Prime Design: A Ladder Rack For All Seasons

Guest post by Ken Keller

Uptown Plumbing Heating & Cooling has been serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area since 1914. The Uptown Plumbing Heating Cooling technicians make an average of 150 – 200 service calls a day utilizing a fleet of 28 vehicles comprised of Ford Transit Connects and F-150 box trucks.

Chris Grant is Uptown’s Warehouse Manager. “All of our HVAC technicians drive Ford Transit Connects. They don’t need anything bigger than that,” Chris explains. “The plumbers drive both the Transit Connects and F-150 box trucks. We don’t have a lot of storage space in the Transit Connects, so we have no choice but to store our big items, such as PVC and ladders, on the roof. The rack system must enhance Uptown’s professional image for the life of the vehicle (5-year lease), be secure and easy to use.“

Chris found their ladder rack solution with the assistance of their local up-fitter, Aspen Equipment. Uptown selected Prime Design AluRack® (P/N AR1207) with two accessory items: a conduit tube carrier (P/N CON-8010) and a ladder clamp down (P/N ARC-R). The AluRack has an anodized aluminum finish. This finish resists the harsh weather conditions and road chemicals in the Twin Cities metro area.

While steel ladder rack solutions are effective at securing ladders, most quickly rust. Not only is rust an eyesore, it can adversely impact other parts of the vehicle, such as the topper, as well as the image of the business.  “We’ve had steel ladder racks before. They rusted really fast, and it doesn’t look professional,” Chris said. “Image is everything to Uptown, from our uniforms, to the building we rent, to our vehicles, even to our ladder racks.“

The standard rear roller on the AluRack makes loading and unloading much easier, while the clamp down accessory keeps the ladder firmly in place. “The Conduit Carriers allow us to carry full 10 foot lengths of PVC in our Transit Connects,” Chris continues.  “One of the features we love about this ladder rack is that when we step on the brakes hard, none of the product attached to the ladder rack goes flying off.”

For the installers at Aspen Equipment, the AluRack attaches to Ford’s factory mounting points eliminating the need to drill holes, reducing install time.

Prime Design's aluminum, lightweight and ergonomic ladder racks provided the best solution to fit Uptown’s needs. With rack weights ranging from 33 - 96 lbs., AluRack weighs 30% less than a similarly configured steel rack, allowing you to carry more cargo without jeopardizing OEM roof capacity. The crossbar is aerodynamic and reduces wind resistance.

For more information, visit www.primedesign.net. Or, to learn about the additional brands owned by Prime Design’s parent company, Safe Fleet, visit www.safefleet.net.


Knapheide Sortimo Bin Package In Chevy Van

Knapheide Manufacturing offering their solution for interior shelving packages installed in cargo vans. This one has some Sortimo bin drawers set into two of the shelves, and a one-piece composite bulkhead that is designed to give some extra room inside the cab area. These shelving units and Sortimo bins can be configured in a wide variety of ways for virtually every need.

To learn more, contact the Paradise Chevrolet Fleet team at 951-252-2980, and you can see more about truck bodies, and van packages on our Fleet website at http://www.paradiseworktrucks.com

Chevrolet Colorado Resets the Bar for Midsize Segment

Chevrolet Colorado Resets the Bar for 
Midsize Segment
2017 model updated with all-new V-6 and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic


DETROIT – For 2017, the Chevrolet Colorado offers an all-new V-6 engine and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. It is the latest major update for Colorado, which entered the market for model year 2015. Chevrolet is on track to sell more than 160,000 Colorados in the first 24 months on the market, reigniting the midsize segment.

“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

Class-exclusive powertrain combination 

The most significant update for the 2017 Colorado is an all-new V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, creating a combination that’s unmatched in the midsize segment.

According to Stan Ludlow, chief engineer for the 2017 Colorado, the engine and transmission were calibrated to emphasize performance and refinement while optimizing fuel economy: “The Colorado is currently the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in America, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway when equipped with the diesel engine. As such, for the new V-6 and eight-speed combination we focused on improving everyday driving performance. Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

This second generation of Chevrolet’s double-overhead-cam engine architecture retains the same 3.6L displacement as before, with an updated suite of advanced engine technologies. This includes improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved direct injection and for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications. Horsepower and torque increase to an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft (373 nM) at 4,000 rpm.

The engine is mated to the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L45 is roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic it replaces. However, the eight-speed automatic offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio spread than the 6L80 transmission’s 6.0 ratio. This results in a numerically higher first gear ratio, helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering, and numerically lower rear axle ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency.

Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, combined with similar packaging to the outgoing 6L80 transmission, equates to no increase in overall weight for Colorado models equipped with the new 8L45 transmission.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year. 

