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2017 Fleet Management Trends: Upfitting

Lighter-weight truck and van equipment, more standardization, and ergonomic planning should improve the process and delivery timing of the upfitting of commercial vehicles in 2017, according to fleet management experts.

Spending time in the field and fully understanding your fleet application will help ensure a smooth upfitting process. (Photo courtesy of Ranger Design)

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Upfitting Vans

Avoid these five common van upfitting mistakes and follow a few important industry best practices to become a seasoned pro at van upfits.

Adrian Steel’s Drop-Down and Grip Lock Ladder Racks provide lighter options for ladder storage and ease of access. (Photo: Adrian Steel)

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Upfitting High-Roof and Compact Vans

From ladder racks to cargo solutions to partitions and more, van upfitting options are ready for any make, model, and vocational use.

Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

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Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Dejana’s exterior shelving system allows customers to keep equipment off the floor and ready to use. (Photo courtesy of Dejana)

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High-Roof Vans Set New Productivity, Efficiency Standards

High-roof vans offer greater shelving capacity for tools and cargo and better ergonomics, reducing strain on workers.

Masterack products include customized shelving, drawers, parts bins, partitions, wire spool racks, literature racks, lockable doors and cabinets, and more. The company previously operated under the name of Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, but recently rebranded under the product line name -- Masterack. Photo courtesy of Masterack

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Masterack’s Steel Interiors Boost Productivity

The Atlanta-based upfitter specializes in designing bins, shelves, partitions, workstations, and more for a wide range of fleet vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.

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Roof-Mounted vs. Interior Ladder Racks

When it comes to hauling ladders, which is the better way – carrying them inside or on top of a van? There are pros and cons for each method.

Upfits, such as the aluminum service body by Reading Truck Body pictured, impact overall order-to-delivery times. (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

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18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

Strong demand from retail and fleet customers helped fuel truck and van sales in 2015. While good news for OEMs, this increased production volume resulted in order-to-delivery (OTD) delays. Experts offer suggestions on how to improve OTD.

Carefully review specification quotes. Advise your engineer and upfit supplier of required items during the initial request to ensure they’re included.

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14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

As commercial fleets move to the new Euro-style cargo vans, they have many more interior options to consider. This has a downstream effect on other changes, involving other components, such as ladder racks, due to the different roof-height configurations. (PHOTO: CHRIS WOLSKI)

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Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

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