Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ford Splash Guards: Rugged Tire and Wheel Protection | Accessories |


Help protect your Ford from the elements with Ford custom-fit splash guards. They’re easy to install and offer tough protection. Splash guards are available across various Ford models.

Ford Original Accessories will be warranted for whichever provides you the greater benefit: 24 months/unlimited mileage of the remainder of your bumper-to-bumper 3-year/36,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty. See dealer for warranty details.

Ford Licensed Accessories (FLA) are warranted by the accessory manufacturer. FLA are designed and developed by the accessory manufacturer and have not been designed or tested to Ford Motor Company engineering requirements. Contact your Ford Dealer for details and/or a copy of all limited warranties.

Monday, July 17, 2017

ProTech Louvered Cab Rack


Standard Units Fit Most Truck Bodies and Styles. Call with your truck year, make and model. Custom orders welcome!
Cab Rack Design Options to Suit Your Needs. Choose rugged aluminum mesh, stylish louvers, or no insert at all. Standard Design Features. Diamond plate front panel, brake light cut-outs, and 24" feet are standard on all units. 32" Extended Feet Option. Designed to accommodate level installation of our popular cross-body box.
All Aluminum Construction means low maintenance and high durability. Strong and lightweight design for added fuel economy. Unlimited Options for Work Applications. Choose lumber stops, load light brackets, beacon light plates, overload sign assembly and more! Customize for optimum performance and top-notch looks!
Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a cab rack built to your custom specifications.
Louvered Cab Rack Cab Rack Features:
  • Unlimited options for serious work applications
  • All aluminum, lightweight construction means low maintenance and top-notch looks

Learn more about ProTech products at: http://protech.net/products/

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ProTech Contractor Body


At ProTech, we make sure every product is masterfully crafted to the highest standard and quality possible. We only use the highest quality materials to provide strength and durability that will stand up to years of use. In addition to our standard sizes, we specialize in custom work and will gladly build our products to your exact specifications.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/products/flatbeds/bodies/contractor-body



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Terrain Management System™ Lets You Conquer Your Surroundings



Since its debut in 2009, the Ford F-150 Raptor has been a symbol of off-road performance. From bumper to tailgate, this truck has been designed to handle tough terrains and extreme environments. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor takes that performance to the next level with a cutting-edge Terrain Management System™.

The system incorporates an all-new dual-mode transfer case that incorporates both all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems. The Raptor gives the driver the choice: Let the new Terrain Management System™ control the off-road technology automatically or manually select the 4x4 mode desired.

The clutch-based, on-demand all-wheel-drive capability is perfect for all-weather everyday driving, while the mechanically locked four-wheel-drive system lets the Ford F-150 Raptor excel in the harshest off-road conditions.

“Raptor’s transfer case provides the best of both worlds, with the natural benefits from all-wheel drive, such as increased traction in rain and snow, as well as extreme off-road capability that comes with a mechanically locked system,” says Tony Greco, Ford F-150 Raptor program manager.

Terrain Management System provides six distinct terrain modes: Normal, Sport, Wet/Snow, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl. Power distribution is handled automatically, which means you can focus more on conquering the terrain instead of fiddling with knobs and switches.

The dual-mode transfer case and the all-new Terrain Management System provide the perfect blend of off-road capability and the flexibility to handle any terrain. When combined with a nonsequential 10 speed-transmission and a high-output EcoBoost® engine, the 2017 F-150 Raptor makes you master of your surroundings.

We recently subjected it to 36 hours of the most brutal off-road punishment we could possibly imagine, and you can come along for the ride. Click here to download the Ford VR app and experience the Baja 1000 like you’ve never seen before.

To learn more about the 2017 F-150 Raptor, including detailed specs and a rundown of all the new enhancements, visit Ford.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More performance, efficiency for 2018 Ford F-150


Lightweight materials, new engines and a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission up the ante for the 2018 Ford F-150 on performance, capability and efficiency, according to Ford Motor Co.

The latest enhancements are a result of Ford's investment years ago in high-strength aluminum alloy bodies and high-strength steel frames, the company says. That helped save up to 700 lbs. on the new F-150, which also means customers can tow and haul more with their trucks.

Since then, Ford has expanded use of aluminum alloy bodies and steel frames to the latest F-Series Super Duty heavy-duty pickup trucks. The resulting weight savings are augmented by new and improved engines.

2018 Ford F-150

Customers have purchased 75% of new Ford trucks this year with V6 engines, according to the company. The 2018 F-150 arrives with a more capable powertrain lineup and more V6 choices.

For 2018, Ford is introducing a smaller, more efficient 3.3L V6 that delivers more power and torque than the previous 3.5L V6 in addition to improved projected EPA-estimated gas mileage.

Ford is touting the power, torque and efficiency of the 2018 F-150's new 3.3L V6 engine. (Image courtesy Ford Motor Co.)
Aiding in light-weighting, the standard 3.3L V6 in the 2018 F-150 is projected to offer a 5% power-to-weight ratio improvement versus the steel-bodied 2014 F-150 equipped with 3.7L V6 along with better anticipated fuel efficiency and performance.

Meanwhile, a next-generation 2.7L EcoBoost engine boasts an increase in torque of 25 lbs.-ft., and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost that debuted last model year, the 2.7L will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.

The 5.0L V8 also gets some enhancements for 2018. This naturally aspirated engine includes dual-port and direct-injection technology for 10 more hp and a gain of 13 lbs.-ft. of torque. The V8 also features spray-on bore liner technology featured in the high-performance Mustang GT350, Ford explains, "all to squeeze out even more weight from the aluminum block."

The V8 is paired with a Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time. EPA-estimated fuel economy will be announced closer to market availability, Ford says.

The 2018 F-150 also has an available 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel that was designed, engineered and tested in-house, according to the company. That engine option is paired with the 10-speed automatic. The first diesel engine offered for F-150 will be available next spring.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

GoLight Lighting Video


This is a product video of GoLight, Inc. GoLight creates industry leading lighting solutions for recreation, military, automotive, and more.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Highway Products | Leopard Package


The Leopard Package by Highway Products consists of Leopard Gullwing Toolbox, Leopard Headache Rack, Full Length Bed Rails, Light Kit, all install instruction's and mounting hardware.

To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at www.highwayproducts.com

For over 35 years, Highway Products has built custom toolboxes for professional work vehicles. Our Cross-Frame Box is a popular choice for custom utility vehicles, dump-trucks, semi-trucks and has endless applications for the storage and organization of your tools.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Federal Law to Require New Cars to Include BackUp Cameras by 2018

Backup Camera System for Trucks

A new rule requiring backup cameras in all new cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups weighing less than 10,000 pounds by May of 2018 has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  All new cars, SUVs and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses, will be required to include backup cameras, a measure which is expected to reduce the nearly 210 backover deaths each year.  It is estimated that rear facing camera, including those automakers already offer, could save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, many of which were children.  Automakers will be allowed to “remove side –view mirrors and replace them with cameras that may expand side vision while increasing fuel efficiency”.  In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to require vehicle to vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks, however an exact date for implementation of this technology has not been set.


Source: http://omaha.legalexaminer.com/automobile-accidents/federal-law-to-require-new-cars-to-include-backup-cameras-by-2018/

Monday, July 3, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

VMAC UNDERHOOD30 Air Compressor Now Available For 2017 Ford F-250 & F-350




VMAC has launched the latest UNDERHOOD30 air compressor for 2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. This rotary screw air compressor is designed to fit with the Ford 6.2L V8 gas engine, while ensuring the new truck warranty remains intact.

"Out of 25,000 VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressors installed on work trucks worldwide, about 15,000 have been on Ford trucks. We're proud to offer this 30 CFM air compressor for 2017 Ford trucks to meet our customers' needs as they upgrade their vehicles," says Mike Pettigrew, VMAC's Marketing Manager.

The VMAC UNDERHOOD30 Air Compressor for the 2017 Ford 6.2L V8 Gas is the lightest weight mobile air compressor available, weighing just 62lbs (32kg). This lightweight air compressor reduces truck GVW by up to 290lbs, offering Ford owners better fuel economy. It's also compact, freeing up to 23 cubic feet in the truck bed, allowing for more cargo space.

With up to 30 CFM at 100% duty cycle, it is the perfect solution for light-duty applications including tire servicing, utility servicing, and forklift repair. Even in extreme desert and arctic climates, the VMAC UNDERHOOD30 Air Compressor will continue to operate, as it is installed under the hood of the truck, protected from the elements.

"This is the third UNDERHOOD air compressor we've launched in 2017," says Mike Pettigrew. "The UNDERHOOD30 for 2017 Ford 6.2L V8 Gas trucks follows the recent launches of the UNDERHOOD30 for 2017 Ford Transit EcoBoost vans, and the UNDERHOOD70 for GMC's 2017 Sierra Duramax Diesel trucks. VMAC is committed to adding to the product line of compact and powerful mobile air compressors as new work trucks and vans are released."

For more information on the VMAC UNDERHOOD30 Air Compressor, please visit www.vmacair.com/lp/2017-FORD-V8gas.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

VMAC GAS DRIVEN AIR COMPRESSORS WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER

WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER, WITH VMAC’S G30 GAS DRIVEN AIR COMPRESSOR

30CFM Gas Drive Air Compressor Backview

We all know in the industry that time is money, but how much is your time really worth? How much is your employees’ time worth, or the value of your entire fleet’s services each day? How ever you decide to quantify the cost of wasted minutes and hours, it’s clear that to be successful, waste must be minimized.

This is where the VMAC G30 air compressor comes in. This rotary screw gas driven air compressor is your equipment MVP for getting jobs done faster. Get on-demand air in the time it takes to walk from your truck to your tool; no more waiting around for the air pressure to build. And with 30 CFM at 100% duty cycle, you can get through your jobs in less time and with no interruptions.

Whether your goal is to finish work faster to get home and relax, or squeeze in a few extra jobs before the end of the day, the VMAC G30 air compressor is able to handle your on-demand air requirements, every time. This gasoline powered air compressor was designed with functionality and convenience in mind—here are the facts:

  • VMAC’s G30 offers up to 30 CFM, 100% of the Time, Every Time
  • 50% more powerful – VMAC’s patented rotary screw air compressor has been engineered to produce full air power, on demand at 100% duty cycle. Typical gas driven reciprocating air compressors produce approximately 20 CFM and can only operate at 50% duty cycle.
  • With a 100% duty cycle, the VMAC G30 will be able to handle the entire job, without interruption, for maximum efficiency.
  • VMAC’s G30 is the Smallest Gas Air Compressor in the World
  • 50% lighter – the G30 air compressor weighs just 205 lbs (93 kg), while typical gas driven reciprocating compressors weigh a massive 410 lbs (186 kg)
  • 50% smaller – the G30 air compressor saves you up to 15 cubic feet, allowing you to fit more tools in your truck. Measurements: 33.5” (l) x 20.3” (w) x 20.7” (h)
  • VMAC G30 is the Most Affordable Gas Driven Rotary Screw Air Compressor Available
  • The VMAC G30 price is competitive and affordable to fit your budget
  • VMAC G30’s Warranty is the Best Available
  • VMAC Lifetime Warranty (Limited) – the G30 air compressor comes with the industry’s first lifetime warranty
  • 5 Year Subaru Engine Warranty – the 14 HP Subaru engine comes with an industry leading warranty. Most engines are under warranty for just 2 years


See the full VMAC G30 gas driven air compressor,  plus specs and components, including the cold climate kit for temperatures hitting -25­°F (-32°C). Watch VMAC’s G30 demo video to see this powerful and compact compressor in action.

Read more about the VMAC G30 rotary screw gas drive air compressor here:


For more information, contact sales@vmacair.com.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SpaceKap service vehicle still going strong after 15 years.


The Pickup Pack™ is a unique alternative for those needing organized storage and lockup security without the cost of a service body and that can be easily installed on your pickup in a few hours.

Pickup Packs™ include a headache rack, two lockable low side boxes, a flat or dome center hatch, and a removable ladder rack. Other options include gullwing saddle box and an HPI Truckslide™.

Learn more at http://www.highwayproducts.com/pickup...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

WARN Drill Winch: Drill-Powered Portable Winch



How do you turn a mere handheld power drill into a portable, versatile pulling tool? With the rugged, versatile, and easy-to-use WARN Drill Winch. From moving heavy nursery stock, to pulling a rolling load up onto a trailer, the 500 lbs. capacity Drill Winch does the hard-to-handle pulling jobs. Simply chuck in your drill to the winch, and you're ready to pull up to 500 lbs.

The WARN Drill Winch has 30 feet of durable wire rope and has a freespool feature for fast and easy rigging; integrated hawse fairlead, and rigging hooks front and rear. Learn more at http://www.warn.com/utility/acwinches....

Friday, June 23, 2017

ProTech Cab Racks


Full-size, short or long-bed trucks. ProTech offers cab racks to fit most truck bodies and styles. With options designed to suit your needs, our racks are manufactured with your safety and job in mind. We always welcome custom work with any ProTech product.


Louvered style available as special order.

Standard Units Fit Most Truck Bodies and Styles. Call with your truck year, make and model. Custom orders welcome!

Cab Rack Design Options to Suit Your Needs. Choose rugged aluminum mesh, stylish louvers, or no insert at all. Standard Design Features. Diamond plate front panel, brake light cut-outs, and 24" feet are standard on all units. 32" Extended Feet Option. Designed to accommodate level installation of our popular cross-body box.

All Aluminum Construction means low maintenance and high durability. Strong and lightweight design for added fuel economy. Unlimited Options for Work Applications. Choose lumber stops, load light brackets, beacon light plates, overload sign assembly and more! Customize for optimum performance and top-notch looks!

Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a cab rack built to your custom specifications.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/products/work-truck/cab-racks/service-body-cab-rack-mesh




Monday, June 19, 2017

TommyGate 650 Series Van Liftgate

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650 Series Advantages

Low-capacity, compact, and internally-mounted, the 650 Series is the ideal liftgate for lightweight van applications. 650 Series models fold up and store out of the way of ordinary tasks or flat against the inside of the rear door.

650 Series Features

Fold-away interior mount offers two secure storage positions and easy access to the rear of the van.

Learn more at: http://www.tommygate.com/liftgates/cargo-van/650-series/


Saturday, June 17, 2017

PGND Gooseneck Body // Knapheide-NTEA 2017


The Knapheide PGND Gooseneck Body is top-of-the-line when it comes to gooseneck beds. Recently redesigned, this body is sure to give you ample storage space with the towing capacity that you demand.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Old vs New: 1974 vs 2017 Ford F-250 - How Much Has The Super Duty Changed in 43 Years?


 Old vs New: 1974 vs 2017 Ford F-250 - How Much Has The Super Duty Changed in 43 Years? 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

BRANDFX LAUNCHES THE ADVANCED COMPOSITE UTILITYFX™ CUTAWAY

BrandFX™, the leader in advanced composite work trucks, has launched the UtilityFX™. The UtilityFX allows for an increase in mobile operation efficiency by providing optimal access to all storage areas and organizational compartments.

WTS17 - UtilityFX

Like all BrandFX products, the UtilityFX was built to withstand up to 20 years of continual use. Due to its advanced composite materials construction, this all-new utility unit has an extremely high life cycle value. This allows for strong resistance to corrosion and oxidation. That composite construction also provides a substantial reduction in vehicle weight, resulting in reduced fuel costs. The lighter weight also lessens stress forced on tires, brakes and suspension systems – this can reduce maintenance costs significantly.

This all-new utility service unit eliminates the need to purchase ordinary full-size vans – when it’s time to replace the vehicle, the UtilityFX can be removed and reinstalled.  Additionally, even after extensive use, the advanced composite body will remain in a like-new condition. The UtilityFX is available in 15”D x 42”H packs, as well as a 36” canopy above pack and 124” long body.

BrandFX is the world’s largest producer of advanced composite service truck bodies, providing line bodies, service bodies, inserts, tonneau covers, and toppers to many of the world’s largest utility and service fleets – including 5 out of the top 6 U.S. service fleets. These composite bodies are proven to offer the highest life cycle value, delivering 20-plus years of effective service while maintaining their quality finish and appearance. Because BrandFX believes in American-made quality, the company manufactures all truck bodies in the U.S. For more information, visit BrandFXBody.com
email info@BrandFXBody.com or call 866-431-1131.



Friday, June 9, 2017

FORD TRANSIT, WINNEBAGO HELP REVIVE VAN-BASED MOTORHOME SEGMENT AND BUILD LOYAL FOLLOWERS

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  • After double-digit growth in 2016, van-based motorhomes are projected to become the fastest-growing segment in the motorhome industry for 2017; Ford Transit-based Winnebago Paseo is a newcomer in the Class B segment
  • Paseo and Fuse motorhomes are the latest Winnebago products built on a Ford platform – a collaborative history that dates back nearly half a century and includes the iconic Ford E-Series chassis and gas-powered F-53 Class A motorhome chassis
  • Ford Transit-based Fuse owners like the ride, driveability and power of the available 3.2-liter Power Stroke® I-5 diesel engine and performance; already drawing loyal followers, at a recent get-together in Cosby, Tennessee, Fuse campers shared their enthusiasm and pride of ownership

DEARBORN, Mich., As Don and Sonya Pace backed their Ford Transit-based motorhome into a spot at Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort in Cosby, Tennessee, the spring Winnebago Fuse owners’ get-together was officially under way. Setting up camp and meeting friends is a source of pride for these new Fuse owners and founders of the annual gathering.

The get-together is one of a handful of enthusiast events held around the country each year where owners of Winnebago motorhomes gather to enjoy the outdoors and talk about their travels aboard their Transit-based RVs. The Fuse, and its cousin, Winnebago Paseo, are among a fast-growing legion of motorhomes being built on the Ford Transit van platform.

Based on the company’s global van platform, Transit was introduced in the United States for 2015. Since then, the domestic RV industry has been quick to embrace the platform, which offers gas, diesel and CNG/propane gaseous prep options, as well as three available roof heights, three overall lengths and two wheelbases. Transit has been a boon for companies like Winnebago, which are creating a burgeoning Class B motorhome segment in addition to new products from the Transit cutaway chassis for the larger Class C segment.

“We looked at a lot of competitors, but once we saw how open the Fuse felt inside and how it still drives like a go-anywhere car, we were hooked,” said Don Pace. “We like that it’s built on a Ford platform – not just because it has great performance, but because there are more Ford dealers around the country, so there’s that peace of mind. We just love our Fuse.”

The Fuse uses a dual-rear-wheel Transit van cutaway chassis for a full-feature, 24-foot Class C motorhome with kitchen, bath and a slideout – for comfortable sleeping for four adults. The Paseo is a high-roof, extended-length Class B motorhome featuring a full bath, kitchen with refrigerator, and sleeping for two adults.

Industry-wide Class B sales grew 36 percent in the first three months of 2017. As a leader in the commercial van/cutaway and chassis segment for nearly 40 years, Ford has a long history with Winnebago and other leading motorhome manufacturers. The E-Series cutaway is still a top RV platform in the Class C segment, while Ford F-53 remains among the most popular gas-powered chassis for larger Class A motorhomes.

“Our customers have responded incredibly well to the new Transit platform,” said Russ Garfin, Winnebago product manager. “They love the driveability and the smooth ride, and the feedback on both of the engines we use – the EcoBoost® gas and five-cylinder diesel – has been great.”

Winnebago has more than 130 dealers offering Transit-based motorhomes across the United States and Canada. With gas prices the lowest they have been in years, Garfin expects he’ll be designing more versions off the Transit platform.

“With low fuel costs and people’s desire to disconnect and get away from it all, we expect sales of Transit-based motorhomes will continue to grow,” said Garfin. “With easy-to-use RVs like the Fuse and Paseo, there are more products for a wide range of customers.”

As for the Winnebago Fuse owners’ spring get-together, Sonya Pace said they had a great time in the Smoky Mountains and got to meet some of the greatest people on earth. “We got to talk about our Fuses and where we’ve been,” she said. “The new owners get help from the experienced owners.”

And they’re already planning next year’s event, posting pictures to Facebook and Instagram, making new friends and sharing travel stories. “We’re expecting more at our next event, which we hope to do in the western U.S. because we have a lot of members out there too,” said Sonya Pace.

Follow the Fuse owners’ club on Facebook at Winnebago Fuse Owners.

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 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

Monday, June 5, 2017

Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

Photo courtesy of Ford.

by Mike Antich 

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. It is important to design a truck or van that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the vehicle. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity.

A common mistake made by inexperienced fleet managers is that they do not know a vehicle's operating parameters and payload requirements. You need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. The key objective of your discussions with drivers or technicians is to match the truck or van with the fleet application. When meeting with end-users, ask questions about their current vehicles. For example, is the powertrain right for their application? Similarly, investigate whether the gross vehicle weight (GVW) is adequate for the payload carried, or, is the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) high enough if the vehicle will be towing a trailer?

When talking with employees who are actually using trucks or vans, you may discover they have problems unknown to you. It is common to discover problems with loading height, cab access, lack of bins, limited visibility when backing, or insufficient tool storage. This is your opportunity to ask a lot of questions to determine vehicle or upfit deficiencies. For instance, ask employees about passenger requirements, how the payload is distributed, whether the vehicle will be fully loaded or operating with a diminishing load, and how they load and off-load cargo.

Look at the existing vehicle and investigate the maintenance records. What type of problems has this vehicle had, if any? This will help you determine if the current vehicle is under-spec’d. If it is, then take the necessary steps to correct it. Usually, the majority of trucks or vans that have unscheduled maintenance problems are under-powered and overloaded, which, in addition to increased shop time, results in increased driver downtime. Your maintenance records will reveal that most of the vehicles that experience repeated mechanical failures are under-spec’d.

When you’re building a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly, or you’ll make an expensive mistake. The foremost consideration when building a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

It is also important to understand how a vehicle will be loaded and unloaded to determine whether a liftgate or pull-out ramp should be chosen for the truck body. Ask how employees will load the payload. Do they use pallet jacks or forklifts? What are the dimensions of the payload? It is important to know the height requirements of the truck. For instance, if payload will be loaded and off-loaded at a dock, what is the dock height? If a forklift is utilized in the loading or unloading payload, it is essential to have the forklift reinforcement option included in the body specifications.

Also, know where and how your drivers are securing the load. Take into consideration the height and bulk of your product to ensure the truck or van has the proper cargo restraint system.

Clean Sheet Approach to Spec’ing
When spec’ing vehicles, past history is important but one negative outcome to using last model-year specs is repeating past inefficiencies. Fleet managers need to adopt a “clean sheet” approach to how they spec their truck or van fleets.

Building a truck or van is a complicated process. Specifying the right vehicle requires hundreds of decisions and choices — and each choice potentially impacts another. When spec’ing a medium-duty truck, there are a number of key factors that must be spec’d correctly. If not, you’ll end up making an expensive mistake.

Where it gets tricky is finding the balance to avoid over-spec’ing or under-spec’ing a truck, each with its own unique set of consequences. Over-spec’ing a truck or van increases the capitalized cost of the vehicle, while under-spec’ing increases maintenance cost.

Another consequence to an under-spec’d truck or van is that it may require multiple trips due to limited payload capacity. Also, when spec’ing a smaller GVWR truck than required, the tendency is to overload the vehicle. Besides accelerating replacement of wear items, such as brakes, an overloaded vehicle also increases the company’s liability exposure if it is involved in a preventable accident.

Overextending a truck or van's payload capacity beyond the chassis’ weight specifications is a good way to shorten the vehicle's service life. Overloaded trucks will cause premature tire wear, decreased fuel economy, and downtime due to engine or transmission repair. In addition, overloading results in fines and possible impoundment of the vehicle by the authorities.

Interconnectivity Between Specs
It can’t be emphasized enough: To properly spec a truck or van you need to talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it will be used. You should solicit input from field personnel to ensure that local issues affecting the vehicle’s operation are taken into account.

When consulting with end-users, there are three components to determining payload requirement. The first is payload weight. How much weight will the vehicle need to carry in its daily workload? You need to determine the maximum need, not an average. The vehicle must be able to do the job every day with the maximum load at any given time. Payload weight will also help determine if the cargo can be loaded and unloaded by hand, or whether you will need a power liftgate or some other type of assist to get it up in the body or bed.

Another determinant is in the volume or size of the payload. The vehicle needs to be large enough to handle the volume. And, you need to know how the payload will be loaded. Is it stackable? Can you stack it right to the ceiling? Or, can only the floor space be used? How do you secure the product? Getting any of these factors wrong can mean the truck or van will be spec’d incorrectly.

The third component is the type of payload. Are you hauling loose gravel, pallets, or boxes of merchandise? This will determine the type of truck or van and body combination you need to choose.

The best way to determine actual payload is to take a normally loaded truck and weigh it on a highway scale. Another practical tip is to weigh the front and rear axle. This will tell you if you are overloading the whole vehicle or just one of the axles.

In addition, you need to make sure that the vehicle can carry not only the payload but also any additional equipment you put on it. The fleet manager needs to add the body and equipment weight to that of any tools or other material that could be stored or transported by the chassis.

To determine the correct vehicle size for the intended payload often requires a judgment call as to how much over-capacity to build into the payload capacity of the vehicle when spec’ing its requirements. Spec’ing the vehicle to the minimum necessary payload rating (by basing it on an average load or looking at only today’s business needs instead of trying to anticipate future needs) means that the vehicle will be operating at peak capacity most of the time, which may compromise safety and the length of its service life. Conversely, too much payload capacity is wasted capacity.

Application is King
Specifications should be defined by the application and mission requirements. Trucks must be equipped to handle very specific fleet applications, which require specifying a multitude of components such as the right drivetrain, suspension, and body. By understanding day-to-day fleet applications, you will be able to build a truck that meets the users’ daily needs. Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters, it is impossible to spec the best chassis, powertrain, and body necessary to optimize productivity. The same holds true with vans.

Fleet managers must understand how company vehicles are intended to be used in the field; however, it is important to be aware that intended usage often does not match real-world usage. The most important first step to correctly spec’ing a truck or van is to meet and talk with the drivers or technicians who will be using the vehicle. This understanding will influence all truck specifications. It can’t be stressed enough that vehicle specifications must be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements.

One way to increase truck or van productivity is to modify specs to increase mpg.

The drivetrain, tires, engine, and aerodynamics of the vehicle must be properly matched to maximize fuel efficiency.

Selecting vehicles with aerodynamic features can prove cost-effective. The rule of thumb is that for each 10% reduction in air resistance, mpg increases by 5%. Examples of aerodynamic modifications include specifying aerodynamic mirrors, moving air filters under the hood, and eliminating fender-mounted mirrors.

Ergonomic Considerations
Under OSHA regulations, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. Across a variety of vocational segments, today’s fleet managers are devoting increased consideration to ensuring upfits will be ergonomically safe for the driver over the service life of the vehicles.

More fleets are requesting upfits with additional safety equipment, such as a rear-view camera, reverse sensing, back-up alarm, remote start, grab handles, convex spot mirrors, and drop-down ladder racks to reduce workers’ comp claims and to improve operator efficiency.

To create an ergonomically safe work environment, make sure the vehicle is properly engineered upfront for the job it is required to do. For instance, if applications require crane installation on service bodies, the chassis GVWR should be sufficient for the application. Under-engineering can lead to unnecessary safety risks to drivers. When spec’ing auxiliary equipment, be cognizant of component weights. Extra weight not only increases fuel consumption but also reduces payload capacity.

When selecting upfit equipment, review vehicle requests from the field and ask follow-up questions of drivers to verify the equipment is suitable for the job. Thoroughly train all employees handling the equipment in its operation and safe use. Develop written guidelines covering vehicle and equipment usage. Follow manufacturer guidelines to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Field managers should regularly inspect equipment to ensure it is in safe working condition and that equipment is only used for its intended purpose. Often, decisions are made in the field to modify vehicles without the fleet manager being informed. The home office is often not aware of the modification until there is an issue, such as when someone complains about an ergonomics-related health issue.

Spec to Maximize Future Resale
Trucks and vans are ultimately tools of a trade and the chassis merely provide mobility and power to operate equipment. When these vehicles are built to perform at their optimal performance, specifically in the areas of reliability, fuel economy, and driving experience, there will always be a demand and a market to resell these vehicles. While resale is a very important lifecycle consideration, the most important part of a lifecycle calculation for any type of truck, especially medium-duty applications, or van is building the right vehicle for the intended job function.

How you spec a truck or van has a direct bearing on its future resale. Nowadays you don’t want to spec a manual transmission. There are fewer qualified drivers today capable of driving a manual transmission than in the past. Automatic transmissions are required by most companies when selecting a vehicle, which makes automatics more desirable from a resale perspective. In addition to resale value, an automatic transmission assists in driver acquisition, retention, lower maintenance costs, and more uptime.

In addition, for trucks, always specify the power take-off (PTO) provision. Even if there’s no need for a PTO for the truck’s initial use, the availability of the PTO provision will make the truck more attractive to buyers in the secondary market because it saves the future owner from having to pay to add the provision.

Ultimately, mileage and general condition will likely play the greatest role in determining desirability and resale value.

Source: http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/article/story/2017/05/understanding-the-variables-to-optimize-truck-van-specs.aspx


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Road to driverless trucks clogged with unanswered questions


Driver training, safety, and cybersecurity among the topics discussed during FMCSA listening session.



With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use.

Yet a public listening session sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) illustrated just how many questions remain to be answered before the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.

“There is a gigantic void between what is reality and what is the Hollywood version of what is going on. We are a long, long way from a truly driverless truck, and I think everyone in this room knows that,” said Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association.

Source: http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It Starts Here | BOSS Snowplow |


For BOSS, it all starts here in Iron Mountain, Michigan, where designing, innovating and manufacturing world-class snow and ice removal equipment is what we're all about. We are a worldwide leader in snow and ice control with a growing lineup of plows for trucks, UTVs and ATVs, salt and sand spreaders and box plows built for the professional.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

How we punish the Ford Transit during testing


Drivers at the Ford Test Track in Lommel, Belgium, put the all-new Transit through hell before it goes on sale. The van is driven the equivalent of 11 million km -- about 275 times around the world --

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BrandFX - The UltimateFX at the 2017 Work Truck Show

BrandFX introduced the new all-composite service truck body and

UltimateFX is purpose-built to handle all worksite conditions and is the latest in the line of BrandFX’s composite truck service bodies.

Monday, May 22, 2017

FORD'S BIGGEST WORK TRUCKS RECEIVE PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS TO HELP DO EVEN MORE WORK

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  • Electronic stability control and traction control brakes now standard on tractor models (optional on F-750 diesel straight frame model*)                         
  • New diesel engine soot trap regeneration inhibitor allows driver to postpone incinerating trapped soot until regeneration can be performed in a preferred location, plus new easy-to-access oil dipstick location to check oil levels
  • New high-output 240-amp alternator now available for 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine models
  • Available three-inch bumper extension limits potential hood wear and collision damage
DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is updating its biggest trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are the fastest growing volume Class 6-7 brand**.

Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year. Ford’s largest trucks are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor models, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles. Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain in the medium-duty conventional truck market. All F-650 and F-750 trucks are built at Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland using domestic and foreign parts.

“Customers are moving from other brands to Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks because they’re affordable and Built Ford Tough in America,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Our segment-exclusive gasoline engine is appealing to fleet managers who recognize not every duty cycle requires the torque of a diesel engine, and who prefer the cost and maintenance advantages of gasoline power.

“The success of our new truck design is apparent from our growing sales and the fact it was named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine in 2016 and 2017,” adds Koester. “For 2018, we’re enhancing this successful platform based on customer feedback.”

Electronic stability control and traction control brakes are now standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

For applications with high electrical demands – such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work trucks – a high-output 240-amp alternator is now available with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.

Ford offers an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on 2018 diesel trucks to give the operator more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.

To limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, an available bumper extension moves the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses.

It’s easier to check the oil and transmission fluid levels on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks thanks to relocated dipsticks that can be accessed from ground level. The transmission fluid dipstick has also been moved to provide ground-level access on gasoline models. The gasoline engine’s oil dipstick was already accessible from the ground.

Powertrains purpose-built for Ford trucks

Ford is the only manufacturer to design and build its own medium-duty diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel has a B10 engine design life of more than 500,000 miles***, and is backed by an unsurpassed standard five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty. For additional braking assistance, an exhaust brake comes standard with every diesel engine.

Ford’s segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine provides 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque for less than the cost of a diesel engine. It can be factory-prepped for conversion to compressed natural gas or liquid propane.

Both engines come with the Ford-built TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. An available live-drive power takeoff provision features an output gear linked directly to the diesel engine crankshaft for 300 lb.-ft. of stationary torque and 200 lb.-ft. of mobile torque. For the gasoline powertrain, the optional power takeoff’s stationary and mobile mode deliver 250 lb.-ft. and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively.

The transmission’s SelectShift® feature has two driver-initiated modes – progressive range select, which limits the range of gears to lock out overdrive for consistent speed over hills, and full manual mode, which provides control up and down the gearbox. Selectable tow/haul mode compensates for grade and load to reduce gear hunting and improve power delivery. Engine braking and selective gearing improve control on downhill grades and help minimize brake wear.

Like all Ford trucks, Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 vehicles are supported by the company’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Program dealers nationwide are committed to providing fleet and commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need to maximize productivity and uptime.

Ordering for 2018 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks begins this summer, with vehicles available at dealers this fall.

*Electronic stability control and traction control brakes will initially be optional on certain F-750 air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

**Based on IHS Markit TIP registrations for gross vehicle weight Class 6-7 vehicles with sales over 1,000 units for calendar year-to-date December 2016 versus calendar year-to-date December 2015.

***B10 design life based on 330-horsepower output version and Ford engine dynamometer testing.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 202,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Harbor WorkMaster Truck Body ...Working for Your Protection.


The WorkMaster secures the tools of your trade unlike any other enclosed service body. Constructed with steel, built like a vault, the “walk-in” WorkMaster is designed for heavier-duty cutaway vans…and we have been known to mount them on a chassis or two. The WorkMaster is constructed in different lengths and heights to meet your every tool, material storage, and interior height (up to 6’3″) requirement. Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Standard Features:

  • Tightest security system in town, featuring double-bit keys and a Master Lock internal locking system
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • Rear side access door for storage of conduit or other long (10-ft.) materials
  • 12" step bumper and side-wall grab handles for ease of entrance into the bed
  • Interior ladder storage on hooks mounted along inside shelf
  • Weights up to 300 lbs. lighter than competing brands using FRP
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Half a Century of Cutting Edge Engineering...Creates the Harbor ComboMaster


Nearly half a century of cutting edge engineering coupled with our obsession to create the perfect contractor body resulted in this design. You told us you want more space. So we created the ComboMaster series which boasts more work and storage space than any comparable contractor body in its class.

