When it comes to a standard truck upfitting, things can get complicated pretty fast.
Luckily, we here at Camco Wheel & Axle have been in service for over 30 years providing the best in custom fabrication services in the Rio Grande Valley, which means we’ve been able to pick up quite a few tips to help make your truck upfit or van upfit a much more efficient process.
The following are a few ideas to help guide you through the upfitting process.
1. Keep It Simple
Consolidate your truck upfit as much as possible.
Many upfitting service providers negotiate with several other parts vendors in an effort to save money. You might find them ordering a tonneau cover from one vendor, a ladder rack from another, and decals from a third. This can cause an increase on the overall lead-time, thus increasing costs. Simplify the process, and if at all possible, find a vendor like Camco Wheel & Axle that will sell you what is needed all up front.
2. Make Sure Your Upfit Is Compliant With The Department Of Transportation
It may be easy to forget about meeting the Department of Transportation and state compliance standards when spec’ing your truck upfits – don’t! VIN inspections and weight slips are a necessity to making your vehicle road legal.
Thankfully, much of this can be done at the upfitters. If not, a third party driveaway may be needed. The last thing that you would need is to be tagged once you arrive at your facility for missing prerequisites.
3. Identify Equipment That You Need In Advance
If you have a van upfit or truck upfit that needs to be done, writing down a list of the tools that you typically use on a given day will help give you and the upfitter a better idea of what kind of van accessories to install.
Will you need bins or shelving to store tools? What about a ladder rack?
If unprepared, not only do you run the risk of your van not meeting certain fleet requirements, the van upfit may turn into a ship-thru upfit, taking more time and funds.
4. Ensure That Your Truck Or Van Meet Fleet Application Requirements
At times, a fleet manager may miss an important piece of information regarding your particular truck upfit or van upfit. Being familiar with your industry needs and the types of locations that the vehicle will be used at will help to fill in those gaps.
You wouldn’t want to spec your conventional truck with a 24-foot van body when the loading dock can only accommodate for 20 feet.
5. Avoid Upfits That May Void Your Original Equipment Manufacturers Warranty
An ounce of prevention solves a pound of problems. In this particular case, calling the original equipment manufacturer to confirm if your truck upfit will violate any terms of its warranty before you order is a great, proactive idea.
6. Use the ‘85-Percent Rule’ When Spec’ing
When your vehicle is operating at 100 percent payload capacity, this is going to quickly result in repair costs and a reduction in the life of your vehicle.
Utilizing only 85 percent of max capacity is the ideal standard as it will not negatively affect your vehicle’s ability to handle its load and keep your vehicle from deteriorating too quickly. Getting the most out of your vehicle while saving money on repairs is a win-win situation for you and your business.
7. Maximize Your Future Resale Potential
At the end of the day, your truck or van is a tool of your trade. When upfitted just right, your vehicle can provide a lot of value to the next generation.
When your vehicle has a positive driving performance record, is reliable within its intended job function, is efficient in gas usage, and is in relatively good shape, it becomes a high demand vehicle where top buyers will be willing to pay good money for it.
Come See Why Camco Wheel & Axle Is Considered Your Number One Rio Grande Valley Custom Upfitter Today!
At Camco Wheel & Axle, we put the extra effort to provide topnotch truck upfit and van upfit services. We meet the requirements your fleet manager sets while meeting the standards you need to perform your job in the most efficient way possible.