Thursday, September 22, 2016

Top 5 Reason Why Heavy Duty Trucks are Better Than Light Duty Trucks...O...

Have your eye on a new truck?

Whether you’re looking to go with a Heavy or Light Duty truck your options are almost endless. Here are Nathan and Roman from TFL Truck with their views on a few things to consider...




If you like this video, check out more at http://www.tfltruck.com/

To transform your pickup truck into the ultimate work truck, Fleetwest offers innovative service bodies in both Heavy Duty Steel and Fiberglass Composite construction. All units are 100% transferable, even when fully loaded with tools and equipment, with a no holes drilled installation. A universal fit for most full-sized pickup trucks and available in 8' and 6.5' bed models. Call for more information today toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NTEA website gets an overhaul


The Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) has re-equipped its website. The reason behind this upgrade is to improve the appearance and make navigating more user friendly for all devices.

The update made the site more compatible with mobile devices to improve upon the user experience. The online resources are more interactive and easier to use, i.e. the Member Directory is a customized marketing tool with its expansive contents. However, users may not experience the website to its full potential without a browser update first. For those using Internet Explorer 11 or earlier versions, an upgrade or use of an alternative browser is recommended.


“At NTEA, we’re always working to improve our products and services,” a spokesperson said. “With intuitive functionality, social media integration, refined search options and a responsive design making the site compatible with your mobile devices, we hope to improve your experience.”


Here at Fleetwest, we too are looking to improve your website experience. Fleetwest.net is currently up and running, though please pardon our dust during construction while we make some much needed updates. We are looking to provide users with greater product knowledge via video virtual tours of our models and make our site navigation more user friendly.  

We will keep you informed during our rebuild and look forward to the finished product. For more information or a quote on one of our transferable service bodies, please call us toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Counting down the days to Fleetcon 2016?


This year will mark the 40th Anniversary for Fleetcon and will be held September 12-15, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Frisco, Texas.  As always, Fleetcon is the education event for all things fleet! This annual event combines education, networking, and introductions to new technologies, innovations and fleet solutions. Attendees flock countrywide for the educational seminars and to have the opportunity to gain comprehensive insight into the latest technologies, innovations, and trends that affect their industries.

Let’s not forget about the Exhibits & Vendor Show! Held Tuesday and Wednesday, the 13th and 14th, this is your chance to see first-hand and explore the future of your fleet through the innovative exhibits. Each exhibitor manufactures, distributes, or supplies industry products and/or services to fleet organizations around the country. All of them are experts in their field and willing to share their innovations to help you reach your fleet potential. This is a great opportunity to get hands on with vehicles, equipment, and tools that will improve fleet operations. This is also a chance to develop your network and enjoy face-to-face conversations with the vendors and suppliers.

These exhibits promise not to disappoint, so make your way to Frisco, Texas and expand your horizons!

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Fleetwest will not be an exhibitor this year. Fleetwest looks forward to these events and the ability to share our innovative products and network with fleet professionals. Keep your eyes out for us next year though.

Fleetwest provides fleet solutions to:
  • Lowering cost of ownership - transferable vs. tradition bolt-on service bodies. Load'N'Go utility bodies will lower ownership costs by providing flexibility, reducing technician downtime, and increasing resale value.
  • Improving fleet sufficiency - transferable service bodies are more sufficient because they can easily be moved from one pickup truck to another in minutes, fully loaded. Fewer pickup trucks are needed within a fleet and work trucks are more customizable with Load'N'Go and CTB service bodies.
  • Technology advancements - CTB service bodies are made of an innovative lightweight, fiberglass composite that is rugged and lowers fuel costs. Load'N'Go service bodies are powder-coated which is the latest technology for quality service body advancement. The powder coating process creates a more durable, aesthetically pleasing fleet.
For more information about Fleetwest and our innovative fleet solutions, please visit us at www.fleetwest.net.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Future increase in fuel prices on the horizon

Although we are currently down 56 cents from last year’s national average, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, diesel and gasoline prices are on the rise and are expected to move even higher the rest of this year and continue into 2017.

During the 2016 summer driving season (April through September), the EIA expects the retail price of regular gasoline will average $2.19/gal. They forecast the U.S. average retail price would reach a peak of $2.37/gal in June and then fall to an average of $2.19/gal in September. The U.S. regular gasoline retail price is projected to average $2.06/gal for 2016, down from last year’s average of $2.43/gal, and $2.26/gal in 2017. The diesel fuel prices are expected to average $2.30/gal in 2016 and predicted to match last year’s average of $2.71/gal in early 2017 and upwards of $2.86 per gallon in the final three months of 2017.

Brent crude oil prices were at a 12-year low of $31 per barrel in January and increased to an average of $47 per barrel this last May. According to August reports, crude oil prices are forecast to average $42 per barrel for 2016 and $52 per barrel in 2017. The crude oil increase is an effect of growing global oil supply disruptions, rising oil demand, and falling U.S. crude oil production. 


Fleetwest has the solutions to increase your fleet fuel economy. We offer a line of lightweight, fiberglass Composite Truck Bodies (CTB) that follow the Sustainable Fleet Standards by increasing efficiency, reducing emissions, and saving on fuel costs.  All of which convert to savings for fleet management. Composite Truck Bodies are completely transferable on and off your pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation; available with endless options to customize work trucks and make them ideal for any type of fleet.

Fleetwest offers the most efficient transferable service bodies for the trades industry, including construction, plumbing, telecom and mechanical industries. Call us today and start saving for tomorrow. Toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Ultimate Contractor’s Utility Body:

As Contractors you need to get the most out of your truck. You need a rugged and user friendly utility body to organize your tools and materials without sacrificing the factory truck bed. Large and small fleets alike can benefit from a fully transferable service body platform that allows use of the factory bed. Dedicated Bolt-On Service Bodies simply can't offer this flexibility, and often create equipment issues in the field when break downs occur. How many times have you have you had to transfer your tools and materials from one truck to another, only to get to the job site and have half of what you needed?

The revolutionary Load'N'Go Bodies by Fleetwest offer a huge advantage over traditional bolt on bodies with the ability to transfer from truck to truck or truck to job-site in literally minutes, even when loaded with tools and equipment. This virtually eliminates downtime and offers fleets a tremendous savings in time and lost revenue. The Load'N'Go Body can be removed and installed by forklift or optional jacks with crane lifting tubes available as well.

The Load'N'Go offers maximum storage and usability with key features like a standard 1,000 lb. capacity pull out tool drawer with included customizable divider package, and large side cabinets with adjustable shelving. Additionally, the Load'N'GO bodies are the most secure utility body available, with industry leading heavy duty hardware and dual locking latch assemblies with keyed cylinder locks and pad lockable stainless steel T-Handles.

Load'N'Go models available for 1/2, 3/4 and 1 Ton Trucks with 6.5' or 8' Beds. They are all a universal fit for Ford, GM, Dodge, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan. With no added up-fitting costs or down time, Load'N'Go bodies offer the highest return on investment in the industry and this return only gets better with every up-fit/truck replacement cycle.

written by Luke Parrott

Fleetwest transferable truck bodies
 Load'N'Go Security Top shown in truck
Contact our sales team today to learn more about Load’N’Go truck bodies 
and the options available for your fleet. Don't forget to ask about the $300 off list price on the purchase of a Load'N'Go Security Top - 8 ft. model only -
(Offer may not be combined with any other discount or special pricing)
Offer valid until 8/31/16 or while quantities last

Luke Parrott                                                       Bill Butler

Direct 480-261-1058                                        Direct 602-736-3919
luke@fleetwest.net                                      bbutler@fleetwest.net

www.fleetwest.net

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Controlling Fleet Costs

Whether your company is big or small, everyone is looking to save money. Fleet managers are always keeping an eye on the operations financial bottom line. Unfortunately, repairs and maintenance are never cheap, but it is a necessary and anticipated expense. One daunting task for fleet managers is deciding whether or not to perform in-house or outsource maintenance and repair work. As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider.

Some pros to in-house repair are:
  • Control the quality of workmanship – not everyone will treat each repair as if it was their own truck
  • Control the length of time the vehicle is out of service – you know your truck isn’t sitting there waiting for someone to get around to fixing it
  • Control parts cost – You know that you are not paying an inflated price for parts

Some cons to in-house repair are:
  • Significant expense required to employ quality trained mechanics and inventory needed
  • Training program for ongoing employee training needed
  • Building space required for maintenance to be performed in and the extra concerns with regulations and approvals needed to go with these facilities
Quite simply, deciding whether or not the job is outsourced or performed in-house is a complex task.  It comes down to the important factors – cost, quality and turnaround time – and what works for your company.

Downtime is always going to be a challenge; however, Fleetwest offers an innovative solution to this problem. When you own a Fleetwest truck body and your work truck is in need of repairs, you simply transfer the truck body, fully loaded, to another pickup truck bed via forklift, crane or lifting jacks. The technician now has full access to his tools and equipment and able to move forward with his days’ work. When the needed repairs have been made, the service body is then transferred back into the original work truck. All executed in a matter of minutes with a no-holes drilled installation. Transferability changes everything!


For more information on Fleetwest transferable truck bodies, please call toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

And then there was one…

Full-size pickup trucks usually carry the reputation as “indestructible”, mostly due to their stature.  Well, size doesn’t always mean that they are safe. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) challenged this theory in a round of crash-tests. The IIHS put extended-cab and crew-cab versions of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra through its full battery of tests. Of the seven vehicles tested, Ford was the only model to pass the small-overlap crash test earning the “good” rating that is required to obtain the Top Safety Pick award.
F-150 small-overlap crash test
Dodge Ram 1500 small-overlap crash test

The crew-cab and extended-cab versions of the Ram 1500, as well as the crew-cab Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Silverado, earned a “marginal” rating in the small-overlap test. Fairing slightly better were the extended-cab versions of the Tundra and the General Motors pickups gaining an “acceptable” rating. The IIHS reported that all of these models allowed for a substantial breach into the passenger area, particularly in the driver’s foot well.  “Drivers in these pickups would need help freeing their legs from the wreckage following a small-overlap crash,” said IIHS Vehicle Research Center vice president Raul Arbelaez in a statement.

F-150 Crew vs. Extended Cab 2015 IIHS crash test
The IIHS decided to test the two different body styles this year due to the significant structural counter measure discrepancies found between the crew and the extended-cab in the 2015 Ford F-150 last year.  In 2015, the crew-cab models received a “good” rating, while the extended-cab models received a “marginal”. Ford has since fitted additional structure to all versions of the F-150 to ensure a passing rating all around.  It only seems likely that the other companies will soon follow suit with similar structural changes to improve their performance on these IIHS tests. Watch the IIHS You Tube video here.   

https://youtu.be/_V5WGkRZQOU



If you are looking to build the ultimate work truck, then Fleetwest offers innovative solutions. Our service bodies are a universal fit for most full size pickup trucks including Ford, Chevy, Dodge and Toyota. These service bodies are fully transferable from one truck bed to another, even fully loaded, thus eliminating any downtime required for vehicle maintenance or repair. Transfer on/off via crane, forklift or lifting jacks is made possible by a no-holes drilled installation. Fleetwest utility bodies can be customized for your trade, provide additional storage and offer more flexibility to improve technician efficiency. For more information, call a Fleetwest representative toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.





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