Monday, August 15, 2022

Introduction to Spacekap: The transferable Service Bodies for Pickup Trucks


This video will quickly explain the value of the different SpaceKap has been adding to our customer's businesses and fleets for over 30 years. Spacekap provides slip-in transferable 6' & 8' service bodies designed to fit all full-size pickup trucks. It keeps your tools & equipment safe and organized.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

2023 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING PRO SSV | America’s First Electric Pickup Truck for Police


Ford pro launched America’s first electric pickup truck purpose-built for police: the 2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle. Key facts: -2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle provides the modern, always-on work-ready truck police departments need to help lower costs, drive efficiency and accelerate customers’ sustainability goals -F-150 Lightning Pro SSV combines benefits of an electric powertrain with law enforcement-specific interior features of F-150 Police Responder®, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates and available roof-mounted LED warning beacons - Ford Pro™ helps make the transition to electric easier for municipal customers with its top-selling1 police vehicle lineup, software, charging, service and FinSimple™ financing – now offering municipal loan options for charging solutions including installation, hardware and software Source : Ford #F150 #ford #police #FordF150 #f150lightning

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Transferability Changes Everything!

 Fleetwest has slip-on truck bodies that can be transferred to other trucks while loaded.  You can even take off your truck body and leave it at a job site with our optional jacks.  This will allow your tools to stay locked and safe. Protecting your valuable cargo in a slip-on truck body makes so much financial sense. Our double locking doors and side compartments provide the security you need to prevent theft. We have 4 different Load’N’Go models to choose from:

  •  Fixed Top
  •  Open Bed
  •  Sportsman
  •  Powerbody

They all fit most standard long-bed and short-bed models. You can transfer them in minutes with our no holes drilled installation.

Transferable truck bodies are just as the name suggests, transferable service bodies that are not bolted into the pick-up truck bed but rather clamped to the bed rails. A rubber mat is placed on the bed of the pick-up to prevent the service body from moving in the bed. Transferability changes everything!

Visit our website at:https://www.fleetwest.net/ .   For more information call our office at 480-736-8800.  You can also request a quote at: https://www.fleetwest.net/get-a-quote/ .




Sunday, August 7, 2022

SpitzLift Cranes - Many Applications


SPTIZLIFT SPECS:
  •     Meets ASME and OSHA standards
  •     Components manufactured according to ISO compliance
  •     Made in USA
  •     Load capacity: 650 - 900 lbs.
  •     Crane weight: 36- 45 lbs.
  •     Lifting speed 22 ft. per/minute
  •     2” strap is UV resistant and abrasion resistant

SAFETY FEATURES OF ELECTRIC CRANES:
  •     Safety release auxiliary handle
  •     Circuit breaker system for overload protection
  •     Dynamic and disc brake dual load control system
 

Learn more about SpitzLift: ABOUT US
SpitzLift Product Catalog

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

SpaceKap - Inside the Kap: Compak


Inside the SpaceKap Compak.  Versatility at its best!

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net

Sunday, July 31, 2022

SpaceKap Delivery Service Configuration Has 372 Cu Ft of Space!


With 372 cubic feet of space, Spacekap is the ultimate unit for parcel delivery. Transferable unit, 4x4 capability, deliver your packages with confidence in any weather conditions or rugged terrain.

See more about the Spacekap models and features at Fleetwest.net

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Beauty of Truck Body Transferability


The Power of Transferability means flexibility. It reduces downtime. It increases resale value. It offers greater security of tools and equipment. It has a universal fit so if you changed the brand of your truck, your body will still fit. It simplifies the purchase or lease of a vehicle because it widens the selection of trucks you could choose from. It may lower insurance costs. There is no vehicle certification requires as exists on bolt-on service bodies. It can be offloaded and used as a job box or removed temporarily to use your truck as a pickup truck only. And, if your vehicle needed to be down for a period of time like say, having been in an accident as an example, the body can be transferred to a rental truck until your unit is repaired. So much flexibility!

See more about our products at https://fleetwest.net

Monday, July 25, 2022

Building the Optimal Work Truck

 When you’re building a work truck, there are numerous specs that need to be factored correctly to avoid costly oversights. Make sure you consider a vehicle’s operating guidelines and payload requirements. A smart fleet manager should talk with the people in the field to understand what type of service the vehicle is expected to perform and how it needs to be used. During that discussion with the technicians, you may discover problems that they have encountered in their everyday use that may have been over looked.

It’s not uncommon to uncover issues with insufficient tool storage or lack of bins, limited visibility, loading height restrictions and poor payload distribution. It is essential to understand how a vehicle will be loaded and unloaded. Do they need lifts, ramps or even slide out trays? The more you understand the vehicle or upfit deficiencies the more efficient your next build will be. Not to mention your technician’s performance and satisfaction will be.

With a Fleetwest service body we have the innovative solutions to create the ideal work truck so you can work smarter, not harder! The Load’N’Go by Fleetwest not only can help with organization and make you more efficient, but it can also make for a safer work environment. The Load’N’Go can be equipped with a list of option such as:

  • Slides make accessing supplies easy and painless
  • Cabinets/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
  • LED lighting for convenience and safety
  • Ladder/material racks for easy accessibility
  • Jacks



Call a Fleetwest representative and start building your optimal work truck today!
Toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200
Request your quote today at: https://www.fleetwest.net/get-a-quote/





Saturday, July 23, 2022

FLEETWEST - Fiber Optic Package

 

Fiber Optic Package


(Available with models CTB335 and CTB385 only)


  • Fiber optic door with nylon pocket
  • Counter with laminated wood top and shelf underneath
  • One roof mounted shelf
  • Generator cabinet, lockable with generator slide and door vent
  • A/C 135000 BTU roof mounted
  • Shore power with 30 ft. cable
  • Breaker panel with 2 breakers -1 double 20A and 1 single 30A
  • Four 110V outlets
  • Transfer switch
  • Fluorescent lights with wall switch
Call us at 480-736-8800 today for more information and availability. Fleetwest.net

Learn more at: https://www.fleetwest.net/fiber-optics-telecommunications-utility-body/

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Ask An Expert - Towing and Hauling Tips with Mark Hellwig


Hellwig Suspension Products CEO, Mark Hellwig has been in the load and sway control business his whole life. Over the years he has learned a few things about towing and hauling.

Mark shares a few tips and pieces of advice for proper and safe towing and hauling in this video.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?


What if you forget to change your oil on time? Can you damage your car's engine by not changing the oil late? Do you really need to change your oil every 3,000 miles? Obviously, you should change your oil regularly, but exactly how much damage you will cause by changing the oil late? This video looks to answer this question. We'll discuss what happens to oil viscosity as it ages, and what happens to oil additives in over time.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The First-Ever All-Electric Chevy Silverado – New Generation (The Sopranos) | Chevrolet​


With available Four-Wheel Steer, an available Multi-Flex Midgate and a GM-estimated 400 miles of range on a full charge of the Ultium battery, Silverado EV is a whole new truck for a whole new generation. Reserve yours now at: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...
*First edition RST GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017 – MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV:

Monday, July 11, 2022

FleetWest - The Transferables


Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies - The Transferables - Pickup truck tool box that can be transferred from one truck to another fully loaded in a matter of minutes. Universal fit - Chevy, Ford, GMC, Dodge, RAM. Secure @Fleetwest1, #TheTransferables,

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Introducing the 2023 Ford F-150® Heritage Edition | F-150 | Ford


We’re marking the 75th anniversary of F-Series with the 2023 F-150 Heritage Edition, a modern take on the iconic two-tone pickup. Coming this fall.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Hellwig Suspension - How Helper Springs Work


How Helper Springs Work - Dealers for more info and to order, log on to priceguidepro.com or contact your sales rep today! 800.772.2678

Saturday, July 2, 2022

How V8 Engines Work - A Simple Explanation


V8 engines operates under the same basic principles as any other gasoline four-stroke engine. First the piston pulls in air and fuel as it moves downward, then it compresses that air and fuel as the piston moves upward. A spark plug fires, igniting the air/fuel mixture and forcing the piston downward. Finally the piston pushes out the exhaust gases on its way back up, before for the cycle repeats itself.

