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Truck Upfitting

The number of available options, combined with getting exactly what is needed for your fleet, can be daunting at best. But, with some homework and research doing the upfitting job right can be easier than it appears.

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Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand. In recent years, the huge influxes of vehicles needing upfitting have left some upfitters, at times, overwhelmed.

Upfitting Options for Light-Duty Trucks

Light-duty trucks are often used by vocational fleets, and the needs of these fleets vary. Upfitting options range from storage solutions and inserts to full service bodies and everything in between.

Innovative Truck and Van Upfits

Rarely does one-size-fit-all in vehicle spec’ing and truck and van upfits are case-in-point. Manufacturers work to stay one step ahead of fleet needs with constant improvement and new product advancements.

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone

To help combat the Ebola virus, Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three of its units into bloodmobiles and sent them to the West African nations of Guinea, Nigeria, and Liberia.

What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

7 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing a Service Body

Service technicians utilize a variety of tools and equipment that must be kept organized and within reach. With the multitude of available options, these seven questions will help narrow the field.

Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

Truck bodies rust in salt-laden environments, whether in coastal areas or regions that require road salts for de-icing. To lengthen truck body life — and help contain fleet costs — consider five factors in spec’ing bodies.

6 Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck application to determine which factors matter most.

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