Monday, September 23, 2019

Ranger Design Van Accessories - Vehicle Security


For long term profitability, make sure your van is always well-protected and well-kept. Have your most expensive equipment locked away out of sight, and take other protective measures to help prevent theft. By keeping your vehicle burglar-free and in good condition, you can improve the resale value for the future.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

California Welding Operation Relies on ArcReach Technology



ArcReach® technology lets welders adjust parameters at the weld joint, reducing walks to the power source across a crowded worksite.

Trip and fall hazards are common on a typical jobsite. But with Miller ArcReach technology, welders can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes - all at the weld joint. That means operators with California-based M&M Welding spend less time walking to the power source and more time welding, resulting in fewer opportunities for jobsite injuries.

 Learn more about ArcReach technology at: https://www.millerwelds.com/products/...

The Bandag Retreading Process


The excellence of Bandag retreads is a direct result of Bandag’s sophisticated and highly standardised Retreading Process. State-of-the-art technology builds accuracy and efficiency into every step. Our patented Bandag process is geared towards restoring the original performance level of your tyres while ensuring consistency and reliability, each and every time.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Most Popular Low Roof Plumber Body: The KUV


JD Diaz gives us a tour of the very popular low roof Knapheide KUV plumber-style body mounted on our Chevrolet 3500 single-rear-wheel Cutaway chassis. This gas-fueled chassis has a very tight turning radius and the low overall height allows you to get into garages around town. This enclosed service body has huge storage compartments outside and a cavernous area inside that keeps tools, machines, and large parts out of the weather, yet is easily accessed. Call JD Diaz or one of our knowledgeable fleet pros at 951-252-2980 See our huge selection of ready-to-go-to-work-today trucks at https://paradisefleet.com

Friday, September 20, 2019

MEET Sam Enoven Truck Body + Equipment


Customer review of Henke and the Henke Cartridge Spreader. Sam is Owner and General Manager of Enoven, a 30 year old company based out of Northern California. They have focused on being a Customer's first choice for custom installation and custom design work.

Material Rack vs Forklift-Loadable Rack. What Are The Differences?


Michael Osborne demonstrates the differences between the standard Material Rack vs the Forklift-Loadable Rack. Generally speaking, the material rack is loaded by hand and the forklift-loadable rack can be loaded with a forklift. It mainly depends on what materials you need to carry and how often. Both racks carry material and how that material needs to get up there is going to determine the best rack for you. At Paradise Fleet, we carry both designs in stock and if you would like to see the differences in person, we are happy to show you for yourself. Call Michael Osborne or one of our knowledgeable fleet pros at 951-252-2980

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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.

Winter Maintenance and Towing Tips for Fleets

Preparing for winter: is your fleet ready?

truck driving in winter weather
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, more than 70 percent of roads in the U.S. are located in regions that typically receive more than five inches of annual snowfall. With many commercial fleets using these snow-prone routes on a regular basis, preparing vehicles and drivers for winter conditions is a task most companies need to address.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Material Rack vs Forklift-Loadable Rack. What Are The Differences?


Michael Osborne demonstrates the differences between the standard Material Rack vs the Forklift-Loadable Rack. Generally speaking, the material rack is loaded by hand and the forklift-loadable rack can be loaded with a forklift. It mainly depends on what materials you need to carry and how often. Both racks carry material and how that material needs to get up there is going to determine the best rack for you. At Paradise Fleet, we carry both designs in stock and if you would like to see the differences in person, we are happy to show you for yourself. Call Michael Osborne or one of our knowledgeable fleet pros at 951-252-2980

Venco Venturo ET6K Electric Crane


The standard configuration for the ET6K includes a manual extension boom from six to 10 feet and hydraulic elevation from -5 to +75 degrees. The crane’s rating is 6,000 foot-pounds with a maximum lifting capacity of one ton – falling below the OSHA requirement for operator certification – making it exempt from OSHA 1926.1427 operator certification requirements.

The ET6K winch features a high-efficiency, heavy-duty three-stage electric planetary gear drive, 12V permanent magnet motor and dual braking systems, and comes standard with a capacity overload shut-off system, aircraft-quality wire rope, and remote control pendant.

Available options include radio remote control, anti two-block system which meets ANSI B30.5 safety standards, mounting pedestals for platform body applications, outriggers and jacklegs for a variety of truck bodies and an adjustable boom rest with a load block storage hook.

The ET6K is recommended for general service applications on any truck with a GVWR of 8,000 LBS or more.

