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May 2013, Work Truck - Feature

What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

One upfitting error is a liftgate that has a platform too small to safely handle the load it was intended to carry.

By Sean Lyden

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

Tags: Upfitting, Best Practices

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Working with the Hand You're Dealt: 7 Ways to Seize Control of Fuel Costs

By Lauren Fletcher

With the current volatility of fuel prices, fleet managers may feel the deck has been stacked against them. Taking charge with smarter purchasing and consumption can guarantee a winning hand.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Diesel Fuel

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Spec'ing Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Among the biggest mistakes to make while spec’ing is underestimating the impact of insulation on interior dimensions and selecting the wrong type of rear door access for the application.

By Sean Lyden

Incorrectly spec’ing a refrigerated truck can be costly to both a fleet and a company’s clients. Knowing what mistakes to avoid when spec’ing can go a long way to impacting the bottom line and increasing company business.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Vehicle Spec'ing

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

How Will the 'Cliff' Aversion Drive Truck Value?

By Ricky Beggs, Black Book USA

A look back over the past decade may shed some light on what to expect from the recent fiscal crisis. Overall, Black Book anticipates a positive impact on values.

Tags: Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Vehicle Upfitting: The Step-by-Step Process

The vehicle has now completed inspection and is ready for final delivery to the end user.

By Staff

An in-depth look at the upfitting process from start to finish is shared. Each significant step of the way is captured and described.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, How-to Guides

January 2013, Work Truck - Cover Story

Reporting for Light-Duty

By Chris Wolski

Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram all updated their signature light-duty trucks for MY-2013.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ford, General Motors, Chevrolet, Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks

January 2013, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging Deeper into the Numbers

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Changing Your Company's Safety Culture

By Jennifer Stroschein, J.J. Keller & Associates

While obstacles to tackle when creating a safety culture abound, fleet managers must address issues such as recognizing the need for change and making it a top company priority.

Tags: J.J. Keller

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Planning to Green your Fleet? Look Before You Leap

A drive cycle typically measures factors such as vehicle speed, starts and stops over a given time period, idle time (incidental and extended), and engine off time. SOURCE: NTEA

By Bob Johnson, NTEA

The decision to go green requires fleets to first establish the means and objectives to be attained. Challenges include financial considerations, government mandates, and infrastructure concerns, which must be planned for in advance.

Tags: NTEA, duty cycle

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

A Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient Future for Truck and Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Use of aluminum in light vehicles is anticipated to increase 60 percent by 2025, reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety.

Tags: TBEI, Leggett & Platt, Utilimaster, Auto Truck Group, Masterack, Aluminum bodies, Aluminum, Morgan Olson

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

EOBR 101: What it Means for Your Fleet

By Jason Rudinoff, ARI

By 2014, the FMCSA must issue a final rule to mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders in commercial vehicles. Will your fleet be ready?

Tags: ARI, EOBR

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

How Will the Hours-of-Service Revisions Affect Your Fleet?

The chart above summarizes changes to the 2011 hours-of-service rule provisions. Full details are available online at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/index.htm.

By Sean Lyden

Industry experts believe the FMCSA provisions will fundamentally change the way many fleets do business. Main points of the revised ruling are highlighted.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Joy Global, HOS

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

What You Need to Know About APUs

By Sean Lyden

Evaluating auxiliary power units (APUs) before making any usage decisions can help save time and money for fleets in need of additional power.

Tags: Energy Xtreme, Fontaine Modification, APU, Thermo King

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu 'Reaches' for Angels Radio

The new fan favorite at Angels Stadium is the KLAA 830 AM Isuzu Reach. The vehicle with its eye-catching graphics supports station events.

By Lauren Fletcher

Used for promotional purposes, remote broadcasts, and mobile advertising, Angels Radio utilizes the Isuzu Reach for more than just its good looks and cargo space.

Tags: Isuzu, ICTA

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Transforming a Mobile Workforce with GPS Solutions

By implementing telematics into a fleet, companies large and small can assess the effectiveness of the work they do. Through utilizing field service management systems, Lane Valente has improved driver safety and increased workflow and customer satisfaction.

By Cheryl Knight

One North American service fleet implements a field service management GPS solution to maximize cost effectiveness, improve driver safety, and better meet client expectations.

Tags: GPS

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Ram Cargo Van Meets Vocational Fleet Applications

The all-new Ram cargo van.

By Greg Basich

Ram’s fleet-ready CV offers 1,800 lbs. of payload capacity and plenty of options.

Tags: Ram Truck, Vocational, Ram C/V

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

How to Select the Right Tires for Medium-Duty Truck Applications

By Staff

Proper tire selection takes into account specific vehicle application and vehicle weight. Find out what other factors should be considered.

Tags: ARI, Tires

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Putting Re-Refined Oil to the Test: Engine Results After 1 Million Miles

Media had a chance to watch the teardown of the two Cummins ISX diesel engines using EcoPower re-refined oil.

