Friday, August 31, 2012

VMAC's UNDERHOOD70-G System-Customer Testimonial



After using the amazing UNDERHOOD70-G air compressor on his high-demand roofing jobs, Dale Clozza of Aurora Roofing in Nanaimo, BC, had a lot to say about the efficiency, fuel savings and compact power of one of VMAC's newest, innovative air compressor system - including its ability to TURN HIS TRUCK ON AND OFF as his air tools need air!

See more about VMAC's products at http://www.vmacair.com/

Thursday, August 30, 2012

How a TORC Series Pro-2 Truck Works




On this episode of How'd They Do That, we take a look at how a TORC Pro-2 truck is built to withstand punishing jumps.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Landi Renzo USA and REading Equipment & Distribution Have Announced A Partnership

Torrance, CA August 15, 2012 - Landi Renzo USA and Reading Equipment & Distribution have announced
a partnership to produce and deliver alternative fuel vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) directly to Ford dealership floors across North America.
 
 
Ship-thru Installation
As a Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) of Ford vehicles, Landi Renzo's bi-fuel CNG system will be fully integrated as close to the OEM level as possible and installed on Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks by Reading Equipment & Distribution at its Ford ship-thru facility in Louisville, KY.
 
Ordering bi-fuel equipped trucks is as simple as a Ford dealer checking the option code on the vehicle order form, which then routes the vehicle through Reading's
 
F250_350 Pickup
 
alternative fuel ship-thru and delivered anywhere in the country.
 
Andrea Landi, President of Landi Renzo USA commented, "Landi Renzo is proud to be partnering with Reading to bring this level of ease in ordering and delivery of our CNG equipped Ford systems."
 
Bi-fuel Fuel System
The EPA certified Landi Renzo/Reading bi-fuel CNG system allows Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to operate on either natural gas or gasoline. The 21 and 24 gasoline-gallon-equivalent tanks are part of a system
 

 
that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards and Regulations. Service can be conducted by any authorized local dealer and will be backed by a comprehensive warranty that mirrors factory specifications.
 
"We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Landi Renzo" commented Mike Snyder, Director of Sales for Reading Equipment & Distribution. "As the world's largest alternative fuel modifier, they bring innovation and experience to this emerging growth market. Coupling our experience and facilities with them will allow us to serve the marketplace in an aggressive and cost efficient manner."
 
About Reading Equipment & Distribution

 
Reading Equipment & Distribution is a part of The Reading Group, LLC and provides vocational truck equipment of the highest quality, based upon the most innovative designs in the industry and at a competitive price. Creative work truck solutions benefit their customers by improving the safety and productivity of their field personnel. Reading is dedicated to providing the highest level of service, satisfaction, and value to their customers, as they maintain and reinforce their position as a leader within their industry.

 
For more information, visit www.readingbody.com




 
About Landi Renzo

 
Landi Renzo
is the leading global supplier/installer of alternative fuel systems to OEM projects. Landi Renzo USA will tap this depth of experience to offer final consumers the highest quality OEM grade alternative fuel systems available in the United States.

 
Landi Renzo is the global leader in CNG and LPG fuel systems design, manufacture, installation and service with over 40% market share. Landi Renzo USA is headquartered in Torrance, CA. Landi Renzo S.p.A. is traded on the Italian Stock Exchange Star Segment under the ticker symbol LR.
 
For more information, visit www.landiusa.com

History of Bonnell Industries


An overview of the history of Bonnell Industries, Inc, starting with the company's formation by Jesse Bonnell in 1960.

We love success stories at Commercial Truck Success! From an idea in the head to a great industry and still going strong is as good as it gets.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Horsepower (1937)


I thought this was an interesting piece to add to our collection. Just in case some might want to know about the term horsepower and where it came from and how it is measured.

How the term 'horsepower' came to be applied to mechanical devices is made clear in this picture, & an explanation of how the modern motorcar can hold the power of 85 horses under its hood."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Maxon Galvanized Liftgates Equals Maximum Protection with Minimum Investment


 
Step up to a galvanized gate for a fraction of the cost. Maxon now offers its premium line of liftgates with the optional galvanized finish.
 
If you operate in tough winter conditions, you need maximum protection from the elements. Now, Maxon provides the industrial-strength option of fully galvanized gates for the longest life.
 
The hot-dip galvanized finish is available on many of their most popular liftgates, including the Maxon BMR-A, BMRSD, GPT and GPTLR liftgates.
 
Maxon has a broad range of liftgates for almost any lifting need.
 
