12' Steel Landscaper Body with Fold-Down Sides by Scelzi Enterprises

Here's a body built by Scelzi Enterprises of Fresno CA a few years ago that has some unique side work. This landscape body is made of steel including the sides and has two fold-down sections that are approximately half the height of the body on both sides. This allows shovel loading and hand loading of brush, clippings and more. The swing-away rear gate assembly opens to a fully coated interior to give more life to the inside area--and hey, it just looks good too. That's a good thing.

All of this is matched to a super reliable Rugby dump hoist and subframe and Scelzi's flatbed and finally a class IV receiver and trailer plug. Scelzi Enterprises is an excellent manufacturer and supplier with several outlets, while their large main plant is in Fresno, CA. See much more about Scelzi at www.SEinc.com


Ford's New Luxury Pickups or 2013 Ford Super Duty Platinum and Ford F-15...

We got a chance to see Ford's new F-150 Limited up close and personal, as well as getting us behind the wheel for the first time of the 2013 Ford Super Duty top-of-the-line Platinum model. Both trucks have all the luxury comforts, but we have a few questions.


Nissan e-NV200 Van - IAA Hannover 2012

Announced at the Hannover CV Show, following the unveiling of the latest prototype, Nissan and FedEx Express are to extend real-world testing of the e-NV200 electric van. Courtesy of www.VansA2Z.com


London Evening Standard: Newspaper Delivery

The London Evening Standard driver, who flies around London to achieve the almost impossible -- to get the newspaper into the commuter's hands before Rush Hour. (Watch on myvan.com: "A day with a speed courier".)



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Dakota Bodies CB Series (Component Body) Service Body

Interesting concept.

Video explaining the advantages of the CB Series, which is a component body that can be put together in many different ways utilizing much smaller inventories of product. Dakota Bodies also makes a wide variety of other truck bodies. See more at www.DakotaBodies.com


The State of Commercial Trucks and Construction Of New Texaco Station (1953)

Charles McGinnis Home Movie
This video is wonderful. It has no sound. It would be really cool with some music, but here's what I love about it:
This video shows the state of commercial trucks in 1953. You see the commercial pickup, light duty service body, heavy duty service body, dump body, cement truck, crane truck (watch the guy shinny up the boom several times), along with a good number of period cars. See the state of construction. Lots of men, no power tools. See the many hand saws in action, sledge hammer, digging out the concrete by hand. There's even plenty of dangerous stunts that were commonplace back then. It was called getting the job done and making it work with what there was to work with. Notice the cement truck front end going off the ground and three men jumping on it to try to bring it to earth unsuccessfully. Notice the active car wash. One man, a hose and a rag. Notice the service station attendant checking the oil, washing the windows while the bow-tied customer gets out for a stretch. Notice the supervisors and planner while the contractor draws on the board. It's just the way it was.
How ever much of it you might watch of the eleven minutes, you'll get a lot to see about the state of construction and commercial trucks in 1953. Enjoy.


IAA 2012: Mercedes-Benz Highlights [part 2]

The Mercedes-Benz highlights of the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2012 in Hanover Germany. Part 1 includes: Citaro, Unimog, Actros



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IAA 2012: Mercedes-Benz Highlights [part 1]

The Mercedes-Benz highlights of the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2012 in Hanover Germany. Part 1 includes: Sprinter E-CELL BlueEFFICIENCY Prototype, Citan, Antos



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IAA Hannover CV Show 2012 - LCV Highlights

For Hannover CV Show News go to http://www.vansa2z.com/

Vans took centre stage at the 2012 IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show. Ford's Transit Custom picked up the International Van of the Year trophy and the two-tonne Transit and all-new Transit Connect made their public debuts. Mercedes-Benz rolled out the Citan light van and electric vans from Citroën, Nissan and Peugeot, due to go on sale in 2013, were previewed. Full report to follow.


Sprinter 4x4 In Snow Drift Test

Ooooooo. . . a 4x4 Sprinter Van. . . nice!

In Arjeplog, in frosty and cold northern Sweden: best conditions for winter testing. Almost all car manufacturers test their vehicles here in the ice and snow. (Watch on myvan.com: "Sprinter 4x4 in the icy toughness test".)



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GM Short Bed Dump Scissor Hoist Quality Tour

Briefing on the 99-10 GM short bed dump kit hoist scissor design and features

I ran across this video on YouTube and I have to say that it is almost mezmorizing--at least for me. I had no trouble watching all the way through and his voice is so relaxing, almost Zen-like. It is obvious that he has built quality into his product and that he is confident in it. I thought he did a great job even, and maybe especially because of the detail he is careful to point out.

