Silver Knapheide KUV by California Work Trucks

KUV-CC mounted on dually GMC Extended Cab with custom paint
and 3 bar custom rack.

If you have a truck but want both external and internal secure storage for all your tools and components? Meet the Knapheide KUVcc, designed and manufactured with the truck owner in mind.

Maybe you like the toughness and durability of a truck chassis or have to take your vehicle off road to make it to the jobsite or need 4 wheel drive most of the year. The Knapheide KUVcc has all the same features as a KUV for a van chassis. Since productivity is important to you, this vehicle shouldn't be overlooked. With more than enough external storage and a secure internal cargo storage area, the KUVcc can greatly increase your productivity day in and day out. If you prefer to drive a truck but prefer the efficiency of a KUV, check out the KUVcc

Features & Benefits

  • KnapTight double panel rear cargo doors lock and seal into the body frame for increased security
  • Two conduit chutes to transport copper pipe, pvc, and conduit
  • Master Locking System locks down all side compartments in one move for an extra layer of security
  • 250 lb. adjustable divider shelves for organization
  • Compartment doors employ double spring over center retainers for elimination of involuntary swing and to keep your doors either open or closed
  • All stainless steel continuous hinges for compartment security
  • Thick bulb type neoprene door seals protect compartment cargo from the outside elements
  • Stainless steel paddle-activated, rotary style latches close easily and stay closed
  • Spacious cargo area for transporting oversized items such as water heaters
  • Two interior dome lights with switch in cargo area for increased visibility
  • All compartments can lock individually with the key cylinder located in the latch housing
  • Complete immersion in Knapheide's electrodeposition prime paint system for superior corrosion resistance
This post is courtesy of Californial Work Trucks, a Knapheide distributor in Union City, CA. http://www.calworktrucks.com/ or http://www.californiaworktrucks.com/


Aluminum Contractor, Flatbed, Dump Bodies and More

Photo courtesy of Alum-Line

The Alum-Line Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies brings you the strength, low maintenance, and light weight. Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies use a combination of extruded flooring and heavy duty mainframe to help meet your everyday needs. Workmanship lasting a lifetime is what Alum-Line all aluminum dump truck bodies are all about. You can’t go wrong with Alum-Line’s aluminum truck bodies.

Looking professional on the road, at the show, and on the job site is important. It is also important to have aluminum truck bodies that will take the demands of hard work lasting years and years. Although Alum-Line offers a long list of standard features for the Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies, their ability to customize is unmatched.



Fontaine Modification Launches New Website

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2011) — Fontaine Modification Company, the leading provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets throughout North America, has redesigned and updated its website, www.fontainemod.com. Nearly 100 photos, including numerous “before and after” examples of truck modifications, now demonstrate the company’s comprehensive range of services.

The new website also offers detailed information regarding Fontaine’s technical solutions to support a wide variety of truck modifications and fleet services, including:

  • Engineering Services
  • Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Installations
  • All Wheel/Four Wheel Drive Installations
  • Steering Conversions 
  • Stand Up Right Drive (SURD)
  • Sit Down Dual Drive (SDDD)
  • Alternative Fuel System Installations
  • Paint Services 
  • Chassis and Cab Modifications.

“The new website much more accurately depicts who we are as a company and what we do for our customers,” explains Will Trantham, president. “We take great pride in our innovative solutions, excellence in engineering and superior workmanship, as well as our company history and industry insight. That experience and dedication comes through clearly in the new site, which has also been designed to improve ease-of-use for our customers.”

The website highlights Fontaine’s unique Innovation Model and includes an in-depth summary of how the company designs and develops effective engineering solutions that meet safety and regulatory standards for its customers. In addition, the site provides an at-a-glance view of available modifications for specific truck models from several OEMs.

Other website features include:

  • A history of Fontaine’s 30 years of truck modification experience.
  • A pressroom offering the latest company news, announcements and media coverage.
  • Contact information and site details for each of Fontaine’s six strategically located modification centers.
  • Technical support opportunities to “Ask a Question” or “Request a Quote”.

For more information about Fontaine Modification, call 800.FONTAINE (800.366.8246) or visit http://www.fontainemod.com/.

About Fontaine Modification

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Fontaine Modification is North America’s most comprehensive provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets. Fontaine uses established ship-thru agreements with all major truck manufacturers to streamline the final delivery process to the end-user. The company’s modification centers are conveniently located near OEM truck manufacturing facilities in Denton, Texas; Garland, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dublin, Va.; and Williamstown, W.V.

Fontaine is a Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) company. MHT companies support the transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services. MHT companies are members of The Marmon Group, an international association of business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. The Marmon Group is a Berkshire Hathaway Company.


