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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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