Two years of sales and awards success
After two years on the market, the Colorado has proven to be a smart bet:
-    Chevrolet is on track to sell more than 160,000 Colorados in the first 24 months on the market (September 2014 through August 2016)
-    Today, Colorado accounts for 23 percent of the midsize segment
-    Since the Colorado was introduced, the total midsize segment has nearly doubled, from 1.5 percent of total vehicle sales in 2014 to 2.4 percent of total sales in the 2016 calendar year
-    Averaging 36 days to turn, Colorado remains one of the fastest-selling vehicles in the segment
-    Colorado has been the most awarded midsize pickup over the past two years, including earning back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year awards

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com


Massive Range Means More Time on Road, Fewer Pit Stops: All-New Super Duty Brings Largest Fuel Tank in Segment

  •     All-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets a 48-gallon fuel tank on long-box Crew Cab configuration for both gasoline and diesel applications – allowing most productive Super Duty ever to spend more time on the road and less time at the pump
  •     New 48-gallon tank is the largest available in the heavy-duty pickup truck segment – 22 percent larger than 37.5-gallon tank in diesel-equipped 2016 Super Duty and 37 percent larger than 2016 gas-equipped truck’s 35-gallon tank
  •     Improved water separator filter and fuel filter design enables longer change intervals, minimizing time and money spent performing routine maintenance
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 26, 2016 – The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable and most productive Super Duty ever – an essential tool for work. Just one way in which it can accomplish this is through the addition of a massive 48-gallon fuel tank – the largest in its class – which aims to maximize time between fill-ups to allow for more time getting the job done.

Thanks to the all-new long-box Crew Cab’s longer wheelbase and wider track, the new tank fits between frame and driveshaft. It is 22 percent larger than the 2016 diesel-equipped Super Duty’s 37.5-gallon tank and 37 percent larger than the 2016 gas engine’s 35-gallon tank. Along with improved fuel economy enabled by light-weighting through the use of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, the all-new Super Duty’s range increases significantly.

Adding to that range is a larger-capacity diesel exhaust fluid tank for Power Stroke®-equipped Super Duty – up 2.5 gallons from the 2016 truck to 7.5 gallons for 2017. An improved fuel filter and water separator filter allow for longer change intervals to minimize time and money spent on maintenance, allowing Super Duty more time on the road getting the job done.

“We want to give our customers a more productive tool for getting the most out of their trucks,” said Brian Rathsburg, Super Duty marketing manager. “This means less downtime at the fuel pump and performing routine maintenance, and more time on the job.”

The all-new Super Duty is available fall 2016.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.


GMC Canyon Named Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016 by Cars.com

Experts Test Trucks in Segment Challenge, 
Applaud Canyon’s Interior, Ability and Performance


DETROIT – The 2016 GMC Canyon has been named the Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016. Cars.com put the current lineup of midsize pickup trucks to the test in its Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge to determine the overall best option for buyers.

Canyon, the segment’s only premium midsize truck, was also named the top pick by the editors of Cars.com in a 2015 midsize pickup comparison test.

“Establishing a benchmark for a premium midsize pickup was our goal with the Canyon, and PickupTruck.com’s insights affirm our instincts,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The Canyon’s quiet cabin, premium design and materials make it a maneuverable solution for customers who want the capability of a pickup with the modern amenities customers expect from GMC.”

Testing included head-to-head comparisons in 18 objective categories and included the following vehicles:  2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier.

“The Canyon is an all-around great truck,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-
chief. “It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”

The Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge was conducted in partnership with PickupTrucks.com, a Cars.com company. For full results of this challenge, including detailed scoring from each of the 18 test categories, click here or visit www.cars.com/news.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Work Truck Solutions Is End User Focused

Work Truck Solutions provides ‘end users’ – commercial dealers, with an easy way to display their commercial inventory online, as a button on their retail site, on a separate commercial website, or both!

As a result, when the dealers ‘end user’ the truck buyer, sees that the dealer is in the commercial business, and that they not only offer inventory, they offer online convenience as part of their promise of service to the truck buyer, it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here is an easy chart so you can see, at the end of the day, how Work Truck Solutions’ service helps both ‘End Users’:

Your Truck Buyer
Truck Sales Professional
Simple online access
Simple online access
Two clicks to a vocationally specific truck
Two clicks to a specific truck for a buyer
Easy to communication with the dealer
Easy to communicate with the buyer
Great photos and information on both the chassis and the body
Great information on both the chassis and the body, including backend details
Enhanced product information from the manufacturers
Enhanced product information from the manufacturers, including distributor contacts
Easy to share a truck with co-workers,
bosses and friends
Easy to send the right truck(s) to past or prospective truck buyer
Save a truck for later in a personal Garage
Quick Quote: email a quote while the buyer is on the phone, or save it to their Garage
Know you are working with a professional!!!
Look professional, knowledgeable; include
your signature and contact info always
Have many commercial vehicles to choose from
Use the optional trade network to show extra trucks and vans, and to help move inventory
Reach a professional, commercial salesperson quickly
‘UP’ system notifies Salespro what buyers want via text and email
Learn more about work trucks
Informational marketing emails sent monthly

You can see that Work Truck Solutions’ service is designed to help both sides of the sales process!

And it is SO easy to set up, just sign up online, answer some questions, and give access to body invoices. Then inventory listing and prices are automatically updated nightly. At any time, the salespro can easily post a sale price online or feature a specific truck or van. Work Truck Solutions can also feed online media such as Commercial Truck Trader to help drive leads to the dealer’s inventory.

Work Truck Solutions’ service can even integrate with the dealer’s retail CRM so that leads assigned to salespro are not accidentally grabbed by retail sales personnel. The monthly Google Analytics report is being used by smart dealers to track interest in specific chassis, body types, stock numbers and more to help them plan flooring and keep their days on lot low.

And the newest way Work Truck Solutions is helping their dealers? Dealer inventory is now being displayed on body manufacturer and distributor websites to help customers locate your inventory quickly no matter what site they start looking online first! Examples include: Knapheide, Smyna Body, Allied Body, Reading Equipment, and more.

Find out more about Work Truck Solutions at www.WorkTruckSolutions.com


Adrian Steel Helps Eric Dale HVAC Organize His Mobile Business

Guest post written by Ken Keller

Eric Dale is the energetic president and owner of Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning based in Marshall, Michigan, delivering 24/7 service for a 30-mile radius of the Battle Creek area, with eleven field technicians and a nine van fleet. Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing services for residential, new construction and commercial refrigeration customers since 2005.

“We provide our field techs with the best equipment possible,” Eric said. “Our fleet includes Ford E-250’s and a mid-size Transit van. We all love the Transit and we have plans to convert the entire fleet over to all new Transit vans.”

“All of our vans are outfitted with Adrian Steel products,” Eric said. His company uses an authorized Adrian Steel upfitter: Riverside Vans in Colon, Michigan. “Riverside Vans is a great company. When we buy a new van we simply go to Adrian’s website, write down the part numbers that we want and call Riverside Vans with this information. They pick up the truck at the dealer, take it down to Colon, Michigan, install all the Adrian equipment and drop it off at my door. It couldn’t be easier.”

Some of the Adrian Steel products that Eric’s fleet uses are the Adrian drop down ladders, drawers and shelving, racks and bins, and the Adrian bulkhead and center console. Specific to the HVAC industry, Eric Dale Heating & AC uses Adrian’s refrigeration and nitrogen tank holders. “Basically we order the Adrian Plumbing Package with some of our own tweaks added with Adrian Steel’s accessories.”

The drop down latter rack is a favorite tool of his field technicians. “We like the Adrian Transit side-mounted ladder racks because you don’t need a ladder to get your ladder down. In the winter, on ice covered ground, your feet can stay on the ground when lowering the ladder,” Eric explains.

“Number one for us is Adrian’s versatility. Adrian Steel has everything we need. Because we have different sizes of vans, we are able to customize the vans to fit our individual technician’s requirements. We can make it fit what it needs to fit. Some techs may need bigger bins, more width or more spacing. You can move the shelving, racks and dividers up and down as needed. You don’t have to change out equipment or buy new shelving,” Eric said.

“Adrian Steel’s equipment is clean, strong and easy,” Eric adds. “We put a lot of weight on the shelves and they don’t fall apart. Over the years I have had at least 15 – 20 vans, and they all used Adrian products. I have never had to send anything back or use the warranty. When we sell our old vans we leave them fully Adrian equipped and have no trouble selling the vans within a week.”

Customer relations is an important part of Eric’s business and Adrian helps by giving the vans a clean, profession appearance. “All of our techs wear pressed uniforms. If they are at a residence and the van doors are open, we don’t want to have tools and parts falling out of the van. Adrian Steel Products helps us to give to our customers the impression that we are a first-class, organized and professional company.”

Eric Dale Heating & Air Conditioning has been growing its business by about 20% each year. With Eric’s fine business sense, his dedicated employees and his fleet of Adrian equipped Ford vans, there is no doubt that Eric’s company will continue this growth into the future.

See more about Eric Dale Heating & A/C at http://ericdaleheatingac.com/

See more about Adrian Steel Van Interiors at www.AdrianSteel.com

Consumers Can Test Drive All-New 2017 Ford Super Duty at Tour Stops in Cities Across the United States

  •     Drive the Future of Tough tour offers an early opportunity to test drive the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever
  •     29-city tour continues through Nov. 13, with each site offering vehicle drives, interactive displays and towing demonstrations; product experts are on hand to answer questions on all-new Super Duty’s 17 class-exclusive smart new features
  •     Consumers can enter for a chance to win an all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty
DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford, America’s truck leader, is offering consumers across the United States an opportunity to test drive the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

Drive the Future of Tough, a 29-city cross-country tour that kicked off earlier this year, continues through Nov. 13. Consumers can schedule test drives at SuperDutyDrive.com, though walk-up participation also is encouraged.

The test route allows truck consumers to experience the all-new Super Duty’s best-in-class capability and its 17 class-exclusive smart new features, including adaptive steering, adaptive cruise control and Trailer Reverse Guidance. Product experts are along for the ride to explain the innovations and answer questions.

“The new Super Duty takes the heavy-duty truck segment to the next level,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Truck customers can learn how it provides best-in-class towing and hauling, and they’ll get to experience Super Duty’s class-exclusive features from the best place possible – the driver’s seat.”

Participants can enter a sweepstakes to win an all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty. Details are available at tour locations.

The tour includes a variety of well-equipped F-250, F-350 and F-450 models in Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. The trucks feature a mix of the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine and 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel. F-250 models are equipped with the all-new TorqShift-G transmission.

The tour features interactive displays to help consumers understand how the all-new Super Duty is Built Ford Tough, starting with its high-strength steel frame construction and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box panels.

Upcoming tour stops include:

    Aug. 16-20, Billings, Montana
    Aug. 19-21, San Antonio
    Aug. 20-28, Louisville, Kentucky
    Aug. 25-27, Dallas
    Sept. 2-5, Henderson, North Carolina
    Sept. 9-18, Puyallup, Washington
    Sept. 9-25, Reno, Nevada
    Sept. 13-15, Grand Island, Nebraska
    Sept. 15-18, Nashville, Tennessee
    Sept. 20-22, London, Ohio
    Sept. 21-Oct. 9, Anaheim, California
    Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
    Sept. 30-Oct. 11, Dallas
    Oct. 6-8, Concord, North Carolina
    Oct. 13-16, Ormond Beach, Florida
    Oct. 18-20, Moultrie, Georgia
    Nov. 1-5, Las Vegas
    Nov. 8-13, Avondale, Arizona

Media will be invited to participate in select cities.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.


Knapheide History Video

An overview of Knapheide's 160+ years history as a company.

Covercraft launches new Carhartt truck cover

Covercraft has launched a new custom Carhartt cover 
for light trucks, SUVs and vans.

The covers feature Covercraft’s exclusive Ultra’tect fabric with Carhartt Rain Defender durable water-repellent protection.

For more than 100 years, Carhartt has been known as America’s trusted brand when it comes to rugged outdoor, work and military-inspired apparel, and our original Carhartt SeatSavers have been hugely successful,” said Mark Korros, CEO of Covercraft. “We’ve expanded the line to include these heavy-duty vehicle covers for the outdoor enthusiast, sportsman and work truck owner—perfect for light trucks, SUVs and vans.”

carhartt-gravel-truck-coverCarhartt Truck Covers feature overlapped triple-needle stitching on stress seams, solution-dye fabric for fade resistance, UV protection and Carhartt logos on the sides and tailgate area.

“Rain Defender treatment makes the covers extremely water repellent and easy to clean while maintaining breathability,” a Carhartt representative said.

Carhartt Truck Covers are available for pickups, SUVs and vans in traditional Carhartt Brown or Carhartt Gravel.

Carhartt Truck Covers are available to order now at covercraft.com and select authorized Covercraft dealers and will begin to ship on September 1, 2016.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/covercraft-launches-new-carhartt-truck-cover/#sthash.qKGGUEL1.dpuf


Harbor Cargo Bed Enclosure keeps your stuff accessible and yet out of sight.


Rear view of a Harbor 8' service body with raised cargo bed enclosure, conduit box mounted in material rack with Rack-strap tie downs, 3-piece cargo bed enclosure and barn style rear doors.

The 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure is a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight.

Find out more at:htbi.com

50 ComTrk harbortruck@gmail.com Aa123456 3.50 http://htbi.net/ 92821 800-438-9452 Kimberly


VMAC launches compressor for F-650, F-750 with Triton V10


VMAC announces the launch of its latest Underhood150 rotary screw air compressor system designed for Ford F-650 and F-750 6.8-liter Triton V10 gas engine work trucks.

The announcement marks VMAC’s fourth product launch this year after the VMAC Raptair-G30 gas drive, the DTM70 PTO drive air compressor and the VMAC Underhood-Lite air compressor system, all rotary screw air compressors.

“Continually developing and expanding our product lines to meet our customers growing needs is what positions VMAC as the global leader in advanced mobile compressed air systems,” says Gordon Duval, VMAC vice president of marketing and sales.

“The addition of the Ford F-650 and F-750 expands our Underhood product range to now include the top range of Ford’s medium duty F-Series truck.”

VMAC’s Underhood system provides 100 percent duty cycle and up to 150 CFM and 175 psi and is designed to work in extreme climate conditions. The mounting kit, designed for easy installation, is engineered to fit the Ford F-650 and F-750 engine and chassis taking only a few hours to install.

“VMAC’s Underhood line of air compressors offer significant advantages in that they are much more compact and lightweight than typical mobile air compressors,” Duval states. “There is no installed deck footprint compared to up to 76 cubic feet of typical deck mounted compressors, which provides our customers with more free deck space.

“The system weighs in at a mere 200 pounds, substantially lighter than a typical utility mount system of 1,900 pounds (861 kg), and according to the Environmental Protection Agency fuel savings of up to 2 percent per 100 pounds can be achieved by reducing the GVWR.

“We’re very proud of this product announcement. It underscores our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations by continually evolving our advanced air solutions to help them reduce expenses, improve productivity and grow their bottom line.”
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/vmac-launches-compressor-for-f-650-f-750-with-triton-v10/#sthash.YRWNnhNV.dpuf

Mercedes Continues to Expand Its Van Lineup

Full-size diesel pickup trucks may be the vehicle of choice for many contractors in the building trades, but sleek, fuel-efficient Euro-style vans are coming on strong in just about every other commercial enterprise that transports goods and services. The new Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker is a prime example of one such offering.

The 2017 Metris Worker Cargo, which starts at $26,990 including destination, is the only midsize van now being offered in the U.S. It sports 186 cubic feet of cargo space (about 45 percent more than the Ford Transit Connect), and its 5,000-pound tow rating is considerably more than any other downsized work van, which includes the Chevrolet City Express, the Nissan NV200, the Ram ProMaster City and the Ford Transit Connect. The Metris Worker also fits inside a typical two-car garage, all of which bodes well for contractors who place a high value on vehicle security and accessibility to residential and commercial parking environments.

By Bruce W. Smith

Read more at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/08/mercedes-continues-to-expand-its-van-lineup.html


2017 Ford Super Duty: Exploring the Smart Features

We took our group of truck customers on the road to see firsthand, how Ford is helping to lead the way in driver-assist technology making it easy to own work with the smartest Super Duty ever.

From a 360-degree bird’s-eye-view camera system to Lane Keeping alert*, see how the 2017 Super Duty helps drivers navigate more effectively on the road and on the worksite.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.


Venco - Rugged Hoists for Pickup and Dump Bodies


Since 1981, Venco has been providing scissors hoists for commercial and industrial uses. Our rugged hoists are highly regarded in the industry and represent an excellent value. Hoists are offered for pickup truck, conversion/dump body, and trailer hoist applications.


*Venco hoists are designed for and intended to be used on stationary trucks dumping on firm and level ground.  Spreading applications and/or shock unloading are strictly prohibited and will void any warranty.

Find out more at: http://venturo.com/hoists/

Inside the World's Most Amazing Adventure Vehicle

EarthCruiser makes some of the most incredible and capable vehicles on the planet. Based on a 4-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Fuso platform, the EarthCruiser FX averages 15 miles per gallon, has a 1000 mile range and can carry enough fresh water to keep you off the grid and self-sufficient for months at a time. Founded in Australia and now based in Bend, OR, an EarthCruiser should be on the short list of vehicles to consider if your dream involves selling your house and traveling the globe for years at a time.

See more about this fascinating vehicle at www.earthcruiser.com


Autonomous Evasive Maneuver Assist in action—ZF Innovation Truck

Autonomous truck technology is not a fad. ZF, a supplier of driveline, chassis and safety technology, showed off the next step in autonomous technology evolution with its Innovation Truck. Taking autonomous technology to the next level was the unveiling of Evasive Maneuver Assist. A partnership between ZF and WABCO birthed a level two autonomous system that assists the driver in performing an emergency braking lane change to avoid a collision. For a better understanding of the technology and what lies ahead for the Autonomous truck trend, I spoke with Dr. Gerhard Gumpoltsberger, ZF’s Senior Manager Testing, Innovation Management.


GM dominates J.D. Power short-list of most dependable trucks -


The automaker dominates a short-list of the most dependable pickups of 2016 published this week by J.D. Power.

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study and Initial Quality Study is based on surveys of thousands of new and used vehicle owners. Power Circle Ratings based on that data are used to predict long-term reliability.

Scores are calculated based on the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD dominate the segment with a Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also received a Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/gm-dominates-j-d-power-short-list-of-most-dependable-trucks/#sthash.aIH3qAii.dpuf

IMT SiteStar Lube Skid

Our lightweight IMT SiteStar lube skid easily attaches to and detaches from your mechanics truck, giving you the flexibility to provide lube truck services to your fleet.


2017 Ford Super Duty: Forester Approved | We Own Work | Ford Tough

As a forester, Tim Pope from Terry Tree Service knows a thing or two about toughness. Hear what he had to say about getting up close and personal with the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty.


Switch-N-Go Tradeshow Video

A video demonstration of Switch N Go

Iveco signs up for DriveVansA2Z 2016


Iveco is the latest manufacturer to sign on the dotted line to be in attendance at the UK’s premier LCV hands-on driving event, taking place at the home of British motor sport, Silverstone, on 20 & 21 September. Ably supported by one of its main dealer groups, Guest Trucks and Northern Commercials, Iveco will be giving DriveVansA2Z visitors the opportunity to test drive a selection of the new, latest generation Daily E6. The timing couldn’t be better with deliveries of right-hand drive models to UK operators and fleets just starting to making their presence felt out on the roads.

The launch of the latest Daily sees Iveco raise the bar in its sector with the introduction of features that use technology to push the boundaries of performance, raise comfort, deliver more connectivity and lower the total cost of ownership. At the heart of the new range is an extended Euro 6 engine family, including models which deliver up to eight per cent fuel savings and up to 12 per cent savings on repair and maintenance costs. The cab has been completely re-worked, significantly, increasing comfort and reducing noise by 4dB.

Iveco Daily E6 Hi-MaticThe icing on the cake is that visitors to DriveVansA2Z will be able to experience Iveco’s new Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission in real-world conditions. Developed in conjunction with world renowned specialist company ZF, Hi-Matic is the same type of transmission found in premium cars manufactured by sister group companies Jeep and Maserati. It can change gear more quickly and precisely than even the best driver, needing less than 200 milliseconds for a shift, bringing what Iveco describes as ‘absolute driving pleasure’.

Key to the new model range is the revolutionary DAILY BUSINESS UP app for tablets and smartphones, taking on-board connectivity beyond the concept of infotainment and turning Daily E6 into a professional work tool with its very own app. It brings with it features such as a Driving Style Evaluation (DSE) system, Sygic professional navigation and even providing a direct link to Assistance Non-Stop, Iveco’s 24/7 roadside assistance service.

Click here for more information about DriveVansA2Z and to apply for tickets.


VANAIR PTO Underdeck System

Eliminate the need to buy a costly second tier 4 engine.

STX Appeal: New Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty STX Models Provide Style and Value at Great Price

  •     Ford adds special interior and exterior upgrades to offer stylish, value-oriented trucks with the STX Appearance Package for 2017 F-Series Trucks
  •     Positioned between XL work and XLT mid-level models, STX available for 2017 F-150 and Super Duty
  •     Customers can order the STX package on F-150 in either SuperCab or SuperCrew and on Super Duty in any cab configuration from Ford dealers today
DEARBORN, MI – Ford, America’s truck leader, is giving entry-level truck customers a new option to find the truck of their dreams with great infotainment features and stylish design at an affordable price.

The STX Appearance Package will be available for 2017 F-150 and Super Duty trucks, building on the success of the previous generation F-150 STX. This will be the first time F-Series Super Duty is offered with the STX package.

“STX is for customers who want the utility of an F-Series truck in a stylish, well-optioned package at a competitive price,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager.

Positioned between the XL and XLT models, STX adds a stylish exterior and many interior features that aren’t normally available on the entry level F-150:
  •     20-inch machined-aluminum wheels with dark gray painted pockets
  •     Black billet-style grille with body-color surround and black mesh insert
  •     Body-color front fascia and front and rear bumpers
  •     SYNC® 3 with 8-inch center stack touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™
  •     Privacy glass
  •     Unique black sport cloth seats with Flow-through Console and steering column-mounted shifter
  •     STX Sport Box decal
  •     Fog lamps
  •     Manual driver and passenger lumbar support
The F-150 with the STX package is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

The Super Duty STX Appearance package brightens up the exterior with chrome features and unique badging. The package is available with either the 6.2-liter V8 gas engine, or the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, and adds the following to the XL trim:
  •     Bright chrome grille
  •     Chrome front and rear step bumpers
  •     STX fender vent badge
  •     Unique aluminum wheels
  •     Steering wheel-mounted cruise control
  •     Bright hub covers (SRW only)
  •     AM/FM stereo with single CD/MP3 player
Available in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configurations on F-150, and in all cab configurations in Super Duty, the STX package bundles numerous features together to give customers a great value truck.

The STX package is available to order through dealers on both models now.

The F-150 STX starts at: $35,615.

F-250 STX starts at $34,910, and F-350 STX starts at $36,080.


Ram Trucks | Heavy Duty & 1500 | America's Longest-Lasting Pickups

The Ram Heavy Duty is the most capable full-sized pickup on the road today, and the Ram 1500 is the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup ever. Ram. America's longest-lasting pickups.


2017 Ford Super Duty: Capability and Durability | We Own Work | Ford Tough

With Best-In-Class* towing, torque, and payload the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty® has unmatched capability and durability.

Chevrolet’s New Low Cab Forward Trucks Heading to Dealers Nationwide


DETROIT – Chevrolet’s new Low Cab Forward trucks are now shipping to Chevrolet dealers across the country, marking Chevrolet’s return to the medium duty market. The new Low Cab Forward series strengthens Chevrolet’s expansive truck portfolio, which includes midsize, light duty and heavy duty pickups. 

“We’re in the business of helping our commercial customers succeed, and a big part of that is providing the vehicle choices they need to efficiently operate their businesses,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. “Our new Low Cab Forward trucks are the answer for our customers who require expansive payload, cargo-hauling capabilities and exceptional maneuverability.   

The Chevrolet Low Cab Forward has great customer-focused functionality, including a maneuverable Cab Over design for optimal visibility and a tight turning radius for efficient hauling in busy, urban environments.

The new trucks are offered in regular cab and crew cab body styles, with either a 6.0L V-8 gas engine, a 3.0L turbo-diesel engine or a 5.2L turbo-diesel engine. All engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. Class 3 through 5 models are available with maximum GVWR ranges of up to 19,500 pounds.

“Drivers will love this truck because it’s comfortable, versatile and easy to drive, but the thing that will set us apart for owners-operators and fleet managers is ease of service through a nationwide network of Chevrolet commercial dealers,” said John Schwegman, director of commercial product, General Motors Fleet.

Pricing begins at an MSRP of $40,900 for trucks with gasoline engines. Pricing for trucks with diesel engines begins at an MSRP of $48,375. Prices include a $1,125 destination charge but exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees. For more information about the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward series and Chevrolet’s comprehensive commercial lineup, visit www.chevrolet.com.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


Interesting Evolved Welding/Service Truck Tour

Here's how my welding/service truck.is laid out to give you some ideas for your truck.

About Classic Work's YouTube Channel:
ClassicWork is a channel dedicated to all things that have to do with work. I'll be showing: Wood working, wood burning, framing, turning, metal,working, welding, pipe fitting, machining, blacksmthing, and metal casting.

