Saturday, February 29, 2020

Protect Your Transmission - Boss Snowplows


Transmission damage is 1 of the most common problems that occur while plowing. 
The following steps can help prevent transmission damage.

Ways to Protect Your Truck Transmission
• Do not plow in overdrive unless your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual recommends it.
• Plan your plow pattern so that you drive forward as much as possible.
• Come to a complete stop before shifting from forward to reverse.
• Wait until the transmission engages before accelerating.
• Accelerate slowly, allowing the tires to grip the road surface for better traction. Avoid spinning the
tires.
• Start driving forward before lowering the plow for a pass.
• Whenever possible, back into a cleared area.
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• If you have a manual transmission, avoid riding the clutch while plowing.
• Change the transmission fluid before and during the plowing season. If the fluid has a burnt
smell, change the fluid as soon as possible.
• You can install an inline transmission heat gauge to monitor the temperature in your transmission.
If it reaches 121°C (250°F), let the vehicle idle until the fluid cools.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

2020 Ford Super Duty Chassis Cabs Ready for the Next-Generation of Work


The 2020 Ford Super Duty is the toughest, hardest-working generation of Class 3-5 chassis cab vehicles yet. Its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body is lighter than steel yet incredibly strong, meaning some of that weight savings can be invested in more robust axles, chassis and steering components. The fully boxed under-cab and C-channel aft-of-cab frame are 95 percent high-strength steel. This makes for dependable towing and hauling performance with a wide weight range of service bodies suitable for any vocation.

The lineup has been given a technology update for 2020 starting with standard modems featuring 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices to help keep drivers and crews connected whether on the job or on the road. Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies are now available. These include available auto high-beam headlamps and available lane departure warning. Automatic Emergency Braking, now available on 2020 Super Duty starting with the base XL truck, can help operators avoid or mitigate collisions. Vocational customization is simplified with an available programmable upfitter interface module.

New Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services are available across the Super Duty lineup to help commercial customers operate their fleets more efficiently. The technology enables fleet managers to enhance uptime and asset utilization, optimize running costs, improve driver behavior and protect their fleets using Ford original equipment-grade telematics software. It integrates with a company’s existing telematics service provider or can take vehicle data directly into its own information technology system – giving customers the power of choice. Vocational customization is simplified with an available class-exclusive programmable upfitter interface module.

Ford is the only Class 3-5 manufacturer that designs and builds all of its own engines and transmissions. Offering a choice between the standard 6.2-liter gas V8, all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 and third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 allows customers to spec the performance, efficiency and cost benefits that are right for their business. All engines are available with Ford’s all-new TorqShift® heavy-duty 10-speed automatic transmission with optional live drive power takeoff, which comes standard with diesel-powered models. 



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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

2007 Nissan Frontier Driven More Than 1 Million Miles


After retiring as a UPS driver, Brian Murphy started his independent career as a delivery driver. This video tells the story of a 2007 Nissan Frontier owner who has driven his truck more than a million miles. Driving one million miles is rare and not guaranteed for other Nissan vehicles. Learn more about the Nissan Frontier. It's a mid-size truck with a full-size attitude and plenty of engine muscle and towing capacity to get the job done: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/tr...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Roadway Express 75 Years of Service



Video history of Roadway Express produced for the company's 75th anniversary

Peterbuilt Model 220 Walk-Around


The Model 220 is Peterbilt’s solution for pickup and delivery, beverage and refuse applications, with multiple options for easy upfitting. In this video, we will explore the Model 220’s features and versatility. This is the official YouTube Channel of Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR Inc. Visit us at www.peterbilt.com.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Peterbilt Promise


Our Brand Promise: Purposeful Innovation. Individualized Solutions. Enduring Craftsmanship. Pride & Class.

Enoven Flatbeds and Stakebeds - Lots of Options



 

The flatbed is a very popular product. Its main job is to take things from one point to another. A Stakebed is a flatbed with some removable or permanent gates of various heights (40″ most common) to carry taller cargo and have it remain on the bed. All Flatbeds and Stakebeds typically come with a standard square headboard to protect the cab from damage.

There are many options available for the Flatbed and Stakebed such as a liftgate to help get heavy items on and off the bed, under bed tool boxes, HD trailer hitch and wiring, tapered headboard, steel overlay on floor for added strength and longevity (smooth or diamond plate), cranes, tool boxes on top of the bed, HD material rack and many more.
Some samples of what we can do at Enoven:
  • 100% fabricated and installed in house
  • 10ga and 3/16” smooth or diamond plate steel; 7/8” and 1-1/8” Apitong hardwood decks
  • All bodies are built for heavy duty use
  • Custom builds are our specialty
  • Rugby and Omaha Standard Subframe style and truck frame mounted conversion hoists
  • Fully hydraulic or electric over hydraulic hoists
  • Hoists for bodies 8’ long up to 24’ long
Learn more at: https://enovenind.com/

Sunday, February 23, 2020

StabiliGrip - The Dimensionally Stable Rigid Floor for Vans



Where durability and safety matter most.

Protecting operators and cargo of the hardest-working fleets and helping increase their productivity by having a reliable anti-slip rigid floor. In this video you will learn more about StabiliGrip - the industry's only dimensionally-stable rigid floor. Learn more here: https://blog.legendfleet.com/products...

Saturday, February 22, 2020

REMOVABLE DOVETAIL TRUCK BED by Wil-Ro Truck Bodies


Meet the industrious removable dovetail truck bed that takes your work truck to the next level. Wil-Ro’s expert design of this American-made truck bed offers a rare functionality not found in competitors’ products by providing the flexibility needed for creating an impressive landscape.
Your jobs often differ from project to project, whether it’s property maintenance or landscape design. You need a truck that offers the necessary adaptability for your tools and gear.

VMAC UNDERHOOD40 Air Compressor - The Real User Experience



See the VMAC UNDERHOOD40 Vehicle Mounted Air compressor performing standard service call tasks. Come along for the ride and watch this real user experience from a first person view. Learn

More: http://www.vmacair.com/vr40

Friday, February 21, 2020

Work truck wheels require care for extended life


Aluminum and steel wheels are practically bullet proof and a daily glimpse for cracks and rust is probably sufficient as long as you take the steps necessary to maintain them.

“If you have good maintenance practices the wheel should last the life of the vehicle, if not longer,” says Brandon Uzarek, product design engineer at Accuride.

If you’re running steel or aluminum wheels, Uzarek says it’s critical to be sure all mounts and surfaces are clean and flat.

Dave Walters, Alcoa field service manager, agrees, adding the most important part of wheel maintenance is making sure the studs, drum and mounting faces are all clean before installation ever takes place.

“Sometimes, excess or foreign material can work its way into the joints and you’ll lose clamping force,” Uzarek says.

Uzarek recommends cleaning the studs when the wheels are mounted and on hub pilot wheels, studs need to be oiled while also oiling the gap between the flange.

To account for any shifting that takes places when the truck finally hits the road, Uzarek advises wheels be re-torqued between five and 100 miles after the initial mount and again every 10,000 miles.

“A lot of fleets do not do re-torques because it’s an inconvenience,” he says.

Walters says fleets can mitigate much of that inconvenience and still reap the benefits of proper torque by taking a 5 to 10 mile test drive after the wheel is initially mounted to settle the joint, then checking the torque.

“If you cleaned them and did everything properly, you shouldn’t have to re-torque them again unless the wheel is removed,” he says, adding this method was included in the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) Recommended Practice (RP) 237.

Re-torquing practices can vary and Chris Putz, Maxion Wheels principal engineer for commercial vehicle wheels, says that’s fine so long as it’s application specific.

“The fleets know best their operations and vehicle duty cycles,” he says. “We would just recommend they have some established program for checking torque.”

Keeping wheels clean can also help prolong their life. A simple soap and water bath is sufficient for aluminum, while a wire brush is an effective tool in removing corrosion from steel.

