Sunday, June 30, 2013

Highway Products - Highwayman RV Tow Body



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The "Highwayman" RV hauler is the ultimate head-turning RV-towing machine made in the USA. It includes a sharp-looking tiara that is capped with aluminum diamond plate. It is studded with LED lights so they see you coming at night. It comes ready to haul with seven separate compartments. Two front storage boxes with pass-through storage area, two back storage boxes, two over-the-wheel well boxes and a center hatch.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

2014 Ram 1500 Offers Industry’s Only Light-duty Diesel Pickup


  • Ram to be the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton
  • line of trucks
  • 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,095 destination; EcoDiesel option priced $2,850 greater than similarly equipped HEMI-powered Ram 1500
  • Ram first to market with game-changing technologies
  • Class leading powertrain:
    • Best-in-class fuel economy with new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine featuring
    • 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission
    • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines) features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque (305 horsepower 269 lb.-ft. torque) and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 engine
    • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 410 lb.-ft. of torque
  • First-in-segment Fuel Saver Technology, TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension
  • New front park assist system available
  • Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control and off-road capability along with entry/exit and loading, and features automatic load leveling
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics, coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.360
  • Award-winning Uconnect Access offers alternative ways to access new connected services and applications via the vehicle’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display or the web
  • Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
 


June 28, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, unsurpassed torque and impressive capability.

Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,095 destination. The exclusive V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with Torqueflite 8 speed transmission.

Also new on the 2014 Ram 1500 is a front park assist system and host of efficiency, comfort and emissions-friendly refinements including a variable displacement compressor; pulse-width modulated blower; humidity sensor; and the latest technology in air conditioning refrigerant.

The 2014 Ram 1500 delivers best-in-class fuel economy with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems including: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension.

The 2013 Ram 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas – a rare trifecta in the pickup segment. Building on the award-winning truck, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will further stretch its best-in-class fuel economy title lead and continue to raise the innovation bar in one of the automotive industry’s most customer-loyal segments.

POWERTRAINThe 2014 Ram 1500 continues the brand’s quest of re-defining the half-ton full-size pickup class with the introduction of an exclusive small displacement turbo diesel engine that delivers a best-in-class combination of torque and fuel efficiency.

Aptly branded EcoDiesel, the new 3.0-liter powerplant is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque ¬is noticeably more efficient than all V-6 gasoline engines in the half-ton category.

Like the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 gasoline engines already offered on the Ram 1500, the new EcoDiesel V-6 will be mated to the TorqueFlite 8, the only eight-speed automatic transmission offered in the half-ton class.

The new EcoDiesel – developed and manufactured by VM Motor (a Chrysler supplier since 1992) – is one of the most advanced diesel engines in the marketplace. Equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction, it will be emissions-compliant in all 50 states.

The new Ram 1500 also is equipped with a capless fuel filler system for re-filling convenience.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award three years in a row) with variable-valve timing (VVT) offers 305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-6 engine trucks. The Pentastar V-6 features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain. The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT provides 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.

The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8), standard equipment with 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel and 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar, doubles the amount of gears compared to the previously available four-speed automatic transmission, which improves drivability and enhances fuel efficiency. The eight-speed also is available with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

When the 2014 Ram 1500 full-size pickup arrives in retail outlets the fourth quarter of calendar year 2013, it will establish what is unmistakably the most advanced and efficient powertrain portfolio in the light-duty category, as evidenced by:
  • Exclusive offering of a small-displacement turbo diesel engine (EcoDiesel V-6)
  • Exclusive offering of an eight-speed automatic transmission (8HP45 with Pentastar V-6,
  • 8HP70 with HEMI V-8 and EcoDiesel V-6)
  • Unsurpassed torque
  • Best-in-Class V-6 gasoline engine fuel efficiency (Pentastar V-6)
  • Best-in-Class combination of power and fuel efficiency in a V-8 engine
  • (HEMI V-8 mated with eight-speed transmission)
  • Only manufacturer in light-duty class to offer diesel, gasoline, and flex-fuel
  • (E85 capable 3.6-liter V-6) engines
ENGINEERINGBeginning in model year 2014, the Ram 1500 will offer a front park assist system, a first time offering on a full-size Ram pickup truck.

The system uses four sensors located on the front bumper. The bezel-less, integrated sensors sequentially send out ultrasonic waves when the vehicle is driven in forward at low speeds. The system can detect objects as far away as 47.2 inches.

