Thursday, January 31, 2019

Freightliner eCascadia electric truck review and road test




Join us for a trip in the cab of Daimlers fully electric Class 8 truck the Freightliner eCascadia at the Las Vegas Speedway bowl, with a phenomenal range and quick charging time its a great vision of the future.

SOURCE:  TruckWorld TV

2019 Titan XD Review



Grant Roberson reviews the Titan XD

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Enoven 16' Flatbed With A Scorpion TL-3 Crash Attenuator - Enoven Truck Body



Sam with Enoven Truck Body shows off this brand new Hino 338 that has a 16' Enoven Flatbed. It is also equipped with a Scorpion TL-3 attenuator that folds into the bed. See more at http://www.enoven.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

56" High Harbor Trademaster Service Body



This Red Ford has a 56" high custom Trademaster service body with raised front compartments on both sides, two upper compartments that open upward for maximum visibility. This is also a horizontal series body where the horizontal compartment goes to the end of the body. This is perfect for longer items. This unit also has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure keeping what is inside secure and out of view.

Harbor offers standard TradeMaster with the 8' and 9' Single Rear Wheel models, along with 8', 9', 11' Dual Rear Wheel models. We also offer a 6.5' for HD short bed trucks and a 13' for longer wheelbase trucks. Since we manufacture this product, we can build bodies to specific needs, but the standardized models will be the most cost-effective generally.


To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/

Sierra AT4 Powers Up With New Off-Road Performance Package


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DETROIT — Defining the premium off-road segment, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is now available with the all-new Off-Road Performance Package. The Off-Road Performance Package adds factory-installed performance upgrades that bring additional power and purpose to the Sierra AT4.

“The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 debuted all-new, purposeful technologies for the premium truck segment and the new Off-Road Performance Package takes it a step farther,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It offers optimized performance, both on- and off-road.”

The Sierra AT4 Off-Road Performance Package includes:


·         6.2L V-8 engine mated to 10-speed automatic transmission.

·         18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

·         Cat-Back Performance Exhaust System.

·         Performance Air Intake.

Thanks to these additions, the AT4 Off-Road Performance Package delivers up to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque — increases of 15 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over a Sierra equipped with a conventional 6.2L V-8 engine. The 6.2L is manufactured at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York and was recently named a Wards 10 Best Engine for 2019.

For 25 years WardsAuto editors have evaluated every all-new or significantly improved engine or electric propulsion system available in production vehicles in the U.S. Vehicles must have a starting MSRP less than $64,000. The editors score eligible vehicles on horsepower, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise characteristics.

The Off-Road Performance Package’s upgrades build on the Sierra AT4’s distinctive formula of authentic off-road capability, innovative technology and bold design, along with GMC’s premium refinement.


The Sierra AT4 was introduced earlier this year, and content includes:

·         Standard 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift.

·         Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates.

·         Standard off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers.

·         Standard Hill Descent Control.

·         Standard Traction Select System.

·         Standard GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate.

·         Standard black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert.

·         Standard body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper.

·         Standard exclusive athletic interior trim elements.

·         Standard red vertical recovery hooks.

·         Available segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display.

·         Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror1.

·         Available GMC-exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box2.
 
·         A full suite of advanced available safety features including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking1.

The Sierra AT4 Off-Road Performance Package has an MSRP (excludes tax) of $4,940 and is on sale now.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @gmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

1Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle's owner's manual for more important feature limitations and information
2Late availability in limited quantity.
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Fleets - Inside and out, it’s visibly clear that we’ll be your big rig partner for the long haul.


Investing in Grote LED Lamps Will Save Your Fleet Money

Clearance Marker Light on Heavy Duty truck

Today’s fleet managers know that incandescent bulbs are quickly becoming obsolete in favor of LED technology. Fleets of all types are looking for cost effective solutions to maintain their vehicles, improve compliance with safety regulations and improve visibility on the road, without spending more than your budgeted amount.

