The lift gate is an essential piece of equipment in the cargo management and supply chain industry. It is a fold away metal platform that is mounted at the rear end of a freight truck, box truck or step van. When it is extended out from below the truck, it assumes the role of a platform that lifts cargo from ground level up to the level of the truck bed. This enables the freight carrier to move palletized cargo from the trailer down to the ground with minimal effort using the lift gate.
The lift gate is especially useful when… Continue reading
Step vans which are also called walk-in delivery trucks, refer to the panel trucks that depending on the model can be driven with the driver standing or sitting. These vehicles were used to deliver food, particularly milk and bakery products in the early 20th century. Today, step vans are commonly used in the construction trades such as plumbing or heat and air contractors, auto repair, and law enforcement.
The step van became popular as a food truck because of certain attributes that made it attractive not only to food catering companies but to other industries as well. Those attributes… Continue reading
The 2019 International Roadcheck is here and all commercial truck drivers should be ready! On June 4th – 6th, there will be 1500 roadside commercial vehicle inspection sites across the United States and Canada with over 10,000 CVSA-certified and FMCSA-authorized inspectors.
Although many people believe these inspections are just for heavy trucks like 18-wheelers categorized under class 7 and 8, medium duty trucks in US Classes 3 through 6 are also required to stop at the roadcheck inspections. Trucks in Class 3 through 6 have a gvwr of 10,001 – 26,000 lbs. These medium duty trucks include… Continue reading
Unlike typical cargo vans, box trucks are fitted with roll-up doors that require proper maintenance to prevent them from getting corroded or misaligned prematurely. There are various ways to maintain roll-up doors in order to maximize their useful life.
Neglected roll-up doors could result in broken panels, hinges, rollers, or misaligned tracks which are not only maintenance problems but a security issue as well. This scenario should be avoided through proper maintenance of roll-up doors. Applying quality lubricant on the rollers, hinges, and tracks is one of the key maintenance steps that should be taken.
If your cargo box roll-up… Continue reading
For any kind of business a utility or delivery truck is part of its lifeblood, transporting goods and supplies from the main office or warehouse to customers and clients. Whatever type of commercial truck, the vehicles suffers a lot more wear and tear compared to a normal passenger car for several reasons:
1. Your delivery truck carries heavier loads than a normal vehicle which puts a greater demand on the transmission, suspension and tires.
2. It does a lot of accelerating and braking because of the stop-and-go delivery route which causes the oil break down more quickly.
3. It spends… Continue reading
If you are in the service industry and just starting out in your business or looking to expand your fleet of current service vans, the question that first comes to mind is ‘should I buy brand-new or used?’ followed by ‘where can I find high quality used moving or plumbing vans for sale?’.
For budget conscious businesses, buying a used truck is often the better option! New vehicles depreciate in value the moment they leave the dealership, with a large percentage of that depreciation occurring in the first year alone. The large price difference between a new van and… Continue reading
Buying your own van or truck to operate your own independent business is often a great idea! Given the chance, you would love to get started with a fleet of brand-new equipment, but the fact is, navigating through this business is as tricky as it is promising. Before purchasing a van or truck for your product or service, you need to consider several factors to ensure that you get the best return on your investment: cost of ownership, your choice of trucks and vans, and the quality of the equipment.
A great way to get started is by purchasing used… Continue reading
Economists are seeing a steep rise in market demand for transportation services. In fact, it is projected that by 2020, some 29.1 million of these types of logistics units will be operating worldwide, and a considerable section of the industry will be made up of refrigerated trucks and vans.
Perishable produce, frozen food or beverages, chemicals, plants, and other temperature-sensitive items that you store, serve, or transport to your customer should be in their best condition at any given time. Can you imagine what a refrigeration breakdown could do to your products? You’ll have to deal with spoilage, rejected or… Continue reading
“Safety first!” sums up what drivers must observe when loading cargo into their box truck. When it comes to loading box trucks, it’s easy for drivers to get distracted with other issues at the dock/loading area or focus instead on the urgency of the job at hand without considering safe loading procedures. As a result, they become susceptible to strains, fractures, and other bodily injuries caused by improper body mechanics when lifting, carrying, or loading items.
Also called “multi-stop trucks” step vans are either light-duty and medium-duty standard trucks that are mostly used to deliver goods in local areas. The term has become synonymous with ease in delivery because of the low step-up feature under the truck’s doors.
Step vans are considered superior to similarly sized parcel vans due to the former’s low average deck height that reduces injury threat for workers. It is also a versatile vehicle with its dual access entry/exit point. In terms of visibility, a step van’s raised driver’s seat and massive windshield give the driver an uninhibited view of the road… Continue reading