In a V8 engine, this cycle is happening in 8 different cylinders, at different times. Instead of multiple cylinders firing at the same time, you want them to be spread out so that power delivery is smooth. For this Chevy V8, the firing or is 1, 8, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3. With 8 cylinders, there is a cylinder firing for every 90 degrees of the crankshaft rotating, which means at any point in time, there are two cylinders on the power stroke.

With regards to the valvetrain, the intake air comes from the top of the engine, and into the sides of the cylinder head. The exhaust flows to the sides of the engine, exiting the exhaust valves from the cylinder head. In this LS3 model, there is a single intake valve and a single exhaust valve, though it’s also common to see engines with two intake valves and two exhaust valves. The larger valve is the intake valve, and the smaller valve is the exhaust valve.

The pushrod valvetrain gets its name from the metal pushrods which activate the rocker arms which open up the valves. The camshaft, located in the center of the V, has lobes on it which push the push rods up, opening the appropriate valves. For a full explanation of V8 engines, check out the video!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Assembly | Built for America | Ford


Welcome to the electric future of the Ford Motor Company. Built not for the few, but for the many. Learn more about how we’re building electric for America here: https://ford.to/34C7qnZ

Saturday, June 25, 2022

You Ask. We Answer. ft Gerald Johnson and Paul Jacobson | General Motors


Thursday, June 23, 2022

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Pedestrians


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives. - Stay alert and avoid distractions - - Walk in safe places - - Stop, Look, Listen, Cross - SAFE STEPS Road Safety is a pan-Asian public service initiatives aimed to raise awareness and provide clear and simple life-saving educational messages on road safety. Acclaimed actress and producer, Michelle Yeoh is the SAFE STEPS Road Safety Ambassador. This program is created and developed by Prudence Foundation, in partnership with National Geographic Channel and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). All SAFE STEPS Road Safety tips have been approved by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). For more information please visit: www.safesteps.com


Sunday, June 19, 2022

How Does the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Compare to Other Electric Pickups?


 

By Brian Normile

With the debut of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, Chevrolet is joining a fast-growing segment of the truck market: all-electric pickups. But how does this full-size electric truck compare with what other manufacturers have announced? Let’s take a look at currently available specs of the Silverado EV, Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck to see how the Silverado EV stacks up.  

Related: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV: The Avalanche Resurrected (and Electrified)

Story continues here: https://news.pickuptrucks.com/2022/01/how-does-the-2024-chevrolet-silverado-ev-compare-to-other-electric-pickups.html


Friday, June 17, 2022

2022 Ford F150 Lightning Electric Truck Being Shipped To Dealerships


2022 Ford F-150 Lightnings electric pickup trucks on their way to customers across North America.

Monday, June 13, 2022

BENEFITS of a Fleetwest Outfitted Half Ton Truck

Many industries have taken advantage of the benefits half ton trucks have to offer. Besides them being easier on the wallet to purchase, they are obviously lighter. One of the benefits of lighter trucks being increased fuel efficiency while reducing fuel costs; as a half ton truck will cost you significantly less in gas than heavy duty pickups.

Now you won’t have to worry about not being able to efficiently store your tools on your half ton. Fleetwest has conquered this challenge with the base model Fixed Top and Sportsman models from the Load’N’Go line and all Durashell models.

These models fulfill extensive storage and security needs for your valuable tools and equipment without sacrificing your trucks payload or fuel economy. They also can be transferred from truck to truck on the job site in minutes—even while fully loaded—and require a no holes drilled installation! All units are built to outlast multiple trucks and available in standard 8' and 6.5' bed applications.

LNG FIXED TOP

LNG SPORTSMAN




 






  Call us at 480-736-8800 or to get a quote: https://www.fleetwest.net/get-a-quote/

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Tour The VMAC Demo Truck With Tim Parks


Allow Tim Parks from VMAC to take you on a tour of his VMAC demo truck, loaded with VMAC’s rotary screw air compressors and multipower systems. Tim will also focus on the UNDERHOOD™ 40 air compressor system, the only air compressor that fits in the engine compartment of trucks and vans.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

SpaceKap Features: Shelving Solution


SpaceKap offers shelving solutions customized to fit the needs of various trades. Whether you are an electrician or plumber, contractor, or HVAC technician,

See more at Fleetwest.net

Sunday, June 5, 2022

The 2022 Ford F-150®: Walkaround | F-150 | Ford


The 2022 Ford F-150® is here. With high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed, hybrid engine powertrain* and high-wattage engine output,** the new F-150 is the toughest generation of F-150 trucks ever. 

 *The available 3.5L PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid Engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 25 city/25 hwy/25 combined mpg. PowerBoost 4x2. Actual mileage will vary. **Available Pro Power Onboard with up to 7.2 KW of exportable power. 

 Learn more about the Ford F-150 here: https://ford.to/3hH8SsJ

Friday, June 3, 2022

When to Replace Your Tires | Consumer Reports


The lifespan of a tire can range anywhere from 25,000 miles to 100,000 miles. The experts at CR show you how to check your tires so you’ll know exactly when to replace them.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

How V8 Engines Work - A Simple Explanation


V8 engines operates under the same basic principles as any other gasoline four-stroke engine. First the piston pulls in air and fuel as it moves downward, then it compresses that air and fuel as the piston moves upward. A spark plug fires, igniting the air/fuel mixture and forcing the piston downward. Finally the piston pushes out the exhaust gases on its way back up, before for the cycle repeats itself.

In a V8 engine, this cycle is happening in 8 different cylinders, at different times. Instead of multiple cylinders firing at the same time, you want them to be spread out so that power delivery is smooth. For this Chevy V8, the firing or is 1, 8, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3. With 8 cylinders, there is a cylinder firing for every 90 degrees of the crankshaft rotating, which means at any point in time, there are two cylinders on the power stroke.

With regards to the valvetrain, the intake air comes from the top of the engine, and into the sides of the cylinder head. The exhaust flows to the sides of the engine, exiting the exhaust valves from the cylinder head. In this LS3 model, there is a single intake valve and a single exhaust valve, though it’s also common to see engines with two intake valves and two exhaust valves. The larger valve is the intake valve, and the smaller valve is the exhaust valve.

The pushrod valvetrain gets its name from the metal pushrods which activate the rocker arms which open up the valves. The camshaft, located in the center of the V, has lobes on it which push the push rods up, opening the appropriate valves. For a full explanation of V8 engines, check out the video!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Exceptional Capability | Ram Chassis Cab


With exceptional capability, outstanding towing and hauling, and impressive versatility the Ram Chassis Cab is ready for the toughest jobs. See the features and specs that make up the new 2021 Ram Chassis Cab: https://www.ramtrucks.com/ram-chassis...

Saturday, May 28, 2022

First Ride! Ford F150 Lightning and CEO Interview | Jay Leno's Garage


Jay talks about the new Ford F150 Lightning with President and CEO Jim Farley – and takes him on his first TV ride-along in this exciting EV from Ford that’s a real gamechanger.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Flexibility Is The #1 Reason For A Load'N'Go Slip-On Service Body

 







The Original Removable, Full-Size Utility Body. Made with heavy 16 gauge steel construction, the Load’N’Go service body transforms your pickup truck into a multi-purpose work truck – in minutes.

Our Fixed Top Slip-On Service Body is also the Ultimate Pickup Truck Tool Box, and it fits most 6.5’ and 8’ truck beds - Ford, GM, Dodge/RAM, Toyota, and Nissan.