Whether you operate a fleet of tractors, off-road utility vehicles, heavy duty trucks, light duty trucks or vans, trailers or even passenger vehicles, investing in LED lamps from Grote will return significant savings. With minimal downtime, less money spent on replacement lamps and less time spent checking and replacing lamps, your fleet will operate more effectively.

No matter what industry you serve, your fleet has four strategic goals: High profitability, high productivity, low downtime and low cost of doing business. Lamp performance plays a bigger role in those four goals than you might think. With increased focus on safety and compliance around the world, one burned out lamp can lead to lost productivity, unexpected costs and increased downtime. Ongoing replacement of those lamps leads to further costs over the life of the trailer or vehicle. In the US, CSA infractions for lamp failure drive up operating budgets. Grote’s products can help with all of this.

Yet, buying LED lamps from Grote still represents a significant investment. When your fleet’s budget is tight, you must decide whether that investment is worthwhile. Understanding how much you stand to save over the lifetime of your LED lighting system will help you make the most informed decision.

A Case Study

How much can you truly save with Grote? Consider this case study:

If a long Class 8 trailer requires 15 LED lamps, then a fleet of 1,000 trailers would require 15,000 lamps. Your fleet may be able to negotiate a price of $165 per trailer for the necessary lamps from Grote. That equals a total cost of $165,000 to outfit your trailers.

Because our lamps are designed to outlast their trailers when used with our harness systems, we will assign a 15-year lifespan to the trailer with the LED lamps. With no unplanned maintenance or CSA points, the $165,000 cost is all you will have for these lamps.

Compare this to incandescent. The average 1,000-trailer fleet will experience 3 failures per day. The costs and penalties for this range between $50 to $300 per inspection. Averaged out over the life of the trailer and combined with the average cost to change or repair these bulbs, and you have a cost of $3,000,000 for the life of the trailers.

Of course, you may be considering switching to a less expensive LED lamp instead. Again, these lamps will fail, although at a lower rate than the incandescent lamps. With an average failure rate of once per 15 years per lamp, you still have maintenance costs of $1,400,000.

So how much can you save by using Grote? The answer, in this case study, is millions of dollars. Your savings will depend on the size and usage of your fleet, but the savings are significant, no matter how you look at it.

Your lighting strategy must be addressed if you are going to limit downtime and increase productivity to reach your goals for your fleet. A comprehensive lighting strategy with the help of Grote’s superior products will help you reach those goals.

Learn more at:  https://www.grote.com/industries/heavy-duty-truck-lights/


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Meritor® Launches 22 Electrification Programs with Global OEMs through 2020

Meritor, Inc. logo. (PRNewsFoto/Meritor, Inc.) (PRNewsfoto/Meritor, Inc.) 



130 Battery-Powered Commercial Trucks Hitting the Road through Meritor Blue Horizon

TROY, Mich., Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced it has 22 electrification programs with global OEMs that is expected to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road through 2020.

"These emission-free solutions offered under Meritor'sBlue Horizon technology brand have the potential to transform the industry by meeting the rising global demand for clean, electric-powered drivetrains that we believe will deliver a high-efficiency solution that greatly reduces the total cost of ownership for our customers," said John Bennett, vice president and chief technology officer for Meritor. "These programs position Meritor for future growth in an emerging industry segment."

In the first half of 2019, a major fleet customer will begin operating the first of six medium-duty Peterbilt Model 220EV Class 6 pick-up and delivery trucks equipped with Meritor's 14Xe electric drive systems and fully integrated subsystems from TransPower, a leader in electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. In 2017, Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower.

Meritor's eCarrier platform integrates an electric motor into the axle, freeing up space for batteries and other components. This flexible design is the foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid and single or tandem axles with various options based on product application for vehicle Classes 5 through 8.

Among the 130 commercial vehicles expected to be placed into service by 2020, 60 of these trucks received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions in freight facilities.  

