Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Commercial Van Accessories & Truck Equipment by Adrian Steel

Don’t be fooled by imitators. At Adrian Steel, we strive to understand the day-to-day demands of your business and to provide the products and services to fill those needs.

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Experienced Van Equipment Manufacturer

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Let our experience work for you: we have upfitted over one million vans in our 60 plus years of business and have leveraged that expertise in engineering our innovative product line. Our strong reputation in the industry is matched only by our resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product.  Our van storage products are made to last and it shows.

Cargo Management Solutions

It is a fact that an organized vehicle increases work flow efficiency and reduces inventory damages. Adrian Steel has solutions for your commercial vehicles:

Ladder Racks
Partitions
Van Accessories
Van Shelving
Van Storage
and more

We manufacture Contractor Grade products and storage solutions including:  shelving, drawers, cabinets, partitions, ladder racks, aluminum toolboxes, and accessories.
Not only do we provide all the commercial van and truck equipment to make your vehicle work-ready, we have developed a system to get your vehicle upfitted regardless of where you need to get them done: at the factory, out of dealer stock, at your place of business, or through a bailment pool.

Adrian Steel Supports You

At Adrian Steel we are committed to you beyond the upfit! We have a dedicated Customer Care Team and a network of highly qualified distributors to support you locally. We are dedicated to providing the best cargo management solutions in North America!

Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

Photo courtesy of Ford.

by Mike Antich 

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. It is important to design a truck or van that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the vehicle. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity.

A common mistake made by inexperienced fleet managers is that they do not know a vehicle's operating parameters and payload requirements. You need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. The key objective of your discussions with drivers or technicians is to match the truck or van with the fleet application. When meeting with end-users, ask questions about their current vehicles. For example, is the powertrain right for their application? Similarly, investigate whether the gross vehicle weight (GVW) is adequate for the payload carried, or, is the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) high enough if the vehicle will be towing a trailer?

When talking with employees who are actually using trucks or vans, you may discover they have problems unknown to you. It is common to discover problems with loading height, cab access, lack of bins, limited visibility when backing, or insufficient tool storage. This is your opportunity to ask a lot of questions to determine vehicle or upfit deficiencies. For instance, ask employees about passenger requirements, how the payload is distributed, whether the vehicle will be fully loaded or operating with a diminishing load, and how they load and off-load cargo.

Look at the existing vehicle and investigate the maintenance records. What type of problems has this vehicle had, if any? This will help you determine if the current vehicle is under-spec’d. If it is, then take the necessary steps to correct it. Usually, the majority of trucks or vans that have unscheduled maintenance problems are under-powered and overloaded, which, in addition to increased shop time, results in increased driver downtime. Your maintenance records will reveal that most of the vehicles that experience repeated mechanical failures are under-spec’d.

When you’re building a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly, or you’ll make an expensive mistake. The foremost consideration when building a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

It is also important to understand how a vehicle will be loaded and unloaded to determine whether a liftgate or pull-out ramp should be chosen for the truck body. Ask how employees will load the payload. Do they use pallet jacks or forklifts? What are the dimensions of the payload? It is important to know the height requirements of the truck. For instance, if payload will be loaded and off-loaded at a dock, what is the dock height? If a forklift is utilized in the loading or unloading payload, it is essential to have the forklift reinforcement option included in the body specifications.

Also, know where and how your drivers are securing the load. Take into consideration the height and bulk of your product to ensure the truck or van has the proper cargo restraint system.

Clean Sheet Approach to Spec’ing
When spec’ing vehicles, past history is important but one negative outcome to using last model-year specs is repeating past inefficiencies. Fleet managers need to adopt a “clean sheet” approach to how they spec their truck or van fleets.

Building a truck or van is a complicated process. Specifying the right vehicle requires hundreds of decisions and choices — and each choice potentially impacts another. When spec’ing a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly. If not, you’ll end up making an expensive mistake.

Where it gets tricky is finding the balance to avoid over-spec’ing or under-spec’ing a truck, each with its own unique set of consequences. Over-spec’ing a truck or van increases the capitalized cost of the vehicle, while under-spec’ing increases maintenance cost.

Another consequence to an under-spec’d truck or van is that it may require multiple trips due to limited payload capacity. Also, when spec’ing a smaller GVWR truck than required, the tendency is to overload the vehicle. Besides accelerating replacement of wear items, such as brakes, an overloaded vehicle also increases the company’s liability exposure if it is involved in a preventable accident.

Overextending a truck or van's payload capacity beyond the chassis’ weight specifications is a good way to shorten the vehicle's service life. Overloaded trucks will cause premature tire wear, decreased fuel economy, and downtime due to engine or transmission repair. In addition, overloading results in fines and possible impoundment of the vehicle by the authorities.

Interconnectivity Between Specs
It can’t be emphasized enough: To properly spec a truck or van you need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. You should solicit input from field personnel to ensure that local issues affecting the vehicle’s operation are taken into account.

When consulting with end-users, there are three components to determining payload requirement. The first is payload weight. How much weight will the vehicle need to carry in its daily workload? You need to determine the maximum need, not an average. The vehicle must be able to do the job every day with the maximum load at any given time. Payload weight will also help determine if the cargo can be loaded and unloaded by hand, or whether you will need a power liftgate or some other type of assist to get it up in the body or bed.

Another determinant is in the volume or size of the payload. The vehicle needs to be large enough to handle the volume. And, you need to know how the payload will be loaded. Is it stackable? Can you stack it right to the ceiling? Or, can only the floor space be used? How do you secure the product? Getting any of these factors wrong can mean the truck or van will be spec’d incorrectly.

The third component is the type of payload. Are you hauling loose gravel, pallets, or boxes of merchandise? This will determine the type of truck or van and body combination you need to choose.

The best way to determine actual payload is to take a normally loaded truck and weigh it on a highway scale. Another practical tip is to weigh the front and rear axle. This will tell you if you are overloading the whole vehicle or just one of the axles.

In addition, you need to make sure that the vehicle can carry not only the payload but also any additional equipment you put on it. The fleet manager needs to add the body and equipment weight to that of any tools or other material that could be stored or transported by the chassis.

To determine the correct vehicle size for the intended payload often requires a judgment call as to how much over-capacity to build into the payload capacity of the vehicle when spec’ing its requirements. Spec’ing the vehicle to the minimum necessary payload rating (by basing it on an average load or looking at only today’s business needs instead of trying to anticipate future needs) means that the vehicle will be operating at peak capacity most of the time, which may compromise safety and the length of its service life. Conversely, too much payload capacity is wasted capacity.

