Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Five-Star Rating places the Pac-Mac KB Series in a class of its own!



Our engineering teams can work directly with our customers to provide superior customer service and develop in-depth understanding of your needs.

Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Northern NV Regional Snow Workshop

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Webasto Air Top 2000 ST Heater Animation


The Webasto Air Top 2000 ST is the perfect solution for keeping comfortable in your cab, reduce vehicle idling, and save money.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Demos with Drones: Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ | F-150 | Ford


Sure, you can back up in a straight line, but let’s see how the Ford F-150 fares with a winding course, using only available Pro Trailer Backup Assist.™*

*Optional features shown. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Get Ready For Future Trucks That Trouble-shoot Themselves

In the future, equipment is expected to troubleshoot itself 
without human intervention.

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Thanks to advances in technology, as well as an increasing emphasis on operations efficiency and wise resource use, the role of equipment fleet managers across all industries has changed quite a bit in recent years.

Expect even more changes in the future, says Jim Schug, a principal and engagement manager for FMI Corporation.

Schug, who is also a certified equipment manager and the program lead for the Certification Institute, cites “adapting to technology, innovation, and the new workforce” as three big changes that have occurred in fleet management over the last few years. All fleet management professionals — no matter their industry or the type of equipment managed — need to prepare themselves for more changes on the horizon, he says.

“All vehicles are adapting across the industry,” says Schug, who participated in a panel discussion at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas this March on the future of equipment management.

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“We likely are not far from vehicles that troubleshoot themselves, remote sensors that predict what to repair based on the data they collect, and an overall expectation of zero unplanned downtime.” Jim Schug, principal and engagement manager, FMI Corporation

“We likely are not far from vehicles that troubleshoot themselves, remote sensors that predict what to repair based on the data they collect, and an overall expectation of zero unplanned downtime,” says Schug, whose company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices in Denver, Tampa, Phoenix and Houston. “In the future, trucks will be connected and serve as a tracking center; and they will likely evolve out of needing field repairs and emergency calls.”

Need to adapt to changes
Given this move toward automation and advanced technology, fleet equipment — including service trucks —will become much more sophisticated and provide “near perfect information” on how they operate, he predicts. Therefore, he says, companies will only remain competitive in the future if they can do the following: have the best, most “fit” equipment to perform the job; eliminate equipment downtime; and demonstrate the ability to sustain ongoing operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And much of this will rest on the shoulders of fleet management leadership and their ability to adapt to industry changes, Schug argues.

“This future is a big shift from where we are today and puts more pressure on the equipment manager to lead what happens in the field, so the intensity and importance of the role increases,” says Schug, who has a bachelor of science degree in quantitative economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master of science in engineering management from the University of Missouri. “If equipment managers are not already sitting at the leadership table today they should be … and I certainly believe they will be in five years.”

Whether playing catch-up or preparing for more changes, fleet managers should take proactive steps to better position themselves (and their companies) for what lies ahead, he says.

“Learn how to collect data and enter it into an efficient system that helps inform when making difficult decisions,” says Schug, who acknowledges many people already use maintenance management systems in their decision-making.

However, he advises fleet managers to think beyond simply collecting and entering data. On that note, he emphasizes how the gathering, harvesting and analyzing of data by fleet managers can help their CEOs make good decisions.

Recognize data’s value
“You need to recognize how valuable that data is to your lifecycle costs and current operations. Equipment data will drive operations in the future,” says Schug, whose company provides management consulting and investment banking services to various industries including construction and engineering.

Given the importance of data in fleet management, Schug says it is critical for fleet managers to “stay engaged” and “plugged-in” when it comes to industry associations and vendors. By doing so, fleet managers can keep abreast of new technologies, products and/or practices, all of which can benefit their overall fleet management efforts.

“You do not want your firm to fall behind the innovation curve. At the same time, we are seeing strategy evolve from a ‘gut feel’ to a more data-driven approach,” Schug says.

According to Schug, though, a data-driven strategy in fleet management is more of a “shared understanding” developed and refined through the experiences of employees serving customers in the field.

“CEOs seldom innovate effectively,” Schug says. “The field and front-line management is the source of all great innovations; and they will be what leads our industry forward. Great firms recognize this and harness it in the development and execution of their strategy.”

Mark Yontz is a freelance writer from Urbandale, Iowa.

Source: http://www.servicetruckmagazine.com/get-ready-for-future-trucks-that-trouble-shoot-themselves/


Sunday, October 7, 2018

IMPROVE YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR’S PERFORMANCE THIS WINTER


Though it may feel like summer just started, the reality is that fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the rain, frost, ice, and in most cases, snow. Now is the time to start planning and ensuring that this winter your equipment is ready to work as hard as you do in the freezing temperatures.

Think back to last year’s winter season, did your air compressor let you down in any of the following ways?

• Refused to start

• Broke down frequently

• Caused a cumbersome safety hazard while parked on the side of the road

• Required maintenance to be done standing in the truck bed or on a ladder next to your truck

• Required snow and slush to be dug out from around the deck-mounted unit so it could warm up enough to run

If any of these challenges sounded familiar, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor. Here’s how a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor solves each of these issues:

RELIABILITY

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The last thing you need when working outside in the elements is difficulty starting your equipment, or an unexpected breakdown on the jobsite. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is very reliable, and proven to operate in extreme cold conditions. Manufactured in North America in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, VMAC air compressors and multipower systems meet high quality standards, and are backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty (Limited).

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance costs are greatly reduced by investing in the UNDERHOOD air compressor as high quality aluminum parts, and few moving pieces means VMAC air compressors require less maintenance and servicing than a reciprocating air compressor. A VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor also requires less maintenance than a hydraulic deck-mounted or engine driven air compressor because there is no hydraulic or engine-related components to maintain. To ensure the best performance, regular compressor maintenance is recommended by VMAC.