In addition to the truck applications, a prototype school bus outfitted with Meritor and TransPower electrification solutions has been exceeding expectations during testing in Escondido, California since late May. Testing includes climbing steep grades, stop-and-go at low speeds, off-road and freeway driving as well as heavy-load hauling on rural roads.

"Several large customers have come out to see and ride the bus, and their comments are very complimentary from ride comfort, noise, vibration and harshness, acceleration, top speed and design simplicity standpoints," Bennett said.

About Meritor
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of approximately 8,600 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
This release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "are likely to be," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to reliance on major OEM customers and possible negative outcomes from contract negotiations with our major customers, including failure to negotiate acceptable terms in contract renewal negotiations and our ability to obtain new customers; the outcome of actual and potential product liability, warranty and recall claims; our ability to successfully manage rapidly changing volumes in the commercial truck markets and work with our customers to manage demand expectations in view of rapid changes in production levels; global economic and market cycles and conditions; availability and sharply rising costs of raw materials, including steel, and our ability to manage or recover such costs; our ability to manage possible adverse effects on our European operations, or financing arrangements related thereto following the United Kingdom's decision to exit the European Union or, in the event one or more other countries exit the European monetary union; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates, restrictive government actions regarding trade, implications of foreign regulations relating to pensions and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); risks related to our joint ventures; rising costs of pension benefits; the ability to achieve the expected benefits of strategic initiatives and restructuring actions; our ability to successfully integrate the products and technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. and AA Gear Mfg., Inc. and future results of such acquisitions, including their generation of revenue and their being accretive; the demand for commercial and specialty vehicles for which we supply products; whether our liquidity will be affected by declining vehicle production in the future; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development and launch of new products; labor relations of our company, our suppliers and customers, including potential disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work stoppages; the financial condition of our suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; possible adverse effects of any future suspension of normal trade credit terms by our suppliers; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; potential adjustment of the value of deferred tax assets; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of our debt; our ability to continue to comply with covenants in our financing agreements; our ability to access capital markets; credit ratings of our debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any proceedings or related liabilities with respect to environmental, asbestos-related, or other matters; possible changes in accounting rules; and other substantial costs, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2018, as amended and from time to time in other filings of the company with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.


SOURCE Meritor, Inc.


F-150: The Big Dog | F-150 | Ford


If you’re not the lead dog, the scenery never changes. Only the F-150 gives you best-in-class torque,* payload,* and towing.* It doesn’t just raise the bar, it is the bar.

*Max payload on F-150 XL Regular Cab, 8’ box, 5.0L, 4X2, Heavy Duty Payload Pkg. and 18” Heavy Duty Wheels. Not shown. Max towing on F-150 XL SuperCrew®, 6.5’ box, 3.5L EcoBoost, 4X2 and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Not shown. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

NTEA: More than 100 product rollouts expected at WTS

Ford, FCCC, Freightliner, International, Mack, Nissan, Ram 
among OEMs planning to deliver updates 

Nissan Commercial Vehicles at WTS '18


The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) says more than 100 companies plan to introduce new work trucks and equipment at Work Truck Week 2019.

The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 5-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis IN. Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit, Fleet Technical Congress, and the Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6–8.

Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles, Ford Commercial Vehicles, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Freightliner Trucks, Hino Trucks, International Truck, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Kenworth Truck Company, Mack Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Nissan Commercial Vehicles, Peterbilt Motors Company, Ram Commercial, Volvo Trucks and Western Star Trucks plan to exhibit at the event, with 15 of them delivering exclusive chassis update sessions.

During each update session, company representatives provide insights into their future plans related to the work truck industry, share technical information on latest chassis specifications and designs, and review body and equipment installation options. Ford, FCCC, Freightliner, International, Mack, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan and Ram also scheduled press conferences at the Show.

“There’s no better place to see what’s new and what’s coming from the industry’s leading OEMs,” the association said.