- See more at: http://venturo.com/product/et6k/

Monday, September 16, 2019

GoLight Product Information Video



GoLight Product Information Video

4 Methods To Sell Your Work Truck

What is your process of getting rid of an old work truck when it comes time to buy new? If you don’t have experience with this task it can become quite daunting. While getting rid of a commercial truck isn’t as simple as trading in a used car, the technologies of today have made it substantially easier.

1. Dealer Trade-In

The majority of commercial truck dealers focus on selling new commercial trucks and their inventory reflects that with little, sometimes none, used commercial trucks. However, searching for and finding a commercial truck dealer that accepts trade-ins could create a convenient transaction for your next new work truck purchase. While you won’t get the highest dollar on your trade-in, you will save some time by not having to deal with privately selling your used work truck.

2. Auction

There are many auction companies that specialize in heavy equipment, machinery and work trucks. Instead of you managing the seller process, the auction company helps market your work truck and handle the transaction. While all of this comes with a cost, selling at an auction is a less hassle option for you.

3. Paid Listings

Cars.com, Autotrader and Carmax are all online outlets for retail vehicles. Similar online outlets exist for commercial trucks. Sites like Commercial Truck Trader, Truck Paper. Ebay and many others contain thousands of work trucks, many of which are listings from private sellers. For a nominal fee, you can list your used work truck on sites like these and gain a significant amount of exposure. Keep in mind, depending upon where the buyer is located, you may incur logistics costs with getting the vehicle to the buyer depending upon the arrangement.

4. Free Listings

There are many online sites that offer free listings to sell your stuff, including your used work truck. Social media sites like Facebook and websites like Craigslist are viable options for selling a commercial truck. While they may not be considered as high quality as a paid online listing site, they offer up additional exposure and are better than slapping a “for sale” sign on the side of the truck and parking it on the street.

Consider some of these additional thoughts before selling your used work truck. If your work truck is highly customized, it may shrink the buyer’s market size. Depending upon the economy and demand for work trucks, your used work truck may bring a premium price.

Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/08/4-methods-to-sell-your-work-truck

Sunday, September 15, 2019

DECKED Truck Bed Storage System Accessories Explained



DECKED offers a handful of accessories that can help maximize the versatility of a sliding drawer system in your truck or cargo van. In this video, I discuss every Decked add-on one by one and show you how they work. Learn more about Decked: http://decked.com



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Saturday, September 14, 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


ANIMATION: Nissan TITAN XD’s Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel Two-Stage Turbocharger


The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel in the Nissan TITAN XD features a unique Cummins M²™ Two-Stage Turbocharger is configured to work well at both low and high engine speeds. The series sequential turbocharging system, involving two differently sized turbochargers, effectively provides a small turbocharger for low air flow requirements and a large turbo for high air flow.

Friday, September 13, 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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Next Generation Sierra | Jaw Drop | GMC



With innovative solutions for loading, hauling and working, see why the World’s First Six-Function MultiPro™ Tailgate on the Next Generation GMC Sierra is guaranteed to drop a few jaws.

All-Electric F-150 Prototype

All-Electric F-150 Prototype

An all-electric Ford F-150 prototype during a capability test. The battery-powered truck successfully towed more than 1.25 million pounds of rail cars and trucks during the test.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7 Tips for Sharing the Road with Semi-trucks

Vehicles and semi-trucks driving on an interstate

Driving near large trucks

Did you know 75 percent of commercial vehicle accidents are caused by drivers in passenger cars? While actions like distracted driving certainly play a role in some of these cases, there are likely multiple occasions that happen simply because drivers don’t understand how to safely maneuver around large vehicles.
Though sharing the road with semis is a daily task, not all motorists understand the limitations of a semi — mainly wide turning radiuses, slow stopping times and large blind spots. To help educate the general public on safe driving techniques, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) started a highway safety program called Share the Road. Using some of the ATA tips and our own, we’ve compiled a list of driving habits that will help make the road a safer place.

Seven tips for motorists sharing roads with semis

Roadway safety is the responsibility of all drivers, but you can take certain steps to ensure you’re doing your part. When driving near or around a semi-truck, be sure to:
  1. Drive defensively
    Operating a vehicle probably comes second nature to you. But, no matter how comfortable or skilled you are behind the wheel, it’s important to remain alert at all times — especially around large trucks. Semis are bigger in size and weight, making them slower to react to avoid collisions. Pay attention to vehicle locations, traffic flow, vehicle signals and weather so you can anticipate problems and have plenty of time to safely change course if necessary.
     
