Friday, August 30, 2013

Ram’s Commercial Flagships – 2014 Chassis Cab Lineup Offers Best-in-class Capability and Exclusive Features

  • 2014 Ram Chassis Cab outworks the competition with best-in-class towing, gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and best-in-class total cost of ownership
  • 3500 GCWR of up to 30,000 pounds and max trailer weight of 22,750 pounds
  • 4500 GCWR of up to 32,500 pounds and max trailer weight of 24,650 pounds
  • 5500 GCWR of up to 37,500 pounds and max trailer weight of 29,600 pounds
  • Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs now available with gasoline or diesel powertrains
  • All-new 6.4-liter V-8 powers Ram’s hardest-working trucks with estimated 367 (410 under 10,000-lb. GVWR) horsepower (267 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque (582 N•m) at 4,000 rpm, featuring variable-valve timing (VVT) and Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation
  • Ram 3500 Chassis Cab available with three different engine packages
    • Two gas-powered options plus manual and automatic transmission-equipped diesel powertrains offer customers a wide range of choices to meet their needs
  • Legendary diesel power with six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
    • 6.7-liter Cummins available with high-output option producing 325 horsepower (242 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 750 lb.-ft. of torque (559 N•m) at 1,600 rpm
    • Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic and exclusive manual six-speed transmissions handle powerful diesel output
  • New exclusive gas-engine, left- or right-side power take-off (PTO) capability with Aisin AS66RC transmission
  • Exclusive Fuel Saver on, cylinder deactivation system operation during PTO mode on 6.4-liter V-8 improves efficiency
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 383 horsepower (286 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m), and features variable-valve timing (VVT) for greater efficiency and performance (Ram 3500 Chassis Cab)
  • Best-in-class dual alternator systems up to 440 amps
  • Exclusive dual-inlet Ram Active Air in diesel models adjusts induction according to driving conditions for optimal performance and efficiency
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel improving the total cost of ownership
  • New three-link front suspension on Ram 3500 Chassis Cab improves capability and handling
  • Next-generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system aid fuel efficiency
  • New Ram 3500 Chassis Cab single-rear-wheel offering
  • Only manufacturer to feature standard electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
  • Frame includes high-strength 50,000 psi steel, eight-cross-member construction, C-channel rear rails to ensure continued unsurpassed noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), ride and handling characteristics
  • Largest brake size providing best-in-class brake life and stopping power
  • Largest standard fuel tank in class, maximizing up-time and dual fuel tank options totaling 74 gallons
  • Innovative features combined with excellence in engineering make upfitting easy and less expensive
  • Powernet technology enables expansion of feature content by adding bandwidth to the truck’s electrical architecture
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
  • Next-generation Uconnect Access combines a lineup of smart media centers with a powerful wireless platform that includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Configurable vehicle information center with 7-inch multiview display available on SLT and standard on Laramie models
  • Best-in-class vehicle system interface module (VSIM)
  • Passive Entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go
June 28, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks are the pinnacle of capability. Engineered and designed for extreme daily work, the Ram Chassis Cabs are products of a demanding environment and direct customer input. For 2014, Ram Chassis Cabs will pack a bigger punch with the introduction of a new 6.4-liter gas engine. Upfits will benefit from a left- or right-side PTO capability and a five minute shut-down timer feature.

Ram’s halo truck line focuses on best-in-class capability and best-in-class total cost of ownership, a leading purchase reason among business owners. Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the latest infotainment technology and exclusive upfit solutions, giving Ram Chassis Cab a competitive advantage. The Chassis Cab line goes further to offer a best-in-class powertrain warranty of five years/100,000 miles.

