Monday, July 22, 2019

LoadsRite Ladder Rack: Van Ladder Rack for Nissan NV High Roof


The LoadsRite ladder rack lowers the ladder down to you for safe and easy loading and unloading,  a drop-down ladder rack for the high roof Nissan NV van.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nissan TITAN XD Engine and Chassis


From legendary Cummins diesel power to a chassis with commercially-proven components, the new 2016 TITAN has the massive strength you need. Learn More at: http://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Kargo Master Van Equipment


Kargo Master offers wide varieties of van equipment, van shelving, and other van storage systems. Visit KargoMaster.com for more information

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ranch Hand Bumper Factory Tour! Making a beast!



My Channel is primarily focused on Full Size pickup reviews as well as trucking equipment.Thank you for watching my channel. Please subscribe if you like my content and post comments below. I enjoy making these videos, but couldn't (and wouldn't) do it without an audience. I would like to thank my sponsor, Ranch Hand Bumpers, for their amazing support of my channel.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Prime Design’s Ergorack- The Drop Down Ladder Rack for Nissan NV200



Watch how Prime Design's ErgoRack allows for productive, safe, and easy loading and unloading of a ladder. With the Ergorack you can load a ladder in 20 seconds or less without risking injury by climbing on a bumper or tire. The ErgoRack fits on almost any commercial van and truck model, wheelbase, and height. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and check out this demo of an Ergorack on a Nissan NV.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rightsizing Your Vehicle Fleet to Conserve Fuel

Fleet rightsizing is a management practice that can help vehicle fleet managers build and maintain sustainable, fuel-efficient fleets. Fleet inventories often grow over time to include vehicles that are highly specialized, rarely used, or unsuitable for current applications. By evaluating fleet size and composition, managers can optimize vehicle use, conserve fuel, reduce emissions, and save money on fuel and maintenance.

Evaluate Vehicle Needs and Use
Fleet managers should understand their fleet's daily vehicle use and needs. Most fleet managers already have a handle on their number and type of vehicles, average mileage, payloads, and fuel economy. Fleet rightsizing combines this information with a critical look at fleet operations to identify opportunities to reduce energy use. When rightsizing, fleet managers should evaluate how important each vehicle is to the fleet’s performance by asking themselves:

What tasks are accomplished by each vehicle? Or, what is the drive cycle?

What is the daily, weekly, or monthly mileage of each vehicle? Or, what is the duty cycle?

Are fleet vehicles the optimal vehicle type, class, and size for the job?

Are there any vehicles that are no longer cost effective to operate or are no longer fulfilling their purpose?

Are there any vehicles that are no longer being used or have experienced a lot of downtime?

What is the fuel consumption of each vehicle? Can any vehicles be replaced by lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles?

What is the age of the vehicles? Can any vehicles be replaced by newer, more efficient and reliable vehicles?

Are there any alternatives to owning or leasing a vehicle, such as shuttle bus services, motor pool vehicles, sharing vehicles with other offices/agencies, vehicle stipends, public transportation, or short-term rentals when needed?

Considering the answers to the previous questions, what is the optimal composition of the fleet required to properly support the fleet’s needs?

In addition to reviewing telematics or fleet analysis data, fleet managers should consider soliciting input from drivers when conducting a rightsizing review, as they can be very knowledgeable about how vehicles are being used to support operations. Gathering this input also gives drivers a stake in the development of rightsizing recommendations. Fleet managers can solicit input through driver surveys or face-to-face meetings to establish consensus.

A fleet rightsizing strategy should evaluate the business case of each vehicle to determine whether reassigning, replacing, or eliminating the vehicle would reduce fuel and maintenance costs without compromising fleet activities. Fleet managers often need to define evaluation criteria and rank vehicles to complete this analysis. A fleet dominated by sport utility vehicles, for example, may find that mid-size sedans can suffice with a significant reduction in fuel costs.

Fleet managers may develop their own analysis or use existing evaluation tools. The Vehicle Allocation Methodology developed by the U.S. General Services Administration is an evaluation framework that federal agency fleets use to ensure fleets are cost-effective and contain the appropriate number and type of vehicles. Learn more about this methodology in the Comprehensive Federal Fleet Management Handbook (PDF).

