Thursday, September 21, 2017

Football | Long Live Ram | Ram Trucks


Long Live Tradition. And long live the trucks capable of carrying them on. Ram. Proven to Last. 
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GUTS. GLORY. RAM.

With legendary power, performance and dependability, we’re determined to work hard and play even harder, boldly forging ahead to get the job done. 

If you have questions about our products or would like to contact Ram Trucks directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: www.ramtrucks.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dump-Through Versatility with The Tommy Gate G2


Dump Body - G2 Series Primary Image
The Tommy Gate G2 Series is a dual-cylinder, parallel-arm design which utilizes a pair of hydraulic cylinders to lower and raise the lift by applying direct power to both sides of the platform. G2 Series Lift-N-Dump models include all the same features and functions of other G2 Series liftgates, but also offer a unique dump-through capability to be used with dump bodies.

Here is an installation on a Drop Side Dump Body:



Learn more at:  http://www.tommygate.com/liftgates/dump-body/g2-series/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

56" Tall Harbor Mechanic's/ Crane Body with Options Galore

 
Here is a Harbor 56" Tall Service Body set up for a crane. Some might call this a Mechanic's Body too. Check out all the optional drawers, how big the compartments are because of the height of the body, the external lighting arrangement, 3-piece cargo bed enclosure with barn style rear doors, cabinet with bottle brackets and rings for welder bottles, master locking system, plus heavy duty forklift loadable rack (of course, we need that to get the stuff up there!), and rack straps to hold it down tight.. Notice also that the typical horizontal doors over the wheels are so tall they have vertical style doors.
 
See more from Harbor Truck Bodies at www.htbi.net

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Products at WTS17


"Always something new ... always something to learn." - Michael Meeks, Franklin County Engineer http://www.worktruckshow.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

FORD PROVIDES MORE THAN $3.5M TO HURRICANE RELIEF; OFFERS 'TEXAS IS FAMILY' PACKAGE TO AID VICTIMS


  • Ford Motor Company, our employees and our dealers are working to help victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild their lives
  • Ford dealers and Ford Motor Company commit to raising more than $3.5 million in hurricane relief for affected communities, first responders, dealership employees and their families
  • Ford Fund is contributing up to $500,000 to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other agencies to assist with the relief effort
  • Ford is extending a special “Texas Is Family” assistance bundle for customers whose vehicles were lost or destroyed; this includes the same no-haggle, below-invoice price as Ford employees and their families receive, with payments deferred until next year
  • First responders in hurricane-affected areas are eligible to receive a special discount toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle

DEARBORN, MI,  – Ford Motor Company and its dealers, taking action to aid Hurricane Harvey victims, are committing millions of dollars in relief funds and offering special assistance to those who need to replace lost or destroyed vehicles.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas is like family for Ford,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “Our teams are working day and night to help our customers, dealers and communities get back on their feet.”

Ford has launched multiple initiatives to assist in the relief efforts, including committing more than $3.5 million in relief funds. These actions include:


  • Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing $500,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas. This includes contributions to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Team Rubicon, Toolbank and the purchase of four Chariot Transit Vans that will also support the relief effort
  • Texas-area Ford dealers already have donated $200,000 to disaster relief organizations via the Cowboys-Texans telethon and have committed to raising more than $1 million to go toward helping dealership employees and local charities. Ford will match this effort up to a total of $1.5 million in relief to designated community relief charities
  • Ford is announcing a special customer assistance bundle, “Texas Is Family,” to assist customers with a loss claim to meet their immediate vehicle needs:
  • “Texas Is Family” customer assistance bundle
  • The same no-haggle, below-invoice price as Ford employees and their families receive
  • No payments until next year
  • Low Ford Credit APR or lease rates
  • Simple online application process

Existing customers affected by Hurricane Harvey can apply to have their payments deferred for up to two months by contacting Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services online, at FordCredit.com or LincolnAFS.com, by or phone at 800.723.4016 or by using the FordPass smartphone app

First responders in hurricane-affected areas are eligible to receive a special $1,000 discount (in addition to all available incentives) toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle
Ford has 114 dealerships in the Houston region. Currently, 101 remain open, 13 are closed and 10 (some open and some closed) have incurred extensive damage. While assessments are still under way, Ford expects dealer vehicle losses to be in the low thousands and isolated to a few dealers.

“The outpouring of support from dealers and employees who want to help is truly remarkable,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president and president of North America. “Thousands of people have suffered tremendous loss as a result of Harvey. For these people, Ford is committed to taking action to make the process of getting their lives back on track a little easier.”

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

Saturday, September 9, 2017

More Storage Capacity with the Traverse Compartment



Jordan shows us a unique change to an 8' Service Body that makes it so much more useful and effective in the same space. It's not a bigger body, but a substantially more effective one. The transverse compartment is part of the magic, and then combine that with the horizontal series long horizontal compartment, add the master lock system, Harbor's push-button locking system, stainless steel lids and this changeup creates magic when it comes to functionality and effectiveness.