See his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EEJester1586/featured


Manufacturing Marvels - Auto Crane Truck Mounted Cranes

Manufacturing Marvels segment aired on Fox Business Channel ©2015 about the Auto Crane Company. See more at www.autocrane.com


SnugTop Debuts “SnugPro Capsule”Commercial Cap

Noted truck cap and tonneau manufacturer Snugtop has taken capsule-style commercial toppers to the next level with the introduction of the lightweight SnugPro Capsule. It features an industry-first “drop in” design that snugly fits over the OEM wheel well and provides maximum interior room—as well as unparalleled mounting security.

Thanks to its one-piece Advanced Structural Composite construction the SnugPro Capsule weighs only 475 pounds—the lightest capsule in the industry. Moreover, it’s sleek, aerodynamic style enhances factory lines and contributes to optimum fuel economy.

The SnugPro Capsule is specifically designed for each make and model truck and painted to match the color and gloss of the vehicle using the Axalta ChromaPremier process, preventing surface oxidation commonly occurring with a gelcoat finish. A built-in LED brake light and optional rear-view camera add to its style and functionality.

Built for long-term durability, the SnugPro Capsule is reinforced to provide a hefty 500 lb. roof carrying capacity and compliment a wide assortment of ladder and other racks. Features like full-length heavy-duty door hinges, stainless steel T-handles, and 3-point locking add to its rugged construction.

Multiple door and shelving options enable businesses to tailor the SnugPro Capsule to their specific needs. The use of J-hooks allow the unit to be installed without any drilling, and also facilitates easy transfers in the years to come.

For additional information go to www.snugtopcommercial.com or call the factory at 562-432-5454.

UPS: A Billion Cleaner Miles and Beyond

UPS set out to drive 1 billion miles in our fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2017. We’ve already surpassed our goal and are not stopping anytime soon. 

See our journey. http://www.ups.com/sustainability


Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. Pros & Cons.

OnPoint Trucking Concepts With LoShawn Parks

Jay Leno Drives a 2016 Cascadia Evolution

We all know he's a car buff, but Jay Leno knows a thing or two about big rigs. Watch him drive a 2016 Cascadia Evolution around the race track.


TDK Logging - How our Service trucks are laid out

TDK Logging walk-around of their service trucks. See previous CTS Blog post of their shop and yard operation.

TDK Logging - Trucks, Trucks and More Trucks!

This drone tour of the TDK Logging yard and shop is amazing, what a creative way of giving us an overview of their shop and yard operations!

Did you ever see a work truck with a company name and wonder what they did? In other words, what business are they in? After seeing a video of a work truck for TDK Logging, I asked myself, what business are they in and what does TDK Logging use their service truck for? This video answers a lot of my questions, they use trucks and other heavy equipment that constantly need maintenance and repairs in the field. This means that they must have a way of getting those repairs done in outdoor locations such as remote areas with no facilities. no buildings, no lifts, no equipment, no lights, etc.

There is another video to follow this post at CTS Blog today where  they do  a walk-around of their service trucks explaining what the equipment is, how it's stored and what it is used for. Stay tuned for the next post on TDK Logging!

Thank you TDK Logging for sharing this with us!

Guest Post by Steve Taylor: Steve specializes in lean six sigma process improvement. He focuses on consulting with landscape / snow removal contractors, truck fleets, equipment distributors and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com
and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/


Sustainable City Solutions: Hamburg and UPS

UPS has created innovative, zero-emissions delivery alternatives for Hamburg, Germany, and continues to create solutions that help cities reduce congestion and emissions, while meeting service needs. It’s all part of how UPS is Committed to More™. 

Learn more about UPS’s sustainability efforts and achievements at ups.com/sustainability.

Unique Contractor Truck Storage Solutions

Designed and built a contractor topper to house my tools, including two work benches, table saw, miter saw, vacuum, and compressor. The unique part of this design enables me to get what ever I need without having to move stuff out of the way.


Knapheide EC Series Service Body Walk Around-2016 Work Truck Show

Watch Mike Soich, Regional Sales Manager, point out the industry-leading features found on Knapheide EC Series Service Bodies. See more about Knapheide products at www.knapheide.com


Masterack - Quality Professional - Grade Products


When it comes to choosing high quality, professional grade commercial vehicle equipment, Masterack is an industry leader with over 40 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, and installation. Our large selection of steel and composite van interiors, pickup equipment, ladder racks, and accessories are available as pre-designed trade packages or can easily be mix-and-matched to customize your vehicle.

Find out more at: http://masterack.com/

Stellar announces lighter, redesigned Hooklift line


Stellar Industries announced the release of its lighter, redesigned 20,000-pound capacity Hooklift line today at WasteExpo in Las Vegas.

Stellar’s 20,000-pound capacity Hooklift is a truck-mounted hydraulic system that is capable of interchanging various bodies.

One feature that has been incorporated into the redesign of the 20,000-pound Hooklifts is the use of a plunger valve. This device stops jib movement when the Hooklift is in dump mode. The plunger valve replaces the original rotary valve, which required maintenance.  Without the need to monitor and adjust a rotary valve, there is less maintenance required over the life of the Hooklift.

The Hooklift line was engineered using the latest design tools, including finite element analysis and strain gauge validation testing. Through its design and manufacturing processes, Stellar streamlined the design of the line, which reduced the weight of the Hooklift up to 100 pounds.

While all six models in the 20,000-pound Hooklift line were redesigned, all of the cylinders have remained the same, model to model. Stellar states that will prove convenient for distributors that stock cylinder seal kits.

“At Stellar we are committed to continuous product improvement in order to provide our customers with the most efficient and hardest working equipment on the market today,” says Al Kuhlman, assistant product manager for Stellar Industries.

“Our engineering staff used the latest design technology available to them to redesign a faster, lighter and extremely durable unit while making it price competitive. We’re excited for the marketplace to see it in action.”

Stellar is located at booth 1761 at WasteExpo, which is being held today through Thursday, June 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/stellar-announces-lighter-redesigned-hooklift-line/#sthash.3ydIDl7F.dpuf


Nissan Readies Single-Cab Titans for Fall


Just as promised last year, Nissan is rolling out more cab configurations and bed lengths for its full-size pickup truck lineup. Offered to better serve fleet and commercial pickup buyers, the single cab (called a regular cab by other truckmakers) will be offered in the light-duty Titan and heaveir-duty Titan XD in either S or SV entry-level trims with 4x4 or 4x2 drivelines.

Although Titans and Titan XDs will be on completely unique platforms, their wheelbase and interior design will be relatively identical. All single-cab Titans will have an 8-foot bed and 5.6-liter V-8 engine. An all-new V-6 engine choice will be added at a much later date. Titan XD single cabs will also have an 8-foot bed and a choice of two engine choices: the 5.6-liter V-8 gas or 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins turbo-diesel.

Single-cab long-bed Titans and Titan XDs will have the same gross combined weight ratings as their crew-cab counterparts, but will offer more towing and payload capacity. The single cabs will be available in late fall on model-year 2017 pickups, with King Cab models following in early 2017.

Manufacturer images

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/nissan-readies-single-cab-titans-for-fall.html


MotorWeek | Road Test: 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel

MotorWeek sees if diesel is still a dirty word with the GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel pickup.

Ford Bolsters Availability of SYNC 3 plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto; Tech Offered on All 2017 Model-Year Cars, SUVs, Light Trucks and Electrified Vehicles

  • All 2017 model-year Ford cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles to offer available SYNC® 3 voice-activated communications and entertainment system with popular smartphone integrations
  • CarPlay™ allows iPhone users to get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road with Siri® or a touch screen
  • Android Auto™ enables Google voice search, maps, music and more through steering wheel and touch screen controls
  • Ford’s platform-focused approach to SYNC 3 means a fast rollout across all vehicles – with rapid deployment of new innovations via Wi-Fi over-the-air updates

DEARBORN, Mich., July 25, 2016 – Ford is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform – allowing compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – throughout its entire 2017 U.S. vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.

Ford, using its platform-centric approach – creating a technology for its lineup versus going vehicle by vehicle – has been able to swiftly roll out SYNC 3 plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And future, over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi will help ensure it keeps up with the latest technology.

“We developed one platform – SYNC 3 – and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup,” said Chuck Gray, Ford Global Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering.

“Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps.”
Popular nameplates like the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available as 2017 model-year vehicles at dealerships and others like the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year.

“SYNC 3 is already a major leap forward in terms of functionality, simplicity, and user experience – Ford’s promise that every new model now ships ‘Smartphone-ready’ is huge,” said Jeffrey Hannah, Director of North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD. “Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only. The guesswork for consumers is over – if you buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both of these innovative technologies ready to go.”

As part of Ford’s effort to present convenient, easy-to-use mobility solutions, SYNC 3 features all-new hardware and software for faster and more intuitive performance and more conversational voice recognition to help people easily connect to their smartphone and access a variety of features, including hands-free phone calls and available navigation.

Apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services have been added through SYNC AppLink®.

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Android Auto is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher and similarly delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging.
Apple, Apple CarPlay, iPhone, Apple Maps, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.


VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors UNDERHOOD Demo

Demonstration of VMAC's VR70 and VR140 UNDERHOOD air compressors. Learn More: http://vmacair.com/product/underhood-...

VMAC is a world-leader in the development of truck mounted mobile air compressor solutions used for service trucks, public works, utilities and highway/heavy construction.

VMAC engineers and manufactures 70cfm and 150cfm UNDERHOOD Air Compressor Systems, 40cfm and 60cfm PREDATAIR hydraulic driven Air Compressor Systems and THROTTLE COMMANDER 3-speed engine throttle controls. UNDERHOOD and PREDATAIR Air Compressors feature high-powered rotary screw air-on-demand technology. Both systems are ideal for use on work trucks in applications such as mining, construction, tire-service, fire-apparatus and municipal operations. THROTTLE COMMANDER throttle controls are easy to install idle up speed controllers activated with a 12-volt signal. Designed for electronic engines, these load sensing throttle controls will follow a preset programmed rpm setting.

VMACs success comes from working with customers to determine what their air compressor needs are and then surpassing those needs with unparalleled product quality, innovation and customer service. By regularly introducing new and innovative products to the market, VMAC ensures it remains the leader in truck mounted mobile air compressor technology.