Sunday, April 19, 2015

Valew Loading Ramp



Valew's portable loading ramp is designed for hassle-free loading and unloading around your rental yard. The hydraulic lift axles with steel casters make hand-cranking a thing of the past. With the push of a button, you can adjust the load height to accommodate your variety of trailers. The hydraulic system is battery powered with solar panels keeping your charge up. Give us a call for yours today!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Knapheide Launches Complete Line-Up Of Truck Caps


The Knapheide Manufacturing Company develops the industry's most comprehensive line of truck caps.

Following a successful product introduction at the 2015 Work Truck Show, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the availability of new commercial truck caps.  The "KnapKap" line of products is the most comprehensive selection of commercial grade truck caps the industry has seen and features fiberglass, aluminum, and steel models. The wide selection of KnapKap models appeal to numerous vocations including telecommunications, utilities, pest control, construction, and more.

This latest new product launch solidifies Knapheide's commitment to be the leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions.

"As OEM's begin to focus more and more on the lighter duty commercial vehicles so are we by releasing products that maximize the efficiency space of those vehicles.  There are KnapKaps for every size of pickup available in the North American commercial market, from compact to one ton trucks," said Tony Marshall, Product Manager at Knapheide.

KnapKap Supreme Utility

The KnapKap Supreme Utility is the industry's best utiltiy commercial topper.  Features like the commercial grade reinforced fiberglass and oversized side access doors set this truck cap apart from the competition.

KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility

The KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility is a light, efficient and durable, everything you need in a commercial truck cap.  Double vertical rear doors and durable yet lightweight ASC fiberglass construction are just a few of the standard features that are packed within the KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility.

KnapKap ACU

The KnapKap ACU has a myriad of options and configurations for full customization.  The lightweight yet rugged aluminum construction eliminate the risk of corrosion yet maximize the available payload.

KnapKap HDS

The tried and true design of the KnapKap HDS has provided years of reliable service and increased productivty for numerous vocations.  The fully welded steel construction can handle the toughest jobsite conditions.

KnapKap Pro CH

The sleek design of the KnapKap Pro CH provides users with a functional yet professional looking commercial truck cap.  Combining ASC fiberglass with reinforced construction makes it one of the toughest available today.

KnapKap Pro CH-S

The KnapKap Pro CH-S has a true automotive appearance, with a high quality finish paint and contours that match the cab lines.  Highly functional, the Pro CH-S has all the features you need in a fiberglass truck cap.

Pro Cover

The Pro Cover from Knapheide is a commercial grade fiberglass tonneau cover with special lift assist gas props for easy opening and closing operation.  The Pro Cover provides protection and security for the contents within the truck bed.


Find out more at http://www.knapheide.com/article/909/knapheide-launches-complete-line-up-of-truck-caps

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Ford F-150: From Seats to Bumpers, No Part Overlooked to Reduce Weight



DEARBORN, Mich., April 6, 2015 – Ford engineers responsible for the all-new F-150 were tasked with taking weight out of the truck while improving its capability to accomplish all of the work owners expect of the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever. While many already know that the increased use of high-strength steel throughout the frame and the first-in-class military-grade, aluminum-alloy body led to approximately 450 pounds of weight savings, there’s more to the story, as engineers took approximately 250 pounds of additional weight from seats, bumpers and lots of other places. Every pound shaved from a variety of components returns capability back to the customer, so that the all-new F-150 can achieve its best-in-class payload of 3,300 pounds* and best-in-class towing of 12,200 pounds**. F-150 also offers a best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy rating†.

Class is full-size pickups under 8,500 pounds GVWR
*When properly equipped with 5.0-liter V8, 4x2
**When properly equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, 4x2
†EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 4x2. Actual mileage will vary
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 http://corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Ike Gauntlet Extreme Towing Test. Fully Loaded.



( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is here and is ready to take on the Ike Gauntlet Extreme towing test. The 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It's got the low-end torque, but not a lot of horsepower. Can the EcoDiesel keep the fast pace set by the F-150 2.7L EcoBoost? Which truck will get better MPGs?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Helps North Carolina City Go Alternative - CleanCitiesTV



Learn how the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is helping the city of Concord, North Carolina, embrace a variety of alternative fuels.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Westin Headache Rack Protects Rear Windows of 2009-2015 Ford F-150s

Commercial-Grade F-150 Headache Rack


Westin Automotive Products has expanded the coverage of their Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack to extend through the 2015 model year for the Ford F150.

Westin’s Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack protects the truck’s rear window and its angled louvers provide shade to the interior.

It features a 2″ round upper body tube for easy adjusting of cargo, and includes 4 welded light tabs for the mounting a Westin LED Light Bar or a combination of Auxiliary and Work Utility LED Lights.

A crossover tool box up to 70” wide can be easily mounted over the rack’s bed rail mounting brackets. A separate mount kit is available to accommodate boxes larger than 70” wide.

The mounting brackets feature a laser-cut Westin logo and have a 4-bolt support for a secure fit. Mounting kit and hardware are included.

The HD Headache Rack can be used in conjunction with Westin’s HD Ladder Rack. Available in black or white powder coat finish, backed by a 3 year warranty.