By Mike Antich

The first-ever, official million-mile engine test of re-refined oil in actual fleet service was completed in July after a four-year run. By

Tags: Safety-Kleen, EcoPower, Cummins ISX

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

7 Keys to Crafting an Effective Fleet Safety Policy

By Sean Lyden

With the potential to save lives and reduce accident management costs, a carefully crafted safety policy is a necessity.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Republic Services, Fleet Safety Program

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Getting Into Vans: Commercial Van Market Hot & Heavy

Valecia Vanderlick is able to load a full pallet of “Mama’s Famous Barbecue Sauce” into her Nissan NV. “You would never know you’re in a commercial vehicle,” she said about the Nissan NV.

By Chris Brown

The action in the commercial van market is getting hot and heavy. With pickup truck-like capabilities, improved fuel economy, and white space for branding, new and updated van offerings are attracting a new breed of business entrepreneurs.

Tags: Nissan NV, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, GMC Savana

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Gearing Up for Upcoming Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Regulations

By Sean Lyden

Several experts offer insight to help fleets prepare for the regulations impacting medium- and heavy-duty trucks beginning in 2014.

Tags: EPA, PHH Arval, LeasePlan, NHTSA

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navistar Details Product Changes & Thinking Behind Emissions Strategy

Other vehicles, including the WorkStar (pictured), TranStar, and LoneStar. will get the MaxxForce 11.0L/13.0L with ICT+.) in staggered launches starting in May 2013.

By Deborah Lockridge

With plans to gradually roll out its In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) throughout 2013, Navistar discusses how it will meet 2014 and 2017 emissions standards.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, HDT

November 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Truck Fleets Use Common 'Cents' to Save Dollars

By Chris Wolski

In today’s era of tight budgets, truck fleet managers are using innovative ways from rightsizing to decreasing maintenance costs to shortcycling to save money and boost efficiency.

Tags: Safety-Kleen, Kenworth, ADT, Ford Transit Connect, The Scooter Store, Joy Global, International, Ford F-750, Propane Autogas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Elevator Fleets, ROUSH CleanTech, AT&T, Chevrolet Express, Coca-Cola, eStar, Scotts LawnService, Bimbo Bakeries, Valero, AAA

November 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this month's issue.

Tags: Stat Sheet

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Mercedes-Benz Showcases a Smorgasbord of Sprinters

Sprinter body styles include Cargo Van, Crew Van, Passenger Van, Cab Chassis, and MiniBus.

By Grace Suizo

Demonstrating its ability to fulfill the needs of a variety of businesses, at a recent media event in Chicago, the automaker invited several of its upfitters to display the many different faces of the Sprinter.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navistar's Engine Plans Include Cummins

By HDT Magazine Staff

The automaker is switching its emissions-reduction strategy, moving to selective catalytic reduction starting with the 12.4L MaxxForce 13 diesel.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, SCR, DEF, Daniel Ustian, diesel exhaust aftertreatment

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Busting Work Truck Myths

A small change in payload may seem insignificant, but it adds many downstream effects on  the truck capacity, performance, even resale value, which can lead to an increase in overall cost of the truck, with more downtime, more repairs, and more frustration with employees using workarounds with  the equipment.

By Chris Wolski

Truck experts from GE Capital Fleet Services explore the myths and realities of spec’ing medium- and heavy-duty work trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, Mythbusters, TiNik

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Creating an Innovative Driver Log System

Carl Nelson (right), fleet manager for AM-Liner East accepts his third career Larry Goill award from Mario Gionet, NAFA’s VP for Canada. (PHOTO SOURCE: Kieffer Photography)

By Lauren Fletcher

Not one to stick with the status quo, AM-Liner East made significant changes to the way it handled driver logs, with impressive results.

Tags: NAFA, Regulations

September 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

OEMs Ramp Up for MY-2013

The Hino Class 5 COE model is ushering the company into the hybrid diesel-electric market. The model features a 210 hp 5.0L J05E Series engine.

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Diesel, gasoline, hybrid, propane-autogas, and CNG models are among the options that will be available to commercial fleets in MY-2013.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, International, UD Trucks, Ram Truck, 2013-MY, Ford, General Motors

September 2012, Work Truck - Department

WT Stats

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this month's issue.

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Are Compact Pickups an Endangered Species?

By Sean Lyden

A fleet mainstay for more than several decades, compact pickups appear to be going the way of the dodo thanks, in part, to less expensive and more efficient full-size pickups and utility vehicles.

Tags: Toyota Tacoma, Donlen, ARI, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Mid-Size Pickups

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

'Steel' Yourself for the Future of Truck Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Defined by two key measurements, yield strength and percent elongation, steel is being evaluated by a growing number of fleet managers.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford, Steel, AHSS

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Joy Global Defies Conventional Wisdom

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Joy Global began shortcycling its vehicles during the economic downturn. The company’s vehicles are primarily International Chassis with a GVWR from 25,900 lbs. to 53,000 lbs.

By Sean Lyden

When the recession hit in 2008, instead of increasing the lifecycle of its medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Joy Global began shortcycling.

