Sunday, June 30, 2019

Weigh Safe Drop Hitch Product Video


The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch is the one and only trailer hitch with a built-in scale that signals you to adjust your load before you hit the road, resulting in a much safer and enjoyable towing experience. Before this ball mount, gauging your trailer’s tongue weight was a hassle. You had to rely on inefficient bathroom scales, make a trip to the weigh station, or purchase a separate tongue weight scale. But with the Weigh Safe’s built-in scale, measuring your tongue weight is as easy as coupling your trailer to your ball mount. Simply hook-up your trailer to the Weigh Safe ball mount just as you would any other ball mount. The weight of your trailer will push down on the hitch ball, which in turn pushes down on an internal hydraulic piston that sits on a bed of oil. When the piston drops into the oil, the pressure reading is sent out to the scale.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

COMING SOON - A New Way to Load and Unload Your Pickup - PowerLoader by MasterHaul



Coming in 2020
PowerLoader Loads and Unloads the Truck Automatically! 

Masterhaul is a new company with some new ideas of how to make far better use of a pickup truck or typical service body. The product offerings include the ability to make use of a wide range of optional modules that allow maximum use of a pickup truck bed or service body. Here are some of the features and how they can benefit your business.

The PowerLoader eliminates the need for additional resources required by existing truck mounted lift gate products.

  • No need for workers to transfer heavy cargo from a liftgate into the truck bed.
  • No need to purchase utility trailers to tow products that don’t fit on a liftgate, e.g. large power equipment, construction materials, pallets and many more.
  • Enhanced Productivity– a quicker job site process equates to more jobs being completed per day, and more revenue being generated per week, per month, per year! A great ROI
  •  Mobility – ability to take/deliver resources to work place without having to transfer and / or utilize another form of transport. Offload the truck in seconds when empty truck is needed 
  •  Enhanced Safety – No human requirements for lifting or moving loads into the bed 
  • Double + the load size capability – Load platform is same size as truck bed, NOT the tailgate
  •  Optional and Unique Dump feature – Not offered by others
  •  Optional conveyor belt feature – Automatically drops the load off at destination
  •  Quick and easy to install - No drilling required
  •  Switch & utilize for multiple trucks - Unlike Liftgates that are a permanent fixture once installed
  •  Safer Weight Distribution v Liftgate: The PowerLoader allows easy positioning of the cargo forward in the cargo area. Cargo loaded by liftgates must be re-handled to move it forward. Improper cargo location may reduce steering and braking performance and increase rear axle system fatigue.
  •  Remote Control– For all operational systems
  •  Reduced Injuries caused by getting in and out of the truck bed
  • ·         Slipping off the Liftgate
  • ·         Injury by Falling Cargo
  • ·         Being injured by Liftgate Mechanism

Please give us your thoughts on our product line, email us at info@masterhaul.com.

Learn more at:  www.masterhaul.com




Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 F-Series Super Duty

2019 F-350 XLT

America’s truck leader again brings heavy-duty truck customers the most capable heavy-duty pickup – the 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty. Its high-strength steel frame, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, powerful 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel, plus TorqShift® 6-speed transmission all carry over. Lariat Sport gets a new Appearance Package with premium painted 20-inch aluminum wheels. An available FordPass™ Connect embedded 4G LTE modem is added for greater connectivity, while an available 1,000-watt, 10-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system treats customers to top-shelf sound. In keeping with consumer trends, CD players are no longer available.

New colors: Agate Black, Silver Spruce


STANDARD FEATURES
  • 4-/7-pin trailer tow connector
  • Built Ford Tough® trailer hitch receiver
  • Engine – 6.2L 2-valve V8 FFV (F-250, F-350)
  • Engine – 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel (B20-capable) (Limited, F-450)
  • Fail-Safe Engine Cooling System (gas engine)
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • (XL DRW, XLT, LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • MyKey®
  • Pickup box lamps
  • Rear view camera
  • Stationary elevated idle control (SEIC)2
  • SYNC® (XLT)
  • SYNC 3 (LARIAT and above)
  • Transmission – TorqShift® Heavy-Duty 6-speed SelectShift® automatic (Diesel)

STANDARD SAFETY & SECURITY
  • AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™)
  • Airbags – Driver and right-front-passenger front
  • Airbags – Front-seat side
  • Airbags – Safety Canopy® System with roll-fold side-curtain airbags
  • Brakes – 4-wheel vented disc with Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch (Regular Cab and SuperCab)
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Trailer sway control

AVAILABLE FEATURES
  • 5th-wheel and gooseneck hitch kits
  • 110V/400W power outlet
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • Adaptive Steering (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage
  • BoxLink™ with 4 premium locking cleats
  • Dual alternators (diesel engine)
  • Electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF)
  • 4-Wheel-Drive System with manual locking hubs
  • Engine – 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel (F-250, F-350)
  • Engine block heater
  • FordPass™ Connect
  • Hill start assist
  • LED box lighting
  • LED roof clearance lights
  • LED headlights and taillights (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • LED sideview mirror spotlights
  • Medium-duty battery (gas engines only)
  • Mirrors – PowerScope® trailer tow
  • Operator Commanded Regeneration (with diesel engine)
  • Power Deployable running boards (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • Premium Vinyl floors (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • Rear CHMSL camera
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • SYNC 3 with voice-activated navigation
  • Stowable loading ramps
  • Telematics Modem

AVAILABLE FEATURES
  • Tough Bed® spray-in bedliner
  • Trailer brake controller with Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Transfer case and fuel tank skid plates (4x4)
  • Transmission – TorqShift® Heavy-Duty 6-speed SelectShift® automatic (F-250 gas)
  • Transmission – Mobile and stationary mode power takeoff (PTO) provision
  • Twin panel panoramic moonroof (LARIAT, KING RANCH, PLATINUM, LIMITED)
  • Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System
  • Upfitter switches (6)

AVAILABLE PACKAGES
  • 5th-wheel/Gooseneck Trailer Tow Prep Package
  • 6.2L CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package
  • 9,900-lb. GVWR Package (F-250)
  • 10,000-lb. GVWR Package (F-350 SRW)
  • 11,400-lb. GVWR Package (F-350 SRW)
  • 13,000-lb. GVWR Package
  • Camper Package
  • F-250 High-Capacity Trailer Tow Package
  • FX4 Off-Road Package
  • Heavy-Service Front Suspension Package
  • Heavy-Service Package for Pickup Box Delete (F-250, F-350 SRW)
  • Lariat Sport Package
  • Pickup Box Delete
  • Power Equipment Group (XL)
  • Rear View Camera and Prep Kit
  • Snow Plow Prep Package
  • STX Appearance Package
  • Tow Technology Package
  • XL Value Package
  • XLT Premium Package
  • XLT Value Package

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tongue Weight Safety Demonstration


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

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Properly Load a Trailer - CURT


This short video will teach you how to properly load a trailer. The most important thing to consider is how the weight of your cargo is distributed onto your trailer. The ideal distribution is to have 60% of the weight in front of the trailer axle, and 40% behind. Its also very important to make sure your cargo is secured properly. Always practice safe towing.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

DECKED Field Ready | Painter



DECKED makes your pickup truck more efficient and versatile with its sliding toolbox storage system allowing you to load your truck bed with materials and supplies while keeping your tools secure, dry and organized in drawers underneath. Work more efficiently with your tools and hardware rolling out at waist height reducing trips in and out of vehicles and increased storage organizer benefits. Transitioning from the lumberyard to jobsite and back has never been easier or more efficient.

 www.decked.com

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rack-it Modular Truck Rack For Camper Shell or Truck Cap

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Gary shows off a fully assembled modular truck rack designed to allow a camper shell or truck cap to be installed on the truck. http://www,rackitinc.com

Friday, June 14, 2019

Maximize Safety On Your Next Upfit - by Knapheide

 Maximize Safety On Your Next Upfit

Safety is everywhere on jobsites.  Regulations are put in place by government agencies to minimize the risk of injuries, equipment has a laundry list of safety features, and laborers protect themselves with safety glasses, ear plugs, hard hats, steel toed boots, high visibility clothing, among many other things.  Work vehicles have safety features that Henry Ford couldn’t have imagined in his wildest dreams.  Seat belts, air bags, back up cameras, lane and blind spot sensors, bluetooth, traction control, autonomous braking, adaptive headlights, parking assist, tire pressure monitors, the list goes on and on, all designed to keep the driver and occupants of the vehicle safe.