Make Smart Vehicle Purchases

Fleet managers may decide to replace older vehicles with more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles. These purchasing strategies may help fleet managers make decisions that meet operational needs and conserve fuel:

Transition to Smaller, More Efficient Engines: Using smaller engines can help fleets meet operational needs without downgrading vehicle class. Some fleets choose to switch from 6-cylinder to 4-cylinder engines to help reduce fuel use and emissions. In many cases, the new, smaller engine can have nearly the same horsepower as a larger engine. Fleet managers can also improve fuel efficiency by selecting smaller engines with optional gearing for their application.

Choose Lighter Vehicles: When purchasing new vehicles, look for opportunities to reduce vehicle weight. Lightweight materials, such as aluminum frames, and smaller components can reduce rolling resistance and drag, thereby improving a vehicle’s fuel economy. For example, a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can improve fuel economy by 6% to 8%. Also, try to avoid unnecessarily large body configurations and heavy accessories. For more information, refer to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency's Confidence Report.

Use Alternative Fuels and Vehicles: Alternative fuel and fuel-efficient advanced vehicles can reduce a fleet's fuel use, making them economical options for many fleets. Cost savings from vehicle maintenance, operation, and fuel use and price often offset higher purchase prices.

Source: https://afdc.energy.gov/conserve/rightsizing.html

Monday, July 8, 2019

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo -2020


CONFERENCE MAY 11-14, 2020 EXPO MAY 12-13, 2020

LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA



BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF  THE MEGA TRENDS DRIVING THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY—CONNECTED TECHNOLOGIES, EFFICIENCY, ELECTRIFICATION, ALTERNATIVE FUELS, SUSTAINABILITY, AND MORE.


Learn more at:  https://www.actexpo.com/

Saturday, July 6, 2019

NCV Proving Grounds: Testing NV vans for quality


Road hazards, salt spray chambers and high-speed tracks. These Nissan NV vans have seen it all. Now you can see it, too, with this look the durability, quality and reliability tests.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Experience DiamondBack: Theft Protection


Check out how DiamondBack Truck Covers provide your bed with theft protection that's second to none. Peace of mind knowing your gear is safe is a great feeling.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

DECKED NISSAN NV CARGO VAN

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Weigh Safe Drop Hitch Product Video


The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch is the one and only trailer hitch with a built-in scale that signals you to adjust your load before you hit the road, resulting in a much safer and enjoyable towing experience. Before this ball mount, gauging your trailer’s tongue weight was a hassle. You had to rely on inefficient bathroom scales, make a trip to the weigh station, or purchase a separate tongue weight scale. But with the Weigh Safe’s built-in scale, measuring your tongue weight is as easy as coupling your trailer to your ball mount. Simply hook-up your trailer to the Weigh Safe ball mount just as you would any other ball mount. The weight of your trailer will push down on the hitch ball, which in turn pushes down on an internal hydraulic piston that sits on a bed of oil. When the piston drops into the oil, the pressure reading is sent out to the scale.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

COMING SOON - A New Way to Load and Unload Your Pickup - PowerLoader by MasterHaul



Coming in 2020
PowerLoader Loads and Unloads the Truck Automatically! 

Masterhaul is a new company with some new ideas of how to make far better use of a pickup truck or typical service body. The product offerings include the ability to make use of a wide range of optional modules that allow maximum use of a pickup truck bed or service body. Here are some of the features and how they can benefit your business.

The PowerLoader eliminates the need for additional resources required by existing truck mounted lift gate products.