  2. Keep a safe distance
    Driving close to a semi puts you at greater risk for being hurt by sudden stops, tire blowouts or roll overs caused by strong wind. So, whether you’re behind, in front or beside a large truck, leave plenty of space for merging, swerving and maneuvering. It’s best practice to keep at least a four-second following distance between you and the trailer in case of a sudden stop.
  1. Avoid blind spots
    The right side of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is the largest blind spot for a truck driver — sometimes blocking their view for three or more lanes. Other areas of concern include directly in front of the cab, behind the trailer and certain zones along the driver’s side. Avoid spending time in these zones to ensure the driver can see you.
     
  2. Pass quickly
    Passenger vehicles typically travel faster than semis, so it’s not unusual to pass a lot of trucks along your route. Practice safe passing by driving closer to the shoulder rather than the truck, and speeding up instead of lingering.
     
  3. Don’t cut a large truck off
    Semis have much longer stopping distances — up to two football fields when traveling 65 mph. To prevent a rear-end collision, make sure you can see the entire front end of the truck before merging in front of it.
     
  4. Dim the bright lights
    When traveling near or past a semi, make sure your bright headlights are dimmed. Bright lights reflecting off large truck mirrors can cause two seconds or more of temporary blindness when traveling at 55 mph. The general rule of thumb is to lower your bright lights when you’re one block (or closer) behind a semi.
     
  5. Always signal
    As mentioned, trucks require more time to react to motorists stopping, turning or merging lanes. Because of this, it’s important to signal the driver at least three seconds or more before upcoming changes. This timing allows the truck driver to slow down or move over.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2019 Nissan TITAN Trailer Towing


Towing a camping trailer with your 2019 Nissan TITAN can be easy, as Carl Phillips, Nissan Product Specialist demonstrates in this video featuring Nissan’s Trailer Light Check, Integrated Trailer Brake & Sway Control, and Easy Fill Tire Alert (If Available).

Learn more about the 2019 Nissan TITAN: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/tr...

2019 TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab 4x2 (Red) and 2016 TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab 4x2 (White) shown. Towing capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guild and Owner’s Manual for additional Information. Availability of features vary by vehicle model year, model, trim level, packaging and options. Easy Fill Tire Alert is not a substitute for regular tire pressure checks.

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FORD Trucks at the 2019 Work Truck Show


NTEA Work Truck Show, all new Ford F600, RV chassis, E-chassis and of course 2021 F650-750. Commercial trucks chassis cabs will all the safety features of a F150.

Source: MrTruckTV

Monday, September 9, 2019

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD Medium-Duty Truck Reveal


Chevrolet unveils three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty for GM Fleet, shows the features of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD. Read more about the three new medium-duty commercial trucks: http://www.worktruckonline.com/news/s...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

GMC Double Cab HD2500 with a Harbor SRW WorkMaster Body



The WorkMaster by Harbor is often called a plumber style body. This one is mounted on a single rear wheel GMC Double Cab. This 8' WorkMaster has standard WorkMaster features including the Master Lock System, Rear Access door for sliding in pipe and matches up with the interior shelf, Tall barn style doors in the back give easy access to the interior with two shelves on each side. This one also has a removable stainless steel vise bracket and on the other side, a water jug holder. All this on a 2500HD GMC Double Cab makes for a sweet package.

See more offerings from Harbor Truck Bodies at www.htbi.net

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


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

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Advertise your business on a Harbor WorkMaster Body




Advertise your business on the side of the WorkMaster body. Here are a couple of examples, notice that whether its on the larger WorkMaster or the smaller WorkMaster, you get a very large proportional space to promote your business. Good for plumbers, good for electricians, good for all kinds of contractors, good for any business!

So go ahead advertise; make it big and bold!  Unless of course you are working undercover like the photo of a Swat Truck WorkMaster body photo below!




Visit our website at www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.




Friday, September 6, 2019

Decked Truck Bed System Test and Review



Reviewing the truck bed system from Decked USA. This is a great product for any truck.



