Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Complete Process: Aluminum Truck Bodies from Knapheide



Our new aluminum truck bodies feature a no compromise design, underwent rigorous testing and are constructed using cutting-edge manufacturing. We took customer first, collaboration and continuous improvement to a whole new level.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Calling All TITANs: Next Ultimate TITAN build to be unveiled live Tuesday, March 5



Ultimate Work TITAN teaser

INDIANAPOLIS – Tune in Tuesday, March 5th at 3:30 PM EST to the @NissanUSATrucks
for a live unveiling of the Ultimate Work TITAN1 – the second in a series of three Ultimate TITAN builds created as part of the Calling All TITANs campaign.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites nissannews.com and infinitinews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.
For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissan-global.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

1. Custom vehicle not available for purchase.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Green Truck Summit at the 2019 Work Truck Show

When and where

Tuesday, March 5
JW Marriott Indianapolis
8:30 a.m.–5 p. m.

Green Truck Summit & Fleet Technical Congress Conference & Trade Show Package registrants have the opportunity to attend March 5 general sessions for both events as well as Work Truck Show concurrent sessions on March 5–7.

Learn more at:  http://www.worktruckshow.com/greentrucksummit

Cummins celebrates 100 years



Cummins kicks off its centennial celebration with a simple message: “Challenge the Impossible.”

Monday, February 25, 2019

VMAC G30 SOLVES COMMON AIR COMPRESSOR CHALLENGES

Common Air Compressor Challenges


To celebrate the recent launch of the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor, now powered by Honda, VMAC ran a G30 Giveaway Contest. (Watch the video on our Facebook page!) In this contest we asked entrants to answer three simple questions. One of these questions asked fleet managers and operators what their top challenges with their current truck-mounted air compressors are. Here are the results:

Common Air Compressor Challenges

With seven options to choose from, the top three results were size, air output and weight, accounting for almost 60% of the responses. The VMAC G30 was designed and engineered to address the concerns fleet managers and operators have with their current equipment.

SIZE

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air CompressorAir compressor size was the number one challenge our survey identified. The VMAC G30 is 50% smaller* than other competitive air compressors, measuring just 34” (l) x 21.5” (w) x 24” (h), making it small enough to fit on the side pack of a single rear wheel service body. The compact size frees up to 15 cubic feet on the truck body, and leaves more room in the back of the truck for supplies, tools, and equipment. Another bonus is that visibility is improved, as the short height of the G30 means it won’t obstruct the view in the rear window.

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air Compressor

AIR OUTPUT

Not only is the G30 compact, it is also powerful—50% more powerful* than other competitive air compressors. Producing 30 CFM 100% of the time, the G30 can operate at 100% duty cycle, which means you won’t have to wait for air to build, and you can work without interruption, thanks to continuous air supply. The G30 doesn’t need a large air receiver tank either, which aids in the size challenge.

WEIGHT

Weight challenges are minimized with the VMAC G30, which weighs 50% less* than other competitive air compressors. Weighing just 205 lbs (93 kg), the G30 is over 200 lbs lighter. Not only does every pound of GVW count when building a truck service body, especially because vehicle weight restrictions vary by state, but the Environmental Protection Agency reports that for every 100 lbs of weight reduction, a vehicle’s fuel economy can increase by up to 2%. This means that with 200lbs less weight, the VMAC G30 can save you up to 4% in truck fuel costs.

*Compared to competing 22 to 30 CFM reciprocating gas engine driven air compressors, with 30-gallon air receiver tank.

OPERATING IN COLD TEMPERATURES

Respondents in Canada and the Northeast and Midwestern states noted operating air compressors in cold temperatures to be particularly challenging. To ensure the air compressor can operate in extreme cold, a cold climate kit can be installed on the G30. The G30 with cold climate kit is proven to start-up at temperatures of -30°C (-22°F).**

**Due diligence and additional care may be required for prolonged operation in temperatures reaching below -15°C (5°F).

TRANSFERABILITY

The VMAC G30’s lightweight and compact design makes it easier to transfer than heavier air compressors weighing over 400 lbs. The lifting hook makes for easy installation on the service truck as well.

MAINTENANCE

The VMAC G30 is easy to maintain, with servicing recommended every 200 hours or every 6 months. The compressor is oil injected; oil forms a seal between the rotors so they don’t wear against each other. The G30 compressor doesn’t contain any gears, reed-valves, piston rings, or components that will fatigue or become fouled, which means with proper servicing and operation, the compressor should never require rebuilding. The G30 comes with a VMAC Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the reliable Honda GX390 engine comes with a 3-year warranty (limited).

OPERATING IN HOT TEMPERATURES

Operating air compressors in hot temperatures was a concern for some operators and fleet managers, predominately those located in areas like Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. The G30 is proven to operate at temperatures up to 40°C (104°F) and is protected by a compressor oil temperature switch that opens at 140°C (284°F) and shuts down and disables the engine until the oil temperature drops below 139°C (282°F).

MINIMIZE CHALLENGES WITH THE VMAC G30

Each of these seven challenges can be addressed with upgrading your air compressor to the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. Not only is it 50% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more powerful, but it is also proven to operate in the most extreme climates. It’s also easy to transfer and maintain, allowing you to spend your time on the job, not struggling with your equipment.

Learn more about the VMAC G30, or find a dealer. You can also find a VMAC Sales Rep—they’ll be happy to answer your questions, and provide you with a demo of the air compressor, so you can see the G30 in action for yourself.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

INVOLVE YOUR TECHS WITH SPEC'ING WORK TRUCKS

 Store Long Items

Many business owners or fleet and equipment managers cringe when the time comes to purchase new work trucks. When you don’t work out of the vehicle that is being purchased, it can be a challenge to understand the daily application and requirements. Incorrectly “spec’ing” the vehicle translates into lost ROI, safety issues and unhappy techs.

Many companies choose one extreme or the other when it comes to input from the techs that actually use the vehicle. Either the techs get little to no input on the new work trucks or the company leaves it up to the techs entirely. The best approach, for both the company and techs, is to establish a collaborative process. One that values the perspective of the technicians while taking into account the position and direction of the company. Read on to discover how.
On the side of technicians...

The work truck is the mobile office of the technician. It can also serve as the shop, break area and more. Regardless if they are HVAC techs, plumbers, or electricians, they all depend on their work truck on a daily basis. With the next work truck purchase approaching, be sure to gather this information from the techs to ensure it is set up to be efficient and safe.

  •     Thoroughly understand what is stored on the vehicle. Are there a lot of hand tools that can be found quicker if a set of mechanics drawers are provided? Do they carry a lot of hardware or small parts that warrant parts bins. Does any larger equipment (think ladders) or materials (think pipes) eat up too much space in the bed? If the tech spends 15 minutes on every jobsite just trying to locate and retrieve what they need on the vehicle, it is time to increase organization which will lead to better efficiency.
  •     Are there repetitive motions being performed that put the tech at risk of injury while on the job? For instance, are they stepping up and down on a tall bumper or lifting heavy components or equipment in and out of the bed? Items like cable steps mounted to the bumper or collapsable cargo area cranes can alleviate these dangerous repetitive motions. Without asking, you may never uncover these issues.
  •     While creature comforts in the cab may seem like just convenience to you, for the tech they may make the difference between happy on the job and feeling appreciated or hating to go to work every day. These can be as small as power windows or as big as remote start.
  •     Last, but certainly not least, are safety and security. Is the tech having rear visibility issues when reversing on a jobsite or attempting to hook up to a trailer? Are their tools and equipment commonly stolen when working in high-theft areas? Investing in rear vision cameras and enhanced security options can make a huge difference in the safety and security of the work truck.
On the side of business owners and fleet/equipment managers…

While work trucks can be a major expense, business owners and fleet managers also realize work trucks are a major contributor to revenue. However, with all businesses there are budgets to maintain. No one understands the position of the company better than a business owner or fleet manager. Be sure to take the following items into account prior to the next work truck purchases.

  •     The jobs that are being done today may change dramatically a few years down the road, depending on the growth and direction of the company and the industry. Many companies will keep work trucks in service for a long period, some for 10 years or more. Keep this in mind as the work trucks may need to transition along with the business.
  •     Cost will always be a major limiting factor with work truck purchases. While the techs may want the Cadillac, that can’t always be the outcome. Maximize the value by creating the best work truck possible with the money that has been allocated.
  •     Maintenance costs can drain the ROI directly out of a work truck. Spec a work truck that has a solid reputation of reliability and performance. Sometimes, the best place to obtain this info is from other business owners or fleet managers.

Remember, take into account both sides of the coin in order to produce the best possible work truck.

Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/05/involve-your-techs-with-specing-work-trucks


EZ STAK - Your one stop shop



EZ STAK is an industry leader and manufacturer of modular interior storage systems for work trucks, service bodies, vans and trailers. We pride ourselves on delivering custom-fit and turnkey solutions, so whether you need a work-ready trailer, upfits to van interiors or just cabinets for your fleet, we’ve got you covered. And because we only use products made of high-grade aluminum or galvanized steel, they’re built to last — an average of 12 years, in fact.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Ford Motor Company: Chicago Assembly Plant Announcement | Innovation | Ford


Ford Motor Company announces an investment in the Chicago Assembly Plant and plans to spend $1 billion to create and retain jobs. This assembly plant will focus on building the all-new 2020 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Ford Police Interception Utility, showcasing our commitment to American manufacturing.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cummins History: 1931 Coast-to-Coast with Clessie Cummins



Determined to top a coast-to-coast record held by GM's gas engine, Clessie Cummins set out with a diesel-powered cargo truck on a route from New York City to Los Angeles in August 1931.

Carry It On Top - Masterack Ladder Racks for Every Type of Commercial Van


Masterack has a ladder rack for every type of commercial van, plus accessories to customize a package to your particular need. Choose from the original Masterack Locking Rack, the ergonomic Slide-Down Rack, the effortless PowerRack, or the economical heavy-duty Utility Rack.
 

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ranch Hand at 2018 SEMA "The Impact Experience"



Thanks to all those who came out and supported us at The SEMA Show this year! We hope you all enjoyed the experience. If you didn't get a chance to come out to SEMA, here's a quick glimpse of what took place!

Harbor 3-Piece Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, Material Rack and Conduit Box

Store and Secure your tools, materials and equipment
in your Harbor Service Body








This Harbor body includes an optional 3-piece cargo bed enclosure installed on the service body to keep those items in there out of sight and out of mind. The top opens up two thirds of the bed area when opened and glides smoothly on teflon pads. The other unique thing on this is the way the rear is finished. Most commonly, the rear would be barn doors with no tailgate and this one retained the tail gate also has modified the  barn doors with a HD lock assembly to boot.

This unit has a HD material rack with a conduit box and master lock system to make life easy on the job site.

This rig has plenty of storage and security. See more from Harbor at www.htbi.net

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Winter Weather Reminder from OSHA.

 

KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers to stay vigilant when it comes to weather-related hazards that can put employees at risk when temperatures plummet in winter months.

Slippery roads and surfaces, frigid temperatures, and carbon monoxide fumes from engines, generators, and heaters are among the hazards that can lead to employee injuries and illnesses during the season. Working outdoors in excessively cold environments or without adequate protection – such as thermal clothing, gloves, and hats – can cause serious loss of surface and internal body temperature. Cold environments also increase risk factors associated with physical exertion, including dehydration, and existing health conditions.

OSHA offers winter weather resources to help protect employees from cold stress and hazards that are present when clearing heavy snow around workplaces and from rooftops, driving on icy roads, and coming across downed power lines.

Employers should perform preventative maintenance and inspect equipment before use, monitor carbon monoxide levels in workplaces, operate gas-powered equipment only in well-ventilated areas, and prevent blockages in ventilation and exhaust systems after snowfalls and when ice forms.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Fleet Technical Congress ar 2019 Work Truck Show

 

Fleet Technical Congress presents strategies and processes to help fleet managers take advantage of the technology revolution and find creative solutions to enhance fleet operations.
Key topics
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Strategies to secure fuel supplies
  • Using data to design work trucks
  • Ensuring a reliable fleet power supply
  • Last-mile delivery
 Learn more at: http://www.worktruckshow.com/fleettechnicalcongress


SpaceKap Wild WORKSTATION Interior


The interior of the SpaceKap WILD.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Harbor CraneMaster Body - West Coast Style Personalized to Meet Your Every Need...



CraneMaster bodies represent an open design that permits you to choose all the appointments to meet your every need when using 2,000-4,000 lb. cranes with capacity up to 12,000 ft.-lb. The west coast service body design is the preferred style for these cranes. Harbor has sorted out which cranes go with which bodies. Tell us what weight you are loading and what length of crane you need to get the job done (length in feet x weight in lb. = ft. lb.) and we’ll put you in the right combination. Then, we’ll help you choose from among the many options that will make this your personal design!

Find more at: www.htbi.net



Saturday, February 16, 2019

SmithCo Side Dump Body On Western Star Chassis With Attenuator - Enoven Truck Body



Sam with Enoven Truck Body shows off a Western Star Chassis mounted with a Smithco Side Dump Body and crash Attenuator. See more at http://www.enoven.com

Enoven Truck Body offers the full lineup of Boss Snow Plows and Spreaders

 

We can upfit your existing vehicle or build out a full ready to work snow plow vehicle with spreaders and all.

Take a look at the product catalog from the Boss Brochure: http://enovenind.com/wp-content/uploads/2017truck-equipment-brochure.pdf

 Call us today for a quote.

 (916) 372-9692

Enoven Truck Body and Equipment
 2904 Duluth Street
W. Sacramento, CA 95691

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ford Service Advice: Do I Need New Tires? | Service Advice | Ford



This video will explain the importance of having proper tread on your tires to ensure safety, performance, and handling, how to check tread depth, as well as key signs that you may need to replace your tires. Learn more about Ford Service Advice here: http://ford.to/FordOwner

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nissan TITAN XT Breaks the Light Duty SnowPlow Barrier

Plow More Snow in Less Time with a TITAN XD!



This Titan was spotted on a Nissan dealers lot in Maine. I stopped to check out the 8 foot Fisher SnowPlow blade on this pickup.



This is the first pickup in its class that will support the use of a Heavy Duty SnowPlow blade. Further research shows that this Titan XD with the 4900 Lb front end rating could accept a heavy Duty snowplow up to 9 feet in length.  Boss SnowPlows will allow up to a 9.2 FT V-Blade on this pickup chassis

This is very significant, many of the other "domestic" pickups in this class will only allow a 7 1/2 foot plow because of their lower vehicle front weight ratings. This Titan will plow more snow in less time than competitive products

Note that the Nissan Titan is manufactured in the USA in Mississippi.

Guest Post
By Steve Taylor.

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.

FORGE 2.0
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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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms

 Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms


Understanding the many industry acronyms and terms can be overwhelming. This quick guide can get you up to speed on some of the most important terms and meanings.

GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight
This is the total weight of the truck, including all passengers, drivers, cargo, accessories, fuel, and fluid in the engine at any point in time. It is important that this measurement does not go over the GVWR, or it can be a safety hazard.

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
This is the maximum total vehicle weight that is safe for the truck, established by the chassis manufacturer. The weight of the truck, any cargo, and passengers including the driver, as well as any fuel and fluid in the engine is included in the rating. Chassis manufacturers will most often set the GVWR lower than the combined axle ratings (the total amount of weight an individual axle can carry). This is due to the chassis manufacturer’s internal safety standards for durability, stability, and handling, as well as SAE International test protocols.

GCWR – Gross Combined Weight Rating
Everything that moves with the vehicle is included in the GCWR. The weight of the truck, any cargo, passengers including the driver, any fluid or fuel in the truck, as well as the weight of the trailer and the trailer’s cargo is included. Exceeding the GCWR can cause a safety hazard.

Payload
The cargo carrying capacity of a vehicle is the payload. It is calculated by subtracting the vehicles’ weight including passengers and the driver from the GVWR. Exceeding the Payload capacity can cause damage to your suspension, chassis, frame, tires, and many other parts of the truck.

CA – Cab to Axle
The cab-to-axle measurement is the distance from the back of the truck cab to the center of the rear axle. Clear CA or effective CA is the distance from the rear surface of any obstruction behind the cab to the center of the rear axle. If you have a tandem axle truck, then it is measured to the midpoint between the two rear axles. This measurement can help you determine the length of the body that can be mounted on the chassis.

Wheelbase
The wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear axles. When the truck has more than two axels, it is the distance between the steering axle and the center point of the driving axle group. This can affect body installation, weight distribution, and truck performance.

SRW – Single Rear Wheel
A single rear wheel refers to a chassis that has one wheel on each side of the rear axle. Single Rear wheels make for smoother driving without cargo, as well as easier driving in cities, suburbs, and highways. These trucks are more affordable to purchase outright, and have better fuel economy. A single rear wheel has less towing capability than a dual rear wheel, and less stability when towing in windy conditions.

