Thursday, December 1, 2016

Protect Your Fleet’s Assets

The most common areas for equipment theft are active construction sites. Professional thieves will look for the easiest opportunity or more susceptible vehicles and items. Heavy equipment and Fleet vehicle theft can cause big losses for companies. Not only does the fleet suffer the loss of equipment, also factor in the costs for equipment rental or replacement, project delays and the personnel time wasted.  Higher equipment theft creates a need for increased security measures in fleets.

Top Targets for Thieves

By Category:
• Light Utility Vehicles/Work Trucks and Trailers
• Backhoe Loaders/Skip Loaders/Wheel Loaders
• Generators/Air Compressors /Welders (Towables)
• Skid Steers

By Brand:
• Ford
• Bobcat
• John Deere
• Caterpillar
• CASE
Source: 2013 LoJack proprietary theft and recovery data

There is no one-and-done technology that can completely protect your equipment from theft. There are types of systems can at least help improve your odds of not losing valuable assets in the field. Systems such as: a keyless ignition system, telematics and radio-frequency tracking. Even with these systems, there are also the typical precautions to take in making your fleet less vulnerable to theft.

·         Keep your doors locked at all times!
-   80% of stolen vehicles are attributed to unlocked doors
·         Don’t isolate your truck!
-   Parking near other vehicles in illuminated areas will reduce theft attempts
·         Protect your valuables!
-   Keep your tools and equipment secured, stored and locked up


Fleetwest offers innovative solutions for fleet security. The Load’N’Go Security Top by Fleetwest is designed with features to protect your tools and expensive equipment from damage and theft. The Security Top features double-locking, dual panel steel side doors with pad lockable stainless steel T-handles; as well as a locking/removable roll top that will ensure protection for your work truck. Call a Fleetwest representative today at (866)497-7200 and start protecting your fleet’s assets.

  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Top Ten Reasons the Ford F-150 is #1 Selling Truck

source:  http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/toughten/
10.  High-Strength, Military-Grade, Aluminum-Alloy Body
 Ford’s objective was to reduce weight and increase strength. The F-150 is the only truck in its class* that has this combination; making it up to 700 lbs. lighter than the previous model. Lighter and stronger!
(* Class is Full-Size pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.)

9.  12,200-LB. Max Tow Rating*
When properly equipped with available 3.5L EcoBoost V6, 4x2. That’s over six tons!
(*Class is Full-Size pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.)

8.  The Best-in-Class Payload*
Equipped with the 5.0L V8, 4x2, it can carry 3,270 lbs. and the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 can haul up to 2,210 lbs. That’s more than every other full-size pickup in its class!
(* Class is Full-Size pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.)

7.  Highest Gas Mileage
            In the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 4x2, an EPA-estimated rating of 19 city/
            26 hwy/22 combined mpg
(* Actual gas mileage may vary.)

6.  The Safest F-150
The 2016 F-150 is the only truck to earn a NHTSA 5-Star safety rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick on the SuperCab and SuperCrew models equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning. Also, the F-150 received a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA* on every side, for every cab configuration. Safe to say, they aced those tests!!
(*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Tests include driver and passenger front, side and barrier and pole tests.)

5.  No Body Rust on the Aluminum Panels
Military-grade aluminum. They put this truck through some extensive testing! Watch the video here, http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/gallery/videos-and-demos/Videos/we-test-durability/FMFS08501000/

4.  Available Pro Trailer Backup Assist
The F-150 is the first pickup truck to offer this feature. With just a simple turn of a knob you can make the trailer go where you need it. They really thought of it all!

3.  Ten Million Miles of Testing
              Ford put these trucks through everything imaginable! Check out the 

2.  More than 100 Patents
              From front to rear, top to bottom, and inside and out, Ford engineers out 
              did themselves!

1.  The F-Series has been the Best-Selling Brand of Trucks for 39 Years Straight!!
              Why? I think we already said why!


