Thursday, April 30, 2020

WALTCO - Customer Testimonials - North American Trailer



“Value to us is having an excellent product, number one, great service number two, and the reliability of the product itself that we don't see them come back for any issues. WALTCO does all of that for us.”
- David Ward, President and Greg Giguere, Director of Sales & Operations, North American Trailer

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kargo Master EZ Lo-Down Drop Down Ladder Rack


The Kargo Master EZ-LoDown™ Drop Down Ladder Rack is uniquely designed and engineered to gently lower and raise a ladder into position for easy loading and unloading. It includes heavy-duty hydraulic-assisted arm with lockable clamp arms and rollers on each ladder platform to provide safe and smooth operation for heavy ladders or load to slide down the side of the van. The Kargo Master EZ-LoDown™ Drop Down Ladder Rack drops 15″ lower than any competitor models. After being lowered, a horizontal ladder is only 4 ft above grade, which eliminates climbing, stretching, or reaching for heavy items.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CHEVROLET COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCES BIG NUMBERS AT NTEA WORK TRUCK SHOW

Express offers 24 percent more torque; Silverado Medium Duty offers 23 percent higher gross combined weight rating; GM commerical sales have grown 67 percent since 2013




INDIANAPOLIS — At The Work Truck Show, Chevrolet announced a new engine for the Express and Low Cab Forward trucks, as well as a host of improvements for the Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD chassis cabs. These changes are expected to fuel further growth for General Motors’ commercial fleet business, which has seen a 67 percent increase in sales since 2013.

“Our commercial fleet sales growth is a result of excellent product and an even better team,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “The changes for Express, Low Cab Forward and medium-duty trucks are great examples of the team’s commitment to helping customers with their fleet vehicle needs. With the product changes for 2020, we are on track for another year of strong commercial growth.”

Heavy-Duty Power for Express, Low Cab Forward

For 2021, Express configurations and Low Cab Forward will be available late this summer with a new 6.6L V-8 gas engine. Originally introduced in the all-new 2020 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD, the direct-injected engine is SAE rated at 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque for the Express. That is 17 percent more horsepower and 24 percent more peak torque than the 6.0L it replaces. The 6.6L output on the Low Cab Forward is 350 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, which is nearly 18 percent more horsepower and 14 percent more peak torque than its outgoing 6.0L.

Whether hauling equipment, supplies or people, the additional output and wider torque band will give drivers more on-demand power and confidence, especially with heavy payloads. Approximately 70 percent of current Express owners opted for the 6.0L V-8 option, and Chevrolet expects this new engine to garner the same or increased take rate.

Demand for Express remains high across passenger, cargo and cutaway configurations, with commercial fleet increasing 12 percent year over year in 2019. Low Cab Forward trucks also had an excellent 2019 with a 109 percent increase in commercial sales year over year, gaining an estimated two points of share in the segment.

Medium-Duty Silverados Offer Customers More

Debuting in 2018, the Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks fill an important space in the Chevrolet Commercial portfolio. Continuing to listen to its customers, Chevrolet is bringing a host of updates to medium-duty chassis cabs to further increase performance and flexibility for upfitting:

Maximum gross combined weight rating is now up to 37,000 pounds1, offering a 23 percent increase in hauling capability.
A new mechanical locking rear axle improves traction by automatically locking when a rear tire slips – such as driving off-road or on slippery surfaces.
Longer axle-to-end-of-frame options for the two shortest wheelbases enable longer upfit bodies and increased upfit flexibility.
New extended mirror arms, which offer better visibility on wider and longer upfit configurations, are coming soon.
New left-hand power take-off capability offers upfitters easy access to the PTO port from either side of the truck.
Auxiliary switch bank available with six additional upfit switches2 conveniently located in headliner.
Investing in Future Growth

GM’s fleet business is poised for additional growth, as investments in our manufacturing facilities will increase pickup truck supply to meet demand.

