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March 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Proposed CSA Rule Could Be Game Changer for Fleets

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By Kathy Close, JJ Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that is a game changer if it becomes final.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, J.J. Keller, HOS, BASIC

March 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Vocational Spotlight: Service, Delivery Fleets

U.S. AutoForce operates a fleet of more than 390 vehicles, including medium-duty trucks. (PHOTO: U.S. AutoForce)

By Lauren Fletcher

With a wide variety of fleet sizes and make up, service and delivery vocational fleets must find ways to reduce expenses and handle challenges in unique ways.

Tags: Delivery Fleets, Service Fleets, Amigos Logistics, U.S. AutoForce, Rollins Inc., Vocational Trucks

March 2016, Work Truck - Cover Story

Challenges & Solutions for Spec'ing Vans & Trucks

The Time Warner Cable fleet supports the needs of the second-largest telecommunications company in the U.S. (PHOTO: Time Warner Cable)

By Lauren Fletcher

Vehicle spec’ing is a major component of fleet management, and the ability to successfully handle challenges can help make the job a little bit easier for those who manage vans and trucks.

Tags: Safelite AutoGlass, Vehicle Spec'ing, Time Warner Cable

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

By Chris Wolski

Today's trucks feature almost as much capability in the cab as they do under the hood. Some OEMs are leveraging mobile technology to make fleets more efficient.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Productivity, Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Isuzu

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Roof-Mounted vs. Interior Ladder Racks

Photo courtesy of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.

By Shelley Ernst

When it comes to hauling ladders, which is the better way – carrying them inside or on top of a van? There are pros and cons for each method.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Ladder Racks

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

USPS Ram Vans Add Capability, Durability

Ram Commercial will produce and customize 9,113 MY-2016 ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for USPS. Photo courtesy of USPS.

By Kat Sandoval

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will update its vehicle fleet with the acquisition of 9,113 Ram ProMaster cargo vans. The vans will provide the capability and durability the postal fleet needs.

Tags: Vehicle Purchase, USPS, Ram ProMaster, 2016-MY, Delivery Fleets

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Alliance AutoGas Mobilizes Vehicle Conversion Program

A Ford F-150 truck (pictured above) will be converted by Alliance AutoGas to run on propane autogas at the NTEA Work Truck Show, on March 3.

By Kat Sandoval

Alliance AutoGas is making two big moves to show how propane autogas can fit into sustainability initiatives for truck fleets.

Tags: Ford F-150, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, propane autogas conversion

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Diesel or Gasoline: Making the Right Decision

By Lauren Fletcher

Gasoline- and diesel-powered trucks of all class sizes have their advantages and disadvantages in fleet operations. A combination of both could be the better option. How do you make the right decision for your fleet?

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Vehicle Spec'ing, Fuel Choices

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

LT- vs. P-Metric Replacement Tires for Trucks, SUVs

Michelin North America Inc. has launched the next member of the Premier family, the Premier LTX. (PHOTO: MICHELIN NORTH AMERCA)

By Mike Mavrigan

Tire-sizing systems used on OE light-truck tires include Euro-Metric, P-Metric, and LT-Metric. Many 1/4- and 1/2-ton vehicles use Euro-Metric and P-Metric tires, while 3/4- and 1-ton vehicles use LT-Metric sizes.

Tags: Truck Tires, Tire Pressure, Tire Load

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

The Role of NGVs in Climate Strategy

By Rob Minton

Producing fewer harmful emissions, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are set to play a role with electric and fuel-cell vehicles to meet ambitious climate change goals.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Climate Change

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

McKenna Meets the Downtime Problem Head On

For its service truck fleet, one of the models utilized by McKenna General Engineering Inc. is the Dominator II mechanics truck. (PHOTO: IMT)

By Lauren Fletcher

Downtime equals lost revenue, and this is especially the case in the construction fleet industry. When a McKenna truck or piece of equipment goes down, the mechanic truck comes to the rescue.

Tags: Upfitting, Service Bodies, Construction Fleets, Iowa Mold Tooling, IMT Dominator II, Mechanics Truck

February 2016, Work Truck - Cover Story

Top Construction Fleet Challenges

A fleet manager will do well by his or her crew to communicate and get understanding of exactly what they will be hauling to a job site. (PHOTO: Hino Trucks)

By Lauren Fletcher

With more sophisticated applications than one may guess, construction fleet managers have a unique set of challenges to work with, from differing payload and cargo-carrying requirements to regulations and more.

Tags: Spec'ing, fleet challenges, Construction Industry, Construction Fleets

January 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Ensuring Proper Trailer and Tanker Tire Pressure

By Lauren Fletcher

With fuel costs and tire expenses the top two operating costs for fleet managers, a few simple tips and reminders can save money, improve vehicle handling, and reduce driver fatigue.

Tags: Tire Pressure, Oil Fleets, Gas Fleets, Tankers, Trailers

January 2016, Work Truck - Feature

How to Become a Pro at Upfitting

Fleet application will dictate upfit specs, but other management mandates, such as corporate fuel efficiency and cost-cutting, will also influence upfit considerations.

By Mike Antich

As fleet needs shift, the industry’s upfit volume has grown proportionally to the increase in truck and van new-order volume. Many times, fleet managers without prior upfitting experience find themselves tasked to spec an upfit.

Tags: Upfitting, How-to Guides, LED Lighting, Lightweighting, Downsizing

January 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Impact of Regulatory Issues on Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

The subcategories NHTSA and the EPA created for the vocational vehicle segment facilitate the breakdown of proposed fuel consumption standards beginning in model-year 2021. (SOURCE: CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS)

By Chris Wolski & Kat Sandoval

With the start of the New Year already behind us, truck fleets are facing the possibility of even more regulations. The new rules are designed to make truck fleet operations more efficient and safer.

Tags: Regulations, Medium-Duty Trucks, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

January 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Managing an Accident's Impact on Your Truck Fleet

When trucks are out of service due to an accident, make sure to expedite the process and get the best price by using in-network shops, approving bids in a timely manner, and making sure the vehicle is out of service for as short a time as possible.

By Luann Dunkerley

A single fatality accident can cost a fleet as much as $7.2 million. There are concrete steps fleet managers can take to prevent crashes, minimize the costs of those that do occur, and recover some funds. The key is following best practices.

Tags: Accident Management, Salvage Vehicles, Loss Prevention

January 2016, Work Truck - Cover Story

2016 Isuzu NPR Diesel Steps it Up a Class

The 2016 Isuzu NPR Diesel features a standard 33.5-inch chassis width, which allows for upfitting of standard bodies. (Photo: ICTA)

By Lauren Fletcher

The new low-cab forward diesel truck was built specifically for fleets looking for a Class 3 truck with Class 4 capabilities.

Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, Class 3, Class 4

December 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: 1920 International Model H

This 1920 International Model H is featured in the book International Harvester Trucks: The Complete Story by Patrick Foster. Photo: Patrick Foster/Motorbooks

By Chris Wolski

As this photo shows, work trucks in the early part of the 20th century emphasized functionality over comfort, leaving drivers such as the one shown here literally out in the cold.

Tags: Fleet History, International Trucks, Historical Vehicles

December 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: 1916 International Model MA with Curtain Side Body

This 1916 International Model MA is featured in the book International Harvester Trucks: The Complete Story by Patrick Foster. Photo: Patrick Foster/Motorbooks

By Chris Wolski

The International brand stretches back more than a century and from its earliest days was a part of the fabric of American workaday life.

Tags: Fleet History, International Trucks, Historical Vehicles

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Class 3-6 Truck Forecast: Operating Costs Stable

Medium-Duty Trucks, such as the Ford F-650 Chassis Cab, continue to have stable operating costs. (PHOTO: FORD)

By Mike Antich

Although the largest operating cost continues to be fuel, the No. 1 challenge facing medium-duty truck fleets is cost containment. There is always pressure to reduce costs, but management is exerting even more pressure than in recent years.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Forecast

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

Upfits, such as the aluminum service body by Reading Truck Body pictured, impact overall order-to-delivery times. (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

By Mike Antich

Strong demand from retail and fleet customers helped fuel truck and van sales in 2015. While good news for OEMs, this increased production volume resulted in order-to-delivery (OTD) delays. Experts offer suggestions on how to improve OTD.

Tags: Upfitting, Order-to-Delivery, OTD

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Provides Duramax Appeal

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

By Kat Sandoval

The updated 2016 Chevrolet Colorado comes with a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and the fleet-exclusive Work Truck trim allows fleet managers to look outside of the heavy-duty truck segment. The Colorado Duramax Diesel carves its path in the mid-size truck market.

Tags: Chevrolet Colorado, Diesel Trucks, Chevrolet, Mid-Size Pickups

November 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Brings Class 4 Cabover to Fleets

The Hino Model 155 Class 4 COE truck will be offered in several body types and five body lengths. (PHOTO: Hino Trucks)

By Lauren Fletcher

Introduced earlier in 2015, the 155 model Class 4 truck is a perfect fit for light delivery, as well as such vocational segments as landscaping fleets.

Tags: Hino, Landscaping Fleets, Cabovers, Model 155

September 2015, Work Truck - Feature

2016-MY Class 1-7 Work Trucks Go High Tech

By Chris Wolski

In addition to advanced materials and components, OEMs are making the next generation of trucks more connected than ever before.

Tags: 2016-MY, Toyota, Peterbilt, Nissan, Navistar, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Isuzu, Hino, Freightliner, General Motors, Ram Truck, Ford, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2015, Work Truck - Feature

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

Carefully review specification quotes. Advise your engineer and upfit supplier of required items during the initial request to ensure they’re included.

By Mike Antich

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

Tags: Upfitting, Spec'ing, Fleet Management Companies

September 2015, Work Truck - Feature

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

By Mike Antich

A “dream team” of 18 fleet truck experts was assembled to discuss ways to optimize the upfitting process. In part 1 of our two-part series, these subject-matter experts reveal how to avoid common upfitting mistakes. It all starts with proper planning.

Tags: Upfitting, Fleet Management Companies, Vehicle Ordering, Communication

September 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Ford’s 2016-MY Medium-Duty Immersion Program a Success

PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.

By Staff

Ford Motor Co. held a ride-and-drive event to give fleet managers, dealers, and upfitters a total immersion into the all-new F-650/F-750 trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750

September 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Mercedes-Benz Launches 2016 Metris Mid-Size Van

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Mike Antich

Available as a cargo or passenger van, the new 2016-MY mid-size van will be focused on vocational and fleet markets. It will be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 7-speed automatic transmission.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Passenger Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris

July 2015, Work Truck - Feature

How to Choose the Right Toolbox

When evaluating toolboxes, review usage needs and vehicle specifications.(PHOTO: Adrian Steel)

By Adrian Steel

Organization is a key to success in many trade fleets. Before picking the first toolbox you see, understand the options and types available on the market today.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Toolboxes

July 2015, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH Now Retrofitting Ford Medium-Duty Trucks

ROUSH CleanTech can retrofit propane-autogas medium-duty vehicles, including the Ford F-450 (pictured).

By Adam Pringle

ROUSH CleanTech has been certified to convert customers’ existing Ford medium-duty vehicles with the 6.8L V-10 engine to run on propane autogas in all 50 states.

Tags: ROUSH, Propane Autogas, Retrofitting

July 2015, Work Truck - Feature

'Tree Doctors' Rely on DuraStar Trucks

Companywide, Bartlett’s fleet includes more than 600 International trucks, mostly DuraStar 4300s. (PHOTO: Navistar)

By Rod O'Connor

Tree specialists in Pittsburgh rely on their DuraStar work truck fleet to fill their every need.

Tags: DuraStar, International Rentals, Bucket Trucks, DuraStar 4300

July 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Box truck versions of the F-650/F-750 are among the vocational upfits available for fleets. Photo: Ford Motor Company

By Chris Wolski

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Dump Trucks

May 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1950s Tel-E-lect International Truck

A circa 1950s Tel-E-Lect International truck with auger transfer bracket. Photo: Terex.

By Chris Wolski

Digger derricks are used today for numerous tasks related to utility line construction. This circa 1950s Tel-E-lect International Truck is an early example of these versatile fleet tools.

Tags: Terex, Fleet History, Digger Derricks, Historical Vehicles

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Increased use of auxiliary power units (APUs) (above) to power auxiliary equipment, spec’ing auxiliary equipment for weight reduction, and improved packaging have helped significantly improve fuel economy and environmental sustainability. (PHOTO: Fontaine Modification)

By Mike Antich

Key trends in auxiliary equipment specifications focus on driver productivity and idle reduction using telematics, safety enhancements with crash avoidance sensors, and maximizing space using multi-function equipment.

Tags: Cargo Management, Vehicle Spec'ing, Auxiliary Equipment

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Colorado Box Delete Offers Fleet Multiple Options

PHOTO: General Motors

By Chris Wolski

With the box-delete and seat-delete options, fleets will have the flexibility to customize the mid-size pickup to meet fleet needs.

Tags: Chevrolet, Colorado, General Motors, Box Delete, Seat Delete

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Class 4-7 Truck Resale Trends Holding Steady

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By Black Book

Increased buying opportunities and a favorable economic climate are limiting price growth, and the supply of quality used trucks is expected to increase.

Tags: Black Book, Class 7, Class 4, Truck Resale, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Improves Safety for Hawaiian Utility

(L-R) Kelvin Kohatsu, Hawaii Electric Light fleet administrator; Joshua Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light apprentice service lineman; and Clyde Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light senior service lineman stand on and next to a Kenworth T300 bucket truck. (PHOTO: Zonar)

By Gregory Van Tighem

Hawaii Electric Light Co. relies on its telematics platform to keep employees safe and help reduce operating costs.