SAFETY

Above-deck air compressors can cause a major safety hazard in snowy and icy conditions. Operators have to climb into the back of a snow and ice-filled truck bed to dig out the air compressor to allow it to warm up enough to function. In addition, parking a tow-behind on the side of the road to conduct maintenance is challenging and dangerous, especially in bad weather. By having the UNDERHOOD air compressor stored safely under the hood, boots are kept on the ground, ensuring the safety of operators, and limiting OSHA and WCB concerns and claims.

COLD WEATHER STARTING

The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is mounted directly on your truck’s engine, which warms up the compressor on the way to the jobsite, and keeps it warm and protected from the elements, even when temperatures drop well below freezing.

Working outside in harsh winter conditions can be challenging enough, especially when temperatures drop below freezing. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor relieves common pain points that many operators suffer from each winter, from decreased productivity to unsafe working conditions. Waiting for an air compressor to warm up, climbing in the back of a slippery truck to dig out equipment, and conducting maintenance on the side of the road in dangerous driving conditions are just some of the challenges that you can take out of the equation with a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor. So when planning your investments for this winter, include an upgrade to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor, contact sales@vmacair.com.

Learn more about VMAC’s line of UNDERHOOD air compressors, ranging from 30 CFM up to 150 CFM outputs.

Friday, October 5, 2018

BEDBIN by BEDSLIDE


Take a closer look at the BEDSLIDE accessories. See how the BEDBINS work with everyday items and why they are a great addition to your BEDSLIDE.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

BOLT Receiver Lock



Featuring BOLT's Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology, the BOLT Receiver Lock works with your vehicle key! Available for Class I, II, III, IV, & V hitches!

For more information visit http://www.BOLTLock.com

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Selecting The Correct Venturo Crane

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Three Steps to Help Determine What Venturo Crane Best Fits a Given Situation:

Determine What Size of Crane is Needed based on Foot Pound Rating required.


  • Foot Pound Rating — based on Foot Pound Rating required. To find out what the foot pound rating should be —find out the weight of the max load that will be lifted & what would be the max distance that load will be moved away from the center line of the crane—Using those two numbers you can determine Foot Pound Rating by multiplying those numbers together — the resulting number would be the foot pound rating of the size of the crane needed.

  • Note: Venturo HT and ET cranes are numbered in Foot Pound Ratings—ie—ET12 is 12,000 foot pound crane / HT25 is a 25,000 foot pound crane / HT50 is 50,000 foot pound rated crane; etc.

Example 1: Max weight to be lifted is 5000 lbs. The crane has to take 5000 lbs. a distance of 10’ away from the center line of the crane. 5000 lbs. x 10 feet would be 50,000 which would mean a 50,000 foot pound rated crane is needed which would be a Venturo HT50.
Example 2: Max weight to be lifted is 1390 lbs. The crane has to take 1390 lbs. a distance of 8’ away from the center line of the crane. 1390 lbs. x 8 feet would mean a 11,120 is needed which would mean a 12,000 foot pound crane is needed, so an ET12 would work in this application.

Example 3: Max weight to be lifted is 2100 lbs. The crane has to take 2100 lbs. a distance of 11’ away from the center line of the crane. 2100 lbs. x 11 feet would mean a 23,100 foot pound rated crane is needed which would mean an ET25 or HT25 would fit this application.
Some HT & ET models have the same max lifting capacity ratings:

HT25 & ET25 — max lifting capacity of 5000 lbs. @ 5 feet from the center line of the crane.

HT30 & ET30 — max lifting capacity of 5000 lbs. @ 6 feet from the center line of the crane.

HT40 & ET36 — max lifting capacity of 6000 lbs. @ 6 feet from the center line of the crane.

What type of crane to use—a “fully hydraulic”— the Venturo HT family of cranes or an “electric-hydraulic” the Venturo ET family of cranes would be determined by the how often the crane is used and what the end user is picking up.

Friday, September 28, 2018

FMVSS 111 Explained with 2018 Updates | NTEA 2018



FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) 111 is a law coming into full effect on May 1st 2018 which requires a minimum view behind a vehicle which has a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or lower. Watch to learn all the details involved and how backup cameras can help your vehicle be compliant with this new regulation.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Enoven Truck Body offers the full lineup of Boss Snow Plows and Spreaders

 

We can upfit your existing vehicle or build out a full ready to work snow plow vehicle with spreaders and all.

Take a look at the product catalog from the Boss Brochure: http://enovenind.com/wp-content/uploads/2017truck-equipment-brochure.pdf

 Call us today for a quote.

 (916) 372-9692

Enoven Truck Body and Equipment
 2904 Duluth Street
W. Sacramento, CA 95691

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Our New Shop!



We have a new shop and manufacturing facility located in Redding, CA.
The shop address is 4680 Caterpillar Road. Redding, CA . Come check it out!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

VMAC G30 SOLVES COMMON AIR COMPRESSOR CHALLENGES

Common Air Compressor Challenges


To celebrate the recent launch of the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor, now powered by Honda, VMAC ran a G30 Giveaway Contest. (Watch the video on our Facebook page!) In this contest we asked entrants to answer three simple questions. One of these questions asked fleet managers and operators what their top challenges with their current truck-mounted air compressors are. Here are the results:

Common Air Compressor Challenges

With seven options to choose from, the top three results were size, air output and weight, accounting for almost 60% of the responses. The VMAC G30 was designed and engineered to address the concerns fleet managers and operators have with their current equipment.

SIZE

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air CompressorAir compressor size was the number one challenge our survey identified. The VMAC G30 is 50% smaller* than other competitive air compressors, measuring just 34” (l) x 21.5” (w) x 24” (h), making it small enough to fit on the side pack of a single rear wheel service body. The compact size frees up to 15 cubic feet on the truck body, and leaves more room in the back of the truck for supplies, tools, and equipment. Another bonus is that visibility is improved, as the short height of the G30 means it won’t obstruct the view in the rear window.