More About: 2015 Ford F-150, F-150 headache rack, heavy duty, Westin

Monday, April 13, 2015

It Floats - Chevrolet Full Floating Rear Axle (1936)



Prelinger Archives: Chevrolet Truck Department

Even though this video (movie) is from 1936, it applies as much today as then. This is one of the best demonstrations we have seen on what a full floating rear axle is and what it means. This application is most often found in 3/4-ton and larger trucks. It's easy to tell a full floating rear axles because of the bolts seen on the outside of the axle shaft. -- CTS

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Commercial Building Maintenence Company Uses Box Truck


This 1993 Mitsubishi Cab-Over Box Truck is being used for the storage and transport of the tool- of-the-trade for commercial cleaning. Notice the lift-gate used for lifting and lowering heavy objects into the back of the truck. This 1993 truck has 350,000 miles on it and is still being used every day for the needs of the business.

This day the crew was pressure washing the entryways and halls of this multi-unit residential complex.


Tommy Gate Lift Gate shown lowered. It folds up against 
the rear overhead door frame while transporting  over the road.


Pressure washer can easily be loaded with the Tommy Gate Rail-Lift



A close-up view shows the use of the wall space to carry reels of hose, step ladders and other tools. The plywood walls are outfitted with E-Track which allows attachments such as hooks to hang the various tools and hoses, cables on.

Notice the shelving at the front of the box, its appears to be made with wood framing and plywood. These shelves appear to hold some of the smaller tools and supplies.

The Tommy Gate Rail-Lift gate is used to lift the heavy equipment used for cleaning into the back.

Find out more about Tommy Gate products at: http://www.tommygate.com/

By Steve Taylor


Guest Post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in lean six sigma process improvement and specializes in fleets and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/ 



Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet the Female Engineers Driving Ford


In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day,several of our leading female engineers share what they would say toinspire young women and girls to enter the STEM field.

“It’s OKto be feminine, and to be who you are. You don’t have to act like a manto be in a male-dominated field and relate to men.”

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

DECKED Truck Bed Organizer and Storage System - ABTL Auto Extras



The DECKED truck bed organizing system was really born out of the fact that many pickup owners live their lives out of the back of their trucks. The initial goal was to build something made in America, spatially efficient, ergonomic, and weather proof. The DECKED system is comprised of a set of waterproof drawers that can each hold up to 200 lbs. and run on rollers. You still keep some of the utility by having room on top of the DECKED system to load items. See more about this product at www.decked.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brighthouse Cable F450 Utility Body with a Versalift Bucket Lift


Spotted, a F450 Ford with a Composite Utility Body and a Versalift Bucket Lift used by Brighthouse Networks, a cable provider in Central Florida. 

  
Notice how the bucket sets on the rear "bed extension.' take a look at the details below. The extension provides a place for the bucket to ride soft on a "cushion tube". The extension appears to be supported by a frame extension which also has an integrated Pintle Style trailer hitch. 



See the "Cushion Tube", providing a soft ride for the Bucket


Find out more about Versalift at: http://www.versalift.com/

By: Steve Taylor


Guest Post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in lean six sigma process improvement and specializes in fleets and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/ 




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Natural Gas - Work Truck Show 2015 Wrap Up



Natural gas continues to thrive. Despite the recent dip in fuel prices, alternative fuels continued to garner a tremendous amount of interest from fleets, dealers and end users who visited vehicles Landi Renzo had on display at this years NTEA Work Truck Show.

CLICK here for some highlights from the event.

Work Truck Show 2015 Wrap Up.


Monday, April 6, 2015

A.R.E. NTEA 2015 Work Truck Show Inside Look



A.R.E.'s Todd Schroeder shares some insights about two new pickup truck bed caps on display at the 2015 The Work Truck Show that are designed for heavy-duty/commercial applications.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fixing an Underground Leak with 3 Trucks, a Backhoe and a Trailer.




Here are the resources being used to repair this underground leak:
A crew of 5, a backhoe, 3 trucks and a trailer.

By Steve Taylor

It’s always interesting to see men at work, in this case it's a Hillsborough County Water Department crew. I discovered them fixing an underground leak near my home in Tampa, Florida. This work required equipment and crew to be dispatched to a residential neighborhood.

It's one thing to walk into a dealership to look at trucks, but if you are looking for a work truck, than what could be more valuable than watching similar trucks at work? You can often learn a lot about how well the equipment stands up by looking at trucks that have been is service a few years. 

I've found that looking at used equipment can reveal a lot, including wear patterns, cracks in structure, paint adhesion problems, etc. In this case it looks like the Knapheide Bodies are standing up very well. 


Often contractors and municipal departments are very proud of their equipment and will be more than willing to share their experience with it.


This is one of two Ford Superduty’s with Knapheide Service bodies. They carry the crew and the tools to get the job done.



Ford Superduty with Knapheide 9' Service Body

Notice the pipe rack that extends over the cab. It's an expanded metal  box 



 Here's a closeup of their tools in cabinet storage


Another Ford Superduty with a 9' Knapheide Service Body

And lastly, here’s the International Flatbed 
pulling the trailer to carry the Back-Hoe



Find out more about Knapheide products at:  http://www.knapheide.com/

Guest Post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in lean six sigma process improvement and specializes in fleets and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/