Saturday, September 30, 2017

COMMON CORE: NISSAN PRESENTS: TITANS OF CONSTRUCTION


Whether you’re operating a 100-ton crane or towing with an Every Duty Truck™, visibility is crucial both to getting the job done right and doing it safely. Thankfully, both provide technology that gives their drivers a full view of the work site.

Protexx Partition


Learn about the benefits of our ABS plastic Protexx Partitions from noise reduction, efficiency, functionality, and more.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Introduction - Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines


Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines – Part 1 of 13 in a series of chapters from the Cummins On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Driver Training Video Series updated in 2015. This segment is the Introduction to the video series.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birth of the X12, new Cummins Heavy Duty engine


The next generation of heavy duty engine, X12, is coming. In 2018, Cummins X12 will start powering vehicles of all types, from vocational trucks to regional haul and local delivery. With a revolutionary design, X12 offers 600 pounds of weight savings to maximize your payload and profits.

Let’s take a tour at the Cummins engine plant in Jamestown, New York and see how we build the X12 to meet your needs.

For more information on Cummins X12, visit https://cumminsengines.com/x12.

The Work Truck Show in 15 seconds


What might you see in exhibit hall? Take a quarter of a minute to find out. worktruckshow.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ford Trucks Celebrate 100 Years of Toughness and Innovation

Happy 100 years of Ford trucks!

Few things are around long enough to see a one hundredth anniversary. But thanks to the revolutionary vision of Henry Ford, his trucks are one of them.

We are celebrating a century’s worth of Ford truck models for toughness and innovation. Let us take a moment to reflect back on the legacy, from the Model TT – the first purpose-built Ford truck chassis – through modern times, which include a four decades-long reign as the best-selling pickup truck in America.

A Legend Is Born
With almost a decade of Model T production under his belt, Henry Ford answered the call from customers for a vehicle that could handle heavier loads and provide greater flexibility for work. And on July 27th, 1917, the Ford Model TT was introduced.

Using the base Model T cab and engine, the Model TT was outfitted with a longer wheelbase and a one-ton payload. To provide customers with enhanced functionality, the Model TT could be modified with third-party beds and cargo areas to enhance its utility as a delivery vehicle.

While only 209 Model TT trucks were sold that first year, Henry Ford knew he had a winner, especially in rural areas where the trucks started to find a home. As a result, we sold over 1.3 million Model TTs in a little over a decade, before it was replaced with the Model AA in 1928.

The Competition Heats Up
By 1932, with an established truck market and competitors attempting to gain a foothold, we improved our truck offerings once again with the Model BB. This iteration was even more capable than its predecessors and many went on to perform the honorable tasks of delivering mail, freight and even transporting sick and injured people to hospitals.

To War
In 1941, with over 4 million pickup trucks sold, we went to work for Uncle Sam. While the changeover to war production hurt consumer sales, we learned some new tricks in our effort to design and build the heavy-duty machines that helped U.S. forces on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.

The F-Series
In 1947, with the troops home and civilian life returning to normal, we put our war experience to work and began producing the next generation of trucks for our customers.

The first-generation F-Series trucks offered a wide range of capabilities, from the half-ton F-1, to the much larger F-8 cab-over truck. Through the 1950s, we upped the ante, offering pickups with more engine power, capacity and capability. During this time, we rebranded the series, introducing the F-100, F-250, F-350 and C-Series commercial trucks.

Built Ford Tough® (and Comfortable)
Throughout the 1950s, we steadily increased the capability of the F-Series lineup, raising the bar with enhanced style and amenities. Gone were the days of spartan utilitarian trucks. They were replaced with models that had two-tone paint, automatic transmissions and improved creature comforts like radios and improved heaters.

By the 1960s, Ford trucks, including an upscale Ford Ranger package, offered improved interiors, power steering and brakes, as well as a lower profile. Even F-Series advertising was tweaked to emphasize comfort as well as capability.

The 1970s, though, marked the beginning of the storied sales run., and in 1977, F-Series pulled ahead in the sales race and has left the competition in the rearview mirror ever since.

That same year, the iconic “Built Ford Tough” slogan was penned by a copywriter for a Ford truck magazine. These three words have so perfectly captured the essence of F-Series trucks and ushered in a new era for the brand. The tagline isn’t just words, it’s a promise to its owners.

Always Listening, Always Evolving
With all of our pickup offerings grounded in the Built Ford Tough®, we have also continued to evolve the F-Series to meet the rapidly changing needs of customers. Whether that be the heavy-duty capability of the Super Duty® line, or premium trim versions like the Platinum or King Ranch®, Ford trucks have something to offer nearly anyone.

Over the years, the Ford pickup truck has evolved from being just a beast of burden into a family vehicle, work companion and even off-road warrior. It has managed to stay a step or two ahead of the times.