Recent investments at our manufacturing facilities include:
  • A $150 million investment at Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan to increase production capacity of heavy-duty trucks by 40,000 vehicles annually, beginning in 2020.
  • A $175 million investment in a facility which will be built in Brookville, Ohio to produce engine components needed to increase production of the 6.6L Duramax diesel V-8 engines later this year.
  • A $1.5 billion investment, including $1 billion toward the Wentzville, Missouri plant, to prepare for future mid-size pickup and van improvements.
For more information about Chevrolet’s Commercial portfolio, please visit www.chevrolet.com/commercial.

1 37,000 pound Maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating requires 4.88 rear-axle ratio, 15k or 15.5k rear-axle capacity and the Allison 1750 or 2750 transmission.

2 Equipment from independent suppliers is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of independent supplier alterations.

ABOUT CHEVROLET

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.



Monday, April 27, 2020

Tongue Weight Safety Demonstration


Proper trailer tongue weight improves the vehicle and trailer towing experience by improving performance. Not enough tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball causes an increase in trailer sway from side to side, making it difficult to control. Conversely, too much tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball could overload the rear tires of the towing vehicle, pushing the rear end of the vehicle around. This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling. Performance is impaired as you might not be able to go around corners and curves properly, and your vehicle may not stop quickly enough when you press the brake pedal. The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch effectively measures the tongue weight of your towing load, improving the vehicle tow load balance and performance.

Learn more at: https://www.weigh-safe.com/

Sunday, April 26, 2020

2020 F-Series: There Are Trucks | Super Duty® | Ford


The new Super Duty, now with up to 37,000 lbs. of available towing and 1,050 lb-ft of available torque.* *Max gooseneck towing on F-450 XL, 4x2. Shown with STX Appearance Package. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Max torque when equipped with the 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine. Towing and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. Learn more about the 2020 Ford Super Duty® here: http://ford.to/2Gem1EI


Saturday, April 25, 2020

DECKED NISSAN NV CARGO VAN

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Friday, April 24, 2020

GMC HUMMER EV Pairs Incredible Capability, Zero Emissions


“Quiet Revolution” campaign featuring LeBron James telegraphs GMC’s future with its first all-electric truck 



DETROIT – GMC will introduce the GMC HUMMER EV, bringing bold design and remarkable capability to the electrified vehicle space, during today’s big game, in an ad titled “Quiet Revolution” featuring LeBron James.

The spot juxtaposes the staggering anticipated performance metrics of GMC’s first all-electric truck with the remarkable quietness inherent in the operation of an electric vehicle.

The GMC HUMMER EV truck will showcase the GMC brand’s design and engineering potential, and will feature:

·        1,000 horsepower
·        11,500 lb-ft of torque
·        0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds

“GMC builds premium and capable trucks and SUVs and the GMC HUMMER EV takes this to new heights,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “We are excited to debut our revolutionary zero-emissions truck during the biggest night in TV advertising.”



The 30-second TV spot featuring James is scheduled to air during the second quarter of the big game in the U.S. and during the fourth quarter in Canada. The spot highlights the anticipated performance of GMC’s all-electric super truck, which will generate remarkable metrics in terms of horsepower, torque and acceleration while providing incredible on- and off-road capability. All of this is combined with the vastly reduced noise and zero emissions inherent in the operation of an electric vehicle.

As part of the digital and social media marketing push surrounding the big game ad, GMC took over the YouTube homepage masthead on Friday, Jan. 31. Customers can follow the conversation at #GMCHummerEV.

The GMC HUMMER EV will be revealed on May 20, 2020 and built in Michigan at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant[2].

More information is available at www.gmc.com/HummerEV.


