Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to save on fuel this winter...

Truck maintenance is important to keep trucks up and running but did you know that regularly maintaining your pickups also offers great benefits in fuel economy? There are many technologies and techniques for fleet maintenance that can help increase fuel efficiency up to 10%.

Here are some tips that can help you save this winter:

Make sure that your truck’s tires have adequate thread depth and air pressure.
   Keeping tires properly inflated alone can increase gas mileage by 3%
Regularly replace clogged air filters
Park in warmer areas to increase the initial temperature of your pickup’s engine
Use the recommended grade of motor oil
Combine trips whenever possible to avoid driving with a cold engine
Remove accessories that increase wind resistance
Try a more efficient vehicle. ½ ton pickups allow greater opportunity for fuel
    savings and efficiency.

Applying techniques that support increased measures for fuel efficiency offer remarkable savings and allow more room for the optimization of your fleet with transferable truck bodies! Fleetwest has many options for ½ ton configurations. The Durashell 145 and 175 model is made of a lightweight fiberglass composite and is 100% transferable. It requires no holes drilled installation and is available with many options that make it possible to efficiently store tools and equipment, while cutting back on fuel costs. Durashell even offers a CNG model!


For more information on the Durashell 145 and 175 or the rest of the Durashell line go to our website or call Toll Free in the U.S. at (866) 497 – 7200.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Come check us out...

The New Durashell models from Fleetwest are the most innovative selection of fiberglass composite transferable truck bodies on the market today. Check out our newest video on Youtube for a few of the upgraded features on the Durashell 145/175.

To learn more about the Durashell line or to get a detailed quote, visit or call toll-free in the U.S. (866)497-7200.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Truck for the New Year...

Have your eye on a new pickup truck this holiday season?

Whether you’re looking to go compact or full size, options are endless.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma available with a 3.5 liter V6 engine estimated to provide approximately 19-23 mph is a quality choice to consider. The Tacoma’s new engine offers big fuel savings and increased fuel efficiency. This mid sized model features a new high-strength steel composite, ensuring durability and optimized safety and performance for all. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma’s bold new look supports features that make increased safety measures for passengers possible.

Another option to consider is the 2016 Ford F-150, which continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in America. This full size pick is available with optional 2.7 liter Eco Boost V6 engine. It delivers 325 horse power while still offering the best fuel economy in the lineup! The 2016 Ford F-150 now utilizes an aluminum and durable steel composite, resulting in a lighter truck. You can also look forward to saving money with the purchase of this model—it has been named as one of the best full size pickups that offer big savings in a 5-year cost to own comparison.

In addition to the features that these models offer, Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies offers ways to easily optimize pickups for both personal and commercial use. Fleetwest’s Load’N’Go Open Bed model,which is 100% transferable even while fully loaded is a perfect option to add to your pickup. Don’t damage your new pick up by throwing loose tools and equipment in the bed—keep it organized with Fleetwest’s transferable service body. 

To add a Load'N'Go service body to your pickup truck, new or old, call toll-free in the U.S. 866-497-7200 or get a quote.

Monday, December 7, 2015

2015 Fleet Tax Incentives....UPDATE!!!

Updated post...
2015 Fleet Tax Incentives Increased!!!

Congress has just increased the Section 179 Deduction for 2015, from $25,000 to $500,000!
Be sure to take advantage of this deduction for your business by December 31,2015. For more information visit

Old post...
Congress has extended the Section 179 Deduction for 2015, but the deduction limit has been reduced to $25,000.00...

Be sure to take advantage of this deduction for your business by year end...

Load'N'Go Open Bed shown on truck

Section 179 at a Glance (updated for Tax Year 2015)
2015 Deduction Limit = $25,000
This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. This limit is only good for 2015, and the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service by the end of the day, 12/31/2015.
2015 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $200,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true "small business tax incentive".
Bonus Depreciation: not available in 2015
In prior years, Bonus Depreciation would be taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Note: Bonus Depreciation was available for new equipment only; in 2015, Bonus Depreciation is not available at all.
The above is an overall, "simplified" view of the Section 179 Deduction for 2015. For more details on limits and qualifying equipment, as well as Section 179 Qualified Financing, please read this entire website carefully. We will also make sure to update this page if the limits change.
Here is an example of Section 179 at work during this 2015 tax year:
What is the Section 179 Deduction?
Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn't, as you will see below.
Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It's an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.
Several years ago, Section 179 was often referred to as the "SUV Tax Loophole" or the "Hummer Deduction" because many businesses have used this tax code to write-off the purchase of qualifying vehicles at the time (like SUV's and Hummers). But, that particular benefit of Section 179 has been severely reduced in recent years; see 'Vehicles & Section 179' for current limits on business vehicles.
Today, Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179 or Bonus Depreciation, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses - and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.