The sending sensor and adjacent sensors pick up the echo of a signal when it bounces off an object. Triangulation is used to determine relative distance, based on elapsed time between the outgoing signal and its return.

Readouts located in the cluster display (and audible chimes) notify the driver of front/rear object proximity.

Parasitic Loss Reduction
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a fuel-saving technology for the Ram 1500, which reduces parasitic electrical load. The technology not only eliminates unnecessary load on the alternator but also improves the durability of benefitting systems. Fuel delivery and the forward cooling fan are two systems that take advantage of PWM, adding a 0.4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will carry additional uses of PWM technology and a host of new efficiency, comfort and emissions-friendly refinements. These include a variable displacement air-conditioning compressor pulse-width modulated vent blower and humidity sensor.

Variable displacement compressor (VDC)
As opposed to a “fixed” displacement compressor, the variable displacement compressor (VDC) automatically varies its pumping capacity to meet air conditioning demands rather than working in an on/off fashion. As a result, the variable displacement compressor (VDC) lessens loads on the engine, reducing parasitic losses for enhanced fuel efficiency and helping to maintain a consistent cockpit temperature. The technology also reduces related noise and vibration annoyances.

When the interior cabin temperature is higher than what’s desired (outside the automatic temperature control setting), the VDC increases refrigeration capacity until the desired temperature is reached. Once the temperature is reached, the VDC automatically reduces its capacity to maintain the desired temperature rather than shutting off completely.

The overall result is smoother compressor transitions, less noise and greater fuel efficiency.

Pulse-width modulation blower
Like the VDC, the pulse-width modulation (PWM) blower continually controls fan speeds for optimal performance in all driving scenarios; quiet, efficient operation; and virtually unnoticeable performance. Not unlike other PWM applications that debuted on the 2013 Ram 1500, the pulse-width blower ensures an infinite amount of varying fan speeds to satisfy every customer-requested condition in relation to the air conditioning system.

Humidity sensor
The new humidity sensor is packaged behind the rearview mirror, and works in tandem with the PWM blower and VDC to continually measure the potential for humidity being formed on the windshield interior. While the sensor enables noticeable de-fogging benefits, it also enables the VDC and PWM blower to run at the most optimal speeds to expedite humidity reduction.

New Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Beginning in 2014, the Ram 1500 will be the first in its competitive set to carry F1234yf refrigerant, an application developed to help reduce greenhouse emissions.

DESIGNThe 2014 Ram 1500 retains its ruggedly handsome appearance with an award winning interior (Ward’s 10 Best Interiors), exterior design aesthetics and segment-leading technology. Every Ram 1500 truck benefits from content specifically designed to match each model’s unique style.

For 2014, the Ram 1500 offers 12 different colors, including two new shades: Blue Streak and Granite Crystal; available in a monotone and/or two-tone depending on the model.

Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
The 2014 Ram 1500 is backed with a, five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram dealer, if necessary. The warranty also is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period, to pass the coverage onto the new owner.

The standard three-year / 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system.

QUALITYThe 2014 Ram 1500’s quality is scrutinized at the company’s Chrysler Technology Center’s state-of-the-art scientific labs in Auburn Hills, Mich., including the Noise/Vibration/Harshness Lab, Electromagnetic Compatibility Facility, Wind Tunnel and the Road Test Simulator (RTS).

For example, the RTS recreates the abuse a truck endures at the hands of a 95th percentile driver – meaning someone who drives the vehicle in more severe conditions than 95 percent of all customers. The RTS can put a lifetime of wear and tear on a truck in about one month’s time. The Ram development team is committed to finding and fixing any issues before the customer does.

MANUFACTURINGThe 2014 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich.), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2014 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Roll-A-Ramp Portable Innovative Ramps



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New SumoSprings “Airless Airbags” for Isuzu N-Series Improve Driver Comfort

Carpinteria, Calif. (June 26, 2013) – SuperSprings International now offers a solution for Isuzu N-Series drivers who love the truck’s capabilities, but require a more comfortable ride. An easy-to-install SumoSprings application has been developed for the N-Series’ front suspension that dramatically improves driver comfort.
 
 
            The N-Series, Work Truck Magazine’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year, features a low cab forward design that maximizes cargo space and visibility. The driver sits directly above the front axle where there is little forgiveness, though, so bumps in the road can be especially jarring.
 