  • No need for workers to transfer heavy cargo from a liftgate into the truck bed.
  • No need to purchase utility trailers to tow products that don’t fit on a liftgate, e.g. large power equipment, construction materials, pallets and many more.
  • Enhanced Productivity– a quicker job site process equates to more jobs being completed per day, and more revenue being generated per week, per month, per year! A great ROI
  •  Mobility – ability to take/deliver resources to work place without having to transfer and / or utilize another form of transport. Offload the truck in seconds when empty truck is needed 
  •  Enhanced Safety – No human requirements for lifting or moving loads into the bed 
  • Double + the load size capability – Load platform is same size as truck bed, NOT the tailgate
  •  Optional and Unique Dump feature – Not offered by others
  •  Optional conveyor belt feature – Automatically drops the load off at destination
  •  Quick and easy to install - No drilling required
  •  Switch & utilize for multiple trucks - Unlike Liftgates that are a permanent fixture once installed
  •  Safer Weight Distribution v Liftgate: The PowerLoader allows easy positioning of the cargo forward in the cargo area. Cargo loaded by liftgates must be re-handled to move it forward. Improper cargo location may reduce steering and braking performance and increase rear axle system fatigue.
  •  Remote Control– For all operational systems
  •  Reduced Injuries caused by getting in and out of the truck bed
  • ·         Slipping off the Liftgate
  • ·         Injury by Falling Cargo
  • ·         Being injured by Liftgate Mechanism

Please give us your thoughts on our product line, email us at info@masterhaul.com.

Learn more at:  www.masterhaul.com




Monday, June 24, 2019

Nissan TITAN | Truck Bed Features, Size & Payload



See what truck bed additions and features are available on the 2017 Nissan TITAN® that will make your life that much easier. Tough, smart, with a massive payload – TITAN's truck bed is ready to work. Best of all, you're backed up by America's Best Truck Warranty. Learn More at: http://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan See more Nissan Titan videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

 Take on the big jobs with the 2017 TITAN®. TITAN's bed is loaded with available features to let you work and play hard. A dampened tailgate that raises and lowers easily with one hand. A factory-installed spray-in bed-liner to help handle abuse, and massive payload capability to bring what you need. And with Nissan’s Utili-track system with 5 channels and heavy-duty sliding cleats, you can lock down just about anything. Hide away your gear in the available in-bed TITAN boxes. They even double as an ice chest – removable, too. And with a convenient 120-volt outlet and 8 bright, integrated lights, you’ve got a tough, rugged workspace – day or night. Best of all, you're backed up by America's Best Truck Warranty. Nissan. Innovation that excites.

TITAN bed features: - A dampened tailgate that raises and lowers easily with one hand - A factory-installed spray-in bedliner to help handle abuse - Massive payload capability to bring what you need - Utili-track system with 5-channels and heavy-duty sliding cleats - Hide away your gear in the available in-bed TITAN boxes. They even double as an ice chest - 120-volt outlet and 8 bright, integrated lights, you’ve got a tough, rugged workspace – day or night.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tongue Weight Safety Demonstration


Proper trailer tongue weight improves the vehicle and trailer towing experience by improving performance. Not enough tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball causes an increase in trailer sway from side to side, making it difficult to control. Conversely, too much tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball could overload the rear tires of the towing vehicle, pushing the rear end of the vehicle around. This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling. Performance is impaired as you might not be able to go around corners and curves properly, and your vehicle may not stop quickly enough when you press the brake pedal. The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch effectively measures the tongue weight of your towing load, improving the vehicle tow load balance and performance.

Learn more at: https://www.weigh-safe.com/

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Highway Products - The toughest truck accessories on earth

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Military grade truck accessories that are built to last forever. Our truck accessories were built for the toughest jobs on earth and to protect your valuable trucks, tools and gear. We don’t just say that. We back it up by standing proudly behind a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

Shop truck accessories: https://www.highwayproducts.com/collections/truck-accessories/


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Properly Load a Trailer - CURT


This short video will teach you how to properly load a trailer. The most important thing to consider is how the weight of your cargo is distributed onto your trailer. The ideal distribution is to have 60% of the weight in front of the trailer axle, and 40% behind. Its also very important to make sure your cargo is secured properly. Always practice safe towing.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

DECKED Field Ready | Painter



DECKED makes your pickup truck more efficient and versatile with its sliding toolbox storage system allowing you to load your truck bed with materials and supplies while keeping your tools secure, dry and organized in drawers underneath. Work more efficiently with your tools and hardware rolling out at waist height reducing trips in and out of vehicles and increased storage organizer benefits. Transitioning from the lumberyard to jobsite and back has never been easier or more efficient.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

BEDBIN by BEDSLIDE


Take a closer look at the BEDSLIDE accessories. See how the BEDBINS work with everyday items and why they are a great addition to your BEDSLIDE.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Carry It On Top - Masterack Ladder Racks for Every Type of Commercial Van


Masterack has a ladder rack for every type of commercial van, plus accessories to customize a package to your particular need. Choose from the original Masterack Locking Rack, the ergonomic Slide-Down Rack, the effortless PowerRack, or the economical heavy-duty Utility Rack.
 


