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
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
So you have decided to start a food truck, now what? Food trucks are becoming a booming business across the country but there is a lot you need to know in order to get started and stay successful. Luckily, we have set up a guide to help you make your food truck a hit starting from the tires up!
Food Truck Specifications
There are certain specifications each food truck must meet in order to be up to code. While most states have generally the same health code regulations, it is important to confirm that your state is not the exception.… 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
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
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 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
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 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