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Truck Body Types: An Overview

If you own your own business, chances are you don’t have time to run the logistics and do all the work too.

This is why you rely on having good team members and good tools to help make sure the work gets done.

Having a good truck can also ensure that your projects make it from point A to point B. Also, every industry has their necessary truck body types. To learn more about each one, read on:

A flatbed is a truck body that only has a chassis. These can be used to haul different kinds of materials. They usually consist of different ropes and sheets to help hold down the cargo you are hauling.

These bodies are also good for add-ons. If you want to build your own custom body, flatbeds are a good place to start.

A van body can be used for different industries. From landscaping to furniture, these bodies will haul it all. These are useful when you want to keep whatever you are moving away from intense sun, rain, or snow.

These bodies are also known to be very cost efficient to buy or rent. What’s great about these bodies is that you can customize them to fit your needs. But it will need some organizing to ensure the bed doesn’t get too cluttered.

A contractor body is one of the most versatile truck body types. It is very popular and used for a wide range of industries. One of the most obvious differences between a contractor body and other types of bodies is the storage.

While it still offers a spacious bed for larger items, it also offers compartments all along the side and back of the truck. These are great places to keep tools and equipment out of the way during your work.

Many of these trucks offer storage spaces that will lock. This is important to keep your more expensive items secured.

This type of truck body is often used in industries such as landscaping or demolition. They are extremely sturdy, and capable of carrying materials that could be damaging to other truck bodies.

These materials may include large rocks or large amounts of sand. These bodies are for professionals who are often dumping materials onto the ground.

These bodies are usually used for the food industry. The entire body acts as one big refrigerator. But they don’t only need to be used for food! If you have any materials that need to be regulated a certain temperature, this is the body for the job.

These can be a little pricey due to this constant regulation – the refrigeration inside of the van is sometimes maintained by another engine.

These are bodies that consist of a tank-like build. They can be used to transport liquids, gases, and bulk materials. Depending on the material you are hauling, you will have the option of your tank being pressurized or insulated.

Hino Trucks Forms Tank Program With Amthor International
Hino Trucks and Amthor International announced today that they have formed a Tank Body Program for the refined fuel, propane, fire prevention, vacuum/septic and all related tank industries.
Hino Trucks nationwide dealer network will now have the opportunity to become a one-stop location for the truck chassis, truck tank and all other necessary equipment as well as future service and parts. These Hino Trucks dealers are being trained on the sales, marketing, installation, service and maintenance of Amthor Tanks mounted on a Hino chassis.
Glenn Ellis, Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Operations for Hino Trucks commented, “As our market share continues to grow, more customers in more vocations are experiencing the low cost of ownership of the Hino truck. Our expansion into the tank market is one segment we see tremendous opportunity for growth and we are pleased to take this next step with Amthor International.”

“We are delighted and honored to be working with Hino Trucks, known worldwide as a quality manufacturer of commercial trucks,” stated Brian Amthor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amthor International. “Our affiliation will offer our mutual customers excellent products, access to the latest in technology and impeccable service. We look forward to working with Hino Trucks.”

Essential Spare Parts Catalog For Your Mercedes-Benz

One of the most cherished luxury in today’s scenario is the car, and one of the most dreamed about brand is Mercedes-Benz. With the passage of time the car has become more affordable and is now present in almost every home. Mercedes has also adjusted its pricing to be more competitive in the market while continuously improving its offers to them.

While buying a car, people consider their budget the first and then go in for other criteria for making the choice. Apart from brand, model and the color there is nothing that people consider, that is, the maintenance of the car.

One of the important sub-category that falls under the heading of maintenance of car is the availability of spare parts. Here, in the technocratic era, it is not difficult to buy a car but what is difficult is getting the spare part in case you require any. Sooner or later there arise a need to look for the spare part of the car for many reasons.

Many of you might be aware though many might be wandering what all spare parts can we need. You therefore need to have a look at the spare parts catalog.

Here is a list of essential spare parts for your Mercedes-Benz.

Under this major we have many parts that are important for the working of a car. These include the spare parts like cabin air filter, AC compressor and condenser. In addition to these, you have expansion valve, heater, and V-belts.

The body of the car comprises of several parts that include bonnet, door, engine cover, frame, mirrors, panels, windows and windshield.

Next come the brakes. These are broadly categorized as brake hydraulics /hoses, disc brake, drum brake and hand brake. These include brake booster, brake master cylinder, vacuum pump, brake in the former category. Brake caliper, front brake disc, rear brake disc, front brake pads, rear brake pads in the second category. Others include brake shoes and wheel brake cylinder.

Wouldn't It Be Nice if Bus and Bikeshare Worked Together?

Last week I got the call I’d been dreading from my bike shop: My bike, which I’d brought in a few days before, and which I use to get everywhere, was beyond repair. After stopping by the shop to pick up the pieces, and going through a brief mourning period, I signed up for a monthly membership with BlueBike, Boston’s bikeshare system.

I didn’t like losing my personal bike – but after getting around on city bikeshare for a week, I feel like I’ve had a glimpse into the future of urban transportation. With a monthly membership, each ride is free, and that’s changed how I get around the city. The biggest change is how much it’s improved bus and train travel. Suddenly, planning bus or train trips is dramatically easier and more flexible. I no longer need the perfect route. With BlueBike stations all over the city, my bus just needs to get me “close enough,” and then I can just hop on a bike and get where I’m going. Or if I’m starting off far from the station, my first instinct is no longer to look for an Uber – instead, I can just bike to the right stop. And I don’t have to give a thought to retrieving my bike later.

After just a week of mixing bike, bus and train, I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be incredible if they were all part of one service? Just as my MBTA Charlie Card gets me free transfers between buses and trains, what if it could also get me on a bike or an electric scooter? It’s not hard to see how this would result in more people getting around on all these types of transportation, and would increase the accessibility and geographic reach of the whole system.

Although I am just truly appreciating it for the first time, the idea of integrating bikeshare and transit is nothing new. Since 2017, Pittsburgh’s transit system has let users take free 15-minute rides on the city’s Healthy Ride bikeshare system, after linking their accounts. In Milwaukee, riders can get a special stickerwith an integrated chip that can unlock Bublr Bikes, and is designed to stick right onto transit cards. Milwaukee buses also announce whether there is a bikeshare station at approaching bus stops. And in many cities, smartphone apps like TransitApp and Google Maps already let users plan trips combining bike and transit.

As it turns out, Boston has a history of making life easier for travelers by combining and simplifying transportation systems. I recently read a book about the birth of the Boston subway system called The Race Underground and learned that originally, Boston’s horse-drawn trollies were run by competing private companies. In 1887, there were more than 20 companies all fighting over customers – and each required a separate ticket, creating a big hassle for travelers. In response, Massachusetts merged each company under one single system. And almost 80 years later, Massachusetts consolidated local transit systems under the MBTA, America’s first regional transit system. These changes made life for riders easier and cheaper by allowing transfers between trains and buses across a wide area, and making transit experiences more consistent and predictable.

Yesterday, I finally got a shiny new bike that I hope will last me forever, but I also know there will be plenty of times in the future when I won’t have it. I wish that for those times, unlocking a shared bike was easier – and that I could do it with my existing Charlie Card, and get everything through just one monthly pass or trip fare. As it happens, right now the MBTA is moving toward a new fare payment system called AFC 2.0that should bring advanced features like smartphone ticketing, and that could (as others have noted) be a good opportunity to integrate bikeshare. There are plenty of good environmental and economic reasons to want this – but I also know that it will just make getting around easier and more fun. There’s no reason why Boston, and cities and towns around the country, can’t make it happen.

Transit Oriented Development on a Small Town Scale
While transit oriented development is increasingly common in major urban areas, smaller communities are also working hard to ensure that public transportation can be a viable alternative to the single occupant vehicle. One good example is State College, Pennsylvania, where the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has been particularly successful in securing transit-supportive elements as part of new real estate developments. In State College and its surrounding municipalities, as in most small communities, there are no ordinances requiring new residential or commercial developments to incorporate any particular transit amenities. However, that hasn’t stopped CATA from working diligently for more than two decades to develop an informal support system, one which has produced uncommonly good results.