FEATURES:

  • Transferable even while fully loaded with equipment
  • On and Off your truck quick and easy
  • “No holes drilled” mounting
  • Safely secures cargo in the bed
  • Solid fixed-top safely secures cargo in the bed
  • 16 gauge steel construction
  • Lightweight design will work in ½ ton pickup truck
  • Rugged 2000 lb. capacity deck
  • Oversized double-locking side compartments
  • Leave your tailgate on
  • Eliminates downtime
  • One truck can be used for multiple operations
  • Built to outlast multiple vehicles
The images above show several options to suit a wide variety of uses and needs.

Call us at 480-736-8800 today for more information and availability. Fleetwest.net


Saturday, May 21, 2022

SPACEKAP WILD – THE BEST CARGO VAN ALTERNATIVE






Tired of your unsafe and smelly old service van? The SpaceKap WILD is the ideal model for anyone looking for characteristics similar to a regular cargo van.

With a 53″ interior height, it’s large enough to move around inside, with the added advantage of full-length side doors for easy access from the outside. Maximize your space and secure your tools with an optional shelves system.

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net

Thursday, May 19, 2022

F-150 Lightning: Towing With Confidence | F-150 | Ford


The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning boasts the Built Ford Tough brawn to tow up to an available 10,000 pounds with its 775 lb.-ft. of electric torque*, but it’s the truck’s brains that will give customers the range information they need to tow long distances**. Ford equipped the electric pickup with smart technologies to more accurately calculate remaining vehicle range using real time conditions so customers can tow with greater confidence – and the more it’s used, the more accurate it gets. *Torque calculated via peak performance of the electric motors at peak battery power. Your results may vary. **Max towing on XLT and LARIAT models with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Towing and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. Learn more about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning here: https://ford.to/3KnD9so

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The First-Ever All-Electric Chevy Silverado – New Generation (The Sopranos) | Chevrolet​


With available Four-Wheel Steer, an available Multi-Flex Midgate and a GM-estimated 400 miles of range on a full charge of the Ultium battery, Silverado EV is a whole new truck for a whole new generation. Reserve yours now at: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...
*First edition RST GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017 – MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV:

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Many Benefits Of The Fleetwest Sportsman Work Truck Body

 




We think of the Sportsman Work Truck Body as the Ultimate Pickup Truck Toolbox because it is so useful in many ways. From the 1,000 lb pull-out drawer that becomes the new floor of your pickup that handles a 2,000 lb. load, to the low-profile upper bed toolboxes and more. And, the best part we think is that this is a whole unit that can be taken off the truck in one piece and there are no holes drilled into the bed of the truck. Add a Rack-It Truck Rack and do even more!

Fits most 6.5’ and 8’ truck beds - Ford, GM, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan

Features Include:
  • Transferable even while fully loaded with equipment
  • On and Off your truck quick and easy
  • “No holes drilled” mounting
  • Low profile increases driver visibility
  • Rugged spray-on load liner finish - inside and out
  • 1000 lb. capacity pull-out drawer
  • Heavy-duty 2000 lb. capacity deck
  • 16 gauge steel construction
  • Lightweight double-locking side compartment lids
  • Leave your tailgate on
  • Eliminates downtime
  • One truck can be used for multiple operations
  • Built to outlast multiple vehicles

See more on our website at Fleetwest.net. Better yet, give us a call at 480-736-8800 today!


Friday, May 6, 2022

Can A Truck Change Everything? | F-150 Lightning | Ford


A new age for Ford F-150 is here. More than you ever imagined from an all-electric future.
Harnessing a century of manufacturing mastery, the all-electric F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative F-150 that Ford has ever built.

With the freedom of a 10-kilowatt smart power plant on wheels, software updates that will make it even better over time, and Built Ford Tough capability, the F-150 Lightning is electric powered with your life in mind.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

SpaceKap Hidden Special Features


Rib reinforcement system, rubber seals, install kit, and more.