Tags: Hawaii, Zonar, Utility Fleets

May 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ram Chassis Cab: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

PHOTO: RAM TRUCKS

By Chris Wolski

For the second time in five years, the Ram Chassis Cab has been honored as Work Truck’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Ram credits the win to the truck’s reliability and capability.

Tags: Ram Truck, Chassis Cab, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Ram 4500

April 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Finding Replacement Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks

(Clockwise from top l.) Goodyear's G661, G731, G949, and G933

By Paul Clinton

Fleet managers opting for new replacement tires instead of retreads for their medium-duty trucks must tailor the tire to not only the specific gross vehicle weight, but also to the application and specific conditions in which the vehicle will operate.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Retreads, Toyo Tires, Goodyear, Michelin

March 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

What to Look For When Spec’ing a Bucket Truck

When procuring more bucket trucks, a good resource can be your linemen. Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities.

By Kelsey Nolan

Doing your research and creating a timeline are important for the purchase of new or replacement bucket trucks. However, that’s only the beginning when it comes to necessary specs.

Tags: Spec'ing, Equipment, Terex, Bucket Trucks, Specialty, Boom Lift, Aerial Devices

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

State of the Trucking Industry: Mostly Smooth

By Adam Pringle

The trucking industry continues to enjoy very strong revenue and employment growth, although a number of challenges remain, according to a GE Capital, Transportation Finance survey of middle-market trucking companies.

Tags: GE Capital Transportation Finance

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

How to Make Fleet Trucks More Productive

When spec’ing a truck avoid the temptation to plan to operate it at 100 percent or more all the time. As the above example shows, this will lead to excess wear and tear.(Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

By Sean Lyden

The meaning of maximized productivity differs from fleet to fleet, but the means to maximizing vehicle function can be found using a straightforward approach of measuring, spec’ing, and considering the human factor.

Tags: Productivity, driver safety, Spec'ing, Utilization, duty cycle, Fleet Productivity

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

NPL Construction Company Focuses on Idle Reduction

Through idle-reduction, NPL Construction saved more than $180,000 in fuel costs in six months. (PHOTO: NPL Construction)

By Staff

Through a focus on reducing the fleet’s idling, the pipeline construction company has reduced its CO2 footprint by more than 690,000 pounds in just six months.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Construction Fleets, NPL Construction

March 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1950s Milk Trucks

Photo: James Brotz

By Chris Wolski

If there's ever been a quintessential work truck in the history of commercial vehicles, it's probably the milk truck. As these trucks from the 1950s show, the milk truck was also a relatively sophisticated vehicle for its time.

Tags: Fleet History, Historical Vehicles, Delivery Trucks

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone

Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three vehicles into bloodmobiles and sent them to West Africa to combat the Ebola virus. (PHOTO: MATTHEWS SPECIALTY VEHICLES)

By Adam Pringle

To help combat the Ebola virus, Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three of its units into bloodmobiles and sent them to the West African nations of Guinea, Nigeria, and Liberia.

Tags: Specialty Vehicles, Ebola Outbreak, Matthews Specialty Vehicles

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Finding More Miles in Today's Fuels

Clark County, Wash.’s fleet of Ford F-550 models (similar to above) improved routing for fuel gains. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

By Chris Wolski

Even with falling gasoline prices, fleets need to monitor and measure fuel use by drivers. Many of the techniques to increase mileage and, consequently, productivity are tried and true, but there are still new ideas to explore.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Clark County, ThyssenKrupp

February 2015, Work Truck - Editorial

What Being a Green Fleet Means Today

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Sherb Brown

In changing and expanding Green Fleet Conference to the Fleet Technology Expo, group publisher of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet Sherb Brown, explains how the concept of being “green” has evolved since launching the event about 8 years ago.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fleet Technology Expo

February 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Keeping Fleet Vehicles on Road During Graphics Installations

Photo: JMR Graphics

By Staff

Many fleets worry about losing revenue when they remove their vehicles from the road. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize losses when installing graphics.

Tags: Vehicle Graphics, JMR Graphics

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Arrives for Medium-Duty Trucks

The Celerity system is built on low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology. Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

By Adam Pringle

Hydrogenics' new product, Celerity, a hydrogen fuel cell power system built for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets, is an all-inclusive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogenics, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Westport Offers CNG Transit Demos

Photo courtesy of Westport.

By Chris Wolski

Westport is giving fleets the opportunity to test compressed natural gas Ford Transit vans before they make an investment. The program has rolled been rolled out nationwide.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Westport, Full-Size Vans, Vehicle Modifiers



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