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Whelen SurfaceMax™ Series


Whelen’s SurfaceMax Series features the versatility and performance of the Hundred Series, with a full-fill optic and all-new patented mounting technology, providing easy installation and a clean look. The SurfaceMax Series mounts to a variety of applications and is available in Warning, Brake, Brake/Tail, and Turn Arrow models.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Maximum Maneuverability Landscape/Debris Body




Here's a great example of a 14' Landscape Dump Body, which can also be used as a Debris Body with 48" steel sides that are half solid and half steel mesh with swing-away rear barn-style doors, tarp, and receiver. The best part of this particular rig is the maneuverability of this truck. It is mounted on an Isuzu Tilt-Cab or often called a Low Cab Forward chassis that only has a 132" wheelbase. That is about the same as a pickup truck with an 8' bed. This truck will get in and out of places other units would struggle with and will run circles around other trucks with a 14' truck bed.

Call Premier Truck Center to find out more about a truck body that will make your job easier and more efficient. We fabricate our own flatbed products. Call us at (941) 729-8196 or visit us on the web at http://www.premiertruckcenterllc.com/

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Commercial Van Equipment & Upfits by Ranger Design


Video demonstrating commercial van equipment manufactured by Ranger Design: See our website for more info http://rangerdesign.com/ - Tradesman Packages - Van Tool Drawers - Axess Tray Cargo Slides - Van Ladder Racks - Revolutionary Max Rack Drop Down Ladder Rack - Van Partitions: Crash Tested for Your Maximum Safety - Contoured Van Bulkheads for Maximum Cabin Comfort - Van Bin Storage Units - Partskeepers Storage Units - Van Shelving - "Fold-Away" Foldable Van Shelving - Sliding Door Van Safety Partition Visit our website http://rangerdesign.com/ or call our friendly staff at 1-800-565-5321 for your next upfit.

ENTREPRENEURS GOING MOBILE INSTEAD OF BRICK AND MORTAR, DRIVING BOOM IN AMERICA’S VAN BUSINESS


  • Ford is seeing an additional increase in sales of its Transit van – already America’s top seller – as small business owners rethink traditional models of operation with the rise of an on-demand economy
  • Transit has seen a 5.3 percent uptick in sales for fleets ranging in size from one to five vans; added connectivity, configuration options and available driver-assist features in the 2020 Transit will provide owner/operators even more reasons to go mobile
  • Businesses are adding on-site services or going exclusively mobile for the benefit of lower overhead costs and a more personalized experience
DEARBORN, Mich. August 29, 2019 – Steve McBride, executive director of Pewabic Pottery, knew the future success of this historic business couldn’t rely on foot traffic alone. To find new ways to engage with the community and increase awareness of its business, owners of the 116-year-old ceramic studio and school purchased a Ford Transit and created a traveling exhibition space with portable ceramic firing kilns that allows the artists to bring the Pewabic experience to community festivals and schools.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Custom Designed Welders Bodies by Harbor Truck Bodies

Harbor can custom build a Welders Body 
for each customers unique needs







It seems that there's no such thing as a standard Welder Body because every welder want something different.Harbor can custom build a Welders Body for each customers unique needs.Here's a 9' Low Pro 34" Open Top Service Body with Stainless Steel lids and with slightly raised front compartments to the standard height of 40" closed compartment style.

This also has a small sized transverse compartment with two compartments for tall gas bottles in storage, while in the main front compartment are bottle brackets and rings for short gas bottles. This also has the rear compartment cut off and an 18" work platform with V-groove on the back plus the standard 8" step bumper.

This is all mounted on a new Dodge 3500 regular cab chassis and makes for a very clean looking rig.

Let Harbor create a unique body for you! Call 800-433-9452. www.htbi.net

Monday, September 2, 2019

Maxon Lift Corp.


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

This Is The Bomb: Huge Crew Cab, 14' Landscape Dump!


Michael Osborne gives us a short tour of this Low Cab Forward (LCF) Crew Cab 4500 chassis matched to a 15' Martin Steel Side Landscape Dump body. Talk about getting the crew to the job and carrying massive amounts of landscaping materials, this truck is the bomb! In addition, this unit is has a 6.0 gas V8 engine which saves many thousands of dollars in the initial cost. This may look like a massive truck, yet because it is an LCF and because of how it is designed, the turning radius is excellent offering maximum maneuverability. Call Michael Osborne or one of their knowledgeable fleet pros at 951-252-2980 Check out their huge selection of ready-to-go-to-work-today trucks at https://paradisefleet.com

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Isuzu NPS300 4x4 AMT - Allan Whiting


Outback Travel Australia tests the Isuzu NPS 300 4x4 truck, now fitted with an automated manual transmission for two-pedal control. Read Allan Whiting's full report at outbacktravelaustralia.com.au