Learn more at: http://masterack.com/


Monday, June 10, 2019

How Do Plumbers Benefit from Van Upfits?

 Improve Your Plumbing Van Organization with a Custom Upfit

A plumber sitting against his van with an Adrian Steel upfit;Find the Tool You Need Fast


For a plumber, every job presents a unique challenge. These challenges require a variety of tools, parts and gadgets to help diagnose and fix. A plumber’s van is their mobile shed, carrying almost everything they could possibly need. That’s why plumbing van organization is so critical – without proper planning, you may spend more time finding the tool you need than fixing the problem!

The best way to organize your van? A custom van upfit! Read on to discover how an upfit can benefit your bottom line, as well as tips for planning an effective upfit for your van.

Learn more at: https://www.adriansteel.com/blog/van-and-truck-upfits/plumbing-van-organization/


Saturday, June 8, 2019

EZ STAK - Your one stop shop



EZ STAK is an industry leader and manufacturer of modular interior storage systems for work trucks, service bodies, vans and trailers. We pride ourselves on delivering custom-fit and turnkey solutions, so whether you need a work-ready trailer, upfits to van interiors or just cabinets for your fleet, we’ve got you covered. And because we only use products made of high-grade aluminum or galvanized steel, they’re built to last — an average of 12 years, in fact.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

DECKED Customer Gallery

 

See how DECKED’ers use and customize their truck bed with the DECKED storage system. Upload a photo or video of how YOU ended the junk show in the back of your vehicle, and we’ll feature it on our website and possibly on Instagram!

See how more customers use their DECKED Systems: SEE GALLERY

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nissan TITAN Overview



The Nissan TITAN is the truck equipped with a standard V8, incredible payload, plus innovative cargo features like 5-channel Utili-track. You've got advanced towing tech that helps you tow solo, including around view monitor, and remote trailer light check. Available in Crew Cab, King Cab, and Single Cab, there's a TITAN that's the perfect size for your needs.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

DECKED | Organized. Durable. Secure.



Engineered with American steel and industrial grade durability. Get after it. Get DECKED. For more info on DECKED visit https://decked.com/

Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Tips to Increase Fuel Economy

 Increase Fuel Economy

When budgeting for expenses, there are a lot of things that fall outside of your control. For the most part, fuel can be one of those things that’s generally “just a cost of doing business.” However, there are a lot of things you can consider to reduce, or mitigate as much as possible, fuel costs on the job. Check out these five things to consider.

Idle Time

Idling your work truck on the jobsite has become a fairly common practice, and sometimes it’s necessary. At times, things like inverters, power takeoffs, air compressors, and more require the engine to be cranking in order to work. However, don’t let the necessity to idle for those functions become a common occurrence of convenience when it isn’t needed. You’d be surprised how quickly cutting those idle minutes can add up over the span of months or years.

Vehicle Maintenance

For a glut of reasons, you should be properly maintaining your work trucks. But one added benefit to regular maintenance is increased fuel economy. Regular fluid changes, changing filters, and routine engine tune-ups keep your truck’s powerplant optimally efficient. In addition to maintaining the powertrain, properly worn and inflated tires can make a big difference in fuel efficiency.

Slim down

Do you really need to carry everything and the kitchen sink from jobsite to jobsite? You don’t, and your truck will thank you for not doing so. Loading your truck with only the tools for the job at hand reduces weight, and reduced weight is a major factor in fuel economy.

Lose the Leadfoot

Your driving habits may be the number one factor in fuel efficiency. When you drive with the intention of efficiency, it shows. While it might be a slow and steady ride, your wallet will thank you later for taking it easy on the gas pedal. Planning service calls in an efficient manner can help you save time and miles. Make sure you’re not driving cross-town multiple times when a little planning could have gone a lot further.

