Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fiberglass Vs. Steel Service Bodies

There are many options that you need to consider when in the market for a new service body, starting with whether you want fiberglass composite or steel construction. This decision will be determined by factors such as what industry you are in, what the service body will be used for, and environmental conditions in your region.

Fiberglass CompositeFiberglass is a reinforced plastic material made of glass fibers among other things. The result of using this material for construction is a light, durable service body such as the Durashell by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies. Lighter service bodies provide more available pay load capacity weight and therefore, more storage. Lighter vehicles also create better fuel economy meaning significant savings for your fleet's operating costs. Durability is another significant advantage to having a fiberglass composite service body. They are able to flex without cracking and the material is corrosion resistant for more humid climates as well as when carrying hazardous chemicals such as pool supplies. Fiberglass composite service bodies tend to cost more than steel bodies, but make up for it in fuel economy and longevity. A Durashell service body, for example, will outlast multiple pickup trucks. Go to the Internet Special page at for tremendous savings on any new Durashell model now through July 5.

Fiberglass Composite Light Weight Service Body Van Alternative

Steel Service Bodies
Steel costs less than fiberglass material, therefore steel service bodies are generally less expensive than fiberglass for the initial upfit cost. Although steel is heavier, many service bodies are now using aluminum components as well to reduce the weight such as the Load'N'Go Sportsman by Fleetwest (pictured below). Steel service bodies are often easier to repair with basic tools and the upkeep costs are relatively cheap. Heavy-duty steel is also durable and can handle a lot of wear and tear without causing damage. Powder coating protects steel service bodies, like the Load'N'Go, from corrosion and weather damage.

If you spend a lot of time on the road, the fuel savings that the lightweight Durashell provides will be worth the initial cost. If you are looking to save money initially, steel may be a better option. Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies provide both Load'N'Go 16-gauge steel service bodies and Durashell lightweight fiberglass composite service bodies. Both styles have models for short and long bed pickup trucks such as GMC, Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. Check out the Fit Guide at to find the model that best fits your pickup truck. The Load'N'Go and Durashell service bodies are all transferable with no-holes-drilled into your pickup truck for a longer life-cycle. Call your Fleetwest representative toll free for a quote or more information: 866-497-7200.

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