“The faster we take care of any rust,” Uzarek says, “the longer the wheel should last.”

“If you maintain the appearance of your wheels, that prolongs the life of that wheel,” adds Walters. “The hidden corrosion is what’s going to get you. If you wash the truck and keep it clean, that’s key to keep corrosion from working down into the hidden places.”

Putz says keeping wheels clean is important to also ensure the longevity of the wheel against harsh salts and corrosives used to de-ice roads that can also eat through the wheel’s finish.

Wheel makers have developed advanced propriety anti-corrosive surface treatment coatings for their wheels that won’t flake, which Walters says offer advantages over many paints.

Wheel re-finishing is an option to make worn wheels look like new, but Uzarek cautions that a coat of paint won’t fix structural issues. When wheels begin to lose material, they need to be removed from service.

And the process of re-finishing can also be tricky. Uzarek says paint applied too thick can cause a loss in clamping force as can paint that has not cured properly.

Putz says each wheel should be thoroughly re-inspected after the refinishing processes is complete and, Walters adds, habitual wheel refinishing can remove enough wheel material to make it unsafe to operate.

“One thing we hear a lot of is burning off the paint in an oven and we have not approved that process,” he says. “Depending upon time and temperature, it could change the mechanical properties or the microstructure of the steel.”

When refinishing, you also must be aware that you could be eroding the roll stamp on the wheel, the visibility of which is mandatory for its use on the highway.

“Once the roll stamp is gone, you’ve basically got junk,” Walters says. “Once you cannot read the DOT stamp, you’re done.”

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/steel-aluminum-work-truck-wheels/#sthash.Qca0f8LU.dpuf

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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

CTECH Manufacturing Company Overview


CTECH Manufacturing is a Wisconsin based Manufacturing company specializing in Aluminum Carts, Cabinets and Drawers. We have been in business for over 20 years. We started with deep roots in the race market and have serviced every major sanctioned race organization since that time. We bring that enthusiasm and quality to all of our product lines which ranges all markets from NASCAR race teams to Law Enforcement and University Facilities with our aluminum storage solutions.

Learn more at: https://www.ctechmanufacturing.com/

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DECKED Presents | Ultimate Storage, Maximum Function




DECKED designs and manufactures fully engineered, 100% American Made truck bed storage systems with a true 2000 lb payload and a steel subframe. The DECKED system will keep your tools and gear dry, secure and organized. #worksmarterplayharder For more info on DECKED visit https://decked.com/

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

WALTCO WHZ1300 Standard Advantages


This video highlights features and advantages with our new WHZ 1300 lift gate.

Custom Harbor Roadside Service Body To Haul Batteries


Notice that all the compartments are vented above and below the lock which is a must for carrying batteries around in closed compartments. The compartment floor has been reinforced with treadplate to support the extra weight.



This unit is Harbor's standard 41" high TradeMaster Service Body with standard Stainless Steel Lids. This is a 9' single rear wheel body mounted on a 56" CA chassis.


Harbor Truck Bodies 800-433-9452.

 Visit our Website: htbi.net


Monday, February 17, 2020

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

Sunday, February 16, 2020

A.R.E. DoubleCover. The Only Hard Truck Bed Cover That Retracts And Lifts. Because Double Is Better



Trying to decide between a retracting cover or a hinged cover? Don't. Our DoubleCover allows you to lift open for quick access and retract for full bed access because double is better. Still looking for more? Add optional side rails and crossbars to carry additional cargo.

2020 NISSAN NV CARGO IS READY TO GET THE JOB DONE.

2020 Nissan NV Cargo work van parked in front of house

NISSAN NV CARGO

The NV Cargo High Roof and NV Cargo Standard Roof are the kinds of vehicles you need to do business today: Smarter, Tougher, and More Comfortable, with available advanced technology that keeps you connected.