See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Internatonal - Severe Duty Upfit Choices


When it comes to upfit, it's all about options. Watch from our Work Truck Show booth as we explain how we make choice a priority for our customers to ensure a perfect upfit, every time.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ford Transit: A Plumber’s Perfect Work Van


K.C. Montgomery is helping his customers find innovative ways to get the most out of their water in drought-ravaged California. He isn’t your average plumber -- and his Ford Transit isn’t your average work van: Customized shelving and storage, lots of space to load and unload and incredible on-road efficiency. See how Transit has completely changed the face of K.C.’s business.

Learn more about Monty’s Plumbing: http://ford.to/MontysPlumbing

The Ford Transit and Transit Connect offer the flexibility to fit any business like a work glove. To demonstrate, we loaned one to four very different businesses and got only one result: success. Take a look and see how the right work van can make any business move faster. Whatever your job, the Transit works. 

Learn more about Ford Transit: http://ford.to/FordTransit

Sunday, September 3, 2017

VMAC 30 CFM Gas Driven Air Compressor Demo Video



The VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor is now powered by Honda!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Long Live Ram | Owner Story | Joe's Ram 3500 | 280,613 Miles


Joe’s 2014 Ram 3500 isn’t just a work vehicle or a daily commuter – it’s the lifeline to his business. See how his Ram’s towing power and reliability fuels Chasing the Sun Equestrian. Check out his story, then tell us the story of your Ram Truck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments. #LongLiveRam

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pickup Trucks 101: Gas Vs. Diesel

If you are in the market for a new pickup truck, you may be wondering if you should get a gas engine or a diesel engine since there are significant differences between the two. Those differences vary for mid-size, light-duty full-size and heavy-duty full-size pickups.

Which is best for you? Let's look at the differences of the two engine types, focusing not only on the engines themselves, but also on the components that are different between them.

Read the whole story at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/08/pickup-trucks-101-gas-vs-diesel.html

Monday, August 28, 2017

Highway Products | Warehouse Walkthrough


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

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For 2018, a 3.3-liter V-6 adds dual port and direct-injection technology to provide more power and torque (plus eight to 290 hp and plus 12 to 265 lb.-ft.) than the outgoing 3.5-liter V-6, along with a projected improvement in fuel economy. This base engine provides a 5% better power-to-weight ratio compared to the 2014 F-150 powered by the 3.7-liter V-6, according to Ford.

The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost increases torque by 25 lb.-ft. to 400 lb.-ft. Horsepower remains at 325 hp. The engine will now be paired with Ford's 10-speed transmission.

The F-150's 5.0-liter V-8 adds 10 horsepower to 395 hp and increases torque by 13 lb.-ft. to 400 lb.-ft. The engine will also be paired with the 10-speed automatic.

Power ratings for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost (375 hp and 470 lb.-ft.) and 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost (450 hp and 510 lb.-ft.) remain unchanged.

Ford will also offer a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 diesel in the spring of 2018. Ford hasn't released power ratings for that engine yet.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

IMPROVE YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR’S PERFORMANCE THIS WINTER


Though it may feel like summer just started, the reality is that fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the rain, frost, ice, and in most cases, snow. Now is the time to start planning and ensuring that this winter your equipment is ready to work as hard as you do in the freezing temperatures.

Think back to last year’s winter season, did your air compressor let you down in any of the following ways?

• Refused to start

• Broke down frequently

• Caused a cumbersome safety hazard while parked on the side of the road

• Required maintenance to be done standing in the truck bed or on a ladder next to your truck

• Required snow and slush to be dug out from around the deck-mounted unit so it could warm up enough to run

If any of these challenges sounded familiar, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor. Here’s how a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor solves each of these issues:

RELIABILITY

VMAC UNDERHOOD70 Installed on Truck
The last thing you need when working outside in the elements is difficulty starting your equipment, or an unexpected breakdown on the jobsite. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is very reliable, and proven to operate in extreme cold conditions. Manufactured in North America in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, VMAC air compressors and multipower systems meet high quality standards, and are backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty (Limited).

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance costs are greatly reduced by investing in the UNDERHOOD air compressor as high quality aluminum parts, and few moving pieces means VMAC air compressors require less maintenance and servicing than a reciprocating air compressor. A VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor also requires less maintenance than a hydraulic deck-mounted or engine driven air compressor because there is no hydraulic or engine-related components to maintain. To ensure the best performance, regular compressor maintenance is recommended by VMAC.

SAFETY

Above-deck air compressors can cause a major safety hazard in snowy and icy conditions. Operators have to climb into the back of a snow and ice-filled truck bed to dig out the air compressor to allow it to warm up enough to function. In addition, parking a tow-behind on the side of the road to conduct maintenance is challenging and dangerous, especially in bad weather. By having the UNDERHOOD air compressor stored safely under the hood, boots are kept on the ground, ensuring the safety of operators, and limiting OSHA and WCB concerns and claims.