Tags: Joy Global

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

ThyssenKrupp Elevates its Propane Autogas Fleet

ThyssenKrupp currently operates 47 E-150 vans in six different markets.

By Staff

Using Fleet Manager Tom Armstrong’s “Five Cs” protocol of analyzing alternative fuels, ThyssenKrupp Elevator now has 47 ROUSH CleanTech E-Series vans and seven F-Series trucks.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford E-150, Elevator Fleets

July 2012, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Truck Fleets Grapple With Managing Costs as Freight Hauling Demand Grows

By Greg Basich

IRVING, TEXAS – A recent survey by GE Capital found that transportation company chief financial officers (CFOs) across the U.S. see more business opportunities despite rising costs and regulatory challenges.

Tags: GE Capital, Medium-Duty Trucks, CSA, Heavy-Duty Trucks

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Cargo Van Market

By Sean Lyden

After decades of few models and even fewer options, the cargo van market is beginning to capture the attention and fill the needs of fleet managers.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, Ford E-Series, Ram C/V

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

5 Keys to Managing Effective Fleet Supplier Relationships

By Staff

Working with vendors is a significant part of a fleet manager’s job. Here are several tips for effectively managing those relationships.

Tags: Supplier

July 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into this month's issue.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Stat Sheet, Compact Vans

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Commercial Truck Leasing: What Fleet Managers Should Know

Total trucks leased and managed by the top 10 truck leasing companies are illustrated above, totalling more than 2.2 million trucks.

By Staff

Learn what leasing is, how it works, and what to consider before signing a lease agreement.

Tags: Leasing, Closed-End Leases, Commercial Trucks, Open-End Leases

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Outsourcing to Reduce Truck Fleet Accident Costs

A simple fender bender can be a time-consuming and costly event. The CEI Group saved the client approximately 30 percent through use of an aftermarket bumper for the repair.

By Luann Dunkerley

Reduced downtime, priority service, increased visibility of accident costs and trends, and additional benefits can be realized by outsourcing some administrative services.

Tags: DriverCare, Accident Management, Medium-Duty Trucks, CEI Group

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

ARS Technicians Get a Hoist with New Vehicle Lift

By Cheryl Knight

After making the switch to a new strap hoist vehicle lift, American Residential Services (ARS) has reduced technician injuries, increased productivity, lightened vehicle loads, and improved portability.

Tags: Ford, Ford E-350, Ford E-250, ARS, American Residential Services, Ford E-450

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Shifting Class 3-8 Resale Market

By Mike Butsch

Because of historically high resale rates, most commercial fleets no longer sell out-of-service Class 3-8 trucks to their employees.

Tags: Resale Value, Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

The Juggler: Big Apple Circus Takes the Show on the Road

The big Apple Circus’ Tom Larson manages a fleet that includes 10 Ford F-350 pickups.

By Tariq Kamal

Transporting the Big Apple Circus requires a big top’s worth of planning. Learn how Tom Larson and his crew take the show on the road.

Tags: Jeep, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Ford F-350, Ford, Ford E-Series

July 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Unique Vocational Applications & Upfits

The all new 2013 Canter comes standard with dual batteries, and also includes a factory-installed PTO wiring harness designed to receive an optional, matched control switch and to make connection to optional PTOs easy.

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Due to the unique needs of individual fleets, OEMs offer a range of specialized vocational upfits.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, International, TerraStar, Canter, Vocational Truck, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Deli Express, E.A. Sween, Isuzu N-Series

May 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into the numbers inside the issue.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Stat Sheet, Box Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Medium-Duty Box Trucks

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America also offers a box truck version of its popular NPR series.

By Sean Lyden

To achieve balance between required cargo space and weight, experts share ways fleet managers can reduce the risk of error when spec’ing and ordering.

Tags: ARI, Box Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Transmissions Drive Medium-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency

The latest technology offered in automatic transmissions gives a fuel-efficiency edge over manual transmissions.

By Sean Lyden

A decade ago, a manual transmission always beat out an automatic, primarily because it was more efficient — but, times are changing.

Tags: Ford, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Finding the Right Fuel-Efficient Fit

The VIA e-REV has the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle, and eliminates range anxiety by including a conventional gasoline engine.

By Chris Wolski & Grace Suizo

The growing number of fuel-efficient and alt-fuel offerings from OEMs and aftermarket upfitters for truck fleets give fleet managers more options than ever to manage fuel spend.

Tags: Freightliner, Chevrolet Silverado, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, GMC Sierra, XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, General Motors, VIA Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Work Truck Show 2012: Recap

By Lauren Fletcher

“Green” was a strong theme at the 2012 conference, with several manufacturers launching alternative-fuel vehicles.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

By Lauren Fletcher
The concept of truck platooning is coming over to the United States. With roots in Europe, modern truck platooning is the ability to electronically group trucks, or other vehicles, to travel down the road. Platooning can decrease the space between vehicles and can help increase overall road capacity.

Impact of Healthy Drivers on Your Operation

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

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