storage | Ford Trucks

A lot went into the new body of the 2015 F-150. Now see all that goes into its redesigned bed and cab, with a fully flat load floor and almost 2 inches more space.

Thanks to the innovations in the 2015 F-150, the cab and box of the pickup truck have been redefined. Here are just some of the ways:

• Class-exclusive** Integrated Tailgate Step with Lift Assist* – now fully integrated inside the tailgate
• Class-exclusive** Remote Tailgate Release* – release and lower the tailgate with the key fob; lock or unlock the tailgate with the key fob or inside door switch
• LED Box Lights* – work at night or under a tonneau cover
• Stowable Loading Ramps* – easily load items such as ATVs, motorcycles and mowers; adjustable ramps can be spaced to suit the item being loaded.
• Deployable Box Side Steps* – now available on all cab configurations including the 4-door SuperCrew® with 5.5-ft. pickup box.

*Available feature.
**Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.

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Stainless Steel Dump Bodies - Manufactured by Rugby Mfg.

The great looking stainless steel dump bodies from Rugby are corrosion resistant and more durable than high tensile steel.

The stainless steel Eliminator LP is built with a one-piece floor, dirt shedding sides, a centrally located quick release lever, (fold down side models only) and the patented EZ-LATCH™ system. The unit is designed to provide years of service.

Body Options

Stainless Steel Eliminator LP – Rigid & Fold Down Sides
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     304 SS in lieu of 201 SS (extra lead time)
  •     Understructure Options:
    • Fully Stainless Steel
    • Interlaced
    • Crossmemberless
  •     10 ga 201 stainless steel sides and ends standard (304 available on a special order basis)
  •     One-piece 3/16" AR400 crossmemberless steel floor
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     One-piece sides with no vertical braces
  •     Seamless one-piece front design with 1/4 integrated cab shield with V-bend for added strength
Optional Coal Chute:

Meter asphalt, gravel, mulch and other materials or get a shovel full with adjustable and easy to operate individual or multiple Coal Chutes with single handle lift levers.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NTEA Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit Kicks Off Today!

March 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th - Indianapolis , IN

Find the 2015 Schedule of Events Here:

Tulsa Truck Manufacturing - Custom All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

There are a few companies that specialize in all-wheel drive Conversions. and here's  Tulsa Truck Manufacturing  which specializes in all-wheel drive conversions, for 4x4's and 6x6's.

In continuous operation since 1969, during which time TTM reports that they have converted over 4,000 vehicles to all-wheel drive, consisting of 4x4 and 6x6 configurations.

TTM may be contacted at:

Tulsa Truck Manufacturing
10318 East 52nd St P.O. Box 470321 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74147
Phone: 918-627-5501
Fax: 918-627-8613

Find out more at:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ford Trains Thousands of Kansas City Assembly Plant Workers to Support Upcoming F-150 Production

Since May 2013, more than 8,000 skilled trade and production workers at Ford Dearborn Truck Plant and now, at Kansas City Assembly Plant, have undergone an intensive training program to support production of the all-new Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, and most capable F-150 ever.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ford Transit: A Build For Nearly Any Application

Last year, Ford made a big splash in the light-duty van market with its all-new, full-size Ford Transit van, a North American offering that was backed by a $1.1 billion investment and 2,000 new employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. While Transit has been the van sales leader in the U.K. for the past 49 years—to date, more than seven million Transits have been sold in 118 markets on six continents since 1965—Transit marked a departure from Ford’s classic E-Series and has ushered in a new era for the industry-leading van manufacturer.

“Transit has been extremely well received, and the sales numbers tell much of that story,” says Yaroslav Hetman, Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series brand manager. “In November 2014, Transit became the leader in the full-size bus and van sales segment. Transit was also the first unibody van to outsell the traditional body-on-frame vans, including E-Series, in the United States with a total of 4,851 sold in November. The trend continued in December 2014, with U.S. Transit sales reaching 10,030 units and contributing heavily to December being the best single month of Ford van sales since June 1999.”

Hetman attributed Transit’s rapid success in the van market to its flexibility, fuel economy and cargo capacity. Comparing that to E-Series, which Transit has replaced, Ford’s latest offering touts up to 75% more cargo volume, 600 lbs. more payload capability and as much as 46% better EPA-estimated fuel economy, when equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine compared to the 6.8L V10 in the E-Series.

Fleet focus

“One of the advantages of Transit is that it can meet the needs of practically any van application—from package delivery to passenger transport,” Hetman explains. “In fact, Transit’s flexibility has allowed it to take on jobs that were unlikely to be previously handled by E-Series vans, like food trucks and general contractor mobile offices on major construction sites.”