Standard Features:
  • 36-inch Rear platform with fold-down 10-inch and two 33"Lx 10"H x 19"D under-deck storage compartments.
  • Overcab rack legs attach to the back of the horizontal compartment, giving extra work room on the platform, yet able to store a 15-ft. ladder with ease.
  • Stainless Steel self-opening pop-top lids w/ body length compartment bins & 4" dividers
  • Push Button locking system with red band locking indicator
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • 8" deep recessed bumper for sure footing when entering bed
  • Adjustable, but lockable, shelving system
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Want a super-mega version? Ask about our Maxi Combo.

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FORD F-150, F-250 SUPER DUTY, TRANSIT, TRANSIT CONNECT, TAURUS WIN VINCENTRIC BEST FLEET VALUE IN AMERICA AWARDS

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 25, 2017 – Seven Ford Motor Company cars, trucks and vans have won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017. The awards recognize vehicles that provide fleet customers with lowest total cost of ownership.

Ford’s 2017 winners are proven performers that have taken home awards in prior years:
  • Ford Taurus SE: Seven-time large sedan winner
  • Ford F-150 XL: Five-time full-size half-ton pickup winner
  • Ford F-250 Super Duty XL: Two-time full-size three-quarter-ton pickup winner
  • Ford Transit Connect XLT: Five-time small commercial passenger van winner
  • Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof van: Three-time full-size half-ton passenger van winner
  • Two Lincoln models, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and Lincoln MKX Premiere, also earned awards.
Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas – depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership/10,000 miles annually to 60 months/40,000 miles annually.

Learn more, including the specific trim levels of the award-winning vehicles, at www.vincentric.com

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 202,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Product Updates // Knapheide


We released both new products and improvements to current products at this year's Work Truck Show. Watch to learn more.

Friday, May 12, 2017

National Fleet Products Lineup At NTEA Work Truck Show


Jacob Peterson and Wim Knell shows off a unique crane loading system for cargo van bodies. Rather than a small crane that swings in and out, this is a much more stable solution due to the linear travel and the strength of the system. In addition, it can be stowed to the side to all human traffic or tall and large item storage.

They also show off a WM Ramp that has a swivel feature to move out of the way and they have one that is on the interior and another model for the exterior. One model handles up to 3,300 lbs. and yet is extremely easy to use. One of the best features is the longer ramp to make it easy to move large items in and out of the van.

Jacob also shows off their polyethylene truck fenders, a superior cargo door locking system, and a line of power springs to help stabilize heavier loads.

See more about the National Ford Truck Club and Ford Pros at http://www.nationalfordtruckclub.com

See all the products offered by National Fleet Products at http://nationalfleetproducts.com/

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CargoGlide CG1000



The CargoGlide CG1000 for Pickups, Vans and SUV's makes storage and retrieval much easier!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Innovations at the 2017 Work Truck Show


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Boss Snowplows at the Ford Truck Booth

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BOSS products made an appearance in the Ford booth at the Work Truck Show . The BOSS EXT, introduced in 2016 was proudly displayed on a truck in the impressive Ford booth. To learn more about the EXT click here.

Thank you to all BOSS fans, interested customers, dealers, distributors, and vendors who stopped to visit the BOSS booth! We enjoy sharing our excitement for the 2017-2018 season with you. We are already counting down the days until winter 2017-2018!

Find more at: www.bossplow.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boss Snowplows at the 2017 Work Truck Show

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More than 500 companies traveled to Indianapolis for North America's largest work truck event--The Work Truck Show 2017 hosted by NTEA. From March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center 11,799 visitors descended on the show to view the latest equipment, products and technology companies have to offer in the truck equipment sphere. 
BOSS Snowplow attended, highlighting new products for the 2017-2018 season. Here is a look at the BOSS booth!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

PERFECTLY HITCHED: FORD F-SERIES TRUCKS TO TOW 'HENRY' AND 'CLARA' ON PETITE RETREATS' TINY HOUSE CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP


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  • Ford F-Series trucks will tow ‘Tiny Houses’ – named in honor of Henry Ford and his wife Clara – on a summer-long road trip across America; just revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show
  • “Henry,” featuring 181 square feet and weighing more than 9,000 pounds, and “Clara,” with 252 square feet and weighing more than 12,000 pounds, will be pulled by the all-new 2017 F-150 and F-250 Super Duty respectively
  • Thousand Trails presents the launch of Petite Retreats, where people can research and book a range of unique vacation rentals, including tiny houses, cozy cabins, yurts and more, putting a twist on the typical vacation

DEARBORN, Mich., April 18, 2017 – Ford F-Series trucks are the vehicles of choice to tow the latest tiny houses to join the Petite Retreats unique accommodations. Called “Henry” and “Clara” – in honor of the founder of Ford Motor Company and his wife – these Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certified houses just debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The debut kicks off a summer-long road trip with a 2017 Ford F-150 and all-new 2017 F-250 Super Duty, set to tow Henry and Clara across America.

“We are honored Petite Retreats selected F-Series to tow these cutting-edge tiny houses,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “With Super Duty’s best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 32,500 pounds of towing, plus F-150 with its segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission mated to an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that helps deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated gas fuel efficiency, F-Series trucks own towing.”

For even more F-Series towing innovation, class-leading features like Trailer Reverse Guidance and an exclusive 360-degree camera system with trailer view, can make hauling even a house easy. Moreover,  F-150’s available class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes the challenge of backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

Henry and Clara may be small, but they can easily exceed 9,000 pounds and 12,000 pounds, respectively. Henry features 181 square feet of space, while Clara packs it all into just 252 square feet. Sporting a number of innovative features and amenities, Henry and Clara are the latest Petite Retreats house rentals.

Henry and Clara are on display at the New York International Auto Show, April 14-23. The cross-country road trip begins the following week, stopping first in Boston and Philadelphia, with additional locations to be determined.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.


ABOUT PETITE RETREATS
Petite Retreats is presented by Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds, featuring more than 180 locations across North America. Encore & Thousand Trails and their affiliates offer RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort-style amenities and Petite Retreats unique accommodations of tiny houses, cabins, yurts, tents, or teepees. For more information on the tour across America check www.petiteretreats.com or join the conversation at #tinyhouseroadtrip.

Friday, April 28, 2017

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors UNDERHOOD Demo


Demonstration of VMAC's VR70 and VR140 UNDERHOOD air compressors. Learn More: http://vmacair.com/product/underhood-...

VMAC is a world-leader in the development of truck mounted mobile air compressor solutions used for service trucks, public works, utilities and highway/heavy construction. 

VMAC engineers and manufactures 70cfm and 150cfm UNDERHOOD Air Compressor Systems, 40cfm and 60cfm PREDATAIR hydraulic driven Air Compressor Systems and THROTTLE COMMANDER 3-speed engine throttle controls. UNDERHOOD and PREDATAIR Air Compressors feature high-powered rotary screw air-on-demand technology. Both systems are ideal for use on work trucks in applications such as mining, construction, tire-service, fire-apparatus and municipal operations. THROTTLE COMMANDER throttle controls are easy to install idle up speed controllers activated with a 12-volt signal. Designed for electronic engines, these load sensing throttle controls will follow a preset programmed rpm setting. 

VMACs success comes from working with customers to determine what their air compressor needs are and then surpassing those needs with unparalleled product quality, innovation and customer service. By regularly introducing new and innovative products to the market, VMAC ensures it remains the leader in truck mounted mobile air compressor technology. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recap: Knapheide at the Work Truck Show 2017


This year's NTEA Work Truck Show was held March 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN. Learn more about the exciting new products and updates we announced.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jason's Story: Part 2


After Jason was announced as our Win-A-Truck Sweepstakes winner, he went to work right away spec'ing out his new work truck, a Knapheide 696 Flip Top Service Body. Watch as his body is upfitted and delivered at Dealers Truck Equipment in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2018 Ford F-150, Expedition Special Service Vehicles Help Police, Government, Fleet Customers Go Further

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  • 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle is tougher, smarter and more capable than ever – with choice of 5.0-liter V8 FFV or 3.5-liter EcoBoost®, and standard Auto Start-Stop, in either XL SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration – to tackle rigorous customer demands
  • 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle powered by 3.5-liter EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop offers generous space and advanced new technology to keep customers connected under the most challenging conditions
  • Both SSV packages provide the space and extensive utility to meet the specialized needs of law enforcement, government and fleet customers

DEARBORN, Mich., April 6, 2017 – They might be the only new vehicles sold in the United States with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats and 10-speed column-mounted shifters – just the way their customers want them. For its law enforcement, government and fleet customers, Ford is unveiling its new 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle designed to meet their very specific needs.

The 2018 F-150 SSV is even tougher, smarter and more capable, with a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150, ever.

The all-new 2018 Expedition SSV is the smartest, most capable, adaptable Expedition ever – providing fleets with generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their specialized applications.

Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles.

Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat aids in quick cleanup, while easy-to-clean vinyl flooring replaces carpeting.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Whether equipped with the V8 or high-torque EcoBoost, power is not a problem for customers choosing either of these Special Service Vehicles.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Odyne Chassis Walk Around


The majority of Utilimaster service vehicles have options that use the vehicle’s fuel source to provide power to auxiliary equipment, but this unique Odyne chassis utilizes two batteries to supply auxiliary power to equipment at the job site without drawing fuel from the vehicle.

Visit Utilimaster online at www.utilimaster.com.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Day in the Life - Aaron and his New Knapheide Aluminum Gooseneck Body


When we set out to build something, we build it right. With Knapheide's new Aluminum PGNB Gooseneck Body, you'll be able to carry out your day-to-day tasks without any worries. Watch how Aaron Ball, Farm Manager, utilizes his Knapheide AL-PGNB on the job.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quiet Diesel Commercial Mobile Generator Product Line



Sometimes it can be hard to see the difference between Genuine Cummins parts and non-genuine parts, but it’s the little details that make a difference. Non-genuine parts may fit a Cummins engine – but they aren’t built or remanufactured using the same procedures or materials, to Cummins exact specifications. This video takes a look at some of the critical differences in quality and performance between Genuine Cummins parts versus non-genuine parts. To learn more about Genuine Cummins parts, visit http://cumminsgenuineparts.com or contact your Cummins dealer or distributor.

Monday, April 10, 2017

VMAC Hydraulic Driven Air Compressors


VMAC’s Hydraulic Driven air compressor is the best choice for customers looking for a compact, powerful and lightweight hydraulic deck-mount air compressor that can operate in any climate.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Westport Fuel Systems. We think ahead.

At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. And we do that every day. We are inventors, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of advanced clean-burning fuel systems and components that can change the way the world moves. Our technologies deliver the performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. We serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation and industrial application brands.

Powerful trends in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction regulations have created a compelling opportunity for gaseous-fuel product solutions powered by natural gas, propane, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen. With our strategic partners, we are turning our business plan into reality. We share a common objective: to create clean transportation solutions that meet existing and future emissions regulations and targets for GHG reduction.

Our recent merger has brought together two market leaders that have been delivering innovative alternative fuel products for more than 50 years. Our proprietary technologies deliver the performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. And our vast intellectual property portfolio gives us a competitive advantage to think ahead and drive innovation.

Find more at: http://wfsinc.com/


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How To Operate GripLock Ladder Rack | Adrian Steel


Adrian Steel's GripLock Ladder Rack - How To Operate - Instructions on how to use the GripLock ladder rack from Adrian Steel.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Innovations at the Work Truck Show 2017


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cult of Disruption Innovation: On-the-Go H2O


Clean drinking water is not readily available in emerging markets and arid locations, especially for travelers. This innovation is a convenient way to have water available to you while driving, without the need to bring it with you. It works by collecting water created from the AC condenser, pumping it through a filter for purification and then dispensing it into a cup located in the center console.