Call Maxon at 800-224-4116 and visit their website at www.MaxonLift.com

Sunday, August 26, 2012

All-new Dacia Dokker Van 2012



For the full story go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Dacia-delivers-up-Dokker-light-van

Owned by Renault since 1999, Romanian manufacturer Dacia has launched its first purpose-built light van, the Dokker. Available as a two-seater Van or five-seater fully glazed Crew Van it's based on the same platform as the Lodgy MPV.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Roadload Interview - Keith Jones, Managing Director



Keith Jones is managing director of innovative light commercial conversion company Roadload and VansA2Z caught up with him at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show. He talks us through the Thunderbird 2 pod-like U-tail 3.5-tonner and the new Superlow Box Van. See more about this product at http://www.roadload.co.uk/

Also see more from VansA2Z at http://www.vansa2z.com/

Friday, August 24, 2012

Isuzu making life easier for mobile maintenance crew


IAL - Isuzu making life easier for mobile maintenance crew_website

For field service mechanic Shannon 'Shagga' Wills, his Isuzu NQR 450 is a home away from home.

Because he travels thousands of kilometres in a week servicing equipment on remote Western Australian mine sites, Shannon has had some creature comforts fitted to the new vehicle - including a bed, fridge and killer sound system!

"I love the new Isuzu because it's a reliable vehicle I can trust and everything is set up exactly the way I want it," Shannon said.

The truck was acquired and customised to Shannon's own personal requirements.

"I wanted a vehicle that was big enough and rugged enough to do the work we do and I wanted it fitted out in a way that made my job of servicing and maintaining large mining equipment easier," he said.

"I also wanted a truck that was comfortable and a pleasure to drive because we sometimes travel hundreds of kilometres between service jobs. The Isuzu fitted the bill perfectly.

"Because we are only allowed to work 14 hours a day, sometimes we are caught between towns or mine sites in places where there are no amenities.

"So, the dual cab option was perfect. We had a bed and fridge fitted in the rear compartment so I can stop and have a sleep," Shannon, who works for national mining equipment supplier, BTP Equipment, said.

Shannon's truck is one three Isuzu trucks in BTP Equipment's fleet of field maintenance trucks that range across some of the most rugged areas of Western Australia, serving a large fleet of mining equipment from Esperance, in the south, through the Goldfields, Pilbara and Kimberly regions.

"We bought the new dual cab NQR 450 at the end of last year and we're very happy with it, so much so that we are soon to purchase another," BTP Western Region Maintenance Supervisor, Geoff Thorburn, said.

"We have found a range of truck that ticks all the boxes. The Isuzu's are big enough to be able to carry the parts and the loads we need, they're rugged enough to handle the mine sites or civil engineering projects where we work - but we can still take them into the local townships to pick up parts and supplies.

"They are a happy medium - perfect for what we do," Geoff said.

BTP had the truck fitted with the tools and equipment to maintain and service the massive equipment the company leases out to all the major mining companies throughout Western Australia.

"We chose the Isuzu because of its reliability and versatility. We work in some rugged environments and we also have to drive through the middle of towns, so the Isuzu's are perfect for our requirements," Geoff said.

The truck came from the factory with a SiTEC 185 horsepower engine, six speed manual transmission, window tinting, alloy bull bar, twin fuel tanks and a water tank.

It has been retro-fitted with powerful LED lights, a 4.5 metre dropside tray, QMW dual cab roll over protection, customised tool boxes, a 1,500 kg hydraulic truck crane, oxy-acetylene and nitrogen bottles, a vice, and a second spare wheel.

Geoff said the vehicle also carried a MEA compressor, generator, welder unit and a GPS system so its movements and speed could be tracked from base.

"The Isuzu has also got what we call 'full mine spec' which means that it has all the safety features, including seat belt and hand brake alarms," he said.

"We now have a fleet of three Isuzu service trucks - we are already running a NQR 450 and a NPR 300. Our crew operates on a two-weeks-on, one-week-off basis and every four to six weeks or so we drive them back to Perth - which could be a trip of more than a thousand kilometres for servicing and to add any extra equipment we require."

BTP Equipment is part of the Best Tractor Parts Group which is one of Australia's leading suppliers of mining equipment parts, sales and rentals to mine sites all over Australia.
 
See much more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.Isuzu.com.au

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Knapheide Enters the Van Equipment Market



August 21, 2012


 
Knapheide now offers innovative Van Equipment to increase technician productivity and efficiency.

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the release of a full line of commercial Van Equipment. This recent product addition re-affirms Knapheide's commitment to providing customers with the most complete line up of commercial vehicle equipment in the industry. The new product line includes Van Equipment for both full size and small commercial van applications. Knapheide offers the extensive Van Equipment product line throughout its' vast North American distribution network.

The new Van Equipment includes the Sortimo Globelyst, Simpleco, and CarMo systems along with industry leading Van Partitions. Knapheide's Van Equipment is designed to help technicians go from curb side to work site, gaining productivity and efficiency.




Globelyst components are substantially lighter compared to steel made van equipment resulting in greater fuel efficiency and more available payload for your commercial van. The Globelyst system has been crash tested in a wide variety of commercial vans to ensure the highest level of operator safety. Vocational packages are available for immediate delivery and installation.



Simpleco is a simple, economical storage system for small commercial vans. Simpleco has little negative impact to your payload and your wallet. Simpleco blocks are mounted to the side walls of the cargo area and enables the technician to have an uncluttered and open cargo area. Mounting locations allow for convenient and quick operator access to tools and equipment from the rear cargo doors.




Short for "Car" and "Mobility", CarMo provides an unique storage solution for a car or small sport utility vehicle. Carmo features a rugged Sobogrip floor with a wide variety of L-Boxx packages to choose from for your storage needs. The floor can be easily removed and re-installed into the back of the vehicle and is pre-cut to match the storage area of the vehicle. CarMo is an ideal storage solution for white collar professionals including engineers, sales, architects, photographers, etc.


Knapheide Van Partitions are constructed of alternative materials that are lightweight yet rigid and rugged enough to protect the operator. The design allows for ample seat travel in order to retain driver comfort. Bulkhead models are available with or without glass and compliment OEM styling and appearance. With any van organizational systems, Knapheide recommends the use of a Van Partition for safety precautions.
 
 
See more about Knapheide products at www.Knapheide.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Transit Van Club 2012 - Peter Lee


VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee met up with Peter Lee, founder of the Transit Van Owners Club, at the annual Transit Van Rally held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. For more information on the Transit Van Club visit http://www.transitvanclub.co.uk.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

OSHA Crane Operator Rule - What it Means for Propane Marketers


OSHA CRane New rules on crane operator qualifications and certification established by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) may result in designating certain tasks in the propane industry as being conducted at construction sites thus requiring formal certification of crane operators.

Rules established by OSHA touch on its basic set of workplace rules within Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations – one for General Industry (Part 1910) and one for Construction (Part 1926).

The new rule pertinent to the propane industry falls under its Construction set, and requires extensive training and certification by an accredited third party for crane operators of most cranes above 2,000 lbs capacity. This includes most truck-mounted articulating (knuckle boom) and telescopic (stick boom) cranes used in the propane industry. Such an accredited third party includes, but is not limited to, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (www.nccco.org).

The rule took effect in November 2010, but there is a four-year compliance period for the crane operator certification/qualification requirement. That means employers must be in compliance by November 10, 2014.

To earn certification, a student must pass a written test, and then pass a practical skills test within one year. Re-certification is required every five years. As of November 8th, 2010, crane operators who have not met these requirements can work only as a "crane operator in training."

As with OSHA’s General Industry rules, the employer must ensure that all crane operators are trained and evaluated on that training before operating the equipment, and that the operator is competent to safely operate the equipment.

For non-certified crane operators, employers must provide each operator-in-training with sufficient training to enable him to operate the equipment safely under continuous monitoring. Employers also may set their own limitations on the operator.

Impact on the Propane Industry
Traditionally, crane operations conducted in the propane industry were not considered as construction activities and thus covered under OSHA’s less stringent general industry rules where crane operators required training but were not required to be tested and certified by an accredited third party. That test will be crane-specific as opposed to propane operations specific. The practical skills assessment must be conducted by an NCCCO (or other accredited organization) - qualified proctor/instructor.
Under the new OSHA rule, crane operators must be trained and pass a rigorous certification process that includes a knowledge test and a hands on skills exam at a cost of $200 - $300 per employee. Keep in mind, most training facilities charge a minimum of $1,000 per employee for a two to three day course to prepare them for the certification test, placing a significant financial and employee resource burden on all propane companies.

All crane operators would need to be tested and certified before November 10, 2014. Employees that fail the certification process cannot operate a crane after this date. If you operate a crane and are not certified, your company is in violation of the rule and could face penalties and fines from OSHA. The only caveat to this is if an operator in training is conducting crane operations under the supervision of a certified operator.

The new rule was developed after some deadly incidents involving large construction crane mishaps in New York City. That led OSHA to write the rules to cover not only the propane industry but also firms that use cranes as a small part of their operations.