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AIR OUTPUT

Not only is the G30 compact, it is also powerful—50% more powerful* than other competitive air compressors. Producing 30 CFM 100% of the time, the G30 can operate at 100% duty cycle, which means you won’t have to wait for air to build, and you can work without interruption, thanks to continuous air supply. The G30 doesn’t need a large air receiver tank either, which aids in the size challenge.

WEIGHT

Weight challenges are minimized with the VMAC G30, which weighs 50% less* than other competitive air compressors. Weighing just 205 lbs (93 kg), the G30 is over 200 lbs lighter. Not only does every pound of GVW count when building a truck service body, especially because vehicle weight restrictions vary by state, but the Environmental Protection Agency reports that for every 100 lbs of weight reduction, a vehicle’s fuel economy can increase by up to 2%. This means that with 200lbs less weight, the VMAC G30 can save you up to 4% in truck fuel costs.

*Compared to competing 22 to 30 CFM reciprocating gas engine driven air compressors, with 30-gallon air receiver tank.

OPERATING IN COLD TEMPERATURES

Respondents in Canada and the Northeast and Midwestern states noted operating air compressors in cold temperatures to be particularly challenging. To ensure the air compressor can operate in extreme cold, a cold climate kit can be installed on the G30. The G30 with cold climate kit is proven to start-up at temperatures of -30°C (-22°F).**

**Due diligence and additional care may be required for prolonged operation in temperatures reaching below -15°C (5°F).

TRANSFERABILITY

The VMAC G30’s lightweight and compact design makes it easier to transfer than heavier air compressors weighing over 400 lbs. The lifting hook makes for easy installation on the service truck as well.

MAINTENANCE

The VMAC G30 is easy to maintain, with servicing recommended every 200 hours or every 6 months. The compressor is oil injected; oil forms a seal between the rotors so they don’t wear against each other. The G30 compressor doesn’t contain any gears, reed-valves, piston rings, or components that will fatigue or become fouled, which means with proper servicing and operation, the compressor should never require rebuilding. The G30 comes with a VMAC Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the reliable Honda GX390 engine comes with a 3-year warranty (limited).

OPERATING IN HOT TEMPERATURES

Operating air compressors in hot temperatures was a concern for some operators and fleet managers, predominately those located in areas like Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. The G30 is proven to operate at temperatures up to 40°C (104°F) and is protected by a compressor oil temperature switch that opens at 140°C (284°F) and shuts down and disables the engine until the oil temperature drops below 139°C (282°F).

MINIMIZE CHALLENGES WITH THE VMAC G30

Each of these seven challenges can be addressed with upgrading your air compressor to the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. Not only is it 50% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more powerful, but it is also proven to operate in the most extreme climates. It’s also easy to transfer and maintain, allowing you to spend your time on the job, not struggling with your equipment.

Learn more about the VMAC G30, or find a dealer. You can also find a VMAC Sales Rep—they’ll be happy to answer your questions, and provide you with a demo of the air compressor, so you can see the G30 in action for yourself.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tommy Gate Rear Camera Kits

Tommy Gate now has a new Rear Camera Sensor Bar Option  for Ford Superduty pickup liftgates.


The incorporation of rear camera technology in modern pickup trucks has rapidly increased over the past couple of years. According to a DOT mandate passed in 2014, all vehicles under 10,000lbs must be outfitted with the technology by May 2018.

In order to maximize liftgate versatility and compatibility with such technology, the Tommy Gate engineering team has designed a one-of-a-kind Rear Camera & Sensor Bar kit for many newer model trucks.

The application chart that lists available kits and their corresponding truck models has been updated to include some Ford Superduty models and may be viewed here.

Rear Camera Bar kits are application specific and only available for the newest pickup models. Tommy Gate will continue to release additional applications as future pickup models are released.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact your territory manager and/or customer service at 1-800-LIFTGATE.

Tommy Gate is always working to design, build, and improve upon the finest liftgates in the world.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

What Spreader is Right for the Job?

No two ice removal jobs are the same, and that is why we offer multiple options to meet your specific needs. With a variety of features to back you up in your ice control efforts, confusion may arise regarding which BOSS spreader is right for you. Below is a description of the similarities and key differences between the FORGE and VBX spreaders to assist you in your decision!


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Hopper Capacity: The VBX line offers multiple hopper capacity options to fit your needs – 1.5, 2, and 3 cubic yard capacity

Enclosed Spinner Motor: With a ¾ horsepower stainless steel spinner motor, the VBX gives you all the power you need without the maintenance of a gas-powered feed system. Also, the spinner motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure performance, durability, and reliability.

Hopper Material: The double-walled Polyethylene hopper provides a spreader that is durable, corrosion resistant, and low maintenance.

Standard Tarp: The VBX comes standard with a tarp to protect your de-icing materials from snow and moisture on the job.

LCD Screen In-Cab Controller: To make your life even easier, BOSS has equipped the VBX with an in-cab LCD display controller that allows you to manage spreader functions at the touch of a button. The LCD screen is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

LED Work Lights: BOSS knows that many ice removable jobs take place after normal hours, so LED work lights are a standard feature that illuminate the spreader at night.

Spinner Assembly: In addition to the swing-out feature on the spinner assembly – which makes for an easy removal of excess material – the VBX allows for further spinner customization. Users can easily adjust the height of the spinner to set their desired spreading range.

Additional Accessories:
Pre-Wet Ready: New VBX purchases come standard as Pre-Wet ready spreaders. Learn more about adding a Pre-Wet System to your spreader HERE.