COLD WEATHER STARTING

The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor is mounted directly on your truck’s engine, which warms up the compressor on the way to the jobsite, and keeps it warm and protected from the elements, even when temperatures drop well below freezing.

Working outside in harsh winter conditions can be challenging enough, especially when temperatures drop below freezing. The VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor relieves common pain points that many operators suffer from each winter, from decreased productivity to unsafe working conditions. Waiting for an air compressor to warm up, climbing in the back of a slippery truck to dig out equipment, and conducting maintenance on the side of the road in dangerous driving conditions are just some of the challenges that you can take out of the equation with a VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor. So when planning your investments for this winter, include an upgrade to a VMAC UNDERHOOD rotary screw air compressor, contact sales@vmacair.com.

Learn more about VMAC’s line of UNDERHOOD air compressors, ranging from 30 CFM up to 150 CFM outputs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TRANSFER FLOW - INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY FOR FUEL AND PROFITS!


A Transfer Flow fuel tank installed on your work truck allows you to spend less time at the fuel pump and more time on the job. Increased capacity gives you the option to shop for the best fuel prices, and save money by purchasing more fuel at one time.


With almost 35 years of engineering and manufacturing fuel tank systems, some of the biggest and best companies trust Transfer Flow for their fuel system needs. To increase the driving range on one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles, we have the manufacturing capabilities and product diversity to help you grow your business.

Increase your capacity for fuel and profits by contacting us at 800-826-5776 or visit our website at transferflow.com.

Transfer Flow – we fuel YOUR success!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

COLORADO ZR2 MAKES COMPETITION DEBUT IN AMERICA’S LONGEST OFF-ROAD RACE

Hall Racing to compete in stock-class with ZR2 in Best in the Desert Racing series


LAS VEGAS — Chad Hall of Hall Racing will debut a modified 2017 production Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 during Best in the Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race presented by FOX.

 “Vegas to Reno,” known as “the longest off-road race in the United States,” begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in Las Vegas and ends at various times on Saturday morning, August 19, in Reno, Nevada. More than 350 contestants are expected to participate this year’s 550-mile race.

The course encompasses a wide array of grueling terrain, from silty desert wallows, to dry lake beds and mountain passes as high as 8,000 ft. above sea level.

Entered in class 7300, which comprises stock production mid-sized pick-ups and SUVs, Hall Racing’s modifications to their ZR2 include sanctioning body-mandated safety items such as a roll cage, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank and racing seats with safety harnesses. KC HiLites racing lights, two-way radios and a GPS system have also been added.

The truck retains the stock ZR2’s 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, along with a modified version of ZR2’s Multimatic DSSVTM damper technology.

In addition to Hall Racing’s alterations, this crew cab ZR2 acts a testbed for Chevy Performance and hints at a range of potential parts to be offered for ZR2 as well as the standard Colorado.

“The components being tested on this truck are ultimately intended to take the already-exceptional off-road capability of the Colorado to the next level,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports for General Motors.

“Racing them allows us to quickly understand their performance attributes and reliability in the extreme environment of off-road racing, ensuring the highest performing components for Colorado customers.”

Hall Racing, the winningest family of off-road racers in the legendary Baja 1000, has a long history of racing with General Motors production-based vehicles in both Best in the Desert and SCORE desert series.

“The Colorado ZR2 is one of the most capable production platforms we’ve used as a foundation for our racing program,” said Chad Hall. “The base Colorado is strong and robust with the expected advantages of a midsize package. ZR2 adds great technology, like the Multimatic DSSVTM dampers and the front and rear locking differentials that are vital to stock class desert racing.”

The 2018 Colorado ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a midsize pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.

Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features front and rear tracks that have been widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by two inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.

Class-exclusive features include standard front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.

As with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.

ABOUT CHEVROLET

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tommy Gate's G2 Series Liftgate



Tommy Gate's G2 Series is the latest in parallel-arm technology. Dual hydraulic cylinders apply direct power to both sides of the platform for increased consistency in motion and stability. With reduced maintenance requirements, wide variety of platform options, and vast hitch compatibility, G2 Series hydraulic lifts are a strong, versatile lift that are convenient, efficient, and make trucks work better.

Liftgate Features

    Dual hydraulic cylinders
    Maintenance-free components
    Recessed control
    Larger platforms
    Fully-enclosed hydraulic system

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NEW FORD F-150: MOST ADVANCED F-150 POWERTRAIN LINEUP EVER ENABLES BEST-IN-CLASS PAYLOAD, TOWING AND GAS MILEAGE

  • With more engine choices, the 2018 F-150 is even more fuel-efficient; its second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class.
  • New F-150 debuts with new, best-in-class 13,200-pound tow rating – thanks to more powerful, efficient engine offerings featuring standard Auto Start-Stop and expanded availability of segment-first 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission
  • New truck sports a tougher design with bolder Built Ford Tough styling and its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box
  • Using available class-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, the 2018 F-150 can assist drivers in congested traffic – even applying brakes to help prevent a collision; available Wi-Fi hotspot helps occupants stay connected on the go
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 9, 2017 – Ford’s new F-150 debuts for 2018 even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable than ever – with the most advanced F-150 powertrain lineup ever that delivers best-in-class towing, payload and efficiency for America’s pickup drivers.