So why in 2013 were there over three million injuries on the jobsite, of which over half required missed work?*  The current median age in the United States is 37 years old, by 2050 experts predict it will increase to 41 years of age.**  An aging workforce is a great concern as it relates to jobsite safety and injury prevention.  Baby boomer laborers that for decades put in hard work are now paying the price with their knees, hips, back, and many other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  Not all work injuries are related to the aging workforce, however for many businesses our aging workforce is a determining factor when purchasing equipment and vehicles.

‘Ergonomics’, a word not historically heard in the commercial vehicle industry, has been a hot topic for several years now.  Business owners understand an aging workforce is highly susceptible to those revenue-losing injuries that require time off.  In order to combat the jobsite injuries, many have turned their attention to the commercial vehicle they drive and the equipment they use, but many times end up either overlooking the body or downplaying its importance.  The back of the commercial vehicle (cargo area or body) is commonly called the “business end” in the industry for a reason, much of the work day is spent there.  Accessing tools and parts, utilizing vehicle mounted equipment, climbing in and out or on and off, goes on all day, every day.  Climbing in and out of a truck body alone can wreak havoc on knees and backs if spec’d improperly, especially if a worker has been performing these repetitive movements for decades.

Review the Knapheide accessories and options at  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2016/07/maximize-safety-on-your-next-upfit?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture&utm_content=tof-4&elqTrackId=6e189d1618364636bb9ec8b76fae69d5&elq=7d3a6b49687f4380b09cacc98845767b&elqaid=1069&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=518

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ford Service Advice: Do I Need an Oil Change? | Service Advice | Ford


This helpful video will explain why it’s important to keep up with regular oil changes to help ensure your vehicle lasts a long time.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

6 AWESOME FEATURES OF THE D60 DIESEL DRIVEN AIR COMPRESSOR

 d60 diesel air compressor
It’s hard not to love diesel. It’s powerful, efficient, and easy to access—and that’s exactly why we released the D60 diesel driven air compressor back in 2011. To this day, the D60 continues to be a highly sought-after air compressor in a variety of mobile industries.
Let’s talk about 6 of the features that are responsible for the D60’s ongoing success…

6. GET 60 CFM, 100% OF THE TIME

The D60 utilizes rotary screw technology so no time is wasted waiting for air! Rotary screw air compressors are powerful enough to provide compressed air without an air receiver tank. As soon as you turn your D60 on, it’s ready to deliver 60 CFM of continuous air, 100% of the time.
Operators with the D60 can get their work done faster and drastically improve productivity.

5. REDUCE GVW WITH LIGHTER, MORE EFFICIENT PARTS

VMAC’s D60 is over 250 pounds lighter than comparable diesel air compressors, without making any compromises on air flow or pressure. That’s because VMAC engineers and manufactures air compressors in-house, utilizing custom parts, lighter metals, and highly efficient designs to reduce weight.
Put that weight to use elsewhere or enjoy better fuel economy—your call!

4. ENJOY INTELLIGENT CONTROLS WITH AUTO-IDLING

One of the coolest features of the D60 is its intelligent digital control system, which automatically turns off the air compressor engine when air isn’t needed, then turns it back on when it is. Auto-stopping allows operators to reduce idling, minimize operating hours, and lower noise levels—without doing a thing! Just do your thing and take advantage of these sweet perks.
The control system also has a remote mounted digital display box that can share helpful messages including:
  • Automated service reminders
  • Data logging of error codes
  • Low fuel level warning
  • Battery monitoring
  • Hour meter
With so much intelligence packed into a tiny box, the control system is a huge advantage to operators.
To learn more about the D60’s control box, check out “The VMAC Diesel Driven Air Compressor’s Helpful Control Box Features & Functions!

