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2020
HEAVY-DUTY SHOWCASE: THE KENWORTH T880 CAPABLE, LOVABLE, MARKETABLE
DOES
YOUR FLEET
USE PROVEN
TIRES?
COOPER
PUTS TIRES TO
THE TEST
FUEL SYSTEM
CONVERSION
101
STEPS TO CONVERT
YOUR FLEET
TIRES
+
RETREADS
ISSUE
THE
TIRES
+
RETREADS
ISSUE
THE
DEBUNKING
RETREAD
MYTHS
RETREADS COULD
BENEFIT BUSINESS
RETREADS COULD
BENEFIT BUSINESS
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KENWORTH T880
CAPABLE, LOVABLE, MARKETABLE
INDUSTRY NEWS ................................
INDUSTRY INSIGHT ........................... 
PRODUCT SHOWCASE ...................... 
IN EVERY ISSUE
CTECH
MOTIONLATCH DRAWERS
CTech partners with Knapheide on a
collaborative new product for Knapheide
Van Equipment and Sortimo van shelving.
CTech’s MotionLatch® drawers, designed
to mount to both shelving units, are
available through Knapheide.
www.ctechmanufacturing.com
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2020
HEAVY-DUTY SHOWCASE: THE KENWORTH T880
CAPABLE, LOVABLE, MARKETABLE
DOES
YOUR FLEET
USE PROVEN
TIRES?
COOPER
PUTS TIRES TO
THE TEST
FUEL SYSTEM
CONVERSION
101
STEPS TO CONVERT
YOUR FLEET
TIRES
+
RETREADS
ISSUE
THE
TIRES
+
RETREADS
ISSUE
THE
DEBUNKING
RETREAD
MYTHS
RETREADS COULD
BENEFIT BUSINESS
RETREADS COULD
BENEFIT BUSINESS
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
JULY 2020
VOL-5 NO-7
LIGHT-DUTY
SHOWCASE
ALT-FUEL MAINTENANCE
A CRASH COURSE IN TRAINING
CONTACTLESS FUEL ON THE GO ......... 
HEAVY-DUTY
MEDIUM-DUTY
OPERATIONS
DOES YOUR FLEET HAVE
PROVEN TIRES? ............26
Cooper puts tires to the test
OPERATIONS
FUEL SYSTEM
CONVERSION 101 ..........30
Steps to convert your fleet
MAINTENANCE
DEBUNKING RETREAD
MYTHS .........................36
Retreads could benefit business
TIRES
+
RETREADS
ISSUE
THE
YEAR OF EV FLEETS
THE DEMAND FOR EV
MILESTONES
MUNCIE POWER CELEBRATES
85 YEARS.............................................................................16
From auto parts to power take-offs
OPERATIONS
FIELD SERVICE COMPANY LIFTS ITSELF
TO SUCCESS ........................................................................24
Stopping at nothing
TECHNOLOGY
ELIMINATING VISUAL, PHYSICAL, AND
COGNITIVE DISTRACTIONS .................................................... 40
Operatinginthenewnormal:Part2
I was once told when it comes to vehicle maintenance:
“No matter what, be sure you change your oil and
you’re rolling on good tires.” That has stuck with me.
It leads me to believe that no matter how expensive,
clean, spec’d out, or powerful a vehicle may be, the
vehicle is only as reliable as the tires supporting
it. Thats why we dedicated this issue to tires and
retreads. In this issue you’ll learn how Cooper proves
its tires through tests with real truck fleets (page 26).
Have you ever heard negative myths about tire
retreads? TravelCenters of America debunks those
myths on page 36. Additionally, the Kenworth T880 is our heavy-duty showcase
this month. We’ll give you all the details along with a real owners reasons for
purchasing the truck. Read about it on page 18. If you’re interested in an update
on EVs in the industry, check out page 38 to see whats in store for 2020 and
beyond. There’s always something interesting in the pages of MWS magazine.
Read through and tweet us your favorite piece! Happy tweeting!
Jade Brasher
Editor
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INDUSTRY NEWS
MARION BODY WORKS SEEKS
ACCOUNTABLE, CREATIVE EMPLOYEES
Marion Body Works seeks top talent to support its growing
customer base. Marion calls on innovative individuals who
can uphold the companys core values of integrity, respect,
excellence, accountability, creativity, and honesty. Since its
founding in 1905, Marion operates with strategic initiatives
to ensure a thriving future for upcoming generations of
employees. Marion strives to be the employer of choice in
the Marion community. It works to achieve this through its
state-of-the-art facility, progressive office amenities, 1%
turnover, and history of 30-year company veterans. The
longevity of Marion employees speaks to the companys
opportunities for professional and personal growth as well
as its benefits. For more, visit www.marionbody.com.
SKF RECOGNIZED AS A SUPPLIER
OF THE YEAR BY AMERICAN AXLE &
MANUFACTURING
American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) recognized SKF as a
Supplier of the Year for 2019 at AAM’s 26th Annual Supplier
Day, held virtually from Detroit. AAM recognized SKF for
continued and consistent exceptional performance. The
award states: “The SKF team proactively approaches AAM
with new opportunities that create win/win outcomes and
engages openly and competitively on new technology.” This
is SKF’s second Supplier of the Year award. “SKF and AAM
have worked together to bring high-quality, innovative,
and competitive bearings and sealing solutions into the
automotive marketplace. We deeply value our relationship
with AAM,” says Jim Seta, president, Automotive OEM
Bearings, SKF Americas. “It is a great honor to be recognized
as a Supplier of the Year.” For more, visit www.skfusa.com.
FISKER INC. TO LIST ON NYSE
THROUGH MERGER WITH APOLLO-
AFFILIATED SPARTAN ENERGY
ACQUISITION CORP., WILL PRODUCE
ELECTRIC VEHICLE
Fisker Inc. and Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (Spartan)
announced a definitive agreement that would result in
Fisker becoming a publicly listed company. Based in Los
Angeles, Fisker develops emotionally desirable and eco-
friendly electric vehicles, supported by advanced mobility
solutions. They anticipate the transaction to provide
Fisker the funding to bring its first product, Fisker Ocean,
to production in 2022. The Fisker Ocean is a fully electric
SUV with premium styling and features. Fisker designed
it to be the world’s most sustainable vehicle, including
extensive use of environmentally friendly and recycled
materials. The Fisker Ocean will be available to consumers
through an innovative leasing package, optimized for
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INDUSTRY NEWS
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TANKS.
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OUR RUGGED TOOLBOXES ARE DESIGNED FOR SAFETY AND
ALLOW FOR 100% UTLIZATION OF THE TRUCK BED SPACE!
· unique design does not obstruct rearview mirror or 3rd brakelight.
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driver convenience and accessibility. The vehicle has
won numerous awards since its debut at the Consumer
Electronics Show earlier in 2020. This highlights strong
market reception for this type of vehicle and for the Fisker
ethos of appealing design and sustainability. For more, visit
www.fiskerinc.com.
NAVISTAR PARTNERS WITH SAMSARA
Navistar has partnered with fleet management solutions
provider Samsara. Since pioneering OnCommand®
Connection, an open-architecture, all-makes remote
diagnostics solution, Navistar has committed to delivering
simplified, powerful solutions for customers. The
partnership allows International customers to seamlessly
add Samsara solutions without the installation of additional
vehicle hardware. Using the factory-installed telematics
device, any new International truck customer can integrate
into the Samsara platform, no additional hardware required.
The new partnership allows Samsara telematics customers
to access OnCommand Connection’s Advanced Remote
Diagnostics solution for their fleets.
Additionally, fleets subscribed to Samsara via Navistars
factory-installed telematics device will enjoy continued
telematics service. This includes OnCommand Connection’s
Advanced Remote Diagnostics solutions access and over-
the-air programming capabilities for the duration of the
Samsara subscription. For more, visit www.samsara.com and
www.navistar.com.
WORK TRUCK SOLUTIONS PROVIDES FREE
SERVICES FOR NTEA MEMBERS
Work Truck Solutions launched a program with NTEA. In
2020, body and equipment manufacturers and distributors
that are active NTEA members get free services from Work
Truck Solutions. These solutions aid with expanding their
digital footprint, bring more visibility to their companies,
and get advanced reporting tools. NTEA members can
expand reach and sophistication via their own websites
with Work Truck Solutions Inventory Locator. The Inventory
Locator allows buyers to sort, filter, and find the right
upfitted vehicle from dealers in their area.
NTEA upfitters will also have their own inventory listed
for free on Comvoy.com, a comprehensive commercial
vehicle marketplace. Comvoy strives to serve commercial
buyers by making it easy to find the exact work vehicle they
need and learn about different upfitted vehicles. Therefore,
listings on Comvoy display all the specs and important
information from body and equipment manufacturers,
which increases sales. Thousands of potential buyers
see Comvoy listings every day and greatly expand the
visibility of upfitters and their brands. For more, visit
www.worktrucksolutions.com/ntea-members.
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INDUSTRY INSIGHT
After you picked the perfect
pickup for your job, were
you ever overwhelmed at
the possibilities of the kinds
of service body upfits you
could get? On the flipside of
that, have you ever found
yourself unable to find that
perfect fit anywhere? Maybe
you just aren’t looking in the
right places. Bryan Mernaugh
from Dakota Bodies shares
why Dakota Bodies would be
a great place to begin your
truck body search, especially
if your tastes or needs are
specific. After all, custom is
Dakota Bodies’ standard.
Dakota Bodies
are as Custom as
Custom Can Get
THE COMPANY BEHIND WORK TRUCK BODIES
FOR EVERYBODY
BRYAN MERNAUGH
MWS: WHAT IS DAKOTA BODIES AND
YOUR ROLL WITH THE COMPANY?
MERNAUGH: Founded in 1997,
Dakota Bodies has grown to be one
of the nation’s leading truck body
manufacturers. Dakota Bodies is based
in Watertown, South Dakota, and is
one of the area’s top employers. I am
the Midwest territory sales manager.
MWS: WHAT SETS DAKOTA BODIES
APART FROM OTHER TRUCK BODY
MANUFACTURERS?
MERNAUGH: Dakota Bodies has
a diverse product lineup. We
manufacturer service bodies, utility
bodies, flatbeds, canopied bodies,
contractor bodies, chipper bodies,
and custom bodies. What really sets
us apart from others is our ability
to customize bodies to fit specific
customer needs. If a customer has a
wild idea, we are more than willing
to entertain it and do what we can to
make that idea a reality.
MWS: DAKOTA BODIES TOUTS
ITS CUSTOM SOLUTIONS FOR
VIRTUALLY ANY APPLICATION.
EXACTLY HOW CUSTOMIZED CAN A
DAKOTA BODIES TRUCK BODY BE?
MERNAUGH: Our engineering
and production teams have strong
capabilities for designing and
manufacturing custom solutions to
help provide the most useful body for
the end customer. We understand that
the truck body is the end customer’s
“toolbox.” The more thought out and
fully designed a body is, the more
useful it is to help the customer be
as productive as possible. One of our
company slogans is “Custom is Our
Standard,” and we truly stand by that.
We have built a lot of interesting
bodies over the years. The wildest one
in my opinion is a design we build for
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a power company that incorporates
a toilet and septic tank in one of the
vertical compartments. Now that is
pretty custom!
MWS: TRUCK BODIES ARE THE BREAD
AND BUTTER OF DAKOTA BODIES.
BUT HAS THE COMPANY BRANCHED
OUT IN THE MANUFACTURING OF
OTHER PRODUCTS AS WELL?
MERNAUGH: Our focus is 100% on
truck bodies and options/accessories
for our truck bodies. We build a lot
of products internally that many
truck body manufacturers purchase
externally. One good example is our
drawer sets, which are very high
quality and more affordable than many
of the drawer set brands out there.
MWS: WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON
FOR DAKOTA BODIES?
MERNAUGH: We have had tremendous
growth the last several years in regard
to not only sales, but facilities and our
growing workforce. We are just finishing
up an expansion in our Watertown,
South Dakota, facility and recently
opened another manufacturing facility
in Liberty, Missouri. The facility in
Missouri gives us more manufacturing
capacity and better distribution for our
Southern customers.
We have several new products that
we are excited about. One of them is
our new Dakota Utility Canopy body
that functions as an enclosed, mobile
workshop. We also have a great, new
contractors flatbed body coming out.
By the time of this publication, the
first one will have already rolled off
the production floor. I believe both
of those products will do very well
in the industry.
MWS: ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS?
MERNAUGH: Please don’t hesitate to
reach out to us with any questions or
ideas you might have. We love helping
and talking with the work truck
community and are so thankful to be a
part of it!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Bryan Mernaugh is the Midwest territory sales manager at Dakota Bodies. Reach him
at bryanm@dakotabodies.com. Dakota Bodies manufactures work truck bodies for a
variety of industries. Find out more, visit www.dakotabodies.com.
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T
he end of the Great Depression
probably doesn’t sound like the
best time to start a new business,
right? But that’s exactly what Louis
Conne did in July 1935. He founded
Muncie Parts Manufacturing Company,
which later became the Muncie Power
Products, Inc. you know today, in
Muncie, Indiana.
IN THE BEGINNING
Muncie Parts Manufacturing Company
began in a single office space (less
than 500 sq ft) with a desk, chair,
telephone, and marketing and
inventory catalogs—and one other
employee, Hamer Shafer. Ironically,
the company did not manufacture
anything—it did assemble a few
parts—but it really served as a
distributor of new and recycled
automotive replacement parts.
The automotive parts business
was rapidly growing because of the
economic situation. New vehicle sales
were stagnant in the 1930s, meaning
those that owned cars were driving
them longer and needed replacement
parts. Additionally, General Motors,
Ford, and Chrysler Corporation had
locations in Muncie or in nearby
Anderson, Indiana, meaning it was
easy to access inventory supplies.
In addition to offering
automotive parts, Muncie Parts
Manufacturing began to get
into the niche market of power
take-offs (PTOs) and mechanical
winches. PTOs are a type of device
that use a power source, such as
an engine via its transmission, to
perform a variety of mechanical
tasks. One thing that made
Muncie Parts Manufacturing's PTO
models stand out was because the
shifter control could be operated
inside the cab.
Muncie Power Products
Celebrates 85 Years
FROM AUTO PARTS TO POWER TAKE-OFFS
Hamer Shafer
becomes
president of
Muncie Parts
Manufacturing
Company
1949
1935 1966
1970
1976
1979
1980 1986
Muncie Parts
Manufacturing
Company
opens
Muncie Parts
Manufacturing
Company
brands
single-gear
PTO with
BorgWarner
Polyethylene
reservoir
product line
added and
patented;
wet line kits
added
Company
renamed:
Muncie
Power
Products
Product and
Application
School
training
program
begins
Muncie Power
shop
employees in
Muncie,
Indiana
Muncie Power
Products
begins
manufacturing
PTOs
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
MUNCIE, INDIANA
MILESTONES
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1999
Muncie Power joins
Interpump Group
EMPLOYEE TO PRESIDENT
Shafer, the first employee, was a
19-year-old recent graduate of Muncie
Central High School and became
Conne’s right-hand man in 1935.
Together, the two mailed out flyers
and letters to potential customers and
would go out on the road to various
states to promote and market to
other distributors.
Later, when Shafer took on a larger
role in the companys operation after
the passing of Conne, Muncie Parts
Manufacturing shifted its primary
product emphasis to PTOs. Shafer saw
the opportunity in the development
of the work truck. This is because
after World War II, trucks became
bigger because people wanted to haul
more in less trips, and the increased
attention on building infrastructure
meant trucks had more work to do.
Shafer bought into the company when
he entered into a joint partnership
with Conne’s daughter in 1952, which
would become incorporated again eight
years later. In 1965, Shafer purchased
the remaining stock and became the
companys president.
Through the late 1960s and into the
mid-1970s, Muncie Parts Manufacturing
expanded its products with a patent of
the polyethylene hydraulic oil reservoir
and offered the dump pump. It wasn’t
until October 1979 when the company
officially changed its name to Muncie
Power Products to better represent
its role in the truck and mobile
equipment industry.
MORE THAN A DISTRIBUTOR
In 1982, with Shafer leading
the company as president, the
decision to develop a revolutionary
PTO design with Tulsa Winch, a
division of Sperry Vickers, guided
Muncie Power to become a
manufacturer rather than only a
distributor. After purchasing the
PTO manufacturing equipment
and facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
in November 1986, Muncie Power
officially became a manufacturer.
Since then, Muncie Power
has offered a wide breadth of
products that can be used on
various applications.
Muncie Power eventually went
on to join Interpump Group
S.p.A. in 1999, becoming part of
a multinational operation. Today,
Interpump Group is a leader in PTOs
and high pressure piston pumps.
Even with the growth of the company
and the transfer of ownership to
the Interpump Group, Muncie Power
continues with the same mission:
…to provide quality products and
services that will satisfy the needs
and expectations of our customers.
To maintain that mission, Muncie
Power also created a Product and
Application School to not only
help give employees a better
knowledge of the product offerings,
but also to distributors throughout
the country. The school’s goal was to
better assist distributors in getting
exactly what they needed.
MOVING FORWARD
This commitment to the customer is
what made Muncie Power successful
through the years. Today, Muncie
Power continues to focus on a
people-first philosophy where the
company is committed to developing
and motivating its employees to
grow professionally while promoting
a positive work environment. Its
continued investment in people
allows for the highest quality of
customer service and innovative
product development within the
work truck industry.
This year, Muncie Power will
begin breaking ground on a new
manufacturing and distribution facility
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This new facility
will allow for expanded manufacturing
capacity, additional machinery, and
continued product innovation.
2020
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about Muncie
Power Products, visit
www.munciepower.com.
2000
PTO shaft
extension
products
added
2004
Snow
& Ice
Division
added
2011
Optimum
Series gear
pumps
introduced
Hydraulic
telescopic
cylinders
introduced
2012
2014
Directional
control
valves
introduced
TITAN
®
MC1
Series PTO
introduced
2019
Hose &
Fittings
introduced
2015
Muncie
Start
®
introduced
Omni-
System™
and Omni-
System™
Plus and F20
Series PTO
introduced
2018
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CAPABLE, LOVABLE, MARKETABLE
Showcasing
the Kenworth
T880
NOT ONLY IS A
KENWORTH T880 A
PRACTICAL CHOICE FOR
YOUR WORK TRUCK
FLEET, IT’S ALSO SEEN
BY SOME AS A PERFECT
TRUCK TO HELP MARKET
THEIR BUSINESS.
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M
aybe it isn’t enough that
your work truck be capable.
Maybe it isn’t enough that
your truck is a driver favorite.
Maybe what you’re looking for is
something that’s capable, loved
by your drivers, and also catches
the eye of a potential customer.
We don’t want to downplay how
imperative it is that your truck
be capable or a driver favorite—
thats why we discuss what makes
the Kenworth T880 capable and
lovable below. But there’s also that
eye-catching aspect that many
owners look for. We’re not here
to tell you about how marketable
the Kenworth T880 is … we just
know someone else who can. Keep
reading to find out what makes this
truck a top choice for fleet owners
in the work truck industry.
AT THE CORE
The Kenworth T880 is available with
two engines: the PACCAR MX-13 and
PACCAR MX-11. The MX-13 is a 12.9-
L engine that delivers increased
horsepower and torque for those
heavy loads at steep grades that
you deal with on a regular basis in
the construction industry. It offers
up to 510 hp with peak torque at
1,850 lb-ft. The MX-11 is a 10.8-
L engine that is a great option
for those concerned with weight
savings in bulk haul and ready-mix
applications. It offers up to 430 hp
with 1,650 lb-ft of peak torque.
Both engines feature a high
pressure common rail fuel system
and compacted graphite iron (CGI)
material for improved strength
while reducing weight. Pair
either engine with your choice of
transmission, be it the PACCAR
automated, Eaton UltraShift Plus
automated, Fuller manual, Allison
automatic, or other transmission
options to meet specific needs.
A main component of the core
aside from the powertrain is the
truck’s chassis. The Kenworth T880
rests on a frame and crossmembers
that are durable yet lightweight. It
features durable, one-piece aluminum
crossmembers with customizable
locations to fit specific application
upfits. The chassis features a PACCAR,
Meritor, or Dana suspension system.
Choose between the PACCAR 20,000
and 22,800 or the 12,000 to 23,000
Meritor or Dana suspensions in the
front and up to 26,000-lb rating
per axle in the rear. The T880’s fuel
system also features upfit-specific
options with tank size, heavy-duty
7-inch strap options, polished options,
wide step, and raised options.
SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN
What starts with a powerful core
is complemented by a choice of
three different configurations in
the Kenworth T880. The T880 MX
Optimized Hood configuration—
best suited for dump, vacuum,
refuse, tanker, bulk haul, and ready
mix applications—features a set-
back axle designed for productivity,
weight distribution, and flexibility
in body-mounted applications.
The T880 Standard Hood features
the “standard” set-back front axle
configuration. It offers a foundation
for a variety of tough applications
such as dump, heavy haul, and
logging. Finally the T880S Set-
Forward Front Axle configuration
is great for demanding payload
requirements in a bridge-law
compliant wheelbase. This
configuration is preferred for ready
mix, dump, crane, and municipal.
The task to design the body of
the Kenworth T880 wasn’t taken
lightly. Design aspects from a sloped
hood to a comfortable driving
environment ensure the truck is
ready for a full day’s worth of work.
The hood was designed for easy
replacement for maximum uptime.
An optional pre-cleaner and optional
forward fender close-out accessory
are designed to keep dust and
mud at bay, protecting the chassis
and powertrain. For the drivers,
Kenworth’s reflector halogen
headlamps offer projector-beam
performance without the added
costs; the T880 door, triple sealed
to reduce noise, features a door pad
for added details and craftsmanship;
and the cowl-mounted side mirrors
offer better stability, while the
convex portion of the mirror is 37%
larger than Kenworth’s standard
convex mirror design. Speaking of
drivers’ benefits…
DRIVERS’ TRUCK
The cab of a Kenworth T880 is more
like a command center. This is due
to the Kenworth Driver Performance
Center. The Center offers information
on vehicle and safety systems,
performance, and fuel tracking.
Information is displayed on a 5-inch
full color screen, telling drivers
everything they need to know about
efficiency and performance.
Additionally, Kenworth’s NAV+
HD assists drivers with a range of
features. The 7-inch touchscreen gives
drivers access to navigation, hands-
free calling, vehicle data, roadside
assistance, audio controls, the blind-
spot camera, and the internet.
For issues that go beyond the
cab, Kenworth has you covered with
TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics and
Service Management. This system
sends instant notifications to your
fleet managers if a truck’s fault
code is triggered, giving proactive
diagnostic and assistance with fault
code analysis. This helps fleets
determine the best course of action
for their operations. If the fleet
manager decides to send the truck
to the dealership, Kenworth dealers
will already have access to the fault
code diagnostics through TruckTech+,
streamlining your truck’s service.
The Service Management side of
TruckTech+ allows you to manage
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service events through a web portal.
This speeds up communication,
centralizes asset information, and
eliminates error-prone data entry.
With the web portal, managers can
schedule maintenance, collaborate
with Kenworth’s service team, obtain
real-time visibility of the service event
process, and gain access to real-time
analytics and decision support tools.
Rest assured, no matter what lies ahead
on the road in front of you, Kenworth
will be there every mile of the journey.
IN THE FIELD
Not only is a Kenworth T880 a
practical choice for your work truck
fleet, its also seen by some as a
perfect truck to help market their
business. When Dervin Witmer
founded Dig-it Excavating, he knew
the way he marketed his business
would be instrumental in achieving
success. “As soon as we were in a
position to purchase equipment
that we believed would support our
marketing goals, we began adding
Kenworth T880s,” Witmer says.
Dig-it Excavating began adding
Kenworth T880s to its fleet in 2015.
Witmer said his drivers noted the T880’s
enhanced visibility and tight turning
radius. “Many of our jobsite locations
require our drivers to navigate tight
roads and back-in frequently. The T880’s
maneuverability is top-notch and makes
our drivers’ job a little easier when
they’re servicing customers in areas
that are difficult to get to,” he says.
According to Witmer, the company
consistently posts pictures of its
Kenworth T880s at work on the
companys website and on its social
media pages. “We get the best of both
worlds with our Kenworth T880s—a
marketing tool that assists our efforts to
grow the business, backed by the overall
performance we expected when we
decided to purchase them,” Witmer says.
When your bases are covered—
capable, lovable, and marketable—
your business will go as far as the
pavement and then some in a
Kenworth T880.
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UPFIX
D
epending on the job, getting a heavy-duty truck ready
for the job takes a bit more work than getting a pickup
ready for the job. Often there are few modifications
necessary when the job requires a pickup. Yet when the
job calls for a heavy-duty beast, there are usually specifics
involved. Which body will help you get the job done
faster? Which transmission will be the most beneficial for
the efficiency of your operations? The list of questions
runs on and on.
If you’re thinking of buying a Kenworth T880 and looking
for a specific upfit, perhaps we can help. Explore the
options below to help you brainstorm.
Upfit Your Kenworth T880
READY FOR YOUR WORKLOAD
GALBREATH
Galbreath Above Frame (AF) cable hoists are versatile enough to
work with any truck chassis. The AF hoist is ideal for alternative
fuel chassis such as CNG and LNG. Since the lift cylinders can be
mounted on top of the chassis frame, it provides additional space
for other accessories like toolboxes. Plus, the single-cylinder
reeving system improves load and unload speeds by up to 25%. The
unit also features the Pioneer Rack ‘n Pinion
®
tarping system with
its pivot design for consistent, precise tarp movement. Durable,
hydraulically powered steel tarp arms make the system ideal
for covering roll-off containers.
www.galbreathproducts.com
HEAVY DUTY LIGHTING
Trying to discover the perfect lighting solution? Heavy Duty Lighting
could have your solution ready to install. The brand places a strong
emphasis on plug-and-play vehicle specific direct replacement
lights for your fleet regardless of make and model. Recent additions
include several Kenworth T880-specific replacement products like
the new cab marker #HD10403Y and the universally designed, left
or right side, trapezoid shape side turn markers #HD63503YCSMD
and HD63503YCSMD-C. HDL lights are designed for perfect factory
harness connectivity and engineered for superior fit, finish, and
operation to meet or exceed factory installed lights.
www.heavydutylighting.com
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IMT (IOWA MOLD TOOLING)
When you need exceptional strength, stability, and reach, choose
an IMT
®
26/180 articulating crane, which easily upfits to a Kenworth
T880. Delivering a max lifting capacity of 20,020 lbs for the SL
model and 20,020 lbs for the DL model, as well as a horizontal
reach of 71 ft 2 inches for both, these compact cranes lift higher and
farther. The hexagonal boom design offers strength and stability,
while innovative features and options, like the ability to stow within
themselves, make 22/153 cranes perfect for nearly every jobsite.
Pictured: The IMT 26/180 Articulating Material Handling Crane
configured with two hydraulic extensions, This specific unit is
primarily used by Teichert for the delivery and pick up of concrete
jersey barriers.
www.imt.com
PULLTARPS
®
These are just a few of the endless
options we’ve picked out to upfit
a Kenworth T880. Your options in
this truck go far and wide. If you
already own a Kenworth T880, show
us an image of your upfit on Twitter.
Mention @mwsmag for a retweet!
ALLISON
TRANSMISSION
Most drivers will tell you, the job
is easier when you don’t have to
worry about changing gears. A truck
driver’s job is difficult enough, why
not make it as easy as you can with
an automatic transmission—
specifically an Allison
Transmission from the
Rugged Duty Series
(RDS). The Kenworth
T880 is available with
the 4700 RDS automatic
transmission that
features shift energy
management,
oil level sensor,
power take-off,
prognostics,
second reverse, and
FuelSense 2.0. Allison Transmission’s
RDS transmissions are typically
used in applications such as
concrete mixer/pumper, dump
truck, equipment hauler, logging,
liquid waste hauler, roll on/roll off,
sewer/septic vacuum, snow removal,
and more.
Take note!
www.allisontransmission.com
If you’re looking for something to cover your load, check out
Pulltarps
®
. Pulltarps
®
specializes in truck tarps and tarp systems
for all types of projects and vehicles. The brand’s Semi-Automatic
tarp systems operate via spring tension and are easy to deploy
and retract into the housing. These tarp systems require no hand
cranking! Pulltarps
®
Automatic Tarping Systems fully cover any
dump truck's load and are safer for larger trucks. Pulltarps
®
uses a
1.3HP 12V motor to retract the tarp back into the housing by simply
turning a switch. This allows operators to stay in the truck while
the load is covered and uncovered. Whether you haul asphalt, sand,
demolition, or waste, Pulltarps
®
has you covered.
www.pulltarps.com
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L
ike most great ideas, Boude’s
Field Service Company started in
a garage.
“We couldn’t get our service trucks
in the garage, so we’d poke our
cranes right through the garage door
to rebuild transmissions,” says Jesse
Boude, owner Boude’s Field Service
Company. “Funny looking back at
where we were in 2016 considering
where we are now.
Where they are now is a large shop
in Williston, North Dakota, with a crew
of six full-time mechanics. How did
Boude move out of his garage and
into a successful shop? A perspective
he picked up along the way from
influential figures in his life.
Over and over again Boude heard
“Nobody or nothing owes you
anything—you’ve got to go out and
get it. You have to want success more
than you want to breathe.” It’s a
lesson he was taught by his grandpa,
Mike Boude, and his mom, Michelle
Boude, in his childhood, and it was
reiterated during his first farmhand
job by his employers Rick and Ryan
Miller. “Stop at nothing and you’ll
achieve what you set out to do.
Thats exactly what he did.
A FIELD ADDICTION
While he’s worked in a garage and
a shop, Boude’s first introduction
to repair work was in a barn. “My
first real job was working on a farm,
and they repaired all their own
equipment,” Boude says. “I was
fascinated with what they could do
in a barn.” Launching from barn to
mechanic, Boude eventually moved to
Wyoming to work for an independent
field service repair company.
After a few years, he decided that
instead of handling the stress of
running someone else’s business, he
might as well be stressed about running
his own operation. Thats when Boude’s
Field Service Company was established
in his North Dakota garage.
“I’ll never forget my first customer,
Troy McCoy,” Boude remembers.
“He had me troubleshoot a hydraulic
system on a 143H motor grader.
After that first job, the work kept
coming in, and Boude’s Field Service
Company took off.
“Every day really is a challenge,
Boude says. “Its a unique breed that
can go and troubleshoot equipment—
lay in a puddle of mud or hydraulic
oil and fix a piece of equipment out
in the middle of nowhere.” But thats
just how Boude and his crew like it.
While they handle some frack pump
and power generation repair work,
Boude’s bread and butter is heavy
equipment repair. “Thats what we’re
known for. You give us a broken-down
piece of equipment, and we’ll do our
thing,” he says.
RELIABLE EQUIPMENT
Since the early days when he used
crane booms through the garage door,
Field Service Company
Lifts Itself to Success
STOPPING AT NOTHING
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F
or Phil Mosier, Cooper Tire’s
manager of commercial tire
development, it’s only when he
hears the words, “When can I buy
these tires?” does he know new tires in
development are ready to go to market.
“Engineering and bringing to market
a new tire has a lot of stages, but
the ultimate moment is when our
customers, who have seen us testing
and validating our tires against their
current tires, can’t wait to start
placing orders,” Mosier says. “That
validates our performance in real-
world conditions. It’s the proof in the
pudding, and fleet managers see first
hand how our tire performs as we
gather data. So when they get excited
and want to buy our tire after the test
is complete, it validates even further
that we’ve hit a homerun.
According to Mosier, by the time a
new tire hits the market, it has passed
multiple layers of developmental,
design, and on-road testing—not
to mention government verification
so that the tire will meet or exceed
customer expectations. “For a product
that looks simple in nature, its not
simple to produce,” Mosier explains.
“In the lab, our tire engineers
look for innovative ways to enhance
previous tire models or develop an
entirely new tire,” Mosier says. “With
the help of computer modeling and
other technology, we’re able to test
new tire designs to see if we’re on
our way in developing a breakthrough
design. It allows us to test theoretical
performance and gain surface-
level insight into a tire’s predicted
performance. We can also test new
compounds in our compounding lab to
see how they might perform and hold
up over time. But, that’s just the start.
Have Your Truck
Tires Been Proven?
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TO THE TESTS
Once a design is deemed “test ready
and prototypes are made, Cooper
takes to a commercial test track to get
a glimpse into the tire’s real, on-road
performance. Through track tests,
engineers evaluate a tires’ performance
in a controlled environment. The
track features obstacle courses and is
designed for engineers to put heavy
miles on tires by running around-the-
clock tests for the tread and sidewalls.
This test proves grip, durability, and
chip/chunk resistance.
While track testing provides
engineers with the information they
need to see how the prototypes
perform, they also allow for
benchmarking competitive tires. The
data collected is a barometer—a
forecast of future performance. But,
to ensure accuracy, Cooper moves
from the track to the road.
To see the true performance of
new tires, Cooper relies on fleets
to test their tires in a variety of
road conditions. “And, the fleets we
choose for tire trials are typically ones
that make runs on North America’s
toughest roadways,” Mosier says.
“We select trucking companies that
we believe will push our tires to the
limit. Our tires need to prove they
can handle harsh conditions. When
we trial our over-the-road tires, we
look for a mix of fleets operating in
all conditions—cold and snowy, mild
and wet, hot and dry—pretty much
any driving condition you can think
of. We’ll fit our tires with customers
that operate in construction, package
delivery, utility, and other industries
that are notoriously tough on tires
to see how the tires fare over the
course of a trial. We want our tires
to prove that they can handle any
terrain a customer of ours may face
so that there are no surprises come
production time.
TO THE FLEET
During trial runs, Cooper Tire will
fit multiple trucks in a fleet and run
similar routes with the same average
miles per month. “Often times we
will be evaluating multiple variations
of a new tire design—there may be
different compounding for example,
but the same tread design. We may
love the durability characteristics
of one tire, yet the performance of
another. We’ll then go back to the lab
to fine-tune development. From there,
we’ll then do another round of field
testing to see where we stand.
To ensure field tests will result
in fair and accurate results, Cooper
works with fleets that prioritize their
maintenance programs.
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“Its essential to work with
companies that are on top of their
trucks’ maintenance,” Mosier explains.
“If a truck is out of alignment, we’ll see
uneven tire wear, and the test won’t
be accurate. To make sure the trial is
going accordingly, we’ll meet with the
fleets regularly to receive feedback
from the company, check the tires to
see how they wear, what the tread life
is, as well as a number of other factors
to see how they’re performing.
“When we examine our tires, we’re
looking for anything that appears to
strike out as irregular or issues we
notice that are common across the tires
tested,” Mosier says. “If for example,
a fleet experiences issues with cuts in
their tire, it’s back to the lab to improve
the tires’ cut-chip-resistance.
“For us, it’s important to be highly
critical of our tires. Not only do we
compare our new tire design to its
predecessor, we also see how it stacks
up against Tier 1 tires. We’ll often
bring in our competitors’ latest tires
to see how we measure up. We need
to be confident that our tires will
perform up to high standards and our
testing processes play an instrumental
part in affirming our confidence.
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Fuel System
Conversion 101
FONTAINE MODIFICATION’S STEPS TO ALT-FUEL CONVERSION
I
f you’ve paid much attention to the way COVID-19 affects
our world, you’d know it goes just beyond an illness of
the body. Its affected the way we worship and the way
we work. It’s affected how we care for and communicate
with our loved ones, just to name a few. Its also no surprise
that its affected our economy. The UK, Japan, Germany,
and the US are just a few major economies experiencing a
recession due to the coronavirus.
But perhaps there is a silver lining in this pandemic after
all. As many countries put their citizens in lockdown across
the globe, the environment seemed to clean up a bit. CNN
reported that “an international study of global carbon
emissions found that daily emissions declined 17%
between January and early April compared to average
levels in 2019.” This change came simply from the fact
that fewer people participated in road and air travel
during those months.
Its been a relatively known fact that gas-powered
vehicles aren’t good for the environment, but this period
of lockdown and quarantine gave us tangible data to prove
it. So now that we see what happens to the earth when its
subjected to fewer carbon emissions, what can we do to
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change the way we run the work truck
industry to continue a downward
trend of carbon emissions?
INSTALL ALTERNATIVES
An obvious way to reduce carbon
emissions is to seek alternative fueling
solutions for your work vehicles.
Some solutions are electric-powered
vehicles, fueling with propane
autogas, fuel made from 100%
renewable materials, hybrid vehicles,
and so forth. But once you find a
solution thats just right for you, you’ll
need to decide how to implement
that solution. One company, Fontaine
Modification, helps fleets convert
their existing vehicle fuel systems to a
cleaner, greener system, whether that
be with complete engine installations/
changes to fuel tank packages for
alternative fuels.
Modern WorkTruck Solutions
was able to chat with Paul Kokalis,
president, and Nate Eichinger,
director of operations, at Fontaine
Modification to learn the ins and outs
of the companys conversion process.
But lets first share a little background.
Fontaine Modification has installed
alt-fuel systems for more than a
decade, beginning in 2007 and 2008
when fleets first began putting test
units into operation. Back then,
Fontaine Modification received a
glider kit from the OEMs with a
pre-installed natural gas engine.
Fontaine Modification completed the
conversion by adding the tanks and
the fuel system. Paul and Nate say in
those days, Fontaine Modification was
heavily involved in alternative fuels for
light-duty trucks that already had LPG
engines; Fontaine Modification just
added the tanks and systems.
STEP BY STEP
Fontaine Modification’s steps to
conversion depends on the truck. Each
manufacturer has a different system,
and each manufacturers system varies
depending on the truck model. Some
manufacturers offer a conversion prep
package, and some do not; however,
even if an OEM has alternative fuel
installation available, Nate and Paul
say that customers contact Fontaine
Modification for different tank
mounting options.
Fontaine Modification’s early
installation process involved
removing lines, the fuel tank,
injectors, and pressure regulators
and replacing them with alternative
fuel components. But today the
process looks a little different. OEMs
send trucks that don’t require as
much work, eliminating unnecessary
components and saving time.
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Now when Fontaine Modification
installs LPG engines in lighter trucks,
technicians update or replace the ECU
module to adjust the programming
for the engine. Additionally, Fontaine
Modification installs hundreds of CNG
systems annually.
Fontaine Modification performs
installations for most fuel system
suppliers. These suppliers typically
package their own systems, and
Fontaine Modification ensures the
system is installed and ready for work.
The process involves installation of
the tank system, plumbing, testing,
and filling the system. Based on the
complexity of the system—saddle
tanks vs back of cab, for example—
an installation could take 6 to 10
hours to complete.
Paul and Nate share that battery
drivetrains are gaining momentum
in the industry, especially in light-
duty, regional trucking. However, the
conversion process for electric is more
complex than other alternative fuels.
Chassis packaging for electric systems
generally requires a substantial
amount of engineering work from
the folks at Fontaine Modification
before the truck is ready for fleet work.
Nevertheless, Fontaine Modification
currently has multiple electrification
projects in the works for different
applications, suppliers, and customers.
WHY FONTAINE?
Multiple companies perform fuel
system conversions. But Nate and
Paul share that a fleet manager
should choose Fontaine Modification
to perform their conversions for
a couple of reasons. First, the
companys history in the trucking
industry is long and includes
extensive knowledge of alternative-
fuel systems and packages. The
company also works with customers
to ensure they get the right
components for their application.
Another perk: Fontaine Modification
has ship-through agreements with
all major OEMs, which means that
the truck maintains its equalized
freight system even after Fontaine
performs the install—at no extra cost
to the customer. Even if your fleet
features multiple truck models from
multiple OEMs, Fontaine Modification
can deliver consistency because of
its standardized installations and
quality controls across all OEMs and
installation centers.
The silver lining of COVID-19
is encouraging when it comes to
improving the current state of our
environment. But these lower carbon
emissions numbers won’t last once
lockdown regulations loosen. One
way to contribute is by converting
your gas- and diesel-powered fleet to
sustainable, alternative fuel systems.
And Fontaine Modification can help.
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F
or fleets looking to adopt
alternative fueled vehicles,
training on the maintenance plays
a key role. It's one thing to choose an
alternative to gasoline or diesel, but
a crucial component is to make sure
it runs after it’s been delivered. That
includes the ability to have it serviced.
Your technician or local service
station/dealership may know how to
fix and maintain your truck model, but
they’ll need to know the specifics on
the alt-fuel parts, too.
Here are things to look for in a
training program when adopting an
alternative fuel—like propane autogas
or compressed natural gas—and
how that training should tie back to
ongoing maintenance.
AVAILABLE TRAINING
If the fuel system manufacturer offers
training, find out what type they offer.
Training courses can be both online
or in person. If online, find out what
topics are covered and if certification
can be attained. Can questions be
asked? Are there tests to gauge
knowledge? Is the online training
thorough enough that a technician can
make the repair without hesitation?
Its very doubtful that you’ll be able
to find a YouTube video with enough
information to show you how.