Cushman Introduces 1600XD 4x4 Utility Vehicle

Augusta, GA — Cushman®, a recognized leader in light-transportation vehicles for commercial, industrial and turf-maintenance applications, introduces the newest addition to its vehicle lineup – the rugged, reliable and versatile 1600XD 4x4 utility vehicle.

The 1600XD combines four-wheel-drive capability with a powerful 22 hp, 1,007cc three-cylinder OHV diesel engine to handle large tasks on tough terrain. Its performance is further enhanced by an automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with low – and high-gear ratios, a user-selectable locking rear differential which can be engaged in both 2WD and 4WD operation, four-wheel independent suspension, and exceptional hauling and towing capacity, with a maximum vehicle load of 1,600 pounds.

'In the year of Cushman's 110th anniversary, it is extremely exciting to introduce the 1600XD, which brings the Cushman name and reputation for durability, quality and performance to a new class of vehicle,"' said Darryl Heffline, Vice President of Cushman Marketing and Strategy. "The 1600XD combines the traditional rugged construction and refined power of a Cushman vehicle with a 4x4 drivetrain to serve the needs of a variety of customers, from large construction and industrial sites, to agricultural producers, to golf-course superintendents."

"There's hardly a customer out there whose operation doesn't stand to benefit from this dependable and versatile four-wheel-drive machine."

The Cushman 1600XD's many features include:
  • 22 hp, 1,007cc diesel engine: The three-cylinder OHV, liquid-cooled diesel engine generates exceptional torque to provide ample hauling and towing power for nearly any task.
  • Automatic transmission with selectable gear ratios: The 1600XD's automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) can be placed in high gear for higher maximum speed, or low gear for greater torque and pulling power. Top speed is 25 mph in high gear, and 10.5 mph in low gear.
  • User-selectable 4WD: The 1600XD's four-wheel-drive capability can be engaged quickly and easily using a simple lever on the vehicle's dashboard.
  • User-selectable locking rear differential: The 1600XD's rear differential can be locked in both 2WD and 4WD operation, using a lever on the vehicle's dash. In addition to the locking rear differential, a limited-slip device on the front axle further enhances traction on difficult terrain.
  • Large payload and towing capacity: The 1600XD has a total load capacity of 1,600 pounds, and its 14.2-cubic-foot steel cargo bed can hold a maximum of 1,100 pounds. The vehicle also can tow up to 1,300 pounds from its rear receiver hitch.
  • Four-wheel independent suspension: The 1600XD features MacPherson struts on its front wheels and a double A-arm "wishbone" suspension on its rear axle to provide sure traction and a comfortable ride over deep ruts and tough trails.
  • Durable construction: The 1600XD is built on a welded-steel frame with advanced powder-coat protection to withstand the rigors of everyday tasks without damage or rust. Additional features such as a front brush guard, mud flaps, and automotive-quality front cowl keep the 1600XD looking sharp, even after a hard day’s (or year’s) worth of work.
  • Essential safety features: A tubular steel, rollover protection system (ROPS) and three-point seat belts protect operator and passengers. Headlights with high-beam functionality allow for maximum visibility in low-light situations.
  • Ergonomic cockpit design: A carefully designed cockpit keeps all vehicle controls within easy reach. The 1600XD's dashboard provides the operator a wealth of information at a glance, with a speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, an engine-temperature gauge, and numerous information and caution lights.
  • Unexpected conveniences: A standard roof and windshield protect the 1600XD's operator and passengers from the elements. A 12-volt accessory outlet in the dashboard allows for on-the-go charging of mobile phones and other electronic devices. A glove box allows valuables to be secured, and cup holders and other storage pockets are within easy reach, making a day's work in the 1600XD to be as enjoyable as it is productive.
  • Optional hydraulic power source: To further enhance its capability and versatility, the 1600XD can be equipped with an optional hydraulic power source. The system can circulate up to 6.5 gallons of fluid per minute to drive implements such as plows, augers and post-drivers. Quick-connect fittings allow implements to be quickly attached and detached from the hydraulic system without tools. The system also allows the vehicle's cargo bed to be dumped under hydraulic power.
To better customize the 1600XD's performance to the specific needs of any operation, the vehicle can be outfitted with a wide variety of accessories, including fog lamps, skid plates, a heater/defroster, a hand throttle kit, bed extensions, turn signals, brake lights and horn, among others.
The 1600XD will be available in April 2011. For more information on the Cushman line of light-transportation vehicles for commercial, industrial and turf applications, please visit http://www.cushman.com/.