            “We have been outfitting N-Series trucks with SuperSprings® rear leaf spring stabilizers for several years and had a lot of users ask for something to help in the front,” said Mike Visser, president of SuperSprings International. “After extensive testing, we now offer a low-density SumoSpring that bolts directly to the N-Series frame. SumoSprings fill the gap left by the short factory bump stop, which eliminates the sudden bottoming-out on rough roads that troubles drivers.”
 
            SumoSprings operate like an airbag without the air and accompanying hassle of a compressor system. They provide smooth load engagement, reduce side-to-side body roll and improve ride. SumoSprings are composed of a proprietary microcellular urethane that offers a progressive spring rate, so the vehicle’s suspension receives extra support only when needed. Each SumoSpring can be compressed by 80 percent of its original height with full memory rebound, delivering better performance and long-term durability than competing rubber products.
 
            The new application for the N-Series (P/N SSF-601) comes mounted on an “L” bracket that attaches to the truck using two existing holes in the frame. Typical installation takes less than an hour; the user just has to jack up the vehicle’s front end and attach two bolts through each SumoSpring bracket.
 
“Since you can install SumoSprings in-house, you don’t have to worry about wasting time and resources shuttling trucks back and forth from the spring shop,” said Visser. “They are a fit-it-and-forget-it solution that can be left untouched for the life of the vehicle.”
 
            SumoSprings are completely maintenance free and will never sag due to a leak, further lowering overall total cost of ownership.
 
            All SumoSprings are manufactured in the U.S.A. Front applications are also available for Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and Ram work trucks. For more information about SumoSprings or any of the other suspension-enhancing products available from SuperSprings International, visit www.supersprings.com or call (866) 898-0720.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van: GM's Mattman Details Project's Development - News - Business Fleet

From BusinessFleet, some detail about the upcoming 2015 Chevy City Express Van, also known as the Nissan NV200:

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van: GM's Mattman Details Project's Development - News - Business Fleet

Truck U #907 - Federated Work Truck - BOLT Locks Segment



In this segment Bruno Massel and Matt Steele hosts of Speed channel's Truck U Talk about the benefits of using BOLT Locks. This segment was featured on Episode #907 "Federated Work Truck" which aired on June 15th 2013. www.boltlock.com

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Towing & Trailering: GMC Sierra Pickup Truck



GMC's lead trailering engineers organized a trailering academy to showcase the Sierra Denali pickup truck's towing capabilities.

Learn more about the 2014 Sierra pickup truck at http://www.gmc.com/sierra-1500-pickup...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to Make Your Fleet Greener by Robert J Hall

Increases in energy costs pose a challenge for all businesses, but even more so for those that rely on a fleet of vehicles to carry out everyday operations. It is especially advantageous for these businesses to develop a focus and implement strategies for green transport, energy efficiency, and sustainability in fleet management. These will dramatically improve the company's bottom line.

While energy prices are not likely to go down any time soon, there are a variety of strategies managers can implement in their fleet to reduce energy spending as well as lessen the company's environmental impact. Consider the following green fleet management ideas to improve your vehicle fleet's sustainability:

  • Expand the concept of "bottom line" Many companies have reduced their environmental impact by reconsidering what makes up the "bottom line" of their operations. These companies consider what they are doing for the planet and for their employees in addition to traditional profit generation. They are taking a more holistic view of the "bottom line" and broadening the definition of what constitutes a successful company. 
  • Set goals Changes that impact an entire fleet are not likely to take place overnight, but they will never happen unless goals are established. Set an emissions reduction goal and make the changes in fleet operations that work in that direction. Engage all of your staff in the pursuit of this goal by promoting awareness and enthusiasm for green initiatives. 
  • Driver education It is surprising just how much fuel consumption can be reduced by changing driver habits. In fact, 33% of fuel consumption can be changed on the highway with better driving habits. Practices that decrease fuel consumption also tend to reduce the occurrence of accidents. Initiatives that encourage vigilant driving and efficiencies involve little-to-no cost and improve overall safety of your fleet. 
  • Rethink vehicle functions It is not unusual for some company vehicles to have been purchased or dedicated to particular tasks at a time when fuel costs were much lower. Make sure that the size of the vehicle fits the task at hand. Is a large vehicle carrying out an operation that could be handled by a more efficient, compact vehicle? Taking a close look at what's going on in the fleet can inspire some simple, common-sense changes that could yield big savings.
  • Alternative Vehicle Fuel sources AVFs can save money on fuel expenditures, but also usually involve a significant initial investment. Fuel sources such as biodiesel, propane, and electricity are attracting attention in the business world, but it takes careful research and analysis to determine if these sources will improve your company’s bottom line. When determining whether to invest in AVFs, be sure to consider associated up-front costs and the availability of AVFs in your area.

