Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Why spring cleaning is not merely a household task: your fleet will be thankful

Why spring cleaning is not merely a household task: your fleet will be thankful

It seems, on the calendar at least, that spring 2019 will soon be here. And, as often happens, the longer the days become, the more prone we feel to change, to renew habits and to get started with the annual ritual of spring-cleaning.

It might seem to you that this task is just a household tradition with origins in a long forgotten religious custom, but the general idea can still be applied to fleet management. With this post we want you to consider spring cleaning from the fleet manager’s perspective and we’d also like to offer you a few ideas along those lines—this is the perfect opportunity to tackle aspects of your fleet that might require a bit of sprucing-up...

#1 – Spring-cleaning (literally). You probably have a process already in place whereby you have your vehicles washed and cleaned on a regular basis, though in winter they are more likely to suffer from the weather. A clean vehicle runs better, is treated better, and represents your company image better. If you haven’t done so, organize a plan to get all of your vehicles thoroughly cleaned with the help of your team. Have them check also that nothing unnecessary is stored inside the vehicle as it does not just demonstrate untidiness, but can become a hazard when the vehicle is driven.

#2 – Tidying up. Take advantage of the spring-cleaning spirit to tackle any small repair that might be needed. If there is any small thing that needs to be tidied up in the depot or in your workshop or office, then now is the time to address it. You might even find some Marie Kondo-like inspiration is good for your business in general. We don’t want to be too obsessive, but when you have a tidy, clean space, your mind functions better. When we say small repair... we are not actually referring to your vehicles, as you should already have some sort of process for regular checks that shouldn’t ignore a defect, even if minimal, for the purposes of safety and compliance.

#3 – Paperwork and spring-cleaning. This is slightly off the general theme but still related to spring-cleaning. If you are among those who rely on paper-based vehicle checks, we are not about to tell you to throw them away—you should always keep records safe for compliance purposes—but why not have a look at different methods than those which simply attract dust or use up too much physical space? If you are stuck with an ever-growing pile of paperwork, then the time has probably come to consider digital walk-around checks, and you are more than welcome to give our trial program a go.

#4 – The spring-cleaning attitude. There is nothing as dangerous as claiming that just because you have always done things in a certain way, you should continue to do so. If you want to expand your business, you should welcome innovation and outside-the-box thinking. If you are looking into new ways of doing things but have never been brave enough, or told yourself you never had the time to look into alternative methods, why not take this opportunity to tap into the very spirit of spring-cleaning by clearing out some of the stale old practices holding your business back. And if you need any pointers, we are more than happy to help.

 Source: https://www.transpoco.com/blog/why-spring-cleaning-is-not-merely-a-household-task-your-fleet-will-be-thankful?utm_campaign=SynX%20Blog&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=70863457&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hFRvpkZb73F6c-u-yAr2xcsEatBWfRJuoDQtJtyWAbYSUQLfxdgPeLCvCaaXDggtX8DpU4ayaHwfLy0Om2aKSYVqe0Q&_hsmi=70863457

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CargoGlide WallSlide Testimonials


CargoGlide WallSlide Testimonials

Knapheide Work Truck Show // NTEA 2019


This year at the 2019 Work Truck Show, we introduced new chassis, new Knapheide bodies and new options. Watch to learn more!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Nissan TITAN Presents: Disaster Preparedness Kits


Keep the whole family safe and healthy during times of emergency. Learn from Chief Miller how to create the right disaster preparedness kit for all your loved ones. For more information on disaster preparedness visit redcross.org. #CallingAllTITANS

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2019 Ram Chassis Cabs at Work Truck Show


David Sowers, head of Ram Commercial Vehicle marketing, talks about the new Ram chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The New 2019 Ford Ranger: Walkaround | Ranger | Ford


Brandon Cameron, an off-road technology engineer, talks through the new 2019 Ford Ranger with features such as available Terrain Management System™,* available Trail Control™, available Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology** and available 4G LTE WI-FI.†

*When equipped with the FX4 Off-Road Package.
**Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.
†4G LTE WI-FI, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Signs of truck tire wear: What to look for and what to do next


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Managing your tire program requires looking for signs of wear or damage and properly maintaining your vehicle to help avoid issues so you get the maximum return on your investment. The development of irregular tire wear is very common on trucks of all types. Some of the common causes include alignment issues, under-inflation, overloading, suspension system issues, hub and drum non-uniformity or run out, anti-lock braking system malfunctions and improper installation.