1. LARGEST-IN-CLASS BRAKES

2. BEST-IN-CLASS V8 HP

3. CLASS-EXCLUSIVE AVAILABLE HIGH ROOF WITH BODY-ON-FRAME CONSTRUCTION

Americas Best Commercial Van Warranty

Learn more at: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/commercial/nv-cargo.html

Saturday, February 15, 2020

FORD F-150, MUSTANG, SYNC ® 3 PROPEL FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO TOP-3 RANKING IN J.D. POWER 2020 VEHICLE DEPENDABILITY STUDY

  • Ford F-150 tops the large light-duty pickup truck segment and Ford Mustang takes top spot in the sporty midsize car segment in the 2020 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, which measures problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old model-year vehicles
  • SYNC 3 a key contributor to improvements for Ford Motor Company, which jumped six spots from last year’s study. Company now tied-for-third among all automakers for dependability
  • At a brand level, Ford climbed five spots to fifth place among non-premium brands; Lincoln jumped three spots to No. 4 among premium brands

Feb. 12, 2020, DEARBORN, Mich. – America’s best-selling truck and the world’s best-selling sports coupe have both received new accolades from customers.

The Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang are J.D. Power’s 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study award recipients for large light duty pickup and sporty midsize car segments, respectively, helping to launch Ford Motor Company into a tie-for-third among all automakers. The SYNC 3 voice-activated communications system – available on all 2017 model year Ford cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles – was a significant driver of the company’s six-spot improvement compared to 2019.

“For us, high quality means more than a great experience in the first few months of ownership; it includes a great experience throughout a customer’s ownership journey, and these results affirm our commitment to building high-quality vehicles,” said Linda Cash, Ford vice president of Quality and New Model Launch Program. “This commitment now includes continuous improvements, like over-the-air-updates via WiFi, which keep SYNC 3 systems fresh.”

At a brand level, Ford climbed five spots to fifth place among non-premium brands; Lincoln jumped three spots to No. 4 among premium brands. The two top-five finishes comes after both brands finished top-five in last year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

Ford F-Series last year capped its 43rd straight year as America’s best-selling pickup truck, while the Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe for the third consecutive year.


About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 190,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Reading Cranemaster Service Truck Bodies

Cranemaster

Cranemaster service truck bodies provide the structural integrity required for safe crane operation in a variety of terrain and conditions along with expansive compartment space for your crew. They feature an easy-mount understructure forward of the rear axle, a ½-inch-thick crane compartment top plate, and a crank-down pull-out outrigger for added security. Built with premium A60 galvannealed steel construction and Reading’s exclusive Triple Protection E-Coat primer and powder coat finish, your Cranemaster truck body will provide years of safe, heavy-duty performance in even the most challenging environments Standard features including heavy-gauge double-panel doors, Reading’s iconic heavy-duty slam-action tailgate, exclusive galvanized bumpers and a 12-gauge steel treadplate cargo area. Our Aluma-Fill® fuel cup, Dual-Pro® door seals and patented hidden hinges are also included as standard equipment on all Cranemaster service bodies. The Cranemaster 3200 supports 1,000 to 3,200-pound capacity cranes. It is designed for a 10,000-pound GVWR chassis with 56” to 84” Cab-to-Axle measurements and comes in four models:

Learn more at: http://enovenind.com/products-2/service-bodies/reading/




Next Generation TradeMaster Service Body From Harbor Truck Body




Warren with Harbor Truck Body shows off all latest features of the next generation TradeMaster Service Body. See more at http://www.harbortruck.com

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Winter Treads



When much of the country is getting pounded by winter storms and deep snow, our thoughts turn to tires. Some pickup truck owners have separate wardrobes for summer and winter. Nome, Alaska, and Miami residents maybe not so much.

Pickup winter wear can include anything from a fresh wax to do-it-yourself undercoating to lighter lubricating fluids to a block heater to winter diesel fuel. But does your truck's cold-weather wardrobe include winter tires?

