Government Fleet – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Shelley Mika
Parts Operation: In-House or Outsource

A fleet’s parts inventory is critical to keeping its maintenance and repair process moving forward — and keeping units on the road. Several critical elements to consider are discussed from both the in-house and outsourced perspectives.

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The City of Davenport, Iowa's Public Works fleet facility was programmed and designed by Roger Thompson and Jon Wallenkamp. Planning Facilities for Modern and Future Use

By Thi Dao

When planning a fleet facility, consider site location, prepare it for new or future technologies, and review commonly overlooked issues.

14 Compete for 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2011 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

According to Joseph Shupe, president of CAP Oil Change Systems, the company has designed oil dispensers to reduce the time it takes to change engine oil and also help keep oils clean and safe. Oil Initiatives Government Fleets Should Consider

By Cheryl Knight

Conducting periodic oil analysis, using re-refined or recycled oil, and revisiting oil filter usage will lessen an operation’s impact on the environment, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

By Staff

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

A power lift on Grasshopper front mount mowers facilitates accessibility to the underside of the deck for simplified maintenance, as well as space-saving portability and storage. Maximize the Life of Grounds Maintenance Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers recommend maintenance schedules and key maintenance procedures for the pieces they sell to government fleets. Some also offer software programs or online support to help monitor usage, track costs, and budget for replacement.

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine. Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

By Staff

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

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Armund Schoen was the cofounder of Wheels Inc. and Zollie Frank's brother-in-law.

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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
A Reminder about Fleet Liability

By Thi Dao
Technicians, who are last to see a vehicle and who decide if and when it’s ready to go, should be aware of fleet liability.

Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao