Friday, May 20, 2016

Snow business in the spring?

2016 APWA North American Snow Conference
The 2016 APWA North American Snow Conference is the premier Event in Snow & Ice Management. The Snow Conference, hosted by the APWA New England Chapter, is being held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, May 22-25th. The Show for Snow will bring together more than 2,000 snowfighters from all regions of the winter maintenance circle. The conference features an exhibit floor guaranteed to educate you with the newest snow related equipment and products, training programs and technical tours. It’s the best opportunity to network and exchange ideas with manufacturers, distributors, consultants, and other public works professionals. For more information about the 2016 Show for Snow, visit www.apwa.net/snow.

Even though Fleetwest will not be in attendance, we extend our warm Tempe sunshine to Hartford.

If your business is snow, then you won’t want to miss this show! 
2016 APWA North American Snow Conference


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ford F-150 Safety Recall

Ford Emblem
Ford has issued a safety recall for 2011-2012 Ford F-150s due to a potential issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead frame. Ford says the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear under certain conditions. The recall notice goes on to say that depending on the speed of the vehicle during the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt reduction in speed that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. A loss of vehicle control, which increases the risk of a crash, could occur under these circumstances.

Ford is aware of three reports of accidents with no injuries related to this situation. There are around 202,000 vehicles affected by the transmission recall that includes the 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and the Lincoln Navigator.

These vehicles are equipped with a 6R80 transmission and include certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012. As well as, 2012 Ford Expeditions built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from August 19, 2011 through December 19, 2011; Ford Mustangs built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 19, 2011 through February 21, 2012; and Lincoln Navigators built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from August 19, 2011 through December 17, 2011.

If you feel you may be affected by this recall, vehicle owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information; or go to Cars.com to find your local dealer for service. Dealers will inspect the powertrain control module for diagnostic trouble codes related to the issue. If no trouble codes are present, an update in the powertrain control module software will be provided to eliminate the condition. In addition, Ford will provide a one-time replacement of the lead frame at no charge within 10 years or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date.  If the trouble codes are present, then dealers will update the software needed and replace the lead frame at no cost to the customer.


If your work truck is a F-150 affected by this recall and you have a Fleetwest transferable truck body, there is no need to worry about technician downtime during repairs. Simply transfer your work truck body out of the F-150 and into another truck bed and in a matter of minutes your technician is back to work. Fleetwest has the innovative solutions to optimize your fleets’ evolution. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

10 items you should keep in truck for emergencies

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. 

Many of the things that people keep in their cars vary with their needs. There are also some that are not as obvious. Here are some items to help prepare you for whatever situation may arise.

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

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

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


Energy Bars3. Energy bars:  These snacks are non-perishable and will hold you over if ever stuck waiting for assistance.


Bottled water

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

Map 5. Maps: Yes, the paper kind. It's always important to keep an updated map on hand.
WD 40



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


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

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

Utility Knife





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

Matches


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.


You can keep all these items stored nice and organized inside your Fleetwest transferable truck body. Fleetwest offers numerous options to help keep you more organized, safe and efficient, such as:
  • Custom shelving and storage bins
  • Drawers with multi-sized dividers
  • 1000 lb. slides
  • LED lighting
dual 1000 lb. slides
Custom shelving and storage



Transferable truck bodies

Call Fleetwest today for a quote at (866) 497-7200



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Need a Facelift?


Are you looking for a less expensive way to change the color of your truck? You may want to look into Plasti Dip. Plasti Dip is a flexible, rubber coating originally used to coat tool handles. This innovative product has now been enhanced with additives to be used as an alternative finish on vehicles. Not only is this process cheaper than a new paint job, it is also a non-permanent way to change the color of your truck or van. This flexible coating’s most alluring feature allows for you to peel it off later for another color or design.

Even though once used for just covering tools, auto applications are now the number one use for Plasti Dip. According to representatives at Plasti Dip, it’s best to apply three to five coats to a vehicle, making it easier to peel off later. The thicker the coat, the easier it is to remove. Also, one thing to keep in mind is to be careful filling up at the gas station. Gas will stain the surface of the Plasti Dip finish.  To help avoid this, a gas guard can be purchased online at dipyourcar.com for around $9.

If it’s graphics you desire, stencils can be applied and Plasti Dip rolled over top; though this method is recommended on matte finishes. As far as vinyl graphics being placed on a Plasti Dipped vehicle, such as a business logo, it will work as well. However, if the graphic is removed the coating will peel, according to Chicago Dipped co-owner, Jameson Emling.  Plasti Dip can even be used to update other items such as dashboard components, rims, grills, trim and bumpers.


Plasti Dip does offer a primer that will make this product more permanent if you are not interested in the peeling feature. Plasti Dipped vehicles and items can be pressure or hand-washed. This product is an affordable way to change your truck without affecting its resale value.