To help attendees plan which booths to visit, 90 exhibitors are showcasing new products online in advance of the event as part of The Work Truck Show’s exclusive New Product Spotlight and Green Product Showcase programs. Offerings range from transmissions and suspensions to trucks and bodies. They include a variety of innovative power solutions, cargo management systems and vocational equipment from snowplows to cranes. To learn more about these products, visit the featured exhibitors section of the online floorplan at worktruckshow.com/floorplan.

“Every year at The Work Truck Show, the industry’s leading manufacturers of vocational vehicles, components and equipment converge on Indianapolis to showcase their newest products and share what’s coming next,” says Steve Carey, NTEA president and CEO. “With all the major players here, The Work Truck Show is the best place to take the pulse of the commercial vehicle community and find the equipment and education you need to continue to improve your operations.”

Show attendees will have the opportunity to check out products from 26 first-time exhibitors in a special New Exhibitor Pavilion that opens an hour before the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. It’s located across from the Hall I exhibit hall entrance.

The Work Truck Show main exhibit floor covers more than 500,000 square feet. The event includes an educational conference with sessions designed to help attendees improve their operations.

“Anyone who works with commercial vehicles, including public and private truck fleet operators, manufacturers, dealers and equipment distributors, can find solutions to their business challenges at the Show,” NTEA said.

For more information and to register, visit worktruckshow.com or call 800-441-6832.

Source: https://www.trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-equipment/ntea-more-100-product-rollouts-expected-wts

Friday, January 25, 2019

California Move Over Laws

Please Help Protect Law Enforcement and First Responders    -     Move Over, America!

The Law
Vehicle Code 21809.  (a) A person driving a vehicle on a freeway approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying emergency lights, a stationary tow truck that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, or a stationary marked Department of Transportation vehicle that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, shall approach with due caution and, before passing in a lane immediately adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or Department of Transportation vehicle, absent other direction by a peace officer, proceed to do one of the following:

(1) Make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or Department of Transportation vehicle, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, if practicable and not prohibited by law.
(2) If the maneuver described in paragraph (1) would be unsafe or impracticable, slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.
(b) A violation of subdivision (a) is an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50).
(c) The requirements of subdivision (a) do not apply if the stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying emergency lights, the stationary tow truck that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, or the stationary marked Department of Transportation vehicle that is displaying flashing amber warning lights is not adjacent to the freeway or is separated from the freeway by a protective physical barrier.

Caltrans to Motorists: When You See Flashing Lights, Move Over to Protect Highway Workers and CHP Officers

Caltrans electronic highway signs throughout California lit up with a new Move Over message to kickoff a statewide campaign to increase safety for motorists, highway workers and law enforcement.

The message -“Slow or Move Over for Workers, It’s the Law”. Caltrans will also begin a new billboard campaign and issue a public service announcement to television stations statewide reinforcing the Move Over message.

In May and June, three Caltrans highway workers died on the job within 48 days - the most in such a short period of time. Since 1924, 178 Caltrans workers have lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Our goal is to do everything we can to keep our highways safe,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Motorists must slow down, watch out for highway workers, and safely move over a lane when they see flashing amber lights on Caltrans or other emergency vehicles.”

The joint safety effort by Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the California Office of Traffic Safety will educate the public on the importance of moving over a lane to protect highway workers and CHP officers.

The CHP will provide the Move Over safety message during their morning traffic updates on broadcast stations statewide, and officers will be on the lookout for motorists not following the law.

“This traffic safety campaign isn’t about writing citations, it’s about providing a safer work environment for everyone who does business along the side of a highway,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The only way to prevent tragedies from occurring on the side of the road is by giving emergency personnel, highway workers, and the public adequate space.”

The DMV will display the Move Over safety message on electronic signs in 135 field offices, and highlight the law in its handbook and written driver’s test, where it will appear along with Slow for the Cone Zone information.