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




[[1]]  Based on General Motors estimates.
[[2]] The GMC HUMMER EV will be built in Michigan at GM’s Detroit Hamtramck Assembly with globally sourced parts.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

What You Want | F-150 | Ford


With enhanced off-road capability that allows drivers to maximize traction in all off-road environments, the upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor is ready to claw at the terrain. See the new Trail Control, new FOX Live Valve shocks, and new Recaro front seats in action.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

RPM & Fuel Economy - Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines


Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines – Part 5 of 13 in a series of chapters from the Cummins On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Driver Training Video Series updated in 2015. This segment discusses the effect RPM has on fuel economy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The VanAir PTO Driven Underdeck Systems Walk Around Video



Understand the unique and powerful components of Vanair's PTO Driven Underdeck Air Compressor/Generator Systems, their benefits and features.

Learn more at: https://vanair.com/

Monday, April 20, 2020

Nothing in its class compares with TITAN

Not even Ford, Chevy, RAM & Toyota



Truck owners love nothing more than a capable, reliable machine with safety technologies that can help keep passengers secure on the journey. And as the truck with the most standard power, tech and safety features in its class, the 2020 TITAN's competitors 2020 Ford F-150, 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, 2020 RAM 1500 and 2020 Toyota Tundra fall short.

Learn more at: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/trucks/titan.html

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Evolution of the Harbor Landscaper Pro Body




Our original Harbor Master Landscaper Body has evolved. Our customers are always looking for better ways and we are adapting our bodies to meet those needs. We now have three Harbor Landscaper Bodies in our lineup. First, we have the original Master Landscaper that comes with MDO Plywood Gates with dual side exterior laminate, Rear latch swing away rear steel frame gates that lock to side for dumping. 

To that great body, we have added the Harbor Pro Landscaper which adds a back of cab 24" storage box that is about cab high. The curbside of the box has three shelves and a pull-out deep steel drawer on Teflon® bushings. This compartment goes almost all the way to the other side so it will carry long tools, gardening equipment, etc. and keep it safe and out of sight. 





The other side has a 22" deep compartment for smaller items and/or parts. It is available with one or more underbed boxes to match for additional space. Since this 24" box is in place, a typical 84" CA truck that would take a 12' Landscaper, now would have a 10' Landscape Dump and the 24" storage box. Many customers still prefer the 12' and this just requires the cab chassis to have a 108" CA. The Pro Landscaper has the same MDO Plywood sides and rear gate as the Master Landscaper.

Learn more at: http://harbortruckandvan.com/product/master-landscaper/

Friday, April 17, 2020

Venturo Crane Selector Web Tool Pairs Vehicles with Cranes


Venturo® has released a new finder on its website to keep job sites equipped with the proper service cranes. The brand-new Crane Selector utilizes gross vehicle weight, necessary boom length and maximum load capacity to pair vehicles with the most suitable Venturo product.
Venturo cranes are designed for an array of light, moderate and heavy-duty applications, and matching vehicles with the right equipment to meet job requirements improves efficiency and safety on the job site. The innovative Crane Selector is a simple, effective tool to provide operators with the proper crane package.
Each crane, and crane line, is designed for a set of specific uses. Selecting the appropriate crane is an integral step toward more efficient operations and a safer job site. No piece of equipment, even the ideal crane, is 100% foolproof, but an improper product will at best limit performance and at worst endanger workers. The Crane Selector takes some guesswork out of the equation.
This new offering from Venturo joins Venturo Logic Controls™ (VLC) as another recent innovation from the crane manufacturer. The VLC™ Crane Control Management System brings safety, control and reliability to the company’s fully-hydraulic service cranes. This system offers safe, comfortable and smart crane operations by utilizing features like overload protection, a pistol-grip controller and visible safety alerts.
From dependable equipment to state-of-the-art technology, Venturo is ahead of the curve when it comes to safe, effective crane solutions. Try the new Crane Selector tool at www.venturo.com/support/crane-selector. For more information on electric, hydraulic and additional crane options from Venturo, visit www.venturo.com or call 800-226-2238.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sliding Tool Box for Trucks | Genuine Nissan Accessories


Your tools right where you want them. The Nissan Sliding Tool Box is the perfect tool box accessory for trucks. It can be positioned anywhere along the bed, giving you easy access. The Nissan sliding tool box is available for the Nissan Titan and Nissan Frontier. Learn more at http://www.nissanusa.com. Nissan. Innovation that excites.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

NEW 2020 GMC Sierra AT4 2500 and Denali 3500 HD Dually Pickup Trucks at Chicago Auto show


Love the tailgate on here, two crew cabs. Standard box and long box with duallies.

Always thought of GMC as having the best heavy duty and optioned-out trucks., the 2500HD and 3500HD both with the Cummins 6.6 diesels. An industry leading 1100ft-lbs of torque, 10 speed automatic transmission manufactured by Allison gives you all the tree stump pulling you can want with almost 30 highway mpg's!

There is also a new 6.4 Gas engine for those that don't need diesel power! You can see that the vehicle is equipped with a fifth wheel for towing goose-neck trailers. Max trailer weight of 27,000 lbs Optional supercharger package on the cyclone.

Source: Internal Combustion



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

NISSAN - AMERICA'S BEST TRUCK & COMMERCIAL VAN WARRANTY

Nissan work van

5 Years, 100,000 Miles!

Ford - 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Chevrolet - 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Ram - 3 years/36,000 Miles
Toyota - 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Mercedes Benz- 3 Yrs/36,000 Miles

Monday, April 13, 2020

Boorman Farms Brothers Build The Ultimate Service Trucks



In Quincy, WA, there is a massive family-owned and operated potato farm, Boorman Farms. This potato farm is run by Carl Boorman, and his two sons, Brandon and Nic. Both Brandon and Nic are managers overseeing the day-to-day operations. Brandon manages the irrigation operations, while Nic manages the mechanic operations.

The fleet at Boorman Farms consists of 9 semitrucks, 4 tractors, and 6 trucks, 4 of which are service trucks used to repair the farm’s equipment.

Three years ago, in 2017, Boorman Farms was ready to add a new service truck to their fleet. Nic went to Curtis Turchak, Sales Manager at Brutus Truck Bodes, who had handled his father Carl’s 2016 Ford F-550 truck order just one year prior. Brutus Truck Bodies, known for quality bodies built to withstand harsh environments and weather, is located in Penticton, British Columbia, about 200 miles north of Quincy. When planning this new build, Nic wanted to include a 12,000 lb hydraulic crane on the truck, which required a PTO. However, Nic was not keen on putting a PTO on the truck and idling the truck to run the crane. For Nic, keeping his engine hours low is a key factor in minimizing maintenance requirements and prolonging the life of the truck. “Longevity is important to us,” explains Nic.

That’s when Curtis showed Nic a few different options to run the crane, including the VMAC Multifunction Power System, which includes a 2,800 RPM power take-off port and hydraulic pump to run a crane. “We didn’t know that VMAC had a multi-power system,” says Nic. “We were familiar with Vanair’s Air N Arc and Miller EnPak, but not VMAC’s Multifunction.” Brandon already had an Air N Arc, and the brothers looked at Miller, but they felt it was too expensive and that it wouldn’t work the way they wanted it to. Then Curtis showed Brandon and Nic the VMAC Multifunction.

“My main concern about buying the VMAC Multifunction was the price,” notes Nic. “It would be the first one we purchased, and I couldn’t think of anyone in our area who had one for me to talk to. Around here if you’re a welder you have a Miller or Lincoln, and then you have a separate air compressor on the truck. Everything is a separate piece of equipment.”

Brutus Truck Bodies is a long-term, experienced VMAC dealer, and Curtis felt confident that if Nic was able to test out the VMAC Multifunction, he’d see it was the right choice.

“I already had a Vanair Air N Arc on my truck, and in the past, I tried to run a suitcase welder off of it. I wasn’t having good luck with it. We got the VMAC Multifunction here to the farm, and started playing with it,” adds Brandon. “It was immediately welding like a dream.”

The brothers were so pleased with how the VMAC Multifunction performed that Nic promptly sold his Air N Arc. They both mounted VMAC Multifunctions on their trucks. “When we were looking at VMAC’s multi-power system we were hesitant—we already thought the Air N Arc was fantastic, but after using the VMAC Multifunction we realized it’s far superior,” says Brandon.

Nic primarily uses the VMAC Multifunction to power his crane when repairing farm equipment. Next, he uses the 45 CFM rotary screw air compressor, and the generator functions. Brandon uses the VMAC Multifunction’s welder a lot, and has found it produces a much more efficient, cleaner power. “I’ve got more options now,” says Brandon. “With the Multifunction I’ve got more power, it’s three phase, it has more amps, there’s just more to work with.”

The brothers also agree the VMAC Multifunction has created a safer working environment due to the ability to use it to power a crane. “When you have a front-end loader picking things up, and you’re working on them, you’re at the mercy of the other operator. But when you have the controls for a crane, you’re in control. It’s a lot steadier and safer.”

It’s now been several months since Brandon got his new service body from Brutus Truck Bodies, and he’s noticed the VMAC Multifunction is getting a lot of attention. “In our area, it stands out,” says Brandon. “People stop and ask questions. I show them the remote controls, and how easy it is to use.”

Not only is Brandon getting questions about his service truck and the VMAC Multifunction air compressor, welder, generator combo, but he’s actually sold it! “Everything is for sale for the right price,” notes Brandon. “A guy came into the yard and fell in love with my new service truck. The VMAC Multifunction was a big selling feature, and a major reason he wanted to buy. He does 24/7 roadside service, and this machine allows him to do everything. There’s enough power to run the trailer, weld on the road, plus the best air compressor.”

It’s clear that when farmers are selling their service trucks as a side hustle, they know their stuff. Brandon and Nic are experienced, and they know what they need and want in their service trucks and equipment to continue running their successful farming business. They need to be able to rely on their investment to keep operations running smoothly, and Boorman Farms has found a winning combo with Brutus Truck Bodies, and the VMAC Multifunction.

About Brutus Truck Bodies Brutus Truck Bodies by Nor-Mar Industries Ltd. is known for their heavy-duty truck bodies designed specifically for harsh applications in forestry, construction, mining and oilfield sectors in the rugged Pacific Northwest. Quality is the cornerstone of their business, and Brutus even has its own in-house training school for their fabricators, as well as an in-house engineer using state-of-the-art 3D CAD software.

But what really matters, are the testimonials from customers like the Boormans, who trust Brutus Truck Bodies for the consistent quality of their builds

“I like to research truck bodies, it’s like an addiction I have,” confesses Brandon. “We’re on our third and fourth Brutus body and they’re some of the best I’ve ever seen.” Superior quality and attention to detail are other traits of this truck builder that Brandon appreciates. And while farming conditions may not be as severe as mining, the environment is still harsh, and it’s important to Boorman Farms that their trucks and equipment last a long time. “At Brutus, they don’t rush or cut corners. Everything has to be perfect, or they’ll fix it and redo it for their customers.”

Curtis Turchak, Sales Manager at Brutus Bodies, welcomes customers and visitors to their facility in Penticton, British Columbia to see their highly skilled team build custom truck bodies by hand.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2020

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, April 11, 2020

The DeployPro™ system by PrimeDesign


Upgrade your fleet vehicle’s ladder storage solution with the DeployPro™ system – the industry’s only ergonomic, rear deploying solution for safe and productive fleet vehicles.
The DeployPro™ design philosophy started with the worker – how can we make the job safer, easier and more comfortable for the human body?
The rear deploying design allows the user to safely load and unload ladders from behind the vehicle, shielded from potential road hazards or traffic. The system’s ergonomic features help to protect the operator from muscle stress, strain and fatigue.
This system mounts to the crossbars of a compatible ErgoRack. Get your fleet or business started today on the road to safety and productivity.

Learn more at:  https://www.primedesign.net/products/deploypro/

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Rugby Eliminator LP Dump Body - The Industry Leader in Class 3-5 bodies


The Eliminator LP Dump Body, by Rugby Manufacturing, is the industry leader in Class 3-5. Featuring a sleek, streamline style and designed for maximum durability, these units are available in 9' to 12' lengths with 12 and 17" side height options. Units come equipped with a sloped 1/4 cab shield that has a slotted viewing window. A lower mounting height improves the body’s overall stability. The patented EZ-LATCH™ system is also included for easy tailgate operation and maximum safety.

Other industry leading design features include:
  •     10 ga construction throughout on bodies with rigid sides, bodies with fold down sides have 12 ga sides
  •     Fully boxed and tapered dirt-shedding top rail
  •     Double-walled rigid sides with 6" vertical braces
  •     Single-walled fold down sides with 6" vertical braces
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     Side design includes fully boxed 45° dirt shedding top rail and a 50° sloped bottom rail for a completely self-cleaning profi le
  •     Front body's seamless one-piece design features triple bend top rails for long-term durability
  •     Stacked understructure consisting of 5" structural long members overlaid with 3" structural I-beam crossmembers spaced 16" (12" optional) apart
  •     1/4 cab shield with viewing window
  •     Full height corner posts with rear surface sloped 6° aids in tailgate closing
  •     Tailgate double walled panel design fabricated from 10 ga steel featuring fully boxed dirt-shedding top and bottom rails. Two vertical braces to provide additional strength and rigidity
Body Options
2-3 & 3-4 Yard Rigid & Fold Down Side Carbon Steel:
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     7-gauge floor
  •     Cross sills on 12" centers
  •     Understructure Options: 
    • Stacked  
    • Crossmemberless
Aluminum Side Assemblies available on 3-4 yard Fold Down Side model

Standard Features
  •     Cab Shield Posts
  •     Full depth front pillars include easily locating cut-out for fast installation of cab shield insert. Makes all Eliminator LP cab shields interchangeable, helping to keep inventory low.
  •     Fold down sides feature a centrally located quick release lever that extends and retracts 3/4" pins at each end using a solid linkage member. Weight-saving aluminum fold down sides are optional on steel bodies.
  •     Low Mount Hoist
  •     The Eliminator LP's lower mounting height improves the body's overall stability. Actual mounting height 7 5/8".
  •     Rugby's patented and industry leading EZ-LATCH™ (located on each side of body) allows for easy body access. The latch system is designed for quick opening and slam lock operation with a cam action to draw-in upper tailgate pins.
Find Rugby Eliminator Accessories  and other products at:
 http://www.rugbymfg.com/light-dump-bodies/eliminator-lp.html


Thursday, April 9, 2020

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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

OOIDA asks Congress to act on top trucking issues

by Today's Trucking
April 6, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has written U.S. Congress reminding them of key issues facing the trucking industry that must be addressed once the Covid-19 crisis passes.

“Without any sort of work-from-home option, truckers are manning the front lines of the industry as they always have done,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA president and CEO. “They certainly welcome the public praise from all who have noticed their role in the pandemic response. But they will need more than words to stay afloat in an uncertain future.”

As the crisis passes, OOIDA wants Congress to prioritize the following:
 H.R. 6104, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, should be passed to address the shortage of parking for trucks. This bipartisan legislation would provide dedicated funding for projects that expand truck parking capacity.

Congress must support the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) efforts to modernize and improve hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Truckers shouldn’t just get temporary relief when the nation needs their help responding to an emergency.

Congress must take steps to address the persistent problem of excessive detention time, which reduces driver wages, slows the movement of freight and has been linked to increased crash rates. Many drivers spend countless unpaid on-duty hours being detained due to the inefficiency of others within the supply chain.

 Congress must repeal the overtime exemption for employee drivers in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The average truck driver works 60-70 hours per week, which is rarely, if ever, reflected in their compensation.

Congress must waive the 2020 payment of the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) to provide immediate tax relief to owner-operators, many of which are struggling to keep their businesses operational during and after the crisis.

“These aren’t necessarily the only issues in trucking that need to change to bring improvements,” added Spencer. “But memes and applause don’t pay bills or reduce the overregulation that keep them from making a living. These are things that Congress can move quickly on to help truck drivers.” The complete letter can be read here.

SOURCE: https://www.trucknews.com/regulations/ooida-asks-congress-to-act-on-top-trucking-issues/1003139177/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newcom&utm_campaign=TruckNewsDaily&utm_content=2020040782017

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Built To Lend a Hand | Our Part | Ford Service


We're built to lend a hand. If your vehicle needs service, just call. Ford services centers are essential to your community and are still open.* Let us do our part and help take care of you. Learn more about the many ways our new relief program is here to help: https://ford.to/3dgzjSC

*Check with your local participating dealer.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Venco Venturo Industries | VLC™ Crane Control Management System | NTEA 2020


Making Cranes Smarter
The VLC™ Crane Control Management System brings safety, control and reliability to Venturo fully-hydraulic service cranes. This system offers safe, comfortable and smart crane operations by utilizing features like overload protection, a pistol-grip controller and visible safety alerts.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Switch-N-Go Work Ready Subframe | NTEA 2020


The Switch-N-Go Work Ready Subframe for Snow and Ice Spreader, Dumpster,  Asphalt, Tanks etc.

GMC 2020 Change Points: Bold Design, Smart Technologies and New Standard Safety Features

2020 GMC Family
DETROIT  GMC strengthened its 2020 truck and SUV lineup with premium, bold styling and smarter technologies. GMC raises the bar by adding standard safety features to Terrain and offering the first-ever AT4 Acadia. Acadia joins Sierra 1500 and Sierra Heavy Duty as the newest addition to the AT4 sub-brand, which will be available across the entire GMC lineup in the next two years. The successful rollout of GMC’s next generation pickups continues with the addition of innovative features to the Sierra 1500 and the launch of an all-new Sierra Heavy Duty.
Terrain
GMC’s small SUV is updated for 2020 with GMC Pro Safety on all trim levels, an expanded standard safety package that includes:
  • Automatic Emergency Braking.
  • Forward Collision Alert.
  • Lane Keep Assistance with Lane Departure Warning.
  • Following Distance Indicator.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking.
  • IntelliBeam Headlamps.
This new set of standard safety is complemented by an optional Driver Alert Package that includes Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and Safety Alert Seat. Denali models add Front Park Assist in addition to the Rear Park Assist.
Denali models of the premium compact SUV get multiple updates, including a new Denali Premium Package that combines the Advanced Safety Package and Comfort Package to include Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera, ventilated driver and front passenger seats and heated rear seats, among other premium features. The 2020 Terrain Denali is also differentiated from other models by a premium suspension that includes new internal valves to deliver a more refined ride, in addition to unique spring isolators that already contribute to reduced road noise compared to other Terrains.
The popular Terrain Black Edition, which adds 19-inch glass-black wheels and darkened details, has been renamed the Terrain Elevation Edition. It will continue to be offered with Summit White, Graphite Gray Metallic or Ebony Twilight Metallic paint.
Acadia
The Acadia’s fresh look for 2020 was announced earlier this year. It goes on sale in late summer, with new distinctive design, standard advanced safety equipment and technology advancements. Exterior design updates include a bold new grille, new front and rear facias, standard LED lighting and signature GMC C-shape lighting, complemented with interior refinements. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist are now standard on all trims.
GMC offers more customer choice, introducing the first-ever Acadia AT4 with more aggressive exterior styling and darkened finishes and a new 2.0L Turbocharged engine standard on SLT models.
A new nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard for the 2.0L, 2.5L and 3.6L engines, and ride and handling are enhanced with all-new suspension refinements. Additionally, the 2020 Acadia is the latest GMC with Electronic Precision Shift replacing the conventional shifter.
Additional technology enhancements include:
  • New GMC infotainment system.
  • New head-up display (late availability).
Sierra  
The 2020 Sierra offers premium, segment-leading features with the addition of the 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and the expansion of its carbon fiber bed and 10-speed automatic transmission. Sierra 2020 is the first full model year availability of the CarbonPro Edition with the carbon fiber bed, available on AT4 and Denali.
Other available tech additions include an upgraded ProGrade Trailering System that features a segment-leading 15 total available camera views, including a segment-first transparent trailer view (accessory equipment required). Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera is also added for 2020. The system features a single high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror and can bring the Sierra to a complete stop.
Additional 2020 Sierra changes are outlined here.