About Cushman
Since 1901, Cushman vehicles have been recognized light-transportation solutions for commercial and industrial applications. Today, Cushman products include more than 10 different vehicle models, from the rugged 1600XD 4x4 utility vehicle, ideal for tough hauling and towing tasks in outdoor environments, to the imposing Titan, a fully electric material-handling vehicle for indoor environments with a load capacity of 3,000 pounds, to the Minute Miser, perfectly suited for transporting people and small loads across large facilities. Cushman is owned by Textron Inc., a global, multi-industry company based in Providence, R.I.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at http://www.textron.com/.


Nice Looking Contractor Style Flatbed On Ford F450

Here's a sweet looking contractor style flatbed with tapered headboard, short contractor style gates that fold-down at the rear as shown. The gates are not fold-down style on the sides. This also has underbody boxes, hitch, diamond plate steel floor.

See more creations by Harbor Truck Bodies in Brea CA at http://www.htbi.net/, or call them at 800-433-9452.



Innovative Van to Be Available at Isuzu Dealers Nationwide in Early November

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low-cab-forward trucks, and Utilimaster Corporation, a leading manufacturer of specialty chassis and vehicles, have announced that production began today of its revolutionary, all-new Reach commercial walk-in van at Utilimaster’s assembly facility in Wakarusa, Indiana.

The Reach, with a body designed by Utilimaster atop a rugged Isuzu NPR chassis and powered by Isuzu’s legendary 3.0-liter diesel engine, achieves 35 percent better fuel economy than a traditional commercial van while offering the functionality of a custom-built work truck along with the styling and ergonomics of a cargo van. The Reach offers best-in-class mileage and meets the latest EPA emissions standards, yet still provides true commercial truck capability and delivers a dramatically lower cost of ownership than traditional walk-in vans.

Units will begin arriving at Isuzu’s network of over 285 dealers nationwide in early November.

“We’re thrilled that production of the Reach has begun and that fleet and vocational buyers will soon be able to enjoy the dramatically low cost of ownership this vehicle delivers,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “The Reach truly lives up to its name—it reaches a new standard in low cost of ownership that no other commercial van can match.”

John Marshall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utilimaster, added, “We believe the Reach will truly revolutionize the commercial van market. We have worked extensively to design a body that offers significantly more interior height and width than other commercial vans, and it will have multiple design options to maximize utility and driver productivity.”

“Beyond delivery fleets, we believe this new van will appeal to an enormous segment of the commercial truck market.” Among the industries and vocations expected to embrace the Reach:
  • Contractors
  • Cleaning services
  • Plumbers
  • Moving and storage companies
  • Home health care providers
  • Locksmiths
  • Lease/rental agencies
  • Appliance repair and delivery firms
  • Dry cleaners and laundries
  • Heating and air conditioning technicians
  • Ekectrucuans
  • Airports
  • Florists
  • Rent-to-own outlets
Food distributorsPowering the Reach is Isuzu’s state-of-the-art, bio-diesel fuel compatible 4JJ1-TC 3.0-liter turbocharged engine generating 150 horsepower, mated to an Aisin medium-duty six-speed automatic transmission. Both the engine and transmission have class-leading B10 durability ratings of 310,000 miles, meaning that 90% will reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul. And like all Isuzu N-Series trucks, the Reach meets the most stringent emissions standards in the world.

Utilimaster guided the development of the Reach’s aerodynamic shape, along with its use of composite materials, which together improve fuel efficiency and reduce interior noise. The lightweight composite materials provide a 700-pound weight savings compared to traditional aluminum and steel materials. The Reach van also employs impact-resistant composite panels that are designed to reduce overall maintenance costs. For example, in the event of a collision, the vehicle’s lower body cladding can easily and quickly be replaced with simple tools, reducing costly downtime.

The Reach is offered with a 151-inch wheelbase with either a 12- or 14-foot body. With an interior up to 27 inches higher than a conventional van, the cargo area can offer 540 or 630 cubic feet of storage.

Unlike typical cargo vans, the Reach design allows the driver to quickly enter the cargo area without leaving the vehicle. Its array of modular vocational packages affords buyers a choice of factory- or field-installed options that are designed to take full advantage of the van’s expansive aisle width and headroom. In addition, the Reach is the only van to offer either rear swing doors or an integrated, composite roll-up door. 

Additional Reach information and images are available at http://www.isuzucv.com/cv.com
About Isuzu

Isuzu Motors Limited is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Since building its first truck in 1918, Isuzu has sold over 26 million trucks worldwide. Among its innovations are the first air-cooled diesel engine in 1936, the first two-ton low-cab-forward truck in 1959, and the first direct-injection diesel engine.

Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.

About Utilimaster

Utilimaster, www.utilimaster.com, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service marketplace. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility, and linen/uniform rental businesses. The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts and accessories.


We test-drive first all-electric vehicle: Navistar's eStar

Public Works columnist Paul Abelson felt like he was driving a pickup, not a Class 2e -- 3 box truck. Click here http://pwmag.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=760&articleID=1465621 for his written review from the December issue of Public Works magazine.


Cummins Off-Highway Power Evolution

Wow! That's a lot of touque and a lot of different packages. Great engine graphics too. Would be so cool with music. . .

See the evolution of power in Cummins off-highway engines, from the B3.3 up to the soon-to-be-announced larger displacement high horsepower engine platform. The new engine platform will be revealed on November 1, 2011.



Aluminum Flatbed, Landscaper and Dump Bodies by Alum-Line

Photo courtesy of Alum-Line

The Alum-Line Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies brings you the strength, low maintenance, and light weight. Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies use a combination of extruded flooring and heavy duty mainframe to help meet your everyday needs. Workmanship lasting a lifetime is what Alum-Line all aluminum dump truck bodies are all about. You can’t go wrong with Alum-Line’s aluminum truck bodies.

Looking professional on the road, at the show, and on the job site is important. It is also important to have aluminum truck bodies that will take the demands of hard work lasting years and years. Although Alum-Line offers a long list of standard features for the Flat Deck and Landscape Aluminum Dump Truck Bodies, their ability to customize is unmatched.


See the entire line of aluminum truck beds and trailers at http://www.alum-line.com/


Isuzu Forms Backbone Of MC Truck Rental’s New Short-Term Hire Fleet

MC Truck Rental Ltd has added 10 new Isuzu trucks to its existing hire fleet, to be used primarily in the daily rental market. All the trucks are the Isuzu N75.190 7.5t rigids, specified with the Easyshift transmission for ease of driving, reduced downtime, and improved fuel economy.

According to MC Truck Rental Ltd, the Isuzus have been chosen for their class-leading payload, driver acceptability, and the reliability that customers have come to expect from Isuzu. The vehicles, which went into service during September, have been specified with a mixture of GRP box bodies and curtainsiders with tail lifts, offering choice and flexibility for most customers.

The trucks were all supplied by MC Truck and Bus Ltd, a sister company to MC Truck Rental. Bodybuilder Wessex Vehicle Services Ltd was chosen to supply the bodies.

Operations Director of MC Truck Rental, Joe Ryder comments "Our Isuzu trucks have proven extremely reliable across our fleet, with around 160 already in service. With our experience of operating Isuzus for many years, choosing them for the daily rental fleet was an easy decision. In this market, what really sets these trucks apart is their class leading payload, the ease of driving and a great fuel performance, compared to other truck brands."

Full details of the current Isuzu Truck range can be viewed and downloaded from the company’s website on


Isuzu impresses Canute at 11.00 tonnes, as well as 7.5 tonnes

First four Isuzus in new partnership

When reassessing the make-up of its network distribution fleet, the 2011 Isuzu truck range ticked the boxes for The Canute Group at 7.5 tonnes and, most significantly, at 11.00 tonnes too. As a result, Canute has now acquired four new Isuzu trucks, comprising of three Isuzu F110.210 rigids and one Isuzu N75.190 rigid. These are currently working on a mix of network distribution operations as well as parcel and palletised freight for next-day deliveries, predominantly under the Canute Distribution banner.

This is the first time that The Canute Group has operated the Isuzu marque in its fleet and the reasons for this were explained by David Emslie, group sales director at The Canute Group, "Our development strategy has always been to offer our customers a genuine balance between service and cost, crucial to this policy is a continual review of our methods, equipment and infrastructure. Isuzu offered Canute an invaluable opportunity to introduce competitive alternatives on mid-payload vehicles and to increase operational efficiency."

David continued, "Having closely considered the commercial vehicle market, the Isuzu products are clearly well suited to offer diverse operations like Canute’s with improvements in both running costs and payload. Inner city transport solutions are becoming increasingly the most challenging for our sector and we feel Isuzu is well placed to partner Canute in this most demanding of areas."  

Earlier this year, Canute put Isuzu to the test operating their 7.5 t demonstration vehicle on chosen distribution routes. The Isuzu 7.5 tonner impressed Canute not just with its performance and payload potential but also by the support they received from Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd.

Such impressions paved the way for Canute to evaluate the Isuzu 11.00t rigid as well, since Canute has begun to increase the number of heavier rigid vehicles within its fleet as a result of driving licence regulations affecting the availability of drivers for 7.5 tonners.
"This is where the Isuzu range comes into its own," as Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck UK said; "The beauty of the Isuzu 11.00t rigid is that its compact footprint is the equivalent to many of the competition’s 7.5 t vehicles, but the higher GVW gives operators the distinct advantage of significantly increased payload. Within the Canute operation so far, the 11.00 tonne Isuzus are giving an impressive payload in excess of 6 tonnes. Plus, for operator’s peace of mind, just as we do with our lighter vehicles, our 11.00 tonners have 3-year’s unlimited mileage warranty too."