There you have it! Since the Ford F-150 is the best-selling brand of truck, it also makes it the best candidate for a great work truck. Fleetwest can help with that! Fleetwest offers both heavy duty steel and lightweight composite models. All models are 100% transferable from one truck to another, even fully loaded, in minutes. They universally fit most full size pickup trucks, 8’ and 6.5’ beds, with a no holes drilled installation making it built to last multiple truck cycles. Fleetwest provides the innovative solutions to optimize your fleets’ productivity and work flow.  For more information, call a Fleetwest representative today toll-free in the U.S. at (866)497-7200 or visit www.fleetwest.net.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Need An All-Terrain Work Truck?


When it comes to trucks, there are a wide range of options available on the market. When it comes to work trucks, sometimes what you need isn’t exactly mass-produced. You may need a truck to haul heavy equipment over rugged and hilly terrain, navigate steep slopes of sand or power across snow covered hills in remote areas. Now I know they make little utility vehicles with a wide range of capabilities, but what about the tool storage? The ability to customize your work truck to suit your needs is what Fleetwest is all about.

The beauty of a Fleetwest transferable utility body is that first, you pick out the truck that you need or use and existing truck for the terrain you work in; then you pick out the utility body needed for your tools and equipment. And it doesn’t end there! Then, you have an array of options to customize your work truck to optimize your productivity and workflow. From custom shelving options to low profile ladder racks, slides, drawers, dividers...the list goes on and on!

The Durashell by Fleetwest is one example of our innovative solutions to your work truck needs.  They are ergonomically engineered and designed to reduce your operational costs while improving your productivity. The Durashell are rugged and lightweight and built to last many truck cycles. They universally fit most full-sized trucks with 8’ and 6.5’ truck beds and are 100% transferable without any drilling or modifications to the truck bed.


Call us at (866) 497-7200 and start building 
your ultimate work truck!

Luke Parrott             Bill Butler
    (480) 261-1058         (602) 736-3919

Durashell Detail Features

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There is still time!! 2016 Tax Incentives

Just a few weeks left of this year! It’s not too late to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deduction. This deduction is good on new and used equipment financed/purchased and put into service by midnight 12/31/2016.

What is the Section 179 Deduction?

Basically, Section 179 is an incentive created by the U.S. Government for small businesses to invest in themselves, although large businesses can benefit as well. It allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price, of qualifying equipment, from your gross income. The total amount available for write off is $500,000 on a spending cap of $2,000,000 in equipment purchases made in 2016.
Here is an example of how Section 179 works:

To find out all the ins and outs of Section 179 and the answers to all your questions, visit the official website at www.section179.org. An example from said website is the answers to the three most common questions:

Answers to the Three Most Common Section 179 Questions

How Much Can I Save on My Taxes in 2016?
It depends on the amount of qualifying equipment and software that you purchase and put into use. See the handy Section 179 Calculator that's fully updated for 2016, and includes any/all increases from any newly enacted PATH Act.



What Sort of Equipment Qualifies in 2016?
Most tangible business equipment qualifies. Click here for qualifying property.

When Do I Have to Do This By?

Section 179 for 2016 expires midnight, 12/31/2016. If you wish to deduct the full price of your equipment from your 2016 taxes and take advantage of the new higher deduction limits, it must be purchased and put into service by then.

Many businesses are finding Section 179 Qualified Financing to be an attractive option in 2016, especially since the year-end increases don't leave much time for action. Please apply today.


The Section 179 Deduction can be applied to purchases on any capital equipment like the Service Truck Bodies from Fleetwest. To see the complete Fleetwest Line visit our website at www.Fleetwest.net and get a quote today.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nissan Titan Attempt to Rev-up Full-Size Sales

2016 Nisssan Titan XD (photo:http://www.2017nissantitan.com/)

Nissan and Toyota have tried for years to increase sales of the full-size pickup trucks only to get lost in the dust of the American market leaders. According to Autodata Corp., Japanese branded full size pickup trucks account for just 6% of the 1.3 million trucks sold in the first seven months of this year. Ford was the market leader selling 460,901 F-Series trucks. GM was a close second with 327,768 Silverados and 128,894 GMC Sierras. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles came in third with 271,232 Rams sold. Toyota contributed with 65,440 Tundras sold and Nissan sold 7,242 Titans.
Source: Autodata Corp & Truck.com

Nissan is hoping to shake up the market and boost the sales of its new Titan truck family by offering a five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The current industry standard is a three-year, 36,000-mile guarantee for pickup truck sales. Nissan would like to increase their sales to around 100,000 trucks annually raising their percentage of market sales to 5%. Hyundai used this trick back in the late 90’s and it did wonders for their sales.

Nissan is aware that they are competing with brands that customers have built long standing relationships with. Typically, truck drivers are loyal to their brand and have been for generations and more than half of repeat owners return to the same brand. It’s not that Nissan doesn’t have a good reputation; it’s just that full-size truck buyers may not relate Nissan with full-size trucks.

The new warranty will start with the new full-size diesel Nissan Titan XD and carry over to the gas version of the XD currently in production. Nissan will also start shipping its smaller half-ton Titan trucks in late September. This redesigned Titan, powered by the same 5.6-liter V8 gas engine as its bigger brother, will replace the current 13 year old model that was due for an upgrade.

Another upgrade you could make to your Titan would be to add a Fleetwest transferable truck body. The Load’N’Go Sportsman is a nice addition to the Titan XD and is light enough for the ½ ton version as well!  The Sportsman is available for 8’ and 6.5’ truck beds and fully transferable even loaded with tools and equipment. Call for a quote today. (866) 497-7200



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Change is good!

Trucks have come a long way in the last 60 years…so why not the same with work trucks? It's time to change the way your Fleet handles tool storage. Instead of the same old Bolt-On bodies that have been made for years, it’s time to think outside of the box; or in this case, inside of the truck bed. Have you heard about the latest work truck technology? The fully transferable truck bodies from Fleetwest are the most versatile and user friendly service - utility Bodies available today. We have a proven technology for increasing technician efficiency and reducing fleet costs.

The Load’N’Go Open Bed by Fleetwest is just one example. It looks very similar to a bolt-on, but can be transferred from one truck bed to another fully loaded, with a no-holes drilled installation. This ability reduces downtime if a vehicle is in need of repair; or removed and put on jacks at a job site to keep your tools safe and secure during the duration of a project. The Load’N’Go is a universal fit for new or existing fleet trucks; full size Ford, Chevy/GMC, Dodge and Toyota trucks with 8’ long and 6.5’ short beds. With the ability to outlast multiple trucks, you get the highest return on investment with a transferable truck body. And that was just a few of the cost-saving benefits.

Start Your Fleet’s Evolution Today!

Call toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200
Luke Parrott                  Bill Butler
   (480) 261-1058               (602) 736-3919

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NSC Distracted Driving Course


We all know that we shouldn’t use our cell phones while driving and that cell phone-related crashes are a problem. Part of this problem is that we are accustomed to use them for long periods of time every day. Many distractions exist while driving as it is, but cell phones are at the top of that list.  Now with the hands-free technology in vehicles we have become even more distracted than ever before.

Multitasking technology is about convenience, not about safety. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe that if it’s hands-free or built-in dashboards, that it’s safer. But the fact is that these technologies distract our brains even long after we use them. We’ve all witnesses a distracted driver on a cell phone, but don’t often think twice about it when that driver is yourself or one of your employees.

Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace death, and distractions are a leading factor. Employees who use a mobile device while driving are four times more likely to crash. The National Safety Council (NSC) has compiled a large amount of research on distracted driving. This includes data on:
  • Hands-free devices
  • Cognitive distraction
  • Text messaging and voice-activated texting
  • Cell phones compared to alcohol-impaired driving
  • Evaluation of laws and enforcement
 Watch this video to learn more about the devastating consequences of distracted driving.


A cell phone distracted driving policy is crucial to keeping your workers safe from crashes. Learn more about the DDC Distracted Driving Online course, or call (800) 621-7619 to speak with an NSC representative.

Employee safety is always a concern. Fleetwest's composite truck bodies offer many safety features to keep your fleet and technicians safe on a daily basis. An example would be the composite Durashell 175 and 145 are constructed with a 60/40 rear split for safer curbside cargo access. The optional slide out trays also save on technician's backs for easy tool access. For more information or a quote, call us at (866) 497-7200.




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