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Gasoline or Diesel: What's the Difference?

Gasoline or Diesel: What's the Difference?

Costs. Maintenance. Engine life. Performance. Which powertrain has the advantage? Gasoline, or diesel? Which one is right for your fleet? Likely, it depends.

January 6, 2020

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

Spec’ing a medium-duty truck is a complicated process that requires hundreds of decisions and choices, with each potentially impacting another. It is a science to achieve the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck.

February 5, 2018

Keeping HVAC and Plumbing Fleets On Track

Keeping HVAC and Plumbing Fleets On Track

Home service companies offer a wide menu of services. This can require vehicles with plenty of space for equipment, upfitting to keep supplies organized, and a system that helps the main office keep track of vehicles.

August 8, 2017

Solving Medium-Duty Upfitting Challenges

Solving Medium-Duty Upfitting Challenges

The number of available options, combined with getting exactly what is needed for your fleet, can be daunting at best. But, with some homework and research doing the upfitting job right can be easier than it appears.

June 9, 2017

Upfitting Options for Light-Duty Trucks

Upfitting Options for Light-Duty Trucks

Light-duty trucks are often used by vocational fleets, and the needs of these fleets vary. Upfitting options range from storage solutions and inserts to full service bodies and everything in between.

September 9, 2016

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone

To help combat the Ebola virus, Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three of its units into bloodmobiles and sent them to the West African nations of Guinea, Nigeria, and Liberia.

March 6, 2015

What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

May 28, 2013

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

March 14, 2013

7 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing a Service Body

7 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing a Service Body

Service technicians utilize a variety of tools and equipment that must be kept organized and within reach. With the multitude of available options, these seven questions will help narrow the field.

November 8, 2010

Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

Truck bodies rust in salt-laden environments, whether in coastal areas or regions that require road salts for de-icing. To lengthen truck body life — and help contain fleet costs — consider five factors in spec’ing bodies.

May 12, 2010

6 Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

6 Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck application to determine which factors matter most.

November 1, 2008

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