Some companies offer online
training resources, making it
convenient to learn at your own pace.
Look for them to offer demonstration
videos on service and diagnostic
procedures or service manuals to
simplify diagnostics steps, speed up
repairs, and minimize downtime. Do
they have any technical publications
with easy-to-follow instructions?
These will give users the flexibility
to complete a training program and
provide all information in one place.
On-site training at your fleets
location is the most specialized type of
training. The biggest benefit of on-site
training is that you have the trainers
full focus on your specific model of
truck, and technicians can ask specific
questions about your fleet vehicles
and specific requirements.
Also look for factory workshop
training where you can visit the
manufacturers facility to learn in small
groups with hands-on instruction. This
may be as beneficial as on-site training
as you’ll interact with people from
other organizations, too.
Some manufacturers have certified
service centers where training can be
performed. Working with a service
center may save your fleet the space
and expenses from having a separate
repair garage.
Be sure to ask the cost of these
training programs and if there’s a cap on
how many technicians can be trained.
If training is not available, you will
be on your own to figure out how and
where to service your vehicle.
REPAIR ASSISTANCE
What if you don’t have an in-house
mechanic? Don’t worry. Your vehicles’
OEM can direct you to a dealership
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Alt-fuel
Truck Maintenance
A CRASH COURSE IN TRAINING
By Todd Mouw
TECHNICIANS
RECEIVE TRAINING
ON A PROPANE
AUTOGAS FUEL
SYSTEM DURING
A FACTORY
WORKSHOP.
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that has training in your type of fuel
system. Or even better, find out if the
alternative fuel vehicles’ fuel system
manufacturer offers assistance.
For instance, ROUSH CleanTech in
Livonia, Michigan, trains and equips
an extensive service network with
the tooling and service diagnostic
information required to service and
maintain its propane autogas fuel
systems. The companys in-house
customer success team is made up
of field service engineers to take
care of customer training and service
needs. ROUSH CleanTech helps fleets
handle warranty parts and has more
than 600 approved service centers
across the country.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Always refer to the vehicle owners
manual for regular maintenance
even with an alt-fuel model. Follow
the manufacturers recommended
oil change intervals, even if you may
think it isn’t necessary. Many alt
fuels, like propane autogas, burn so
clean that often your oil will still look
new when its time to change it. That
helps keep your engine clean, but
the oil should still be changed at the
recommended interval. Make sure
you use the oil levels with fuel filters
changed on schedule.
Continue with basic maintenance—
changing and inspecting the spark
plugs, air filters, battery, etc., at
proper intervals—just like you
would with conventionally fueled
vehicles. Plus, you won’t need to
purchase and install pricey diesel
aftertreatments, which aren’t required
on alt-fuel models.
Even after you’ve gone through
training, if you have further questions
about the alternative fuel system
in your truck, contact the system
manufacturer. They should be able to
help you with the system components
and might recommend another
workshop to further your knowledge.
For all questions not related to the
fuel system, contact the vehicle
manufacturer directly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Todd Mouw is president of ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of advanced
clean mobility technology. Mouw has served as president of the NTEA Green Truck
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T
he COVID-19 pandemic has most
companies searching for savings
and operating efficiencies.
When it comes to a work truck fleet,
leadership may be able to find those
opportunities where the rubber meets
the road. Retreads are a sustainable
way for fleets to optimize productivity
while cutting down on cost per
mile. Whether you’ve considered
retreads before, they are definitely
worth looking into. To help with your
evaluation, we’re debunking some of
the most common retread myths.
MYTH #1
Retreads are unsafe. One of the most
tired retread myths we hear today is that
they aren’t safe. But in fact, the safety
of tires, whether new or retread, often
comes down to care of their casings.
One of the most common causes
of truck tire failures is underinflation.
Underinflated tires experience excessive
sidewall flexing, which causes them to
run extremely hot. This buildup of heat
can lead to tread and casing separation
and unexpected blowouts. Needless
to say, the safety of your tires largely
depends on the tire maintenance
practices your fleet follows.
The overall quality of retreads has
increased dramatically over the years,
and retreading is held to the same
standards of quality as new tires
in terms of tread depth and other
safety concerns. Today, retreading is
a controlled process using advanced
technology, equipment, and
comprehensive inspection techniques.
The TA Commercial Tire Network
Retread Center, for example, uses
nondestructive testing techniques at
initial inspection and a high pressure
inflation tester in the final stages of
retreading, as well as the latest cutting
edge Shearography equipment to ensure
only quality casings are retreaded.
The truth is that new tires today
are crafted to be retreaded, and only
casings that pass a rigorous safety
test are selected for the retreading
process. Work with a quality
manufacturer and take care of your
casings, and you can expect the same
level of safety as new rubber from
your retreads.
Debunking
Common Retread
Tire Myths
RETREADS COULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL
THAN YOU THINK
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MYTH #2
Retreads don’t perform as well
as new tires. The lower price tag
of retreads might make it feel like
you’re sacrificing performance, but
many of the quality retreads available
have proven to perform comparable
to new tires. Plus, dependable
tire performance is closely tied to
choosing the right retreads for your
fleets application and establishing a
tire maintenance routine.
You want to shop for retreads the
same way you’d select a set of new
tires. In order to achieve optimum
performance, you must make sure
you’re purchasing the right retreads
for your application. Determining the
position in which your retreads will be
placed and what application they will
be used in should be the first steps
you take when purchasing tires.
You also might be surprised to
find out that more than 80% of all
aircraft tires in use in the US today are
retreads. From fighter jets to school
buses, retreads move some of our
most important cargo across many
industries. If retreads didn’t perform,
would they be used every day by
ambulances, fire engines, air crafts,
and more?
Work with a trusted tire partner
and service provider to ensure you’re
getting expert tire advice and quality
retreads, like Goodyear and Bandag
models, which are offered nationwide
through the TA Truck Service
Commercial Tire Network.
MYTH #3
Retreads aren’t good for harsh
applications. This again comes
down to proper maintenance and
running the right tires and tread
compound for your application
and operating environment. You
wouldn’t choose a traditional
low rolling resistance retread, for
example, if you’re operating in a
rugged off-road application. You may
instead look for retreads with higher
traction and improved cut resistant
compounds, which are widely available
in the market.
Sometimes there is worry when
it comes to wear, but just because
the tread is worn on a tire, doesn’t
mean the casing is unusable. Quality
casings can far outlive their original
tread, and if you’re taking care of
your casings, your fleet may opt to
retread your own application-specific
tires that you already know are a fit
for your environment.
Knowing the load and inflation
history of your fleets tires can also
be helpful in determining which of
your casings are better suited for
certain wheel positions. Work with a
quality retreader and service provider
who can create a tailored cradle to
grave tire management program
to ensure you’re maximizing your
original tire investment.
MYTH #4
Retreads will only end up costing
you more. Did you know that
retreading actually saves the trucking
industry over $3 billion each year?
The most expensive part of a tire is
its casing. Since retreads are made
using existing casings, they cost
much less to produce than new tires.
Manufacturers pass that savings to
their customers by selling retreads for
less than the price of a similar new
tire, and in fact, retreads can cost as
much as 30 to 50% less than new tires.
Since the performance of today’s
quality retreads is comparable to new
tires, retreading is the most effective
way to lower your total tire costs
and increase the competitiveness of
your business. With proper care and
the right tire management program,
retreads will indeed save you money
both up front and in the long run.
MYTH #5
Retreads wear faster and cause
more blowouts than normal tires.
Retreads have a reputation for causing
that rubber debris often found on the
side of the highway. However, studies
show that 68% of tire debris collected
on the highway actually comes from
new tires, not retreads.
The reality is that retreads will wear
at the same rate as new tires if you
aren’t properly maintaining them.
We know that tire failures, whether
new or retread, are mostly related
to improper inflation, among other
culprits like worn parts, misalignment,
overloading, and more.
The easiest way to avoid tire-
related downtime is to implement a
thorough tire management program
that includes regular inspections and
maintenance of all wheels and tires.
Retreads are still a major investment
and require engaged maintenance
practices, such as daily tire checks, to
ensure pressure levels are adequate
and match the load hauled.
Thanks to time and technology,
modern retreads are made with a
much higher level of quality than
they were decades ago. Next time
you need to make a tire purchase,
talk to a TA Truck Service tire expert
about which retreads might be a fit for
your application.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Callie Vanek is the director of the
TA Truck Service Commercial Tire
Network. Find out more, visit
www.ta-petro.com.
