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Dealing with Cargo Boxes Water Leaks

Cargo boxes, also known as van bodies, get water leaks. Even new ones! Once they do, the next problem is finding the leak. The best solution is not getting them in the first place. If you do have a leak, how do you detect them? How do you prevent them? And how do you fix them?

“One way to detect water leaks is by looking out for water stains in the interior lining of the truck.” Kirk Booth, Service Manager at Truck-N-Trailer, said.  “Water leaks typically occur in the front, or forward, two corners of the box. This is… Continue reading

The Basics of Cargo Tie-Down Straps

Transporting cargo can be a tedious process even more so secure cargo with cargo tie-down straps and help avoid damages from occurring. There happens to be a wide selection of fasteners that can be used to secure cargo safely. Some fasteners are preferred over others while some are common in most commercial vehicles.

It does not matter what kind of cargo that is being pulled. Tie-down straps will always be valued. Tie-down straps are available for a very wide range of different applications. A strap’s strength depends on what kind of work the strap will be handling. For example, for… Continue reading

Drive-Axle Ratios for Medium-Duty Trucks

Typically when specifying out medium-duty trucks and vans for drive-axle ratios, it is easy to figure out what ratio to use. This is true especially since there is only two to three depending on the vehicle. However, for those vehicles weighing in 19,500lbs to 26,000lbs on the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) scale, the process becomes more complicated. There are more than a dozen options to choose from. Some drive-axle ratios range from 2.69:1 to 7.17:1 with ten or two different ratios between them. It all depends on the truck’s class, make and model, and the rear-axle capacity.

Drive-Axle Ratios… Continue reading

Selecting Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks

Selecting tires for medium-duty trucks directly impacts the fuel economy, performance, and tire replacement cycles for that vehicle. Mismatches between the tire specifications and how the vehicle is used is an issue. This may lead to increased chances of vehicle’s downtime and higher overall operating costs.

The challenge in selecting tires for medium-duty trucks is the number of number of variables needs to factor into the overall decision. Medium-duty tire manufacturers have different kinds of treads, designed for what that vehicle operating weight, specific tire position, or axle. For example, some tire are designed for free rolling, known as steering… Continue reading

Understanding Tire Management

Understanding tire management should be in a fleet manager’s top interest. Understand how tires are used in a day to day basis. Learn where all the expenses go. From tire benchmarking to data analysis to management action, creating a tire management program can help the truck in a profitable range rather than that of an awful headache.

An effective tire management program has to address four things: Air pressure; Rotation; Mechanical/Alignment Maintenance of the vehicle; finally, speed. Maintaining these four key elements, a fleet manager will be able to keep the cost of tires down when It comes to purchasing… Continue reading

Top 8 Mistakes made Ordering Medium-Duty Box Trucks

Here is a quick list on 8 items to look out for when ordering medium-duty box trucks. Whether the body is too short or too long, the truck sits too high, or the chassis is too light are just a few examples of where the specs on a medium-duty box truck can go wrong. It can only take on mistake to significantly halt employee productivity and drive up vehicle costs. To correct the mistake after the fact with premature maintenance problems caused by trying to operate in an “as-is” state.

Avoid these top eight things when ordering a medium-duty box… Continue reading

Alternative Fuels for CMVs

Alternative fuels for commercial motor vehicles are a hot topic for the commercial motor vehicle drivers, fleet managers, and small business owners alike. According to the United States Department of Energy, there are six major types of alternative fuels for CMVs. These fuels consist of Biodiesel, Electricity, Ethanol, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Propane.

Business needs determines the best alternative fuel to pick. Most alternative fuels for CMVs include tax incentives and fuel-efficiency. While saving some extra cash in the business’s wallet, and saving the world from some of those deadly CO2 emissions sounds fantastic. However, how do these green… Continue reading

Proper Load Security

Proper load security is required to be used by drivers who driver commercial motor vehicles. The process of transferring things from one place to another with a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can be tedious and dangerous. Although, to the average drivers of America, some may believe that it is an easy task. However, the process of loading, transporting, and then unloading cargo could cause serious injuries or even fatalities if the driver of the CMV is not careful. The drivers of large CMVs are exposed to many dangers when loading/unloading their vehicles. They have the risk of heavy objects… Continue reading

Trucks Under 14,000lbs

The United States DOT puts trucks and other such vehicles into classes. These classes are destingished by their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, otherwise know as GVWR. These classes have a total of eight different ranges from smallest to largest.

GVWR refers to the maximum weight a vehicle can carry while operating. This weight also includes the weight of the truck itself. Classes based off of GVWR have nothing to do with what parts are on the vehicle, how amazing or bad the suspension is, or even what the vehicle looks like. It is solely based off the weight of the… Continue reading

Right to Repair

The Right to Repair bill is something everyone needs in today’s age. This is because vehicle manufacturers are fighting to “lock out” all vehicle owners. What this means is the manufacturers are trying to prevent owners from maintaining their vehicles. Primarily the vehicle’s computer system. By locking out vehicle owners, manufacturers are able to drive more business back to their dealerships. If this were to happen, it means anything from a simple tire change to adjusting the transmission could cost a lot more than simply doing it yourself.

Should manufacturers make it this way, shopping around for the best deal,… Continue reading