Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Knapheide platform bed is versatile and functional


 

It’s a great commercial van. Ample power. Low cabin noise. Great maneuverability. Top notch all the way around. But part of what makes Transit such a great worksite workhorse is its versatility. Available in three roof heights, three lengths, two wheelbases, with three engines options and in cargo van or passenger wagon configurations, there is a seemingly endless list of upfit possibilities.

Case in point, Knapheide’s Value-Master-X (PVMX) platform bed, which was fitted to a 2015 Transit 250 chassis cab I was recently able to drive. Featuring solid steel construction and available in widths of 80 inch for single wheeled vehicles or  96 inch and 102 inch for dual rear wheels, the platform and can be ordered in lengths ranging from 8 feet to 26 feet.

The PVMX comes with different flooring options – wood, steel, diamond plate or Polyboard – and numerous bulkhead styles.

My Transit test unit was equipped with 12 foot platform, 80 inches wide for the single rear wheel unit.

IMG_3415The Polyboard flooring – not susceptible to weathering and cracking – provided a more rugged surface than wood decking, and was lighter than steel flooring. As an added bonus, it looked pretty cool.

The platform featured an LED light kit, an ICC rear bumper and BHG Bulkhead – a drop in rectangular style bulkhead with a punched window for visibility that also featured reinforcing gussets on each side to increase structural integrity

Two 36 inch Roughneck underbody toolboxes were mounted one for each side, as well as an underbody tie down rail. This was more than ample room for my tools of the day: a suitcase and laptop case.

The PVMX is surely to be an attractive option for vocations who need to haul large items on the bed while needing to keep tools and other small accessories handy.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/review-knapheide-platform-bed-is-versatile-and-functional/#sthash.O9mCTyvv.dpuf


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Massive Range Means More Time on Road, Fewer Pit Stops: All-New Super Duty Brings Largest Fuel Tank in Segment



  •     All-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets a 48-gallon fuel tank on long-box Crew Cab configuration for both gasoline and diesel applications – allowing most productive Super Duty ever to spend more time on the road and less time at the pump
  •     New 48-gallon tank is the largest available in the heavy-duty pickup truck segment – 22 percent larger than 37.5-gallon tank in diesel-equipped 2016 Super Duty and 37 percent larger than 2016 gas-equipped truck’s 35-gallon tank
  •     Improved water separator filter and fuel filter design enables longer change intervals, minimizing time and money spent performing routine maintenance
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 26, 2016 – The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable and most productive Super Duty ever – an essential tool for work. Just one way in which it can accomplish this is through the addition of a massive 48-gallon fuel tank – the largest in its class – which aims to maximize time between fill-ups to allow for more time getting the job done.

Thanks to the all-new long-box Crew Cab’s longer wheelbase and wider track, the new tank fits between frame and driveshaft. It is 22 percent larger than the 2016 diesel-equipped Super Duty’s 37.5-gallon tank and 37 percent larger than the 2016 gas engine’s 35-gallon tank. Along with improved fuel economy enabled by light-weighting through the use of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, the all-new Super Duty’s range increases significantly.

Adding to that range is a larger-capacity diesel exhaust fluid tank for Power Stroke®-equipped Super Duty – up 2.5 gallons from the 2016 truck to 7.5 gallons for 2017. An improved fuel filter and water separator filter allow for longer change intervals to minimize time and money spent on maintenance, allowing Super Duty more time on the road getting the job done.

“We want to give our customers a more productive tool for getting the most out of their trucks,” said Brian Rathsburg, Super Duty marketing manager. “This means less downtime at the fuel pump and performing routine maintenance, and more time on the job.”

The all-new Super Duty is available fall 2016.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty: Exploring the Smart Features



We took our group of truck customers on the road to see firsthand, how Ford is helping to lead the way in driver-assist technology making it easy to own work with the smartest Super Duty ever.

From a 360-degree bird’s-eye-view camera system to Lane Keeping alert*, see how the 2017 Super Duty helps drivers navigate more effectively on the road and on the worksite.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

XL Hybrids Trumpets 26% Gain in MPG

Independent Testing to U.S. EPS UDDS Bears It Out

 

XL Hybrids’s XL3 hybrid electric drive provides a 26% improvement in miles per gallon on the Ford Transit van, according to independent testing on the U.S. EPA UDDS/Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule drive cycle, XL says.

Modified van chassis schematic courtesy XL Hybrids Modified van chassis schematic courtesy XL Hybrids The fuel efficiency results include a better than 50% reduction in NOx emissions, states a release. “The test results mirror earlier EPA UDDS chassis dyno performance for Chevrolet and GMC 2500 Express and Savana vans equipped with XL Hybrids’ technology,” the company says.

Stop-and-Go Is Good
  “This test result further validates that the XL3 hybrid electric drive system platform product delivers significant fuel savings to our fleet customers across multiple OEM models now including Ford Transit vans,” XL Hybrids CTO Ed Lovelace says in the UDDS announcement. “Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets to reduce fuel consumption in metropolitan driving environments and vehicles in stop-and-go traffic,” he said. The UDDS testing was conducted on a Ford Transit cargo van with a 3.7-liter engine. The XL3 drive is available on a wide range new and existing Class 2 to 6 commercial fleet vehicles. It can be installed in less than six hours.

Source:  http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/hybrids/2016/08/xl-hybrids-trumpets-26-gain/


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty: Forester Approved | We Own Work | Ford Tough



As a forester, Tim Pope from Terry Tree Service knows a thing or two about toughness. Hear what he had to say about getting up close and personal with the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Running on Organics

Running on Organics - Converting biogas from source-separated organics to compressed natural gas is one of the most viable uses for the renewable fuel.

Fueling a vehicle with food waste was a concept made famous by the movie Back to the Future in the 1980s. Almost 30 years later, what was once a futuristic idea has become a reality. Biogas, also known as renewable natural gas (RNG), produced at locations such as landfills or dairy farms, can supply gas to on-site fueling infrastructure for vehicles such as refuse haulers and dairy trucks.

In order for RNG to be used as vehicle fuel, it must first be refined, which requires investment in equipment. The actual fueling station using RNG is similar in cost to those connected to a utility pipeline, but the overall economic and environmental incentives behind biogas conversion make it an option not to be overlooked.

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