Nowadays, effective managers need to consider the environmental friendliness of their company's practices. Engaging in environmentally friendly initiatives can do more than reduce fuel expenditures; it can also give a company favorable press exposure. A greener fleet benefits both a company's bottom line and its reputation.


About the author: Robert J. Hall is president of Track Your Truck, a leading provider of vehicle GPS tracking devices and software for small and midsized companies. www.trackyourtruck.com

Monday, June 24, 2013

Andersen Camper Leveler - level your trailer on the first try!



The new Camper Leveler from Andersen Hitches. Level your trailer on the first try! Simple, easy and compact. Made in the USA from recycled materials, the Camper Leveler is built tough and built to last! See more at http://www.andersenhitches.com/

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hot Rod Heavy Duty Trucks



Some video of some Street Rod Heavy Duty Trucks..very cool..ck it out!! See many more videos from ScottieDTV YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottieDTV/videos

1965 Chevy Pick Up Twin Supercharged



A 1965 Chevrolet Pick Up that is running Twin Superchargers....Street legal and built to drive...you have to see it to believe it...check it out!!!....Make sure you follow me so that you don'y miss any of the cool videos I post daily!!

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Welder-Crane Body From Harbor On RAM Chassis





This is a Harbor Crane Body with a Raised Gas Bottle Compartment and a top mounted Ventura Electric Crane on the right side of the body. This is a vertical series body and has a vertical door in the rear and the horizontal door over the wheel. Notice the bottle brackets and rings and the gas hose reel inside the vented gas compartment. The rear facing surface of the raised compartment is protected from damage with tread plate.

Mounted on the rear right corner is a Venturo ET12KX crane with crane rest. This is a 12,000 ft*lbs crane with 3,500 lb lifting capacity. Electric winch, elevation, rotation and extension.

CRANE SPECIFICATIONS: 3,500 lbs lifting capacity 12,000 ft*lbs crane moment rating Electric winch, elevation, rotation, and extension 7'-15' boom (4' powered, 4' manual extension) 17 ft/min (unloaded) and 13 ft/min (1725 lbs) single line winch speed Electrical requirements: 12 VDC Continuous power rotation with live swivel Overload protection system Anti-Two-Block protection system 25' corded remote standard 65' of 1/4 " aircraft-quality wirerope Meets OSHA 1910.180 and ANSI B30.5 standards Optional Equipment: Outriggers and Mounting Pedestals

There is a Work Platform extension on this body . It is available on any Service Body and provides a great work area for work on the job site. Available with or without a traverse compartment with doors on the sides. This is a relatively inexpensive way to add some great workspace for those who use their truck in the field. The V-Groove makes it easy to keep pipe from rolling and accomodates various sizes of pipe or tubing.The traditional fold-down rear tailgate is replaced by a drop-in gate.

Notice the Rear Grab Handles to help with the step into the rear of the body, the bumper has a treadplate step area and a receiver for the tow hitch. The inside of body is coated with spray on liner.

All in all, this is an awesome selection of features and benefits that could serve you well. Call Harbor at 1-800-433-9452 and visit our website at www.htbi.net.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cummins Remanufacturing: A Story Retold



Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Cummins engines and parts are remanufactured all over the world. Through Cummins rigorous remanufacturing process, see how engines and parts are completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, restored, and tested to meet or exceed their original performance specifications, bringing new life to all types of Cummins-powered equipment. To learn more about Cummins ReCon® engines and parts, visit www.cumminsgenuineparts.com or contact your local Cummins dealer or distributor.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ford F-150 Chosen as Best Light-Duty Pickup Truck by PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine

  • The 2013 Ford F-150 beat five competitors, including 2014 model trucks, in head-to-head tests conducted by PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics
  • F-150 recognized for its leading capability and performance
DEARBORN, Mich., June 17, 2013 – The Ford F-150 has been named winner of the 2013 Light-Duty Challenge by the editors of PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine.
“In our performance-oriented competitive events, the Ford half-ton was dominating,” says Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “It finished in either first or second place in 11 of 13 events. If this were the Olympics, there would be a new Ford F-150 on a cereal box.”
F-150 beat out five competitors, including two of the newest entries from General Motors and the latest Ram.
Judges tested the 2013 Ford F-150 against the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Nissan Titan, 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 Toyota Tundra. Trucks were put through rigorous performance tests including 0-60 mph acceleration (loaded and unloaded), braking, overall handling, towing and fuel economy.
“The results of this test show why F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America for more than 30 years,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We know our light-duty customers are looking for a pickup truck that delivers the leading combination of towing, payload, horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and this shootout proves F-150 continues to lead the pack.”
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 65th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 36 consecutive years, the best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years, and the brand with the most trucks on the road with more than 250,000 miles, as certified by Polk.
The 2013 Ford F-150 features up to 11,300 pounds of towing capability and best-in-class 3,120 pounds of payload. F-150 is available with four powertrains including a 6.2-liter V8, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and the segment-exclusive 3.5-liter EcoBoost®.
F-150 is built at Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Liftmoore Cranes Talks About New Crane Certification Requirements



New crane operator certification requirements discussed at the Liftmoore Crane booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show. See more about Liftmoore Cranes at http://www.liftmoore.com.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ford Using Robots to Improve “Built Ford Tough” Durability Testing of its Trucks

  • Ford is first automaker to develop robotic technology that drives vehicles during new accelerated high-impact on-road and off-road durability testing
  • Robotically driven vehicles ideally suited for durability test conditions that could prove too taxing for human drivers
  • New technology used to ensure Ford trucks, including the all-new Transit van family, are Built Ford Tough
 
DEARBORN, Mich., June 15, 2013 – Ford engineers have developed the industry’s first robotic test driving program – now in use at the company’s Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. – to meet demands that Ford trucks undergo ever more strenuous Built Ford Tough testing with greater frequency.
 
The pilot program has been used most recently for durability testing of Ford’s all-new full-size Transit van, which launches in 2014.
 
“Some of the tests we do on our commercial trucks for North America are so strenuous that we limit the exposure time for human drivers,” says Dave Payne, manager, vehicle development operations. “The challenge is completing testing to meet vehicle development time lines while keeping our drivers comfortable.
 
“Robotic testing allows us to do both,” he says. “We accelerate durability testing while simultaneously increasing the productivity of our other programs by redeploying drivers to those areas, such as noise level and vehicle dynamics testing.”
 
The durability technology includes a robotic control module installed in the test vehicle that controls vehicle steering, acceleration and braking. The module is set to follow a preprogrammed course, and the vehicle’s position is tracked via cameras in a central control room and GPS accurate to plus/minus one inch. Should the vehicle stray from its programmed course, engineers have the ability to stop the vehicle, course correct as necessary, and restart the test. Onboard sensors can command a full stop if a pedestrian or another vehicle strays into the path.
 
The robotically driven vehicles are expected to repeatedly perform tests on torturous surfaces with names like Silver Creek, Power Hop Hill and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The tests can compress 10 years of daily driving abuse into courses just a few hundred yards long, with surfaces that include broken concrete, cobblestones, metal grates, rough gravel, mud pits and oversized speed bumps.
 


 
All North American Ford trucks must pass this battery of durability tests before they’re certified for customer use. Until now, testing speeds and repetitions for specific scenarios were limited due to restrictions placed on human drivers, who were allowed to drive certain rigorous courses only once a day.
 
The use of robots now accelerates this testing, allowing an unlimited number of repeats until Ford engineers are satisfied with the results. Robots also allow Ford to develop even more challenging durability tests to build tougher trucks.
 
Ford engineers worked with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Inc. to design and manufacture the software and components that enable autonomous, robotic operation of the test vehicle.
 
“We’re very excited to work with Ford for autonomous vehicle testing,” said Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. “The reliability, durability and performance enhancements we’ve developed with Ford will not only help them reach their safety and accuracy goals, but will also improve vehicle automation in other areas such as mining, agriculture and the U.S. military.”
 
Ford engineers designed and deployed the robotic technology with two goals in mind: protecting human drivers and engineering Ford trucks to be tougher than ever.
 
“The goal here was not to develop a truly autonomous vehicle that can drive itself on city streets,” said Payne. “Our objective was to create a test track solution that allows for this type of intense testing that could take our vehicles to the most extreme limits of their engineering while ensuring the safety of all involved.”
 