DRW – Dual Rear Wheel
A dual rear wheel refers to a chassis that has two wheels on each side of the rear axle. This feature is a must if you are towing large payloads, or driving through rough terrain. It adds stability to your truck which increases safety for your divers and cargo. Having a dual rear wheel will allow the driver to safely get off the road in the case of a tire blowing out. Trucks with a dual rear wheel can be difficult to maneuver in cities, where parking and tight streets can be challenging. This feature can also reduce the truck’s mpg, especially in cities, and increase maintenance costs, because there are at least two extra tires to replace or rotate.

CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
The vehicle’s GVWR is one of the factors that will effect whether the diver needs a CDL. If the truck has a GVWR, and GVW of 26,000 lbs. or lower, the driver does not need a CDL.

Class A
A Class A license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more. This includes towing a trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs. which makes the vehicle and trailer rating over 26,001 lbs.

Class B
A Class B license is required to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR or 26,001 lbs. or more, and/or a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier that is towing another vehicle weighting up to 10,000 lbs.

Class C
A Class C license is required if the vehicle you intend to drive does not meet the criteria for either Class A or B and it is meant to transport either: 16 or more passengers including the driver or hazardous material.

Original Source: NTEA Truck Equipment Glossary


Blog Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/08/quick-guide-to-industry-acronyms

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ford Trucks – Ode to The Builders | Built Ford Proud | Ford


We build with purpose and pride. We build trucks for the builders, which is why they are Built Ford Tough.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Should You Refurbish That Work Truck?

Refurbished Work Trucks

Considering purchasing a brand new work truck? Has your current work truck seen better days? Your work truck may take a beating day in and day out on the jobsite and appear like its useful life is over. Time for a new work truck, right? Not so fast. It’s time to consider refurbishment.

Most refurbishment programs offer the following services for your upfit:
  •     Repaint
  •     Undercoat
  •     Hardware replacement (compartment latches, hinges, etc if needed)
  •     Body repairs
  •     Hydraulic repairs & preventative maintenance (cranes, hoists, pumps, hoses, etc)
  •    Cost
Many times, cost is a major factor in the decision to refurb or purchase new. Work trucks with highly customized upfits or a steep new acquisition price tag are the most common for refurbishment. These can include mechanics trucks, utility and service trucks, heavy-duty dump trucks, lube trucks and more. In order to properly evaluate the cost and quantify the difference between new and refurbishment, you must first know the costs and projected life in years of each.

An example would be a brand new mechanics truck will cost you $100,000 and you expect to get ten years of life out of the vehicle. In contrast, if you refurb your existing mechanics truck it will cost $30,000 and you expect to get five additional years of life out of the vehicle. With these numbers you can determine a per operating year cost (minus fuel and maintenance) with both of these choices. To calculate, you would divide the cost by the numbers of expected life years. So for a new truck, the cost per year would come to $10,000 ($100,000 / 10). For a refurbished truck, the cost per year would come to $6,000 ($30,000 / 5). In this example, the refurbishment option would save you $4,000 per year over five years, providing a total savings of $20,000.
Timing

With a new work truck placed into service there is typically little time lost transitioning from the old work truck to the new. This direct swap out keeps you on the job. Refurbishments, on the other hand, can take weeks or months to complete depending upon the complexity of the vehicle. Generally speaking, many can’t afford to take a vehicle out of service that long and lose the revenue potential associated with the vehicle. Always ask to receive a reliable timeline for completion of the refurbishment so you understand how much downtime will occur. If your work experiences slow times throughout the year, plan ahead and have the refurbishment completed when it will least affect your work.

Refurbishment Partner

While there are many companies that specialize in installing truck bodies and equipment, far fewer offer refurbishment services. Refurbishment requires substantial attention to detail and a staff with the proper skill sets and experience. Upfits like mechanics trucks, lube trucks and dump trucks require techs that can refurbish hydraulic equipment such as telescopic cranes, hoists and more. Be diligent when evaluating and selecting your refurbishment partner and ensure they have the expertise to complete the job. If you are unsure, ask for client references of past refurbishments they have completed.
Remounts

Remounts are the “middle ground” between buying all new and refurbishment. Truck equipment distributors remove the body and equipment form the old work truck, refurbish it and mount it on a new truck chassis. In some cases, remounting may not be feasible or possible. The refurbished body and equipment may have been designed for a specific truck. Trucks constantly evolve from model year to model year and the older your current work truck is the more difficult a remount will be. Always speak to your refurbishment partner so they can determine if a remount is possible and safe for a new truck.