The new F-150 has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class from the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, plus best-in-class towing (13,200 lbs.) and payload capacity (3,270 lbs.) from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and enhanced 5.0-liter V8, respectively.

“The Ford F-150 lineup again delivers on its promise to give full-size truck customers even more value, functionality and smart technology innovations, with engines with best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter and even more capable for work and play.”

Three years after introducing a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied F-150, a new truck arrives with bold new styling, advanced technologies, a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and F-150’s most advanced engine lineup yet, which includes the first available diesel ever for F-150. F-150 is part of Ford’s F-Series truck lineup – America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and its best-selling vehicle for 35 years.

New powertrain lineup for available best-in-class payload, towing and gas mileage

The new F-150 offers the F-150’s most advanced engine offerings ever – all to offer the right engine for every hardworking truck customer.

An second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with segment-exclusive SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission  has an EPA-estimated  rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class. With advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine delivers a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque – and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, this 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired with Ford’s segment-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

An enhanced 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. This normally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for 2018 including advanced dual port and direct-injection technology for 10 more horsepower and an additional 13 lb.-ft. of torque. Spray-on bore liner technology also featured in the Shelby GT350® Mustang has been added to squeeze out even more weight from the aluminum block. For the first time, the V8 is paired with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic.

For best-in-class towing, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers 13,200 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb.-ft. of torque that beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice its displacement. With dual port and direct-injection technology, the 375-horsepower twin-turbo engine provides ideal low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

Even the all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine is more efficient, more powerful and delivers more torque to get the job done, compared to the previously standard 3.5-liter V6. Plus, the now standard 3.3-liter provides a 5 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement versus the 2014 F-150 featuring steel body and 3.7-liter V6 – with better fuel economy and performance  based on EPA-estimated ratings.

Designed, engineered and tested in-house, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V6 paired with 10-speed SelectShift automatic joins the F-150 engine lineup for 2018. The first diesel engine offered for F-150 will be available next spring.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Venturo VC1000 Euro-Style Van Crane Demo


Check out this quick demonstration of the proper procedures to operate the Venturo VC1000 Van Crane.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Major Navistar Fleet, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Adopts eNow Auxiliary Solar System

Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow energy systems for their fleet of Navistar trucks. eNow and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) will showcase the eNow solar auxiliary power system during the NACFE “Run on Less” program taking place September 5 to 24.

  

 This collaboration is the result of eNow’s work in the industry with multiple truck manufacturers and major fleets. As an example, Navistar’s SuperTruck program demonstration vehicle, CatalIST, recently exceeded the improvement goals set by the Department of Energy for the SuperTruck program. CatalIST achieved a freight efficiency improvement of 104% compared to the control vehicle, sipping diesel at 13 MPG. The vehicle also demonstrated 50.5% Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) with plans for Navistar to increase that to 55% BTE. As part of its efforts to create the ultimate fuel-efficient truck, Navistar tested eNow’s solar energy system on its SuperTruck at Navistar Proving Grounds.

     Simultaneously to Navistar’s testing, Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) tested multiple systems on their fleet. “We’re always looking for innovative, more effective and efficient ways to operate,” said Royal Jones, CEO and President of MVT. “Our daily idle time is less than 6% on the whole company fleet and we utilize electric APUs 100%. Over time we had noticed shortened battery life and shortened alternator life due to the demand on batteries and the fact that we run eight batteries.”

The overall results from deployment of the eNow energy system on MVT’s existing Navistar fleet have proven conclusive over diverse road conditions. MVT noted the following results: “Increased daily run time for auxiliary equipment, such as in-cab HVAC; increased battery life from 6 months to 2 years; saved approximately 3 gallons of fuel per day from reduced engine idling; and decreased maintenance cost due to reduction in engine idling."

     The results from Navistar Proving Grounds, combined with MVT’s own testing, led to the purchase of the eNow energy systems for the MVT fleet.

      "These are exciting times for the transportation industry," says Jeff Flath, President & CEO of eNow. "Everyone is looking at ways to reduce cost, improve efficiency, and help the environment, simultaneously. We are about saving fleets money with our technology first and foremost. However, we also believe that leaving the environment in better shape than we found it is critical as well."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Longest-Lasting Pickups | Lynda’s Ram 1500 | 602,325 Miles


Lynda’s 1997 Ram 1500 is one of the #LongestLasting on the road. She's driven over 600,000 miles in her Ram Truck on the original engine and transmission, and it’s still going strong. Check out her story, and share the story of your Ram Truck on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments below.