When the price of gas became a burden on owners’ wallets, Ford was there with the EcoBoost® engine, which saved gas without sacrificing power. Indeed, the past decade has been one of incredible leaps forward in technology, which is evident in the latest generation of F-Series trucks. Available navigation and information and entertainment systems, Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, 360-degree cameras and lighter-weight high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy bodies are among a few of the innovations in Ford today’s pickups.

With over a hundred years (and counting) of toughness and innovation under our belt, we’re working hard to make sure that Ford F-Series trucks will help hardworking folks get the job done for a long, long time to come.

Source: https://social.ford.com/en_US/story/vehicle-type/truck/ford-trucks-celebrate-100-years-of-toughness-and-innovation.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=forddriveone&utm_content=4&utm_campaign=20170925_100_years_trucks_a&source=20170925_100_years_trucks_a&emailid=20170925_100_years_trucks_a

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2018 Ford F-150: Truck Assist Technologies


See how Ford continues to push the technologies built especially for trucks and shows the new 2018 Ford F-150 doesn’t just raise the bar, it is the bar.

Kargo Master Van Equipment


Kargo Master offers wide varieties of van equipment, van shelving, and other van storage systems. Visit KargoMaster.com for more information

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

PROPANE BUSES: SAFELY BRINGING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL

School buses fueled by propane autogas offer a wide range of benefits and are a gallon-growing opportunity 
for propane retailers.
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The top American school bus manufacturers—Blue Bird, IC, and Thomas Built—all sell propane autogas school buses. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) reports there are nearly 13,000 propane school buses operating in 700 school districts. These buses transport more than 700,000 students across North America. Propane now makes up about 45% of all non-diesel school buses used for pupil transportation.

That’s about 675 million gallons of propane being consumed over the lifetime of the existing buses on the road.

With more school districts looking to stretch budgets and make “greener” choices, opportunities for the propane bus market expansion are abundant. Highlighting the environmental and economic sustainability as well as the safety of this alternative fuel is key to converting school districts into propane customers.

Safe Student Transportation
School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children to and from school. In fact, school buses represent 25% of the miles traveled by students, but account for less than 4% of the injuries. In addition, every school bus in service takes about 36 cars off the road, resulting in less traffic congestion and a reduced carbon footprint.

There are many safety components to propane, specifically when used in transportation. Cleaner air, quieter operation, and low flammability top the list of propane bus safety benefits.

As noted by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), students riding in propane autogas buses aren’t exposed to diesel exhaust’s harmful particulate matter, which can aggravate asthma and is a known carcinogen.

Operating at 11 decibels lower than diesel vehicles, autogas buses are noticeably quieter. School bus drivers around the nation report that reduced noise allows them to better serve students.

“Propane buses are extremely quiet, which plays a role for our drivers and students on the bus,” says Pat Mitchell, director of transportation at the Mobile County Public School System in Alabama. “Our drivers can hear more and be more aware of what is going on inside the bus instead of trying to hear over a loud diesel engine.” Dave Anderson, transportation director at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado, agrees. “You can hear [the passengers] and they can hear you,” he says.

Propane has a very narrow flammability range: a specific set of circumstances—air/fuel ratio, temperature of the ignition source, etc.—is required to ignite the fuel. Propane autogas fuel systems run in a closed loop, meaning the fuel is never exposed to air and won’t spill. If a leak did occur, the propane would immediately vaporize into the atmosphere (when exposed to normal atmospheric conditions) instead of pooling on the ground like diesel or gasoline.

Propane autogas vehicle fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than diesel tanks and can withstand four times the pressure. They are constructed from carbon steel in compliance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The tank mounting systems are designed at twice the requirement specified by the National Fire Protection Association to ensure tanks remain securely attached, even in a severe collision or rollover.

All propane school buses must comply with state and federal regulatory requirements. They must meet or exceed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The engines also carry emissions certifications by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). As a nontoxic, non-carcinogenic, and non-corrosive fuel, EPA classifies propane as a non-contaminant.

For all its safety benefits over conventional fuels, a propane autogas fuel system is relatively simple in design. Using expert engineering and precision manufacturing, the bus’ entire gasoline or diesel system is replaced—from the fueling nozzle to the fuel injectors—and the powertrain control module is reprogrammed.

1.    The Three-Part Propane Sales Message
Propane retailers can get the message out about propane school buses by presenting at local school board meetings and to school bus contractors that may purchase buses for dozens of different school districts. A successful presentation should touch on the benefits of propane, how buses are fueled, the large number of case studies, and sources school districts can tap for advice.

• Propane autogas offers low total cost of ownership due to reduced fuel and maintenance expenses.

Since the price of propane fluctuates with supply and demand, fleet customers purchasing thousands of gallons of propane per year can secure a more competitive price than a residential customer purchasing a hundred gallons (or fewer) per year. Most propane autogas customers lock in annual propane rates, helping them to budget fuel expenses.