3. PREFERRED KUBOTA DIESEL ENGINE

The D60 diesel air compressor utilizes a small yet mighty Kubota engine, which is the industry’s preferred diesel engine due to its hardy, reliable nature and condensed size. Each D60 engine is backed with a 2-year Kubota warranty and supported by Kubota’s global support network.
Kubota started designing engines in 1922, with oil engines made for agro-industrial purposes. In 1969, Kubota brought their first tractor to the United States and the company quickly became known for their spark and ignite diesel engines in the decades that followed. Today, Kubota is the leading manufacturer of powerful diesel engines.

2. WORK IN EXTREMELY COLD AND HOT CLIMATES

Nothing is worse than losing time on a job site from an air compressor that can’t handle tough temperatures. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen with the D60.
VMAC’s standard D60 diesel air compressor has built in cold and hot climate protection, which keeps the air compressor running in the most extreme climates.
If the air compressor system gets too hot, it will automatically protect itself with an over temperature shut down. Though rarely needed, this feature allows the system to protect itself in extreme temperatures, ensuring it continues to work after it cools down.
The D60 also has features to protect itself in extremely cold environments. The engine and compressor will automatically restart if temperatures fall below 23°F (-5°C) and will wait until temperatures are above 41°F (5°C) before loading and going into a running state.
The optional cold climate kit extends the D60’s frigid weather capability further, warming the engine in weather conditions as cold as -40°F (-40°C). Operators can heat their air compressor on the way to a job site and be ready to work when they arrive.
If you want an air compressor that will hold up in tough climates, check out the D60 air compressor.

1. SAVE SPACE WITH THE D60’S COMPACT DESIGN

The D60 was intentionally designed to be smaller than other diesel air compressors, measuring in at 34.5” x 18” x 28”. This small design takes up less cubic space in your work vehicle, which frees up space for more tools, storage compartments, or equipment. Take advantage of the D60’s small size!
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

HOW TO CALCULATE A WORK TRUCK'S PAYLOAD

How To Calculate Payload
With several technical terms and acronyms used when calculating a vehicle’s payload, it can get quite confusing. Get it wrong and risk being overloaded which can cause expensive citations, accelerated maintenance costs and safety issues. To make it easy, we break down each piece of calculating the payload of your work truck below and give some additional tips to consider.

First, let’s start with defining the technical terms.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - The maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the chassis manufacturer. Essentially, how much the vehicle can carry with everything including chassis, body, fluids, fuel, passengers and cargo. Trailers are not included in this rating.
    Chassis manufacturers always will publish this weight. It can be found on the sticker placed within the front drive side door frame or on the chassis manufacturer’s website.
  • Curb Weight - The total weight of a vehicle with all operating consumables including oil, coolant, refrigerant and fuel. Include the weight of a truck body if applicable in the curb weight. This number will not include the weight of passengers and cargo within the vehicle.
    This number will come from the chassis manufacturer as well and can be found on their website. If your work truck has a body, be sure to include the body weight (including the bumper, mounting kit and shelves if applicable) within the curb weight as well. Body weights should be located on the body manufacturer’s website.
  • Payload- The difference between Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Curb Weight. Simply put, it is the amount of weight left that your vehicle can carry in passengers and cargo.

The equation to calculate your work truck’s payload is:

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR) - CURB WEIGHT = PAYLOAD


Let’s run a quick example. Let’s say your truck’s GVWR is 10,000 lbs and your curb weight is 7,100 lbs. What is your payload?
Answer:10,000 lbs (GVWR) - 7,100 lbs (Curb Weight) = 2,900 lbs Payload
This may sound like a lot of payload but keep in mind a few things. Your payload doesn’t include passengers, at the very least your vehicle will have one passenger (the driver) and use up 150 lbs (or more) of payload. If you have multiple passengers, account for those as well. Don’t forget your tools, parts and materials you will carry on your truck. On upfits like a service or utility body, there is ample space to store these items. Calculate the weight of these items carefully and don’t underestimate. Also, be sure to account for any items you install on the truck or body after calculating the payload. These could include a grill guard, ladder or material rack, toolbox, generator, compressor, welder, auxiliary fuel tank and more. Lastly, keep some payload on reserve! There are times when you will need to carry additional equipment, tools or materials to the job that were not included in the original payload calculation. If you leave ample payload open, this won’t become an issue.