Essentially, Section 179 works like this:
When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example).
Now, while it's true that this is better than no write-off at all, most business owners would really prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they buy it.
In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That's the whole purpose behind Section 179 - to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written-off on the 2015 tax return (up to $25,000).

Limits of Section 179
Section 179 does come with limits - there are caps to the total amount written off ($25,000 for 2015), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($200,000 in 2015). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $200,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

Who Qualifies for Section 179?
All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $200,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2015 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.
Most tangible goods including "off-the-shelf" software and business-use vehicles (restrictions apply) qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. For basic guidelines on what property is covered under the Section 179 tax code, please refer to this list of qualifying equipment. Also, to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
The deduction begins to phase out if more than $200,000 of equipment is purchased - in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

What's the difference between Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation?
Bonus depreciation is offered some years, and some years it isn't. Right now in 2015, it's not being offered, but that could change - we'll be the first to tell you when it does.
For purposes of discussion, even though it's not available in 2015, let's explain it anyway.
The most important difference is both new and used equipment qualify for the Section 179 Deduction (as long as the used equipment is "new to you"), while Bonus Depreciation covers new equipment only.
Although Bonus Depreciation is not available in 2015 - in years when it is available, Bonus Depreciation is useful to very large businesses spending more than the Section 179 Spending Cap (currently $200,000) on new capital equipment. Also, businesses with a net loss are still qualified to deduct some of the cost of new equipment and carry-forward the loss.
When applying these provisions, Section 179 is generally taken first, followed by Bonus Depreciation - unless the business had no taxable profit, because the unprofitable business is allowed to carry the loss forward to future years.

Load'N'Go Open Bed shown on truck

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 Click here for our year end special.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cargo Vans vs. Pickup Bed Capsules

Why Should Fleets Replace Cargo Vans with Pickup Bed Capsules?

Pickup truck bed capsules and cargo vans are often looked at in the same light. But what is it that makes the bed capsule a better alternative? Fleet professionals are choosing capsules for their fleets for a number of reasons.

Here's why:

  • Better Fuel Economy
  • Optimized Cargo Management
  • Enhanced Ergonomics
  • Lower Life cycle and Maintenance Costs
The Durashell line by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies proves efficient in all of these categories.

Fuel Efficiency
Pickup trucks provide room for significant fuel savings! Especially in 1/2 ton configurations, where fuel efficiency averages up to 14.5 mpg while fully loaded. This number can even be maximized with specially designed fuel-efficient engines as seen in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and in Ford's 2011 F-150. The mpg in cargo vans only average to about 10 miles per gallon. Take advantage of this opportunity to save big with lightweight pickup trucks, and optimize your fleet with any of the Durashell models.

Optimized Spacing
While vans seem like the better option for optimized space, they actually consist of a lot of unusable space. Shelving and storage options in cargo vans are limited because of the sliding door. utilize that wasted space with Fleetwest's fiberglass Durashell line.

The Durashell limits risks of stress and injury. With features like low profile hydraulic ladder racks and dual action slides, professionals don't have to strain themselves while trying to access large equipment.

Minimized Costs
The Durashell can outlast a number of trucks. This is where transferablility really matters! When a fleet vehicle is in need of maintenance repairs or even needs to be replaced completely, you can transfer your fully loaded truck body with lifting jacks or a forklift in minutes! Cargo vans do not have this ability and require a significant amount of time to transfer equipment from one vehicle to another.

For more information about how to optimize you truck call your Fleetwest representative Toll Free in the U.S. at (866)497-7200 or by visiting To get a detailed quote on a Durashell click here.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Early Black Friday Special!!!

image shown is the Load'N'Go Open bed shown with optional jacks

What's so special about this?