In addition to the increased capability and fuel economy, one other factor that sets Transit apart is its range of configurations. Transit offers van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles, with three roof heights, three wheelbases, three body lengths and three engine choices, totaling 47 configurations available from the factory. If that weren’t enough, nine of Ford’s 12 approved ship-through upfitters have invested in new facilities within 20 miles of the Kansas City Assembly Plant that builds Transit—enabling Ford customers to customize their Transits with vocational upfits and to do so with unprecedented speed.

“When looking at our dealer orders, the most popular configuration so far has been the medium roof, long wheelbase option,” Hetman says. “It provides close to 30% more cargo capacity than the largest E-Series while at the same time still offering up to 46% better EPA-estimated fuel economy, when equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine compared to the 6.8L V10 in the E-Series.”

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a top focus of fleet managers regardless of fleet size, according to Hetman. Service after the sale is a significant portion of TCO, with every additional minute of downtime costing customers money. This is why Ford has built its Business Preferred Network of 635 dedicated commercial dealers—74% of commercial customers are located within 30 miles of a BPN dealer and more than 54% are within 10 miles of one. Additionally, Hetman explains that Transit can be serviced at any of the more than 3,000 Ford dealers nationwide.
Moving forward

Ford isn’t content with resting on its success last year. “The record-setting sales performance of Transit during its first six months on the market is just the beginning,” Hetman says. “We are committed to maintaining the title of America’s best-selling van manufacturer as we have done for the last 36 years.”


Yaroslav Hetman, Ford Transit, Transit Connect
and E-Series brand manager

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pothole Patcher - How It Works!

Kenworth Crew Cab with a Bergkamp Pothole Patcher
By Steve Taylor

I spotted a crew working a new Bergkamp FP5 Pothole Patcher while driving through my neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. I understand Hillsborough County bought 6 of these babies to take care of the potholes in County Roads.

I thought I'd stop and take a few pictures of this truck and then provide an explanation of the operation of the process.Many years ago I had the opportunity to operate a similar work truck.

Berkamp Patcher-Filled with Hot Asphalt and Ready to Work

How it works:

Usually every working day the truck is loaded with hot asphalt at a local asphalt plant. It then goes out and patches potholes that day. It can be kept heated overnight if all the material is not used up.

This truck has many features not found on all others, first of all is the Kenworth Crew Cab. This cab will accommodate the whole crew for big jobs without bringing another vehicle to transport them. If my research is correct, this cab is a custom addition to the standard Kenworth cab.

The patcher body is a Bergkamp model FP5, it will carry 5.1 cubic yards of asphalt.The FP5 has a hydraulic-driven AC generator, providing onboard electric hydraulic power at all engine or travel speeds. 

The hopper heaters are using 220 VAC 4 kW electric heaters. It has a full hopper length auger which is hydraulically driven and reversible. There is an apron at the end of the auger.. The multi-spool control valves operate the hopper auger, agitator, doors and auxiliary tools,and have a built-in adjustable relief valve.

It has an insulated 80 gallon ASME asphalt emulsion system tank, spray hose for spraying  the tack coat, a spoils bin to carry the debris from clean up, and a vibrating single drum roller compactor.with a 4 hp gas engine for compacting the asphalt. It has a hand torch for drying out the wet holes. As well, it has an arrow board and brackets for carrying the wheelbarrow and hand tools.

Cutting a Square out of the pavement with Circular Saw

Hole is Cleaned out

The asphalt is shveled offf the apron, the hole is sprayed with Tack Material
and Hot Asphalt is shoveled into the hole

Hole is Filled

Vibrating Tamper compacts the Asphalt -it's Done!

Left Side View of Emulsion Tank

Another option on this truck is the InPave tracking system. Using the latest technology, it reports the patch location, the amount of material used and the temperature of the material being placed etc.The InPave System also maps the location of each reporting data point and allows you to click on it to review the status and full details. All this is reported back to management over the cellular system real time.

Bergkamp provides one year of free cellular data transmission service that allows for quick, reliable downloading of information. Moving forward, you can continue with this service or easily transition to a radio receiver system. You pick the method that works best for your needs and budget.