SOURCEhttps://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2017/11/how-to-calculate-a-work-trucks-payload?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture&utm_content=tof-3&elqTrackId=86196f756fe047eaae1c88ab70a98bb8&elq=71dcca10a8a44694a8b92890d994d97d&elqaid=1068&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=518

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Digit: Future of Self-Driving Vehicle Delivery | The Future of Ford and Transportation | Ford


As the popularity of online shopping continues to grow, what does delivery service look like in the future? Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore how the company’s new robot, Digit, can help get packages to your door efficiently with the help of self-driving vehicles. Not only does Digit work collaboratively with self-driving vehicles, but it can also walk up stairs and past unexpected obstacles to get packages straight to your doorstep. Learn more about Ford Motor Company’s work with Agility here: https://ford.to/2Ehu2KH Discover more The Future of Ford and Transportation videos: https://ford.to/2JWcg31

Sunday, June 2, 2019

What’s The Deal With Underdeck Air Compressors?

 VMAC-DTM70-Air-Compressor

Underdeck air compressors is another name for PTO driven air compressors, a compressed air system that is powered by a vehicle’s transmission via a PTO. PTO air compressors are frequently nicknamed “underdeck” because of their mounting position, under the deck of a service truck.
Underdeck air compressors come in hydraulic and non-hydraulic varieties, giving operators options depending on their specific needs. Most hydraulic varieties are intended for service trucks with hydraulic cranes, tool circuits, and outriggers, while non-hydraulic underdeck air compressors work well for countless applications.

What are the advantages of underdeck air compressors?

Underdeck air compressors are an innovative solution for providing compressed air and have many benefits over traditional above-deck air compressors. The advantages of underdeck air compressors include:
  • Free up cargo space
  • Reduce GVW
  • 50 to 200 CFM
  • 100% duty cycle
  • Hydraulic option
  • Few moving parts
  • Less maintenance

Who makes underdeck air compressors?

There are three primary manufacturers of underdeck air compressors in North America:
Each manufacturer’s product is quite different, varying in design and system specifications. Anyone considering an underdeck system should carefully consider all of their options before making a purchase.

How much do underdeck air compressors cost?

The exact price of an underdeck air compressor will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the manufacturer, dealer mark-up, region, specific technology, and more. In addition, there are two different factors that determine the cost of any vehicle-integrated air compressor:
  • System price
  • Install price
It’s important to look at both the system price and the install price when comparing air compressor solutions. In some cases, the install time of an underdeck air compressor can save you money when compared to seemingly less expensive systems with longer install times.
Here are a couple of examples from VMAC’s product line of estimated install times for an experienced upfitter:

Estimated Install Hours For Vehicle-Integrated Systems


Ford 2018 6.7L Power Stroke V8 DieselRAM 2018 6.7L Cummins 24V Inline 6 Diesel
UNDERHOOD™ 7018-22 hrs18-24 hrs
Direct-Transmission Mounted 70 (“underdeck”)16-18 hrs16-18 hrs
DISCLAIMER ON INSTALL TIMES: Install times are based upon having pre-read the install manual, being an experienced installer, and having the tools, system and vehicle prepped for install. Times may vary plus/minus 4 hours of the suggested install times published in this document.
To get the most accurate pricing for an underdeck air compressor, we recommend reaching out to a trusted VMAC Dealer.

What else do I need to know?

The main thing you need to know is that underdeck air compressors are awesome!
But before buying one, there’s a little more research you should do. We’ve put together an extensive article on underdeck air compressors, “What Is A PTO Driven Air Compressor?”, which covers everything you need to know about these innovative systems:
  • Advantages
  • Compatible Vehicles
  • Direct-Mounted vs. Shaft Mounted
  • Fully Engineered Systems vs. Installation Kits
  • Transfer Case Design
  • Weight
  • And more
Check out our PTO Driven Air Compressor article to learn more about underdeck air compressors!