Click here to see what Fleetwest is currently offering and treat your fleet to a gift that keeps on giving. This deal won't last long, so act quickly!!

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has the solution to your work truck needs and wants. Transferablity really does change everything! Fleetwest offers many different models to choose from that you can customize to suit your professional needs.

Visit us at  or call a Fleetwest representative today toll-free in the US at 866-497-7200 for details and a quote.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bigger isn't Always Better

Save More with Lighter Trucks!

Many industries have taken advantage of the benefits ½ ton trucks have to offer. One of them being that lighter trucks increase fuel efficiency while reducing fuel costs! A ½ ton truck will cost you significantly less in gas than heavy duty pickups.

And now you don’t have to worry about not being able to efficiently store your tools on your ½ pickup! Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has defeated this challenge with the lightweight ST2000 and Sportsman models from the Load’N’Go line.

These models fulfill extensive storage and security needs for your valuable tools and equipment. They can be transferred from truck to truck on the jobsite in minutes—even while fully loaded—and require no holes drilled-installation!

The Load’N’Go ST2000 feature 16ga steel construction, stainless steel hardware and latches, and a white powder coated finish. The Sportsman model comes standard with a rugged, black spray-on load liner finish inside and out, a powder coated pull-out drawer and lightweight aluminum side cabinet and rear doors. Options like ladder racks, sliding bed trays, vise mounts, and much more are available!

                                               ST2000                                                Sportsman

To get a quote, visit us online at or call us Toll Free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The New Reliable

Technicians rely on a good work truck with accessible features and enhanced functionality to improve safety measures while maximizing storage space. With the new Durashell 145 & 175 model by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies, you can have just that! The Durashell 145 & 175 is built with the professional in mind. It has new upgrades that endlessly support the accessibility of your fleet!

Upgrades that support maximized storage space include:

  • Customizable shelving options
  • Low profile hydraulic ladder racks
  • Dual action slides
  • 145/175 cubic feet of storage capacity
Upgrades that support accessibility include:
  • Keyless entry
  • 60/40 split rear doors
  • Aluminum slides with 100% extension and 1000 lb. load capacity
Now you can have optimized storage space, increased safety measures, and easy access to your tools at all times!

These are just a few of the many features that the Durashell 145 & 175 has to offer your fleet!

For more information about the Durashell 145 & 175 and to get a detailed price quote, visit us online at or give us a call Toll Free in the U.S. at (866) 497 - 7200.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Security is Key

Did you know that areas with active construction projects and major shipping ports are the most common for equipment theft? Fleet vehicles are more susceptible to theft by professional thieves who look for the easiest opportunity to steal new equipment.

Newer equipment models are stolen often because of a higher resale value which can cause big losses for companies. Higher equipment theft creates a need for increased security measures in work trucks.

How can you Protect your Work Truck? Don’t make your fleet vulnerable to theft.

Keep your doors locked at all times!
The most common reason vehicles get stolen is due to easy access. 80% of stolen vehicles are attributed to unlocked doors.

Park in well lit areas
Don’t isolate your truck! Parking near other vehicles in illuminated areas will reduce attempts to steal your truck.
Hide your valuables!
Thieves are constantly looking for the newest equipment to seize. You can protect your valuable equipment with Fleetwest’s Load’N’Go Security Top!

*Pictured: Load'N'Go Security Top

The Load’N’Go Security Top model by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is designed with features to protect your tools and expensive equipment from theft and damage. The Load’N’Go Security Top has double-locking, dual panel steel side-doors that will ensure protection for you work truck!

Visit us online at for more information and to get a detailed price quote or call us Toll Free in the U.S. at (866) 497 – 7200.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Does Your Work Truck Have a New Coat?

A Powder Coated Finish can change your fleet for the better! This protective finish offers many features that improve your transferable truck body. Powder coating is long-lasting, resistant to wear, durable, and consistent in color.