Winter tires are designed for cold weather and associated precipitation. Tires rated for mud and snow (M+S) may not qualify as winter tires and often don't excel in either mud or snow. A winter tire's specific compound, tread design — and studs if you want them — is far more suitable and safer on cold roads and the various forms of water you might find on them.

In every road-based comparison in which I've participated, dedicated winter tires were more valuable than the number of driven wheels. However, while winter tires can improve performance, they are no substitute for common sense and can be pushed beyond their limits. They also add expense and create the issue of storage logistics.

The U.S., unlike some countries, does not mandate winter tire use, although some states and cities have laws about the use of studded tires or chains. It's worth noting that some insurance companies offer discounts for using winter tires.

Do you think winter tires should be required for new drivers or general safety, and if so, under what parameters? And if you don't believe in running dedicated winter tires, studs or chains, how do you deal with marginal winter traction? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/01/talking-trucks-tuesday-winter-treads.html#more

By G.R. Whale

Cars.com graphic by Paul Dolan; cars.com image by Bruce Smith

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Megafactories Mack Truck


Megafactories Mack Truck Please click subscribe button if you want more video ! Thanks for watching :) Mack Truck Factory - Mega Factories (National Geographic) P2. Mack Truck Factory - Mega Factories (National Geographic) P3.

Attend the 2020 Work Truck Show - Indianapolis



NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST WORK TRUCK EVENT

Produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, The Work Truck Show® features the latest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and truck equipment from 530 exhibitors on a Show floor covering more than 500,000 square feet. The event includes a robust educational conference with industry-specific training and opportunities to engage the commercial vehicle community at special events. Learn more about the last 20 years of The Work Truck Show.


MARCH 3–6, 2020


Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sessions begin March 3 | Exhibit hall open March 4–6

Learn more - Register at: http://www.worktruckshow.com/

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Highway Products, Inc. | Custom Aluminum Service Body Walkthrough


Highway Products, Inc. builds custom service bodies for professionals that require utility bodies. Our project resumé includes everything from custom short-bed pickup truck service bodies to builds that fit Ford F-550s and other larger commercial-grade trucks. For more information: https://www.highwayproducts.com/c/cus...

Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 Nissan TITAN Safety Shield 360


See how Nissan’s Safety Shield technologies, like blind spot warning, high beam assist, and automatic emergency braking, are always on the lookout to help keep you safe. For the first time, every TITAN truck comes with Safety Shield 360. It's a virtual force-field of protective safety technology for every new TITAN driver. Learn more about TITAN safety features here: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/tr...

Truck Life: How to Jumpstart a Vehicle | Super Duty® | Ford


Take these steps to jumpstart a vehicle and tag a friend who could use some helpful tips.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Vans: The new Sprinter: Intelligent, interactive and innovative

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Stuttgart, Feb 6, 2018 - A fascinating design, safety features at a very high level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented details and a connectivity package that takes infotainment systems and telematics applications into a new era:

Industry Spotlight: HVAC


The world only runs the way it does thanks to HVAC technicians and the work they do. Their critical role in society is keeping us protected from extreme temperatures and poor air quality. Without them, our daily lives as they … Continue reading 

Friday, February 7, 2020

4-Wheel Drive Systems | Ford How-To | Ford



This helpful video will explain how your 4WD system works and how to switch between modes using the Electronic Shift on the Fly feature on your truck. Learn more about being a Ford Owner here: http://ford.to/FordOwner

Thursday, February 6, 2020

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.

Rightsizing Your Vehicle Fleet to Conserve Fuel

Fleet rightsizing is a management practice that can help vehicle fleet managers build and maintain sustainable, fuel-efficient fleets. Fleet inventories often grow over time to include vehicles that are highly specialized, rarely used, or unsuitable for current applications. By evaluating fleet size and composition, managers can optimize vehicle use, conserve fuel, reduce emissions, and save money on fuel and maintenance.