Regardless of your budget, needs, or timeline, there are many options to consider when in need of a new work vehicle. What’s important is that you consider all of the factors and make the decision that makes most sense for your business.

Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2019/01/should-you-refurbish-that-work-truck


Traffix Devices Scorpion TL-3 Crash Attenuator Demonstration - Enoven Truck Body



Sam with Enoven Truck Body shows off the Traffix Devices Scopion TL-3 truck mounted attenuator. See more at http://www.enoven.com

Sunday, February 10, 2019

GMC Sierra 1500 Turbo 4-cyl. Gas Engine Half-Ton Pickup

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation

2019 Sierra 1500 'Elevation' takes monochrome, blacked-out route, features GM's new 2.7L turbo truck engine

GMC's next-gen Sierra 1500 lineup includes an Elevation edition—although it's now more focused on appearance than sport truck performance, which is how the Elevation came onto the scene among the previous-generation Sierras in 2015. But on that note, its engine may be a surprise high point.

The Sierra Elevation, which will be available starting this fall, joins the SLT, off-road-themed AT4, and high-society Denali trims that will be available on the 2019 Sierra 1500. With their tall front grille and curved "blade"-style headlights, the new Sierra 1500s all are designed for a standout look.

The Elevation model takes that farther, however, with body-color door handles, bumpers, and grille surround as well as a black grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim, and 20-in. wheels.

To outfit the Elevation for more serious off-road use, you'll want the available X31 Off Road package, which includes a specially tuned suspension with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, protective underbody skid plates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system, a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing, all-terrain tires, and hill descent control.

Or for towing, the Sierra's available ProGrade trailering system incorporating multiple cameras and backing guidance overlays is designed to make backing and hooking up to a trailer simple even for noobs.


Read more at:
https://www.fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/turbo-4-cyl-gas-engine-half-ton-pickups?NL=FO-005&Issue=FO-005_20180726_FO-005_423&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPENT000004488230&utm_campaign=19491&utm_medium=email&elq2=37ca0058cd7849c09177f63dff3ee1e1

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Kargo Master Pivot Pro - A Great Addition to Your Work Van


The Kargo Master Pivot Pro is a heavy duty, 3 long-drawer rotating organizer that is great for storing elongated objects with convenient access from the back of your van. Each drawer is equipped with industrial-grade ball bearings to ensure smooth operation, and they also come with locks to ensure your goods are neatly secured.

CargoGlides Extreme Test VS. Competitor



Say goodbye to the aggravation of a normal truck bed. With CargoGlide, you can stop crawling in the back of your truck or van every time you need to reach your gear. So, stop scuffing your knees and hurting your back! Install a CargoGlide in your truck or van and get your gear and materials out where you need them! Loading and unloading your tools, toys or any other materials is considerably faster, safer and easier when you have a CargoGlide.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Work Vehicle Ergonomics - Decked



DECKED drawers slide your payload of tools, gear and other supplies out right at waist height. This white paper, prepared by a third party expert, studies how toolbox solutions like DECKED are shown to save time and money.

DECKED drawers slide your payload of tools, gear and other supplies out right at waist height. This white paper, prepared by a third party expert, studies how toolbox solutions like DECKED are shown to save time and money.


Learn more at: https://decked.com/blogs/decked/ergonomic-white-paper-supports-decked

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Where To Look When You Need A New Upfitted Work Truck Fast

 Find A Truck Fast

You never know when you might need a work truck in a hurry. Breakdowns and accidents happen, and they can quickly bring your work to a halt. Regardless of the reason, quick access to ready-to-work trucks is within reach. So where do you turn when you need that service truck or flatbed now?

Local Commercial Truck Dealer


Odds are, you may already have a relationship with a commercial truck dealer (Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, Isuzu, etc.) in your area of operations. If you are already a customer of a commercial truck dealer near you, this is the best place to look first, whether it be driving to their physical lot or searching through their commercial truck inventory online. Even if the dealer does not have the vehicle you need on the ground they may be able to get the vehicle from another dealer close by in a timely manner.

Online Inventory Websites


Let’s say you can’t find the right dump truck you need at your local dealer. What is your next choice? There are dedicated websites that pull in new commercial truck inventory from dealers throughout the country. This gives you the ability to search through thousands of already upfit work trucks on-ground and ready to be put to work. Keep in mind, depending upon how far away the vehicle is from you there will likely be transportation costs associated with delivering the unit to you. You can filter by make, model, upfit type, distance from you and more.