GUTS. GLORY. RAM.

With legendary power, performance and dependability, we’re determined to work hard and play even harder, boldly forging ahead to get the job done. 
If you have questions about our products or would like to contact Ram Trucks directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: www.ramtrucks.com


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FORD CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF TRUCK HISTORY -- FROM 1917 MODEL TT TO 2017 F-150 RAPTOR



  • Ford celebrates 100 years of leadership, innovation, capability and durability for its iconic trucks – from the Ford TT that kicked off this rich history on this day in 1917 to the new Ford F-Series lineup
  • Henry Ford’s vision to create a vehicle with a cab and work-duty frame capable of accommodating cargo beds and third-party upfit equipment proudly endures a century later in the Built Ford Tough F-Series lineup – from F-150 to F-750 Super Duty 
  • F-Series reigns as America’s best-selling truck for 40 straight years and best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years, thanks to Ford listening to and understanding the needs of truck owners, developing customer-centric product innovations, and delivering purpose-built capabilities, features and configurations; Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks in the United States since 1977


DEARBORN, Mich., July 27, 2017 – One hundred years ago today, Ford introduced its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Ford Model TT, forever changing the auto industry – and the very nature of work itself.

A century later, Ford trucks are among the most iconic vehicles in the world. F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years. In Canada, Ford F-Series has enjoyed 51 consecutive years as best-selling pickup and now marks seven straight years as best-selling vehicle.

Throughout this rich history, Ford continuously has worked to improve its trucks by listening to truck owners and developing new innovations that improve their ability to get the job done. These innovations give today’s Ford truck owners greater towing and hauling capability, advanced engines for improved efficiency, and driver-assist technologies that make it easier and more convenient to operate.

Birth of a legend

Nine years after the first Model T saw Ford customers asking for a vehicle that could haul heavier loads and provide greater utility for work and deliveries. On July 27, 1917, Ford responded with the Model TT, which retained the Model T cab and engine. The Model TT came with a heavier-duty frame capable of carrying one ton of payload. The factory price was $600; 209 were sold that year.

Similar to the Fordson tractor introduced in 1917, Henry Ford envisioned a chassis that could accommodate third-party beds, cargo areas and other add-ons to deliver the increased functionality needed to get work done. It was a formula for success. By 1928, Ford had sold 1.3 million Model TTs before replacing the truck with the more capable Model AA with a 1.5-ton chassis.

Henry Ford marketed his early trucks heavily in rural areas, according to Bob Kreipke, Ford historian. “Model AA trucks in particular had a certain class to them,” he said. “Customers could use them on the farm, yet still take them to church on Sunday.”

Like the Model TT, the Model AA was available exclusively as a chassis cab offered in two lengths, with new powertrain and axle options for greater capacity. To stay ahead in what had become a hotly competitive business, Ford replaced the Model AA with the even more capable Model BB in 1933. Many were outfitted as mail and freight vehicles, ambulances and stake trucks. Two years later, Ford introduced the 1935 Model 50 pickup, powered exclusively by its famous Ford Flathead V8 engine.

By 1941, Ford had sold more than 4 million trucks. Changing over to war production resulted in the loss of consumer sales but a gain in experience building heavy-duty military truck chassis and four-wheel-drive personnel carriers. A year after consumer production resumed in 1947, Ford leveraged that knowledge to provide even more innovations for its customers.

“After the war, a lot of rural Americans moved to urban and suburban centers looking for work, and many took their Ford pickups with them,” said Kreipke. “Ford saw this as an opportunity, and began work on the next generation of trucks for 1948, what came to be known as F-Series Bonus Built trucks.”

This first-generation F-Series covered Classes 2 through 7 capacities – from the half-ton F-1 to the much larger F-8 cab-over truck. With the arrival of the second-generation F-Series for 1953, Ford increased engine power and capacity, and rebranded the series. The F-1 became the
F-100, while F-2 and F-3 trucks were integrated into the new F-250 line. F-4 became F-350. Class 8 trucks were spun off into a new C-Series commercial truck unit that produced iconic C-, H-, L-, N-, T- and W-Series Ford trucks.

Throughout this period, Ford trucks started looking less utilitarian, sporting two-tone paint, automatic transmissions, and improved heater and radio offerings. New standard features debuted with the 1953 F-100, including armrests, dome lights and sun visors. Lower and with a wider cab, the new truck featured integrated front fenders and a more aerodynamic design.

Then, in 1957, Ford tested out a car-based truck – the Falcon Ranchero. Marketed as “More Than a Car! More Than a Truck!,” this light-duty truck brought car-like amenities to consumers.

In 1961 – 44 years after the Model TT – Ford introduced its fourth-generation F-Series. The company’s revolutionary twin I-beam front suspension debuted in 1965. An upscale Ranger package appeared in 1967. Ads emphasized improved comfort, value and durability, as Ford trucks now offered power steering and brakes, and a lower chassis profile. A larger SuperCab option introduced in 1974 featured more comfortable seating to attract dual-purpose work and family buyers.

With the arrival of the sixth-generation F-Series in 1975, Ford dropped the popular F-100, replacing it with a higher-capacity F-150 pickup to combat the C/K trucks from General Motors. By 1977, F-Series pulled ahead in the sales race, and 26 million trucks later, Ford hasn’t looked back.

That same year, a copywriter for a Ford truck magazine is said to have written three simple words that would come to define the brand – Built Ford Tough. It is more than a slogan – it’s the F-Series brand promise to its owners and the mantra for Ford’s entire truck team.

Trucks were fast becoming universal family vehicles, in addition to being work trucks, according to Kreipke. Instead of renting a truck for a big job or for towing, people now had ones they could use for work during the week, then hitch a trailer to and haul the family in for weekend getaways. Ford trucks were adapting to the changing, more active American lifestyle.

Premium edition trucks, such as the Lariat package introduced in 1978, offered more comfort features including air conditioning, leather trim, and power windows and locks. In 1982, Ford charted a different course with an all-new compact truck – Ranger. Versatile and efficient, Ranger quickly built a reputation for being tough and capable, leading it to thrive in diverse markets around the world. Now, after a seven-year hiatus, Ford is reintroducing an all-new Ranger in North America in 2019.

Expanding the Built Ford Tough Lineup

Ford reset the benchmark again in 1998 with the introduction of F-Series Super Duty. Engineered for fleet and heavy-duty work use, Super Duty – from the F-250 all the way up to the F-750 – more clearly defined Ford trucks for a growing base of commercial applications.

With an expanding lineup of F-Series trucks, the company added high-end trim and technology packages to meet customers’ diverse needs. The addition of King Ranch, Platinum and Limited model trucks provided more luxury content along with improved functionality and capability. Features such as premium leather-trimmed seating, SYNC® with navigation, sunroofs and heated seats, along with gross vehicle weight and tow ratings in the 15,000-pound range combined to deliver on the Built Ford Tough brand promise.

While Ford worked to continuously increase truck capabilities, the company made bold investments in efficiency, too. Powerful, yet efficient EcoBoost® V6 engine technology debuted for 2011, providing customers with better fuel economy and power. This was followed by the industry’s first high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body for the 2015 F-150, providing customers the “and” solution of greater efficiency and more capability. Two years later, 2017 Super Duty trucks also got lighter-weight high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy bodies – a savings Ford reinvested in providing best-in-class towing and hauling capability.

Innovation on the performance front continued, too, with Ford leading the way in the specialty truck segment. Early examples include Harley-Davidson F-150 and F-150 SVT Lightning. Then came Raptor – the first off-road trophy truck from a major manufacturer.

Inspired by desert racing and designed specifically to meet the needs of off-road truck enthusiasts, the purpose-built F-150 Raptor set the bar high for off-road performance. Today’s second-generation 2017 F-150 Raptor features a 450-horsepower EcoBoost V6, 10-speed transmission, and segment-exclusive Terrain Management System™ with electronic-controlled transfer case and differentials.

Ford is credited with putting the world on wheels, and Ford trucks helped build America. “Ford trucks carried the loads, the people and the products necessary to get the job done,” Kreipke said.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Paramotor | Long Live Ram | Ram Trucks


Long live the fearless. And long live the trucks that push you further. Ram. America’s longest-lasting pickups.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Custom Designed Welders Bodies by Harbor Truck Bodies






It seems that there's no such thing as a standard Welder Body because every welder want something different.Harbor can custom build a Welders Body for each customers unique needs.Here's a 9' Low Pro 34" Open Top Service Body with Stainless Steel lids and with slightly raised front compartments to the standard height of 40" closed compartment style.

This also has a small sized transverse compartment with two compartments for tall gas bottles in storage, while in the main front compartment are bottle brackets and rings for short gas bottles. This also has the rear compartment cut off and an 18" work platform with V-groove on the back plus the standard 8" step bumper.

This is all mounted on a new Dodge 3500 regular cab chassis and makes for a very clean looking rig.

Let Harbor create a unique body for you! Call 800-433-9452. www.htbi.net

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Selecting The Correct Venturo Crane

Three Steps to Help Determine What Venturo Crane Best Fits a Given Situation:

Determine What Size of Crane is Needed based on Foot Pound Rating required.

  • Foot Pound Rating — based on Foot Pound Rating required. To find out what the foot pound rating should be —find out the weight of the max load that will be lifted & what would be the max distance that load will be moved away from the center line of the crane—Using those two numbers you can determine Foot Pound Rating by multiplying those numbers together — the resulting number would be the foot pound rating of the size of the crane needed.

