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Monday, August 17, 2015

Come Check Out Fleetwest at Fleetcon 2015

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies will be at Fleetcon 2015.  Fleetcon is the fleet education event for all fleet personnel, fleet suppliers, and  all types of fleets. The event combines education, introduction to new technologies and innovations, and solutions and it also allows for networking with others in the fleet industry, and learn from some of the best. .

2015 will mark the 39th year of the fleet management event. These conference events have historically rotated throughout the states that surround the Rocky Mountains.

Make sure to stop by booth #417 and see the newest models by Fleetwest at Fleetcon 2015 in Glendale,AZ, September 14-17!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Why Transferability is a Good Choice

Retiring and replacing service vans and trucks is a dreaded but, necessary part of doing business.  When it is time to purchase a new vehicle, the transferable truck body can simply be moved from the old truck to the new one.  The transferable truck bodies are built to outlast multiple trucks with limited warranties as high as 10 years on the service body.  Once again the savings to the company is substantial since there is no need to replace the service body and the residual value of the pick-up truck is higher because you are trading or selling a traditional pick-up that has a higher resale value. 

The initial cost of purchasing a slip-on truck body versus a traditional bolt on unit is very comparable.  Upon the purchase of a replacement truck, the company now saves the entire cost of replacing the service body and after this scenario is repeated multiple times, the savings become big dollars!  Coupled with these savings, the company can wrap or paint their marketing logo and information on the transferable truck body which will move right over to the new truck with the unit. 

Lower fuel costs, reduced downtime, added security, higher personnel retention, lower hiring and training costs, higher residual truck values, quicker replacement service vehicles and lower marketing expenditures are just some of the many reasons it is time to move over to the new way of managing your truck fleet.  The savings associated with introducing a transferable truck body program into your fleet will offer the company immediate as well as long term savings that will make any CFO or accounting manager smile all the way to the bank!  

To enhance the use of pickups, owners should consider Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies, who offer a line of lightweight, fiberglass composite service bodies that follow the Sustainable Fleet Standards by increasing efficiency, reducing emissions, and saving on fuel costs. Durashell transferable service bodies are available with endless options to customize work trucks and make them ideal for any type of fleet. They are lighter than the standard steel service bodies because they are made of fiberglass composite. Lightweight service bodies mean less fuel consumption, emissions, and savings for fleet management. Durashell utility bodies are completely transferable on and off your pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. Fleetwest offers the most efficient transferable service bodies for the trades industry, including construction, plumbing, and mechanical industries.

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at (866)-497-7200 to get a quote or by clicking here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How Transferability Can Benefit You

When the truck needs to go into the shop for maintenance or repairs, the transferable truck body can quickly be moved to another truck in minutes.  Downtime associated with a technician’s tools and equipment needing to be transferred to another truck is all but eliminated.  The technician doesn’t waste valuable time in the field hunting for tools that were tossed into a borrowed truck since he is still working from ‘his own assigned tool box’.   Not only is the company saving valuable work time but, the technician is spared the frustration of working out of a borrowed truck body and enjoys more job satisfaction knowing he will always have ‘his own assigned tool box’.  When the slip-on truck body is assigned to a technician, they are more likely to take pride in their tool box resulting in higher job satisfaction as well.  They will be glad they never have to listen to their tools and equipment rolling around in the back of the van again!  Another bonus is they will only need to heat and cool the cab of the truck.  Higher job satisfaction converts to long term savings for the company through higher personnel retention and lower expenses related to hiring and training new people.

Security of tools and equipment can save thousands of dollars by avoiding costly break-ins and theft from the open bed of a pick-up truck.  Protecting your valuable cargo in a slip-on truck body makes so much financial sense.  Double locking doors and side compartments provide the security you need to prevent the cost and downtime of losing valuable equipment and time associated with replacing them.

The Load'N'Go ST-2000 is secure, heavy-duty, and transferable, on and off a pickup truck in minutes allowing you to transfer your tools and supplies from one truck to another without unloading. It fits most standard model long-bed and light enough to fit 1/2 ton pickup trucks. The Load'N'Go ST200 pictured needs no holes drilled to install and provides additional storage, flexibility, and efficiency allowing you to work smarter, not harder.

To get a quote on the brand new Load'N'Go ST-2000, call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Transferability Offers Big Savings!

Today’s business owners are challenged on all fronts looking for ways to trim operating costs and build efficiencies into their daily operations.  Whether the construction company runs 1 or 2 service vehicles or a fleet of 100 or more, the need to manage those vehicles in the most economical fashion is still of great significance to the financial health of any organization that has a service vehicle fleet.

Reducing or even holding steady fleet costs in a world with soaring fuel prices is nearly impossible and given the increasing cost of steel, plastics and other manufacturing materials, replacing service vehicles becomes a sizable drain on the profit margins of today’s business operators.  Those variables are out of the control of the fleet manager so; how does the prudent operator keep a grip on these escalating costs?  Even with all of this dauntingly bad news, I am glad to tell you there are still options available to hold down and even reduce the year over year operating costs associated with running a fleet of service vehicles.  

The solution:  Transferable service bodies for pick-up trucks are finding their way into more and more fleets throughout North America.  Transferability changes everything for the fleet manager.  Transferable truck bodies are just as the name infers, transferable service bodies that are not bolted into the pick-up truck bed but rather clamped to the bed rails using a four-corner mounting system that simply squeezes the bedrail and requires only a socket wrench to tighten or loosen the clamps.  A rubber mat is placed on the bed of the pick-up to prevent the service body from slipping around in the bed.  The unit can quickly and easily be slipped on and off the truck with either a forklift or a set of 4 lifting jacks similar to a camper jack system.

The significant savings comes from the lightweight fiberglass composite construction which allows the unit to be utilized on a full range of pick-up trucks from the lightweight class up to the heavy duty 1 ton trucks.  No matter what your truck brand or style, these units are universal fit for all major makes and can be easily moved in minutes from truck to truck, fully loaded.   The fuel economy derived from using a lightweight slip-on truck body on a fuel friendly truck can be substantial.  Transferable truck bodies also come in the more traditional looking steel and aluminum construction with side storage compartments along the bedrails and full length pull-out parts drawers that will handle up to 1000 pounds of parts, tools and equipment. These are now offered in a lighter weight ½ ton truck version which again provides valuable savings on fuel costs.

 Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is light enough for pickup trucks and a perfect match for continuous fuel and maintenance fleet savings. Load'N'Go truck bodies are completely transferable, on and off a pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. This means flexibility and higher overall value for fleets.  All Load'N'Go service body models are made of galvanized steel making them durable and long-lasting. 

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 to get a quote and modernize your work truck or go online by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Designing the Ultimate Work Truck

When designing a work truck, the objective should be to optimize the vehicle to achieve the best overall return for dollar spent.  Being that a work truck is a piece of equipment that helps your employees do their jobs, it is important that the equipment enhances productivity.  When it comes to designing a good working work truck there are three common mistakes that occur, according to NTEA director of fleet relations:

Working Out of Order: rather the starting with addressing the body and equipment, many people start the specification-writing process with the truck chassis.
Doing What You’ve Always Done: make sure to keep up with changes rather than replicating an existing vehicle
Taking Your Best Guess:  in many cases, truck designers make powertrain selection guesses instead of a careful analysis of horsepower and engine torque demands

A great addition to consider when designing a work truck is the Fleetwest Load’N’Go ST-2000.  The Load’N’Go ST-2000 is a fully transferable truck body even when loaded.  This means flexibility and higher overall value for fleets. An optional 1000 lb capacity drawer can be added to the Load'N'Go ST-2000 to provide extra organized storage in addition to the double-locking side compartments.

For more information call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a on the Load'N'Go ST-2000 by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

10 Things You Should Have in Your Truck, and Probably Don't

Here are some tips to help prepare you for whatever situation may arise.

Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to keep a vehicle stocked with essential items. These include the obvious, like windshield scraper and brush, flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, first-aid kit, cell phone charger, blanket and tire gauge.  There are also some that are not as obvious.

10 things you should keep in your car, and why:

1. Disinfectant wipes:  Can use for many things, such as cleaning up a spill to cleaning dirty hands.

2. USB mobile device charger:  Important to have in case there is ever a moment when your phone might run out of battery.

3. Energy bars:  These snacks are non-perishable and will hold you over if ever stuck waiting for assistance.

4. Bottled water:  Important to stay hydrated when on the road.

5. Maps: Yes, the paper kind. Always important to keep an updated map so you know where you are.

6. WD-40:  Can loosen a lug nut or protect rubber truck molding.

7. Duct tape:  Great for temporary fixes, such as holding your muffler in place.

8. Flares or reflective triangle:  Important to have so you don’t get hit on the side of the road.

9. Utility knife:  This multipurpose tool can handle a numerous amount of problems that may arise.

10. Matches:  Keep a couple matchbooks in a freezer bag so that they stay dry.  Good to have just in case, you never know when you might need them.

Although the list is extensive, many of the things that people keep in their cars varies with their needs.  Also, this list may sound like a lot, but a lot of this stuff does not take up too much space.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fleetcon 2015

Fleetwest has some exciting news as they will be attending this year’s Fleetcon show in Glendale, AZ.  There is a 10’X20’ space reserved for Fleetwest, where they will have to of their truck bodies on exhibit.  There they will be able to show how one can add and optimize their work fleet.  This will give people an opportunity to see firsthand what Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has to offer and how they can help enhance your work fleet.

 The show is the week of September 14 and will be running through September 17.  It will be held at the Renaissance Hotel across the street from the Cardinals Stadium.

Some examples of what may be shown are pictured below,

For more information call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a quote by clicking here.

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