One Isuzu 11.00tonne rigid is fitted with a GRP box body and is based at the Canute Distribution Midlands depot in Coventry. A further Isuzu 11.00t rigid, specified with a curtain sided body, is operating out of their Nottingham depot, whilst the third 11.00t Isuzu is working on pallet distribution based at Purfleet. Also operating out of Canute’s Purfleet depot is the Isuzu N75.190 7.5t rigid, which also features a curtain sided body. All 4 Isuzu trucks have rear tuckaway tail lifts as standard.

During the initial trials, Canute was also impressed by the operational performance and benefits arising from the specification of Isuzu’s ‘Easyshift’ automated transmission on the 7.5t rigid truck. With the exception of the 11.00t Isuzu based in Purfleet, all of the new Isuzus have the Easyshift transmission fitted.

"The instantly recognisable Canute vehicle fleet is an everyday sight on our roads today and the introduction of the first Isuzu’s into their national fleet is a major landmark for Isuzu Truck UK. This partnership with The Canute Group clearly demonstrates the general acceptance of the Isuzu marque within the mainstream distribution sector in the mid-weight vehicle range," commented Keith Child.
Full details of the current Isuzu Truck range can be viewed and downloaded from the company’s website on


Rack-it and SureFit Rack Accessories

Gary Kank of Rack-it Truck Racks, shows off a truck with most of the options that Rack-it and SureFit Racks sells. These include the water jug holder, rack holder, rack straps, window protector, load locks/dividers, cross bar and more.

This presentation was done at a Nor Cal Ford Truck Club event held at the Woodbridge Country Club in Woodbridge CA next to Lodi. See more about the Nor Cal Ford Truck Club at www.norcalfordtruckclub.com.

See more from Rack-it Truck Racks at www.rackitinc.com and SureFit Truck Racks at www.surefitracks.com.


Alternative Fuel Training Class Dates Announced

Alternative Fuel Training Class Dates Announced

Register Now For Transfer Flow's Alternative Fuel Training Program With an Emphasis on Propane Autogas Conversion Vehicles!

Next Class is Nov. 7 - 9 in Sacramento, California

Co-sponsored by the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition

* This FREE 3-day class is designed to educate fleet managers, auto mechanics, service & maintenance personnel, and high school and college vo-tech teachers about the characteristics and benefits of alternative fuels with emphasis on propane autogas

* The training class will help city and county managers and planners understand how LPG vehicles and other types of AFVs will provide them important compliance options for their AB 32-required Climate Action Plans

* Converting vehicles from costly gasoline to cleaner burning propane autogas requires a highly skilled and qualified workforce, and reducing your business or agency carbon footprint will improve your "green" image - making knowledgeable administrators and technicians valuable employees

* Attendees of the FREE 3-day course will receive innovative instruction from industry professionals and hands-on training with a ROUSH CleanTech system

* Each class is open to only 30 students, so contact us today to reserve a seat

* Lunch will be provided on all 3 days!

* Class requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older, a high school graduate and have proof of US citizenship

Dates and Locations of FREE 3-Day Class
Nov. 7 - 9, 2011
TEECO Products
7471 Reese Road
Sacramento, CA 95828


Dec. 5 - 7, 2011
Transfer Flow, Inc.
1444 Fortress Street
Chico, CA 95973

Lunch will also be provided on all 3 days!

Register Today - Limited Seats Available!
Register now for this FREE 3-Day Course!
Call Warren Johnson at (530) 893-5209 ext. 12,

Additional Class Information
and Curriculum

Transfer Flow, Inc., in collaboration with Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc., NoRTEC, and California Employment Development Department, has launched Northern California's first Alternative Fuel Training Program. The training is funded by the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Program (ARFVTP), with the intention of deploying alternative fuels such as propane autogas to decrease air and water pollutants, while reducing the environmental impact of modern transportation. It also aims to sustain the state's natural resources thanks to the major cost savings associated with this readily available alternative fuel.


How To Choose A Snow Plow For Your Light Duty Truck by Steve Taylor

There are dozens of manufacturers of snowplows for light duty trucks and Utility Vehicles. How does one make the choice?

Will it be used to plow for commercially or for your own driveway? If you will be using it for your own driveway, you might decide to use an SUV and a small blade. If you will be plowing commercially, then you will probably want a ¾ ton or 1 ton truck and an 8 foot or 9 foot plow.