Here are some Powder Coating Benefits:
  • Impact Resistant--powder coating creates a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.
  • Weather Resistant--liquid paints wear easily in harsh weather conditions. A powder coated finish resists corroding, fading, and rusting better than standard paint.
  • Sustainable--powder coating is great for the environment! This fine finish reduces negative environmental impact by eliminating the use of volatile organic compounds.
The Result:
A uniform, durable, high-quality finish that will improve the overall aesthetic of your fleet. With a Powder Coated finish, you won't have to worry about damaging your paint job, meanwhile protecting the environment!

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies offers a Powder Coated finish on Load'N'Go models. This is just one more advantage to the long list of features that make the Load'N'Go perfect for your fleet!

To learn more about the Load'N'Go line and to get a detailed price quote, visit us online at or call us Toll-Free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Best of Both Worlds!

Tired of getting slack from your significant other for tools rattling around in your truck? 

Anyone who drives a work truck has more than likely heard about it at some point while out on a date, running errands or picking up the kids. Work trucks are functional at work, but let's be honest; they can be an inconvenience or an eye-sore when you’re not. 

Enter the solution: transferable truck bodies! 

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies offer Load’N’Go and Durashell service bodies that can be easily removed from your truck bed, fully loaded in minutes. Acquiring a transferable truck body provides the flexibility of gaining valuable access to a work-free pickup truck and having a work truck all in one! 

Load’N’Go Security Top model pictured-truck pictured not included

So give us a call, toll free in the U.S. at (866)497-7200 and get a quote on one of our transferable truck bodies and make you and your significant other happy.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Safety First

Conscious driving is essential for road safety while driving pickups. There are many important factors that contribute to being a safe driver. Pickup drivers have to make mindful decisions while on the road. It is important to remember the extensive damage trucks can cause in collisions.

Here are some tips to help you be a safe driver:

Don’t let your cell phone distract you!
Avoiding your phone while driving is an easy way to stay focused on traffic signs and signals. Texting and talking on the phone is a distraction to drivers and causes many unfortunate accidents.

Keep a steady pace
Speeding and driving too closely behind other cars is something to be avoided while driving. Steady driving is a smart and easy way for drivers to pay attention to blind spots and remain safe and focused on the road.

Hauling cargo wisely!
Tools rolling around in the bed of your pickup are an easy way to become distracted on the road. This problem can be avoided with the proper storage options available with Fleetwest transferable truck body options. Fleetwest now offers the New Durashell 175 and 145 models equipped with:

·        Customizable storage space
·        Automatic LED lighting for side door and rear access
·        Keyless entry
·        Heavy duty latching system
·        Weather tight seal

These are just a few features of the Durashell 175 and 145 that ensure endless support for safety on the road!

To get a quote today, call us toll free in the U.S. at (866)497-7200

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stay Tuned!!!!

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is excited to announce that they are currently filming another episode of Truck U on the Velocity Channel. Featuring the new Durashell 175 transferable truck body in action, demonstrated by Bruno Massel and Matt Steele.

All Durashell and Load’N’Go service bodies are completely transferable on and off a pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. Can't wait to see what Bruno and Matt have worked up for us this time!

Stay tuned for dates and times to view Fleetwest on Truck U on the Velocity channel.

Call your Fleetwest representative toll free in the U.S. at 866-497-7200 to get a Durashell quote today!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fleetcon 2015 Success

Fleetcon 2015 was a huge success! We debuted our new Durashell 175 and our number one seller, the Load’N’Go Security Top model. Our sales guys, Bill and Luke, stayed very busy with the fleet professionals visiting our display booth both days of the Expo.
Congratulations go out to Scott Johnson, Fleet Support Supervisor with Maricopa County, whose business card was drawn for a brand new gas grill! Scott, as well as all those who visited the Fleetwest display booth, heard about innovative ways to:

  • Reduce downtime
  • Increase Fleet flexibility & security
  • Raise technician job satisfaction
  • Add economical solutions to their fleet

We created quite a buzz at the Expo and post-show as well! Visit our website to explore your fleet options or to obtain a quote.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Announcing New Durashell Models

Fleetwest is excited to announce the availability of the New Durashell 175 and 145 slip-on truck bodies. The New Durashell models are the most innovative selection of fiberglass composite transferable truck bodies on the market today.

To see what the New Durashell 175 has to offer you can watch the video below!