Check out all of the Stealth Dump Trucks products at www.StealthDumpTrucks.com. You can also call them at 757-890-4888. - CTS


UD Trucks to End U.S. Sales by Light and Medium Duty Truck

UD Trucks North America is ending production of its line of cab-over-engine trucks for the United States at the end of this year.

Dealers will continue to take orders for trucks through the middle of October, John Mies, vice president of communications for Volvo Trucks North America, told Light & Medium Truck. UD is part of the Volvo Truck Group, which also includes Mack Trucks and Renault Trucks, among other brands.

UD began notifying dealers last week, a source said.

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Articulated Rollback: ALGEMA Blitzlader XXL Mercedes Sprinter

Více se dovíte na našich stránkách v sekci ALGEMA:
Hey tow truck fans, here's an interesting twist on a Sprinter chassis and articulated to have such a low angle, with a tandem axle rather than one dual. Kind of fun and extremely clean! Of course, the tune makes it so much more pleasant, don't you think? - CTS


The Rolling Supermarket

In the sparsely populated three country border area between Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg the rolling supermarkets from the company Heiko bring fresh food to the rural community. Of course, this is also available at the supermarket, but why travel for miles, when a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz Vario comes to your door?

(Watch on myvan.com: "The rolling supermarket ".)



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Three Generations of UD Trucks - Carton Produce Supplies

Produce Carton Supplies in Virgina South Australia have three generations of UD Trucks in their fleet, including a current model Condor medium duty truck.

See more about UD Trucks in Australia at http://www.udtrucks.com.au/


2012 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Freightliner Trucks thanks all professional truck drivers for their hard work and dedication.


NEW Size, New Ford Transit Courier Coming In 2014 - Go Further

Not only did Barb Samardzich, Vice President Product Development, Ford of Europe, unveil the all-new two-tonne Transit and Transit Connect at the Go Further event in Amsterdam, she also gave a sneak preview of the van that will fill the gap between the Fiesta and Transit Connect; the B-Sector platform-based Transit Courier. See more van information at www.vansa2z.com


First Look at the All-new Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial ...

The Ford Transit brand has established a strong reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition.


Jeffrey Answers A Question On Cold Calling | Real World Sales Wisdom


Something that has never made sense to me, I'm required to make cold calls as part of my daily routine, at the same time, my bossman could not be more put out by people that cold call him throughout the day and I agree with him. Yet every morning starts out with the same old "Let's get smilin' and dialin!'" Smile for what? You don't even believe in what I'm doing!



Have your boss sit down next to you and make cold calls himself. And let him piss off the same people that you're pissing off. Let him see what a total waste of time cold calling is and how it affects your mood, how it affects your belief system, how it affects your personal pride, how it affects your attitude, and then start to call customers that you're already doing business with, customers who love you. And ask them if you can come over and help them out for an hour. Ask them if you can come over and talk about how your product is used. Ask them if you can come over and help build the relationship. Tell them you need to make a 'good will' visit. Those are the people who will invite you right in and talk to you for a half an hour and maybe help you earn a referral. That's where the money is in sales, not in cold calling. Cold calling pisses off your boss. Imagine what it does to your customers. Referrals. That's where the money is.

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Link-LB20 Aluminum Ramp by INLAD Truck & Van Equipment Company

The video shows the Link MFG Aluminum LB20 Series ramp with the optional wheel kit. It's a flat mounted bi fold ramp available in a variety of lenghts and widths. Perfect for loading and unloading heavier product and equipment. Call us at 800 377 5652 with any questions! www.inlad.com

Spinning Levers and the Transmission of Power (1936)

I love these old educational flicks about the mechanics of the car and truck. Here's one about leverage and how the transmission is actually a lever.

The transmission in the modern motorcar -- the mechanism that makes it possible to have three forward speeds and a reverse -- is a series of levers, levers that spin.

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation


Inside Cummins: This is CMEP (Cummins MidRange Engine Plant)

Take a look inside the Cummins MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Indiana. See the production process for the legendary Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, and hear from real people who work there. If you drive a Cummins-powered Ram truck, this is the birthplace of your engine.


Trailer Solutions with Loctite® Adhesives at the NTEA Work Truck Show

Mike Williams, Market Manager at Henkel-Loctite® shows off a trailer that was bonded together with Loctite®  products rather than screws, rivets, and other fastening devices. This makes for an excellent bond of the materials on the outside, inside walls, floor, and other parts of the trailer, and allows for a very smooth appearance and better weather sealing at the same time.

