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Derek Broderick (center) stands in front of BlackHawk Works' office with his wife and daughter. The company has equipped a F-250 with a snow plow and a F-450 with a chip box. Photo courtesy of BlackHawk Works.

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Equipping a Truck for All Seasons

In North Pole, Alaska, the weather dictates the working seasons. This service company has a workaround, equipping its trucks to take on work in any weather.

The lightweight, Reading aluminum CSV comes equipped with such features as Dual-Pro door seals, stainless steel SMART Latch rotary paddle locks, and patented hidden hinges. (PHOTO: Reading)

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Lightweighting: Less is More

The process of lightweighting a fleet of vehicles involves more than simply moving down a vehicle class or removing weight from an overloaded vehicle.

Leggett & Platt's engineers created a complete mobile office upfit for an insurance provider. Jenn Voelker, director of product development and engineering, says the company has seen an influx of new trades with increasingly specialized needs. Photo courtesy of Leggett & Platt.

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6 Trends in Vocational Truck Body Designs

Vocational work truck and van body makers are keeping pace with rapidly changing models, new vehicle segments, expensive technology, and new regulations.

Photo courtesy of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.

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Roof-Mounted vs. Interior Ladder Racks

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.

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

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McKenna Meets the Downtime Problem Head On

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.

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

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18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

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.

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

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14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

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.

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

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18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

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.

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)

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Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

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.

As commercial fleets move to the new Euro-style cargo vans, they have many more interior options to consider. This has a downstream effect on other changes, involving other components, such as ladder racks, due to the different roof-height configurations. (PHOTO: CHRIS WOLSKI)

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Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

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