All-New Sierra Heavy Duty
The all-new Sierra Heavy Duty — which commenced production earlier this summer — adds innovation where it matters, combining greater trailering capability with technologies designed to provide customers with added confidence while towing up to a class-leading 35,500 pounds on 3500 Regular Cab, long box, two-wheel-drive, DRW diesel models.
Features include:
  • Available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system featuring class-leading available 15 camera views, including a segment-first transparent trailer view to virtually see through a trailer in tow (accessory equipment required). Also available on 2020 Sierra 1500.
  • Available smart trailer integration, designed to integrate the iN∙Command® Control System from ASA Electronics1, provides the ability to monitor and control select functions of compatibly equipped trailers through the myGMC mobile app2.
  • Segment-first available 15-inch-diagonal head-up display offers useful trailering information, including vehicle speed, navigation information and an inclinometer display for the road grade.
  • Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror.
It’s not only in-vehicle technology enhancements that provide customers with a world-class towing experience, the new Sierra Heavy Duty also marks the introduction of the first-ever Allison 10-speed automatic transmission mated to the legendary 6.6L Duramax turbo diesel, offering high torque, high power, low noise and exceptional durability.
For those looking to take refined capability off-road, GMC fortifies the new AT4 brand with an all-new Sierra AT4 Heavy Duty available for Crew Cab configurations as both a 2500 and 3500 single rear wheel offering. Additionally, the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate is available on all trims and standard on SLT, AT4 and Denali.
Canyon
The 2020 Canyon adds new features including a standard Tire Fill Alert that provides an audible, visual indication when tire pressure is added, as well as a new available remote locking tailgate.
The All Terrain trim expands package and feature availability by adding Driver Alert package, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. The addition of a Carbon Black Metallic exterior color choice rounds out Canyon’s model year updates.
About GMCWith a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.
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Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle's owner's manual for more important feature limitations and information.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Rivian R1T First Look: Trucks go electric


Rivian's R1T is an electric pickup truck that promises off-road driving, more than 5000Kg of towing capacity, and a 400 mile range. We got to take a closer look at the LA Auto Show.

Friday, April 3, 2020

2020 Nissan TITAN delivers bold design with more power and technology


Get a first-look at the reveal of the 2020 Nissan TITAN alongside TITAN Ambassadors Maddie Brenneman, Cory Bahr, and Chef David Rose. Learn More about the 2020 Nissan TITAN here: www.nissanusa.com/2020titan?dcp=snx.ttn.FUT.rev.ytb TITAN not yet available for purchase. Expected availability early 2020. Pre-production model shown; see actual production vehicle when available for final details on features. Subscribe to the Nissan USA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/nissanus...

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Maxon Story


Maxon Lift Corp. was founded in 1957. That same year, owner Max Lugash invented the Tuk-A-Way® liftgate, which remains the largest selling style of liftgate in North America. For more than fifty years, Maxon Lift Corp. has initiated and developed a variety of innovative products that have become truck equipment industry benchmarks. More company information can be obtained from Maxon and local Maxon sales representatives at 800-227-4116 or www.maxonlift.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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.

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