Application is King
Specifications should be defined by the application and mission requirements. Trucks must be equipped to handle very specific fleet applications, which require specifying a multitude of components such as the right drivetrain, suspension, and body. By understanding day-to-day fleet applications, you will be able to build a truck that meets the users’ daily needs. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity. The same holds true with vans.

Fleet managers must understand how company vehicles are intended to be used in the field; however, it is important to be aware that intended usage often does not match real-world usage. The most important first step to correctly spec’ing a truck or van is to meet and talk with the drivers or technicians who will be using the vehicle. This understanding will influence all truck specifications. It can’t be stressed enough that vehicle specifications must be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements.

One way to increase truck or van productivity is to modify specs to increase mpg.

The drivetrain, tires, engine, and aerodynamics of the vehicle must be properly matched to maximize fuel efficiency.

Selecting vehicles with aerodynamic features can prove cost-effective. The rule of thumb is that for each 10% reduction in air resistance, mpg increases by 5%. Examples of aerodynamic modifications include specifying aerodynamic mirrors, moving air filters under the hood, and eliminating fender-mounted mirrors.

Ergonomic Considerations
Under OSHA regulations, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. Across a variety of vocational segments, today’s fleet managers are devoting increased consideration to ensuring upfits will be ergonomically safe for the driver over the service life of the vehicles.

More fleets are requesting upfits with additional safety equipment, such as a rear-view camera, reverse sensing, back-up alarm, remote start, grab handles, convex spot mirrors, and drop-down ladder racks to reduce workers’ comp claims and to improve operator efficiency.

To create an ergonomically safe work environment, make sure the vehicle is properly engineered upfront for the job it is required to do. For instance, if applications require crane installation on service bodies, the chassis GVWR should be sufficient for the application. Under-engineering can lead to unnecessary safety risks to drivers. When spec’ing auxiliary equipment, be cognizant of component weights. Extra weight not only increases fuel consumption but also reduces payload capacity.

When selecting upfit equipment, review vehicle requests from the field and ask follow-up questions of drivers to verify the equipment is suitable for the job. Thoroughly train all employees handling the equipment in its operation and safe use. Develop written guidelines covering vehicle and equipment usage. Follow manufacturer guidelines to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Field managers should regularly inspect equipment to ensure it is in safe working condition and that equipment is only used for its intended purpose. Often, decisions are made in the field to modify vehicles without the fleet manager being informed. The home office is often not aware of the modification until there is an issue, such as when someone complains about an ergonomics-related health issue.

Spec to Maximize Future Resale
Trucks and vans are ultimately tools of a trade and the chassis merely provide mobility and power to operate equipment. When these vehicles are built to perform at their optimal performance, specifically in the areas of reliability, fuel economy, and driving experience, there will always be a demand and a market to resell these vehicles. While resale is a very important lifecycle consideration, the most important part of a lifecycle calculation for any type of truck, especially medium-duty applications, or van is building the right vehicle for the intended job function.

How you spec a truck or van has a direct bearing on its future resale. Nowadays you don’t want to spec a manual transmission. There are fewer qualified drivers today capable of driving a manual transmission than in the past. Automatic transmissions are required by most companies when selecting a vehicle, which makes automatics more desirable from a resale perspective. In addition to resale value, an automatic transmission assists in driver acquisition, retention, lower maintenance costs, and more uptime.

In addition, for trucks, always specify the power take-off (PTO) provision. Even if there’s no need for a PTO for the truck’s initial use, the availability of the PTO provision will make the truck more attractive to buyers in the secondary market because it saves the future owner from having to pay to add the provision.

Ultimately, mileage and general condition will likely play the greatest role in determining desirability and resale value.

Source: http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/article/story/2017/05/understanding-the-variables-to-optimize-truck-van-specs.aspx


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Muncie Power Products | We Build Trust


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Ranch Hand HD Truck Accessories at NTEA Work Truck Show


Erik Umscheid of Ranch Hand, a leading manufacturer of heavy duty truck accessories shows off some of their products to Joe Hughes of the National Ford Truck Club and Ford Pros.

See more about the National Ford Truck Club at http://www.nationalfordtruckclub.com

See more about the entire lineup of great truck accessories by Ranch Hand at https://www.ranchhand.com/

Recap: The Work Truck Show 2017 | Sortimo By Knapheide


It was another successful year at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Road to driverless trucks clogged with unanswered questions



Driver training, safety, and cybersecurity among the topics discussed during FMCSA listening session.




With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use.

Yet a public listening session sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) illustrated just how many questions remain to be answered before the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.

“There is a gigantic void between what is reality and what is the Hollywood version of what is going on. We are a long, long way from a truly driverless truck, and I think everyone in this room knows that,” said Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association.

Source: http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions




Saturday, May 27, 2017

Uber Freight Launches for Owner-Operators, Small Fleets

Owner-operators and small fleets can find loads via their mobile devices. Photo: Aether Films, courtesy Uber Freight
With the official launch of Uber Freight, an app that matches trucking companies with loads to haul, Uber is looking to transform the world of freight transport much as it has changed the world of taxis with its ride-sharing app.
After years of other companies trying to offer what are often nicknamed “Uber for trucking” freight-matching services, Uber itself is launching a load-matching app it says will make “logistics and transportation as magical as pressing a button and getting a taxi,” according to Eric Berdinis, product lead for Uber Freight.


Nissan showcases full commercial vehicle lineup at The 2017 Work truck Show


With the final major piece of the Nissan TITAN lineup in place, Nissan hit the road to The Work Truck Show – the largest work truck event in North America – like never before. From March 15 to 17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, an assortment of specially outfitted NV Cargo vans and TITAN XD pickup trucks highlighted the strength and versatility of the new full lineup of Nissan commercial vehicles.

Learn more at: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/us-united-states-nissan-models-titan/releases/nissan-to-showcase-full-commercial-vehicle-lineup-at-the-2017-work-truck-show-in-indianapolis



Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Review: Pickup Trucks.com Photo Gallery

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We know with an off-road pickup truck, you need to see as many angles and details as possible. Of course, what you really need is to get behind the wheel. In lieu of that, here are a few images of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to get you closer to the action.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery & the manfuacturer

See all the photos at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/05/2017-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-review-photo-gallery.html


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Volvo pioneers autonomous, self-driving refuse truck in the urban environment


Volvo Group, together with Swedish waste and recycling specialists Renova, is testing a pioneering autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used across the urban environment. 
The project explores how automation can contribute to enhanced traffic safety, improved working conditions and lower environmental impact.

Longest-Lasting Pickups | Kim & David's Ram 3500 | 1,450,212 Miles


Kim and David have put their 2007 Ram 3500 to work, and then some. With over 1.4 million miles and counting on their Ram Truck, they’ve visited 49 states and every Canadian province during their travels. Watch their amazing story, and tell us why your Ram Truck is #LongestLasting on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments here.

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With legendary power, performance and dependability, we’re determined to work hard and play even harder, boldly forging ahead to get the job done. 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X “Project Basecamp” debuts at Overland Expo 2017 WEST

2017 Nissan TITAN XD offers heavy-duty attitude with choice of 555 lb-ft Cummins® 5.0L V8 turbo diesel or 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine; adds new Single Cab and King Cab

Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp


  • Nissan's flagship TITAN XD model creates a "new class" of full-size pickup with commercial strength components
  • Combines many capabilities of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup
  • TITAN's legendary innovation leadership continues with cutting-edge towing, utility and driving aids
  • New Single Cab body joins previously available Crew Cab – will be joined by King Cab body configuration in spring 2017
  • In 2016, the all-new Nissan TITAN XD shook up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment in the United States and Canada with a bold design and capabilities that staked out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries.

Called the "XD" and launched with a standard Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, the new TITAN XD offered some of the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of 12,640 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 2,420 pounds (when properly equipped) – yet with fuel-efficiency and affordability closer to a half-ton pickup. The diesel was later joined by Nissan's smooth, efficient 5.6-liter Endurance® V8.

For the 2017 model year, TITAN XD continues to offer all the award-winning capabilities that helped it earn the title of "2015 Truck of Texas" – but now with a new available Single Cab and King Cab body configurations joining the previous Crew Cab design.

And, if that's not enough to grab truck buyers' attention, every TITAN XD is covered by America's Best Truck Warranty1, featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first. And, a new King Cab body configuration is on tap for spring 2017.

In addition, enhancements for 2017 include five new option packages – the Heavy Duty Front GAWR Package, SV Leather Package, Texas TITAN Package, SL Chrome Package and Platinum Reserve Bed Utility Package.

Built from the Work Job Up with Commercial Strength
While the original Nissan Titan was known for its consumer-focused innovations, such as the Wide-Open rear doors, bedside storage compartment, factory spray-on bedliner and Utili-track® Bed Channel System, TITAN XD starts with a focus on commercial strength components – from the radiator to the rear axle and everything in between.

Nissan TITAN XD models are built on a unique frame and chassis to handle the Cummins diesel and Endurance® V8 gas engines, as well as the truck's expanded towing and payload potential. Starting with a durable, proven chassis design from Nissan Commercial Vehicles, the new fully boxed, full-length ladder frame is extensively reinforced and strengthened for use with the TITAN XD with added stiffness, vertical and lateral bending, and torsional rigidity. It also features an extended 151.6-inch wheelbase – about 20 inches longer than TITAN half-ton models.

To maximize stability, handling and ride comfort, TITAN XD uses a heavy-duty, highly stable suspension design. The double-wishbone with stabilizer bar front suspension is reinforced and tuned for hard use, and the rigid rear axle suspension utilizes hefty leaf springs and leaf bushings, along with twin-tube shock absorbers. The axle is a large purpose-built American Axle Manufacturing design. The rear differential measures 9.84 inches with 3.5-inch axle tubes, while the front differential (4x4 models) measures 9.25 inches. Both are manufactured by American Axle. Also available is an Electronic Locking Rear Differential.

Hydraulic cab-mounts help isolate occupants from the advanced TITAN XD chassis. The TITAN XD rides on 17-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with LT245/75R17, LT275/65R18 or LT265/60R20 tires for strong all-weather/all surface traction.

Braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc system with 14.2 x 1.5-inch front/14.4 x 1.2-inch rear ventilated discs front and rear with hydraulic power assist. The high brake fluid pressure generated by an electric pump assists brake pedal force for a confident feel.

Responsive steering is provided by a recirculating ball-type high-capacity steering system with parallel rod steering linkage to optimize steering effort characteristics, even under heavy axle weight and towing conditions.

Even the radiator's heat radiation cooling capacity is more than 25 percent greater than the previous Titan to help enhance performance and meet SAE J2807 compliance. TITAN XD engine capacity meets 12,000-plus pound tow requirements through use of the large radiator, air transmission cooler and large 23.6-inch engine cooling fan diameter.

Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel – Power, Durability and MPG
Creating a new class of truck also meant developing a new class of engine. Like the TITAN XD itself, the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel fills the space between more expensive big bore diesels and less capable smaller displacement diesels. And more than just power and torque, the engine is refined, starts fast and is responsive and quiet. It is also lightweight and offers clean emissions.

The TITAN XD's Cummins diesel is the first commercial application of the Cummins M2 two-stage turbo system, which helps reduce traditional turbo-lag through precision balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. The patented Rotary Turbine Control provides solid performance across the powerband and manages exhaust gas temperatures.

The engine also features a Bosch® HPCR fuel system to deliver precise fuel control and multiple injections per combustion stroke, which helps increase efficiency and reduce traditional "diesel clatter." And, the advanced, maintenance-free Bosch® ceramic glow plugs provide quick engine starts, even in extreme low temperatures.

Another key advantage of the Cummins diesel design is that it provides maximum durability and power in a lightweight package. Weight was reduced by building the cylinder block out of compacted graphite iron (CGI), which is stronger and lighter than traditional iron. Other lightweight engine components were added, including high-strength aluminum-alloy heads and composite valve covers. The CGI block, along with the dual overhead camshafts, also contributes to the engine's excellent noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.

The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel exhaust system has a particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction that enable the engine to run cleaner. That technology also serves a second purpose – reducing typical diesel noise. As a result of all these advanced systems, the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel is more capable than small displacement diesel engine offerings and less expensive than big bore heavy-duty diesels.

It is also designed to be fun to drive, with about 45 percent more torque at cruising speed than similar-sized gasoline V8 engines. And, its low revving powerband requires less downshifting and provides more confidence while towing, as well as saving fuel whether towing or carrying heavy loads.

Helping handle the power and torque of the engine is a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin A466ND automatic transmission developed and tuned exclusively for the TITAN XD.

Nissan 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 – 390 HP, DIGTM Technology
Midway through the 2016 model year, a new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine was added to the TITAN XD lineup. The engine continues for the 2017 model year, once again backed by a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine is also available on the 2017 TITAN half-ton.

Cast, forged and assembled at Nissan's Powertrain Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tennessee, the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 394 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

While it shares its displacement with the previous-generation V8 installed in the first generation Titan, that is where the similarities end. The new engine's 390 horsepower is up from 317, and its 394 lb-ft of torque represents an increase from the previous 385 lb-ft. The new engine also features Nissan's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake and exhaust sides to provide high performance and crisp response.

Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve, and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.

The engine also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance (previous Titan: 9.8:1) and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine's thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.

In addition, Nissan TITAN XD 4x4 models feature a new transfer case designed to ensure maximum power distribution in every gear. It distributes torque to both ends and provides four-wheel drive when added traction is needed on snow, ice, sand, mud, muck, dirt, water, gravel – whatever the job site presents.

Durable off-road performance has also been emphasized, with features such as Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD). An off-road gauge uses accelerometer data to calculate the vehicle's pitch and roll angles.

Towing and Hauling – Informed and In Control
TITAN XD models equipped with the 5.0L Cummins diesel have a maximum payload of 2,420 pounds (when properly equipped) and a maximum towing rating of 12,640 pounds (when properly equipped).

Equipped with the 5.6L Endurance gasoline V8, maximum payload is rated at 2,910 pounds (when properly equipped) and a maximum towing rating of 11,590 pounds (when properly equipped).

Among the list of TITAN XD's available towing aids are an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from inside the TITAN cab or with the key fob.

Also assisting trailer hook-ups is the TITAN XD's available RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, while the available Around View® Monitor (AVM)2 provides a virtual "bird's eye" view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras to help with parking and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system also includes Moving Object Detection (MOD), which helps alert the driver to detected moving objects around the vehicle via an on-screen notification and warning chime.

Helping TITAN XD owners take advantage of its ample towing power are a range of available hitches – including an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame and easily accessible in the bed. Gooseneck hitches put the load in front of the rear axle, enhancing the ability to control the vehicle. The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD meets the J2807 certification's standards.

TITAN XD also includes a range of available advanced driving aids in addition to RearView Monitor and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection2, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW)3, Front and Rear Sonar System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Smart Design, Smart Utility
The Nissan TITAN XD exterior and interior designs were created at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California. Where the original Titan broke new ground in terms of smart cabin and bed utility, the goal this time around was to keep things simple but smarter – making owners' lives easier.

The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD is offered in three body configurations. TITAN XD Crew Cab features four wide-opening doors and a 6.5-foot bed. The new TITAN XD Single Cab offers two doors and an 8.0-foot bed. Joining the lineup in spring 2017 will be a TITAN XD King Cab with 172-degree wide-opening rear doors for easy access to the rear seat.

Inspired by a theme of "powerful precision tool," the TITAN XD exterior provides a bold, commanding presence with a fresh, modern technical feel. The designers sought to give TITAN a feeling of athletic strength – a look that honors the power of the Cummins diesel and Endurance V8 engines.

The profile of the TITAN XD, with its extended front overhang, was actually influenced by the engine, to incorporate the high performance grille, charged air cooler and two-battery installation. Aerodynamics also played a role in the exterior design, which is improved from the previous Titan and incorporates a front spoiler, roof and tailgate spoilers, front tow hook hole cover, underbody covers, rear tire wind deflectors and a seal between the cab and bed.

Available exterior features include LED headlights and taillights, signature Daytime Running Lights, puddle lamps, and step rails for cabin and bed entry/exit. Door closing effort has also been reduced (compared to the previous generation Titan).

TITAN's industry-first Utili-track® Bed Channel System continues, once again featuring four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that move and lock anywhere along the walls, bed floor and header tracks that give the user endless tie-down possibilities.

While the previous Titan offered a bedside storage compartment in the lower outside fender panels, TITAN XD features available dual lockable in-bed "TITAN Box" storage boxes that sit sight-unseen at street level and can hold a wide range of essential work and recreational equipment. Unlike other pickup bed storage boxes, the TITAN XD units are accessible from inside the bed without having to remove a camper top or tonneau cover. The boxes are watertight (and drainable) and can be used as a cooler for picnics or tailgating. They are also easily removable for times when extra bed capacity is required.

Other TITAN XD bed features include the popular spray-on bedliner, flush-mounted LED bedrail lighting, cargo and tailgate lamps, 110-volt in-bed access and a damped tailgate that is light to lift and smoothly damped when lowering.

A Big Cabin with a Bold and Commanding Presence
Trucks today are multi-functional, used as work and everyday vehicles – so the interior has to be multi-functional as well. The designers focused on enhanced utility and on making the interior easy to use through an improved layout of switches, driver controls and storage spaces.

For the TITAN XD Crew Cab, front storage has been increased 33 percent and rear storage 28 percent, for example, over the previous-generation Titan. The 2nd row underseat storage includes a locking lid for added security and the integrated foldout flat floor. The center console can hold a computer tablet with case or a 15-inch laptop.

All switches are grouped by function type and location is based on frequency of use. Other convenient interior design features include seven assist grips, console-side map pockets, 12-volt and 110-volt power outlets (in addition to the bed), Remote Engine Start4 with climate control function, and Rockford Fosgate premium 12-speaker audio system. The special attention to detail even includes moving the glove compartment handle to the left hand side for easier access by the driver.

The TITAN XD also features a tilt and telescoping steering column with a standard column-mounted transmission shifter lever – a move that helps increase the visibility and usability of the center stack area. This also opened up the center console for additional storage, allowing riders to fit a laptop in the center console without giving up rear cupholders and 2nd row climate control vents.

The premium grade instrument panel includes a combination of analog and digital gauges, along with a 5.0-inch color display, unique diesel monitoring and maintenance displays, and available NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps and NissanConnect Services with 7.0-inch color monitor (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

As in other Nissan vehicles, TITAN XD offers seating out of this world – or at least inspired by NASA. The standard front and rear Zero Gravity seats help maximize posture positioning for enhanced comfort during long distance driving. Heating and cooling front sears are also available, along with a choice of water-repellant fabric or durable leather-appointments. Heated front and rear seats are available in both cloth and leather trim levels.

Special attention was also paid to reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration into the cabin. TITAN XD utilizes laminated front and rear (Crew Cab) side glass, the first full-size pickup to do so. Engine noise isolation and body sealing was also improved versus the previous generation TITAN design.

2017 TITAN XD Crew Cab Model Lineup
Note: the following are descriptions of the TITAN XD grade levels are based on the top-of-the-line TITAN XD Crew Cab. Similar equipment is offered for the Single Cab and King Cab configurations, though not all trim levels and features are available in every case. Please check the individual specification sheets, available at www.NissanNews.com, for more details.

The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab is available in five well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. All are offered with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drive configurations, except for the PRO-4X model, which is available exclusively as a 4x4.

TITAN XD S models are equipped with a front manual split bench seat (40/20/40), flip-down center seat with armrest, dual cupholders and storage in the seat back and bottom. A total of six cupholders, plus eight bottle holders can be found throughout the truck. Audio and entertainment is provided via a 5.0-inch color display with AM/FM, CD player, AUX, USB, MP3 and RDS along with a USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant5, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and a 6-speaker audio system also come standard.

Features aimed at fleet and commercial customers include a standard map lamp, easy-clean vinyl floor and stain-resistant cloth seats with vinyl bolsters.

TITAN XD SV models add cloth seats (without vinyl bolster), standard floor carpeting, meter display control in the steering wheel, analog Fine Vision Meters, an off-road indicator and off-road menu in the Advanced Drive-Assist Display®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), an overhead console with sunglass holder, grocery hooks on the cushion backside, a customizable maintenance interval reminder, front sun visor with an illuminated vanity mirror with extension, glove box lamp and mood lighting.

SV grade exterior upgrades include a chrome/mesh grille with premium metallic paint, chrome outside door handles, side mirror turn signal lamps, LED lighting with Joule-type bulbs in the rear combination lamp, front tow hooks and power adjustable heated outside mirrors. Standard Trailer Sway Control helps make towing heavy loads more stable and less burdensome to the driver.

The off-road-oriented TITAN XD PRO-4X model comes trail-ready with 275/65/R18 BSW all-terrain off-road tires, 18x7.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels featuring six lugs and a painted dark finish, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential, lower radiator skid plate with powder-coated silver paint and Hill Descent Control.

A trailer harness that can handle both 4-pin and 7-pin connectors is mounted on the rear bumper. A receiver hitch and hitch member also come standard with the PRO-4X trim.

PRO-4X exterior features include front fog lamps, automatic on-off headlights, LED projector headlamps with LED signature and halogen high-beam lights, manual headlamp levelizer, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with door handle request switch, black front tow hooks, two-tone paint on the bodyside, gloss metallic black paint on the grille surround and mesh grille, high-gloss gray front lower fascia and rear bumpers, and a bedside decal.

Interior features include front driver and passenger Captain's seats, driver 8-way power seat, driver power lumbar support, stain-resistant seat covering with a vinyl bolster and "PRO-4X" embroidery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique contrast stitching, metallic instrument panel finishers, PRO-4X-branded floor mats, contrast stitching on the center console lid, arm rest and instrument panel, dual zone auto air conditioner plus a digital display in the HVAC control, rear A/C vents, large center console box with soft-touch topped armrest, side pockets and rear cupholders – plus a configurable center console that encompasses a cell phone box, purse holder and removable cupholders with a chrome ring. The back of the console features an 110V power outlet, with a 12V power outlet located inside the console box. The PRO-4X model's rear seats, which can be folded flat, also contain tie-down hooks and a storage box with a removable divider and lockable lid.

PRO-4X also includes a wealth of technology, such as a "Follow Me Home" function, NissanConnect with Navigation, a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, SiriusXM® Traffic and Sirius Travel LinkTM (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Siri® Eyes 6, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Blind Spot Warning (BSW)3, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)7, RearView Monitor and rain-sensing wipers.

In addition, PRO-4X includes standard tow mirrors (manually extending and folding, with puddle lamps), Trailer Brake Controller, proximity activation for the puddle lamps, LED signature headlamps and cargo lamp, Trailer Light Check function (included on the key fob) and integrated gooseneck hitch.

The premium TITAN XD SL trim level features an interior distinguished by leather-appointed seats, heated driver and passenger seats, passenger-side 4-way power seat, power tilt and telescopic steering, memory function for both the seat and the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and wood in-mold film instrument panel finishers.

The SL grade exterior offers auto dimming outside mirrors, 265/60R20 BSW tires and 20x7.5-inch painted aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome outside mirrors and door handles, removable aero front bumper spoiler, gloss chrome grille surround, satin chrome mesh grille, chrome front and lower fascias, chrome rear bumpers, four front and four rear parking sensors, power-sliding back glass, proximity-activated puddle lamps and LED signature headlights. Step rails are also available as an accessory.

SL technology features include a Rockford Fosgate Premium 12-speaker audio system, remote engine start4, NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (automatic collision notification with emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including lock/unlock, "flash lights" and "sound horn," customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), a compass on the NAVI display and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. The SL trim level also comes equipped with a range of standard bed features, including the Utili-track® cargo channel system with tie-down cleats, tailgate lighting, spray-in bedliner, and 110V outlet in the bed. Standard SL towing features include manually extending and folding tow mirrors, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check function, front tow hooks (2WD models only) and integrated gooseneck hitch.

The top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve is distinguished by its premium leather-appointed seats with "Platinum Reserve" branding on the seat backs, "Platinum Reserve" exterior badging, heated steering wheel, chrome exhaust tailpipe finishers, 20x7.5-inch dark chrome-like wheels, driver and passenger heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check function, dark chrome tailgate finisher, two-tone painted front and rear fascia, two-tone paint on the body sides, two-tone painted over-fender molding, dark chrome outside door handles and outside mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with a wood insert, premium open-pore wood instrument panel finishers with metallic "Platinum Reserve" badging, leather-wrapped shift knob with a dark-painted trim ring, and dark chrome-accented vent knobs and cup holder trim.

Also standard are an integrated gooseneck hitch, tow mirrors with a dark chrome cap, front and rear metallic kickplate finishers with "Platinum Reserve" logos and pre-wiring for the DVD Family Entertainment System. "Platinum Reserve"-branded floor mats and TITAN box bed storage units are also available as accessories.

2017 TITAN XD Single Cab Model Lineup
The 2017 TITAN XD Single Cab is offered in S and SV grade levels with a choice of diesel or gasoline powerplants and in 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations.

TITAN XD Single Cab S models are equipped with a front manual split bench seat (40/20/40), flip-down center seat with armrest, a 5.0-inch color display, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant5, a 4-speaker audio system, easy-clean vinyl floor and stain-resistant cloth seats with vinyl bolsters.