The two most popular sites for new, already upfitted work trucks are Commercial Truck Trader and Work Truck Solutions. Utilize the Logo / links below to browse through new work trucks.






Work Truck Solutions

Commercial Truck Trader Logo
Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2019/01/where-to-look-when-you-need-a-new-upfitted-work-truck-fast

2019 Nissan NV Cargo Van offers available 375-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8, America’s Best Commercial Van Limited Warranty

  • Available in wide range of models – including Standard and High Roofs, V6 and V8 Power and three grade levels
  • Choice of 375-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 and heavy-duty 7-speed automatic transmission or fuel-efficient 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 with 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Only available High Roof model in segment1 with rugged body-on-frame construction
  • All NV Cargo models come with America's Best Commercial Van Warranty2 – featuring bumper-to-bumper limited warranty coverage of 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first
The 2019 Nissan NV Cargo Van provides exceptional utility thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls – room to fit two 40x48-inch pallets, 10-foot piping or 4x8-foot drywall sheets. Along with maximizing cargo space, the sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification. The Nissan NV Cargo provides rugged body-on-frame construction across the entire lineup, including with a High Roof, which provides most users the ability to walk, stand and work in the cargo area.

For the 2019 model year, all NV Cargo grades come equipped with standard 7.0-inch display audio AM/FM with AUX, USB, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. In addition, the Backdoor Glass Package availability has been expanded to include S and SV V8 model configurations.

As in previous years, the 2019 NV Cargo Van provides exceptional utility thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls – room enough to fit two 40x48-inch pallets, 10-foot piping or 4x8-foot drywall sheets. Along with maximizing cargo space, the sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification.

Available technology includes NissanConnect® with Navigation and Mobile Apps. The system features a 5.8-inch color touch screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

All NV Cargo models come with America's Best Commercial Van Warranty2 – featuring bumper-to-bumper limited warranty coverage of 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle warranty was inspired in part by the stories of Nissan Commercial Vehicles experiencing remarkable longevity under real-world work circumstances with businesses. The limited warranty reaffirms Nissan's confidence in the quality of its commercial vehicles, as some of the NV 2500 and 3500 models have already accrued 550,000-plus miles of real-world use.

Comfortable Seating and Standing
One of the overarching goals for the NV Cargo design was to combine pickup truck-like comfort, interior amenities and drivability with a cargo van's capacity and security. The Nissan NV Cargo interior answers one of the major unmet operator needs – driver comfort and roominess. The wide front doors provide easy ingress and egress, while supportive bucket seating with extensive adjustability, large armrests and a truck-like driving position with ample legroom and foot room enhance comfort.

The available center console (removable) provides a range of integrated storage features, while the fold-down passenger seat adds worktable functionality and enhances the cab's feeling of openness.
Another major contributor to the pickup-like cab is the absence of the traditional van engine "doghouse" that intrudes into the cab due to the setback engine placement. The Nissan NV Cargo utilizes a conventional truck engine layout with out-front engine design. This not only frees up space under the instrument panel and between the seats, it also provides easy under-hood access to the entire engine for routine service and maintenance.

The NV Cargo's ample cargo area offers a 120.0-inch cargo floor length and 70.2-inch maximum cargo floor width. NV Cargo Standard Roof models offer a maximum 55.8 cargo area height, among the tallest in class.

The NV Cargo High Roof provides a maximum 76.9-inch cargo room height – enough for most users to move about the cargo area while standing up straight. The NV Cargo is the only available High Roof model in the segment1 with rugged body-on-frame construction.

Standard Roof NV Cargo models are designed to fit in most garages or go through most car washes and fast food drive-through lanes, along with offering easier reach to access roof racks. Many businesses, however, require the added cargo capacity and the ability to stand up and work inside – which the High Roof NV Cargo delivers, enhancing everyday operations and productivity.

Smart Functionality and Flexible Layout
Inspired by customer needs and usage, the Nissan NV Cargo offers an array of smart functionality features, including storage pockets, spaces and compartments designed to provide secure access to the typical commercial customers' everyday use objects.

High Roof models offer an available overhead console designed to hold work gloves, legal size binders, safety glasses and system books. The available lockable center console (removable) fits hanging files and laptop computers and includes a computer or mobile phone charging point, as well as a lid that slides forward to provide a more usable work surface. The available storage drawer under the driver's seat is ideal for storing paperwork, tools or other items that require quick access.

Since commercial vans must serve many functions – including acting as an office on the road or at a job site – storage and productivity items are integral to the design, rather than tacked-on afterthoughts. The result is a clean, practical and comfortable workspace for a wide variety of professions and businesses.

Along with being conceived as a "mobile office," the Nissan NV Cargo is designed to function as a "mobile workshop" with exceptional utility – thanks to its wide door openings and simple, flexible cargo area layout with a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheel well housings and nearly vertical sidewalls. The NV Cargo offers room between the wheelhouses to accommodate standard plywood or drywall sheets or pallets. A range of cargo area tie-down rings, along with ample cargo area lighting, further enhances the NV Cargo's utility.

Along with maximizing cargo space, the NV Cargo is designed to accommodate aftermarket customization and modifications with 57 interior reinforced integrated attachment points for installation of cargo customization equipment – requiring no sheet metal drilling. The nearly vertical sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification.

The cargo area also features a full-length inner panel to help prevent cargo from denting the vehicle's outer skin (SV models). The roof attachment points are designed to accommodate installation of various ladder or utility rack systems without piercing holes in the roof, which can lead to corrosion and water leaks.

The cargo area also features standard "upfitter pre-wiring" for easy access into the electrical system, wide-coverage cargo area lighting and available power outlets including available 3-prong 120V outlet in center console and D-pillar locations.

A Workhorse Foundation
Cost of ownership and operation is another critical factor in the CV segment, whether for major fleet operations or individual business owners. The 2019 Nissan NV Cargo is offered in a choice of two dependable engines, starting with a 261-horsepower DOHC 24-valve 4.0-liter V6 with 281 lb-ft of torque. The engine includes Nissan's Continuous Valve Timing Control (C-VTC) for improved efficiency and is matched with a refined, heavy-duty 5-speed automatic transmission.

The advanced 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine features best-in-class3 375 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. Assembled in Decherd, Tenn., it is matched with a heavy-duty 7-speed automatic transmission. The Endurance® V8 engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift, and Direct Injection. 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 Endurance® V8 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 aids overall engine efficiency and performance and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine's thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat. The engine is also utilized in the NV Passenger Van, TITAN,

TITAN XD and Armada models. NV Cargo models equipped with the Endurance® V8 engine are outfitted with a 7-speed automatic, which features Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

Other standard NV Cargo equipment includes heavy-duty 4-wheel disc brakes with 14.1-inch front/14.3-inch rear rotors and 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), engine-speed-sensitive hydraulic re-circulating ball steering system, independent front suspension with stabilizer bar, solid rear axle with leaf springs and stabilizer bar, 17-inch steel wheels and LT245/70R17 all-season tires (LT245/75R17 for 3500-series vans).

Safety systems include dual-stage supplemental front air bags, supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags with rollover sensor for front outboard occupant head protection and 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. Also standard is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Three Well-Equipped Models
The 2019 Nissan NV Cargo is offered in three well-equipped models – the V6-equipped NV1500; the NV2500 HD, which is offered with V6 and V8 engines; and the NV3500 HD with a standard V8 engine. All three models are available with the Standard Roof, while the High Roof body is offered in the NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD models only.

Three grade levels are available – S, SV and SL. The SV grade includes a long list of standard features, such as two additional audio speakers (four total), rear cargo mat, center console with sliding table and lockable storage (2500/3500 series only), rear sonar, 17-inch styled steel wheels and more.

The SL grade features chrome bumpers and grille, chrome-clad wheels, heated outside mirrors, 8-way power driver's seat and Vehicle Security System.

Three option packages are offered, including the Navigation Package, featuring SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps with 5.8-inch touch screen; the Back Door Glass Package (all grades); and Vinyl Seat Package (S grade only) with vinyl seat upholstery.

The Nissan NV Cargo is assembled by Nissan North America in Canton, Mississippi. It is available through a select network of authorized Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide. For more information, please go to nissancommercialvehicles.com.

The Nissan NV is also available in a 4-row/12-passenger van version. For information on the 2019 NV Passenger Van and NV Cargo Van, please visit NissanNews.com.