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Beginning as a Cardboard Prototype, the 2022 F-150 Lightning Pickup’s Mega Power Frunk Now Boasts the Largest Front Trunk in the Truck Industry



• Ford truck and fleet owners and customers guided decision-making for the innovative design of the F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk, leading to multiple power sources and enough space to house two golf bags

• Ford user experience team uncovered important customer wants with cardboard prototype made in a few hours with scissors, a razor blade and a hot glue gun

• Mega Power Frunk design and engineering teams faced lofty challenges, including an asymmetrical frunk, drainable floor and waterfall hood design to meet customer expectations

DEARBORN, Mich.– A cardboard box found a new lease on life after being recruited by Ford to help develop a new feature known as the Mega Power Frunk. The all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup’s new front trunk or, as it’s known in industry speak “frunk” is the largest in the truck industry – with 400 liters (14.1 cubic feet) of cargo space and  maximum payload capacity of 400 pound

“The F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk is one of those features that reshape what vehicles can provide for customers. It’s sheer size, ample power supply, drainable floor and open and close system that opens with the touch of a button make it frunking awesome!” said Linda Zhang, F-150 Lightning Chief Program Engineer.

What many don’t know is this spacious and dynamic space began life as a simple cardboard box with a cutout front door and a liftable hood.

Understanding the Customer’s Needs

It began back in February 2018 with Team Edison – Ford’s dedicated battery electric vehicles incubator that incorporates close collaboration between different teams to find solutions to customer needs. A small group of young user experience designers set out to California, where they sat down with actual Ford truck and fleet customers to talk about how they might use such a feature. The prototype, made of cardboard for simplicity and cost and built in about a day using scissors and hot glue, was brought to every meeting to help customers visualize the opportunity.

In the studio, Greg Ardisana, design strategy director, passenger vehicles, and other Team Edison research members worked as consultants alongside engineering and design whenever they had customer use questions, which led to a close-knit collaboration between groups.

Once the frunk is open, customers can fill it with ice and drinks to “frunkgate” it, since it’s water-resistant, cleanable and has a drainable floor.

Steve McInally, frunk feature supervisor, said the team explored every detail as an opportunity. “We put the customer first in every decision we made and were able to deliver on a Mega Power Frunk,” he said. “And it’s going to blow people’s minds.” The 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup will be available starting Spring 2022.

# # #

1 - Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

2 - FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams.  The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers.  Ford designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles:  Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans and cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles.  The company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  Ford employs about 184,000 people worldwide.  More information about the company, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company is available at corporate.ford.com.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hindman Person AC - Spacekap Testimonial


Shawn Budde - Service Manager at Hindman / Person. Testimonial - Stay organized and get around much easier in all-weather with Spacekap.

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net

Monday, April 25, 2022

F-150 Lightning Launch | Rouge Electric Vehicle Center | Built For America


April 26 marks the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150® Lightning™ pickup, a milestone moment in America's shift to electric vehicles. Ford and UAW leaders will host F-150 Lightning customers and Ford employees at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate "Job 1" and the start of production for the first-ever full-size all-electric pickup to go on sale. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is Ford's ultra-modern new facility within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex where Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line and scaled the Model T.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ford Truck Dearborn Assembly Plant


Ford Motor Company automobile factory complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, along the River Rouge, upstream from its confluence with the Detroit River at Zug Island. Construction began in 1917, and when it was completed in 1928, it was the largest integrated factory in the world.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

SpaceKap Features: Product Quality Is Paramount


Spacekap incorporates features that have a capacity to meet and exceed consumer needs and gives its customer satisfaction by improving products and making them free from any deficiencies or defects.

Get the Spacekap perfect for your business at FleetWest.net

Monday, April 18, 2022

AAA StartSmart - Distracted Driving


Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for "Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits".

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Pro Power Onboard | Ford How-To | Ford


This easy-to-follow video will show you how to use Pro Power Onboard,* which you may have on your Ford vehicle, to provide electrical power to certain power tools and electronic devices. *See Owner’s Manual for important operating instructions. Learn more about being a Ford owner here: https://ford.to/3juU0Q8

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

SPITZ LIFT Fold-Down Crane


Load capacity = 900 lbs.
Crane weight = 46 lbs.
Install weight = 99 lbs.

User friendly
Cost efficient

B U I L T T O L I F T

Learn more at: https://spitzlift.com/

Sunday, April 10, 2022

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler



The F-150 Rattler package is built off the XL series, with FX4 content featuring skid plates to help ensure Built Ford Tough protection for a confident off-road experience, electronic rear-locking differential for enhanced traction, hill descent control for precision throttle and braking on steep descents, and specially tuned off-road shock absorbers for increased stability over tough terrain. In addition, F-150 Rattler features rugged all-terrain tires for versatility and capability.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Controlling Fleet Costs

Whether your company is big or small, everyone is looking to save money. Fleet managers are always keeping an eye on the operations financial bottom line. Unfortunately, repairs and maintenance are never cheap, but it is a necessary and anticipated expense. One daunting task for fleet managers is deciding whether or not to perform in-house or outsource maintenance and repair work. As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider.

Some pros to in-house repair are:
  • Control the quality of workmanship – not everyone will treat each repair as if it was their own truck
  • Control the length of time the vehicle is out of service – you know your truck isn’t sitting there waiting for someone to get around to fixing it
  • Control parts cost – You know that you are not paying an inflated price for parts

Some cons to in-house repair are:
  • Significant expense required to employ quality trained mechanics and inventory needed
  • Training program for ongoing employee training needed
  • Building space required for maintenance to be performed in and the extra concerns with regulations and approvals needed to go with these facilities
Quite simply, deciding whether or not the job is outsourced or performed in-house is a complex task.  It comes down to the important factors – cost, quality and turnaround time – and what works for your company.

Downtime is always going to be a challenge; however, Fleetwest offers an innovative solution to this problem. When you own a Fleetwest truck body and your work truck is in need of repairs, you simply transfer the truck body, fully loaded, to another pickup truck bed via forklift, crane or lifting jacks. The technician now has full access to his tools and equipment and able to move forward with his days’ work. When the needed repairs have been made, the service body is then transferred back into the original work truck. All executed in a matter of minutes with a no-holes drilled installation. Transferability changes everything!


For more information on Fleetwest transferable truck bodies, please call toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Presentation of the electric Ford F150 Lightning at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis


This is the presentation given by Tim Baughman of Ford Pro to the Work Truck Show 2022 press event in Indianapolis. The all new electric Ford F150 Lightning is re-inventing pickup truck propulsion and also terminology with the 'Frunk' !! If you don't what this is - watch the video.

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Tires

 By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

You probably know tires are made of rubber — but how much more do you know? Here’s a run-through of some important tire-related terminology:

1) Aspect ratio

This technical-sounding term refers to the relationship between the width of a tire and the height of the tire’s sidewall. High-performance “low profile” tires have “low aspect ratios” — meaning their sidewalls are short relative to their width. This provides extra stiffness and thus better high-speed handling and grip — but also tends to result in a firmer (and sometimes, harsh) ride. “Taller” tires tend to provide a smoother ride and better traction in snow.

2) Contact Patch

As your tires rotate, only a portion of the total tread is actually in contact with the ground at any given moment.  This is known as the contact patch.  Think of it as your tire’s “footprint.” Sport/performance-type tires are characterized by their wider footprint — more tread is in contact with the ground — which provides extra grip, especially during hard acceleration on dry pavement and during high-speed cornering.

3) Treadwear indicators

These are narrow bands built into the tread during manufacturing that begin to show when only 1/16 of the tire’s tread remains. Also called wear bars, treadwear indicators are there to provide an obvious visual warning that it’s time to shop for new tires.

4) Speed ratings

An alpha-numeric symbol you’ll find on your tire’s sidewall that tells you the maximum sustained speed the tire is capable of safely handling. An H-rated tire, for example, is built to be safe for continuous operation at speeds up to 130 mph. Most current model year family-type cars have S (112 mph) or T (118 mph) speed ratings. High performance cars often have tires with a V (149 mph) or  ZR (in excess of 149 mph) speed rating. A few ultra-performance cars have W (168 mph) and even Y (186 mph) speed-rated tires.