The propane industry has spent millions of dollars on training how to safely and effectively conduct its operations, from delivering propane to installing propane systems. As such, a propane-specific training program for crane operators is an important part of reducing incidents, injuries and property damage.

There are some parts in the new rule that members of the propane industry should take into consideration as they prepare to get their employees trained and certified.

Cranes in General Industry vs. Construction Industry
If crane work does not fall under one of the special standards, such as Construction or Maritime, then OSHA usually considers it to fall under general industry. OSHA generally considers construction to include the building, altering, or repairing of new or existing structures. Construction work also includes demolition and deconstruction of a portion, or all of a structure. Maintenance may also be considered construction depending on its complexity and scope.

Crane Operations Covered by the Construction Standard
In terms of tank installation operations, according to OSHA, “If the site at which the tank is installed is a building under construction, installation of a propane tank would qualify as construction work.” On the other hand, replacing a small tank at an existing site with a new tank of the same capacity would be considered general industry work.” Furthermore, if a propane marketer delivers a new tank to a construction site and leaves it on the ground, or other location, to be installed by a third party, the delivery of that tank provided by the propane marketer is not covered under the construction standard.
       
Some have also asked whether a propane service technician who uses the crane on his mechanics truck be considered a “crane operator,” much like someone who operates construction cranes.

Certification Test
In addition to the cost of certification, NCCCO has already has a certification program titled “Articulating Crane Operator” which was developed to meet the needs of operators using truck-mounted articulating boom cranes.

The NCCCO also is developing the certification test for telescopic cranes, with some input from the propane industry.

And, while there will not be a propane-specific crane test, there probably will be a test for truck mounted/maintenance truck-type crane operations that apply to the propane industry , including load charts, inspection protocols, rigging, out rigging, and wire ropes. In addition, there will be a single test for truck mounted/maintenance truck crane operations.
 
Who Can Provide Testing?
There are no specific requirements to provide knowledge-test crane training, but under NCCCO certification, practical examinations must be administered by those who have been accredited by NCCCO for this purpose. NCCCO publishes a list of accredited practical examiners who have indicated they will offer their services on a "for hire" basis.

Accredited practical examiners are authorized to offer the NCCCO Practical Exam at approved test sites, and the scheduling of these tests will be done through a coordinator responsible for each site. NCCCO accredited practical examiners are not permitted to participate in other crane-operator certification programs.

Individuals who wish to qualify as a NCCCO-accredited practical examiner should visit www.nccco.org

Current Activities
PERC Crane Safety Program
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is developing a crane operator training program for the propane industry that will cover many of the basics surrounding crane safety. The new program, scheduled to be released later this year, is a multi-media instructional program that will illustrate and address the tasks associated with and specific to crane operations in the propane industry. It will be a comprehensive program able to be to be facilitated in both self-study and classroom-style environments.

The program will include a video on a DVD, a companion workbook in the CD format, self-evaluation and skills assessment forms, and quizzes to help reinforce the training. All forms and quizzes will be available to download. The instructor guide and PowerPoint presentation of the entire program, suitable for classroom instruction, will be developed and available in CD format. The guide will also include tips and instructions for the trainer.

The program is being developed with oversight from propane marketers and crane manufacturers, as well as NPGA staff.

While this program might not contain all of the specific information to prepare your employees to pass a third-party certification exam, it does provide three important goals: (1) a cost-effective means to train your employees to safely conduct the crane operations specific to the propane industry; (2) a course of study sufficient to designate your employees as "competent crane operator in training"; and (3) a means to prepare for the certification exam and the hands-on practical exam.

Industry Outreach
The program will provide crane operators in the propane industry the means to be trained and operate a crane safely as well as provide them with the ability to reach the “competent operator” status, as required by the new rule. However, due to the comprehensive nature of the certification exam, it alone may not be enough. As such, PERC will be working with its state association partners and industry trainers to get everyone up to speed on the new training requirements and perhaps provide the necessary information to trainers so that they can offer the pre-certification test training.

Those with questions are invited to contact PERC’s Stuart Flatow at stuart.flatow@propanecouncil.org.


This article is courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and you can find more about this organization and their services at http://www.propanesafety.com/

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nissan NV200 London Taxi - Andy Palmer


For the full story go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Nissan-unveils-NV200-London-Taxi

VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee caught up with Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, at the unveiling of the NV200 London Taxi. Diesel-powered from launch in 2013 it will be available with an all electric drivetrain (from the LEAF) in 2014.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Standards of Harbor Truck Bodies Service Body



Sometimes simple is best and that’s what this customer wanted for their ladder rack, it’s a  Side Ladder Rack mounted on the Harbor TradeMaster Service/Utility Body.