Pro-Lid: VBX spreaders now have the option of adding a weather-sealed, poly-hard cover to protect deicing materials. Pro-Lid retrofits to existing VBX models and is available on the VBX6500, VBX8000, and VBX9000. Learn more about adding the Pro-Lid to your VBX HERE.

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Hopper Capacity: The FORGE 2.0 spreader is only available in one size – 2 cubic yard capacity with a minimum bed length required of 6’6.”

Enclosed Spinner Motor: The FORGE is equipped with a ½ horsepower drive motor. Like the VBX spinner motor, the FORGE motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure durability, performance, and reliability.

Hopper Material: Using heavy gauge stainless steel, the Forge provides a strong body that is less susceptible to damage and better prepared to take on the winter elements.
In-Cab Controller: The Forge features a high value in-cab controller that is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

Spinner Assembly: The FORGE also provides a swing out spinner assembly to allow for the emptying of old materials.

Additional Accessories
Customizable Features: BOSS allows you to customize features to fit your needs. Optional accessories include the Forge light kit, tarp, vibrator, and inverted V (pintle).

Pre-Wet Capable: The FORGE is pre-wet capable if desired. In order to add the Pre-Wet System, a Pre-Wet capable controller is required. To learn more, visit bossplow.com

Similarities
Though the VBX and FORGE 2.0 spreaders each contain unique features, BOSS has equipped both spreaders with similar features that are necessary to battle the winter elements.

Tie Down Kit: Both spreaders come standard with a tie down kit that keeps your spreader safe and secure in the bed of your truck.

Standard Top Screen: The VBX and FORGE both come standard with a top screen that prevents any large clumps of material from entering the spreader.

Dump Switch: After your ice removal job is completed, the VBX and FORGE both feature a dump switch that empties excess material effortlessly.

Inverted V Auger System: The inverted V auger system comes standard on both spreaders, and is optional on the pintle chain system. Only the auger feed system comes standard with a vibrator to assist in material movement, as the pintle feed design rarely requires this feature.

As with any purchase, taking the time to understand each product will help you select the spreader that best suits your needs. Contact your local dealer today for further questions and inquiries.
Topics: Buyer's Guide

Learn more at: http://info.bossplow.com

Friday, September 14, 2018

HOW LUBE TRUCKS INCREASE EFFICIENCY

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LUBE TRUCKS have become some of the most important tools that a construction, demolition, or mining company can invest in. These support vehicles are capable of keeping even the largest fleets of work trucks and other machines stocked with the lubricants, antifreeze, grease, and other fluids that they need for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Here are a few of the main benefits that lube trucks have to offer:

Learn more at: http://www.taylorpumpandlift.com/products/lube-trucks/



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Come Visit Our Booth Fleet Con






Monday, September 10, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Switch-N-Go™: S-Model




Switch-N-Go’s™ S-Model system is designed to work on medium duty work trucks with room for little or no overhang. Equipping your truck with a Switch-N-Go™ S-Model your truck has all the benefits of the Switch-N-Go™ system with the bonus of no frame overhang which allows for easier towing.

Available in 9’, 10’ and 11’ versions the S-Model has all of the features of the Original Switch-N-Go™ body changing system, plus the added benefit of no frame overhang.

The S-Model is designed to run with electronically powered hydraulics.  This saves you the expense of adding a power take-off and pump to your automatic transmission.  The system is offered with 12,000 or 15,000 pound pull capacity winches.  The Switch-N-Go™ system has all of the benefits of a dump body as the scissor hoist will achieve a 50-degree dump angle, which is perfect for dumping mulch, asphalt, compacted soil, and more, dumping upwards of 10 tons.  The system is designed for trucks with a GVWR of 13,000 – 26,000 lbs.

Are you a new owner of a Switch-N-Go™ system or do you have a new employee to train on how to use the Switch-N-Go™ system?  If so, check out the How to use the Switch-N-Go™ system video on YouTube.

Additionally, if you have recently purchased a Switch-N-Go™ system or do you have a new employee we recommend that you watch the following instructional videos:

 - Lubing the wire rope

 - Checking the electrical connections

 - Warn winch connections

 - Greasing your Switch-N-Go

 - Using the wire rope

 - Tighten the side rollers

 - Using the body locks


Find out more at: http://www.switchngo.com


Thursday, September 6, 2018

DECKED 101 | (Almost) Everything You Need to Know about DECKED



This is a deep dive into DECKED pickup truck and cargo van storage systems : exploring what it does for the customer, how it's constructed, its features and benefits, as well as assembly/installation best practices. While this is intended for DECKED retailers this is also a helpful guide for interested customers as well.

For more info on DECKED visit https://decked.com/

Sunday, September 2, 2018

BOSS Forge Spreaders

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  • Stainless steel hopper spreader available in both pintle and auger feed systems.
  • 1.0 and 1.5 cubic yard capacity.
  • Pre-wet compatible.
  • FORGE 1.0 available for 1/2 Ton and 3/4 Ton trucks with a minimum bed length of 5'6".
  • FORGE 1.5 available for 3/4 Ton and 1 Ton trucks with a minimum bed length of 6'6"

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Friday, August 31, 2018

VMAC G30 SOLVES COMMON AIR COMPRESSOR CHALLENGES

Common Air Compressor Challenges


To celebrate the recent launch of the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor, now powered by Honda, VMAC ran a G30 Giveaway Contest. (Watch the video on our Facebook page!) In this contest we asked entrants to answer three simple questions. One of these questions asked fleet managers and operators what their top challenges with their current truck-mounted air compressors are. Here are the results:

Common Air Compressor Challenges

With seven options to choose from, the top three results were size, air output and weight, accounting for almost 60% of the responses. The VMAC G30 was designed and engineered to address the concerns fleet managers and operators have with their current equipment.