  • Note: Venturo HT and ET cranes are numbered in Foot Pound Ratings—ie—ET12 is 12,000 foot pound crane / HT25 is a 25,000 foot pound crane / HT50 is 50,000 foot pound rated crane; etc.
Example 1: Max weight to be lifted is 5000 lbs. The crane has to take 5000 lbs. a distance of 10’ away from the center line of the crane. 5000 lbs. x 10 feet would be 50,000 which would mean a 50,000 foot pound rated crane is needed which would be a Venturo HT50.
Example 2: Max weight to be lifted is 1390 lbs. The crane has to take 1390 lbs. a distance of 8’ away from the center line of the crane. 1390 lbs. x 8 feet would mean a 11,120 is needed which would mean a 12,000 foot pound crane is needed, so an ET12 would work in this application.

Example 3: Max weight to be lifted is 2100 lbs. The crane has to take 2100 lbs. a distance of 11’ away from the center line of the crane. 2100 lbs. x 11 feet would mean a 23,100 foot pound rated crane is needed which would mean an ET25 or HT25 would fit this application.
Some HT & ET models have the same max lifting capacity ratings:

HT25 & ET25 — max lifting capacity of 5000 lbs. @ 5 feet from the center line of the crane.

HT30 & ET30 — max lifting capacity of 5000 lbs. @ 6 feet from the center line of the crane.

HT40 & ET36 — max lifting capacity of 6000 lbs. @ 6 feet from the center line of the crane.

What type of crane to use—a “fully hydraulic”— the Venturo HT family of cranes or an “electric-hydraulic” the Venturo ET family of cranes would be determined by the how often the crane is used and what the end user is picking up.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Andersen Hitches Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection


The Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection from Andersen Hitches is the lightest, strongest, most innovative 5th wheel hitch in the world!

you can order your here! https://andersenhitches.com/Catalog/5...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

8 Future Trucks & Buses YOU MUST SEE


Top 8 Crazy Future Trucks & Buses YOU MUST SEE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

XLP™ Plug-in - Hybrid Electric Solution for Ford F150

Ford F-150 upfit solution provides a 50% increase 
in miles driven per-gallon*

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XL Hybrids, the leader in connected fl eet electrifi cation solutions, now gives commercial fl eets a simple plug-in solution to cut fuel costs and meet sustainability goals. Our revolutionary XLP plug-in hybrid electric technology seamlessly installs onto Ford F-150 pickup trucks, and ordering ship-thru upfits is easy.

Fleet-Ready™
The OEM powertrain and warranty remain intact.
Our hybrid component warranty is 3-years or
75,000 miles.

Big Savings
The XLP hybrid system delivers a signifi cant
reduction in gallons used, so drivers can go longer
between fi ll-ups, plus a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Superior Driveability and 99+ % Uptime
Our hybrid vehicles drive just like the other units in
your fl eet – no driver training needed. With tens of
millions of fl eet miles, XL Hybrids vehicles have a
proven track record of 99.9+% uptime.

Learn more at: http://www.xlhybrids.com/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Maxon Lift Corp.


MAXON Liftgates are the most trusted, best backed, most innovative in the business.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

No pickup matches the premium status of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.


From the leather-appointed seating inside to the signature chrome grille outside GMC Director of Design Matt 
None explains why you won’t find another mid-size pickup matching the premium status of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali. 

For more information about the GMC Canyon Denali, visit: http://www.gmc.com/trucks/canyon-dena..

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tommy Gate - Tuckunder Development Video


The Tommy Gate Tuckunder Development Video depicts the hard working staff at Woodbine Manufacturing Company and the production of the Tuckunder Series hydraulic lift. It was filmed on location in Woodbine, Iowa.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why does the BEDSLIDE go up at the end?


Take a look at why the BEDSLIDE has a rake at the end of it. BEDSLIDE demonstration. BEDSLIDE with a load.

Monday, July 17, 2017

ProTech Top-Open Rail Boxes




ProTech Top-Open Rail Boxes can be ordered with smooth or diamond plate doors and feature our low profile design.

1/8" thick, Commercial-grade Aluminum Alloy. ProTech's heavy gauge construction sets the industry standard for greater strength and corrosion resistance. Sliding Trays with Dividers in our cross body and inbed boxes keep small items organized and easy to find.

Sliding Trays with Dividers. Keep small items organized and easy to find.

Continuous Stainless Steel Hinges. Stainless steel hinges stand up to repeated opening, closing, twisting and shaking through the years.

Positive Control, Stainless Steel T-Locks. ProTech's unique twist locks snug the lid down to the seal, for complete weather-tight protection. Dual action T-locks: US Pat. # 6,502,868 B1

Durable Gas Struts. Smooth, convenient open/close operation. Struts hold door open for quick and easy access to your gear.

Automotive quality seals. Weather, water, dust and dirt stay outside where they belong.

Full, continuously welded seams and joints. Resists cracking from heavy use and overloading.

5-year limited warranty. Since we manufacture one of the industry's most durable boxes, we stand behind it, giving you total peace of mind.