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a quote
 on the new Durashell 175 or 145.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Come Check Out Fleetwest at Fleetcon 2015

Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies will be at Fleetcon 2015.  Fleetcon is the fleet education event for all fleet personnel, fleet suppliers, and  all types of fleets. The event combines education, introduction to new technologies and innovations, and solutions and it also allows for networking with others in the fleet industry, and learn from some of the best. .

2015 will mark the 39th year of the fleet management event. These conference events have historically rotated throughout the states that surround the Rocky Mountains.

Make sure to stop by booth #417 and see the newest models by Fleetwest at Fleetcon 2015 in Glendale,AZ, September 14-17!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Why Transferability is a Good Choice

Retiring and replacing service vans and trucks is a dreaded but, necessary part of doing business.  When it is time to purchase a new vehicle, the transferable truck body can simply be moved from the old truck to the new one.  The transferable truck bodies are built to outlast multiple trucks with limited warranties as high as 10 years on the service body.  Once again the savings to the company is substantial since there is no need to replace the service body and the residual value of the pick-up truck is higher because you are trading or selling a traditional pick-up that has a higher resale value. 

The initial cost of purchasing a slip-on truck body versus a traditional bolt on unit is very comparable.  Upon the purchase of a replacement truck, the company now saves the entire cost of replacing the service body and after this scenario is repeated multiple times, the savings become big dollars!  Coupled with these savings, the company can wrap or paint their marketing logo and information on the transferable truck body which will move right over to the new truck with the unit. 

Lower fuel costs, reduced downtime, added security, higher personnel retention, lower hiring and training costs, higher residual truck values, quicker replacement service vehicles and lower marketing expenditures are just some of the many reasons it is time to move over to the new way of managing your truck fleet.  The savings associated with introducing a transferable truck body program into your fleet will offer the company immediate as well as long term savings that will make any CFO or accounting manager smile all the way to the bank!  

To enhance the use of pickups, owners should consider Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies, who offer a line of lightweight, fiberglass composite service bodies that follow the Sustainable Fleet Standards by increasing efficiency, reducing emissions, and saving on fuel costs. Durashell transferable service bodies are available with endless options to customize work trucks and make them ideal for any type of fleet. They are lighter than the standard steel service bodies because they are made of fiberglass composite. Lightweight service bodies mean less fuel consumption, emissions, and savings for fleet management. Durashell utility bodies are completely transferable on and off your pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. Fleetwest offers the most efficient transferable service bodies for the trades industry, including construction, plumbing, and mechanical industries.

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at (866)-497-7200 to get a quote or by clicking here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How Transferability Can Benefit You

When the truck needs to go into the shop for maintenance or repairs, the transferable truck body can quickly be moved to another truck in minutes.  Downtime associated with a technician’s tools and equipment needing to be transferred to another truck is all but eliminated.  The technician doesn’t waste valuable time in the field hunting for tools that were tossed into a borrowed truck since he is still working from ‘his own assigned tool box’.   Not only is the company saving valuable work time but, the technician is spared the frustration of working out of a borrowed truck body and enjoys more job satisfaction knowing he will always have ‘his own assigned tool box’.  When the slip-on truck body is assigned to a technician, they are more likely to take pride in their tool box resulting in higher job satisfaction as well.  They will be glad they never have to listen to their tools and equipment rolling around in the back of the van again!  Another bonus is they will only need to heat and cool the cab of the truck.  Higher job satisfaction converts to long term savings for the company through higher personnel retention and lower expenses related to hiring and training new people.

Security of tools and equipment can save thousands of dollars by avoiding costly break-ins and theft from the open bed of a pick-up truck.  Protecting your valuable cargo in a slip-on truck body makes so much financial sense.  Double locking doors and side compartments provide the security you need to prevent the cost and downtime of losing valuable equipment and time associated with replacing them.

The Load'N'Go ST-2000 is secure, heavy-duty, and transferable, on and off a pickup truck in minutes allowing you to transfer your tools and supplies from one truck to another without unloading. It fits most standard model long-bed and light enough to fit 1/2 ton pickup trucks. The Load'N'Go ST2000 pictured needs no holes drilled to install and provides additional storage, flexibility, and efficiency allowing you to work smarter, not harder.

To get a quote on the brand new Load'N'Go ST-2000, call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Transferability Offers Big Savings!