SIZE

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air CompressorAir compressor size was the number one challenge our survey identified. The VMAC G30 is 50% smaller* than other competitive air compressors, measuring just 34” (l) x 21.5” (w) x 24” (h), making it small enough to fit on the side pack of a single rear wheel service body. The compact size frees up to 15 cubic feet on the truck body, and leaves more room in the back of the truck for supplies, tools, and equipment. Another bonus is that visibility is improved, as the short height of the G30 means it won’t obstruct the view in the rear window.

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air Compressor

AIR OUTPUT

Not only is the G30 compact, it is also powerful—50% more powerful* than other competitive air compressors. Producing 30 CFM 100% of the time, the G30 can operate at 100% duty cycle, which means you won’t have to wait for air to build, and you can work without interruption, thanks to continuous air supply. The G30 doesn’t need a large air receiver tank either, which aids in the size challenge.

WEIGHT

Weight challenges are minimized with the VMAC G30, which weighs 50% less* than other competitive air compressors. Weighing just 205 lbs (93 kg), the G30 is over 200 lbs lighter. Not only does every pound of GVW count when building a truck service body, especially because vehicle weight restrictions vary by state, but the Environmental Protection Agency reports that for every 100 lbs of weight reduction, a vehicle’s fuel economy can increase by up to 2%. This means that with 200lbs less weight, the VMAC G30 can save you up to 4% in truck fuel costs.

*Compared to competing 22 to 30 CFM reciprocating gas engine driven air compressors, with 30-gallon air receiver tank.

OPERATING IN COLD TEMPERATURES

Respondents in Canada and the Northeast and Midwestern states noted operating air compressors in cold temperatures to be particularly challenging. To ensure the air compressor can operate in extreme cold, a cold climate kit can be installed on the G30. The G30 with cold climate kit is proven to start-up at temperatures of -30°C (-22°F).**

**Due diligence and additional care may be required for prolonged operation in temperatures reaching below -15°C (5°F).

TRANSFERABILITY

The VMAC G30’s lightweight and compact design makes it easier to transfer than heavier air compressors weighing over 400 lbs. The lifting hook makes for easy installation on the service truck as well.

MAINTENANCE

The VMAC G30 is easy to maintain, with servicing recommended every 200 hours or every 6 months. The compressor is oil injected; oil forms a seal between the rotors so they don’t wear against each other. The G30 compressor doesn’t contain any gears, reed-valves, piston rings, or components that will fatigue or become fouled, which means with proper servicing and operation, the compressor should never require rebuilding. The G30 comes with a VMAC Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the reliable Honda GX390 engine comes with a 3-year warranty (limited).

OPERATING IN HOT TEMPERATURES

Operating air compressors in hot temperatures was a concern for some operators and fleet managers, predominately those located in areas like Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. The G30 is proven to operate at temperatures up to 40°C (104°F) and is protected by a compressor oil temperature switch that opens at 140°C (284°F) and shuts down and disables the engine until the oil temperature drops below 139°C (282°F).

MINIMIZE CHALLENGES WITH THE VMAC G30

Each of these seven challenges can be addressed with upgrading your air compressor to the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. Not only is it 50% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more powerful, but it is also proven to operate in the most extreme climates. It’s also easy to transfer and maintain, allowing you to spend your time on the job, not struggling with your equipment.

Learn more about the VMAC G30, or find a dealer. You can also find a VMAC Sales Rep—they’ll be happy to answer your questions, and provide you with a demo of the air compressor, so you can see the G30 in action for yourself.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BOSS INFINITY 80 - Hydraulic driven compressor

 Infinity 80

Our all new BOSS INFINITY 80 is a compact, strategically designed system. It integrates all major components on a single frame, which is enclosed in a tough, weather-resistant canopy.

The INFINITY 80's rotary screw design guarantees continuous output of up to 80 CFM at 100 PSI. With built-in access ports and a hinged canopy panel, virtually all components are accessible for maintenance and service.

THe INFINITY 80 is our most versitile hydraulic driven compressor to date. Perfect for the fleet retrofit or a new installation.

HYDRAULIC REQUIREMENTS
Delivery 45 CFM @ 175 PSIG 10.7 GPM 2900 PSIG
Delivery 60 CFM @ 175 PSIG 14.0 GPM 3000 PSIG
Delivery 65 CFM @ 150 PSIG 15.0 GPM 2750 PSIG
Delivery 80 CFM @ 100 PSIG 17.8 GPM 2300 PSIG

Learn more at:  http://bossair.com/products/hydraulic-driven-compressors/rotary-screw/item/infinity-61

Monday, August 27, 2018

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

Saturday, August 25, 2018

About the 2018 SEMA Show

 

The SEMA Show takes place October 30 - November 2, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

The 2017 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public. 

Learn more at:  https://www.semashow.com/the-sema-show


Thursday, August 23, 2018

ODYNE System Overview

Odyne has pioneered plug-in technology for medium and heavy duty truck applications. Our systems can provide the needed power for multiple chassis manufacturers and multiple weight classes.
Odyne's plug-in hybrid truck solution offers several advantages to stand-alone alternatively fueled vehicles and vehicles powered by conventional internal combustion engines: the Odyne plug-in hybrid truck can provide your company with:
 
• Lower operating costs and faster ROI through improved fuel efficiency• Lower vehicle emissions
• Lower noise level • Lower maintenance costs

Odyne Parallel Hybrid System Architecture Diagram

Odyne Parallel Hybrid System Diagram


 ODYNE SYSTEM BENEFITS:
The combined strength of Odyne with its partners and affiliates, provides our valued customers with a range of services unparalleled in our industry!


Learn more at: www.odyne.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PTO Driven Underdeck Systems Walk Around Video



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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

GoLight Product Information Video



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


Friday, August 17, 2018

TRANSFER FLOW - INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY FOR FUEL AND PROFITS!


A Transfer Flow fuel tank installed on your work truck allows you to spend less time at the fuel pump and more time on the job. Increased capacity gives you the option to shop for the best fuel prices, and save money by purchasing more fuel at one time.


With almost 35 years of engineering and manufacturing fuel tank systems, some of the biggest and best companies trust Transfer Flow for their fuel system needs. To increase the driving range on one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles, we have the manufacturing capabilities and product diversity to help you grow your business.

Increase your capacity for fuel and profits by contacting us at 800-826-5776 or visit our website at transferflow.com.

Transfer Flow – we fuel YOUR success!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

All-New 2019 Ford Ranger: BLIS With Trailer Coverage Makes Towing Easier



BLIS With Trailer Coverage uses radar housed in Ranger’s taillights to monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer. Ranger can store up to three trailer profiles, including a trailer’s length, to let the radar system know how far back to provide warnings when another vehicle is traveling next to the trailer. The 2019 Ford Ranger is the only midsize pickup that comes with this technology.

Monday, August 13, 2018

New Android-powered PeopleNet display designed for rigors of trucking

 PeopleNet PD 5

The PD.5 gives customers the option to implement a ruggedized display that enables them to comply with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate as well as leverage other applications such as navigation and in-cab scanning.

PeopleNet, a Trimble Company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, announced the debut of the PeopleNet Display.5 (PD.5), an Android-powered fixed-mount display built specifically for the rigors of the commercial trucking industry.

“The introduction of the PeopleNet Display.5 provides customers with additional choices and flexibility when selecting an in-cab display,” said Bryan Coyne, general manager, North America for Trimble’s Transportation Mobility Division, which includes PeopleNet. “The PD.5, much like our Android-based tablets, lays the foundation for the next-generation of fleet mobility and helps our customers transform their drivers’ experience.”

The PD.5 gives customers the option to implement a ruggedized display that enables them to comply with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate as well as leverage other applications such as navigation and in-cab scanning. Through PeopleNet’s Managed Mobility service, fleets can also manage both business and third-party apps running on the display and provide drivers with remote assistance during support cases and troubleshooting other mobile applications.

By harnessing the Android platform, PeopleNet says the PD.5 allows customers to future-proof their investment and maximize productivity and visibility throughout their fleet. The PD.5 has the flexibility to pair with multiple in-vehicle gateways for a fully customizable solution that leverages 4G LTE connectivity to increase driver and fleet performance.

“As we continue our migration to Android, the PD.5 can run both proprietary solutions alongside third-party apps, giving a fleet the ability to customize the driver experience to optimize productivity,” said Coyne. “Android software also unifies all of our latest devices, so a fleet can run any combination of fixed-mounted displays, handhelds and consumer-grade devices to meet their business-specific needs.”

The PeopleNet Display.5 is available now and will be showcased at the 2018 in.sight user conference + expo in Houston from September 9-12.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Highway Products | Warehouse Walkthrough


Highway Products, Inc. was founded in 1980 and we have been fabricating aluminum ever since. We back all of our products with a Lifetime Warranty.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Air N Arc® I-300 ALL-IN-ONE Power System® by Vanair



welder | generator | air compressor | battery booster | battery charger | hydraulic pump


Vanair's inclusive, innovative, indispensible Air N Arc® I-300 is the first system in the world to offer six forms of power in a single 48" unit. Based on the technology of the Air N Arc® 300 diesel system, it provides an integrated 40 cfm rotary screw compressor, 7kW AC generator, 300 amp welder, battery booster and battery charger, with the newly added power of a 10.5 gpm hydraulic pump...all driven by a single engine. Designed to provide full functionality with the truck engine off, mechanics can remain productive in all areas of their workday. The Air N Arc® I-300 offers enough power to run a crane and the technology to integrate with the crane control.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Pickup Pack™ by Highway Products

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The HPI Pickup Pack™ features an durable aluminum body that can be easily installed on your pickup truck in a few hours. Our standard Pickup Pack™ base model includes two lockable low-side boxes that run the length of the bed and a flat or domed center hatch. When closed, the hatch locks the tailgate, making the bed area secure and weather resistant, just like a service body, tonneau cover or truck canopy would. There's still an 8"-10" space beneath the tool boxes for sheets of plywood or other cargo. The Pickup Pack™ has tons of additional options so you can really make your work truck as efficient as possible. Some of those options include our headache racks, Gullwing Tool Box, Truckslide, Ladder Rack and more!

Need more box storage? Check out our Pickup Pack™ Pro model.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Detroit Auto Show Trades Winter for Summer

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The North American International Auto Show is moving, although not from its physical location in downtown Detroit. Rather, it's moving down the calendar by five months.

While the 2019 NAIAS — also known as the Detroit auto show — will happen in January, the 2020 show will forgo winter and set up shop in and around the Cobo Center in June.

The move will allow one of the country's premiere auto shows to highlight Detroit's downtown assets and present an auto show that resembles an indoor/outdoor festival and dream car cruise. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the show organizer, said opportunities for consumer engagement will be endless. Exhibitors will be able to give media members and showgoers the opportunity to actually drive new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers in newly designed interactive vehicle displays. Ride and drives, autonomous/automated driving, off-road challenges and more are all on the table.

The 2019 show and schedule will be similar to years past, with Jan. 14-15 being press preview days and the public show running Jan 19-27. The show will then take 17 months off to prepare for the all-new 2020 show. The Detroit auto show has seen a declining number of automakers participating due to timing, cost and audience turnout. Time will tell whether this reinvention will attract the big auto debuts that once were a hallmark of the show before it had to compete with the November Los Angeles Auto Show and the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Read more from the source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/detroit-auto-show-trades-winter-for-summer.html#more


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

DECKED Customer Gallery

 

See how DECKED’ers use and customize their truck bed with the DECKED storage system. Upload a photo or video of how YOU ended the junk show in the back of your vehicle, and we’ll feature it on our website and possibly on Instagram!

See how more customers use their DECKED Systems: SEE GALLERY

Monday, July 30, 2018

Volvo Trucks - Emergency braking at its best!



Watch a test and explanation of the system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH4F7J...

 On a test track in the new Volvo FH, together with test drivers you get to experience how the Collision Warning with Emergency Brake system can avoid a rear end collision, even if its tight! The tractor trailer is fully loaded to 40 tons GCW.

Read more: http://www.volvotrucks.com/trucks/glo...

 Animation of the system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBT3tB...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Safety and Comfort Inside the M2 106



Safety and comfort start in the driver's seat. Check out some of the features that make the M2 106 one-of-a-kind in work truck interiors from our booth at The Work Truck Show.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Master Mechanic™ HD Crane Bodies

 

The Master Mechanic™ Series crane bodies are built for up to a 3,200 lb. crane.

The design is the result of over 40 years of custom body building experience coupled with valuable input from the end-user community and our loyal customer base. They include more standard features and benefits than our competitors standard production bodies — Feature Superior + Price Competitive = best overall VALUE available.


Designed and manufactured to withstand the harshest environments and most demanding field applications while providing the user with the highest quality, most user friendly, versatile, functional, and safe body available.

Learn more at: http://enovenind.com/products-2/mechanics/master-mechanic/hd-crane-bodies/

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Test drive: Severe duty International HV delivers driver comfort

 

Severe duty and driver comfort aren’t two things that usually go hand-in-hand, but the inspired refinement of International’s HV Series lineup brings fit-and-finish to an unfamiliar place: the worksite work horse.

Featuring the same imposing hood and grille, the HV appears to be little more than a gussied up WorkStar – and for good reason. The Lisle, Ill., truckmaker used feedback from more than 100 vocational customers to shape the cab design features. With aerodynamic efficiencies well down the wish list, interior and safety upgrades got most of the attention.

The weather on my test drive – a warm, clear summer day in New Carlisle, Ind. – couldn’t have been more picturesque and the visibility through the glass could hardly have been more panoramic.

Following cues from International’s RH, LT and MV trucks, window sills were lowered and redesigned doors remove the vent window. The improved seals minimize air leaks and wind noise. Pedestal mirrors have been pulled forward, and a low-rake windshield improves visibility. A door-mounted airfoil helps keeps rain water off the side window.

An optional high-visibility hood is available on set-back axle models not equipped with front power take off, adding about 6-inches of downward slope to the grille and a line-of-sight improvement of about 7-feet to the ground. With an inside wheel cut of up to 50 degrees, the added visibility makes navigating tight turns and crowded streets easier and safer.

A new premium instrument cluster – the same unit featured prominently in the LT, RH and LoneStar – sits center of the driver, complete with driver information display. On upper trim levels you can get a larger screen that allows the driver to customize virtual gauges, pulling analog dial-based data off the dash panel and putting it in the driver’s field of view.

The gear selector for the standard Allison 6-speed automatic has been moved to a stalk on the steering column and features an integrated engine brake. The wing panel has been redesigned to increase knee room and an AC vent has been added for center seat riders.

You’ll want to spec a flat panel if you’re part of the three-person crew. The wing takes up some of what would be the center-rider’s legroom but if you’re a two-man group, the controls on the wing are easier for the driver to reach and that extra vent pumps out chilly air from the upgraded HVAC system on those hot construction jobs.

The dash panel has space for up to 30 customizable switches ensuring functionality for any type of body upfit. The switches, which were made larger so drivers can use them more easily while wearing gloves, also feature large easy-to-read text and are back lit for easier night viewing.
The fuse panel has been integrated in the top of the dash, another nod to the LT and RH.

The HV Series uses International’s Diamond Logic electrical system for the automation of tasks and interlocks to help protect both equipment and crew and ease the process of body upfitting. The Diamond Logic electrical system offers nearly 200 factory-available body integration and driver efficiency features, plus the ability to customize more vehicle functions.

In a dump configuration, for example, a fleet can software limit the truck’s top speed while the bed is extended. That allows drivers to spread sand or gravel but prevents them from hitting the highway before lowering the bed.




Under the truck you’ll find a Super Single half-inch thick fame rail rated up to 3.35M RBM and an integral – not bolt on – 20- and 27-inch frame extension that adds rigidity. For serious off-road applications, 20,000 lb. off-set bowl front drive axle allows for a lower ride height than a traditional center bowl and cross member anchored tow loops prevent frame twisting.

Unlike its beefier brother the HX Series, all-wheel-drive is available on the HV for service applications like crane and boom operators. Configurations range from 4×2 to 8×6 and BBCs of either 107- or 113-inch and set-forward or set-back front axles are available. A clean Cab-to-Axle configuration is also available. The HV comes standard with International’s A26 engine with a Cummins B6.7 or L9 engine available as options.

My test unit was outfitted with the A26. The 475 horsepower and 1,750 lb.-ft. of torque power plant was more than enough to force a truck that grossed just south of 44,000 pounds over a mixture of off- and on-highway conditions.

HV comes standard with air disc brakes, which come in handy with 5 tons of sand pushing you down steep grades. Severe service has been one of the most ardent supporters of drum brakes but the extra stopping power, coupled with ease of maintenance, makes a strong argument in this segment.

With the HV, International is targeting lighter-duty vocational applications that don’t need the brawn of an HX and want some of the comfort and finesse that comes from the company’s on-highway lineup.