How much snow does your area generally get? If you live in the southern states, you may not use your plow for several years. And when it snows, you may get 3-4 inches. A smaller vehicle and a lighter blade will work to keep the snow plowed if you start early and keep ahead of the storm.

But if you live in upstate New York, you may be using the plow every day for a few months every year. You will probably want a larger blade to make the job more efficient if you have a lot of area to plow in a compressed window of time. And a larger blade means that you will need a larger truck to push it.

There are a lot of considerations to choose the vehicle and the plow make and model. Many truck dealers can be helpful depending on their experience and how well they understand your needs. Tell them of all the options you intend to install including spreaders and trailer towing, etc. Ask how long have they been specifying plows? I would recommend talking with other trusted sources including neighbors and contractors who use plows. Ask them about their experience with plow makes and their sales and service experience through the dealers and distributors. Call distributors listed in the Yellow Pages, ask them about their years in business, what brands they handle and their parts inventory, if they have extended hours during storms, etc.

If you plan to plow commercially and have no experience at it, then you will be wise to research a variety of plows and vehicles. Most commercial plow operators start by using straight blades. Blades that have no functions other than raise, lower, angle left and right. These are basic designs satisfactory for most plowing conditions. The straight blades most commonly used commercially are 8 ft. and 9 ft. Generally, the 8 foot will be mounted on a ¾ ton and the 9 ft. will be mounted on a 1 ton truck with dual rears. Almost all serious plow trucks are 4wheel drive.

Other brand model offerings are V-Plows, Extending Blades, Side Mounted Wings and Back Drag. My advice is to start with straight blades and learn from others about these other plows before you consider buying them. There are some advantages in all these models but you should consider are they worth the extra expense for your needs, and what other issues do they present for maintenance

You will find that certain brands have regional acceptance. They have become the “gold standard” for certain areas of the country. This can be true for a number of reasons. The manufacturer or distributor has built a very good and reliable product and service reputation and a loyal customer base. My advice generally is to give a lot of attention to these products, learn as much as you can about the products and the local service and if you want to look at other products, compare them against what you have learned about the local “gold standard.”

As much as brands have regional acceptance, so do particular designs. For instance, one of the major differentiating features of several brands is the design of its “trip function”. In other words, the blade will encounter a rock or curb under the snow and the blade will respond by either tripping forward as is the case of a “full trip blade” or it will remain upright because the bottom edge will “trip.” These are two distinctive designs, some manufacturers offer only one or the other and others offer both. Talk to others about their experience, you will find a variety of opinions if you were to ask the same question in every state that gets snow. Generally, the opinion is that the full trip gives the truck more protection as it trips while the trip edge may plow more snow as it keeps pushing ahead after a full trip blade has lost its load. Another feature I have found useful is that you may be stuck in heavy snow, as you use the power angle feature on a trip edge plow, the hydraulic force may help you get yourself out of the ditch as you angle the blade.

I would want to know the following about both the manufacturer and the distributor:

  • Years in business

  • Years manufacturing or selling/ servicing snow plows

  • Years those certain models (V-Plows, Back Drag, etc.) have been produced.

  • What are the daily hours of service operation, especially during a storm?

  • What parts do they consider high replacement parts – why?

  • Parts availability

  • Warranty

You should be confident in specifying the snow plow brand and model you want mounted on your truck. Make this clear to the dealer. Most truck dealers work with more than one equipment distributor.

Guest post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in the Truck Equipment business with over 30 years in the snowplow and truck body manufacturing business. He specializes in the design and quality/reliability field and may be reached by email at steve@truckarchitect.com. You may visit his website at http://www.truckarchitect.com/.



The WESTERN PRO PLUS is the most heavy-duty straight blade plow for contractors on the market. Period.

The WESTERN MVP PLUS snowplow takes v-plow productivity to a whole new level!

And the WESTERN WIDE-OUT adjustable-wing snowplow hydraulically transforms to move more snow, no matter what the condition. Up to 30% more. It's the ultimate in CONTRACTOR GRADE performance


Clean Cities Success Stories: Lee's Summit Missouri R-7 School District

About Smith Electric Vehicles:

Smith produces the Newton, which is the only all-electric medium/heavy-truck offering on the GSA schedule. The truck delivers a top speed of 55 mph, offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles on a single charge and a payload of more than 16,000 pounds. It operates at peak effectiveness in urban applications that demand heavy stop and go driving. A single charge provides more than enough range for most urban delivery routes. Smith vehicles feature the latest in Lithium-ion battery cell technology, power management and direct drive trains.

