When spec’ing for your commercial truck and service body, there are a lot of variables that must be taken into consideration if you want to get things right. Spec’ing for maximum efficiency and safety will provide your workers with the best commercial vehicle and service body needed to get the job done right.
Our upfitting experts at Camco Wheel & Axle in Pharr, Texas can help you to choose the right service body so that your tools and equipment are quickly available for easy access. Give your employees what they need by considering these 5 spec’ing questions.
- What equipment (or products) will your commercial truck be hauling?
The industry you will be using your commercial truck in will dictate the type of service body you need.
This will allow you to create a list of the type of equipment (or products) you will be hauling around so that you can estimate the weight of all your cargo. This information will help you to properly determine the size of service body you need as well as the compartment configuration. Keep in mind how much interior space is needed to carry a complete load and what type of bins and trays would be best for organizing all your tools.
Additionally, you should consider whether you will be hauling tools mounted to the body such as ladders, cranes, and compressors. To withstand the additional weight, your service body may need additional reinforcement.
- How important is security to you?
The equipment you are going to be hauling from site to site is sure to be very valuable in costs and to your business. On certain occasions, you may be required to leave your commercial vehicle at the site overnight and thieves can see this as the perfect opportunity.
Security should be highly ranked on the level of importance for your service body and you should work with your upfitter to ensure that only the sturdiest of materials are used to protect your vehicle and its belongings. Metal locking rods, welded steel brackets on the interior of each door with a hinge block, steel rivets, and master locking systems are ideal for protecting your equipment.
The level of security you want to implement will also affect the type of service body you choose; an enclosure option may be necessary if you want the highest level of security (and to keep your equipment safe from weathering).
- What will be the maximum load weight?
This is a vital question to consider as it will go a long way in determining the type of service body you will need. It will also affect whether or not you are able to purchase a lighter weight body material that can, in turn, improve fuel economy. If the total weight of the chassis, body, and payload is less than 10,000 lbs. a single-rear wheel chassis should be sufficient; anything larger will require a dual-rear wheel chassis at minimum.
You will also need to consider whether or not your commercial truck is going to be pulling a utility trailer. Overlooking this detail can lead to a serious accident.
Our upfitting experts at Camco Wheel & Axle will help you to determine the anticipated maximum load weight in order so that you can make a proper selection on the type of chassis body that meets the gross vehicle weight rating you need.
- What types of materials do you want used in the upfitting process?
The grade and quality of material used in the upfitting process is one of the important details to consider as it plays a role in the work efficiency of the vehicle and its costs. What type of metal and coating do you want used to make your cabinets and racks? The right choice will inhibit rust and corrosion.
As previously mentioned, depending on the needs of your service body, you may be able to purchase a chassis made of lighter materials such as fiberglass in order to reduce costs. Also, keep in mind what heavy duty tools you will be hauling as they can chip away at and destroy your service body. You might need sprayed-on powder coating on your bed or composite materials that will not easily rust or be damaged.
- Where will you be using the vehicle?
If you are planning to use your truck in very corrosive environments or even for off-road projects, you will need to take into consideration quality of the steel being used on the chassis and any additional upfitting changes that will need to take place so that the vehicle is not damaged.
Find the best upfitting services at Camco Wheel & Axle.
At Camco Wheel & Axle, it is our goal to provide the highest level of upfitting services and customer satisfaction available. Contact our Pharr office today at (956) 781-4800 for more information on our affordable commercial vehicle upfitting services.