5) Maximum cold inflation load limit

This refers to the maximum load that can be carried in a given vehicle with a given type of tires — and the maximum air pressure needed to support that load. In your vehicle’s owner’s manual, you should be able to find the recommended cold inflation load limit. It’s important not to exceed the load limit (or over or under-inflate the tires) as this can lead to stability/handling problems and even tire failure. Always check tire pressure “cold.” Driving creates friction which creates heat; as the tires warm up, the air inside expands, increasing the pressure. Measuring air pressure after driving can give a false reading; you may actually be driving around on under-inflated tires.

6) Load index

This number corresponds to the load carrying capacity of the tire. The higher the number, the higher the load it can safely handle. As an example, a tire with a load index of 89 can safely handle 1,279 pounds — while a tire with a load rating of 100 can safely handle as much as 1,764 pounds. It’s important to stick with tires that have at least the same load rating as the tires that came originally with the vehicle — especially if it’s a truck used to haul heavy loads or pull a trailer. It’s ok to go with a tire that has a higher load rating than the original tires; just be careful to avoid tires with a lower load rating than specified for your vehicle, even if they are less expensive. Saving a few bucks on tires is not worth risking an accident caused by tire failure.

7) Radial vs. bias-ply tire

Bias-ply tires have their underlying plies laid at alternate angles less than 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread; radials have their plies laid at 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread. That’s the technical difference. The reason radial tires are dominant today is that they help improve fuel efficiency and handling; they also tend to dissipate heat better than bias-ply tires. No modern passenger cars come with bias-ply tires these days and their use is generally not recommended. (Exceptions might include older/antique vehicles that originally came equipped with bias-ply tires. Some RVs also used bias-ply tires, etc.) It is very important never to mix radial and bias-ply tires; dangerously erratic handling may result.

8) LT and MS tires

These designations indicate “Light Truck” and “Mud/Snow” — and are commonly found on tires fitted to SUVs and pick-ups. LT-rated tires are more general purpose, built primarily for on-road use — while MS-rated tires typically have more aggressive “knobby” tread patterns designed for better off-road traction.

9) Temporary Use Only

Many modern cars come with so-called “space-saver” tires which are smaller and lighter than a standard or full-size spare tire. They are designed to leave more room in the trunk and be easier for the average person to handle when a roadside tire change becomes necessary. However, they are not designed to be used for extended (or high-speed) driving. Your car will probably not handle (or stop) as well while the Space Saver tire is on – and you should keep your speed under 55 mph and avoid driving on the tire beyond what’s absolutely necessary to find a tire repair shop where you can have your damaged tire repaired or replaced.

10) Treadwear, Traction and Temperature ratings

Each tire has three separate ratings for Treadwear, Traction and Temperature.

Traction ratings run from AA to A to B and C — with C being the lowest on the scale. The ratings represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement under controlled testing conducted by the government. C-rated tires are marginal and should be avoided. Never buy a tire with a Traction rating that isn’t at least equal to the minimum rating specified by the manufacturer of your vehicle.

Temperature ratings from A to B to C — with C being the minimum allowable for any passenger car tire. The ratings correspond to a given tire’s ability to dissipate heat under load; tires with lower ratings are more prone to heat-induced failure, especially if driven at high speeds (or when overloaded). As with Traction ratings, never buy a tire with a Temperature rating that’s less than specified for your vehicle.

Treadwear ratings differ from Traction and Temperature ratings in that they aren’t a measure of a tire’s built-in safety margin. Instead, these ratings — represented by a three digit number — give you an idea of the expected useful life of the tire according to government testing. A tire with a Treadwear rating of 150, for example, can be expected to last about 1.5 times as long as a tire with a Treadwear rating of 100. These are just guides, however. Your tires may last longer (or not) depending on such factors as how you drive, whether you maintain proper inflation pressure and rotate the tires per recommendations — and so on.

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