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TECHNOLOGY
C
onventional wisdom says low oil
prices will slow the transition
to electric mobility (e-mobility),
but the facts on the ground suggest
otherwise. The Washington Examiner
reported that analysts don’t see the
long-term trend toward electrification
receding in the rearview mirror
anytime soon. In fact, the Green Car
Congress reports there are signs the
global pandemic may actually result
in more momentum for electric
vehicles (EVs) going forward. There’s
another signal that fossil fuels may
be on their way out: electric fleet
pilots are accelerating.
IT CONTINUES
Worldwide, fleets were already
making substantial investments in
electrification before the global public
health crisis began. In Europe, climate
mandates made fossil fuels a losing
proposition. Bloomberg reports that
24 European cities with a combined
population of 62 million people plan
to eliminate all diesel vehicles from
city centers by 2030, including 13 that
will ban all transportation powered
by internal combustion engines (ICE).
In North America, fleet electrification
happens for more pragmatic reasons.
Energy.gov found electric vehicles less
expensive to fuel and maintain than
their traditional counterparts. And
federal, state, and local incentives for
EVs and charging infrastructure can
make the transition to electric even
more attractive.
EV MODELS
As demand for cleaner modes of
transportation increase, fleet managers
continue to be concerned about a lack
of availability of electric vehicle models
for fleets. With the need for electric
options growing exponentially—
especially for medium- and heavy-
Why 2020 Will
Still Be the Year
of Electric Fleets
PILOT PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC OPINION
DRIVE DEMAND FOR EV
By Michael Hughes
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duty EVs—vehicle manufacturers
must continue to ramp development
and production to meet the growing
demand. As that happens, expect to
see a lot more electric trucks, vans,
and buses in the coming years.
According to the BloombergNEF
(BNEF) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020
report, the electric fleet share will
reach 47% by 2040, including 24%
of all light commercial vehicles.
Increasing demand, exacerbated
during the pandemic, coupled with the
rapid shift in consumer expectations
for more on-demand delivery options
will keep electrification top of mind
and result in increased investment in
the category. It is therefore unlikely
commercial fleets will rush back to gas
anytime soon.
EV FOR DELIVERY
In its quest to become carbon neutral
by 2040, online retailer Amazon placed
an order for 100,000 electric delivery
vans from startup Rivian in September
2019. To date, its the single biggest
order of its kind. The first vehicles
are expected to hit the road next
year, with all of the remaining vans
to be deployed by 2030. Amazon is
not alone. UPS recently announced it
will add 10,000 battery electric trucks
to its fleet for a pilot that is set to
begin later this year. If the four-year
pilot goes well, the delivery giant
says it will purchase another 10,000
vehicles. FedEx already has 2,500 EVs
in its global fleet, and shipper DHL
plans to introduce its own electric van
this year as well.
EV FOR FLEETS
For years fleet managers have cited
a lack of available electric models as
an obstacle to electrification. But that
will change. Ford plans to release an
electric version of its popular F-150 as
early as 2021, while General Motors
has committed $3 billion to its electric
truck program. Lordstown Motors will
come out with its electric pickup truck,
Endurance, in 2021. Zero-emission big
rigs from Tesla, Freightliner, Peterbilt,
Volvo, and Mack are set to debut early
this decade too. In Europe, availability
of electric delivery vans has grown with
the announcement of Ford’s electric
transit van and the Rivian van in
2021; and we have already seen fleets
transition to the electric Mercedes van.
A lot of these launches fill the gaps
as true electrified medium- and heavy-
duty fleets go through testing periods
before coming online in the next one
to two years. The proliferation of low-
or zero-emission zones in the coming
decade suggests electric trucks have
a bright future, especially in cities.
Early adopters may even benefit from
preferential access rights in some
places, due to electric trucks’ lack of
noise and air pollution.
SHIFT TO E-MOBILITY
A new Polaris Market Research report
suggests that the global electric
vehicle charging infrastructure market
alone will be worth $56.9 billion by
2026. New roaming partnerships and
integrations create even more access
to charging across a wide range of
networks in both North America and
Europe, while removing friction.
That combined with the increasing
proliferation of fast chargers on
highways, better EV technology,
more efficient batteries, and falling
costs further enable the widespread
adoption of EVs for fleets. In particular,
the increased availability of EV charging
in city centers, rural communities, and
along highways supports delivery fleet
fueling needs as consumers rely more
on home deliveries during the current
crisis and beyond.
FUTURE OF EV
There’s one more reason fleets will
continue to electrify: air quality.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) researchers
report massive drops in both nitrous
oxide (25-30%) and carbon dioxide
(15-20%) emissions in the Northeast
US during periods of lockdown due to
the coronavirus pandemic. A recent
UK survey finds that “the radical
improvement on air pollution” has
convinced 45% of respondents to
consider an EV for their next vehicle
purchase. In fact, they’re not just
considering EVs, they’re buying them.
While registrations for diesel and
gas vehicles have plummeted in the
UK, registrations for battery electric
vehicles (BEVs) were up more than
160% YoY as of April, according to the
UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers
and Traders.
Prior to the current crisis,
governments already made
commitments to green fleets, and
there’s no reason to believe that will
change. We have all experienced a
world with fewer fossil fuels. Now as
people return to work and travel, as
passengers use public transit again,
and as drivers make all those last-
mile deliveries, there will be a call to
create a more sustainable future. We
now know the world must change. It
appears a lot of people have already
decided what they want that future
to look like. And fleets, perhaps
more than any other industry, know
how to deliver.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Hughes is the chief
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ChargePoint. He leads global sales,
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Prior to joining ChargePoint, he
spent nine years at Barracuda
Networks, serving as senior vice
president of worldwide sales and
services and scaling the company
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previously vice president of sales for
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I
n the first part of this series about
how the commercial transportation
sector operates through the
pandemic and post-pandemic reality,
we focused on the importance
of clear, consistent, and effective
communication between fleet safety
managers and drivers. We continue
to ask ourselves, “what is normal?”
Whether we are dealing with
schedule, load, or route changes, we
continually ask drivers to do more and
remain vigilant in every detail of their
already complicated job.
According to early data by the
National Safety Council, there
was a 14% jump in fatality rates in
March 2020, despite the significant
decrease—by 18.6%—in miles driven.
In April, the California Highway
Patrol recorded an 87% increase in
speeding tickets for drivers going
100 mph. From a global pandemic
to nationwide protests, commercial
drivers today face an unprecedented
combination of obstacles. In
response, many fleets rely on
technology to ensure driver safety as
they navigate these uncertain times.
Now, more than ever, its
imperative drivers focus on the
task at hand, not giving in to any
distractions in the cab, on the road,
or at the point of delivery. With
the number of vehicles on the road
beginning to rise as states reopen,
drivers should continue to be aware of
surroundings at all times. It only takes
a second to cause or be involved in a
collision, which may result in an injury
or even fatality.
Driving is a skill that requires full
attention and involves constant,
complex coordination between mind
and body. Not all distractions are
alike, nor do they impact drivers in
the same way. Video event recorders
are the best way to know if a driver
is distracted and understand the full
situation. The combination of video
evidence, driver safety scores, and a
driver dashboard is the best way to
correct risky behavior before it leads
to collision.
Eliminating
Visual, Physical,
and Cognitive
Distractions
OPERATING IN THE NEW NORMAL: PART 2
Eliminating
Visual, Physical,
and Cognitive
Distractions
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TYPES OF DISTRACTIONS
When reviewing and discussing video
in coaching sessions with drivers, its
important to keep in mind the three
types of distractions:
Manual distractions—a driver
moves his/her hands away from
the wheel
Visual distractions—a drivers
focus and/or eyes are not on the
road or surrounding environment
Cognitive distraction—a drivers
mind wanders away from the task
at hand
When coaches sit down with
drivers—virtually or in-person—
its important to distinguish
which
type of distraction a driver exhibited
and assess other factors in order to
intervene and correct the behavior.
Were the drivers hands off the wheel in
order to eat, tend to in-cab technology
or sensors, or something else? Does
the driver have a habit of moving his/
her hands from the wheel while the
vehicle is in motion? Does the driver
often lose focus or was this a one-
time event? When and where did the
event happen? But most importantly,
why did it happen? Getting to the
root cause and truly understanding
the type of distraction and reason
behind it will help mitigate
future occurrences.
Advanced technology offers
immediate access to the data
managers need to combat distracted
driving through coaching and return
home safely every night.
Video event recorders are the best way to know if a
driver is distracted and understand the full situation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To gain more insights on
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download the eBook, “Coach
Your Drivers to Safety and
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can help make coaching part of
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and more. Find out more, visit
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WORK TRUCK PRODUCTS
SUPERIOR SIGNALS
SY4435-A STOP/TAIL/TURN LIGHT
While it may look like a simple stop/tail/turn light, this light has three flash patterns and
owners can synchronize multiple units to flash together or alternate. Its 4-inch diameter
means that the light fits into existing holes with a grommet-style mount. The module
can tolerate multiple voltages, making it useful in a wide range of applications while the
24 LEDs it contains means that the SY4435-A has serious light output. The light is IP67
certified, making it resistant to dust and moisture. Furthermore, the DOT-approved light is
great for emergency, maintenance, and service vehicles due to its SAE W-2 certification.
www.superiorsignals.com
GUARDIAN TECHNOLOGIES
TAILGATE ALERT
Guardian Technologies’ new Tailgate Alert is a system designed to ensure valuable
tools and expensive possessions aren’t stolen or lost from a truck’s bed. The Tailgate
Alert works by sending a red signal that can be identified in the drivers side mirror,
alerting the driver that the tailgate was not raised and locked into place. Tailgate Alert
fits pickup trucks including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, and Toyota. The system is easy
to install and runs off two AA batteries. The LED bulb flashes yellow when batteries
require replacement.
www.guardiantechnologies.com
YOKOHAMA TIRE
714R PICK-UP/DELIVERY TIRE
Yokohama Tire’s all-new 714R™ will deliver year-round. Engineered for urban pick-up/delivery
applications, the open shoulder drive tire is available in sizes 225/70R19.5 (14) and 245/70R19.5
(16). The 714R first debuted at the TMC show in February and is now available. Benefits of the
714R include: outstanding traction with open grooves that provide excellent traction in wet or snow
conditions; long tread life with a wide tread pattern that controls the ground contact pressure to
deliver long, original tread life; durable construction with steep grooves; and fuel-efficient operation
with Yokohama’s low-resistance tire compounds.
www.yokohamatruck.com
COXREELS
DUAL HYDRAULIC REELS
Coxreels®’ dual hydraulic reels, designed for use with hydraulic tools and accessories, are
offered in two configurations: the MPD and the TDMP series. As with most Coxreels spring
rewind reels, the dual hydraulic reels feature single sided access for both the spring and the
swivel. The supply and return lines come in the same side of the reel into an external fluid path
via a removable, dual port hydraulic swivel. This same inlet and swivel side of the reel also
houses an easy-to-service spring cartridge motor. Dual hydraulic reels feature heavy gauge steel
construction and durable polyester powder coat.
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A.R.E.
CX REVO AND CX EVOLVE TRUCK CAPS
A.R.E.s CX Revo and CX Evolve models put current automotive glass technology
into A.R.E.s product line. The CX Revo and CX Evolve feature a frameless all-glass, tailgate-
formed rear door. This door follows the styling of each truck’s tailgate by forming the glass
down and over the tailgate for superior styling and security. Both covers feature OneMotion handle and
ActiveTilt auto on/off lighting technology. The OneMotion handle offers greater ease of use, as well as
optional keyless entry to lock and unlock using your truck’s factory key fob for added security. The ActiveTilt
system uses magnet technology to turn the LED lighting on and off when opening and closing the rear door.
www.4are.com
GTECH CLEAN
DISINFECTANT SPRAY
GTech Clean is an EPA-approved spray that leaves a microscopic protective barrier
on hard and soft surfaces and continues to kill bacteria and viruses, including human
coronavirus, influenza, mildew, and mold, for up to five days. Workers simply fog the
area they want to disinfect and let it air dry—no need to dilute the solution or wipe it
away. GTech Clean features a fast-spraying, high-coverage applicator that allows users
to dispense minimal product. GTech also kills pathogens for up to five days.
www.gtechprotection.com
SYGIC GPS NAVIGATION
EV MODE
Sygic GPS Navigation released EV Mode, a navigation system with integrated charging station
data. Sygic’s eMobility solutions are available to eVan manufacturers for integration into built-
in infotainment systems. Sygic’s goal is to achieve navigation systems specifically tailored for
electric vans. The brand hopes to achieve this goal through dedicated waypoint optimization,
live traffic, charging station data, last-mile feature, weather information, and driver behavior
evaluation. Additional goals are to finalize EV Mode’s algorithm to use live and static data to
determine exact range, suggest charging stops, reserve charging station spots, and predict
discharge of the battery.
www.sygic.com
HOT SHOT’S SECRET
NEVER RUST LUBRICANT
Hot Shots Secret Never Rust Lubricant is a multi-purpose, 100% synthetic spray lubricant that
protects metal parts from rust and corrosion significantly longer than competitive brands.
Formulated by Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of Hot Shots Secret high performance
oils and additives, Never Rust protects any metal surface up to 20 times longer than even top
brands like WD-40. It is ideal for use on metal nuts and bolts, cables and chains, metal tools,
automotive parts, and more. Highly resistant to water washout, it will not dry out, separate, or
bleed on equipment. Never Rust Lubricant provides exceptional rust protection.
www.hotshotsecret.com
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CONTACTLESS FUEL ON THE GO
Contactless and clean fueling on the go. That sounds great, doesn’t it?
Especially in a world where “essential” has taken on a whole new meaning. In
a time when essential parcel delivery, food distribution, and cleaning services
perform around the clock and more frequently, its imperative that fleet
managers ensure quick, safe, and easy fueling so that drivers can focus on
their duties instead of on the fuel gauge. Thankfully, Booster—a same-day fuel
delivery service—is here to help.
B
ooster is a service that brings
fuel directly to your fleet for the
same price as you’d pay at a gas
station. Not only does it simplify fleet
refueling, but each of Boosters fuel
deliveries is more environmentally
friendly than conventional fueling,
reducing vehicle miles traveled and
the associated CO2 emissions.
It isn’t difficult to conclude that
fuel delivery services simplify
fleet operations. But a worldwide
pandemic has increased the demand
for such services. Since the start of
the COVID-19 pandemic, Booster
has experienced a 25% surge in
fuel delivered to essential services,
such as parcel delivery and logistics,
food delivery and distribution,
construction, and cleaning companies.
“Given today’s state of affairs,
mobile fuel on-demand has become
even more essential for getting goods
into the hands of people who need
them most,” says Frank Mycroft,
founder and CEO of Booster Fuels.
NEW TO DC
Booster recently expanded its
market to Washington DC. DC is the
most recent government permitting
mobile fueling as the service grows
in popularity. Earlier this year, mobile
fueling permits and ordinances were
passed by state governments in
Maryland, Texas, and Washington as
states rethink the future of cities and
the innovative role mobile fueling
plays. Booster helps cities eliminate
the need to plan for gas stations and
the environmental hazards and road
congestion they bring.
Booster has worked with local
regulators and fire departments to
provide its mobile fueling service,
often exceeding requirements for
environmental quality and safety.
The company has secured all the
required permits and regulatory
licenses to deliver gas and diesel
in DC and Maryland.
Booster launches in DC with several
new, local customers including Falcon
Transport, Dutch Mill Catering, Reston
Limousine, and Shorb Landscaping.
With six local Booster employees,
this office marks the companys
seventh major market following recent
expansion to Dallas, Austin, Nashville,
San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
In total, Booster has received permits
to operate in more than 50 cities or
counties across the US.
“We’re proud to support essential
services and create good jobs by
bringing contactless fueling to DC and
Maryland,” says Jordan Valdés, Boosters
DC-based director of public affairs.
“Our trained service professionals are
committed to a level of service, safety,
and transparency that sets a new
standard in gas and diesel delivery.
CONTACTLESS & EASY
Boosters fleet is made up of
proprietary carbon-neutral purple
mini tankers. Each mini-tanker fits
in a regular-sized parking space and
provides 100% contactless service.
To date, the company has delivered
more than 30 million gallons of
fuel and works with more than 500
fleet customers across the US. If
you’re interested in simplifying fleet
operations and creating a safer fueling
solution for your employees, visit
www.trybooster.com.
Talk soon!
Jade