Specific benefits associated with the Smith trucks include:

 Can run more than 100 miles on a single charge
 Zero emissions
 Smith trucks offer fuel costs that are as much as 80 percent lower than diesel
 Provides a long term, economically viable solution to our customers

Smith began production of the Smith Newton at its Kansas City assembly plant in October 2009. The Smith Newton is the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck and runs without noise or vibration. It was the first all-electric commercial truck to achieve new vehicle emissions certification in California.

See more about Smith Electric Trucks at http://www.smithelectric.com/


Moser Mechanical in Petaluma Shows Us Some Of Their Trucks

Our own roving photographer, Sandi has sent us some shots of some of the trucks that Moser Mechanical, a Heating and Air Conditioning company in Petaluma, CA. We even got a picture of the secret inside of one of their vans! Call Moser Mechanical at 717-328-4842.


Scelzi Contractor Body at Folsom Lake Ford

Mark Higdon, Commercial Truck Manager at Folsom Lake Ford's Fleet Department shows off a 12' Scelzi Contractor Body mounted on a Ford F450 diesel chassis.

Folsom Lake Ford is located in Folsom, CA and the Fleet and Commercial website is http://www.folsomlakefordfleet.com/


Need A Diving Platform On The Cab Of Your Next Truck?

We're kidding, or course. this may look a bit like a diving platform, but it's not. It is a platform and it is being specially fabricated and assembled in West Coast Truck Equipment's new larger workshop. They love doing custom work and do a great deal of it on light duty, medium duty like this one and heavy duty trucks as well. This one even has a custom fabricated bumper.

See more about West Coast Truck at http://www.wcteinc.com/.
Give them a call at 916-376-0690 and let them build your next truck!


Nor Cal Ford Truck Club Event Is Tomorrow

The biggest meeting/event of the year is coming up this week on Thursday, the 13th. There's just a few days left of procrastination. Come on and enjoy the fun, see some great friends and have a good time. Play some golf if you've a mind to, or at least just come for the dinner. Who knows? You could win a trip to Hawaii!

The food is always great, the vendors generous and the people super friendly. If you work for a Ford dealer in Northern California, you qualify. Give Paul Brown a call at 530-682-7693. We only take YES for an answer!


Power Where and When You Need It

Work trucks are often on job sites getting work done at the time of need and getting power to operate tools is sometimes a challenge. Here is one answer that is most effective and goes where ever your truck goes. It is the power inverter. These are available is various sizes depending on the amount of power needed typically. With some of these you could set up an entire shop worth of equipment. In the photo above, this inverter is shown mounted inside a service body with a vented protective cover. We can also mount it in the top of the cabinet so it doesn't take up any cargo space. In this case, there is a transverse compartment that is used frequently, so it made more sense to mount it below.

Because these units are fairly small, we can mount them in a wide variety of locations, and you will have all the power you deserve when you need it.

Our thanks to California Work Trucks in Union City CA for this piece. For more information, give them a call at 510-477-8425. Their website is under construction and will be available soon at http://www.calworktrucks.com/..


New Chevrolet Colorado Pickup Confirmed for U.S.


DETROIT – A version of the all-new Colorado midsize pickup will be built and sold in the United States, Chevrolet confirmed today. The first version of the truck is launching this month in Thailand, to be followed by other regions around the globe.

“The new Chevrolet Colorado is generating a lot of excitement as we begin its launch in Thailand,” said Chris Perry, vice president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet. “We think the design, capability and fuel efficiency of the new Colorado will make it attractive to U.S. customers.”

Product details, timing, pricing and the production location will be announced later. The current-generation Colorado will be produced in Shreveport, La., through the 2012 model year.

The all-new global Colorado builds on Chevrolet’s strong truck DNA and award-winning heritage, and the show truck versions generated significant attention at global auto shows in Thailand, Argentina, Australia and Germany. Thailand is the world’s largest market for midsize pickup trucks.

In Thailand, the model lineup will include 2WD and 4WD regular, extended-cab and crew cab variants. Gasoline and diesel engines will be available, including new 2.5L and 2.8L turbo diesel engines that produce broad torque bands engineered for excellent cargo and towing capability.

Engine availability for U.S. versions will be announced at a future date.

The new Colorado is based on an all-new midsize truck architecture developed by GM do Brasil within GM’s global product development organization. In major markets where the Colorado will be sold, engineers will tailor the truck to meet local needs.

“For example, Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel and his team lived in Thailand during the Colorado’s development,” said Brad Merkel, global vehicle line executive. “They immersed themselves in the highly competitive truck market and observed how the Thai people use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience.

“A similar development process will precede the launch of the truck in the U.S. market,” said Merkel. “We think American customers will be pleased with the results.”