On average, a gallon of propane autogas costs about 40% less than gasoline and 50% less than diesel. For example, ABC Student Transportation, a contractor for Detroit Public Schools, pays 75% less per gallon for propane compared with diesel.

Standard diagnostic equipment can be used to service the vehicles. There is no need for additional fluids or filters, a huge advantage over diesel. Oil changes are simpler and less expensive, and there are no pricey exhaust after-treatment or diesel emissions fluids required to meet today’s strict emissions regulations. Propane-fueled buses eliminate the need for particulate trap systems, turbochargers, and intercoolers. Filter packages cost about 60% less for propane autogas buses than diesel buses.

•  Less time spent on maintenance requirements means more time for the buses to be out on their routes.

Comparing the total cost of ownership between diesel and propane buses can also help school districts and contractors make a more informed decision. As a rule of thumb, the higher the annual miles driven and the lower the fuel efficiency, the more likely propane will provide a quick return on investment. Both ROUSH CleanTech and PERC have online cost calculators at ROUSHcleantech.com and propane.com/on-road-fleets/calculator to help schools estimate their savings.

• Propane autogas has environmental benefits, too.

When compared to conventional diesel buses, fueling with propane autogas results in an estimated 80% reduction in smog-forming hydrocarbon emissions and virtually eliminates particulate matter. By replacing all diesel school buses older than model year 2007 with new propane autogas buses, school districts can reduce their nitrous oxides (NOx) emissions by more than 92%.

Switching school buses from pre-emission-regulated diesel to improved clean technology decreases particulate and gaseous air pollutant and toxic emissions during transit, pick-up, drop-off, and idling.

The ROUSH CleanTech 6.8-liter V-10, 3-V engine, equipped in Blue Bird Vision Propane buses, has the lowest NOx levels of any propane autogas engine in Class 4-7 vehicles. The engine is certified below the optional low NOx standard of 0.05 g/bhp-hr set by CARB. In terms of NOx emitted, for every one bus at the 0.2 NOx standard, there can be four buses on the road at the .05 level.

• Propane buses offer quiet operation.

As previously noted, propane autogas buses reduce noise levels by about half compared to a diesel engine. PERC has many resources that explain the benefits of reduced noise at propane.com/on-road-fleets/quieter-school-buses.

2. Fueling Strategy
The most popular fueling choice for school districts is an on-site, private fueling station that allows buses to refill as needed. Route buses that come and go from a central location typically make the most sense for school districts, and create a natural hub for refueling. Propane suppliers can guide school districts in choosing the right equipment based on fleet size, routes, budget, and facility space.

A key factor for school districts is budgeting. Propane autogas fueling infrastructure is affordable, costing less than any other fueling station—conventional or alternative. Plus, no modifications are required if the facility is already code-compliant for conventional fuels.

Another option is for propane providers to perform on-site propane autogas fueling services. Both Boston Public Schools and Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools rely on local propane providers to supply mobile on-site fueling for their fleet of propane buses.

3. Real-World Advice
For many school district administrators, making the recommendation to a board or school bus contractor to buy propane-powered school buses may come with questions and scrutiny. Adopting an alternative fuel can seem daunting.

Encourage decision-makers to talk to their peers in neighboring areas that operate on propane to see how propane buses work for them. With propane-powered school buses running in almost every state in the U.S., there are sure to be many nearby. Check your region by using PERC’s online map at propane.com/busmap.

Other online sources to review include case studies at propaneschoolbuses.com and ROUSHcleantech.com/testimonials. Information is also provided by the Alternative Fuels Data Center at afdc.energy.gov.

School buses fueled by propane autogas have accumulated hundreds of millions of miles on today’s roads. That’s a lot of propane purchased and consumed. What are you waiting for?


Todd Mouw is vice president of sales and marketing at Livonia, Mich.-based Roush CleanTech, an alternative fuel vehicle technology company. Mouw has served as president of the NTEA Green Truck Association. Reach him at todd.mouw@roush.com or 800/59ROUSH (800) 597-6874. To learn more, visit ROUSHcleantech.com.


"Sailing Into Super Rigs"


Trucks sailing into place earlier this year at the 2017 Shell Rotella Super Rigs show.

©Copyright Big Rig Videos, LLC. / Produced By: Christopher E. Fiffie

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dump-Through Versatility with The Tommy Gate G2


Dump Body - G2 Series Primary Image
The Tommy Gate G2 Series is a dual-cylinder, parallel-arm design which utilizes a pair of hydraulic cylinders to lower and raise the lift by applying direct power to both sides of the platform. G2 Series Lift-N-Dump models include all the same features and functions of other G2 Series liftgates, but also offer a unique dump-through capability to be used with dump bodies.