Right Truck, Right Job

This isn’t something you can change on the fly, but our last suggestion is the make sure you’ve got a fleet that’s appropriate for your line of work. If you’re over-specing your vehicles, you’re wasting fuel. If you’re under-specing your trucks, you’re also wasting fuel. It’s vital that you put a lot of thought into having the right class of truck, truck body, and work, trailers that allow you to do your job, and do it most efficiently.

Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2019/01/5-tips-to-increase-fuel-economy


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

HOW TO CALCULATE A WORK TRUCK'S PAYLOAD

How To Calculate Payload
With several technical terms and acronyms used when calculating a vehicle’s payload, it can get quite confusing. Get it wrong and risk being overloaded which can cause expensive citations, accelerated maintenance costs and safety issues. To make it easy, we break down each piece of calculating the payload of your work truck below and give some additional tips to consider.

First, let’s start with defining the technical terms.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - The maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the chassis manufacturer. Essentially, how much the vehicle can carry with everything including chassis, body, fluids, fuel, passengers and cargo. Trailers are not included in this rating.
    Chassis manufacturers always will publish this weight. It can be found on the sticker placed within the front drive side door frame or on the chassis manufacturer’s website.
  • Curb Weight - The total weight of a vehicle with all operating consumables including oil, coolant, refrigerant and fuel. Include the weight of a truck body if applicable in the curb weight. This number will not include the weight of passengers and cargo within the vehicle.
    This number will come from the chassis manufacturer as well and can be found on their website. If your work truck has a body, be sure to include the body weight (including the bumper, mounting kit and shelves if applicable) within the curb weight as well. Body weights should be located on the body manufacturer’s website.
  • Payload- The difference between Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Curb Weight. Simply put, it is the amount of weight left that your vehicle can carry in passengers and cargo.

The equation to calculate your work truck’s payload is:

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR) - CURB WEIGHT = PAYLOAD


Let’s run a quick example. Let’s say your truck’s GVWR is 10,000 lbs and your curb weight is 7,100 lbs. What is your payload?
Answer:10,000 lbs (GVWR) - 7,100 lbs (Curb Weight) = 2,900 lbs Payload
This may sound like a lot of payload but keep in mind a few things. Your payload doesn’t include passengers, at the very least your vehicle will have one passenger (the driver) and use up 150 lbs (or more) of payload. If you have multiple passengers, account for those as well. Don’t forget your tools, parts and materials you will carry on your truck. On upfits like a service or utility body, there is ample space to store these items. Calculate the weight of these items carefully and don’t underestimate. Also, be sure to account for any items you install on the truck or body after calculating the payload. These could include a grill guard, ladder or material rack, toolbox, generator, compressor, welder, auxiliary fuel tank and more. Lastly, keep some payload on reserve! There are times when you will need to carry additional equipment, tools or materials to the job that were not included in the original payload calculation. If you leave ample payload open, this won’t become an issue.

SOURCEhttps://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2017/11/how-to-calculate-a-work-trucks-payload?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture&utm_content=tof-3&elqTrackId=86196f756fe047eaae1c88ab70a98bb8&elq=71dcca10a8a44694a8b92890d994d97d&elqaid=1068&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=518

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe: First all-electric mobile office


Nissan has collaborated with Studio Hardie to create the first all-electric vehicle e-NV200 WORKSPACe - a clever one-off vehicle offering a cost-effective desk space solution as flexible working and hot-desking trends grow worldwide. The electric van WORKSPACe features a hidden coffee machine, wifi, wireless charging, a touch screen PC, mini fridge, smartphone lighting system and much more. For more information: www.facebook.com/nissan

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Introduction - Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines


Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines – Part 1 of 13 in a series of chapters from the Cummins On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Driver Training Video Series updated in 2015. This segment is the Introduction to the video series.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

DECKED Presents | Ultimate Storage, Maximum Function




DECKED designs and manufactures fully engineered, 100% American Made truck bed storage systems with a true 2000 lb payload and a steel subframe. The DECKED system will keep your tools and gear dry, secure and organized. #worksmarterplayharder For more info on DECKED visit https://decked.com/