Another way to protect a truck's resale value, and even keeping with the non-permanent theme, is with a Fleetwest transferable truck body. At Fleetwest we offer innovative service bodies, in steel or fiberglass composite, that transfer on and off your pick-up truck fully loaded in minutes. All of this made possible with a no holes drilled installation. Other benefits of transferability include:

·         Reduces downtime
·         Flexibility and security
·         Increase technician job satisfaction
·         Better return on investment (ROI)
Call a Fleetwest representative today for a quote toll-free in the US at (866) 497-7200

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You have to accessorize!

Whether you are rocking a new outfit or outfitting a work truck, accessories make it better. Not only can they help with organization and make you more efficient, but it could also make for a safer work environment. With a Fleetwest service body we have the innovative solutions to create the ideal work truck; so you can work smarter, not harder.
Fleetwest Durashell side door storage/shelves with bins
 Fleetwest Durashell 1000 lb. dual slide

Fleetwest Durashell interior LED lighting
Accessories that optimize service body space and make the job easier can take a work truck from good to great. The composite truck body, CTB or Durashell, by Fleetwest can be equipped with a long list of options for that ideal work truck. A few examples are:

·         70 or 100 percent extension, 1000 lb. capacity aluminum slides make accessing supplies easy and painless
·         Cabinets and shelving with side access provide organized storage to keep track of inventory
·         Dividers and storage bins in various sizes to help with proper tool storage
·         Additional interior and exterior LED lighting for convenience and safety
·         Low profile, hydraulic ladder racks for easy accessibility

Driving a work truck can make getting into parking structures difficult. Fleetwest tackled that solution with a ladder rack that does not compromise storage space. The low-profile ladder rack is the first integrated ergonomic ladder rack of its kind. The hydraulic double-drop down ladder rack is 8" shorter and 60 lbs. lighter than traditional work truck ladder racks. Drivers will have improved fuel economy because of the lighter weight and better aerodynamics. Technicians also benefit from the convenience of a low-profile work truck that can drive into parking garages, car washes, and drive-thru restaurants.

Fleetwest Durashell w/low-profile, hydraulic ladder rack
 Fleetwest Durashell w/low-profile, hydraulic ladder rack
 Whatever you accessorize your Fleetwest service body with, it will make you the most efficient and envied technician in your trade. Call us for a quote today at (866) 497-7200 or visit www.fleetwest.net

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Manual vs. Automatic- A downward shift


It’s no secret that automatic transmissions are a more popular choice among drivers. It used to be that manual transmissions were less expensive to buy and offered better fuel economy.  Due to technological advances, automatics are just as good or even better when it comes to MPG. And given the supply and demand, manuals are now even more expensive than automatics. In addition, some would even argue that automatics are safer due to the hands-free society that we have become. Not to mention there are a lot less drivers that know how to use a stick-shift even with fleet drivers. Over the last 10 years, it somehow shifted from the manual transmission being the higher output engine to the automatic being a much stronger and more durable choice.

Since the shift in trend, manufactures are scaling back and some not even offering manual transmissions in new productions. Starting this year, 2016, Ford will no longer offer manual transmissions on any of its trucks. General Motors continues to offer a manual transmission, but only in the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Toyota also offers a manual transmission in their mid-size Tacoma, but not in the Tundra. Nissan’s mid-sized Frontier S and SV 4x2 models actually come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission. For the Frontier models with a V6, a 6-speed manual is available. Since manual transmissions still play a role in vocational trucks, Dodge does offer more manual transmissions than any other OEM. However, these are diesel options, that start with the Ram 2500, and keep in mind that you will be sacrificing power.

Whether your truck has a manual or automatic transmission, Fleetwest offers the best options to turn it into the most efficient service truck. Fleetwest is the leader in these innovative, transferable service bodies. All service bodies, either steel or composite fiberglass, transfers on and off the truck bed with no holes drilled, even fully loaded. Making the impossible, possible! 

 Call us today for a quote at (866) 497-7200

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Gearing up for NAFA 2016



Fleetwest is eager to be a part of NAFA 2016 Institute & Expo this coming April in Austin, Texas. We look forward to sharing our innovative solutions at the Fleet event of the year.


NAFA’s annual I & E is the largest event for the fleet management industry. It provides convenience and opportunities for all fleet professionals to increase their networking power, receive mentoring, cutting edge education and training.
Visit NAFAINSTITUTE.ORG for more information.

“There is so much knowledge and influence present at the conference-it is just amazing! NAFA’s I&E is the Super Bowl of Fleet!”~Brian Phillips, Director of Business Development, Fleet & Logistics, Locaid, San Francisco, Ca.




Fleetwest has reserved Booth #418 to give attendees an opportunity to stop by, explore and experience firsthand the benefits of transferability with both our steel and composite service bodies. We will have educated representatives present to field questions and provide resolutions for your Fleet demands.

CTB 145LP DisplayFleetwest provides innovative Fleet solutions to:
·         Lowering cost of ownership       
·         Improving Fleet efficiency 
·         Technological advancements
·         Productivity

Educate yourself and visit us at www.fleetwest.net  
or call us  (866)497-7200

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