The 2014 Chassis Cab best-in-class capability ratings:
  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)
  • Best-in-class towing
  • Best-in-class front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on 4500 and 5500
  • Best-in-class rear frame steel strength of 50,000 psi

Features include a number of industry exclusives:
  • Vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
  • Best-in-class, self-leveling fuel storage capability of 74 gallons (52-gallon tank plus 22-gallon tank)
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel
  • Largest -in-class brakes
  • Best-in-class dual alternator systems up to 440 amps
  • Exclusive back-up camera for upfitter positioning
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty, five years / 100,000 miles

Ram Chassis Cab engineers design trucks for upfits and develop unique features to ease installation of multiple systems and bodies without interference or difficult relocation of components, including:
  • Industry standard frame lengths 60-inch, 84-inch, 108-inch and 120-inch
  • No components or lines above the rear frame rails
  • Through-the-frame plumbing and electrical
  • DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side to ensure easy access at pump stations

ENGINEERING
For 2014, Ram engineers have enhanced the 3500 Chassis Cab model with a new three-link front suspension that provides greater load-carrying capability and best-in-class towing.

Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs have received upgrades as well. Both models are now rated at 7,000 pounds of front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on 6.4-liter gas engine-equipped models and 7,250 pounds GAWR on 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel models.

Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) for Ram 3500 models equipped with single rear wheels have been raised, now ranging from 10,500 to 12,000 pounds. A 10,000-lb. GVWR model that falls below certain truck-weight restrictions is also available.

To handle the best-in-class towing and unsurpassed GVWR capability of the Ram Chassis Cab, robust front suspension springs handle heavier loads while maintaining front ride height and improving overall roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles, especially trucks with heavy payloads. An advanced five-link front suspension on Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks ensures excellent ride and handling for a higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. The Hotchkiss rear leaf spring suspension not only provides a minimum of zero degrees rake angle at max load, it also maintains objectives for ride and handling.

With upfits in mind, the 2014 Ram Chassis Cab trucks feature frames built with high-strength 50 KSI steel, including eight separate cross-member construction. Designing the frames for upfits creates a competitive advantage, improves durability and reduces warranty costs from unapproved modifications. Ram Chassis Cab trucks have no components or lines above the rear frame rails. For example, the diesel exhaust fluid tank (DEF) is located under the cab and out of the upfit zones. The feature reduces the need for modification and relocation that is sometimes required in competitive trucks. One piece, C-channel rear frame rails, and through-the-frame plumbing and electrical provide a flat plane for ease of mounting application bodies and accessories.

Steering
The drag link is positioned over the track bar to reduce roll oversteer and to improve tracking at highway speeds. Also, the drag link is attached directly to the knuckle, offering improved efficiency for driver input. The caster and track are engineered for more wheel-aligning torque, which improves return-to-center at the steering wheel. A ball joint alignment feature and sealing method improves alignment and service for lower total cost of ownership. This design results in enhanced and precise on-center feel, despite the vehicles impressive towing and payload capacities.

Body
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab comes equipped with engine, transmission and body mounts for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.

Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks are available with an engineering-approved, upfitter-friendly solution for customers who require back panel removal on regular cab trucks. Because the instructions were created and approved by Ram Commercial truck engineers, the cutaway design retains the structural integrity of the truck.

Electrical
As the Ram Chassis Cab continues to offer more featured content, it created the need for a technology that allows more information to be electronically communicated within the truck. The Powernet system allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers.

A majority of the commercial truck customers need to tie into the electrical system, and certain fleet customers require access to vehicle information. A best-in-class VSIM is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules. The class-exclusive module acts as a secure gateway to the vehicle’s electrical systems and data bus architecture to enable safe, secure plug-and-play connectivity for up-fitter use.

An optional dual 220-amp alternator system (440 amps total) on the diesel-equipped Ram Chassis Cab provides best-in-class electrical capability for the higher electrical loads required in select upfits such as emergency lighting and electric clutch pumps. The new 6.4-liter gas powertrain gets a dual-alternator option, pairing a 220-amp unit with a 160-amp, for a total of 380 amps.

Total cost of ownership and best-in-class powertrain warranty - five years/100,000 miles
Operating costs are of great consideration for owner’s who use their trucks for work. The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab claims class-leading features in:
  • Extended maintenance cycle (15,000-mile oil change, fuel filter life)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake
  • Upfit integration
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab is backed with a best-in-class, five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Chassis Cab, from the body to the electrical system.