Here is an installation on a Drop Side Dump Body:



Learn more at:  http://www.tommygate.com/liftgates/dump-body/g2-series/

Invention used for towing storage containers


Prescott Valley, AZ - Two Quad-city residents have invented a way to make moving storage containers easier, quicker and more affordable. The trick: turn the container into its own trailer.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOSS TGS 600 and 1100 Tailgate Spreaders


BOSS offers several different polyethylene tailgate spreaders to suit your needs. Check out the BOSS TGS 600 and 1100 tailgate spreaders in action. Visit: www.bossplow.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What Spreader is Right for the Job?

No two ice removal jobs are the same, and that is why we offer multiple options to meet your specific needs. With a variety of features to back you up in your ice control efforts, confusion may arise regarding which BOSS spreader is right for you. Below is a description of the similarities and key differences between the FORGE and VBX spreaders to assist you in your decision!


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Hopper Capacity: The VBX line offers multiple hopper capacity options to fit your needs – 1.5, 2, and 3 cubic yard capacity

Enclosed Spinner Motor: With a ¾ horsepower stainless steel spinner motor, the VBX gives you all the power you need without the maintenance of a gas-powered feed system. Also, the spinner motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure performance, durability, and reliability.

Hopper Material: The double-walled Polyethylene hopper provides a spreader that is durable, corrosion resistant, and low maintenance.

Standard Tarp: The VBX comes standard with a tarp to protect your de-icing materials from snow and moisture on the job.

LCD Screen In-Cab Controller: To make your life even easier, BOSS has equipped the VBX with an in-cab LCD display controller that allows you to manage spreader functions at the touch of a button. The LCD screen is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

LED Work Lights: BOSS knows that many ice removable jobs take place after normal hours, so LED work lights are a standard feature that illuminate the spreader at night.

Spinner Assembly: In addition to the swing-out feature on the spinner assembly – which makes for an easy removal of excess material – the VBX allows for further spinner customization. Users can easily adjust the height of the spinner to set their desired spreading range.

Additional Accessories:
Pre-Wet Ready: New VBX purchases come standard as Pre-Wet ready spreaders. Learn more about adding a Pre-Wet System to your spreader HERE.

Pro-Lid: VBX spreaders now have the option of adding a weather-sealed, poly-hard cover to protect deicing materials. Pro-Lid retrofits to existing VBX models and is available on the VBX6500, VBX8000, and VBX9000. Learn more about adding the Pro-Lid to your VBX HERE.

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Hopper Capacity: The FORGE 2.0 spreader is only available in one size – 2 cubic yard capacity with a minimum bed length required of 6’6.”

Enclosed Spinner Motor: The FORGE is equipped with a ½ horsepower drive motor. Like the VBX spinner motor, the FORGE motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure durability, performance, and reliability.

Hopper Material: Using heavy gauge stainless steel, the Forge provides a strong body that is less susceptible to damage and better prepared to take on the winter elements.
In-Cab Controller: The Forge features a high value in-cab controller that is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

Spinner Assembly: The FORGE also provides a swing out spinner assembly to allow for the emptying of old materials.

Additional Accessories
Customizable Features: BOSS allows you to customize features to fit your needs. Optional accessories include the Forge light kit, tarp, vibrator, and inverted V (pintle).

Pre-Wet Capable: The FORGE is pre-wet capable if desired. In order to add the Pre-Wet System, a Pre-Wet capable controller is required. To learn more, visit bossplow.com

Similarities
Though the VBX and FORGE 2.0 spreaders each contain unique features, BOSS has equipped both spreaders with similar features that are necessary to battle the winter elements.

Tie Down Kit: Both spreaders come standard with a tie down kit that keeps your spreader safe and secure in the bed of your truck.

Standard Top Screen: The VBX and FORGE both come standard with a top screen that prevents any large clumps of material from entering the spreader.

Dump Switch: After your ice removal job is completed, the VBX and FORGE both feature a dump switch that empties excess material effortlessly.

Inverted V Auger System: The inverted V auger system comes standard on both spreaders, and is optional on the pintle chain system. Only the auger feed system comes standard with a vibrator to assist in material movement, as the pintle feed design rarely requires this feature.

As with any purchase, taking the time to understand each product will help you select the spreader that best suits your needs. Contact your local dealer today for further questions and inquiries.
Topics: Buyer's Guide

Learn more at: http://info.bossplow.com

Football | Long Live Ram | Ram Trucks


Long Live Tradition. And long live the trucks capable of carrying them on. Ram. Proven to Last. 
RAMTRUCKS.COM 

GUTS. GLORY. RAM.

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

If you have questions about our products or would like to contact Ram Trucks directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: www.ramtrucks.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

$1 Security Hack EVERY TRUCK OWNER SHOULD KNOW!