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Guest post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a certified lean six sigma consultant in the the work truck equipment business  specializing in fleets and process improvement. Find his Linked in Profile at: He may be contacted at or

Friday, February 27, 2015

Van Interior Packages from Harbor Truck Bodies

Harbor Truck Bodies is also Harbor Van Interiors. We have numerous standard plans for Ford Transit and Transit Connect, Ram ProMaster, GMC Savana, and Chevy Express cargo van. We didn't get into this market until we were sure we had an excellent product. You can count on Harbor that way. We have chassis pool units available or we can upfit your existing dealer lot stock.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

All-New 2015 GMC Canyon | Innovative Fuel Efficient Technologies

Discover the incredible innovations that went into making the Canyon supremely capable, yet efficient smaller pickup truck and takes professional grade engineering to the next level:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Knapheide - We Build The Best

Since its humble beginnings in 1848, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company has continually worked to improve its processes and manufacturing capabilities.  Due to this commitment of continual improvement, Knapheide stands today with the most highly automated and technologically advanced equipment and processes in the industry. Knapheide's Westphalia facility houses the majority of our manufacturing processes.  The Westphalia plant was completed in 1997 and covers a staggering 480,000 square feet.

A recent highlight in the continuing history of The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the company receiving ISO 9001:2008 certification.  ISO is a quality management system that is recognized globally.  While the core of this certification is focused on product quality, Knapheide took the process a step further and utilized the processes to improve virtually every area of the company from how orders are received and processed to the shipping of the product to the end customer.


Our dedicated manufacturing employees are a huge asset to our company, and receive on-going training for continuous improvement.  Knapheide delights in the fact that many of its employees are multi-generational and have a long tenure with the company.   Knapheide’s training program for its welding operations is second to none. Six AWS certified CWI and CWE’s conduct a forty hour program that all welders must complete prior to joining the assembly team.  Of its team of welders, over 100 are AWS certified.

Raw Materials

Over its history, Knapheide has strategically aligned itself with leading raw material suppliers and has developed long term relationships with them that mutually benefit both sides of the partnerships.   As a result of these partnerships, cutting edge supply chain processes have been developed that cuts down lead times, enhances the quality of the products, and helps to control costs.  This enables Knapheide to continue to provide to its customers the highest quality and superior end products available in the industry.  Some of our most common raw materials include:

    A40 Galvanized Automotive Quality Steel
    Hot Rolled Steel
    Cold Rolled Steel
    Tread Plate
    Automotive Quality Finishing Products

Fabrication Equipment and Machinery

As Knapheide has evolved over the last 164 years, so has the technology in equipment and machinery.  Knapheide continues to cultivate a long term strategic alignment with The Amada Company to continually update and modernize its fabrication capabilities.  This allows Knapheide to remain the most efficient and technologically advanced company in the industry.  Knapheide utilizes the following machinery and equipment within our manufacturing facilities:

    CNC Shears
    Plasma Cutters
    Laser Cutters
    CNC Turret Punches
    CNC Press Brake
    Roll Formers
    Automated Steel Processing Cells

Assembly Process

After all of the engineering and fabrication of the prime unit parts is complete, the assembly process begins.  Knapheide’s assembly procedures and multiple progressive lines allow them to be very flexible, highly efficient, and produce the highest quality product in the industry.  Knapheide has a large offering of catalog products that is quickly available and meets a large portion of our customers needs. However, while most of the industry shy’s away from custom built products, the Knapheide Company prides itself in its ability to build product that is designed to meet specific customer requirements and needs.  Rather than limit the product available to their customers to standard product, Knapheide’s motto is “Dream it, and we will build it”.  Some of the assembly processes include:

    MIG & Resistance Welding
    Automated Robotic MIG & Resistance Welding
    Flexible Product Assembly Lines & Processes


The flagship of our manufacturing process is our automated “K-Coat” finishing system.  K-coat is a highly efficient electro-deposition coating process that is widely used in the automotive industry.  Through this process, Knapheide is proud to offer its customers the highest quality corrosion resistant coating available.

    Automotive Quality E-Coat System
    Automotive Quality Undercoating
    Automotive Quality Finish Paint

For over 166 years, Knapheide has always been a leader through our manufacturing superiority in the industries we serve.  With the ISO 9001:2008 certification, this is a new starting point for us as we meet our customer’s expectations into the 21st century.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Adding to the Legacy – 2015 Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

From his racecar to his Silverado pickup, why does Dale Earnhardt Jr. trust his winning legacy to Chevy small block power? Because he knows that Chevrolet is made of high-strength dependability.

To learn more about the 2015 Silverado 1500, visit:

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Monday, February 23, 2015

A Sliding Dump Bed Makes Unloading Gravel Fast and Easy

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Move gravel without a dump truck, and without breaking your back

At Commercial Truck Success, 
we will have to file this one under, "Strangely Interesting. . ."

It's certainly creative.