Evaluate Vehicle Needs and Use
Fleet managers should understand their fleet's daily vehicle use and needs. Most fleet managers already have a handle on their number and type of vehicles, average mileage, payloads, and fuel economy. Fleet rightsizing combines this information with a critical look at fleet operations to identify opportunities to reduce energy use. When rightsizing, fleet managers should evaluate how important each vehicle is to the fleet’s performance by asking themselves:

What tasks are accomplished by each vehicle? Or, what is the drive cycle?

What is the daily, weekly, or monthly mileage of each vehicle? Or, what is the duty cycle?

Are fleet vehicles the optimal vehicle type, class, and size for the job?

Are there any vehicles that are no longer cost effective to operate or are no longer fulfilling their purpose?

Are there any vehicles that are no longer being used or have experienced a lot of downtime?

What is the fuel consumption of each vehicle? Can any vehicles be replaced by lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles?

What is the age of the vehicles? Can any vehicles be replaced by newer, more efficient and reliable vehicles?

Are there any alternatives to owning or leasing a vehicle, such as shuttle bus services, motor pool vehicles, sharing vehicles with other offices/agencies, vehicle stipends, public transportation, or short-term rentals when needed?

Considering the answers to the previous questions, what is the optimal composition of the fleet required to properly support the fleet’s needs?

In addition to reviewing telematics or fleet analysis data, fleet managers should consider soliciting input from drivers when conducting a rightsizing review, as they can be very knowledgeable about how vehicles are being used to support operations. Gathering this input also gives drivers a stake in the development of rightsizing recommendations. Fleet managers can solicit input through driver surveys or face-to-face meetings to establish consensus.

A fleet rightsizing strategy should evaluate the business case of each vehicle to determine whether reassigning, replacing, or eliminating the vehicle would reduce fuel and maintenance costs without compromising fleet activities. Fleet managers often need to define evaluation criteria and rank vehicles to complete this analysis. A fleet dominated by sport utility vehicles, for example, may find that mid-size sedans can suffice with a significant reduction in fuel costs.

Fleet managers may develop their own analysis or use existing evaluation tools. The Vehicle Allocation Methodology developed by the U.S. General Services Administration is an evaluation framework that federal agency fleets use to ensure fleets are cost-effective and contain the appropriate number and type of vehicles. Learn more about this methodology in the Comprehensive Federal Fleet Management Handbook (PDF).

Make Smart Vehicle Purchases

Fleet managers may decide to replace older vehicles with more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles. These purchasing strategies may help fleet managers make decisions that meet operational needs and conserve fuel:

Transition to Smaller, More Efficient Engines: Using smaller engines can help fleets meet operational needs without downgrading vehicle class. Some fleets choose to switch from 6-cylinder to 4-cylinder engines to help reduce fuel use and emissions. In many cases, the new, smaller engine can have nearly the same horsepower as a larger engine. Fleet managers can also improve fuel efficiency by selecting smaller engines with optional gearing for their application.

Choose Lighter Vehicles: When purchasing new vehicles, look for opportunities to reduce vehicle weight. Lightweight materials, such as aluminum frames, and smaller components can reduce rolling resistance and drag, thereby improving a vehicle’s fuel economy. For example, a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can improve fuel economy by 6% to 8%. Also, try to avoid unnecessarily large body configurations and heavy accessories. For more information, refer to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency's Confidence Report.

Use Alternative Fuels and Vehicles: Alternative fuel and fuel-efficient advanced vehicles can reduce a fleet's fuel use, making them economical options for many fleets. Cost savings from vehicle maintenance, operation, and fuel use and price often offset higher purchase prices.

Source: https://afdc.energy.gov/conserve/rightsizing.html

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Prime Design’s Ergorack- The Drop Down Ladder Rack for Nissan NV200



Watch how Prime Design's ErgoRack allows for productive, safe, and easy loading and unloading of a ladder. With the Ergorack you can load a ladder in 20 seconds or less without risking injury by climbing on a bumper or tire. The ErgoRack fits on almost any commercial van and truck model, wheelbase, and height. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and check out this demo of an Ergorack on a Nissan NV.

2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Takes Towing and Power to the Next Level

Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces the next level of Built Ford Tough heavy-duty pickup truck capability, power and technology with the new 2020 F-Series Super Duty. An all-new 7.3-liter V8 with best-in-class 430 horsepower and best-in-class 475 ft.-lbs. of torque joins the standard 6.2-liter V8 in Super Duty’s gas engine stable. The available third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 is upgraded to deliver best-in-class 475 horsepower and best-in-class 1,050 ft.-lbs. of torque. An all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission is standard with the 7.3-liter V8 and 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8.
For 2020 Super Duty gets new trailering technology including available class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which makes negotiating even the largest trailers into the tightest of spaces easier than ever before. With hands off the steering wheel, drivers use the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob to steer the trailer via the reverse camera. Trailer Reverse Guidance shows trailer angle and direction and provides steering suggestions to most efficiently direct a trailer backward. Both systems are built to accommodate all trailer styles, including conventional, fifth-wheel and gooseneck designs.
Keep connected with standard FordPass Connect embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices and charge up with wireless charging and USB-C ports. Available driver-assist technology includes Lane-Keeping Alert, Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.
Across the range, an enhanced front-end design allows for optimized cooling and lighting performance under heavy loads. For the first time, all dual-rear-wheel Super Duty trucks are fitted with a uniquely designed high-airflow grille optimized for maximum powertrain cooling. LED headlamps have a new look with improved performance, while high-series trucks feature continuous signature lighting. An improved front bumper and air dam optimize cooling and make using utility hooks easier. A freshened tailgate design, revised taillamps and new rear bumper convey bolder Built Ford Tough style.
Decorative appliqués on the doors and media bin door are updated on Lariat trucks, while on Platinum edition trucks these pieces are updated to Onyx Argento wood. The interior of the Limited model is completely refreshed, with colors updated to Ebony and Highland Tan to provide a refined, modern feel. Limited features genuine leather, a coarse ash wood in black and modern brushed aluminum trim. Crafted details include decorative stitching on the leather-wrapped instrument panel topper, leather-wrapped armrests, seating and center console lid, and an embroidered Super Duty logo added to the floor mats. A soft headliner in Miko® suede is intended to give the cabin an expansive feel.
Also new is the first-ever Super Duty Tremor Off-Road Package. Tremor is the most capable off-road Super Duty ever, with the outstanding towing and payload capability heavy-duty pickup truck owners expect. It balances what customers demand in terms of work with what they need for the great outdoors. Suspension updates include a front-end lift, progressive-rate springs, custom 1.7-inch piston twin-tube dampers to control body motion and 35-inch Goodyear maximum traction tires – the largest tires fitted to a heavy-duty pickup – on unique 18-inch black matte-finished wheels. Super Duty Tremor gets Trail Control, plus a special rock-crawl mode is included in the truck’s first-ever selectable drive modes. The truck boasts 10.4 inches of ground clearance, best-in-class water fording of 33 inches and the best approach and departure angles ever available with a Super Duty. Tremor is available in F-250 or F-350 single-rear-wheel configuration, with either the all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 or third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8.
The all-new Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab fills the sweet spot between F-550 and F-650. It is built for customers who need additional payload or need to mount heavier upfits but don’t want to move into a larger truck. Although the overall vehicle is the same size as an F-550, F-600 uses upgraded driveline and chassis components, as well as higher-weight-rated 19.5-inch tires and wheels to help it achieve a higher GVWR.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Partskeeper Parts Organizers by Ranger Design


The Ranger Design Partskeeper parts organizers help the mobile technician to take small parts anywhere on the job site and save return trips to the van. https://rangerdesign.com/products/?fi... These fit into our parts storage cabinets and come in a variety of sizes capable of storing many different kinds of parts in your cargo van or truck.

LoadsRite Ladder Rack By Adrian Steel On Nissan NV Van


Luke shows off the drop down ladder rack from Adrian Steele on a Nissan NV Van.  See more at http://www.advantageworktrucks.com