Source: https://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/test-drive-international-hv/



Friday, July 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Reducing Idling – Benefits and Outcomes

"Anything that we can do that takes the amount of fuel that you burn at idle out of the control of the person behind the wheel is what we're looking for." – Dakota County Minnesota Fleet Manager



When Kevin Schlangen, Fleet Manager of Dakota County Minnesota, sought out to source a solution to improve fuel economy for his 380- vehicle fleet, he desired an automated option. After implementing a solution provided by Derive, Schlangen’s vehicles experienced 6-15% improvement in fuel use. Translated into fuel cost and taking fuel price fluctuation into account, the Dakota County fleet would expect to save anywhere from $25-$70 per vehicle per month. A substantial amount when multiplied across their entire fleet.

With fuel costs being an unpredictable expense, seeking out ways to reduce fuel costs is more and more common of fleet managers today. Though some managers are following in Kevin’s footsteps and relying on fleet vehicle technologies to reduce idling, others are implementing anti-idling programs aimed to educate and incentivize drivers into idling more efficiently. Knowing that the amount of vehicles on U.S. roads has continuously increased over the past years and is currently near 268 million, reducing idling is growing in importance for more reasons than one.

Improve the Bottom Line

Whether it be a small, medium or enterprise sized fleet, fuel costs can impact the bottom line considering their unpredictability and that fuel is a major part of fleet operating spend. In a recent fuel use chart provided by Minute Man Trucks, every hour of idling wastes nearly one gallon of fuel. When a fleet vehicle is in-between stops or paused in traffic, fuel is being wasted which directly relates to fleet fuel costs and wasted spend. For example: With a fleet of 100 vehicles, a daily idling of one hour a day per vehicle can result in nearly $9K in fuel cost losses a month assuming fuel costs are around $3 per gallon. While idling cannot be fully eliminated, there is no denying that reducing it can significantly benefit operating costs.

To Improve the Vehicle Health

Idling not only impacts fuel costs which are part of operational spend, idling can also impact the lifetime of the vehicle. Wear and tear on a vehicle engine can lead to engine performance issues. Over activation of the vehicle engine can result in increased vehicle maintenance and thus, increased operating costs. Aside from fuel costs, vehicle oil changes and fuel check-ups can all increase as a result of excessive idling. None of which positively impacts the overall lifecycle of the vehicle and provides even more reason to tackle the idling issue before it adds to expenses.

To Avoid Costly Idling Fines

Costs associated with fleet fuel are one reason to reduce idling. Costs associated with idling fines are another. Idling in some scenarios is required. For instance, when a law enforcement vehicle needs to power on-board equipment via power take-off (PTO). Or when weather related scenarios make it difficult to start driving immediately before warming up. No matter how normal or seemingly harmless such scenarios seem, many states nationwide are cracking down on permitting idling when it doesn’t seem to be needed.

According to the E.P.A 31 states and Washington, D.C. have put in place regulations that prohibit vehicle idling. Variances between on length of idling time permitted, weather related exceptions and fines per penalty are all dependent on state. These fines can set fleets back in cost quite a bit but can be avoided with the right fleet vehicle technology.

For the Health of Our Climate

The health of the population is not the only health that is of concern when it comes to emissions. Vehicle idling is a known contributor to climate change. When looking at sources of greenhouse gas emissions within the U.S., transportation is a large piece of the pie chart. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2016 greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for around 28.5 percent of the total of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This percentage was the largest contributor in comparison to agriculture, industry, electricity and commercial and residential contributors.

Knowing that fleet trucks consume more fuel per mile and are typically driven more than most other vehicles, reducing fleet vehicle idling can make a significant impact in our efforts to offset climate change driven by greenhouse gas emissions.
Solutions to Reduce Idling

With driver training and coaching reducing idling can be achieved and benefits can be experienced. In addition to manager-led driver training, fleet technology exists today that can help reduce idling automatically and without driver intervention. Utilizing fleet telematics solutions can assist fleets in identifying where idling reduction can occur within operations. Solutions, such as Derive go beyond telematics insights to proactively reduce idling. Being able to set manager defined idle shut-off parameters can enable fleets to experience benefits sooner rather than later. When combined with driver education, the potential for improved operations and ability to reduce costs associated with idling becomes even more attainable.

Sometimes unavoidable, vehicle idling is a costly and environmentally harmful act that needs more attention from all. Though some modern vehicles now offer engine shut-off functionality, service vehicles built for utility and vehicles built before such technology existed hold the biggest opportunity to reduce idling. Fleet managers responsible for vehicle operations of any size should look into technologies that reduce idling as effortlessly as possible. The results could be a savings to the bottom line much like Kevin Schlangen, of Dakota County, Minnesota or even greater, a healthier climate and safer air quality. More than enough reason to take action.
About Contributor

Derive is an automotive technology company that empowers fleet managers to optimize their fleet’s performance beyond traditional telematics and driver training. Derive’s solution customizes fleets to be more fuel efficient, safer, and sustainable by using software that upgrades vehicle operating systems. With over 2 million software installations, Derive has transformed fleet performance from one-size-fits-all to mission-specific.

Source: https://www.worktruckonline.com/305671/reducing-idling-benefits-and-outcomes

Saturday, July 14, 2018

VMAC RAPTAIR-G30 Gas Drive Air Compressor at work



Get all the power you need in this small air compressor. No air tank required. The G30 gas drive air compressor with 30 CFM rotary screw air power.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Enoven Industries - Where Flatbeds are Not Just Flatbeds!


  • 100% fabricated and installed in house, all bodies are built for heavy duty use
  • Your choice of smooth (10ga, 3/16”) or diamond plate steel or 7/8” and 1-1/8” Apitong hardwood decks.
  • Custom builds are our specialty, we can sides to make your flat a rack syle or landscaper body


  • Rugby and Omaha Standard Subframe style and truck frame mounted conversion hoists
  • Fully hydraulic or electric over hydraulic hoists
  • Hoists for bodies 8’ long up to 24’ long
See More at: http://enovenind.com/products-2/flatbeds/