This is a Chevrolet SRW with a Harbor TradeMaster with standard Stainless Steel Lids, 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure, and Master Lock System. Quality is the mantra at Harbor Truck Bodies--Quality Design and Quality Manufacture. Below is a list of standard features in all Harbor's TradeMaster bodies:

1) Standard Harbor Lock allows you to see if your doors are locked from a distance of over 50' and you lock them by pushing in the button without a key! (Electric locks are an available option, and a One-Key System is also available)

2) Secure 3-Point Locking System with Teflon® rod guides and Automotive Quality water resistant locks with Double-Bit key is standard.

3) Standard One-Hand Latch, Self-Opening Stainless Steel Lids with Two Gas Shocks. Lighter and stronger and rust free! (Aluminum Treadbrite overlay is available as an option). Matching Stainless Steel Gravel Guards are standard. (Closed top models are standard steel and offer Aluminum Treadbrite as an option).

4) Standard Gas Shock Door Stays on all vertical and horizontal upward opening doors.

5) Standard 8" Recessed Step Bumper with True V-Notch for sure footing and wider trailer angles.

6) Standard Armless, Self-Supporting Tailgate for added work space and full 49" floor width to carry all standard materials.

7) Weather Shield protection includes a one-piece neoprene door seal, beveled door edge and self-sealing Stainless Steel rivets help prevent leaks into compartments.

8) Lock-Tight Shelving adjustable shelves lock into place preventing tools from dumping through off-road-like conditions.

9) All Electro-Galvanized Sheet Metal Construction. Stainless Steel piano hinge and pin on Cargo Bed Enclosure door, Conduit Box door and Rear Access doors. All expanded metal parts Hot-Dip Galvanized. Rivets have all Stainless Steel casing and mandrel to prevent corrosion.

Visit Harbor's website at www.htbi.net and you can call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

GM Launches All-New Fleet & Commercial Website - News - Government Fleet



DETROIT – General Motors has launched an all-new website at www.gmfleet.com for GM Fleet & Commercial Operations. GM said it organized the main navigation to allow site visitors to find vehicle information, business solutions service, resource guides, and the latest GM Fleet & Commercial news and contact information.

The automaker said the new Web platform features a revamped homepage with streamlined navigation and a number of quick links that allow users to find shopping tools, GM Global Fleet, GM Fleet & Commercial’s YouTube channel, and the Fleet & Commercial LinkedIn page more easily. For frequent visitors, GM provides a quick link to GM’s Fleet Tools in the upper right corner of the homepage. The new site is also optimized for use with tablets and mobile devices.

The vehicle search and overview sections allows site visitors to search by brand, category, or by specialty. New vehicle model overviews also feature videos, photo galleries, specs, and more. GM added that it enhanced the “build your own” feature on the site with 360-degree views.
You can visit the updated website at www.gmfleet.com.

GM Launches All-New Fleet & Commercial Website - News - Government Fleet

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Citan: Ready for Action.


Discover why the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is the perfect partner for all your city transport needs. The new Citan: Ready for Action.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: King of the Sandbox - Ignition Episode 29


Well. . . we've got to have some pure fun from time to time. . . try this!

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago ditches the normal testing routine and takes the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor straight to the dirt instead. Is Ford's factory prerunner rugged enough to power slide through sand washes and conquer mountains AND refined enough to handle less demanding conditions with poise and comfort? Carlos heads to Hungry Valley SVRA to find out.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Your Truck Rack Literally Save My Life!

Here is a powerful testimonial that Truck Rack Manufacturer, Rack-it Truck Racks of Shingle Springs, CA received from one of their rack end users.


There's probably no better way to describe this picture than to publish the email from the customer:

>From: Casey Stephens
> Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 2:41 PM
> To: info@rackitinc.com
> Subject: Your truck rack literally saved my life!
>> I just two hours ago rolled my truck three times! My over the shell rack saved my life and about $ 8000 dollars in tools! Please keep in mind my truck is well over 10000lbs, thank you for building a awesome product. I walked away with not much more than a scratch! I believe a good part of that is due to you product!
> Thank you
> Casey Stephens





See more about the rugged Rack-it products at www.rackitinc.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roush Clean Tech E350 Propane Autogas Conversion




The Ford E-350 dual rear wheel cutaway van featuring the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas system is a powerful, reliable fleet vehicle that provides great range between refueling. If you’re looking to make hauling cargo or passengers less expensive and more environmentally friendly, the Ford E-350 DRW cutaway is your solution.

