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The Most Important Things to Know about Step Vans

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

Why You Should Buy from a Trusted Commercial Dealer

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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

Used Van or Truck for Your Business: What’s Not to Love?

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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

What in the World is a One Ton Truck?

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If you ever mosey on down to the local dealership to shop for pick-up trucks, it’s pretty normal to hear some unusual verbiage. Salesmen will be talking about wheelbase & glow plugs. Customers will be asking about block heaters and chassis cabs. It can get confusing. But there’s a common set of terms that everyone knows: ½ Ton, ¾ Ton & 1 Ton. You’ve heard about truck tonnage for years. But do you know what it really means? If you understand the meaning or not, salesmen and customers alike have at least accepted in a broad since that it… 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

Used Truck Values Make for a Better Bargain

Nowadays, used truck values are making them an ever increasing bargain, overtaking new trucks sales at dealerships. This is often because used trucks with low mileage can go for a lot less.

Truck dependability has increased in the past two decades. This allows trucks to last much longer than what they use to. In fact, J.D. Power and Associates were able to perform a study that proved the dependability of a vehicle has nearly doubled in the last decade alone.

While many of us are not expecting the immortality rates of vehicles to raise any time soon. We are expecting… Continue reading

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Reduces Pollution

Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is here to stay. All light, medium, and heavy duty trucks created in 2010 and newer are now incorporating DEF tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing towards enforcing the Clean Air. By doing this, EPA is hoping to reduce, or at least regulate the dangerous NOx emissions that are given off by vehicles. Diesel vehicles happen to be one of the top contributors to the NOx emissions. DEF was created to help reduce these emissions.

Diesel exhaust fluid is a nonhazardous solution that is sprayed down into the exhaust stream of all diesel vehicles.… Continue reading