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Knapheide Segment from Truck U Episode



Check out the Federated Auto Parts "Ultimate Service Truck" complete with a Knapheide Service Body. See more about Truck U at http://truckutv.com/

See more about Knapheide truck bodies at www.Knapheide.com

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Allens Freight no run of the mill paper delievery service

IAL - Allens Freight No Run Of The Mill Paper Delivery Service

For more than 200 years, Australians have been relying on newspapers for the latest news. But over this time it hasn’t just been the publishers working hard to keep their product in circulation – newspaper distributors are also working through the wee hours of the night delivering the day’s news in a timely manner.

For Warrnambool company, Allens Freight, this couldn’t ring truer. The company has been delivering newspapers since it was established in 1985 when owner, Leigh Allen, purchased one single paper run from his uncle.

Since then, Allens Freight has grown significantly, now employing around 55 staff. It has freight terminals based not only in Warrnambool, but also in Portland, Hamilton and Melbourne.

One thing has not changed since it began operations in 1985 however; Allens Freight continues to operate paper runs from Melbourne to Portland seven nights a week. During the 10 hour night shift, approximately 10,000 individual newspapers are delivered.

With a commitment to service and a will to diversify to meet its customers’ needs, Allens Freight services do not end at delivering newspapers. The company also provides a range of logistics services, including warehousing and distribution, line haul and refrigerated transport.

Through its large variety of services, the company not only assists clients in the west of Victoria and south east of South Australia, but also a number of international clients using air freight.

In order to complete this wide range of work, Allens Freight currently runs a fleet of 20 Isuzu trucks, ranging from the smaller NKR 200 Flat Low to the Giga EXY model.

Operations Manager, Richard Allen, said that apart from fitting bodies, the company hasn’t been required to make any modifications to its Isuzu trucks.

"Our fleet operates in a range of conditions, due to the large variety of jobs that they are used for. However all of our Isuzu trucks handle their roles with flying colours. They offer us enough power in each of their applications," Mr Allen said.

"We continue to choose Isuzu trucks for our fleet because past experience has shown us what works. We have been loyal Isuzu customers since 1985, when Leigh Allen purchased the original truck – an Isuzu FSR – from his uncle."

Mr Allen said that choosing new trucks for the Allens Freight fleet is an easy task thanks to support from Isuzu Dealer, OG Roberts in Mount Gambier.

"We follow a selection criteria when purchasing new trucks for our fleet, however Gary Fewins from OG Roberts knows our fleet and needs very well, and assists us in choosing the right truck for the job," Mr Allen said.

"The best thing about the Isuzu trucks is their reliability. We still have some Isuzus dating back to 1996 that have now been retired into local applications.

"Our most recent purchase, the Isuzu FRR 500, has proven to be brilliant. We purchased it to accommodate our increasing workload.

"We will continue to add more Isuzu trucks to our fleet in the future. We currently have an Isuzu Giga 455 on order. We believe if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s why we continue to invest in Isuzu products."


See more at www.isuzu.com.au

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Business Preferred Network



With a range of efficient solutions to choose from, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which vehicle is best for you or your business. That's where the Business Preferred Network comes in -- to help commercial truck customers find the right fit for the right job.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cleaning Up with Natural Gas



The same type of gas you use to cook a pot of spaghetti in your home can also be a safe, clean and every bit as capable a solution for your vehicle. And, according to current national averages, a cheaper solution. Ford is already taking steps toward a future where we rely less on petroleum vehicles and more on vehicles that run on natural gas and other alternative fuels.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taking stock with Benleigh Vending Systems, Wingfield, South Australia



As Australia’s largest independent vending machines operator, with 500 machines in its South Australian network alone, distributing and restocking vending machines is a hard day’s work for Benleigh Vending Systems.

Based in Wingfield, South Australia, Benleigh Vending Systems provides its customers with free vending machine solutions. There are no fees or contracts for the supply of the machines; delivery and installation is provided at no charge. In addition, Benleigh Vending Systems refills the machines and takes care of all maintenance for its customers.

IAL - Taking Stock With Benleigh

Each machine can be adapted to suit the customer’s needs, with a choice of confectionary, savoury snacks, drinks, dairy products and microwavable meals on offer.

To ensure its vending machines are always full of fresh products, Benleigh Vending Systems relies on a fleet of seven Isuzu NLR 200 trucks to distribute a range of food and beverages to its South Australian customers.

The trucks’ refrigerated van bodies are jam-packed with items for the restocking runs to Benleigh’s clients which include large industrial companies, aged care facilities and hospitals.

According to Benleigh Vending Systems Director, Daniel Bergineti, the refrigerated truck bodies allow his team to deliver perishable products such as milk, cheese and snacks in perfect condition.

"Aside from adding the truck bodies, we haven’t made any modifications to the NLR 200s. They are perfect the way they are," Mr Bergineti said.

"The Isuzu trucks run from Seaford on the coast south of Adelaide to Roseworthy to the north, operating on roads presenting a range of different driving conditions.

"The trucks haven’t missed a beat. We have recently sold some Transit vans and have replaced them with the Isuzu trucks we recently purchased. The drivers all want to drive the Isuzu trucks, as they much prefer them to the other vehicles in our fleet."

Mr Bergineti said when the company purchased the trucks they chose Isuzu because of a range of factors.

"We compared the market and felt Isuzu offered the best value for money. The reliability of the Isuzu trucks was a big factor," Mr Bergineti said.

"We had also heard positive feedback on other Isuzu trucks through word of mouth."

The Benleigh Vending Systems drivers have been pleased with the trucks’ power, comfort and ease of driving.

"The NLR 200 has a good turning circle for a truck of its size. It completes a U-turn in an average width street with half a metre to spare."

Mr Bergineti said Benleigh Vending Systems’ Isuzu trucks are still within warranty and are serviced at the Adelaide Isuzu dealership where they were purchased.

"We have been happy with the servicing and maintenance provided by Adelaide Isuzu."

Beginning operations 18 years ago, Benleigh Vending Systems now employs 15 staff to service its South Australian customers and additional contractors to run its national operations. The company continues to add to its South Australian fleet of Isuzu trucks, with the most recent NLR 200 purchased in March.

See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.Isuzu.com.au

Monday, June 10, 2013

Palmer and Harvey go ‘on the road’ with 50 new Isuzu trucks


When Palmer and Harvey rolled out its new nationwide van sales food service operation last month under the ‘P&H Direct’ banner, the vehicle fleet used for this service is based on 50 Isuzu Forward N75.150 7.5t rigid vehicles. The trucks were specifically purchased for this brand new initiative and all specified with purpose-designed Paneltex bodywork.

The addition of these 50 new vehicles now means that Palmer and Harvey’s national vehicle fleet currently incorporates over 110 Isuzus covering a range of distribution applications, all at 7.5 tonnes GVW.

P&H Direct is a brand new van sales operation set up by Palmer and Harvey to service retail food outlets such as cafes, snack bars, garden centres, sandwich shops and pubs - this move into food service is a first for the wholesaler.

Each Isuzu vehicle stocks market-leading FMCG lines including crisps, countlines chocolate, chilled drinks, chewing gum and key catering essentials such as tea and coffee. A FMCG category specialist, who can provide expert advice to any of the outlets on ranging, merchandising and promotions, staffs each vehicle.

According to Huw Davies, Managing Director at P&H Direct, "We pride ourselves on providing the most reliable distribution service to our customers and for this we require a dependable vehicle fleet. As a company, Palmer and Harvey has operated Isuzu trucks for well over 10 years within its national fleet and the proven performance and reliability of the products, supported by unrivalled customer service, is second to none. Furthermore, the payload capacity we achieve from the Isuzus is by far the best in the industry."

These latest 7.5t Isuzus all feature Isuzu’s popular Easyshift transmission and Hull-based manufacturer Paneltex was chosen as the exclusive supplier of bodywork for the vehicles. Each truck has an extra-long Paneltex Ecofont S dry-freight body, which has an interiorlength of 6100 mm. Whilst the dry-freight body is principally designed for ambient products; there is a provision for chilled products through the supply of a mobile refrigeration unit within each truck. Mounted on castors, the container has an approximate capacity of 500 litres and is fitted with a top-mounted fridge that can be plugged into either 12 V DC or 240V A/C supply.

To facilitate ease of access into the truck body for the driver/salesman, there is a single, centre rear door with double-folding step. The body also has a compact Penny Hydraulics Load Lift 250 platform at the rear that can handle the loading and unloading of roll cages and trolleys up to 300kgs. Within the body itself, there is a specific office facility with additional electronics for iPads and overall vehicle security is provided through Maple, Twin-Active, Lock-Secure systems to the rear door.

According to P&H Direct, these new Isuzu trucks will each have a working life of seven years covering approximately 20,000 miles per annum operating as sales vans working on a localised geographical area.