POWERTRAIN
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500 and 5500 come standard with the new 6.4-HEMI® V-8 gasoline engine — the first implementation of a gasoline engine for the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models. The Chassis Cab version of the 6.4 HEMI is similar by design but is engineered for a different duty cycle, when compared to the version offered in the Ram 2500 and 3500. The all-new powerplant provides a worthy gas-powered option to the segment’s overall standard-bearer – the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.

Compelling numbers tell the story of the new 16-valve engine: estimated up to 410 horsepower (302 kW) at 5,600 rpm (5,000 rpm for Aisin in 4500/5500) and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. Ram’s new 6.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine is the first of its kind for Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.

The new, big gasoline engine offers a number of features important to the hard, working, heavy- and medium-duty segments, including the dual-alternator option and a programmable idle shut-down timer. Additionally, the engine features Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation operation under normal driving and during PTO mode to improve efficiency.

The new 6.4-liter HEMI is available with the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission or the AS66RC six-speed automatic transmission with segment exclusive, gasoline engine left- or right-side PTO capability.

The 3500 Chassis Cab also is available with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine. The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 3,950 rpm. Mated to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission, the HEMI features enhanced fuel efficiency and power output, thanks to the incorporation of variable-valve timing (VVT) and a compression ratio of 9.6:1. Refinements and other applied technologies provide the latest-generation HEMI with performance and fuel economy improvements to rival multi-valve V-8 offerings.

Unlike the competition, Ram offers two engine variants based on the 6.7-liter Cummins for diesel supremacy in the segment.

The first version features 320 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The engine is paired with Ram’s segment-exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for consistent performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern.

A second high-output diesel delivers 325 horsepower at 2,400 rpm and generates best-in-class torque of 750 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm. The engine is paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC).

The Aisin AS69RC transmission features robust components and impressive shift performance, transmission efficiency and drivability when compared to the competition. The transmission is designed for high engine ratings and enables a left- and right-side PTO option, as well as allowing for a split shaft PTO configuration (diesel). Fire pumpers, dump beds, aerial buckets, cranes and onboard compressor/generators are typical PTO based upfits.

New for 2014, Ram 3500 Chassis Cab trucks are equipped with a front-axle disconnect for greater fuel efficiency.

All Ram Chassis Cab diesels benefit from an advanced cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and charge air cooler provide impressive heat-rejection capacity to align with best-in-class GCWR. Lower operating temperatures deliver unsurpassed performance, durability and lower operating costs.

Best-in-class GCWRs also led to the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system, activated by monitoring capabilities in the engine controller. When the exclusive intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low-oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water fording, the system pulls air from an under- hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water ingestion.

A new, dual fuel tank option combines 52-gallon and 22-gallon tanks for 74 gallons of extended, integrated onboard fuel range for lower operating costs. Additionally, a mid-ship 22-gallon tank is now an option for gasoline- and diesel-powered Chassis Cabs.

Emissions performance
The Cummins power plants utilize a large exhaust-gas recirculation cooler, which complements the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and accommodates a best-in-class oil-change interval of 15,000 miles. Oil life is longer by reducing soot production and reducing fuel dilution of the oil.

When needed, the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is injected into the exhaust to reduce NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) emissions coming out of the tail pipe. Unlike the competition, the Ram Chassis Cab maintains full power when fluid is low. The state-of-the art DEF system applied on the Ram Chassis Cab features an electric heater in the DEF tank to ensure the fluid is available in a liquid state regardless of climate. The DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and clear of upfit zones, a configuration that ensures easy access at fuel stations when compared to the competition.

Combined with an improvement in fuel economy, due in part to the engines’ high-pressure common-rail fuel system, SCR provides a net reduction in Ram Chassis Cab operating costs.

The SCR-equipped Cummins engines also operate cleaner by lowering greenhouse-gas emissions and better managing soot production than Lean NOx Trap (LNT) technology.

DESIGN
Exterior
Ram Chassis Cab trucks are available in Tradesman, SLT and Laramie trim levels.

