Thursday, February 28, 2019

EZ STAK - Your one stop shop



EZ STAK is an industry leader and manufacturer of modular interior storage systems for work trucks, service bodies, vans and trailers. We pride ourselves on delivering custom-fit and turnkey solutions, so whether you need a work-ready trailer, upfits to van interiors or just cabinets for your fleet, we’ve got you covered. And because we only use products made of high-grade aluminum or galvanized steel, they’re built to last — an average of 12 years, in fact.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ford Motor Company: Chicago Assembly Plant Announcement | Innovation | Ford


Ford Motor Company announces an investment in the Chicago Assembly Plant and plans to spend $1 billion to create and retain jobs. This assembly plant will focus on building the all-new 2020 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Ford Police Interception Utility, showcasing our commitment to American manufacturing.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Harbor 3-Piece Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, Material Rack and Conduit Box

Store and Secure your tools, materials and equipment
in your Harbor Service Body








This Harbor body includes an optional 3-piece cargo bed enclosure installed on the service body to keep those items in there out of sight and out of mind. The top opens up two thirds of the bed area when opened and glides smoothly on teflon pads. The other unique thing on this is the way the rear is finished. Most commonly, the rear would be barn doors with no tailgate and this one retained the tail gate also has modifiedthe  barn doors with a HD lock assembly to boot.

This unit has a HD material rack with a conduit box and master lock system to make life easy on the job site.

This rig has plenty of storage and security. See more from Harbor at www.htbi.net

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fleet Technical Congress ar 2019 Work Truck Show

 

Fleet Technical Congress presents strategies and processes to help fleet managers take advantage of the technology revolution and find creative solutions to enhance fleet operations.
Key topics
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Strategies to secure fuel supplies
  • Using data to design work trucks
  • Ensuring a reliable fleet power supply
  • Last-mile delivery
 Learn more at: http://www.worktruckshow.com/fleettechnicalcongress


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Harbor CraneMaster Body - West Coast Style Personalized to Meet Your Every Need...



CraneMaster bodies represent an open design that permits you to choose all the appointments to meet your every need when using 2,000-4,000 lb. cranes with capacity up to 12,000 ft.-lb. The west coast service body design is the preferred style for these cranes. Harbor has sorted out which cranes go with which bodies. Tell us what weight you are loading and what length of crane you need to get the job done (length in feet x weight in lb. = ft. lb.) and we’ll put you in the right combination. Then, we’ll help you choose from among the many options that will make this your personal design!

Find more at: www.htbi.net



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms

 Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms


Understanding the many industry acronyms and terms can be overwhelming. This quick guide can get you up to speed on some of the most important terms and meanings.

GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight
This is the total weight of the truck, including all passengers, drivers, cargo, accessories, fuel, and fluid in the engine at any point in time. It is important that this measurement does not go over the GVWR, or it can be a safety hazard.

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
This is the maximum total vehicle weight that is safe for the truck, established by the chassis manufacturer. The weight of the truck, any cargo, and passengers including the driver, as well as any fuel and fluid in the engine is included in the rating. Chassis manufacturers will most often set the GVWR lower than the combined axle ratings (the total amount of weight an individual axle can carry). This is due to the chassis manufacturer’s internal safety standards for durability, stability, and handling, as well as SAE International test protocols.

GCWR – Gross Combined Weight Rating
Everything that moves with the vehicle is included in the GCWR. The weight of the truck, any cargo, passengers including the driver, any fluid or fuel in the truck, as well as the weight of the trailer and the trailer’s cargo is included. Exceeding the GCWR can cause a safety hazard.

Payload
The cargo carrying capacity of a vehicle is the payload. It is calculated by subtracting the vehicles’ weight including passengers and the driver from the GVWR. Exceeding the Payload capacity can cause damage to your suspension, chassis, frame, tires, and many other parts of the truck.

CA – Cab to Axle
The cab-to-axle measurement is the distance from the back of the truck cab to the center of the rear axle. Clear CA or effective CA is the distance from the rear surface of any obstruction behind the cab to the center of the rear axle. If you have a tandem axle truck, then it is measured to the midpoint between the two rear axles. This measurement can help you determine the length of the body that can be mounted on the chassis.

Wheelbase
The wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear axles. When the truck has more than two axels, it is the distance between the steering axle and the center point of the driving axle group. This can affect body installation, weight distribution, and truck performance.

SRW – Single Rear Wheel
A single rear wheel refers to a chassis that has one wheel on each side of the rear axle. Single Rear wheels make for smoother driving without cargo, as well as easier driving in cities, suburbs, and highways. These trucks are more affordable to purchase outright, and have better fuel economy. A single rear wheel has less towing capability than a dual rear wheel, and less stability when towing in windy conditions.

DRW – Dual Rear Wheel
A dual rear wheel refers to a chassis that has two wheels on each side of the rear axle. This feature is a must if you are towing large payloads, or driving through rough terrain. It adds stability to your truck which increases safety for your divers and cargo. Having a dual rear wheel will allow the driver to safely get off the road in the case of a tire blowing out. Trucks with a dual rear wheel can be difficult to maneuver in cities, where parking and tight streets can be challenging. This feature can also reduce the truck’s mpg, especially in cities, and increase maintenance costs, because there are at least two extra tires to replace or rotate.

CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
The vehicle’s GVWR is one of the factors that will effect whether the diver needs a CDL. If the truck has a GVWR, and GVW of 26,000 lbs. or lower, the driver does not need a CDL.

Class A
A Class A license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more. This includes towing a trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs. which makes the vehicle and trailer rating over 26,001 lbs.

Class B
A Class B license is required to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR or 26,001 lbs. or more, and/or a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier that is towing another vehicle weighting up to 10,000 lbs.

Class C
A Class C license is required if the vehicle you intend to drive does not meet the criteria for either Class A or B and it is meant to transport either: 16 or more passengers including the driver or hazardous material.

Original Source: NTEA Truck Equipment Glossary


Blog Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/08/quick-guide-to-industry-acronyms

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

CargoGlides Extreme Test VS. Competitor



Say goodbye to the aggravation of a normal truck bed. With CargoGlide, you can stop crawling in the back of your truck or van every time you need to reach your gear. So, stop scuffing your knees and hurting your back! Install a CargoGlide in your truck or van and get your gear and materials out where you need them! Loading and unloading your tools, toys or any other materials is considerably faster, safer and easier when you have a CargoGlide.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Work Vehicle Ergonomics - Decked



DECKED drawers slide your payload of tools, gear and other supplies out right at waist height. This white paper, prepared by a third party expert, studies how toolbox solutions like DECKED are shown to save time and money.

DECKED drawers slide your payload of tools, gear and other supplies out right at waist height. This white paper, prepared by a third party expert, studies how toolbox solutions like DECKED are shown to save time and money.


Learn more at: https://decked.com/blogs/decked/ergonomic-white-paper-supports-decked

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Slide Out Bed Boxes from Buyers Products offer secure storage in the bed of your truck

 

Constructed from reinforced aluminum with an industry-leading top load weight capacity, auto locking detents and built-in gasket with rain gutter, these bed boxes can be customized using  horizontal and vertical partitions. Now available in natural, black, or white finish. 
  • Industry-leading weight capacity up to 500 lbs for drawers and 800 lbs for top load (evenly distributed)
  • Heavy duty reinforced aluminum box and drawer construction
  • Drawer automatically detents into a locked position every 8 inches for controller motion and convenience. Releases easily with push button.
  • Industry-leading customization with movable dividers to accommodate tools and hardware.
  • Locking push button with key
  • Full door gasket and rain gutter for four-sided protection against the elements.
  • Mounting hardware included along with predrilled mounting holes
  • Available in black and white powder coat finishes as well as natural aluminum (no powder coat finish)
  • Comes complete with dividers, additional divider kits also available.

    Learn more at:  https://www.buyersproducts.com/bedbox


Monday, February 4, 2019

Washington Utility Grows Hybrid Van & Truck Fleet

 Puget Sound Energy has expanded its electrified fleet with 40 XL-equipped hybrid Ford vehicles, including Transit vans.

 Puget Sound Energy has expanded its electrified fleet with 40 XL-equipped hybrid Ford vehicles, including Transit vans.
 - Photo courtesy of XL
                                                                 Photo courtesy of XL

XL, provider of connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington state’s largest energy provider serving nearly 2 million customers, has expanded its electrified fleet with 40 XL-equipped hybrid Ford vehicles, including Transit vans and F-250 trucks.

With its latest order, PSE now has 110 work trucks equipped with XL’s hybrid technology, with more anticipated being added later this year. XL’s hybrid system has been proven to improve fuel economy by an average of 25% while reducing carbon emissions by 20%, according to the company, and the utility continues to take a leadership role in helping the state of Washington meet its strong sustainability goals.

PSE is supporting these efforts through the electrification of its fleet vehicles. The hybrid vans will support natural gas first responders, and its hybrid pickup trucks will serve natural gas inspectors and related routes, covering about 6,000 square miles over 10 counties and major metropolitan areas.

These vehicles do not have a return-to-base policy, and are typically parked at drivers’ homes since they are needed for emergency response, so it’s helpful that they don’t need a charging station or other hub to deploy them, PSE reports.

“With roughly 43% of carbon emissions in Washington state coming from transportation, we are committed to accelerating the adoption of electrified vehicles,” said Colin Davidson, fleet logistics manager at PSE. “By continuing to upfit our Ford Transit vans and F-250s with XL’s hybrid technology, we will make significant progress towards achieving our goal to reduce our carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040, without worrying about infrastructure requirements or high maintenance costs.”

Source: https://www.worktruckonline.com/323652/washington-utility-grows-hybrid-van-truck-fleet



Saturday, February 2, 2019

56" High Harbor Trademaster Service Body



This Red Ford has a 56" high custom Trademaster service body with raised front compartments on both sides, two upper compartments that open upward for maximum visibility. This is also a horizontal series body where the horizontal compartment goes to the end of the body. This is perfect for longer items. This unit also has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure keeping what is inside secure and out of view.

Harbor offers standard TradeMaster with the 8' and 9' Single Rear Wheel models, along with 8', 9', 11' Dual Rear Wheel models. We also offer a 6.5' for HD short bed trucks and a 13' for longer wheelbase trucks. Since we manufacture this product, we can build bodies to specific needs, but the standardized models will be the most cost-effective generally.


To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/