"Palmer and Harvey operate the UK's largest van sales operation, calling on 1,000 customers per hour and visiting over 50,000 customers every fortnight. With over 110 Isuzus in its fleet, Palmer and Harvey has proven, first-hand experience of running the marque on such large-scale, very demanding, van delivery operations. During the 10-year working relationship between our two companies, Palmer and Harvey recognised the quality of our award-winning customer CARE service. For ITUK, it’s particularly rewarding to know that our products have been chosen to be the backbone of this new P&H Direct foodservice distribution operation," said Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck.

Full details of the current Isuzu Truck range can be viewed and downloaded from the company’s website on www.isuzutruck.co.uk


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ram Commercial — Man Made Drama



Man wasn't supposed to drive on water, or turn nature into power. Night wasn't supposed to look like Noon. And we definitely weren't supposed to be able to haul a best-in-class 30,000 lbs up by the bootstraps, but with best-in-class 850 lb-ft of torque Ram can. This is the full line of new Ram Commercial vehicles. Here's to the next frontier Man isn't supposed to take on. GUTS. GLORY. RAM. www.Ramtrucks.com

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

THE MACK® EXPERIENCE



Mack Trucks, Inc. has developed a distinctive culture and reputation during our more than 110 year history. The Mack Experience that explores the history of this great American icon and illustrates the unique, industry-leading manufacturing techniques that have kept Mack at the forefront of heavy-duty trucking. The Mack Experience is a fun and informative adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

See more at www.MackTrucks.com

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tip-ex 2013 Recap



Tip-ex is the UK's only exhibition for the tipper and bulk transport sector, now owned and organised by Road Transport Media. The 2013 took place on 30 May to 1 June at Harrogate International Centre. Exhibitors included Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Harsh, Hyva, Wilcox, Steadplan, Thompsons, Ruukki, Muldoon, Schmitz Cargobull and Edbro. Tip-ex 2014 takes place on 29-31 May.

For more information, go to www.tip-ex.co.uk.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New 3.5 Tonnes Towing Capacity For The Isuzu D-Max



The Isuzu D-Max is now approved to tow 3.5 tonnes. Lionel Firn puts the pick to the test towing a 3.5 tonne trailer on-road and in some extreme off-road tests!

See more at http://www.isuzu.co.uk/

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trailering and Towing Features of the All-New GMC Pickup Truck | 2014 Sierra 1500




The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 puts professional grade trailering confidence right at your finger tips with tow/haul mode features. Learn more about the features of the Sierra Denali pickup truck here: http://www.gmc.com/sierra-1500-pickup...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Product Highlight: DMD Railift® Series - Now Available with Light Options for Domestic as well as Foreign Chassis

Maxon’s new DMD "Direct Medium Duty" Series Railift® is a fully hydraulic lift that utilizes a ground breaking twin cylinder design to ensure smooth and efficient performance. Specifically designed for the medium-duty market, the DMD comes in 90”, 96“ and 102” widths. Featuring steel columns and runners, aluminum one- and two-piece platforms and optional retention ramp or single or dual cart stops, the DMD is a welcomed addition to the already popular and classic Railift series.

DMD
 
 

LIGHT OPTIONS

The DMD features multiple light options for domestic and foreign chassis. The light harnesses are over-molded and sealed to IP67 standards.
DMD Light Configuration
pump and motor housing









PUMP AND MOTOR ASSEMBLY
The pump and motor assembly is housed within the liftgate’s main structural enclosure.


TWIN CYLINDER LIFTING DESIGN (Patent Pending)
The DMD utilizes a unique twin cylinder lifting design that eliminates the maintenance costs associated with other chain or cable equipped liftgates.

DMD Hydraulic
MULTI-TEMP VISCOSITY OIL
The DMD is factory pre-filled with a multi-temp viscosity oil that ensures smooth and trouble-free liftgate operation even in the coldest and harshest environments.


FULLY SEALED SWITCHES AND HARNESSES
The DMD features fully sealed switches and harnesses to protect them against corrosion.

OPTIONAL FEATURES
cart stop
•   Dual Cart Stops
•   Single Cart Stop
•   Retention Ramp – available on one-piece platforms only
•   Back-Up Alarm Kit
•   Time-Out Kit






For more information on our DMD model, please visit their website at www.maxonl! ift.com/products/railift/dmd.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Freightliner FIT System - Get A Workout In Your Rig!



Fitness trainer for truck drivers. In-cab exercise training system for owner operators and fleet truck drivers. The Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System provides drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs.