6/21/24

NEW INTERIOR! -- The 2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 is a Rugged & Luxurious Truck!


Here's the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4! For 2024, one of GMC's biggest and most durable trucks has received an refresh for its design, and some big tech upgrades! In a competitive segment, is this Premium GMC worth the extra cash? Or should you buy the new competition: the Chevy Silverado HD, Ford F-250 or RAM 2500? Go ahead: CLICK to find out :) Also, be sure to LIKE, SUBSCRIBE and tap the notification bell if you enjoyed this review -- it helps us more than you can imagine! #GMC #GMCSierraHD #carconfections Make sure to follow us on our other social media platforms!
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6/19/24

How to Use a Ratchet Strap - Tips and Tricks!


Ratchet straps are incredibly handy devices, and they are even harder workers when you team them up with some helpers and clever techniques. #ratchetstrap #ratchet #loadsecurement Get your DirtFarmerJay Hat, Mug, or T-Shirt at www.dirtfarmerjay.com! It's a GREAT way to say JUST DO IT YOURSELF! In this episode, DirtFarmer Jay will quickly demystify setting up and using ratchet straps and then share several tips we’ve received from viewers as well as some techniques we’ve developed to get more out of our ratchet straps. Come along on this rapid-paced string of how-to’s ranging from better attachment gear, securing plywood loads flat on the bed of your short-bed truck, combining threaded links and carabiners for convenience, cool accessories, securing excess straps, and protecting your straps in use. Finally, you’ll learn how to loosen a ratchet strap properly, how to untangle a ratchet strap and a couple of methods of neatly stowing your straps so they are ready to go to work the next time they respond to the call of duty. With the skills you’ll learn in this episode, you’ll be even MORE self-reliant. Don’t you just love it when you can JUST DO IT YOURSELF? Follow us on Social Media to know when we’re building projects or releasing new episodes! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtfarmerj Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dirtfarmerjay You can help support this channel by buying our merchandise or supporting us on Throne or Patreon Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/dirtfarmerjay

6/17/24

Dee Zee Underseat Storage Drawer


The under seat drawer is the full width of the back seat and can be opened from either side of the cab. Simply unlock, twist, and pull. As you pull, the lock on the opposite end acts as the stop so the drawer can’t be overextended. The 16-gauge steel casing mounts to existing holes under the seat so you don’t have to drill the frame of your truck. It is finished with our rust inhibitor NRT™ texture black powder coat to match most interiors.
The one-piece drawer utilizes a track system on the base to keep the drawer square and easy to handle. There are 3-plastic dividers that can be positioned at slotted intervals to keep gear organized. There is also a molded rubber mat to reduce vibration noise, protect items from damage, and help reduce items from shifting. Get yours today! www.deezee.com/product/under-seat-storage-drawer/



6/15/24

The Story of GMC


Get ready to take a journey through time with GMC, the iconic American truck brand that has been a staple on roads and job sites for over a century. From its early days as a truck manufacturer in the early 1900s to its expansion into the SUV market in the 1990s, GMC has a rich history of innovation and durability. In this video, we'll explore the evolution of GMC's vehicles, from the classic pickups of the 1940s to the modern, tech-packed trucks and SUVs of today. We'll also take a closer look at the people behind the brand, including the engineers and designers who have helped shape GMC's reputation for quality and toughness. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn all about the story of GMC, a brand that has been a driving force in American culture for over 100 years

6/13/24

Fleet 101: Understanding Truck Tires and Rolling Resistance

 


Do you genuinely understand how rolling resistance in commercial truck tires impacts your operation? Understanding rolling resistance, its impacts, and why it matters is vital for fleet managers looking to enhance fuel economy and reduce operating costs.

Several factors impact rolling resistance, including tire design, pressure, load distribution, road conditions, weather, and speed. Adopting strategies such as selecting low rolling resistance tires, maintaining proper tire pressure, conducting regular tire maintenance, and load management can help minimize rolling resistance.

