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Work Truck – Issue

February 2016

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Top Construction Fleet Challenges

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.

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Features

Photo courtesy of Isuzu. Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

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.

Photo courtesy of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment. Roof-Mounted vs. Interior Ladder Racks

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.

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

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.

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.  Alliance AutoGas Mobilizes Vehicle Conversion Program

By Kat Sandoval

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

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?

Michelin North America Inc. has launched the next member of the Premier family, the Premier LTX. (PHOTO: MICHELIN NORTH AMERCA) LT- vs. P-Metric Replacement Tires for Trucks, SUVs

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.

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.

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

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.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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