TITAN XD Single Cab SV models add cloth seats (without vinyl bolster), standard floor carpeting, analog Fine Vision Meters, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), chrome outside door handles, side mirror turn signal lamps, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Trailer Sway Control.

2017 TITAN XD King Cab Model Lineup
The new King Cab returns Nissan to a segment it created in the U.S. in 1977 with the introduction of the original Datsun 620 King Cab, and follows the launch last fall of Nissan's first-ever TITAN Single Cab offering. The new TITAN XD King Cab is marked by its available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and available "rear seat delete" options that is ideal for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space.

The TITAN XD King Cab will be offered in 4x4 and 4x2 drive and three grade levels – S, SV and PRO-4X – each with a standard 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine and 7-speed automatic transmission.

The new King Cab body features a roomy cab with a choice of front split bench seat or front bucket seats (standard on PRO-4X, optional on SV grade). A 60/40-split fold-down rear seat with flip-down center armrest is also standard. Heated front seats are available with PRO-4X and SV grade, along with optional heated and cooled front and heated rear seats on PRO-4X.

The new King Cab also offers a first-in-segment "rear seat delete" option, which removes the rear seat, rear heater duct and rear roof-mounted assist grips and adds a flat rear load floor and rear wall finisher with tie-down hooks.

  • A Range of Equipment Packages
  • In addition to the wealth of standard features offered across the various TITAN XD models, a total of 18 different equipment packages are available – including the new the Heavy Duty Front GAWR Package, SV Leather Package, Texas TITAN Package, SL Chrome Package and Platinum Reserve Bed Utility Package.

Other available packages include S Convenience & Utility Package, SV Comfort and Convenience Package, SV Utility Package, PRO-4X Utility and Audio Package, PRO-4X Convenience Package, PRO-4X Luxury Package, SL Towing Convenience Package and Platinum Reserve Rear DVD Entertainment System.

The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD is assembled in Canton, Mississippi, with engines assembled in Indiana and Tennessee (5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel and gasoline V8 and V6 respectively).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Maxon Lift Corp.


MAXON Liftgates are the most trusted, best backed, most innovative in the business.

TRACTOR TRAILER SEMI SCALE SYSTEM ALL AIR SUSPENSION




The Vulcan all-digital air scale system for tractor / trailer combinations provides an accurate way to obtain axle and/or payload weights. Corrosion resistant, stainless steel air sensors provide a rugged and reliable solution well suited to meet the requirements of on-board trucking applications. Air sensors are altitude and temperature compensated to enhance performance and accuracy. Vulcan VSL electronics allow unlimited mixing of tractors and trailers without any adjustments.

Learn more at: http://www.vulcanscales.com/index.php/general-trucking/tractor-trailer-semi/


Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Nissan TITAN XD and SL | Towing Confidence


Introducing the new family of TITAN trucks, equipped with the most towing technology. Take advantage of the Trailer Sway Control, Integrated Trailer Brake Control, Fully Boxed Commercial Grade Ladder Frame, powerful Powertrain options and more. 

Take on tough jobs with the new Nissan TITAN. 

Learn More at http://www.NissanUSA.com/titan

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 GMC SIERRA 3500HD



FAST FACT
The new available Duramax 6.6L offers the segment’s highest diesel horsepower rating.

BASE PRICE
$36,185

EPA VEHICLE CLASS
Full-size truck

NEW FOR 2017
  • New Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine with a 19-percent increase in torque over the previous model and segment-leading horsepower: 445 (322 kW)
  • Teen Driver, which encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • Exterior colors: Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Dual-rear-wheel configurations are available
  • Trim levels include Sierra, SLE, SLT and Sierra Denali
  • Sierra Denali is offered exclusively as a crew cab and matches do-it-all capability with an exclusive package of design and upscale interior amenities, including a signature chrome grille, 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels (17-inch polished aluminum with dual rear wheels), body-color front and rear bumpers, specific interior details, exclusive eight-inch customizable driver display, wireless phone charging and more
  • Sierra All Terrain HD premium off-road package is offered on SLT crew cab 4WD models, featuring unique 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires, spray-on bedliner, Z71 suspension with Rancho twin-tube shocks, exclusive exterior and interior cues and more (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • The Z71 suspension is available on SLE and SLT models without the All Terrain package (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • Available snow plow prep package
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on SLE, SLT and Denali crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage air bags are standard
  • Thorax side-impact (driver and front passenger) and head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions are standard on Denali and available on other models
  • Rear Vision camera system (available on Sierra and included on SLE, SLT and Denali; not available with box delete)
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package — available on SLE and SLT; standard on Denali — includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist 


CHEVROLET SILVERADO 3500HD - 2017

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD HighCountry

NEW FOR 2017

  • New Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine with a 19-percent increase in torque over the previous model and segment-leading horsepower: 445 (322 kW)
  • Alaskan Edition includes the snowplow prep package, 18-inch black wheels with DuraTrac tires, smoked amber roof marker lights, trailering mirrors, spray-in bed liner and distinctive graphics
  • Teen Driver, which encourages safe driving habits, enabling parents or business owners to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • Exterior colors: Graphite Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic
  • High Country models offer a new Jet Black/Medium Ash Gray interior trim

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Dual-rear-wheel configurations are available
  • Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on LT, LTZ and High Country crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package


SAFETY FEATURES

  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage air bags are standard
  • Thorax side-impact (driver and front passenger) and head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions are standard on High Country and available on other models
  • Rear Vision camera system (available on WT and included on LT, LTZ and High Country; not available with box delete)
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist (available on LT and LTZ and included on High Country models)

Friday, May 19, 2017

You Shouldn't Need a Ladder to Get Your Ladder


Adrian Steel's new Drop-Down Ladder Rack can be operated by technicians 5'4" or taller. These new ladder racks are constructed of durable and corrosion-resistant aluminum and have innovative adjustment knobs that allow users to set up their ladder rack in seconds.

Learn more at http://upfit.adriansteel.com/ladder-r...

It Starts Here | BOSS Snowplow |


For BOSS, it all starts here in Iron Mountain, Michigan, where designing, innovating and manufacturing world-class snow and ice removal equipment is what we're all about. We are a worldwide leader in snow and ice control with a growing lineup of plows for trucks, UTVs and ATVs, salt and sand spreaders and box plows built for the professional.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Work Truck Solutions Is All About Helping Sell More Trucks!


