The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

October 2016

Cover Story By Jack Roberts
Bigger, Brawnier 2017-MY Work Trucks

The newest Class 3-7 work truck models feature dramatic new enhancements. New and upgraded vehicles for 2017 come with a variety of improved features that focus on comfort, dependability, and safety.

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

By Lauren Fletcher

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

Nissan’s Adventure Drive was held not far from where the Soberanos Fire in California was located. Clouds of ash and smoke drifted near the Carmel Valley Ranch resort. (PHOTO: Andy Lundin) Nissan Showcases 2017 Titan

By Andy Lundin

Nissan unveiled the regular crew cab version of the TITAN and TITAN XD at a summer ride-and-drive event.

CalAmp offers a wide variety of devices ranging from sophisticated tracking devices to OBD-II plug-in devices with extended Parameter ID libraries. (Image courtesy of CalAmp) Telematics in Mixed Truck Fleets: Meeting Challenges, Finding Solutions

By Lauren Fletcher

In part two of this two-part series, challenges and solutions for equipping a mixed truck fleet with a telematics solution are shared.

The 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali is a perfect fit for management-level employees or business owners who value a body-on-frame architecture that excels in trailering capabilities, while offering a multitude of luxurious interior appointments. (Photo: Work Truck) GMC Yukon XL: Beefy Vehicle for Management

By Mike Antich

The Yukon XL Denali is powered by a standard 6.2L V-8, coupled to an 8-speed transmission, generating 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with a comprehensive safety package and is loaded with 4G LTE technology.

The majority of the Rollins fleet are light-duty Toyota Tacoma trucks, with decals, a topper, toolbox, telematics, cargo net, and other items as standard upfits. (Photo courtesy of Rollins Inc.) Pest Control Fleets Reduce Down, Improve Safety

By Lauren Fletcher

Working hard to keep the pests away, these vocational fleets have varied upfitting requirements and have to do all they can to reduce downtime and keep vehicles on the road.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher