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Working in a Winter Wonderland

Working in a Winter Wonderland

Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.

January 30, 2015

Public Fleets Become Cooperative to Save on Parts
2015 Resale Forecast for Full-Size Vans

2015 Resale Forecast for Full-Size Vans

The used full-size van market has remained strong throughout 2014, but it is expected to decline in 2015. Part of the reason for the strength of the used van segment is the discontinuation of traditional U.S.-style vans by OEMs as the new European-style vans are released.

December 15, 2014

Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG

Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.

November 18, 2014

Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks

Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks

The Class 5-6 truck market is very similar to the Class 3-4 market and shares many of the same trends. Among the key trends driving this market are fuel spend, downsizing, the growing receptivity to telematics devices, and funding.

November 3, 2014

Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection

Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection

Bucket and crane trucks pose greater safety risks than some other fleet equipment. Because employees’ lives may be at risk, careful inspection and maintenance of these vehicles are essential.

October 8, 2014

California Water Utility Weighs Leasing

California Water Utility Weighs Leasing

In a push to decrease maintenance costs and increase the fleet’s overall MPG — and with the help of telematics data — this public utility’s fleet manager is putting a proposal together that would move the owned fleet to a full lease program.

July 1, 2014

Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.

March 28, 2014

The All-New Kenworth T880 Multi-Purpose Vocational Truck

The All-New Kenworth T880 Multi-Purpose Vocational Truck

The Kenworth T880 is especially suited for a variety of vocational fleet applications, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy-haul applications. The Kenworth T880 comes standard with the 12.9L PACCAR MX-13 engine.

March 11, 2014

The Latest Developments in Hybrid-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks
Off-Road Hybrids: Technology & ROI

Off-Road Hybrids: Technology & ROI

New hybrid off-road equipment promises to reduce fuel consumption, but how long will it take to pay back the added cost?

February 28, 2014

How to Handle Extreme Weather

How to Handle Extreme Weather

Use of heat pads on oil pans and transmission fans, and installation of trickle chargers for battery heat blankets, are a normal part of operations for two Air Force bases in Alaska that routinely confront below-zero temperatures in the winter.

January 30, 2014

Case Study: Water District Reduces Operating Costs with Telematics
Storage Solutions for Maintenance Facilities

Storage Solutions for Maintenance Facilities

Whether renovating or constructing a new fleet maintenance facility, or just outgrowing space due to fleet growth, there are storage solutions available that will help with space constraints — and they come with other benefits as well.

November 27, 2013

How to Avoid Running a Truck Until its Wheels 'Fall Off'
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