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10 Factors in Spec’ing Drive-Axle Ratios for Medium-Duty Trucks

There is a wide range of drive-axle ratios for medium-duty trucks. Considering drive-axle ratio impacts a truck’s top-end speed, load-pulling ability, and...
Categories: Operations, Upfitting, Vehicle Research
How to Spec Dump Bodies for Light- & Medium-Duty Trucks

If a fleet doesn’t properly equip a chassis or dump body to handle a load, cost savings will vanish due to premature maintenance issues and greater risks to...
Categories: Operations, Upfitting, Vehicle Research
20-Point Checklist: Spec’ing Flatbed Trucks

While flatbeds may seem basic, there are several options to consider that impact cost, payload capacity, fuel economy, and crew productivity. Here are 20...
Categories: Operations, Vehicle Research
Selecting the Right Cargo Van for Your Fleet

The same van specs used for the past 10 years might not match fleet requirements today. Several steps are outlined to ensure the best cargo van is selected...
Categories: Operations, Vehicle Research
6 Cost-Effective Strategies for Purchasing Stock Trucks

Do some homework before making an out-of-stock purchase to avoid paying higher prices. Read on for tips to planning a dealer stock purchase.
Categories: Operations, Upfitting, Vehicle Research
21 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Critical elements in determining medium-duty refrigerator body specifications include maintaining optimal cargo area temperature and designing a...
Categories: Operations, Vehicle Research
Is Carbon Fiber the Future of Truck Bodies?

While cost remains an obstacle to widespread acceptance of carbon-body trucks, this lightweight, durable, and strong material can facilitate fleet vehicle...
Categories: Operations, Vehicle Research
Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

Truck bodies rust in salt-laden environments, whether in coastal areas or regions that require road salts for de-icing. To lengthen truck body life — and...
Categories: Green Fleet, Operations, Vehicle Research
EPA HD OBD Ruling Impacts Medium-Duty Fleets

Effective Jan. 1, the heavy-duty onboard diagnostic (HD OBD) ruling requires truck manufacturers install OBD systems on trucks 14,001-lbs. GVWR or greater.
Categories: Maintenance, Operations, Upfitting, Vehicle Research
6 Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck...

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