Visual tire inspections are also very important. Drivers should look for damage to a tire’s tread and sidewall area. Tires with bulges or cuts in the sidewall should be carefully inspected and even taken out of service if necessary. Tires used in delivery or urban settings with curbs and other potential obstacles should be carefully inspected each day.

Be certain to look at the inside dual tire and between duals for rocks and other debris that can cause trouble. It is also important to inspect tires regularly for signs of uneven wear. Check for cupping or other uneven wear by running your hand over the tread and look for uneven wear on the tire edges. Edge wear and lower tread in the center of the tire can be signs of under- or over-inflation.

Cooper Tire recommends that tires are serviced by qualified and properly trained service personnel who can identify tire issues that indicate the need to remove them from service. A key resource is TMC Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide, a comprehensive guide which identifies more than 100 wear conditions and out-of-service conditions and indicates the necessary actions needed. This includes when to remove a tire from service and when it can be repaired. It also includes photos and causes of different types of irregular wear, which are categorized by steer, drive and trailer positions.
Steer tires, especially in long-haul service where the rate of wear is low, tend to be susceptible to river wear or erosion wear, a wavy channel along rib edges followed by major tread voids. This wear is circumferential, meaning that it starts at the edges of ribs and gradually progresses all the way around the tire on the sides of the tread ribs. Another common issue on steer tires is accelerated shoulder wear. This may be the result of too much or too little toe-in setting.


On drive tires, the most common type of irregular wear is heel/toe wear, which causes the lugs to develop a saw-tooth pattern. This tends to be most pronounced in high torque applications. In addition, drive tires in long haul applications may also develop fast wear on the inboard shoulder which can lead to earlier removal than might have been necessary otherwise. Rotating tires among the drive positions can help to minimize the effect. Another issue to be aware of is fast center wear, which can be a sign that tires are over-inflated for the load they are carrying.

SOURCE: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/truck-tire-wear-what-to-look-for-do-next/?eid=341566122&bid=2392091

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WM Light loading Ramp for Nissan NV200



WM light series PN# 9ALN001/PREF/FIXED is 31" wide and 79" long with a 880lb loading capacity. The video shows this ramp installed in the rear of a Nissan NV200. This particular ramp features 3/4 inch holes machined out for increased traction while allowing for dirt and snow to fall through. This product is available throughout North America, please contact us to locate your nearest distributor or for more information. Many more models are available for all sizes and models of vans. www.nationalfleetproducts.com 763-762-3451

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nissan TITAN Utili-Track System



Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD are available with Utili-track, a class-exclusive, 5-channel tie-down system. 2 floor channels help with hauling odd-shaped cargo. Heavy-duty metal cleats slide along the top channels, so you can precisely psition the tie-downs – great for top-heavy loads. And with a variety of accessories designed for Utili-track, you work smarter than ever.

Featured Vehicles: 2016 TITAN XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve 4x4 with Cummins V8 diesel engine

The Most Interesting New Truck Tech, Gear and Trends from the 2019 Work Truck Show


Here's The Most Interesting New Truck Tech, Gear and Trends from the 2019 Work Truck Show!

( http://www.TFLtruck.com )

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dept of Energy announces $18 million award at Green Truck Summit 2019



Department of Energy's Michael Berube: Awardees to develop "all-new powertrains, all-new technologies across the natural gas space." worktruckshow.com/greentrucksummit

Monday, March 11, 2019

Illinois Stories Knapheide New Plant WQEC TV PBS Quincy



The Knapheide Manufacturing Company in Quincy has been going strong for 170 years & is still looking towards the future. They have recently completed construction of a new aluminum truck bed manufacturing & assembly plant with an eye toward further global development. Come see the new plant & hear from the Knapheide family themselves about their history & their future in this episode

TruckScience Axle Weight Calculator



Use the TruckScience Axle Weight Calculator to calculate axle weights, turning radius and center of gravity of a truck, with body, equipment and payload.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

DECKED for Your Service Body


We've never seen a service body bed that wasn't a total junk show which is why we're introducing drawers for yours. Identical construction and durability as full-size truck systems.

Find out more at https://decked.com/


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Buller Engineering Products discusses RazerLift at WTS19

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Buller Engineering Products detailed the patented RazerLift, the next generation of vehicle cargo management. The powered and automated system provides the best cargo accessibility and best cargo flexibility on the market, all with the press of a button.

Safety
  • No overhead loading, unloading or operation
  • Load cargo at vehicle mirror height
  • Reduces back injuries and muscle strain associated with exertion and overexertion
  • Eliminates slip and fall hazards from climbing on bumper or tire
  • Feet stay safely on the ground

Fully Automated
  • Hand held remote
  • All with the push of a button

Cargo Flexibility
  • Virtually limitless cargo configurations
  • Customizable with bolt-to channels
  • 150 lb lifting capacity per side

Increased Capacity
  • Base unit occupies half of vehicle roof
  • Potential for additional capacity by upgrading to a two-sided configuration
  • Doubles cargo carrying potential

Easy Installation
  • Industry-standard t-slot design
  • Fits any commercial van
  • Industry-standard electrical installation
  • Designed to integrate with existing vehicle infrastructure
  • A single allen key is all that’s needed for the mechanical pre-assembly

For more information, visit razerlift.com.

Knapheide Customer Story: Roman Pools



Rob Roman, owner/operator of Roman Pools and Spas, constantly evolves his business to remain at the top of the industry. Whether his job takes him to an emergency service call or a ground up pool build, Rob relies on his Knapheide service truck to get things done.

Friday, March 8, 2019

MRT Promo Video


The Magnum RailTrac Series from Anthony Liftgates is built to provide the lowest cost of ownership in the industry.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pulltarps Systems Demonstration



Pullltarps Manual System, Cable System and Arm System are showcased in our mobile demonstration truck.

Lines of Code | Built Ford Proud | Ford


Service for your vehicle that is personalized for you. Register today at https://owner.ford.com to get customized maintenance reminders, special offers to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Venco Venturo Company Showcase Video



Venco Venturo Industries LLC has created a specialized line of high-caliber cranes and hoists for over 50 years and is known throughout the industry as one of the founding members of the NTEA. Our products are rugged, reliable, made in America, and built to last. Venco Venturo’s quality craftsmanship is backed by straight talk, real expertise, and superior customer service. We offer cranes and hoists for building supply, construction, public works, mining, railroad, oil/gas, propane markets and much more.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Ranch Hand Intro



The Ranch Hand Bumper manufacturing process. See more about Ranch Hand products here: https://www.ranchhand.com/

2019 Ford F-150 Walkaround | F-150 | Ford


Dhani Jones, a former professional athlete and current entrepreneur, presents the new 2019 Ford F-150 Platinum with available 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine, remote tailgate release, and SYNC 3 with Waze integration.*

**Requires available SYNC 3 AppLink®. Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice controls. Certain Alexa functionality is dependent on smartphone and home technology. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos and marks are trademarks of Amazon.com Inc. or its affiliates.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

SmithCo Side Dump Body Demonstration - Enoven Truck Body



Sam with Enoven Truck Body shows off the Smithco Side Dump Body, which can dump to either side of the truck very quickly and easily. See more at http://www.enoven.com

2019 Nissan Frontier combines affordability and award-winning quality in a mid-size truck designed for full-size work and play

Enhancements for the 2019 Frontier include the addition of standard 7.0-inch color audio display touchscreen for S and SV grades and expanded availability of the popular Cayenne Red Metallic exterior color.

While the Nissan Frontier is known first and foremost as a workhorse – there are many other apt descriptors that fit as well:
  • America's Most Affordable Pickup1
  • Initial Quality Study leader three years running2
  • A true "right-sized" mid-size pickup
  • Standard bearer of Nissan truck heritage
With a starting MSRP of just $18,990 USD3 (King Cab S 4x2 MT), the 2019 Frontier remains the most affordable entry model in its class1. And as the top rated Midsize Pickup in 2016, 2017 and 2018 JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) rankings2, Frontier again enters this model year with an exceptional reputation for quality. It's this unique combination of affordability and quality that stands out in the segment, making Frontier the ideal mid-size pickup to tackle both professional and personal projects.

Learn more at:  https://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/presskits/us-2019-nissan-frontier-press-kit


Saturday, March 2, 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, March 1, 2019

Don't Miss North America's Largest Event for the Utility Industry

ICUEE The Demo Expo for the Construction and Utility Industries

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Also known as, The Demo Expo for its equipment test-drives and interactive product demonstrations, ICUEE, The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, is the premier event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations & trends.

Learn more at: http://www.icuee.com/icuee-the-largest-event-utility-industry/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAzePjBRCRARIsAGkrSm6g7nxDNw2u4Ya3Y8Ng1XxlGHMCpWX4Soe-jLSEAO7qrMf6HpybZ6EaAolPEALw_wcB

Large Tow Trucks | How It's Made



Large, specialized recovery units are welded, painted and then secured to a pre-built truck. The resulting rig is strong enough to tow buses and other large vehicles. | http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-show...