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Monday, May 18, 2015

Work Smarter, Not Harder

The Load'N'Go Security Top by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies featured in the YouTube video above was customized specially for a communications company. Features were added so electrical technicians could easily work off-road and at night. LED lights were installed on the inside of this unit and inside the side compartments for easy access to tools and equipment at night. The LED lighting is controlled by a push/pull switch in the side cabinet, and can also be turned off when the technician closes the side compartment door for convenience.

A ladder rack with a snub-nose includes ratchets on the side to firmly secure ladders to the rack so they don't come loose in rough terrain. A 1000 lb capacity, 100% extension pull-out slide was added to this unit featuring a backboard so nothing falls off the back of the slide. A recess key-holder with locking cap securely stores additional keys for the unit. A camera with microphone was installed on the back of the unit so technicians can see and hear what's behind them. A remote-controlled spotlight provides added vision at night to light up the work area from a distance. Finally, a bumper winch kit has been added to the front of the work truck for optimum safety if a technician gets stuck in the field.

All Load'N'Go Security Top Service Bodies:

  • Come standard with an 1000 lb capacity customizable pull-out parts drawer
  • Fit all major makes and models of long or short bed pickup trucks
  • Tailgate can remain on for additional security
  • Have secure, double-locking side compartments for extra storage

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a quote on the Load'N'Go Security Top.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NAFA's Sustainability for Fleets

At this year’s NAFA 2015 Institute and Expo they announced the release of the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program.  This program is a revolutionary step towards how fleets adhere to sustainable practices.  The program is designed as a tool for fleet management professionals to help increase efficiency, reduce emissions, and conserve fuel for their businesses, according to NAFA.  It is also in collaboration with CALSTART, which is a national non-profit clean transportation organization.  The overall goal of the program is to help fleet professionals improve performance of their fleets and reduce their expenses.    As stated by the NAFA CEO Phillip Russo, “As an industry, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference for the environment.”

Another way in which fleet managers have the opportunity to enhance their fleets is with Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies and create the perfect on-the-job vehicle for work trucks with the Durashell and Load'N'Go.  Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies slip on and off most major brand pickup trucks in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation for flexibility and fleet savings.  Call your Fleetwest representative at 480-736-8800 to get a quote today on a transferable truck body such as the Load'N'Go Security Top pictured below.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fleetwest on TruckU

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is excited to announce that they will be featured in an upcoming episode of Truck U on the Velocity Channel. Tune in this Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 A.M. (EST) to see the Durashell transferable truck body in action, demonstrated by Bruno Massel and Matt Steele.

See Matt and Bruno help out a local seafood distributor grow their business by finding a truck, a transferable truck body, and fill it up with seafood.

All Durashell and Load’N’Go service bodies are completely transferable on and off a pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation.

Once again this episode of Truck U will be airing Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 A.M. (EST) on the Velocity channel.

Call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200 to get a Durashell quote today!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NAFA 2015 Institute & Expo

NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo is the fleet management industry’s largest event and is going on this week from April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center.  The event provides a convenient and valuable opportunity for both new and veteran fleet managers to get the tools they need to be successful and increase their networking power.  2015 will bring the most education-packed, networking-friendly conference NAFA has presented and allows for the opportunity to: network with thousands of fleet professionals, experience the latest services and products on the Institute & Expo Floor, receive cutting-edge training and education, improve your employer’s bottom line and attend special events, hear from prominent keynote speakers and more!

Another great way for fleet managers to be successful and create the perfect on-the-job vehicle for work trucks is with the Durashell and Load'N'Go Transferable Truck Bodies.  Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies slip on and off most major brand pickup trucks in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation for flexibility and fleet savings.  Call your Fleetwest representative at 480-736-8800 to get a quote today on a transferable truck body such as the Load'N'Go Sportsman pictured below.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hard Working Transferable Service Bodies

The use of aluminum for the bodies of new pickup trucks is said to be used by more than 75 percent of trucks that are produced in North America by 2025, according to a studied that was cited by Hard Working Trucks.  Ford is headed into the direction that the study has foreseen as they just announced that their 2015 F-150 will integrate the use of aluminum into their new models.  By adding aluminum to the body and bed of the pickups has caused the truck to shed up to 700 pounds, which allows the F-150 to tow more, haul more and also contribute to more efficiency, according to Ford.

The Load'N'Go ST-2000 by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is light enough for aluminum-body pickup trucks and ideal 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. 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. Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 to get a quote and modernize your work truck.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Prevent Cargo Theft

No matter what industry, cargo theft is an unexpected, costly hassle. Fleet managers can put preventative measures in place to combat cargo theft by securing vehicles.

The easiest way to ensure the safety of cargo is with a secure service body. Most vehicles are equipped with heavy-duty locking mechanisms, and service bodies should not be an exception. Load'N'Go service bodies by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies are equipped with stainless steel, double locking T-handles, and made to protect expensive cargo from both theft and weather damage.

The ST-2000 by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is the newest Load'N'Go model.  All Load'N'Go service bodies are fully transferable on-and off the bed of a pickup truck in minutes.  They can be transferred from one pickup to another with optional four-corner lifting jacks, a crane, or a forklift via the built-in forklift tunnels. The ST-2000 is a universal fit for all the major makes of pickup trucks such as Chevy, Dodge, and Ford. Some of the new features available on the ST-2000 include a barn door configuration with double panel doors for additional security, a solid fixed top, and durable spray-in bed liner. Watch the YouTube video below to see the ST-2000 in action.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dodge EcoDiesel available in Ram 1500

Chrysler is ramping up production of the EcoDiesel engine for the Ram 1500, as demand has far out paced availability.  Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year.

That's double the original estimates...

Chrysler forecasted that only 10 percent of buyers would opt for the Diesel when it launched earlier this year. Then more than 8,000 orders poured in during the first three days the engine was available, which filled the initial allocation.

2015 Ram 1500 

"The demand is there for this product, and customers have asked for it," said Bob Hegbloom, CEO of the Ram truck brand.

Recognizing the pent-up demand has allowed the Ram EcoDiesel to take off, filling a void in the marketplace," says Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for automotive research firm, AutoPacific.

"The Ram diesel is a sales success and actually a very refined powertrain," he said in an email. "It isn't some Frankenstein oddball engine. It feels like it was plucked out of the Audi A8. It's quiet, torquey, efficient and doesn't necessarily break the bank. The price walk from the Hemi V8 to the diesel is actually reasonable."

The EcoDiesel is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the Diesel, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 9,200 pounds, yet it still achieves an incredible 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The engine is sourced through Fiat's VM Motori venture, and the production increases will be online at both Ram factories, in Warren, MI, and Saltillo, Mexico, by the end of November.

"Plus, the engine drives smoothly and returns real-world fuel economy that's often better than the EPA label.
"With the eight-speed transmission, it offers a level of refinement that would feel at home on the autobahn," he said. "If Audi were to make a pickup truck, this would be the one to benchmark." Sullivan noted.

Chrysler is the only company to offer a diesel engine in a light-duty pickup.
Ford and General Motors should follow suit in the years to come as the evidence for demand in the market place is clear as 1/2 ton trucks are being utilized more and more by small and large fleets alike.

A great addition to ramp up your pickup would be the Load'N'Go ST2000.  It’s 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 pickup truck models and is light enough to fit 1/2 ton pickups.  The Load'N'Go ST200 pictured below needs no holes drilled to install and provides additional storage, flexibility, and efficiency allowing you to work smarter, not harder.

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

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