Today’s business owners are challenged on all fronts looking for ways to trim operating costs and build efficiencies into their daily operations.  Whether the construction company runs 1 or 2 service vehicles or a fleet of 100 or more, the need to manage those vehicles in the most economical fashion is still of great significance to the financial health of any organization that has a service vehicle fleet.

Reducing or even holding steady fleet costs in a world with soaring fuel prices is nearly impossible and given the increasing cost of steel, plastics and other manufacturing materials, replacing service vehicles becomes a sizable drain on the profit margins of today’s business operators.  Those variables are out of the control of the fleet manager so; how does the prudent operator keep a grip on these escalating costs?  Even with all of this dauntingly bad news, I am glad to tell you there are still options available to hold down and even reduce the year over year operating costs associated with running a fleet of service vehicles.  

The solution:  Transferable service bodies for pick-up trucks are finding their way into more and more fleets throughout North America.  Transferability changes everything for the fleet manager.  Transferable truck bodies are just as the name infers, transferable service bodies that are not bolted into the pick-up truck bed but rather clamped to the bed rails using a four-corner mounting system that simply squeezes the bedrail and requires only a socket wrench to tighten or loosen the clamps.  A rubber mat is placed on the bed of the pick-up to prevent the service body from slipping around in the bed.  The unit can quickly and easily be slipped on and off the truck with either a forklift or a set of 4 lifting jacks similar to a camper jack system.

The significant savings comes from the lightweight fiberglass composite construction which allows the unit to be utilized on a full range of pick-up trucks from the lightweight class up to the heavy duty 1 ton trucks.  No matter what your truck brand or style, these units are universal fit for all major makes and can be easily moved in minutes from truck to truck, fully loaded.   The fuel economy derived from using a lightweight slip-on truck body on a fuel friendly truck can be substantial.  Transferable truck bodies also come in the more traditional looking steel and aluminum construction with side storage compartments along the bedrails and full length pull-out parts drawers that will handle up to 1000 pounds of parts, tools and equipment. These are now offered in a lighter weight ½ ton truck version which again provides valuable savings on fuel costs.

 Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is light enough for pickup trucks and a perfect match for continuous fuel and maintenance fleet savings. Load'N'Go truck bodies are completely transferable, on and off a pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. This means flexibility and higher overall value for fleets.  All Load'N'Go service body models are made of galvanized steel making them durable and long-lasting. 

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 to get a quote and modernize your work truck or go online by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Designing the Ultimate Work Truck

When designing a work truck, the objective should be to optimize the vehicle to achieve the best overall return for dollar spent.  Being that a work truck is a piece of equipment that helps your employees do their jobs, it is important that the equipment enhances productivity.  When it comes to designing a good working work truck there are three common mistakes that occur, according to NTEA director of fleet relations:

Working Out of Order: rather the starting with addressing the body and equipment, many people start the specification-writing process with the truck chassis.
Doing What You’ve Always Done: make sure to keep up with changes rather than replicating an existing vehicle
Taking Your Best Guess:  in many cases, truck designers make powertrain selection guesses instead of a careful analysis of horsepower and engine torque demands

A great addition to consider when designing a work truck is the Fleetwest Load’N’Go ST-2000.  The Load’N’Go ST-2000 is a fully transferable truck body even when loaded.  This means flexibility and higher overall value for fleets. An optional 1000 lb capacity drawer can be added to the Load'N'Go ST-2000 to provide extra organized storage in addition to the double-locking side compartments.

For more information call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a on the Load'N'Go ST-2000 by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

10 Things You Should Have in Your Truck, and Probably Don't

Here are some tips to help prepare you for whatever situation may arise.

Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to keep a vehicle stocked with essential items. These include the obvious, like windshield scraper and brush, flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, first-aid kit, cell phone charger, blanket and tire gauge.  There are also some that are not as obvious.

10 things you should keep in your car, and why:

1. Disinfectant wipes:  Can use for many things, such as cleaning up a spill to cleaning dirty hands.

2. USB mobile device charger:  Important to have in case there is ever a moment when your phone might run out of battery.