Read on for more information and tips! Want to make sure you never miss an update from Work TruckSubscribe to our eNewsletter today! 

What is Rolling Resistance?

In simplest terms, rolling resistance is the amount of energy a tire uses over a specific distance. It can also be explained as the force resisting the motion when a tire rolls on a surface. Rolling friction is a key factor contributing to rolling resistance, affecting the energy losses and overall efficiency of a vehicle. It’s a crucial factor in the physics of moving vehicles, directly influencing fuel consumption, vehicle performance, and how fast tires wear.

Rolling resistance impacts fuel consumption and vehicle performance by indicating how different factors like tire pressure and load affect the resistance a vehicle faces.

When a tire rolls, it deforms and dissipates energy as heat, necessitating additional energy (fuel) to maintain speed and overcome this resistance.

According to Continental Tire, rolling resistance accounts for up to 30% of a truck’s fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Whether you operate a small fleet of a few trucks or a large fleet with several hundred vehicles, ANY fuel savings and emissions reductions can add up.

Understanding 'Tire Hysteresis' in Commercial Fleets

No, we didn't start making up words - tire hysteresis happens when a tire flexes as it touches the surface of the road. This process leads to an energy loss that reduces forward momentum. 

This one element can equate to 85-90% of a tire's rolling resistance, according to research.  

Additional Factors Impacting Truck Tire Rolling Resistance

Several factors can affect the rolling resistance of truck tires, including:

  • Tire Design: A tire’s materials and structure influence its flexibility and deformation while rolling. Tires with low rolling resistance typically use special rubber compounds and tread designs.

  • Tire Pressure & Alignment: Underinflated tires have a higher rolling resistance than properly inflated ones. Maintaining optimal tire pressure is critical to minimizing resistance. Proper inflation pressure directly impacts rolling resistance by stabilizing tire temperature, reducing tire deflection, and stiffening the tire belt. Additionally, properly aligned tires will wear evenly and smoothly, reducing friction with the road.

  • Load Distribution: The weight of the vehicle and its cargo also affects rolling resistance. Heavier loads increase resistance, requiring more fuel to maintain speed. Where you place your loads can also increase rolling resistance and uneven tire wear.

  • Tire Deflection: Minimizing tire deflection is crucial for reducing energy loss. Engineering tires to minimize deflection can significantly lower rolling resistance, contributing to better fuel efficiency.

  • Tire Width: The width of a tire plays a significant role in its rolling resistance. Wider tires, which have become more common in recent years, can increase rolling resistance, affecting fuel efficiency.

  • Road Conditions: Surface texture and terrain play a significant role. Smoother surfaces offer less rolling resistance than rough or off-road conditions.

  • Weather: Higher temperatures can soften tire rubber compounds, improving grip but increasing rolling resistance.

  • Speed: The effect of rolling resistance becomes more pronounced at higher speeds, making it an important consideration for long-haul operations.

According to Continental Tire, rolling resistance is one of five sources, including gravity, aerodynamics, inertia, and mechanical friction, which must be overcome for a work truck to move forward.

Why Does Rolling Resistance Matter to Commercial Work Truck Fleets? 

Rolling resistance is critical for fleet managers because of its impact on fuel economy. A lower rolling resistance means the vehicle consumes less fuel to maintain speed, directly translating to cost savings. 

For fleets operating across vast distances, even a slight improvement in fuel efficiency can significantly reduce operational expenses.

Furthermore, reducing rolling resistance contributes to a fleet's environmental sustainability efforts. Lower fuel consumption means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, helping fleets to meet regulatory requirements and environmental targets.

Strategies to Minimize Rolling Resistance in Truck Tires

So, can fleet managers make any impact when reducing rolling resistance on their fleet tires? Can rolling resistance be avoided? Not completely, but work truck fleet managers can adopt several strategies to minimize rolling resistance and optimize fuel efficiency. By implementing these strategies, fleet managers aim to overcome rolling resistance, which is crucial for maintaining steady speed on level ground and optimizing fuel efficiency.

