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Solving Medium-Duty Upfitting Challenges

The number of available options, combined with getting exactly what is needed for your fleet, can be daunting at best. But, with some homework and research doing the upfitting job right can be easier than it appears.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters of truck and van assets, it is impossible to spec the best powertrain, chassis, and body needed to optimize productivity and total cost of ownership.

The Stellar 7621 Telescopic Service Crane was mounted on a Stellar service body and constructed by Pomona, Calif.-based Phenix Enterprises. (Photo: Mike Antich)

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Learning to Operate a Crane

Bobit Business Media editors learned how to operate a truck-mounted crane with help from equipment manufacturer Stellar Industries and custom truck builder Phenix Enterprises.

An SLA that is overly rigid can have the unintendedconsequence of driving inefficient production. (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

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10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

Standardized delivery timelines stipulated in an SLA can create unrealistic expectations. Also, the relationship can become transactional in nature, with a risk of damaging the relationship if there are penalties for missed metrics.

An SLA should include a quality assurance process to cover defects, warranty claims, or customer complaints. (Photo courtesy of RAM Trucks)

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Benefits of a Service Level Agreement with Upfitters

This two-part article examines the pros and cons of a service level agreement (SLA) with an upfitter. Part 1 examines the advantages of an SLA and how to correctly structure its metrics. Part 2 will examine 10 potential disadvantages.

Truck toolbox lid-latch-support joined with a structural adhesive eliminates warpage and stress concentrations common with welding. (Photo courtesy of LORD Corp.)

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Building Better Vehicles

Rather than welding components together, structural adhesives are becoming more common in custom upfit work vehicles.

Spending time in the field and fully understanding your fleet application will help ensure a smooth upfitting process. (Photo courtesy of Ranger Design)

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Upfitting Vans

Avoid these five common van upfitting mistakes and follow a few important industry best practices to become a seasoned pro at van upfits.

Adrian Steel’s Drop-Down and Grip Lock Ladder Racks provide lighter options for ladder storage and ease of access. (Photo: Adrian Steel)

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Upfitting High-Roof and Compact Vans

From ladder racks to cargo solutions to partitions and more, van upfitting options are ready for any make, model, and vocational use.

Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

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Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Cab chassis cover that entire span while cutaway chassis are only available as Class 2-4. If your application calls for a Class 1 or Class 5-8 vehicle, a cab chassis is your only choice. (Photo courtesy of Knapheide)

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Selecting a Cab Chassis vs. Cutaway Chassis

There are numerous considerations to be made the next time you choose between a cutaway or cab chassis. Cab configuration, maneuverability, vehicle class, desired body, off-road frequency, and cost should all play a role in the selection process.

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