See more about Loctite® Industrial Products for the Automotive Industry and many other industries at http://www.henkelna.com/adhesives/markets-41.htm.

You can also see a website specifically about the trailer application and products used, along with other videos at http://GlueMyTrailer.com


Clean Seal Extruded Rubber Seals & Gaskets at the NTEA Work Truck Show

Jeremy Klotz of Clean Seal, Inc., talks about the products that Clean Seal manufactures for a wide variety of applications in the automotive, truck and marine industries. They also have a line of automotive hoses and are ISO 9001 certified as well.

Clean Seal has an extensive product line that includes extruded rubber, grip seals, trim seals, trim moldings, automotive hose, EHPA hose protection parts, extruded plastics parts and EMI shielding. In addition, they have a variety of secondary operations to make the application of your part easier.

See all the products and solutions available at http://www.cleanseal.com

Power-Packer Electric-Hydraulic Power Stabilization System

Here is a short demonstration of the new Power-Packer Power Stabilization System which includes power stabilizing legs and power in and out cylinder, with a self-contained battery-powered hydraulic power unit.

See more from Power-Packer at http://PowerPackerUS.com


Ford Reveals All-New Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial Vehicles

  • Ford unveils its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets
  • Tough, functional and professional, the all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market; it replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit in Europe and worldwide markets, and replaces the E-Series in North America
  • Stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect delivers outstanding performance across load carrying ability, dependability and fuel economy, for a best-in-class cost of ownership package

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today revealed a new generation of world-class Transit commercial vehicles at its “Go Further” event.

    Developed under its “One Ford” global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.

    “These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate – just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford’s leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world.”

    The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford’s commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.

    Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford’s new approach to delivering the next generation of class-leading commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.

    The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford’s Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe; applying global product development resources.

    The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America. Tough, functional and professional, new Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

    Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.

    For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

    In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

    The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.

    Available in a choice of short and long wheelbase versions, the new Transit Connect will offer European and North American customers the most flexible and functional loadbox in the segment, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.

    Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines, while the U.S. market will benefit from a tailored range of gasoline powertrains.

    The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.

    The Ford Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

    “Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose,” said Samardzich. “These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built – this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story.”

    In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.
    In North America, the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are scheduled to go on sale by the fourth quarter of 2013.

    The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford’s renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets. It will not be introduced in North America but will be launched in other selected other global markets later.

    About Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 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/.

    Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 51 individual markets and employs approximately 66,000 employees. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford of Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities, including joint ventures. The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


    250,000 viewers and counting - Thanks to you for watching!!

    A review of the last 3 months on YouTube by Isuzu UK Managing Director Paul Tunnicliffe and Isuzu UK General Manager William Brown.


    Walk Around On 12' Harbor Contractor Body

    Nice job, Greg!

    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA shows us a 2012 Chevy Dually Chassis with the DuraMax diesel and Allison automatic transmission in a regular cab. This heavy duty chassis has a 12' Harbor Contractor Body mounted on it with 8' upper bed boxes with stainless steel open top lids like a service body, underbed boxes, short fold-down solid gates around the rear, a load divider, tapered headboard, tapered HD forklift loadable rack, and a class IV receiver. All of that in a package is called a Contractor Body and it is a cost effective way to take tools and carry gear and materials to job sites. To see more go to http://PlatinumChevyTruck.NET, or call Greg at 707-525-1800 for more information.


    All-new Holden Colorado 2012 Australia TV Commercial

    We just had to share something from Holden. . .

    http://www.holden.com.au/colorado All-new Holden Colorado is now on sale.
    Don't Think. Don't Hope. Do.

    The all-new 2012 Holden Colorado is here, available in 4wd and 2wd, built for power and performance you'll find there's no quit in the all-new Colorado. It gets the job done - simple as that.

    Combine Colorado toughness and 3.5 tonne towing* capability with an equal attention grabbing design and fit-out - that's how we built the ultimate sports/luxury pickup truck. It's the dream machine you can take to work.

    *Across the 2.8L engine range


    Sortimo Organizes and Expands The Space In The Ford Transit Connect

    The Ford Transit Connect is not a full size van, but you might be surprised how much you can do with the space it does have. With an economical and fuel-efficient 4-cylinder motor, the standard raised roof, the smaller footprint and excellent maneuverability, it's no wonder that the Ford Transit Connect is showing up on roads all over the United States.

    Dealers tell me that the Transit Connect has been such a good selling unit that they have a hard time keeping much stock on their lot. With all the features of this great "little" van, it has become well accepted by the public, many of whom are looking for a more compact design and cost-effective and fuel-efficient alternative to the "big" vans.