3. Energy bars:  These snacks are non-perishable and will hold you over if ever stuck waiting for assistance.

4. Bottled water:  Important to stay hydrated when on the road.

5. Maps: Yes, the paper kind. Always important to keep an updated map so you know where you are.

6. WD-40:  Can loosen a lug nut or protect rubber truck molding.

7. Duct tape:  Great for temporary fixes, such as holding your muffler in place.

8. Flares or reflective triangle:  Important to have so you don’t get hit on the side of the road.

9. Utility knife:  This multipurpose tool can handle a numerous amount of problems that may arise.

10. Matches:  Keep a couple matchbooks in a freezer bag so that they stay dry.  Good to have just in case, you never know when you might need them.

Although the list is extensive, many of the things that people keep in their cars varies with their needs.  Also, this list may sound like a lot, but a lot of this stuff does not take up too much space.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fleetcon 2015

Fleetwest has some exciting news as they will be attending this year’s Fleetcon show in Glendale, AZ.  There is a 10’X20’ space reserved for Fleetwest, where they will have to of their truck bodies on exhibit.  There they will be able to show how one can add and optimize their work fleet.  This will give people an opportunity to see firsthand what Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has to offer and how they can help enhance your work fleet.

 The show is the week of September 14 and will be running through September 17.  It will be held at the Renaissance Hotel across the street from the Cardinals Stadium.

Some examples of what may be shown are pictured below,

For more information call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a quote by clicking here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Optimize Your Work Truck

Accessories that optimize service body space and make the job easier take a work truck from good to great. Ergonomic, hydraulic ladder racks provide easy accessibility to ladders and large materials. Generators and A/C units bring a work truck to another level, making electricity available in remote locations and allowing technicians to transport temperature sensitive materials.

The Durashell by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies can be equipped with a long list of accessories for an ideal work truck. 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.

Accessories are available, as well as the Durashell service bodies. Call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200 to get a quote

Monday, May 18, 2015

Work Smarter, Not Harder

The Load'N'Go Security Top by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies featured in the YouTube video above was customized specially for a communications company. Features were added so electrical technicians could easily work off-road and at night. LED lights were installed on the inside of this unit and inside the side compartments for easy access to tools and equipment at night. The LED lighting is controlled by a push/pull switch in the side cabinet, and can also be turned off when the technician closes the side compartment door for convenience.

A ladder rack with a snub-nose includes ratchets on the side to firmly secure ladders to the rack so they don't come loose in rough terrain. A 1000 lb capacity, 100% extension pull-out slide was added to this unit featuring a backboard so nothing falls off the back of the slide. A recess key-holder with locking cap securely stores additional keys for the unit. A camera with microphone was installed on the back of the unit so technicians can see and hear what's behind them. A remote-controlled spotlight provides added vision at night to light up the work area from a distance. Finally, a bumper winch kit has been added to the front of the work truck for optimum safety if a technician gets stuck in the field.

All Load'N'Go Security Top Service Bodies:

  • Come standard with an 1000 lb capacity customizable pull-out parts drawer
  • Fit all major makes and models of long or short bed pickup trucks
  • Tailgate can remain on for additional security
  • Have secure, double-locking side compartments for extra storage

Call your Fleetwest representative toll-free at 866-497-7200 or go online to get a quote on the Load'N'Go Security Top.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NAFA's Sustainability for Fleets

At this year’s NAFA 2015 Institute and Expo they announced the release of the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program.  This program is a revolutionary step towards how fleets adhere to sustainable practices.  The program is designed as a tool for fleet management professionals to help increase efficiency, reduce emissions, and conserve fuel for their businesses, according to NAFA.  It is also in collaboration with CALSTART, which is a national non-profit clean transportation organization.  The overall goal of the program is to help fleet professionals improve performance of their fleets and reduce their expenses.    As stated by the NAFA CEO Phillip Russo, “As an industry, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference for the environment.”

Another way in which fleet managers have the opportunity to enhance their fleets is with Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies and create the perfect on-the-job vehicle for work trucks with the Durashell and Load'N'Go.  Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies slip on and off most major brand pickup trucks in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation for flexibility and fleet savings.  Call your Fleetwest representative at 480-736-8800 to get a quote today on a transferable truck body such as the Load'N'Go Security Top pictured below.