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Modular Van Interiors From Harbor Truck Body & Van



Warren with Harbor Truck Body and Van shows off the modular van interiors bin packages available for all types of commercial vans. See more at http://www.harbortruck.com

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Transfer Flow 50 Gallon Replacement Tanks 2019 NTEA


REPLACEMENT FUEL TANKS Eliminate half your fuel stops and increase your driving range by replacing the stock fuel tank with a high-capacity Transfer Flow midship replacement fuel tank system that doesn’t sacrifice bed space or ground clearance.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Highway Products Truck Accessories -Military-grade strength, style and function



Highway Products builds a massive range of military-grade aluminum truck accessories. Our products have been engineered and overbuilt for every job, lifestyle and need. Whether you're a contractor, plumber, highway maintenence crew or just a "truck guy," we've got the ulitmate solution just waiting to be put on your truck. Your lifestyle and job commands respect, and our truck accessories will help you earn it.

Learn more at: https://www.highwayproducts.com/collections/truck-accessories/

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kargo Master Demonstrates Aluminum Drawer Units – NTEA Show


David demonstrated Kargo Master’s Aluminum Drawer Units. They’re 52 inches deep, light and right weighted, easy to assemble and easy to install. They yield a lower installed cost to the dealer. Innovative plastic tote holders finish this impressive set of store-all drawers. There is also an integrated wing kit which is a big-time saver as opposed to a bolt-on kit and is used by major rental truck fleets.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gas vs. Diesel: Which To Spec

Gas vs. Diesel Blog

Today’s comprehensive selection of commercial vehicle engines offers many benefits to customers.

A myriad of choices enable customers to select the engine that best fits their application without sacrificing torque, fuel efficiency, horsepower and more.

While the vast engine choices create additional value, it can also create a dilemma when it comes to properly spec’ing the engine for the intended application of the vehicle. Purchasers may be overwhelmed by the selection and consequently choose an engine that doesn’t best fit the requirements. Over spec’ing and under spec’ing are common mistakes, leading to lost efficiency, productivity or a longer return on investment period.

Within the last few years, commercial vehicle manufacturers have vastly increased engine choices. The most notable additions have been diesel engines within several Class 1 light duty pickups and gasoline engines within Class 6 and Class 7 medium duty trucks. While gasoline engines still dominate Class 1 and diesel engines make up the majority of Class 6 and Class 7, these new engine choices make the decision much more analytical than ever before.

So how do you know which engine is right for the job? There are many factors to consider as it pertains to the engine when in the market for a new commercial vehicle.

Cost
Commercial vehicles would all be perfect if cost didn’t need to be factored into the equation.

Unfortunately, the real world operates on financial constraints so unlimited funding for your next work truck just isn’t feasible. That being said, cost is a major influencer on the selection of the commercial vehicle, especially as it relates to the engine.

Acquisition costs can be substantially higher with diesel engines, stretching from $8,000 more in light duty commercial vehicles up to $12,000* in heavy duty commercial trucks. Gasoline engines offer the advantage with significantly lower acquisition costs.

Horsepower & Torque
Selecting an engine with enough horsepower and torque is vital for success with many commercial vehicles. The most common application considered for ample horsepower and torque is pulling a trailer, regardless of size. The more weight on the trailer, the more important horsepower and torque becomes. Other applications, including hauling bulk material, should also pay close attention to the horsepower and torque ratings of an engine as these vehicles are consistently hauling the maximum available payload.

While gasoline and diesel engines have similar horsepower ratings, they are vastly different with torque. Looking at a class 3 pickup, the diesel has a slight advantage in horsepower rating yet boasts a torque rating two times that of the gas engine**. Point being, if you are towing heavy loads or your application relies upon torque to get you moving a diesel will be the better fit for you.