Three grille designs are available on the 2014 Ram Chassis Cabs, and a premium headlamp features bi-functional halogen projectors and LEDs for park/turn and side markers. The LED light housings are functional hardware with appeal and durability over incandescent bulbs.

Ram 3500 Chassis Cab single rear wheel models get three new 18-inch wheels: steel (Tradesman), chrome-clad steel (standard on SLT, optional on Tradesman) and polished aluminum (standard on Laramie, optional on Tradesman and SLT).

An exclusive, backup camera is available and delivered with factory wiring and multipurpose mount for easy installation by the upfitter. The camera provides a view of the rear with high definition and dynamic imaging in the available 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch radio display or 1.7 x 3-inch display in the rearview mirror.

Exterior door and fender badges are located in a portrait style format providing usable real estate on the door for a commercial customer’s logos and graphics.

Ram Chassis Cab offers 12 different colors, including Black, Black Gold Pearl, Blue Streak Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Prairie Pearl, True Blue Pearl and Western Brown Pearl.

Ram Chassis Cab models are also available in an additional 18 specialty paint options, including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue and Robin Egg Blue.

Interior
In four-door models, rear-seat occupants enjoy the same quality, fit and finish as the driver. With points of contact a priority, premium, durable materials are on all four doors.

The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab features the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system. The center stack includes matching materials found throughout the interior. To complement the range of Chassis Cab models, the interior design team created individualized themes with different colors and materials.

The HVAC controls feature simple function meeting the highest Human Machine Interface (HMI) standards. The HVAC system includes a redundant architecture allowing the operator to use either the 8.4-inch touchscreen or manual controls to alter the truck’s environment. Below the HVAC arrangement is a switch bank with easy-to-use controls for a number of features depending on vehicle models and options. The top row is for functional features and includes exhaust brake, tow/haul and electronic stability control (ESC). Five instrument-panel mounted auxiliary switches are standard on all Chassis Cab models. The fifth switch becomes a PTO on/off switch when equipped. The bottom row comes standard as an auxiliary switch bank for all five spots with a power take-off (PTO) option when equipped. Contiguous to the switch bank is a prominently placed adjustable integrated trailer brake control allowing the driver to add or reduce trailer brake function on the fly. The console center stack includes one 115-volt and two 12-volt outlets on either side with an optional powered USB port on the driver’s side.

All Ram Chassis Cab trucks continue to use a column shifter for the automatic transmission. Electronic Range Select (ERS) is located on the column. Diesel models offer an exclusive manual six-speed transmission, the only manual transmission offering in the segment. On all models, the transfer case retains full capability with a rotary e-shift to control “4WD Auto,” “4WD Lock,” “4WD Low,” “2WD” and “Neutral”.

The 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is a standard feature. The thin-film transistor (TFT), 7-inch multiview display is available on SLT and Laramie models. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.

Chassis Cab trucks with bucket seats offer additional storage capacity in the center console. Six-passenger capability is available with the 40-20-40 bench-seat configuration.

The center consoles for both the bucket and 40-20-40 bench-seat configurations keep efficient storage in mind. The bucket seat console uses the extra space as additional storage. The bench seat design includes three cup holders built into the console lid that features a washable rubber bellow lining allowing storage for most cup sizes as well as other personal items. Folding back the center console and center front seat base reveals a large storage bin that houses an optional CD player. Both versions of the console feature two tiers of storage and are available with a multimedia port with USB, SD card and auxiliary inputs in the upper tier. Additionally, a 2.5-amp USB power port and 12-volt outlet are available to meet device-charging needs.

UCONNECT
Building upon base radio capability, two Uconnect systems are offered to provide Ram customers with a range of features and connectivity options. The Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN provide Ram truck owners with a built-in wireless connection allowing vehicle occupants to automatically connect to a variety of services. Users can remotely lock and unlock doors or start their vehicles from any distance via the web or a smartphone application. The Uconnect system includes a 911 button on the rearview mirror for a direct connection to emergency services. An ASSIST button also is integrated into the rearview mirror to summon help directly from a roadside assistance provider or connect with Chrysler Group’s Vehicle Customer Care Center. Wi-Fi hotspot capability enabled by Uconnect Access provides in-cabin wireless Internet connectivity via laptop, tablet or smartphone, whether on the move or at the worksite.

Applications are updatable over the air and are downloaded directly to the Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN systems, keeping features current.

Uconnect Voice Command allows drivers to control their mobile phone, music and navigation system while staying focused on driving. The phone book within a compatible phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM/FM/ HD and SiriusXM Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands.

Uconnect supports Bluetooth-equipped cell phones with message access profile (MAP) advanced text messaging. This industry-first voice recognition uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.

Filling the gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, color, premium multiview display, featuring a customizable function that enables Ram customers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. Ram’s information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily. The multiview display offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from a basic digital speed read out to specific vehicle status information. Operation of the display is clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions.

SAFETY AND SECURITY
Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer more than 45 active and passive safety and security features, including standard front air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), knee bolsters, seat-belt pretensioners, BeltAlert and ParkView rear backup camera system.

A segment exclusive selective tire pressure display is standard for both single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500 models.

The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab models include standard electronic stability control (ESC), a segment exclusive on Class 3, 4 and 5 Chassis Cabs over 10,000-lb. GVWR. ESC hosts a number of technologies including all-speed traction control, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist (HAS) and anti-lock brake system (ABS).

The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab also offers Keyless Enter ’n Go technology, which allows the doors to be unlocked and the truck to be started without having to touch the key fob. An available remote start feature allows a driver to start their truck from up to 300 feet away. Door controls, illuminated entry, engine immobilizer and panic alert are standard features with the Keyless Enter ’n Go system. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps also are offered, adding to a long list of content.

MANUFACTURING
Start of production of the 2014 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab is scheduled for the third quarter of 2013 at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Harbor Workmaster for Ford Cutaway









 The Harbor Workmaster on a SRW Cut-Away

The Harbor WorkMaster is a Service Body with a roof and additional useful features. Available in a 10' (10' 4") for the single rear wheel cutaway chassis, perfect plumbers or HVAC truck, and is also useful in any number of different professions such as remodeling, mobile mechanic, locksmith, and other service industry uses to name a few. If you could use a truck that has storage for tools and parts and want a space that you can stand up in and is enclosed to do your work in or keep larger items out of the weather and public view, the WorkMaster is your truck.

 10 foot version - 10' 4" Long:
  • Double Doors on the front compartments
  • Front Right Compartment - Double shelves are standard 
  • Right Side -2 Deep draws in this unit
  • Left Side - Two deep draws and three 3" draws in this unit
  • Gas Shocks are standard on compartment doors
  • 3-point door  locking system
  • Standard push button locking system
  • Master Locking System 12 Inch Step Bumper
  • Interior Access Handles
  • Recessed Rear Mounted Switch for the Interior Lights
  • Conduit / PCV Compartment with Rear Access Door
  • Interior Two Shelves - with Rear Door and Brackets on the Right Side, Front Door on Left side bottom shelf compartments  
  • Rear Gas Bottle Compartment: Vented and includes bottle brackets and rings for gas bottles.
  • Right Side Rear Vise Bracket


To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/


Monday, August 26, 2013

Isuzu Trucks - 2013 Brisbane Truck Show Visitor Vox Pop



Short video featuring the Isuzu Trucks stand and visitor impressions from the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show, held in Brisbane from 16-19 May, 2013. www.isuzu.com.au

Saturday, August 24, 2013

DuraSafe's Coupler Connect



Durasafe's Couple Connect helps ease the trailer hook-up!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Harbor Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure - Lock Up Your Stuff With This Useful Addition





The Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure is an excellent addition to make a service body much more useful. Think about a bedslide inside the bed to make reaching for a part or a tool a piece of cake. Notice the nice rack and rackstraps! This unit also has the Harbor Master Lock System and the Harbor pop-out locks--when the lock is unlocked the button is out so you can see that it is unlocked. When locked the button is in. Easy to see from a distance of 50' or more.

This particular unit is a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure which opens up two thirds of the bed when you roll it back. In addition, it doesn't really roll anymore since over ten years ago, Harbor started using special teflon pads instead of ball bearings. Harbor's warranty issues went to zero since the teflon, but the best part is how easy it slides and how quiet it is, and it operates that way in virtually any weather conditions.

This is a 9' model mounted on a Ford F34 SRW chassis. Besides being extremely functional for a wide range of business applications, it looks gorgeous! One of the nicer looking bodies on the planet.

Call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452 or visit our website at www.htbi.net.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lockable Transverse Compartmenton - An Option for Harbor Service Bodies


This Transverse Compartment is in the front compartment of an 11' Harbor Service Body. In this case the space is opened up to go across the bed are to the back of the opposite compartment on the other side of the service body. You could also go all the way through if that was needed. Notice how the shelf that lines up with the floor is a permanent steel shelf welded in place and the additional shelves are removable and movable.

This is an option, the value of the Transverse Compartment is to give more lockable space. You lose a bit of the front of the cargo area, but we think you'll agree that it is a very worthy trade-off. This is not an expensive option and Harbor does them all the time in various ways on a number of Harbor products. This is just one of the many modification we can make to our standard products to make them more useful for your business.

Give Kimberly and her team a call at 800-433-9452, and visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Why Re-refined Motor Oil Could Work for Your Fleet

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo you’ll hear about two fleet case studies that delve into re-refined motor oil and how it lowered their maintenance costs and furthered their sustainability goals.

Sustainability is about more than just saving fuel, and at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleets can hear about other ways they can further their green fleet initiatives, such as re-refined oil — one of the best-kept secrets in the fleet industry.

The conference seminar, “Two Case Studies: Green Your Fleet Using Re-Refined Oil,” will provide attendees a detailed look at how two fleets, the City of Phoenix and Veolia Transportation, made the transition to re-refined motor oil. The fleets will shed light on how this type of motor oil reduced their maintenance costs and provided one of the latest ways to make their fleets truly sustainable.

The 2013 Green Fleet Conference is Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix, Ariz. The re-refined oil session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 2:15-3:05, along with other concurrent sessions.
The conference provides three main session tracks — commercial, government, and heavy-duty truck — allowing fleets to choose the right educational sessions and workshops that are most beneficial to their fleet.

Register before Sept. 6 to receive $100 off. Per diem hotel rates are also available to public fleet managers.

To find out more info on the exhibit hall, sessions, ride and drive, and networking opportunities, go to www.greenfleetconference.com/WhyAttend

Friday, August 16, 2013

Venturo Training Services Presents NCCCO Certification for Crane Operators at ICUEE 2013

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 30, 2013

  - Training Course: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Presented by Venturo Training Services (VTS)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

  - NCCCO Written Exam Administration: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    NCCCO Practical Exam Administration: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (45 minute time slots to be assigned)

This course will prepare candidates to take the national CCO certification for service truck crane operators to be offered following the training. OSHA’s new crane rule requires many operators of service truck cranes to be certified. NCCCO’s CCO certification has been developed by crane manufacturers, end users and employers to be the highest standard for demonstrating knowledge and skill related to operating service truck cranes. The course will cover both technical and best practice information and will also include hands-on instruction and operating time on the equipment. The course will cover content from the CCO written and practical exams including:

    1. Site Conditions and Equipment Setup of Service Truck Cranes
    2. General Operating Practice and Lifting Principles
    3. Technical Knowledge of national industry standards/regulations
    4. Understanding and Interpreting Manufacturer’s Load Charts
    5. Actual Crane Operation Controls and Techniques

The training course will consist of eight (8) hours of instruction. The written certification exam will take approximately 90 minutes, and the practical exam will take approximately 45 minutes. Those who pass both exams will receive a national Service Truck Crane Operator certification issued by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Certificants will receive a wallet certification card with color photograph, valid for five (5) years.

Instructor: Dave Foster, Training Manager, Venturo Training Services (VTS)

Cost: $700 advance ($775 on-site). Price includes all training and certification fees. To register for this program contact: Dave Foster, VTS, dfoster@venturo.com , or 513-772-8448 Ext. 109.