Propane autogas is clean, reliable, safe, and cost effective; it’s no wonder that more than 15 million on-road vehicles worldwide are using propane autogas today. Look no further than the Ford E-350 DRW cutaway to meet your goal of gasoline or diesel displacement.

See more about Roush Clean Tech products at www.RoushCleanTech.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Knapheide Cross Member Dump Bodies





Knapheide is excited to announce the availability of their recently redesigned dump bodies with a cross member understructure. The new cross member dump bodies are available in fixed side applications and are compatible with Class 3-5 chassis including Chevy, Ford, GMC, Ram,International, among others.

Available models include 9’ or 11’ body lengths with either 12” or 16” high sides. Body capacity ranges from 2 yards up to 4 yards. The understructure is a stacked design with 3” structural steel cross sills on 12” centers with 6” structural steel long sills. Self-cleaning sloped top rails and lower rails allow for effortless dirt-shedding. The tailgate offers both dump-through and drop down applications with a quick release, one-handed lever for convenience. Complete immersion in Knapheide’s exclusive E-Coat system along with undercoating provides superior corrosion resistance.

A variety of options are available including dual-acting hoists, full or quarter cab protectors, storage packs and underbody toolboxes, metering chutes, tarps, LED lights, and many others. Knapheide cross member dump bodies are now available for order through Knapheide’s extensive nationwide distribution network. To learn more about Knapheide crosss member dump bodies, go to www.knapheide.com.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Buyers Products Snow Management Equipment


Who is Buyers Products? Makes of Snow Dogg, Salt Dogg, and Scoop Dogg snow management equipment.

Established in 1946 as a distributor of truck and trailer components, Buyers Products has grown to become a leading manufacturer of products for the mobile equipment industry. Today, Buyers vertically-integrated manufacturing capabilities include Forging, Stamping, Laser Cutting, CNC Machining, Robotic Welding, Rotational Molding, Powder Coating, Assembly and Retail Oriented Packaging. Buyers key competitive strengths are Pricing, Service & Product Development.

See the wide range of products available from Buyers at www.BuyersProducts.com

Thursday, August 9, 2012

FedEx's Electric Truck Challenge


FedEx has set goals to cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions, but the high cost of electric trucks has slowed down their fleet modernization.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jay Leno's Garage: Via Motors VTRUX


Bob Lutz stops by the garage with his latest exciting venture, Via's extended range electric truck. With a 4.3-liter GM-sourced V6, it takes four hours to charge at 220, gets roughly 100 mpg with a full range of 300 miles - and you can run your power tools off it!

Check out the Official Jay Leno's Garage Site for more:
http://www.jaylenosgarage.com

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Tonight Show host Jay Leno explores his passion for all things on wheels in this Emmy Award-winning web series.

Jay Leno's Garage: Via Motors VTRUX
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fox Electric Truck With Tipper Dump Body


Electric Truck - Utility Vehicle by
http://www.electricutilityvehicles.co.uk/
Fox Electric Utility Vehicles, Valley
Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE1 6PS, UK, 0844 800 4978

Electric Truck in a format to suit your applications

Many authorities' , contractors and companies are looking for an Electric Utility Vehicle which has a light but secure box body fitted and that is adaptable for many uses and can be manufactured to a size that suits an application. A welded plastic box body can be fitted with roller shutter doors at the rear and side or barn type doors if preferred. A roller shuttle at the side is useful for kerb work or getting equipment from the front box. If longer loads need to be carried the box can be extended above height of the cab and extra door fitted at front of box to allow long loads, such as pipes or wood to be carried around easily. Whatever box body style is required Fox Electric Utility vehicles have a solution that will fit your needs.

The Knapheide Heavy Duty Crane Body and Stellar Industries Crane


When you want a heavy duty crane body and crane application, it doesn't get any better than Knapheide and Stellar.

Crane Bodies from Knapheide are versatile enough to work in almost any industry. From one application to the next, the Knapheide Crane Body continues to exceed the expectations of their customers.

Knapheide's Crane Body line is versatile enough to withstand everything from light to heavy duty working environments. Their 30,000 ft.-lb., 38,000 ft.-lb. (shown in photos) and 60,000 ft.-lb. Crane Bodies are designed to provide enough storage while boasting the capacity to lift maximum sized loads. Whatever the application may be, municipal, construction, heavy equipment maintenance, Knapheide has the right Crane Body for the job.

What really sets Knapheide apart is their unique torq-isolator crane support system. The reinforced crane box transfers lift forces into the full-length torsion-box subframe and outriggers, not the side compartments. You can see in the photos how the right rear compartment where the crane is mounted has a small space in that it is not going to put stress loads on the rest of the compartments. It is isolated and connected to the full-length sub-frame assembly.

Other features are, A-40 galvanneal compartments and doors, 1/8" treadplate floor, tops and backs, full-seam continuous welded, 12-guage bottom and end panels of compartments, 14-guage inner partitions of compartments, and doors are double-panel with 14-guage ourside panels and hat-section reinforcements.

In addition, each Knapheide Crane Body is protected by the latest technology in steel coatings. Every Knapheide Crane Body receives their exclusive K-Coat protection with 12 stages of cleaning, pre-treat, electrodeposition prime coat, rinse and curing. K-Coat insures complete and uniform coverage of epoxy primer for maximum protection against corrosion.

Knapheide also has a long list of optional features, including drawers and drawer packages, alternate compartment arrangements, alternate height compartments (the body shown in the photos has a 60" raised front compartment), bumpers, bumper platforms, outrigger assemblies, Sortimo organizational products, gas bottle options, and much more. And, those are just the standard options. Knapheide's engineering staff is second to none and can help create a one-up custom body for any need, and whatever they design, they can build, ship and/or install.

In the photos above, the Knapheide Crane Body has a Stellar 7621, 7,500 lb capacity telescoping crane. Stellar Cranes are an excellent choice to match up with the Knapheide Crane Body.

With the Stellar 7621 telescopic crane, the hassles of pulling pins and wrestling a manual extension to get over 20-feet are gone. Stellar is the leading manufacturer, in this class of crane, to offer two hydraulic extensions to 21-feet of reach. By incorporating two hydraulic extensions, there is no need to manually pull-out extensions. The crane does the extending, not the operator. Stellar Industries was the first U.S. manufacturer in this class of crane to offer several unique features as standard equipment. These include the standard proportional radio remote control, hexagonal boom construction, and a planetary winch with 60-feet per minute winch speed.

To see more about Knapheide, go to www.Knapheide.com

To see more about Stellar Cranes, go to www.StellarIndustries.com

Monday, August 6, 2012

Paneltex Interview - Zeroed Fully Electric Isuzu Truck


VansA2Z's Kevin Gregory caught up with David Evenett, senior manager for UK converter Paneltex, at the 2012 CV Show to find out more about the battery-powered Zeroed Isuzu Truck conversion. See more about the Zeroed Isuzu Truck from Paneltex at http://www.zeroed.org.uk/home. Also see more about the parent company at www.paneltex.co.uk.

At Commercial Truck Success, we appreciate this presentaion and all the fine work of VansA2Z. www.VansA2Z.com

Sunday, August 5, 2012

International TerraStar At Work: Caple Landscape Management


When it comes to getting the tough jobs done, few trucks are as ready to get down and dirty as the International® TerraStar.® That’s because the rugged TerraStar was built from the ground up to be the ultimate commercial-duty truck. TerraStar hails from 100 years of truck-building experience.

That expertise shows in every facet of this truck. We built TerraStar® with room to spare. Compared to the leading competitor, TerraStar gives you 7" more interior width, 9" more headroom, 2" more belly room, and 20% more overall cab volume. TerraStar is built on the three pillars of commercial-duty performance: ease of operation, efficient power and commercial grade components. So if you need a tough, reliable and efficient work truck that’ll get the job done, the TerraStar isn’t just up for the job—it was born for it.

See more at http://www.internationaltrucks.com/trucks/trucks/series/terrastar

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Paneltex Interview - David Evenett, Senior Manager


David Evenett is senior manager at the Paneltex group of companies and VansA2Z's Kevin Gregory caught up with him at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show to find out more about Paneltex's varied and diverse enterprises, which include Somers Refrigeration. See more about the group of companies and their products at http://www.paneltex.co.uk/.

This presentation is done by VansA2Z. www.VansA2Z.com

Friday, August 3, 2012

Knapheide Crane Body Stellar Crane VMAC Air Compressor & Tommy Liftgate


The Knapheide 6132DLR-38J crane body with a Stellar 7621 crane, powerful VMAC Underhood VR70 air compressor and a Tommy rear mounted liftgate on a Ford Superduty truck.

http://www.casperstruck.com

Casper's Truck Equipment
700 Randolph Drive
Appleton, WI 54913
877-422-7737
920-687-1111

Our new E-store gives you the ability to order parts 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We are proud to offer you yet another way to get the items you need!

http://estore.casperstruck.com

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Isuzu Truck of America Overview

Headquartered in Anaheim, CA, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward (LCF) trucks in America every year since 1986. Isuzu offers the only gasoline-powered LCF trucks in America. The gasoline-powered NPR and NPR-HD deliver unsurpassed performance, exceptional maneuverability and a long list of standard features. In addition to gasoline powered trucks, Isuzu is the only LCF truck company to offer customers a choice with two diesel models that meet EPA 2010 and CARB emissions standards and are clean-idle certified. To learn more about the vast Isuzu product offering, visit www.isuzucv.com.


