As the pandemic that began in 2020 continued into 2021, it certainly didn't stop essential medium-duty work truck fleets from continuing to learn and improve their businesses. Below you'll find the top 10 articles that resonated most with Work Truck readers this year.
- All About Truck Tires - Load Ratings, Sizes & More: Tires are more than “where the rubber meets the road,” and understanding sizes, load ratings, why ply no longer matters, and more is important for today’s fleet managers.
- Measuring Hours vs. Miles in Medium-Duty Truck Performance: To achieve the most accurate insight into the wear-and-tear on a vehicle, fleet managers need to review all performance measurements.
- How to Determine Tire Load Ratings: Paying attention to a replacement tire’s load rating is critical. The tire must be able to safely support a given amount of vehicle weight. If the tire’s load rating is insufficient, the tire may become overheated and can self-destruct.
- Re-rating GVWR - Why and How it's Done: Sometimes, it is not in a fleet’s best interests to have a vehicle at a given GVWR. Changing the GVWR to a special value can be done, but the process is complicated.
- 2021 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Ballot Open: Many readers were eager to vote for their pick. Selected from a field of 14 tough contenders, the Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab was the truck that best fit their fleet requirements.
- Pros & Cons - Diesel vs. Gas in Class 3-4 Trucks: Choosing between gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks requires striking the right balance between performance, fuel efficiency, and budget.
- 9 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing Liftgates for Medium Duty Trucks: Spec’ing the right liftgate for an application can be challenging. Here are helpful suggestions to ensure the right liftgate is spec’d for the job.
- Air Brakes or Hydraulic Brakes?: Choosing the right brakes for a medium-duty truck can make spec’ing complex; however, there are clear-cut reasons to use both, depending on payload and work environment.
- 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Medium-Duty Box Trucks: 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.
- 10 Factors in Spec’ing Drive-Axle Ratios for Medium-Duty Trucks: There is a wide range of drive-axle ratios for medium-duty trucks. Considering drive-axle ratio impacts a truck’s top-end speed, load-pulling ability, and overall fuel economy, fleet managers must choose carefully.
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