Fuel Efficiency
Federal regulations have forced commercial vehicle manufacturers to maximize fuel efficiency within new vehicles, regardless if they contain diesel or gasoline engines. This has caused the gap of fuel efficiency between gasoline and diesel engines to shrink. Historically, diesel engines have held the advantage of fuel efficiency over gasoline engines. Today, you can expect a slight difference between most gasoline and diesel engine choices. For instance, with a light duty Class 1 pickup you can expect to see a combined fuel efficiency rating of 20 mpg with the gasoline engine and a combined fuel efficiency rating of 23 mpg with the diesel engine***.

Commercial vehicle customers should compare the price per gallon of diesel and unleaded fuel and factor in projected annual mileage to determine overall fuel costs.

PTO Provisions
Snowplows, dumps, cranes, many different applications require a power-take-off (PTO). To avoid potential compatibility issues, ensure the engine (and transmission) you select will allow for PTO installation. Many truck manufacturers offer a “PTO prep” option, making the installation of the PTO unit more seamless for the upfitter.

At one time, your only choice for PTO compatible engines were diesels. Today, many manufacturers offer gas engines that can easily accommodate a PTO unit for auxiliary equipment.

Idle Frequency
Engine idling is common within many vocations that employ commercial vehicles to get the job done. Today, many local and state regulations are in place to discourage companies from engine idling. This has led to many product developments, including stand-alone, mobile power systems that mount on the commercial vehicle. For companies that are still allowed to idle their engines on the job, there are obvious benefits associated with diesel engines.

Diesel engines idle at a lower speed and are engineered for severe duty cycles, making them the more popular choice within high-idle applications.

Maintenance
The longer the life cycle of the vehicle, the more vital engine maintenance will become. There are many considerations to be made as it pertains to maintenance including cost of replacement parts, preventative maintenance intervals, qualified technicians, warranty coverage and more.

While diesels have longer maintenance intervals and warranty coverage, there are additional components and requirements (DEF fluid) that aren’t found on gasoline engines. Diesel replacement parts tend to be more expensive and finding qualified diesel mechanics can be a challenge in certain geographic areas.

Cost leans heavily towards gasoline while torque, engine life, fuel efficiency and idle frequency favors diesel. PTO provisions and maintenance are heavily reliant upon the application. As always, be sure to have a clear understanding of the intended application of the vehicle to help ensure you make the best selection for the job at hand.

*Comparing 2016 Ford F-250 gas(6.2L) and diesel (6.7L) pickup for light duty and 2017 Ford F-750 gas (6.8L) and diesel (6.7L) cab chassis for heavy duty, prices are MSRP from ford.com.
**Comparing 2016 3500HD pickup with Vortec 6.0L V8 gas engine rated at 360 horsepower and 380 ft-lb. of torque and Duramax 6.6L V8 diesel engine rated at 397 horsepower and 765 ft-lb. of torque
***Comparing 2016 Ram 1500 2wd with a 3.6L gas engine with 2016 Ram 1500 2wd with a 3.0L diesel engine, both models with 8 speed automatic transmission. Data obtained from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov).

 Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2016/08/gas-vs-diesel-which-to-spec?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture&utm_content=tof-2&elqTrackId=cf5c9a60cb55496db9b8a0e6320093c3&elq=b7b12e3bfdc7462185b997ff4aa710e4&elqaid=1067&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=518

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Calling All TITANs: Nissan, Habitat for Humanity draw inspiration from construction site supervisors to build the Ultimate Work TITAN




  • Nissan’s purpose-driven Calling All TITANs campaign continues with the donation of the Ultimate Work TITAN to Habitat for Humanity
  • The one-of-a-kind work truck is a TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab Midnight Edition transformed into a home builder’s dream
  • The custom truck will be on display during the Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center March 6-8
INDIANAPOLIS – Nissan is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity, having donated more than 150 trucks and $16.9 million since 2005. Today in Indianapolis, the 14-year partnership reached new heights with the unveiling of the Ultimate Work TITAN, the second in a series of three Ultimate TITANs built as part of the purpose-driven Calling All TITANs campaign. 
Featuring a complete mobile office, toolkit and off-road necessities, the one-of-a-kind work vehicle debuted to a group of media at the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis. The truck will be on display at The Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center through March 8, and then officially donated to Habitat for Humanity, where it will be put to work on and off the job site.
"Though Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity has been deep-rooted for well over a decade, we are consistently searching for ways we can do more together," said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, Inc. "Behind the rugged and capable foundation of our TITAN trucks, our Calling All TITANs campaign has provided a perfect platform to do just that. In a celebration of all TITANs of the Neighborhood, alongside Habitat for Humanity, we are proud to unveil this Ultimate Work TITAN, built specifically to the needs of the hard-working people on the build site."
In creating the Ultimate Work TITAN, Nissan and Habitat spent countless hours talking with construction site supervisors and volunteers across the country to find out what they needed most in a truck. These working men and women are passionate about their trucks, and there was no shortage of ideas. After compiling their feedback, three common suggestions emerged:
  • Off-road capability is a must
  • The interior should be treated like a mobile office
  • The bed must be loaded with easy-to-access tools, ladders and lockable storage
And with that, the build of the Ultimate Work TITAN commenced.
Originating as a stock TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab Midnight Edition, transformation into the Ultimate Work TITAN began just as the Ultimate Service TITAN did – with the addition of a factory-authorized ICON three-inch suspension lift kit, available through Nissan dealers. The ICON lift kit includes adjustable-height coil-over shock absorbers, custom rod end bearings and patent-pending Delta Joints – helping provide increased ground clearance and enhanced ride quality both on and off the job site.
Anchored by Nitto Ridge Grappler tires and ICON Alloys REBOUND wheels, the truck adds Addictive Desert Designs bumpers to provide an additional layer of protection, while a WARN Industries ZEON Platinum 12-S Winch ensures the Ultimate Work TITAN can help itself and counterparts out of even the most challenging situations. In the nighttime hours, Baja Designs lighting leads the way with custom worksite lighting.
In the midst of the chaos of a work site, often times what construction site supervisors need most is a quiet space to relax and get some paperwork or calls completed. The Ultimate Work TITAN has this covered, and then some. Knowing that supervisors are constantly in need of updated build site maps, blueprints, punch lists, daily reports and submittals – among a daily list of paperwork – a 13-inch laptop and a printer was added to help make life just a little bit easier. And not be overlooked in the back seat is a full mobile office, featuring a custom desk and file storage with an additional power inverter.
"Construction site supervisors made it clear to us what was needed to make their jobs more productive, and after incorporating their feedback, one thing has become clear: this is the truck for TITANs of the Neighborhood," said Fred DePerez, vice president, North America LCV Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc. "Built on the foundation of a rugged TITAN XD Diesel and featuring parts from some of the most reputable names in the construction industry, the Ultimate Work TITAN lives by its name in every sense. We can’t wait to get this truck off the show floor and onto the build site, where we know it will thrive."
When it’s time to get out of the mobile office and into the work site, the Ultimate Work TITAN bed is a great place to start. Anchored to TITAN's innovative Utili-track® Bed Channel System, a BEDSLIDE 2000 HEAVY DUTY sets the stage for easy access to all the bed has to offer. Connected to the bed slide is a DECKED lockable storage system, where a site supervisor can confidently store tools. Commercial class heavy duty lockable tool boxes are included along the sides of the bed for additional storage.
Inside the lockable storage are some of the highest quality tools in the industry. In addition to a complete toolkit, other products stored within the bed include a table saw, chop saw, chainsaw, air compressor and drill kit. A Zamp 2,000 Watt power inverter, as well as RIGID Extension Cords, was included to provide power sources in addition to the 110-volt power outlet included both in the bed and the cabin of the TITAN XD.
Of course, no home can be built without a ladder. Atop the Ultimate Work TITAN sits a TrailFX aluminum ladder rack featuring multiple commercial grade ladders, easily accessible with the help of the TITAN XD dampened assist tailgate.
Meanwhile, TITAN XD’s 14 cup holders will ensure everyone has a spot during their hard-earned water break. And at the end of another long day at the job site, builders will rest easy on the standard TITAN XD Zero Gravity seats, enjoying music on the new Fender® Premium Audio System, reflecting on a job well done.
The Ultimate Work TITAN will be on display during the Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center through March 8. For more information on the Calling All TITANs campaign, the 2019 TITAN, TITAN XD and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.
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About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.
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About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.