Whether you’re a expedited freight service or a final mile white glove delivery company, there is one thing certain about your cargo box truck: Your cargo box either has leaked in the past, is currently leaking or will leak in the future. At some point its going to be an issue, but you don’t have to live with it. Lets take a look at how to address this problem.
Your cargo box is leaking because of either damage or general ageing. General wear and tear caused from ageing results in brittle caulking and loose rivets. Physical damage on the… Continue reading
Don’t let your engine cooling system be the reason your truck has a problem! Engine cooling systems protect engines and keep them working at the most efficient temperature. Use these quick and easy tips during your day to keep engines running cool.
Coolant (antifreeze) helps protect the engine from rust, corrosion and overheating. Just like the rest of your truck, heat negatively affects the engine cooling system. It is important to keep your cooling system in good working condition. Luckily, engine cooling system issues are easy to spot, fix and prevent.
Engine Cooling System Overview
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Summer truck battery maintenance is a must. It is a common misconception that winter weather is harder on batteries than summer weather. Warmer temperatures increase battery capacity, making it easier to turn over the engine. However, warm temperatures speed up the rate of deterioration. Stay on top of summer truck battery maintenance with these tips.
Before getting into the tips, here are a couple of keywords and definitions:
Sulfation Definition: High temperatures increase the rate of sulfation, which is the build-up of lead sulfate crystals. Lead sulfate forms naturally on both electrodes when the battery discharges. The lead sulfate easily… Continue reading
Mobile boutiques and other mobile businesses are becoming increasingly popular. It is a cost-efficient, trendy way to reach a large customer base. Think inside the box. Outfit used trucks, trailers or cargo boxes with all the necessary tools for successful mobile boutiques.
We were able to catch up with Oklahoma’s mobile boutiques expert, Heather Parsons. She shared her experience starting her mobile boutique, Cargo Room. Cargo Room is Oklahoma City’s premiere mobile boutique. While making its first street debut on July 18, 2014, this 84 square foot trailer is decked out with all the latest fashions. And yes,… Continue reading
The Tiny House Movement is sweeping the nation as people are reevaluating their way of living. Tiny houses are about living simply while still having everything that you need. They offer the freedom to live a bigger life. So where do you start?
First, find the right container. Tiny houses can be made out of anything, but cargo boxes are especially easy to convert into a tiny house. Cargo boxes are the perfect size and they can also be made mobile. They are extremely durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making them a great candidate for a tiny house.… Continue reading
With budgets getting tighter, box truck ideas have become the new wave of innovation. What you can do with them is only limited by your imagination. Turn them into a tiny house. Use custom fabrication to transform them into food trucks, mobile boutiques or landscape trucks. From personal to commercial, come explore with us the limitless possibilities.
Landscape trucks provide all the functionality of a trailer, while keeping equipment safe, organized and easy to access. For example, add a dovetail ramp to a box truck or van body. This allows equipment and tools to be kept… Continue reading
Avoid getting a violation in next weeks International Roadcheck 2016! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2016 is June 7th– 9th. During this 72-hour period approximately 10,000 federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local inspectors will conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections at thousands of locations across the country.
Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during this 72-hour period! This event is designed to emphasize the importance of driver and truck safety inspections in hopes of reducing roadway tragedies. Each year, the International Roadcheck focuses on a specific area of violations.
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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
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.
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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