Additionally, all registrants must register for the ICUEE Show which is a separate registration fee ($20 in advance or $40 on-site). Visit www.icuee.com for information on how to register for the ICUEE Show badge.

NCCCO Crane Operator, Rigger, and Signalperson Certification Examinations
Presented by: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

NCCCO will offer all of its nationally recognized certification written exams at this year’s event both for candidates who are seeking certification and those who need to recertify. OSHA’s new Cranes and Derricks Rule includes operator certification and signalperson/rigger qualification requirements. These exams will ensure all personnel involved in crane and digger derrick operations hold the highest established standards in the industry and meet all OSHA regulations.

CCO Operator Written Exams, Tuesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 3, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    - Mobile Crane Operator - Core + 1 Specialty $165
    - Additional Specialties (up to 3 more)$10 per specialty
    - Service Truck Crane Operator $165*
    - Tower, Overhead, or Articulating Crane $165
    - Digger Derrick Operator $165

CCO Operator Practical Exams, Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    - Service Truck Crane Operator $235

*Note: A Service Truck Crane preparatory class is also being offered; please see separate listing for more information.

CCO Signalperson & Rigger Written Exams, Tuesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 3, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    - Signalperson $95/$75**
    - Rigger $95/$75**
    - Signalperson/Rigger Combined $190/$125**

**Note: Reduced price for those who hold CCO certification in other programs.

Deadline to Register for Exams: September 16, 2013

For more information and to register, contact:

JaNee Allen, NCCCO
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 505 Fairfax, VA 22031
Tel: +1 703-560-2391 ext.213.
Email: jallen@nccco.org

Additionally, all registrants must register for the ICUEE Show which is a separate registration fee ($20 in advance or $40 on-site). Visit www.icuee.com for information on how to register for the ICUEE Show badge.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ICUEE SHOW - OCTOBER 1-3, 2013 LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA

Take Tomorrow for a Test Drive

Tomorrow is right around the corner. For utility contractors and municipalities, we have the keys to prepare for it. Learn about new technologies, innovations, insights and trends affecting the utilities industry – ranging from electric to telecom and water/wastewater to gas.

Demo the latest equipment. Meet with the experts. Network with peers. Put the future in your hands at ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition.

The show will feature:
  • Over 800 exhibitors
  • Over 16,600 attendees
  • New for 2013! An indoor Exhibitor Demo Stage will expands the show's popular outdoor equipment demonstration component: attendees will have more opportunities for a first-hand look at new technologies and best practices in action.
  • Machinery exhibited in job-like conditions so attendees can test-drive the equipment, working at ground level, underground and overhead.
  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits of equipment including (but not limited to):
    • Admixtures/Chemicals
    • Aerial/Digger
    • Derricks
    • Attachments
    • Cable Equipment
    • Compaction Equipment
    • Components
    • Cranes
    • Drilling Equipment
    • Earthmoving Machinery
    • Electronics / Controls / Instrumentation
    • Engines/Components
    • Hand Tools
    • Hydro Excavation Equipment
    • Information Technology
    • Job-Site Products/Materials
    • Landscaping Equipment
    • Light Equipment
    • Lubricants
    • Overhead & Maintenance Equipment
    • Paving Equipment
    • Publications
    • Pumps
    • Recycling Equipment
    • Safety & Traffic Equipment
    • Service Providers
    • Sewer Equipment
    • Site Preparation
    • Testing Equipment
    • Tires
    • Tracked Vehicles
    • Trailers
    • Trenching & Shoring
    • Trenchless Equipment
    • Trucks/Truck Bodies/Accessories
    • Utility Locating Equipment
    • Vacuum Excavation Equipment

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nice White RAM Crewcab Features a Very Clean Looking Flatbed




 
 




This very sharp looking RAM 5500 Crewcab is outfitted with a very sharp and functional flatbed.
This Harbor flatbed has a steel treadplate floor design with slots for rack sides and recessed ratchet binders.