Jim Perschke with Work Truck Solutions talks with Joe Hughes of the National Ford Truck Club about how the Work Truck Solutions software system can help a dealer sell more trucks. They are constantly adding new features and benefits to make their product and services ever more valuable in serving the truck dealership, truck manufacturer, truck body manufacturer and distributors, and end users alike.

See more about the National Ford Truck Club and Ford Pros at www.nationalfordtruckclub.com.

See more about Work Truck Solutions at www.WorkTruckSolutions.com.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 GMC SIERRA 3500HD




FAST FACT
The new available Duramax 6.6L offers the segment’s highest diesel horsepower rating.

BASE PRICE
$36,185

EPA VEHICLE CLASS
Full-size truck

NEW FOR 2017


  • New Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine with a 19-percent increase in torque over the previous model and segment-leading horsepower: 445 (322 kW)
  • Teen Driver, which encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • Exterior colors: Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Dual-rear-wheel configurations are available
  • Trim levels include Sierra, SLE, SLT and Sierra Denali
  • Sierra Denali is offered exclusively as a crew cab and matches do-it-all capability with an exclusive package of design and upscale interior amenities, including a signature chrome grille, 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels (17-inch polished aluminum with dual rear wheels), body-color front and rear bumpers, specific interior details, exclusive eight-inch customizable driver display, wireless phone charging and more
  • Sierra All Terrain HD premium off-road package is offered on SLT crew cab 4WD models, featuring unique 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires, spray-on bedliner, Z71 suspension with Rancho twin-tube shocks, exclusive exterior and interior cues and more (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • The Z71 suspension is available on SLE and SLT models without the All Terrain package (not available with dual rear wheels)
  • Available snow plow prep package
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on SLE, SLT and Denali crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage air bags are standard
  • Thorax side-impact (driver and front passenger) and head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions are standard on Denali and available on other models
  • Rear Vision camera system (available on Sierra and included on SLE, SLT and Denali; not available with box delete)
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package — available on SLE and SLT; standard on Denali — includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist 


Introducing: Masterack


Masterack History Video: A Leggett and Platt Owned Company. 

Henke Legacy Road School 2017


Henke Manufacturing joins forces with Legacy Equipment at ULCT's 2017 Road School at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah. Legacy featured two "Ready-to-go Trucks" with Henke's Parallel Lift Plows.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Henke Undertailgate Spreader Demo


Overview of the benefits and features of Henke's 9" Auger Undertailgate Spreader. Henke engineers and manufactures high quality, industrial grade snow plows, wings, scrapers and spreaders that help transportation managers accomplish the task of providing safe and functioning roads. Our manufacturing processes are based on over 100 years of experience in creating strong, durable, heavy-duty products. As part of the Alamo Group, Henke is constantly updating and improving our facilities to deliver new and innovative products and to be responsive to our customers’ needs.

Monday, May 15, 2017

National Fleet Products Lineup At NTEA Work Truck Show


Jacob Peterson and Wim Knell shows off a unique crane loading system for cargo van bodies. Rather than a small crane that swings in and out, this is a much more stable solution due to the linear travel and the strength of the system. In addition, it can be stowed to the side to all human traffic or tall and large item storage.

They also show off a WM Ramp that has a swivel feature to move out of the way and they have one that is on the interior and another model for the exterior. One model handles up to 3,300 lbs. and yet is extremely easy to use. One of the best features is the longer ramp to make it easy to move large items in and out of the van.

Jacob also shows off their polyethylene truck fenders, a superior cargo door locking system, and a line of power springs to help stabilize heavier loads.

See more about the National Ford Truck Club and Ford Pros at http://www.nationalfordtruckclub.com

See all the products offered by National Fleet Products at http://nationalfleetproducts.com/

2017 Nissan Titan - Cars.com;Our View



A huge improvement over the pickup truck it replaces, 
the 2017 Titan still might not lure consumers away from their long-established favorites.


The verdict: Thirteen years after its introduction, the Nissan Titan half-ton full-size pickup truck has received its first redesign as a 2017, and it gets closer than ever to the market leaders with cab and bed-length options it previously lacked.
Versus the competition: For the first time in its relatively short lifespan, the Nissan Titan competes on equal footing with the major pickup players, but simply offering what the other guys have is not likely to pull buyers away from their favorites.

Unlike any of the other full-size pickup trucks — the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra — Nissan has a two-pickup strategy: one called the Titan XD, which debuted in 2016 and is built on a bigger and stronger platform, and the lighter-duty offering we review here, the Nissan Titan half ton. The XD can carry and tow heavier loads, and it offers a turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins as well as a gas V-8. The two are built on the same production line in Canton, Miss., and currently offer single and crew cabs as well as different bed lengths. A King Cab will be joining the lineup soon.

Read more at https://www.cars.com/reviews/2017-nissan-titan-our-view-1420695247400/#pBqb41vbxPsxUpBB.99

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 TItan XD SV With Comfort Package Interior


Scott goes over the interior of the all new Titan XD SV with the upgraded comfort and convenience package. See more at http://www.vacavilleworktrucks.com.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nissan NV 2500 Van With Locksmith Package


Scott shows off a unique locksmith package option in a NV 2500 high roof van. See more at http://www.vacavilleworktrucks.com.

BrandFX - The UltimateFX at the 2017 Work Truck Show

BrandFX introduced the new all-composite service truck body and

UltimateFX is purpose-built to handle all worksite conditions and is the latest in the line of BrandFX’s composite truck service bodies.

Friday, May 12, 2017

GM WENTZVILLE


NEWS SERIES GM WENTZVILLE

See the production line building trucks in Wentzville, MO

Thursday, May 11, 2017

First Colorado ZR2 Pickups Heading to Customers

One of the first ZR2s will be prepared for 
Best in the Desert competition by Hall Racing  

Chad Hall’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in front of the Wentzville, Missouri Assembly plant.

, Mo. — Initial deliveries of the highly anticipated 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup have begun. The first production trucks shipped from the Wentzville Assembly Center 40 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Customers who placed early orders will begin receiving their trucks in May.

Among this first batch of vehicles is a Red Hot Crew Cab equipped with the 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to be raced by Chad Hall of Hall Racing. This truck will make its competition debut in August in the Best in the Desert race series.

“The Colorado ZR2 really caught our attention with its built-in versatility and the high-speed, off-road potential of the Multimatic DSSV dampers,” said Hall. “We love the ground clearance, ride stability, departure and breakover angles of the ZR2, and the inherent light weight and maneuverability of its midsize package. It should be a great platform for us to build an off-road desert-racing truck.”