Harvest Time with a 1950s Chevrolet at A Rafanelli Winery

Sandi, our out and about photographer caught this beautiful old 1950s Chevrolet Commercial Flatbed Truck with a grape vat on the back. Beautifully restored, and not alone either. Check out A Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek Valley. Sandi says they make awesome Zinfandel. Call the winery at 707-433-1385 and visit their website at www.arafanelliwinery.com.


Roofing Trucks At Petersen Dean Roofing & Solar Inc.

Our commercial traveller, Sandi has spied some trucks used by a roofing company in Santa Rosa. They take people to the jobs along with materials and so they either use good size extra cab trucks or crew cab with full doors. This way they can go to the job ready to go to work. Being able to dump roof debris is also important.

Our thanks to Sandi and for our host, Petersen Dean Roofing and Solar, Inc. Just in case you are in the north bay near the Santa Rosa area, their phone number is 800-564-0362, and visit their website at http://www.needaroof.com/.


Freightliner's M2 Natural Gas Truck

Straight from the factory to the road, Freightliner's Natural Gas & M2 trucks provide: lower gas costs compared to diesel, American sourced fuel and are more environmentally friendly. Learn more here.


Custom Service Body and Other Racks By Rack-it Truck Racks

Here's an example of a custom service body rack that built at Rack-it for West Coast Truck Equipment, one of their distributors in West Sacramento, CA. A number of body companies are finding it more efficient and cost effective to have Rack-it build racks for them rather than do them in house.

See more about West Coast Truck Equipment at http://www.wcteinc.com/.

And see more about Rack-it Truck Racks at http://www.rackitinc.com/.


Is Your Equipment Ready? – By Steve Taylor

Truck Mounted Snow Equipment can take a beating when you put it to work removing snow and controlling ice. Before you put it to use every season, check and repair problems while they can be fixed in the garage, not when the equipment is out there in a storm under the stress of removing and controlling snow and ice. Plan ahead; don’t wait for a breakdown that will cost you dearly for towing, middle of the night repairs and maybe even lost customers.
At the end of each season, have the equipment gone over to look for structural weaknesses, bending metal, cracked paint, broken welds, cracked hoses, weak hydraulic solenoids, loose wires and corroded connectors, etc. Each plow manufacturer generally knows which parts are chronic problems when their plows are used in service. They each have a recommended replacement parts list for each model. That’s a good sign that you need those parts on hand in case of a breakdown, or better still for replacement before a breakdown as you have noticed a part that needs replacing before it fails.
But don’t rely on the manufacturer to provide all the information that you need, use your social network including other plow users, contractors and websites such as Plowsite.com to keep up with how your model plow is performing in use and what issues are being found in the field. At Plowsite.com use the http://www.plowsite.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3 to find each make and model plow and read the user posts on breakdown experiences. If you read a number of these posts even going back in history, you may find issues which may tip you off on what to look for on your own equipment.
In addition to going over the plows and spreaders, have the truck looked at as well. Plowing and Spreading puts big loads on the truck, sometimes these loads will cause extra wear on the frames, axles, steering, transmissions, etc. For example your truck frame may have a small crack that has developed over time and using it to plow might load the frame more and propagate the crack failing the frame. That’s something you definitely don’t want to happen, especially during a storm!
Further, if you are having recurring problems of the same nature, don’t take for granted that the equipment manufacturer is aware of it. Make sure you report it back to the dealer or distributor where you purchased your equipment. Ask for their feedback and the factory recommendations for corrective action. Make sure you know if it is covered under factory warranty or maybe even a recall campaign. Read what others are reporting on the same issues and make sure you let it be known if you suspect you might have product that is part of a chronic problem. And if you are not satisfied with the resolution, you can even email me (see below) as I might have other suggestions for you.

Guest post by Steve Taylor:  Steve is a consultant in the Truck Equipment business with over 30 years in the snowplow and truck body manufacturing business. He specializes in the design and quality/reliability field and may be reached by email at steve@truckarchitect.com. You may visit his website at http://www.truckarchitect.com/


Sweet Dodge 4500 Crew Cab with Gooseneck Body

That song says it never rains in Southern California, but it is obvious it did on this day! Here are some shots of a body built by Harbor Truck Bodies in Brea, CA (Near Anaheim) for a Dodge Commercial Truck Dealer, Crown Motors in Redding, CA. This is an 11' Gooseneck Flatbed that Harbor calls a Rancher Body (makes sense to me), with some short wood sides, diamond plate floor, LED lighting, and an optional apron. Note the silver metallic color!

See more from Harbor Truck Bodies at http://www.htbi.net/, or call them at 800-433-9452.


Iveco Deva Belo Horizonte

Commercial Trucks Around The World.

A concessionária Deva completou 10 anos e reabriu suas portas com grande estilo e um aumento significativo na sua capacidade de atendimento