Learn more at: http://protech.net/

Please contact your local ProTech dealer to order a box built to your custom specifications.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tommy Gate - G2 Series - Pickup and Service Operation



Tommy Gate - G2 Series - Pickup and Service Operation Instructions

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tag, inspect and transmit - it’s that simple

Tag, inspect and transmit - it’s that simple

Tractor / Trailer Inspection configuation

TAG – Data-encoded RFID tags are placed in each inspection zone of a vehicle or asset. In a commercial trucking environment, for example, tags are placed in inspection zones that adhere to DOT compliance requirements for pre- and post-trip inspections. Many school districts place tags at the back of a bus to ensure that drivers perform their end-of-shift check for students.

INSPECT – The individual performing the inspection must physically scan each tag on the vehicle. The tablet device must be within two inches of the point of inspection, which helps to verify that a check was performed and the vehicle is up to operating standards. EVIR acts as an electronic, verifiable log to prove that inspections are being performed accurately and consistently.




TRANSMIT – Defects or vehicle damage can be captured with Zonar's tablet device. Equipped with a 5 mega-pixel camera, drivers can easily transmit photos to give maintenance a heads-up as to what they are seeing. After the tablet is docked inside the vehicle, the inspection data is seamlessly transferred back to Zonar's web-based application, Ground Traffic Control®. Fleet managers and maintenance personnel have immediate access to the inspection data from the field, helping them to prioritize and schedule repairs.

Not just for vehicles

The EVIR system is as flexible as our customers' unique needs. While most commonly used to verify the pre- and post-trip inspection process for fleets across all industries, EVIR use spans to wherever there's a need to verify a process is being followed.

A complete solution provider

Zonar offers a full suite of smart fleet technology solutions that improve safety, decrease downtime of vehicles, reduce fuel costs, coach driver performance, and streamline back-office reporting.

Unparalleled customer service

From onboarding to installation, our U.S.-based Customer Care team makes sure that you’re set up for success. There’s a reason more than 99 percent of our customers that choose to do business with us, stay with us. More than 30 percent of our company is devoted to after-sale support, which means you can always reach a live Zonar employee—24/7/365.

Learn more at: http://zonarsystems.com/solutions/evir-electronic-verified-inspection-reporting/


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Harbor PHVAC Van Interior


Plumbing Heating and Ventilation service technicians need to carry bottles of Nitro, CO2 or Brazing torch gases to pressure test systems, purge a system, blow out coils, or solder or repair lines. The Electrical/Telecom package is designed to satisfy your need with a 3-tank holder mounted off the rear shelf  panel, four (4) drawer packs, and a lockable storage compartment for valuable components. How about adding a drop-down rack for your different size ladders that help you get to that system? Keep your tanks at 40 cu.ft. or less if you have to carry them up the ladder!

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Start with a Flatbed - Add a Service Body! Harbor Truck Bodies




Here’s a Harbor Hybrid Body, it might be called a Service Body but it starts with a 12' flatbed with diamond plate steel floor, then a series of three large compartment boxes are added to each side welded together. The upper boxes have shelves and there are underbody boxes with more storage.

Notice the full length rack that extends to the front bumper for full support to carry extra-long items with expanded metal at the front functioning as a stop. There is a short work platform on the rear with a unique set of open steel boxes underneath the rear.  It’s mounted on a Ford F350 with 84" CA chassis.

See more of Harbor's body building at www.htbi.net.


Friday, July 7, 2017

GoLight Lighting Video


This is a product video of GoLight, Inc. GoLight creates industry leading lighting solutions for recreation, military, automotive, and more.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Editions


Jim Morrison, Head of the Ram Truck brand, talks about raising the bar on elegance and sophistication with the new 2018 Ram 1500 and 2500 HD Limited Tungsten Edition pickup trucks.The Limited Tungsten Edition will also be available on the Ram 3500 single-and dual-rear-wheel; Crew Cab and Mega Cab (Heavy Duty); four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive; and short- and long-wheelbase models. Look for the '18 Ram Limited Tungsten trucks to be in dealerships in the third quarter of 2017. The Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition MSRP starts at $55,120.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Federal Law to Require New Cars to Include BackUp Cameras by 2018

Backup Camera System for Trucks

A new rule requiring backup cameras in all new cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups weighing less than 10,000 pounds by May of 2018 has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  All new cars, SUVs and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses, will be required to include backup cameras, a measure which is expected to reduce the nearly 210 backover deaths each year.  It is estimated that rear facing camera, including those automakers already offer, could save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, many of which were children.  Automakers will be allowed to “remove side –view mirrors and replace them with cameras that may expand side vision while increasing fuel efficiency”.  In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to require vehicle to vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks, however an exact date for implementation of this technology has not been set.


Source: http://omaha.legalexaminer.com/automobile-accidents/federal-law-to-require-new-cars-to-include-backup-cameras-by-2018/