“Our collective goal is that motorists will become more attentive as they drive,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “With continued cooperative efforts such as the Move Over campaign, we can further improve highway safety."

The departments will update their web sites and social media pages, such as Facebook© and Twitter©, to reinforce the Move Over message.

“When we see Caltrans, law enforcement, emergency medical services, tow trucks, and other emergency or construction vehicles next to the roadway, they are there for one purpose - our safety,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director for the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Let's keep them and ourselves safe by giving them plenty of room to operate.”

The Move Over law, which took effect in 2007, was amended in 2009 to add Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must move over if safe to do so or slow down.

Source: http://www.moveoverlaws.com/


Enoven Work Truck Platforms - Bulit for Your Requirements!

 


Enoven Work Platforms or “Flatbeds" are offered as standard flatbeds with or without Headboards,in lengths from 8′ to 28′and can be custom modified to accomplish many job requirements.

Find many of the Work Platforms we have built here: https://enovenind.com/products-2/flatbeds/ewp-series/

Contact us for a quote on your requirements: 888-640-8667 or info@enoven.com

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nissan NV Cargo named ‘2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Award’ winner

 

The 2018 Nissan NV Cargo commercial van is the “2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Award” winner in the van category. The Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards represent the website’s ongoing effort to highlight vehicle value for shoppers beyond the initial purchase price.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Venturo VC1000 Euro-Style Van Crane Demo


Check out this quick demonstration of the proper procedures to operate the Venturo VC1000 Van Crane.

DECKED Nissan NV Cargo Van

 DECKED Nissan NV Cargo Van

This DECKED truck bed organizer fits a Nissan NV Cargo Van with a wheelbase of 146.1" manufactured from 2012 to current. It takes a short bed DECKED system.

DECKED is designed for cargo vans NOT passenger vans. If you have a second row of seating or more and/or you have insulated walls in your van, DECKED has not been validated to fit with your configuration.

Quick Facts

DECKED In-Vehicle Storage Systems ship freight, and shipping is included. Accessories are NOT included in free shipping; they ship UPS ground or parcel ground. Click the SHIPPING POLICY tab for detailed information.
All DECKED Systems come with a 3-Year Limited Warranty.
Please visit the FAQ page for more answers to those tough questions!
KEY DETAILS:
  • Built from 100% recycled HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) co-molded to a galvanized recycled steel subframe
  • System payload rating: 2000 lbs evenly distributed on the deck
  • Drawer payload rating: 200 lbs per drawer
  • System weight: 200 lbs short bed systems, 220-230 lbs standard bed systems
  • Two full bed-length drawers. Note: Drawers do not fully extend. Max drawer extension: 48” for reasons related to physics
  • Drawers are weatherproof. System itself is impervious to moisture, extreme UV light exposure and severe temperatures
  • Oversized cast aluminum handles for ease of operation with gloves
  • Typically no drilling of cargo van required
  • Full line of accessories available to increase your level of awesome
  • Will work with a spray-in bed liner, but not a drop-in plastic bed liner
  • Will work with a BedRug mat, but not with a BedRug full liner. LEARN MORE
INTEGRATION:
DECKED is compatible with a variety of accessories including, but not limited to:
  • Crossover toolboxes which leave > 12” to floor of bed
  • Top rail mounted ladder racks
  • Tonneau covers which leave > 12” to floor of bed for folded parts or canisters
  • Slide systems like CargoGlide, Bedslide, Slidezilla; SLIDE INSTRUCTIONS
  • Thule and Yakima racks and accessories
  • DECKED Cargo Van Systems are compatible with a variety of common van shelving and racking systems; for a list of compatible product part numbers and a best practices installation guide CLICK HERE
INSTALLATION: Assembly requires basic hand tools and following our written instructions as well as step-by-step video tutorials:

Learn more at: https://decked.com/products/decked-nissan-nv-cargo-van?variant=31141390983