$1 Security Hack EVERY TRUCK OWNER SHOULD KNOW! The new Ford F150 and F250 tailgates are RIDICULOUSLY expensive, and are becoming a popular target for thieves. So here's a quick and cheap tip to help! Check out this story from The Dallas Morning News about this rising trend: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe: First all-electric mobile office


Nissan has collaborated with Studio Hardie to create the first all-electric vehicle e-NV200 WORKSPACe - a clever one-off vehicle offering a cost-effective desk space solution as flexible working and hot-desking trends grow worldwide. The electric van WORKSPACe features a hidden coffee machine, wifi, wireless charging, a touch screen PC, mini fridge, smartphone lighting system and much more. For more information: www.facebook.com/nissan

How Ford Quietly Went About Early Testing of The F-150 Cargo Box with Real Customers in the Toughest Conditions



  •     Beginning in 2011, at job sites including a Nevada gold mine and a Pennsylvania dam, as well as in servicing power lines in Appalachia, six prototype F-150 pickups with high-strength, aluminum-alloy cargo boxes were quietly tested in the hands of longtime Ford fleet customers
  •     Extreme real-world customer testing early on has helped prove durability of aluminum alloy and determine final cargo box design, ensuring the all-new Ford F-150 will be the toughest F-150 yet
  •     First time Ford has given customers advanced prototype vehicles so far ahead of production
Ford Motor Company went beyond its labs to test a key part of the all-new Ford F-150. The company embedded six prototype pickups – each with an experimental aluminum-alloy cargo box – at some of its fleet customer job sites then quietly went about evaluating the design and engineering of the next-generation pickup in the toughest conditions.

Three longstanding Ford fleet customers, unaware of Ford’s experiment, took delivery of prototype F-150s with current steel bodies and all-new, high-strength, aluminum-alloy cargo boxes in 2011. Three years later, these fleet customers and the Ford team who built the prototype trucks are convinced the new 2015 Ford F-150 will be the toughest truck the company has ever made.

“Our customers demand the highest levels of toughness and productivity – so we wanted to test the truck outside, in the harshest conditions and in the hands of real customers – with no limits,” said Larry Queener, program manager for the new F-150. “But we did not want these customers to know what was different. So, when we gave them the prototype vehicles, we told them to use the trucks like their other hard-working Ford trucks, and we would be back to follow their progress.”

Denis Kansier, F-150 prototype lead engineer, visited the customer sites every three months to check on the integrity of the vehicles and identify possible adjustments to the design of the new Ford F-150.

“This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150,” said Kansier. “For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

The six-vehicle fleet accumulated more than 350,000 miles in just more than two years.

Blind testing with customers

The job sites where the real-world testing was done were chosen for the tough nature of the work these fleet customers do there – from picking up and hauling heavy objects, like 40-pound pintle hitches used for heavy towing, to rolling over unforgiving off-road terrain. The customers were given two prototype vehicles each. The customers and the sites they worked on include:


  •     Barrick Gold Corporation, Elko, Nevada: The Barrick surveying team drove the vehicles through severe terrain at the company’s Bald Mountain and Cortez mines, including travel into mine pits before and after blasting. The prototype F-150 trucks are still being driven between 100 and 300 miles a day, and have accumulated more than 150,000 miles between them
  •     Walsh Construction, Holtwood, Pennsylvania and Birmingham, Alabama: Walsh Construction was selected for the severity of use at two of its work sites – first, a hydroelectric dam in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then a highway interchange construction site in Birmingham, Alabama
  •     Regional utility company in North Carolina: One F-150 prototype was assigned to a meter reading crew that drives up steep mountain roads; the second truck was assigned to line crews that drive up overgrown paths to replace old poles and electrical lines. The meter readers removed the truck’s tailgate to improve visibility – an alteration Ford engineers responded to by incorporating height modifications into the final F-150 design. The trucks at these sites are still being driven an average of 200 miles a day

As the testing of these six F-150 prototypes ensued, drivers began to notice differences compared to typical steel truck beds. One of the differences they noticed was a lack of rust.

“They told us they noticed the boxes did not produce red surface rust when heavy use scratched through the paint,” said Kansier.

The fleet customers were informed of the modified, high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box at the reveal of the all-new F-150 at a North American International Auto Show.

To watch the customer tough testing in action at Barrick Gold Corporation, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBuYbGXVHdE&feature=youtu.be.

Tough testing strategy

Ford’s extensive testing strategy for the new F-150 includes three phases that will allow engineers to understand how each truck stands up under an array of harsh conditions: “We Test,” which takes place in Ford labs, “They Test,” at fleet customer sites and “You Test,” in which consumers will have an opportunity to put the new truck through its paces.