Product Overview

ISUZU NPR Gas

N-Series
In the world of commercial trucks, Isuzu has a reputation built on results. Consider these facts:


  • 80% of all Isuzu products sold since 1984 are still on the road.
  • Since 1986, Isuzu has been the #1 LCF truck in America.
  • Isuzu N-Series trucks have consistently high resale and residual values.
  • Only Isuzu offers LCF trucks with a choice of two diesel engines or gas.
  • Only Isuzu offers LCF trucks capable of being operated on liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) alternative fuels.
  • Our diesel engines have a 310,000-mile B10 durability rating.
  • Isuzu offers parts and service support at approximately 300 dealers nationwide and also offers roadside assistance service.
  • Isuzu Priority Service Maintenance Program (PSMP) allows you to "fix" the cost of parts and service for routine maintenance for three to six years.
  • To help you budget your maintenance expenses, Isuzu dealers can provide you with estimated maintenance cost on a CPM (Cost per Mile) basis.
  • FleetValue® Parts Program reduces parts costs when parts are needed.
  • Isuzu trucks come with a three-year Powertrain Limited Warranty that has unlimited mileage.

ISUZU NPR-HD Diesel

Isuzu trucks provide you with the features you need to help drive up productivity while driving down your cost of ownership. Our engines are legendary for their power, economy and long life. Our frames accommodate a wide range of body applications. Our LCF design provides remarkable maneuverability and visibility.

Diesel Features

  • Two Diesel Engines - 150 HP 3.0L and 215 HP 5.2L
  • Proven Aisin Automatic Transmission - 6-speed with double-overdrive & lock-up converter
  • Standard Cab or Crew Cab - Vocationally ready for your upfit
  • Standard Cab GVWR/GCWR - 12,000/18,000 lbs. - 19,500/25,500 lbs.
  • Crew Cab GVWR/GCWR - 17,950 - 23,500 lbs.
  • Body Applications - ECO-MAX 18 ft. - NPR-HD/NRR 24 ft. - Crew Cab 16 ft.
  • B20 Bio Diesel Compatible - With Application Engineering approval
  • 310,000 mile Diesel B10 engine life
  • Isuzu's Diesel 3-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty regardless of mileage


ISUZU NPR-HD Gas

6.0L V-8 gas engineThe Isuzu N-Series gas truck is powered by a General Motors 6.0L Gen IV small block V-8 engine, coupled to a new double overdrive 6-speed automatic transmission with lockup torque converter that improves both vehicle performance and fuel economy. The Isuzu N-Series gas truck is also available with an optional CNG/LPG capable engine. With 297 hp and 372 ft.-lbs. of torque, the engine carries on with well-proven design features like a 100,000 mile maintenance-free ignition system, a long-life timing chain and cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds.

Gas Features

  • 6.0L V8 Engine - 297 HP and 372 ft.-lbs. torque
  • Hydra-matic - 6-speed double-overdrive with lock-up converter
  • Standard Cab or Crew Cab - Vocationally ready for your upfit
  • Standard Cab or Crew Cab GVWR/GCWR - 12,000/18,000 lbs. - 14,500/25,500 lbs.
  • Body Applications - NPR-HD/NRR 20 ft. - Crew Cab 16 ft.
  • Available Alternative Fuel Capable Engine (LC8) for LPG or CNG fuels
  • Isuzu's 5-Year/75,000 Powertrain Limited Warranty

Clean, Powerful and Efficient TrucksWhether you are a small business operator with a single vehicle or you manage an entire fleet, you need trucks that will do more while costing less to operate...and at Isuzu, that's the only kind of trucks we sell.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BEDSLIDE on the Flyway Highway Duck Truck


Every year Craig Foster and crew set out on a road trip of waterfowl hunting good times. It's an up close experience of the best waterfowl hunting spots in North America. Craig upfits the truck with some of the best truck accessories in the market. If you're out hunting you understand how important it is to access your gear and cargo. This year BEDSLIDE provided the Flyway Highway with the BEDSLIDE 1500 PRO CG to access his cargo easily. www.bedslide.com