  • Select Low Rolling Resistance Tires: Consider those specifically designed for low rolling resistance when choosing tires. These tires can help achieve better fuel efficiency without compromising safety or performance.

  • Maintain Proper Tire Pressure: Regularly check and maintain tire pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Implementing a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) or automatic tire inflation system (ATIS) can automate this process.

  • Perform Regular Tire Maintenance: Routine inspections and maintenance, including checking treadwear, alignment, and balance, can prevent uneven wear and extend tire life, reducing rolling resistance over time. Replacing worn tires saves more than fuel: it can also help avoid dangerous blowouts.

  • Keep an Eye on Load Management: Consider vehicle weight, how you distribute your cargo, and how much your load weighs. Efficiently managing vehicle and cargo weight can also help minimize rolling resistance. Use load optimization strategies to distribute weight evenly and avoid overloading.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Fletcher

Lauren Fletcher

Executive Editor - Fleet, Trucking & Transportation

Lauren Fletcher is Executive Editor for the Fleet, Trucking & Transportation Group. She has covered the truck fleet industry since 2006. Her bright personality helps lead the team's content strategy and focuses on growth, education, and motivation.

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6/11/24

How they Produce the New Massive and Luxurious GMC Sierra in the US


On this feature of the FRAME, we explore the manufacturing process of the powerful GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan. Let’s discover the technology and features behind those massive vehicles. About FRAME: When business meets engineering, FRAME is your new source of information. From designing, Prototyping, building, or even destroying, our daily life is surrounded by processes of all kinds, each more interesting than the next. But have you ever wondered what's behind all of this? In our videos, you will find: -Explanation and infographics of how things are built, from the most simple pencil to the most complex digging machine. - Stories behind the world's most successful companies -Analysis of future trends in the world of industry, exclusive interviews with industrial specialists, and many more ! We publish four videos a week. Make sure to subscribe to the FRAME YouTube channel to catch us on our next episode. Check our FRAME website at https://theframe.one/ FRAME on Twitter   / frame_official  

6/09/24

NHTSA’s New SaferCar App


Our new SaferCar app allows you to save your vehicles, car seats, equipment, or tires in a virtual garage on your smartphone. If a recall is issued, you’ll get an alert.

6/07/24

Reading Truck Contractor Body Walkaround


We have taken our engineering expertise and your feedback to deliver a Contractor Body ― expanding our offering of durable work truck bodies built with long-lasting American craftsmanship. Our Contractor Body is built to withstand the toughest conditions with its A60 galvannealed steel construction, E-coat primer and powder-coat finish. Ready to perform with its customizable design and workspace so you can work the way you want.

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6/05/24

THE GMC SIERRA | “THE MultiPro™ Tailgate” | GMC


This is THE GMC Sierra. Available with THE World’s First Six-Function MultiPro™ Tailgate and THE dent and scratch-resistant CarbonPro™ bed.​ Learn more at
https://www.gmc.com/sierra

6/03/24

Diesel Dave stands with Highway Products!


“I wanna talk to you about these guys, Highway Products. I've been up to their shop, and these are some of the best people on planet earth. They have the best facility in order to make the best product. They also guarantee it for life. That's the company that I stand with.” - Diesel Dave Diesel Dave (Diesel Brothers | Diesel Power Gear | Sparks Motors) has been to our manufacturing facility in White City, Oregon. He has seen how hard we work to produce the best toolboxes, flatbeds, service bodies, truck & semi accessories and custom boxes for our customers. Add all that up with our legendary lifetime warranty, which we offer on everything we build, it is easy to see why Diesel Dave stands with Highway Products. To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at https://www.highwayproducts.com For over 35 years, Highway Products has built custom toolboxes for professional work vehicles. Our Cross-Frame Box is a popular choice for custom utility vehicles, dump-trucks, semi-trucks and has endless applications for the storage and organization of your tools.