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Mistakes when Spec’ing & Selecting a Service Body

There is much that can go wrong when spec’ing and selecting the right service body for a work truck.  It can cost you thousands of dollars from lost productivity, possible driver injury, and vehicle downtime due to improper upfits.  Below are some common mistakes when spec’ing and selecting a service body.

Using Real Numbers

When designing and spec’ing a service body, it is extremely important you use the correct measurements and accurate numbers when gauging upfit needs.

Misundering the Job’s need

Often, a fleet manager may not understand the short and long-term purposes a job requires.

Overlooking Organizational Options

A common mistake upfitters often come across is under spec’ing a service body without organizational options like drawer systems, tool cubbies, bins, and other parts and accessories necessary for the job.

Short-Sighted

Don’t focus on the present, think about the future usage of the truck.  The business needs may change and future job requirements may vary depending on regional laws and environmental impacts.  Upfitt for impacts that may happen for any future needs.

Start considering Material Options

Not paying attention to alternative materials to what may be considered traditionally used materials while spec’ing an upfit can get you in trouble.  The DOT limit has stayed the same at 10,000-pounds, so building with lightweight materials such as aluminum and steel can directly impact the payload of the vehicle in a positive way.

Attention to Safety

Never forget the importance of keeping your driver safe.  Safety should be a top consideration during every step when selecting and spec’ing out a service body upfit.

Total Cost of Ownership

Ignoring the total cost of ownership may negatively affect you.  Some materials may have more of an impact on factors such as fuel economy and operating costs.

Would you like more information about upfitting a work truck for your fleet?  Contact one of our truck equipment specialists today at 330-633-6000!

 

 

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