In addition to testing by the three fleet customers, prototype F-150s have been tested in a number of real-world environments. Among them is Davis Dam – a durability route in a remote corner of northeast Arizona – where the F-150 climbed 13 miles pulling a maximum trailer load in 120 degree heat. In California’s Anza-Borrego State Park, an hour east of San Diego, the truck ascended a mountain of sand and rock with a 30-degree grade, sometimes reaching an altitude of 6,000 feet, 250 times over five days – all without fail.

Before the first 2015 F-150 rolled off the assembly line, the new truck was to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing. For a list of some of the ways Ford has torture tested the next-generation F-150, visit

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/04/09/10-ways-ford-torture-tested-the-2015-F150.html.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Knapheide KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility, Supreme Utility Walk Around



Watch Tony Marshall, Manager of Product Strategy and Marketing, Nathan Campbell, Regional Sales Manager, and Carl Schumacher, Strategic Account Manager, as they go through features and options on the KnapKap Ultra High Cab Utility and KnapKap Supreme Utility from The Knapheide Manufacturing Company.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Titan - Exterior Styling


When you work hard, you want to look good doing it. The Truck Trend crew loved the hard-working style of TITAN, giving them another reason to name it 2017 Truck Trend Pickup of the Year.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dual Rear Wheel Service Body Has More Room!


Ron Sadler, Commercial Manager shows off a Knapheide 9' service body on a GMC 3500HD dual rear wheel chassis. This setup is close to the same length as the popular 8' service body on a 2500HD, but has deeper compartments and carries considerably more weight for those heavy tools. See more about our commercial truck department at http://www.lehmersgmc.com

ICUEE 2017 - VanAir


ICUEE is just around the corner. Look for us at Booth L417, October 3-5 in Louisville, KY. New booth, new products, tons of opportunities!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Popular Landscape Dump Body On 3500HD


Ron Sadler, Commercial Manager shows off a very popular tool for landscapers: The landscape dump body. This 12' dump body is mounted on a 3500HD diesel GMC chassis and ready to go to work!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Motive Places More Battery School Buses


Starcraft eQuest XL Bodies on Ford F-59 Chassis, FZSoNick Batteries, Placed via Creative Bus Sales with Partial Funding by CEC & SCAQMD

More all-battery school buses with Motiv Power Systems drives are being placed in California, as two vehicles for the Colton Joint Unified School District east of Los Angeles join 13 Motiv-drive school buses for Sacramento and four already in service in the San Joaquin Valley.

The two new Starcraft eQuest XL-bodied buses for Colton Joint USD bring Motiv’s all-battery school bus total in California to nearly 20.

The latest pair, sold via Creative Bus Sales, are Type C buses with Starcraft eQuest XL bodies on Ford F-59chassis. They are powered by sodium nickel batteries from Switzerland’s FZSoNick (aka Fiamm).

The buses provide a maximum capacity of 48 passengers and a range of up to 85 miles on a single charge, Motiv says. They are available with battery packs with capacity up to 127 kilowatt-hours, according to a Creative Bus Sales spec sheet, which indicates 60 miles of single-charge range with an 85-kilowatt-hour pack.

Six-Year RoI

Operators can expect an 85% reduction in fuel/operating costs and a 66% reduction in maintenance costs, Motiv says, yielding return on investment in about six years.

“The Motiv electric powertrain is giving Creative’s eQuest XL school bus unprecedented performance previously uncharacteristic of electric buses,” Joe Angeli of Creative Bus Sales says in today’s Motiv announcement.

Power and Acceleration

“The hill-climbing power and acceleration provided by the electric powertrain gives these buses a driving experience consistent with standard buses creating a safer driving environment for the buses and the children they transport,” he said.

The two new buses have flexible seating, support wheelchair access, and can be configured to accommodate as many as eight wheelchairs for routes with special needs children.

Entering Service Soon

They are to be enter service with Colton Joint USD “within the next few weeks,” Motiv says, noting that they have been funded in part by the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Erick Richardson is director of transportation at Colton Joint USD. Raynona Orona is bus operations supervisor.

Source: http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/evs/2017/09/motiv-places-more-battery-school-buses/


Sierra Denali HD Interior with Jason Fenske | GMC


Take a closer look at the details that go into making the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali a premium truck, inside and out. Join Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske for a walk-through of Sierra’s unique interior features like heated & ventilated front seats plus a customizable Driver Info Center.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nissan Titan - Exterior Styling


When you work hard, you want to look good doing it. The Truck Trend crew loved the hard-working style of TITAN, giving them another reason to name it 2017 Truck Trend Pickup of the Year. Truck Trend article: http://www.trucktrend.com/truck-of-th... More info about TITAN: https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan

Sunday, September 10, 2017

FORD PROVIDES MORE THAN $3.5M TO HURRICANE RELIEF; OFFERS 'TEXAS IS FAMILY' PACKAGE TO AID VICTIMS


  • Ford Motor Company, our employees and our dealers are working to help victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild their lives
  • Ford dealers and Ford Motor Company commit to raising more than $3.5 million in hurricane relief for affected communities, first responders, dealership employees and their families
  • Ford Fund is contributing up to $500,000 to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other agencies to assist with the relief effort
  • Ford is extending a special “Texas Is Family” assistance bundle for customers whose vehicles were lost or destroyed; this includes the same no-haggle, below-invoice price as Ford employees and their families receive, with payments deferred until next year
  • First responders in hurricane-affected areas are eligible to receive a special discount toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle

DEARBORN, MI,  – Ford Motor Company and its dealers, taking action to aid Hurricane Harvey victims, are committing millions of dollars in relief funds and offering special assistance to those who need to replace lost or destroyed vehicles.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas is like family for Ford,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “Our teams are working day and night to help our customers, dealers and communities get back on their feet.”

Ford has launched multiple initiatives to assist in the relief efforts, including committing more than $3.5 million in relief funds. These actions include:

  • Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing $500,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas. This includes contributions to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Team Rubicon, Toolbank and the purchase of four Chariot Transit Vans that will also support the relief effort
  • Texas-area Ford dealers already have donated $200,000 to disaster relief organizations via the Cowboys-Texans telethon and have committed to raising more than $1 million to go toward helping dealership employees and local charities. Ford will match this effort up to a total of $1.5 million in relief to designated community relief charities
  • Ford is announcing a special customer assistance bundle, “Texas Is Family,” to assist customers with a loss claim to meet their immediate vehicle needs:
  • “Texas Is Family” customer assistance bundle
  • The same no-haggle, below-invoice price as Ford employees and their families receive
  • No payments until next year
  • Low Ford Credit APR or lease rates
  • Simple online application process

Existing customers affected by Hurricane Harvey can apply to have their payments deferred for up to two months by contacting Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services online, at FordCredit.com or LincolnAFS.com, by or phone at 800.723.4016 or by using the FordPass smartphone app

First responders in hurricane-affected areas are eligible to receive a special $1,000 discount (in addition to all available incentives) toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle
Ford has 114 dealerships in the Houston region. Currently, 101 remain open, 13 are closed and 10 (some open and some closed) have incurred extensive damage. While assessments are still under way, Ford expects dealer vehicle losses to be in the low thousands and isolated to a few dealers.

“The outpouring of support from dealers and employees who want to help is truly remarkable,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president and president of North America. “Thousands of people have suffered tremendous loss as a result of Harvey. For these people, Ford is committed to taking action to make the process of getting their lives back on track a little easier.”

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

More Storage Capacity with the Traverse Compartment



Jordan shows us a unique change to an 8' Service Body that makes it so much more useful and effective in the same space. It's not a bigger body, but a substantially more effective one. The transverse compartment is part of the magic, and then combine that with the horizontal series long horizontal compartment, add the master lock system, Harbor's push-button locking system, stainless steel lids and this changeup creates magic when it comes to functionality and effectiveness.

See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Omaha Standard Aluminum Badger Truck Body


The attractive all aluminum “Badger” bodies are lightweight yet rugged enough to withstand your demanding day-in and day-out use.

For 1⁄2, 3⁄4 or 1-ton chassis
  • Rust-proof
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Increased fuel mileage
  • Ideal for gooseneck hauling
  • 3-year limited warranty
Other Options
  • Omaha “Strongbox” underbody aluminum toolboxes.
  • Rear stake pockets and banding rail.
  • 12” aluminum drop-in contractor racks - sides and rear. Requires optional rear stake pockets.
  • 6” channel long members.
  • Flush mounted hinged gooseneck door (shown)
Features
  • 1⁄8” (.125) thick treadbrite floor, side rails, and reinforced rear apron.
  • 3” channel crossmembers.
  • 4” channel long members (6” optional) gusseted to cross members.
  • Heavy-duty tapered bulkhead welded and gusseted to platform.
  • Stake pockets on side rails sized to accept 2x4 boards.
  • 1⁄4” x 2” banding rails to secure cargo.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sortimo Custom Solutions


Tim Tabor gives us a walk-around of a Custom Solution upfit. Custom solutions are provided on an individual basis, where a design professional will work directly with you to develop a cargo organization system that is custom-tailored to best suit your needs.

SpitzLift: Who We Are


The SpitzLift is the most payload efficient, material handling equipment available today.
www.spitzlift.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sierra Denali Interior with Jason Fenske | GMC


Take a closer look at the details that go into making the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali a premium truck, inside and out. Join Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske for a walk-through of Sierra’s unique interior features like heated & ventilated front seats plus a customizable Driver Info Center.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DumperDogg by Buyers Products- from Start to Finish in 30 Seconds


DumperDogg™ by Buyers Products- from Start to Finish in 30 seconds.

International - Severe Duty Upfit Choices


When it comes to upfit, it's all about options. Watch from our Work Truck Show booth as we explain how we make choice a priority for our customers to ensure a perfect upfit, every time.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ford Transit: A Plumber’s Perfect Work Van


K.C. Montgomery is helping his customers find innovative ways to get the most out of their water in drought-ravaged California. He isn’t your average plumber -- and his Ford Transit isn’t your average work van: Customized shelving and storage, lots of space to load and unload and incredible on-road efficiency. See how Transit has completely changed the face of K.C.’s business.

Learn more about Monty’s Plumbing: http://ford.to/MontysPlumbing

The Ford Transit and Transit Connect offer the flexibility to fit any business like a work glove. To demonstrate, we loaned one to four very different businesses and got only one result: success. Take a look and see how the right work van can make any business move faster. Whatever your job, the Transit works. 

Learn more about Ford Transit: http://ford.to/FordTransit

Monday, September 4, 2017

VMAC 30 CFM Gas Driven Air Compressor Demo Video



The VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor is now powered by Honda!

Nissan Titan - Functionality


For roadtrips and everyday driving, the Truck Trend experts loved the unexpected touches like the available adjustable headlights. Discover all the reasons they awarded TITAN the 2017 Truck Trend Pickup of the Year. Truck Trend article: http://www.trucktrend.com/truck-of-th... More info about TITAN: https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Chevy Surprises F-150 Owners with the 2017 Silverado | Chevrolet


Watch what happens when a group of Ford F-150 owners discover a next-generation truck. Chevy Silverado offers the strength and long-lasting dependability people have come to expect, with features other truck brands just don’t have.

BEDSLIDE - Value Features and Benefits

BEDSLIDE uses only the highest quality components to manufacture a sliding tray that brings all your cargo right to you. Whether it’s your truck, van, SUV, utility box or trailer, the BEDSLIDE rolls out your gear and equipment safely and securely. The BEDSLIDE is about making your life easier. It’s not just a truck bed accessory to make your truck look better. It’s a truck bed accessory to make your truck WORK better.


DESIGN

Every BEDSLIDE is designed to function with the user in mind. The handle is  ergonomically designed to safely function keeping your hands and fingers away from the dangerous pinch points. Decking: No cheap grade rubber mat here....we use the tough BEDSLIDE-signature TPO deck service for best durability. EXCLUSIVE only to BEDSLIDE, the first truly composite and weather-PROOF decking material to the MAX and HD models.

QUALITY

The fully-engineered BEDSLIDE has been cycle tested to over twice our warranty and 4 times our weight claims by, SGS, an international and independent third party testing facility in New Jersey. Our steel hard linkage latching mechanism is the toughest you'll find. We've removed inexpensive roller bearings from all load-bearing points and have invested in KR40 CAM FOLLOWERS (rated at over 2 tons dynamic capacity EACH) on EVERY BEDSLIDE. (this is not a typo) ALL BEDSLIDES go through a rigorous 5-stage wash and powder-coating finishing providing the highest grade and longest-term protection against the elements.

BACKED UP BY A 5 YEAR WARRANTY


GUARANTEE

We build BEDSLIDE/Takit products to work as hard as you do. To make sure they’re doing just that, we offer a comprehensive 5-YEAR warranty on ALL BEDSLIDE products to help you sleep at night. Top to bottom, nuts to bolts.

If you find something wrong with it, contact us and we’ll arrange for the best resolution to your issue. Usually it’s an easy, quick and painless fix. If it’s something that requires a repair or exchange, we will be happy to walk you through the best solution. It’s that easy. Seriously, we live for customer service. Just follow the steps listed below and we will determine the best course of action to make your BEDSLIDE right. •

 Call us toll free at 888-807-0099 or email csr@bedslide.com.  Be sure to have your serial number, receipt of purchase, place and date of purchase handy when you call. Before you call check out our FAQ page, the answer might be found that easy. Don't forget to register your BEDSLIDE.

LIMITATIONS We know the BEDSLIDE is a piece of equipment that might get a little abused every once in a while. We build them tough enough to do that. Even as tough as the BEDSLIDE is, there are a few things this warranty just cannot cover: misuse, exceeding the respective weight capacity rating, corrosion, alterations that modify the BEDSLIDE design and function, improper installation, damage due to accidents, and / or lack of care and maintenance. Other than that, if you are the original owner, we’ve got you covered.

Find out more at: www.bedslide.com

Friday, September 1, 2017

Highway Products | Pickup Pack


For over 35 years, Highway Products has built custom toolboxes for professional work vehicles. Our Cross-Frame Box is a popular choice for custom utility vehicles, dump-trucks, semi-trucks and has endless applications for the storage and organization of your tools.

To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at www.highwayproducts.com