What a clean looking unit with plenty of room for the crew and flush mounted ratchets for the binder straps! The underbed boxes provide storage for the tools.

The headboard has laser cut openings for great visibility with a galvanized solid steel lower section for maximum corrosion protection.  This high quality flatbed that will last for years under all kinds of loads and uses.



To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Next Generation of GM Trucks | Jeff Luke | Faces of GM



Jeff Luke got his first pickup truck when he was a teenager and says, "I just love them." As Executive Chief Engineer for GM full-size trucks Jeff is now launching the next generation which promise to be the most refined and best engineered full-size pickups in the market.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Workmaster Body - A Great Place to Advertise!




The side of the WorkMaster body is a great surface to advertise your business. Here are a couple of examples, and notice that whether its on the larger WorkMaster or the smaller WorkMaster, you get a very large proportional space to promote your business. Good for plumbers, good for electricians, good for all kinds of contractors, good for any business!

So go ahead advertise; make it big and bold!  Unless of course you are working undercover like the photo of a Swat Truck WorkMaster body photo below!




Visit our website at www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Smart Space - A Revolutionary Change in Cargo Storage


SmartSpace - A Revolutionary Change in Cargo Storage
SmartSpace Cargo Management System was developed from the ground up, with the support of Masterack’s largest fleet, OEM, and distributor customers. The highly configurable storage system features stackable shelf units, designed for use in the new high-cube cargo vans coming to market within the next 18 months, which include the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster, as well as smaller fleet vehicles such as the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200.


The new system is engineered with lightweight materials which provide fuel efficiency over traditional steel cargo management systems. SmartSpace is modular, giving users the ability to easily and quickly customize the system for different trades and needs, even after delivery of the vehicle. 





Additionally, the system satisfies Masterack’s installation partners’ desire to reduce installation time for the system. “Our customers asked for a cargo management system that would save them time, so we designed a shelving module that can be installed at 90 or 180 degrees for rear and side door access,” said Jenn Voelker, Marketing Manager. “We focused on the details, down to new drawer latches which secure drawers individually and provide quiet, rattle-free storage.”
SmartSpace will be available to Masterack customers in the fourth quarter this year.

For all your Masterack needs, give Harbor Truck Bodies a call at 800-433-9452.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Harbor Hauler Body - Great for Trailering and Plenty of Cabinet Space!





Whenever people are pulling trailers, they always seem to need stuff and then they need someplace to put the stuff and here is the solution. There is plenty of room for stuff in this body and it is specifically designed to make trailering with 5th wheel or gooseneck very easy and efficient.

The Hauler Body is designed with a 5th wheel hitch in mind and has a lower height than our standard low profile body. This body is 30" compared to 33" for the low profile body. This allows the connection of the trailer and to be able to turn without affecting the compartments. Yet, this body still holds a good deal of cargo. The front compartment opening is 24.5" x 30" and the rear is 22.5" tall by 16" wide. This allows for good sized items. The horizontal compartment opening is 38" long by 7.25" tall. The compartments are actually slightly larger than this, but these are the opening dimensions on the 8' body. Available for single rear and dual rear applications.

A nice looking body that is so much more functional than the standard pickup for this configuration. Order a hauler body to improve your trailering life!
Give us a call at 800-433-9452 and let us build one for you in your color on your favorite truck. See our website at http://www.htbi.net/.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Covered Harbor Horizontal Series Service Body



This body is a Harbor horizontal series mounted on an uplevel Ford 56"CA Box Delete Chassis. The horizontal box over the wheels extends to the end of the body and instead of a vertical compartment in the rear, it includes a smaller square box below. This option allows a wide variety of tools, parts and other gear to fit in that long horizontal box. It's a great option.

The body also has a Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, but this one has a permanent top instead of the typical roll top or sliding roof. Notice the light on the inside roof and also how closely the rack fits to the top. It also has a conduit box mounted in the center which is more often mounted on one side rather than in the center. There are some other minor options, like the Stainless Steel Vise Bracket, but all in all, this is one sweet looking truck!



To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/