Following its modifications, the truck will be used as a development vehicle in races at this year’s Best in the Desert series, including the General Tire Vegas to Reno presented by FOX on August 18 and 19 and the VT Construction Tonopah 250 presented by Polaris on October 19-22.

These events will help provide an excellent validation test of Chevrolet Performance Parts being developed for Colorado owners looking to customize their vehicles for improved off-road performance.

“Producing the Colorado midsize pickup has been a great honor, not to mention great business for the Wentzville plant,” said Satya Veerapaneni, plant manager, GM Wentzville Assembly Center. “ZR2 helps to take the Colorado nameplate to the next level, and we’re thrilled to be delivering one of the very first of these trucks to Hall Racing. We look forward to following its performance at upcoming races throughout 2017.”

The ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a midsize pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.

Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features front and rear tracks that have been widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by 2 inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.

Class-exclusive features include front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.

ZR2 is officially on sale in dealerships nationwide, joining the award-winning Colorado midsize pickup family. The standard Colorado was recently updated for the 2017 model year with an all-new V-6 engine and a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.
As with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
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.

FORD'S BIGGEST WORK TRUCKS RECEIVE PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS TO HELP DO EVEN MORE WORK

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  • Electronic stability control and traction control brakes now standard on tractor models (optional on F-750 diesel straight frame model*)                         
  • New diesel engine soot trap regeneration inhibitor allows driver to postpone incinerating trapped soot until regeneration can be performed in a preferred location, plus new easy-to-access oil dipstick location to check oil levels
  • New high-output 240-amp alternator now available for 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine models
  • Available three-inch bumper extension limits potential hood wear and collision damage
DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is updating its biggest trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are the fastest growing volume Class 6-7 brand**.

Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year. Ford’s largest trucks are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor models, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles. Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain in the medium-duty conventional truck market. All F-650 and F-750 trucks are built at Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland using domestic and foreign parts.

“Customers are moving from other brands to Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks because they’re affordable and Built Ford Tough in America,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Our segment-exclusive gasoline engine is appealing to fleet managers who recognize not every duty cycle requires the torque of a diesel engine, and who prefer the cost and maintenance advantages of gasoline power.

“The success of our new truck design is apparent from our growing sales and the fact it was named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine in 2016 and 2017,” adds Koester. “For 2018, we’re enhancing this successful platform based on customer feedback.”

Electronic stability control and traction control brakes are now standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

For applications with high electrical demands – such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work trucks – a high-output 240-amp alternator is now available with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.

Ford offers an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on 2018 diesel trucks to give the operator more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.

To limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, an available bumper extension moves the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses.

It’s easier to check the oil and transmission fluid levels on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks thanks to relocated dipsticks that can be accessed from ground level. The transmission fluid dipstick has also been moved to provide ground-level access on gasoline models. The gasoline engine’s oil dipstick was already accessible from the ground.

Powertrains purpose-built for Ford trucks

Ford is the only manufacturer to design and build its own medium-duty diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel has a B10 engine design life of more than 500,000 miles***, and is backed by an unsurpassed standard five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty. For additional braking assistance, an exhaust brake comes standard with every diesel engine.

Ford’s segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine provides 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque for less than the cost of a diesel engine. It can be factory-prepped for conversion to compressed natural gas or liquid propane.

Both engines come with the Ford-built TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. An available live-drive power takeoff provision features an output gear linked directly to the diesel engine crankshaft for 300 lb.-ft. of stationary torque and 200 lb.-ft. of mobile torque. For the gasoline powertrain, the optional power takeoff’s stationary and mobile mode deliver 250 lb.-ft. and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively.

The transmission’s SelectShift® feature has two driver-initiated modes – progressive range select, which limits the range of gears to lock out overdrive for consistent speed over hills, and full manual mode, which provides control up and down the gearbox. Selectable tow/haul mode compensates for grade and load to reduce gear hunting and improve power delivery. Engine braking and selective gearing improve control on downhill grades and help minimize brake wear.

Like all Ford trucks, Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 vehicles are supported by the company’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Program dealers nationwide are committed to providing fleet and commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need to maximize productivity and uptime.

Ordering for 2018 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks begins this summer, with vehicles available at dealers this fall.

*Electronic stability control and traction control brakes will initially be optional on certain F-750 air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

**Based on IHS Markit TIP registrations for gross vehicle weight Class 6-7 vehicles with sales over 1,000 units for calendar year-to-date December 2016 versus calendar year-to-date December 2015.

***B10 design life based on 330-horsepower output version and Ford engine dynamometer testing.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 202,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Harbor WorkMaster Truck Body ...Working for Your Protection.


The WorkMaster secures the tools of your trade unlike any other enclosed service body. Constructed with steel, built like a vault, the “walk-in” WorkMaster is designed for heavier-duty cutaway vans…and we have been known to mount them on a chassis or two. The WorkMaster is constructed in different lengths and heights to meet your every tool, material storage, and interior height (up to 6’3″) requirement. Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Standard Features:

  • Tightest security system in town, featuring double-bit keys and a Master Lock internal locking system
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • Rear side access door for storage of conduit or other long (10-ft.) materials
  • 12" step bumper and side-wall grab handles for ease of entrance into the bed
  • Interior ladder storage on hooks mounted along inside shelf
  • Weights up to 300 lbs. lighter than competing brands using FRP
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Product Updates // Knapheide


We released both new products and improvements to current products at this year's Work Truck Show. Watch to learn more.

Half a Century of Cutting Edge Engineering...Creates the Harbor ComboMaster


Nearly half a century of cutting edge engineering coupled with our obsession to create the perfect contractor body resulted in this design. You told us you want more space. So we created the ComboMaster series which boasts more work and storage space than any comparable contractor body in its class.

Standard Features:
  • 36-inch Rear platform with fold-down 10-inch and two 33"Lx 10"H x 19"D under-deck storage compartments.
  • Overcab rack legs attach to the back of the horizontal compartment, giving extra work room on the platform, yet able to store a 15-ft. ladder with ease.
  • Stainless Steel self-opening pop-top lids w/ body length compartment bins & 4" dividers
  • Push Button locking system with red band locking indicator
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • 8" deep recessed bumper for sure footing when entering bed
  • Adjustable, but lockable, shelving system
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Want a super-mega version? Ask about our Maxi Combo.

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