12/09/22

First Ever Sierra EV Denali | “MidGate”| GMC


Meet the Denali of EVs. The 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali features the next gen power, tech and luxury that customers expect from GMC truck in an all electric package.

12/07/22

Knapheide Customer Story: Gorilla Truck Box

 “It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.


For James Longley, dirty jobs have kept him in business for the past two decades.

Longley owns and operates Professional Cleaning Supply, Inc. (PCS) and its subsidiary, Gorilla Truck Box, in Oklahoma. PCS, founded in 2000, specializes in providing supplies for professional carpet cleaning companies, auto detailers, and those who work in restorative services focusing on fire and water restoration and mold remediation.

Though the lineup of cleaning products and accessories offered to PCS customers was meeting their needs, a practical transportation solution for these professionals was an entirely different story altogether.

“We had the supplies, tools, and equipment for these businesses, but there were no good service vehicles that were customized for our industry,” recalls Longley.

Options did exist, but none were specifically tailored to meet the needs of these particular industries. Dissatisfied with that fact, Gorilla Truck Box was born.

“We saw utility vehicles for plumbers, electricians, HVAC, etc., but nothing designed for the professional carpet cleaners and restoration companies,” says Longley. “Our industry was always trying to take a standard box truck or van and make it conform to our industry needs, which created a very disorganized vehicle at best.”

Not only was lack of organization a catalyst for creating an industry-specific body, practicality and efficiency also played significant key roles.

“In the carpet cleaning and restoration industry, doors on vans and trucks must stay open when a gas engine is needed to power equipment and tools, which gives easy access for thieves to steal tools not bolted down,” says Longley. “With Gorilla Truck Box, we built compartments that are lockable with the push of a button, securing all the tools.”

Utilizing his extensive experience and knowledge of the industry, Longley began drawing up concepts for a custom truck body that would provide ample storage for supplies and adequate space for common equipment used by these professionals. The overarching theme for the design was “to have a place for everything and everything in its place.”

As is with most inventive endeavors, the process of bringing this creation to life was trial and error.

“We began building Gorilla Truck Box in 2013 with another builder,” says Longley. “After a couple years, we became dissatisfied with a number of quality issues that continued to happen with that builder. So, we started researching other manufacturers.”

Requiring a manufacturing company that understood his vision and mission for the highest standard of quality, Longley says he was thrilled to finally discover Knapheide, the company that would work with him to bring his idea to life.

Like all customers seeking custom creations, Knapheide collaborated with Longley to build a unique body according to his specifications that would better serve those in the industries he serves.

“We were very impressed from the start with Knapheide,” he recalls. “They flew us to their headquarters in Quincy and gave us a tour of the manufacturing plant. We were truly impressed with their ability to laser cut steel, and were especially pleased with the anti-corrosion E-Coat process. Even Bo Knapheide came by and spoke with us.”

That visit to Knapheide easily solidified Longley’s decision to collaborate with Knapheide for the creation of Gorilla Truck Box, and the partnership began soon thereafter in 2015.

Knapheide was confident in the ability to bring Longley’s vision to fruition and provide the quality product he had previously lacked. To do so, Longley had extensive meetings with Knapheide personnel, particularly the engineering staff.

“I must say, I was very impressed with our first meeting with the engineers,” says Longley. “They were incredibly knowledgeable and informative. I have been especially impressed with Rick Terford, Supervisor Application Engineering. He has been there to help us with any changes and small issues along the way.”

The first Gorilla Truck Boxes, an order of four units, were rolled off the assembly line in 2016. Since then, customers across the country have come to rely on Gorilla upfits to get the job done. Longley has even seen his upfits expand beyond the typical vocations he serves.

“Our trucks are mainly sold to the professional carpet cleaning and restoration companies,” Longley explains. “We have also sold our trucks to plumbers who install motorized “jetters” (an apparatus used to remove and clean out buildup in drain lines) and pressure washing companies.”

Knapheide manufactures three different Gorilla Truck boxes to serve this particular market, each offering configurations, features, and options that provide users the most efficient and effective upfit for operations of any size.

“The highest cost of any service company is labor. The faster the employee can complete a task, the higher the profit,” says Longley. “We believe good organization is the key to productivity. Knowing where your tools are and being able to access them quickly speeds up the job process. And time is money.”

With that in mind, the company’s partnership with Knapheide continues to be one of great success.

“We named it Gorilla Truck Box because we wanted to let customers know that our products are tough, durable, well-built truck boxes, built to last for many years,” Longley says. “With partners like Knapheide, we believe we have achieved that goal.”

Relationships like those with Gorilla Truck Box show that a custom solution for any need exists through working with Knapheide to bring visions to life. No matter your needs, Knapheide is here to help customers across the country by creating an ideal solution to serve practically any vocation.

If you’re interested in creating a custom body with us, get started today by visiting knapheide.com.

For more information on Gorilla Truck Box, visit gorillatruckbox.com.

SOURCE: https://www.knapheide.com/main-blog/customer-story-gorilla-truck-box/



12/05/22

How to back up an RV / Trailer "tail swing"


The most common piece of advice that is given to new RV owners is to go out to a parking lot and practice backing up around cones. That is good and all but HOW should you setup the cones??? The maneuvers in this video are setup to teach control of the trailer, and build confidence in the driver. The best drivers are confident and relaxed. This link shows diagrams of how to setup each maneuver. Yes these are the same backing maneuvers used to test CDL drivers. If new truck drivers can parallel park a semi truck, YOU can parallel park an RV. http://bigrigcareer.com/cdl-skills-te...

12/03/22

BOSS UP | BOSS Snowplow |


                                             Boss Snowplow is Expanding! 

12/01/22

Ford Alexa Built-in | Ford How-To | Ford


Learn about the capabilities of Alexa* Built-in within your Ford vehicle.* *Access to Alexa requires an Amazon account, SYNC 4®, FordPass™ Connect and complimentary Connected Service activated through the FordPass App (see FordPass Terms for details). Eligible 2022 Ford vehicles receive three years of access to Alexa Built-in and 30 days of complimentary streaming media services that begin on the new vehicle warranty start date, after which fees apply. See your Ford account for information. Connected service and features depend on compatible AT&T network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. Amazon, Alexa and all related marks are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Learn more about Ford support here: https://ford.to/3jXUVrt

11/29/22

SecureLatch™ Auto-Locking Pintle Hitch | Innovative Features & Benefits


The SecureLatch™ pintle hitch series is engineered to streamline the trailer hookup process, featuring an auto-locking design. Each ball and pintle combination and pintle hook comes with an auto-locking mechanism to couple the trailer latch without manual coupling required.
Just Strike. Drop. Auto-lock!
As you back up to the lunette ring, the built-in striker plate helps center and align the towing connection. Then, lower the lunette ring down onto the pintle hitch. The auto-locking lever will automatically engage the primary coupling latch. Simply insert the secondary safety pin, and you’re ready to tow!
SecureLatch™ pintle hitch products are available in a receiver-mount or adjustable pintle mount style. We offer pintle hooks, ball and pintle combinations, pintle mounts and adjustable lunette rings.

11/27/22

Weight Distribution Hitches Explained - How They Work, Why You Need One


Today we delve into the black magic that is the weight distributing hitch, also called "load leveling hitch" or "weight distribution hitch." This is the ultimate trifecta of poorly understood, infrequently used, and absolutely essential...

11/25/22

Safe Driving Series | Ford Trucks | Cabin Interior Checks | Episode 2


Be sure to follow these steps to keep both you and your truck safe! #SharingTheLoad #FordTrucks

F-150 Lightning: At the Work Site | F-150 | Ford


The F-150 Lightning*—with features like Pro Power Onboard, available Tailgate Work Surface, available enhanced 360-degree Zone Lighting and targeted maximum available towing of 10,000 pounds,

** plus 400 pounds of payload in a secure, lockable, 400-liter, washable, drainable Mega Power Frunk,†—is a zero-emissions tool to help you get the job done. 

*Pre-production vehicle with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022. 
**Max towing on XLT and LARIAT models with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. †Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. 

 Learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning here: https://ford.to/3wgnSD9

11/19/22

First Ever Sierra EV Denali | “Range”| GMC


Introducing the First Ever GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, powered by Ultium battery technology for GM-estimated 400 miles of range on a full charge. Radical power and range from the Denali of EVs.​ Disclaimers: GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017–MCT. Actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, use and maintenance.

11/17/22

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Seatbelts


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives. - Wear your seatbelt - - Ensure all passengers wear seatbelts - - Safely secure children in car seats -

11/15/22

F-150 Lightning: Towing With Confidence | F-150 | Ford


The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning boasts the Built Ford Tough brawn to tow up to an available 10,000 pounds with its 775 lb.-ft. of electric torque*, but it’s the truck’s brains that will give customers the range information they need to tow long distances**. Ford equipped the electric pickup with smart technologies to more accurately calculate remaining vehicle range using real time conditions so customers can tow with greater confidence – and the more it’s used, the more accurate it gets. *Torque calculated via peak performance of the electric motors at peak battery power. Your results may vary. **Max towing on XLT and LARIAT models with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Towing and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. Learn more about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning here: https://ford.to/3KnD9so

11/13/22

F-150 Lightning Live Reveal | F-150 | Ford


The truck that’s been innovating on behalf of Americans for more than a century is now electrified.

11/11/22

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.

11/09/22

Bigger touchscreen and more package options - Ford Super Duty


Whether it comes to your home or truck, it’s hard to beat a big screen.

The 2022 F-250 has become Ford’s latest pickup to get the automaker’s 12-inch touch screen with SYNC 4 which will come standard on Lariat and above models.

Physical controls will accompany the screen to allow for quick access to commonly used functions. And that’s a smart idea since flipping through screens can be a pain not to mention the haze of fingerprints that often builds up on the screen from constant touching.  

Learn more at:   https://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/pickup-trucks/article/15064243/2022-ford-super-duty-gets-bigger-touchscreen-and-more-package-options

11/07/22

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty® Debut | Ford


Ford Motor Company introduces the next level of Built Ford Tough, the All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty® truck. This one is for the builders.  #Ford #SuperDuty #BuiltFordTough

11/06/22

F-150 Lightning: Going Electric with KevOnStage | Ford


Are you thinking about going Electric? Watch as EV Expert Dr. Shelley Francis of EV Noire and Actor KevonStage discuss the Ford F-150 Lightning Truck and its features including the new Ford Pass app where you can locate, monitor, and schedule your next charge at one of our 75,000 stations. Learn more about the Myths of Electric Vehicles here: https://ford.to/2LjDZtN Learn more about Ford Electric Vehicles here: https://ford.to/3RRNYaz Discover more Ford Electric Vehicles videos here: https://ford.to/3LfzH5e

11/03/22

BRAKES: How They Work | Science Garage


Brakes are the unsung heroes of performance. Everybody loves going fast, but slowing down is important too. There’s disk brakes, vented brakes, brembo brakes and drilled brakes-- let’s “brake” it all down! Bart talks about the principles that make your brakes work. From drums and discs, to friction and heat, we get to the nitty gritty of how Brakes systems keep you safe.

11/01/22

Meeting the Challenge - Less Weight / More Payload

Truck chassis manufacturers have the challenge of providing a product that will allow the buyer to carry loads that will not overload the axles and meet all the motor vehicle standards.

Premier Truck Center offers standard and custom bodies and accessories that enable maximum payloads. Designed and constructed with aluminum, these products are proving their durability by customers in daily use.

Here are a few examples of our innovative solutions at Premier Truck Center:

                                                                              

                               Aluminum Dump Body with Drop Down Door, Underbody Box, Tarp, etc.

                                  How about an Aluminum Dump Body with Liftgate!

                               How about an Aluminum Dump Body with a Slide Out Ramp!


We can do it!

Premier Truck Center - Just South of the Famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Palmetto, Florida

                 Premier + = Making Your Truck Work for You!

                 Learn more at: https://premiertruckbodies.com/



 

10/30/22

Official SEMA Show Exhibitor Video (2022)


The trade-only SEMA Show is the place where domestic and international manufacturers increase awareness of their businesses, generate leads for future orders, see existing customers, network with others in the industry and introduce new products. Get in front of tens of thousands of buyers and thousands of media who are looking for your new products at the 2022 SEMA Show. Find out more and apply at https://www.semashow.com/exhibitor

10/24/22

Built To Keep You Working: Truck Tool Boxes


Proudly manufactured right here in Mentor, Ohio, each Truck Tool Box is built with precision to keep your tools dry and secure. From Underbody and Crossover to Gull Wing and Topsider, we have the right Truck Tool Box for your application. See here: https://www.buyersproducts.com/catalo...

10/22/22

New Tesla Semi Truck..."Sneak Peak"


New Tesla semi truck about to hit The Streets Here's a glimpse of The Future..

10/20/22

Turn Your Pickup Into a Dump Truck with a DumperDogg® Dump Insert


The slide-in DumperDogg Dump Insert from Buyers Products makes it easy to convert your 3/4 ton+ pickup with a 6 or 8 ft bed into a dump truck. The slide-in unit has a 6000 lb capacity and is powered by your truck's electrical. A double-acting scissor hoist provides up to a 45° dump angle. The versatile tailgate opens up or down and can be removed completely, so you can still use your truck like a regular pickup. A number of accessories, including side wall extensions, roll tarp kits, a removable tailgate spreader, and a cab guard are also available. For more information, and to see our complete line of DumperDogg products and accessories, visit https://www.buyersproducts.com/catalo.... Available Models (Click the link for more info): Stainless Steel Models - https://bit.ly/2JeNRqT 5534000 - 8 Foot 5534006 - 6 Foot Carbon Steel Models - https://bit.ly/2xO43q4 5531000 - 8 Foot 5531006 - 6 Foot Poly Model - https://bit.ly/2Fd5fIo 5532000 - 8 Foot

10/18/22

Good Headlights Mean Fewer Crashes - IIHS News


Good IIHS headlight ratings linked to lower crash rates

The headlight ratings program developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reducing dangerous nighttime crashes in the real world, a recent study shows.

Nighttime crash rates per mile are nearly 20 percent lower for vehicles with headlights that earn a good rating in the IIHS evaluation, compared with those with poor-rated headlights, the study found. For vehicles with acceptable or marginal headlights, crash rates are 15 percent and 10 percent lower than for those with poor ratings.

10/16/22

The All-New Ford Super Duty®: For the Builders | Ford


To the people who build this country, this one's for you. Introducing the all-new Ford Super Duty®. Learn more about the Ford Super Duty here: https://ford.to/3EeEWkj

10/12/22

Remove Your Plow from Storage + 12 Tips For Preparing Your Snow Plow For Winter

Check the following items:
___ Inspect all bolts and fasteners on the plow.
___ Inspect and re-torque all fasteners in the vehicle mount.
___ Inspect all welds in plow structure and vehicle mount.
___ Inspect plows cutting edge and plow shoes, replace if necessary.
___ Change hydraulic fluid.
___ Tighten the trip and return springs. Rule of thumb is to tighten so that a business card can be slid between the coils in the middle of the spring.
___ Grease the vertical pin, and any pivot pins.
___ Apply di-electric grease to all electrical connections on the truck and plow.
___ Inspect all the truck/plows lights, and properly adjust and align the plows headlights.
___ Prepare an emergency parts kit: hydraulic fluid, hoses, solenoid, fuses, trip/return springs, safety strobe, flares, tow strap and a shovel.
___ Have the trucks charging system and battery inspected.
___ Make sure the alarm clock and coffee pot work.

For additional details, the following maintenance videos will help you to prepare your BOSS Snowplow for the upcoming season.  Be ready, snow is just around the corner!

How To Remove Your BOSS Straight Blade Plow From Storage


BOSS V-Plow Storage Removal Video & Instructions

10/08/22

The 2022 Ford E-Transit: A New Dawn Rises | E-Transit | Ford


As a new dawn rises on an electric horizon, there is work to be done on the ground. Like transporting life-saving medicine, keeping our lights on and the water running and keeping us fed. We've been doing this work for more than 100 years, and our zero-emission Ford E-Transit* will help ensure that we can do it for 100 more.

10/06/22

2024 Silverado EV – Team Chevy Meets the Silverado EV | Chevrolet


We gave a couple of our Team Chevy NASCAR drivers their first up-close look at the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado, and they agree that it’s a winner. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...

10/04/22

Best Car Safety Features | Consumer Reports


There are many ways to prevent car accidents. Consumer Reports looks at the latest technology designed to save people’s lives.

9/30/22

9/28/22

How to Deal with Roadside Emergencies


                                           Some tips on how to deal with roadside emergencies.

9/26/22

Fleet 101: What is Torque?


This Fleet 101 episode of Truck Chat episode focuses on a commonly misunderstood term in truck fleets today: #torque. Executive Editor, Lauren Fletcher, covers the basics of torque and helps you gain a greater understanding of the topic. Today's topics include: - What is torque? - How is torque measured? - Where does torque come from? - What causes differences in torque? - Why does torque matter to work truck fleets? This episode is sponsored by@Goodyear

9/24/22

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/

9/22/22

New GMC Sierra | "The Most Advanced and Luxurious Sierra" | GMC


Introducing the New GMC Sierra, the most advanced and luxurious Sierra ever. The lineup includes the New Sierra Denali Ultimate trim, the most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class* and the First Ever Sierra AT4X — the new peak of premium off-road with serious capability and uncompromising refinements. *Class is half-ton gasoline and diesel pickups.

9/20/22

The New 2022 Ford E-Transit World Debut | Ford


We’re electrifying the future for business. The zero-emission 2022 E-Transit is joining our EV lineup, leading the charge for commercial customers into an electrified, more sustainable future. *Preproduction vehicle shown. Available late 2021. Learn more about the 2022 Ford E-Transit here: https://ford.to/3lnXodE

9/18/22

Can A Truck Change Everything? | F-150 Lightning | Ford


A new age for Ford F-150 is here. More than you ever imagined from an all-electric future.
Harnessing a century of manufacturing mastery, the all-electric F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative F-150 that Ford has ever built.

With the freedom of a 10-kilowatt smart power plant on wheels, software updates that will make it even better over time, and Built Ford Tough capability, the F-150 Lightning is electric powered with your life in mind.

9/16/22

Premier Work Truck Bodies – BIG and Small



Big or Small – We Build Them All!  

Steel or Aluminum, Flatbeds, Dumps, Standard or Custom. If you have a need for a work truck body, we can build it for any* chassis, Pickup Bed Removal / Replacement, 1 Ton, Medium Duty and up to a Heavy-Duty Chassis.

Premier Truck Center works with customers to design and build bodies that will work for them. Many times it will be a standard body with a few options, Other times it might be a complete custom body for a specific application.

Often, we find that a contractor has ideas for a body that will make their job easier and more efficient. They may have been thinking about it for many years but have been unable to find exactly what they want.

Visit our website at: premiertruckbodies.com

We want to hear from you. Contact us by phone or email, we are here to listen.

Premier Truck Center
1313 17th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221

Phone: 941-729-8196



*Chassis must be qualified for the specific body being mounted.

9/14/22

HINO TRUCKS XL8 FUEL CELL ELECTRIC TRUCK PROTOTYPE


Hino Trucks (Novi, Michigan) - Class 8 Hino XL8 prototype powered by a hydrogen fuel cell electric drivetrain. 

“It’s amazing what our team has been able to accomplish in a relative short period of time. I know our customers are going to be extremely impressed with this fuel cell electric truck,” said Glenn Ellis, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Hino Trucks.

“We are looking forward to validating the performance, reliability and efficiency of our hydrogen fuel cell electric system in the XL Series chassis,” continued Glenn Ellis.

“From our Project Z announcement last October, we have received significant interest from customers, and now we have something tangible to show them in our prototype FCEV,” stated Bob Petz, Senior Vice President of Vehicle and Parts Sales, Hino Trucks.

SOURCE: NTEA.com

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9/12/22

How Does the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Compare to Other Electric Pickups?


 

By Brian Normile

With the debut of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, Chevrolet is joining a fast-growing segment of the truck market: all-electric pickups. But how does this full-size electric truck compare with what other manufacturers have announced? Let’s take a look at currently available specs of the Silverado EV, Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck to see how the Silverado EV stacks up.  

Related: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV: The Avalanche Resurrected (and Electrified)

Story continues here: https://news.pickuptrucks.com/2022/01/how-does-the-2024-chevrolet-silverado-ev-compare-to-other-electric-pickups.html


9/10/22

SPACEKAP WILD – THE BEST CARGO VAN ALTERNATIVE






Tired of your unsafe and smelly old service van? The SpaceKap WILD is the ideal model for anyone looking for characteristics similar to a regular cargo van.

With a 53″ interior height, it’s large enough to move around inside, with the added advantage of full-length side doors for easy access from the outside. Maximize your space and secure your tools with an optional shelves system.

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net