    Then, when you add the features of the Sortimo Globelyst in-vehicle equipment, the usefulness of the Transit Connect is now multiplied. When a space is really organized, it becomes a larger space than it appears to be. Keeping things safely in their place and making it easy to work on job sites with portable storage options, Sortimo is the world leader.

    See much more about Sortimo products for vans, trucks, and cars (and even other uses!) at www.Sortimo.com.


    Ford Transit Custom 2012 - Safety

    For the full story go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Ford-prioritises-safety-on-new-Transit-Custom.

    Safety is an often overlooked aspect of van design, but Ford has raised the bar with its latest generation Transit, the one-tonne Custom. Split into three categories, safety encompasses Active (accident avoidance), Passive (in-accident protection for driver, passengers and pedestrians) and Tertiary (exiting the vehicle post accident) and Ford has addressed all three...

    Miller Industries - Vulcan 812 Intruder II

    Sink your teeth into www.MillerInd.com for more information!

    Introducing the new Vulcan 812 Intruder II.

    For more than 10 years, the Vulcan Intruder has been one of the most popular auto loaders for private property impounds, repossessions and commercial towers.

    But at Miller Industries, simply building a great product that stands up to punishing, high-volume towing wasn't enough. Our engineers wanted more.

    So they interviewed you, the customer, to find out what features and improvements would make your jobs easier. The end result is the new Intruder II.

    The proceeding hook-ups were done for demonstration purposes only. In real-life towing situations, always install your safety straps and chains, as well as tow lights.

    The Vulcan Intruder II is available with a stylish, impact-resistant composite modular body. It's also available with a carbon-steel or aluminum body.

    The Intruder II features a new, redesigned tailboard that improves visibility between the boom and the subframe for easier hook-ups.

    The hose tracking system on the Intruder II has also been completely revamped to provide longer hose life and easier maintenance.

    The new, low-profile crossbar and jaws have also gone through a complete make-over for easier operation during hook-ups.

    The new patent-pending crossbar pivot head assembly provides more surface area for longer life and smoother operation.

    The new design also provides increased protection for the jaw cylinders by enclosing them into the crossbar and away from the elements.

    The Intruder II claw design provides better grip on the tires. And, with both positive and negative tilt on the stinger, hooking up in a driveway or on an incline is a snap.

    The limiter stop switches halt both the fold and boom elevation height at a predetermined height. For most hook-ups, simply bump the switch to override these controls.

    The center section of the crossbar has been recessed for increased clearance to prevent damage to the vehicle's oil pan.

    Check out the complete line of innovative, durable and brutally tough Vulcan equipment at
    http://www.millerind.com/feature/index.php?bid=3 and find a local distributor in your area.


    Red Highliner Mechanic's Service Body Steals The Show

    Everyone knows that Commercial Truck Success loves red trucks, and then this beauty comes along! Wow! Alcoa Wheels too! Takes our breath away!

    This very sharp red Harbor Highliner 11' service body is mounted on a Ford SuperDuty F450/550 Dually. This body has lots of storage space and extra features making it a very sharp work-ready truck!

    The Harbor Truck Bodies Highliner Body is a TradeMaster Service Body with a set of boxes on top that have doors that open upward giving additional space for unique size storage. Because the doors open upward assisted with gas shocks, the items inside are easily seen. A great choice for someone needing a bit more storage in a great looking package!

    Notice the slide out style drawers; they include a variety of heights for storage of tools and small parts. Easy to organize and easy to access and retrieve your parts. The drawers allow for access to many parts at the same time. The drawers lock into place individually and are secured by the outside horizontal door.

    The bed area is covered with a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure that opens up approximately 66% of the bed area. Cargo Bed Enclosures are very popular options that help keep cargo in the bed area out of sight and secure. The enclosure moves on Teflon pads and is so easy to slide.

    The body is backed up with a 18" Work Platform. It is available on any Service Body and provides a great work area for work on the job site. It has a compartment with doors on each side. The platform provides a great mount and workspace for the heavy duty vise. This is a relatively inexpensive way to add some great workspace for those who use their truck in the field.

    Harbor Truck Bodies can build a truck to meet your needs. Visit their website at www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.


    Cummins 2013 On-Highway Products - Better. Where It Counts.

    Cummins 2013 on-highway product overview. Cummins 2013 on-highway engines continue to use the same proven technology and core components for exceptional reliability and durability. Cummins is the only engine manufacturer that designs, develops, manufactures and supports every component from air handling to the exhaust aftertreatment for optimized performance that no one can match. Produced 2012.

    See more about Cummins engines and other products at www.Cummins.com