Monday, June 29, 2015

Adrian Steel Releases New Interior Ladder Storage Solution

Introducing the Interior Ladder Rack 
brought to you by Adrian Steel 

Adrian Steel introduces an innovative solution for the transport of step ladders inside of work vans.  This solution provides a safe and efficient means of transport for your step ladder from job site to job site.  Such transport is possible thanks to a new product, the Interior Ladder Rack, which allows you to store your ladder inside of your van by mounting it to either the partition or shelf panel.
Out of the Way, Never Out of Reach.

The Interior Ladder Rack from Adrian Steel…
•    Allows you to store your ladder inside while providing quick and easy access to your ladder from the outside of your vehicle. 
•    Does not take up, limit, or reduce vertical standing room in your van, allowing you to make full use of your vehicle. 
•    Eliminates the outside wear and tear on your ladder, as it will be stored inside and thus protecting your ladder from the elements, theft, and road grime. 
•    Customers will appreciate your use of clean, well taken care of equipment rather than bringing the outside mess into their home.
•    Features plastic coated clamps to protect the ladder rungs during transit. 
•    Perfect for carrying 4ft and 6ft step ladders and works best in medium and high roof vans.

About Adrian Steel
Our goal is to optimize the value of the customer’s commercial vehicle by understanding the role of the vehicle in the customer’s business.  Adrian Steel provides solutions for a range of vehicles from crossovers to cargo vans.  Our customers include those with one vehicle in their fleet to 50,000 vehicles in their fleet.  Adrian Steel has upfitted over 1 million vehicles in our 60 plus years in business and has leveraged that expertise in engineering our innovative product line.  Adrian Steel’s installation network provides you options to get your vehicle upfitted regardless of where you need to get them done: at the factory, out of dealer stock, at your place of business, or through a bailment pool.  Adrian Steel’s strong reputation in cargo management solutions is only matched by our resolve to offer the industry’s best lead times and highest quality. 

Learn more at or call (800) 677-2726.

Adrian Steel.  Because your work demands the best.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Silverado Owners Stay Closely Connected to Truck

Owners remotely monitor Silverado’s status 
more than most models

DETROIT – Chevrolet Silverado owners are some of the most connected drivers on the road, making up the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users. And they’re using the app more often than most drivers to check tire pressures, oil levels and remotely start their trucks.

In the near future, Silverado drivers will also have an unprecedented industry-first connection to their trucks called Proactive Alerts, which can predict and notify drivers when certain components need attention – in many cases before vehicle performance is affected.

“Compared to other vehicles, trucks have a unique place in their owners’ lives,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado. “Not only can pickups provide reliable day-to-day transportation, but they’re also a valuable tool for tackling projects at home or on the job site. It’s not surprising, then, that Silverado owners would take full advantage of RemoteLink’s ability to keep tabs on the health of their Silverado.”

When using the app, Remote Start and Vehicle Diagnostics are the top two most-used features by Silverado owners. Silverado is also the top model for owners to send directions from their phone to their vehicle.

When it comes to OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, nearly 99 percent of Silverado owners with access to the service agree to the Terms and Conditions, giving them a three-month or three-gigabyte trial of 4G LTE data. For those customers who purchase the plan after their trial, the most popular plan purchased is one gigabyte of data per month.

Fleet customers can also stay well-informed of what’s happening to each truck in their fleet, thanks to a partnership with Telogis. The company’s fleet maintenance tools work in sync with OnStar technologies, allowing tracking of destination, speed and, fuel economy, engine hours, idle time and oil change status. Trucks also can be remotely locked and unlocked. Unlike trucks from other manufacturers, Telogis can connect to properly equipped Chevrolet trucks using OnStar’s remote application programming interfaces in lieu of costly hardware installations in each vehicle.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

About OnStar
OnStar, LLC (OnStar) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”). Along with its affiliate Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd (a joint venture involving OnStar, Shanghai General Motors Co., Ltd (SGM) and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)), OnStar serves 7 million subscribers in North America and China. OnStar is a provider of Emergency, Security, Navigation, Diagnostic and Connectivity services. OnStar with 4G LTE is currently available on more than 30 2015 GM models in the U.S. and Canada.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pest Control Truck Cap Changes the Game

Mike Soich of Knapheide Manufacturing shows off a new Knapheide and SnugTop collaboration that brings Knapheide's KnapKap truck topper program from steel only to choices of steel, aluminum and fiberglass, and all can be ordered directly through Knapheide.

In this case, Mike is showing off a Pest Control turn-key package that includes hose reel, tank, pump, lockable chemical storage, easy rear access with back up camera, HD 500 lb. capacity rack by Prime Design with hydraulic drop down assist. This one also sports the new Sortimo HD drawer unit with two drawers to show them off.

This is the Ultra Cab Hight Utility model with several options packaged for the Pest Control industry. See more of the standard and optional features of this new product from Knapheide and their partnership with SnugTop at

PALFINGER Personnel Basket

An innovative and compact aerial lift solution for PALFINGER Service Cranes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Transfer Tanks for Pickup Trucks - Highway Products

Aluminum transfer tanks are very convenient when you need to transport diesel, bio-diesel or water to your worksite. We have four different transfer tanks to choose from or you can customize a fuel tank that will meet your needs. We use 3/16 inch marine grade aluminum and Heliarc® all transfer tank shells. All transfer tanks for pickup trucks and custom transfer tanks come with a Lifetime Warranty.

Find out more at:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GM to Invest $1.2 Billion in Full-Size Truck Plant

Fort Wayne construction to continue 
award-winning pickup manufacturing  

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – General Motors is investing $1.2 billion in its full-size pickup truck plant for upgrades and technology that will improve the plant’s competitiveness in assembling high-quality light- and heavy-duty models.
Construction of the new pre-treat, electro-coat paint operation and sealing facility, expanded body shop, expanded and new material sequencing centers, and upgraded general assembly area is expected to begin in June and take several years to complete. Full-size truck production schedules will be unaffected by the construction.

“This investment is more evidence that the customer is at the center of every decision we make,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing vice president. “Truck customers demand top quality. The upgrades at Fort Wayne Assembly will enable our team to continue delivering for them for years to come.”

The investment includes many technological and environmental upgrades:

·         New pre-treatment facility featuring thin-film paint pretreatment
·         E-coat paint customized to each vehicle style, resulting in superior coverage and curability
·         GM-patented radiant tube ovens for exceptional paint finish and lower energy use
·         New equipment that accommodates the many variations of the truck cab and box being placed on the chassis
·         New skillet conveyance systems for instrument panel assembly intended to improve worker ergonomics, leading to better product quality.

“These new technologies and equipment will help fulfill the mission of the men and women of Fort Wayne Assembly and UAW Local 2209 to build the best full-size trucks available,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. “The investment improves the plant’s competitiveness so we can continue contributing to the community as well.”

Said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: “Around the world, Indiana is known as a proven leader in advanced manufacturing. Powered by a pro-growth business environment and a highly-skilled workforce, GM is leveraging Indiana’s strengths to help it remain competitive across the globe. Today’s announcement marks a significant promise to the Hoosier State and ensures GM’s presence in Indiana and its support of Hoosier jobs long into the future, reaffirming that Indiana is a state that works for business.”

Fort Wayne Assembly began building light-duty trucks in 1986. Today, it is a three-shift operation with approximately 3,800 employees who build light- and heavy-duty regular and double cab full-size trucks.

The investments in Fort Wayne are part of the $5.4 billion that GM said April 30 it would invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years. 

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Check out an Inside View of How a Rear Differential Works

Have you ever wondered how your car is able to get around a corner without the wheels locking up? The outside wheel has to be traveling faster to keep up, so how are the wheels able to spin at different rates of speed?

While the solution to this problem, the differential, seems rather intimidating to come up with an understandable explanation for, the engineering is quite simple.

Check out this interesting demonstration in the video below and tell us what you think of the simplicity of this explanation. It all seems so simple now, doesn’t it!?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Knapheide EC Series - A superior service body with the weight of fiberglass yet at the price (and durability) of steel

The EC Series Service Bodies are compatible with half ton and compact pickups that have a factory approved pickup box removal or bed delete option. It is the industry's exclusive service body solution for half ton and compact pickups.

Put your half ton or compact truck to work with Knapheide's EC Series Service Body.  EC Service Bodies have been specifically designed for half ton and compact trucks with a factory approved pick up box removal or bed delete option.  With weight savings of over 25% compared to standard steel service bodies, EC Service Bodies give the owner/operator more than enough applicable payload for their half ton or compact pickup. The EC Series Service Bodies feature an optimized understructure for superior strength to weight ratio and possesses all the same tried and true standard features found on all other Knapheide Service Bodies.

EC Service Bodies provide work truck owners with increased organization and functionality leading to more productivity and efficiency on the jobsite. The combination of a rugged steel construction and full immersion in Knapheide's exclusive E-Coat prime paint system ensure owner/operators can depend on EC Series Service Bodies for years to come.

Find out more at:

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cargo won't fit? Rack-it rack allows carrying it on top of the KUV!

Can't get materials in the back, Rack-it rack allows placing and securing them on top of the roof. Are they too wide or too long? This rack allows materials as wide as the body to be placed on top. Maybe you just want to keep stuff off the floor, secure it on top!

Designed and built for a Knapheide KUV body, this rack is constructed of 2x2 square tubing. Because of the way the roof slopes,the feet of the rack were designed to to pivot ensuring a solid connection to the roof.

It has six cross bars for support,an extremely stout load handling solution for this application. The rack was finished off with a heavy duty, industrial grade black powder coat finish. 

To find out more, you may call Rack-It truck racks at 800-445-7666.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Silverado HD Stalwart of Ultimate Off-road Trip

Philadelphia couple leave the hustle and bustle 
to live life in the wild

Picture this: Travelling through Arizona’s Badlands, with no one to be found for miles, and the two-track path you found on Google Maps is crumbling beneath your 2015 Silverado 2500. In these conditions, you rely on your own ingenuity, and if you get it wrong, a rescue could be hours away.

Mark Christy and Nives Riddles have chosen to live this way, day in, day out, leaving behind their jobs in Philadelphia to strike out on the open trail through Arizona’s deserts and into the Sierra Nevadas, documenting each step along the way on their personal blog Camp by Camp.

Who hasn’t had a similar thought of getting away? Maybe it was a Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., when the day’s caffeine has run its course and you’re staring at a meeting-filled calendar. “What,” you ask yourself, “if I gave it all up and… just left?” 

Christy and Riddles did it. They detached themselves from the workaday world to live out the millennial generation’s dream. No structure and reporting to no one.

Christy was in commercial movie and TV production for NFL Films. Riddles was a makeup artist for high-fashion clients. Christy grew up near the Adirondack Mountains, and always loved the outdoors. Riddles grew up in Croatia, and fell in love with the natural beauty of the United States. On an early date where the two attended a friend’s wedding in Arizona, the couple decided to make a long weekend of it and hike the Grand Canyon.

“While we were there, we both had that moment of not wanting to go back to work. We wanted to stay until we were sick of it,” said Christy. “Ever since that trip we kept building the fantasy of camping until we just couldn’t stand it anymore.”

It wasn’t long after Christy was on location for a video shoot on an excruciatingly hot field, and he decided he had finally had enough.

“I pulled my phone out and shot Nives a text,” said Christy. “I just said, ‘We have got to do something different.’”

Shortly thereafter, Christy and Riddles sold everything they owned – save for the camping gear, of course – bought a small military trailer and converted it into a mobile living quarters. That was no small task, considering the two of them had never built anything. The conversion occurred in Christy’s parents’ driveway.
A key element of their mobile rig is a 2015 Silverado 2500 HD, tasked with getting both the couple and their home wherever they want to spend an evening – or a few days.

“The truck has gotten us everywhere we have wanted to go,” said Christy. “It’s completely stock, and has yet to be bogged down or leave us stranded.”

To Christy, a reliable tow rig is essential. “We end up in places where it could take hours to walk to a road to flag someone down, let alone get someone out to the truck for help,” said Christy.

As for where the couple is going next, Christy says there is no real plan. “I start each morning by looking at Google Maps, searching for two-track routes in the general area we want to go to, pick one, and start driving,” he said. “It really helps to have a truck you can trust will get you wherever that may be.”

Despite some family members and coworkers thinking the trip a pie-in-the-sky idea, close friends knew Christy and Riddles were serious. To Christy, the most surprising part of the journey has been people more than willing to offer a helping hand with changing a tire, or teaching them the ins and outs of an airplane.

“It feels so different than the city, where it feels like people are out to get you,” said Christy. “Out here, people are so helpful.”

When does this adventure end? Much like the trip itself, there’s no concrete plan for that either. “We sold everything we own to get out here,” said Christy. “So there’s nothing for we have to go back to. We’re just going to keep going until we don’t want to anymore.”

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at