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Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on Its FE and FG Trucks

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

For a limited time, MItsubishi Fuso will install the Mobileye system free of charge on all 2017 FE and FG Series trucks, normally a $1,000 option, the OEM said.

“We recognize that driver efficiency and safety have direct impact on the bottom line for all of our Fuso customers,” said Otto Schmid, MFTA director of product management. “The Mobileye Collision Avoidance System has proved itself in our testing to reduce the number of incidents that trigger warnings for tailgating, lane departure, urban collision, and rural or highway collision by an average of 50%.”

The study conducted by MFTA also showed that where drivers received specific training in system safety detection and operation, reductions were significantly higher. The Mobileye system is aimed at improving safe operation of the truck, particularly in densely populated urban areas where most Fuso trucks are in use.

The Mobileye system’s forward-looking sensors can detect and warn of an imminent rear-end collision at any vehicle speed, with up to 2.7 seconds of advance notice. The Mobileye system identifies pedestrians and cyclists during daylight hours and alerts drivers in the event of a possible collision.

The headway monitor assists the driver in maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle in front, displaying the amount of time, in seconds, to the vehicle in front when that time drops below 2.5 seconds. A green vehicle icon signifies safe headway, a red icon signifies unsafe and the system provides an alert if the time becomes dangerously short.

The lane departure warning alerts the driver when the vehicle departs from the driving lane without turn signals, by displaying a right- […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on Its FE and FG Trucks

Good maintenance practices for steel and aluminum wheels – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 27, 2016
Source: CCJ – Commercial Carrier Journal

Aluminum and steel wheels are practically bullet proof and a daily glimpse for cracks and rust is probably sufficient as long as you take the steps necessary to maintain them.

“If you have good maintenance practices the wheel should last the life of the vehicle, if not longer,” says Brandon Uzarek, product design engineer at Accuride.

If you’re running steel or aluminum wheels, Uzarek says it’s critical to be sure all mounts and surfaces are clean and flat.

Dave Walters, Alcoa field service manager, agrees, adding the most important part of wheel maintenance is making sure the studs, drum and mounting faces are all clean before installation ever takes place.

“Sometimes, excess or foreign material can work its way into the joints and you’ll lose clamping force,” Uzarek says.

Uzarek recommends cleaning the studs when the wheels are mounted and on hub pilot wheels, studs need to be oiled while also oiling the gap between the flange.

To account for any shifting that takes places when the truck finally hits the road, Uzarek advises wheels be re-torqued between five and 100 miles after the initial mount and again every 10,000 miles.

“A lot of fleets do not do re-torques because it’s an inconvenience,” he says.

Walters says fleets can mitigate much of that inconvenience and still reap the benefits of proper torque by taking a 5 to 10 mile test drive after the wheel is initially mounted to settle the joint, then checking the torque.

“If you cleaned them and did everything properly, you shouldn’t have to re-torque them again unless the wheel is removed,” he says, adding this method was included in the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) Recommended Practice (RP) 237.

Re-torquing practices can vary and Chris Putz, […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Good maintenance practices for steel and aluminum wheels – Tech Tip Tuesday

Hino 155 Dry Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week
2017 Hino 155, 14,500 GVW, side mount tank, Bluetooth radio, safety kit, suspension seat, 2 year 60,000 mile Hino Care included! The body is 16x91x96W and includes 1×3 hardwood slats as well as 1 row of E-track. The body also comes equipped with a Maxon TE 25L gate that measures 48 x 791/2. This liftgate has a 2500 lb capacity which will allow you to load a wide array of cargo. You can finance this truck at $42,932 or lease for 60 months at $585.57 per month plus tax and tags. Call or

email us today for pricing and finance options!
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Air Conditioning,Cruise Control,AM/FM Radio,Liftgate,Power Steering,Power Windows,Power Mirrors,Power Locks,Trip Odometer,Tilt Steering Wheel,Backup Sensor System,Cloth Upholstery,DOT Inspected,Heated Mirrors,Steel Wheels,Translucent Roof,Under CDL,EPA Compliant,CARB Compliant

Power Steering, Tilt/Telescope, A/C: New, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows: Both, Turbo; 4×2
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By |December 23rd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Hino Trucks, Truck Sales, Used Trucks|Comments Off on Hino 155 Dry Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

2018 Isuzu FTR to have Dana driveshafts

Dana Incorporated announced that it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck.

Production of the 2018 Isuzu FTR is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 and it will be assembled with a Spicer single-reduction drive axle, Spicer E-Series steer axles, and a Spicer Life Series driveshaft.

The 2018 Isuzu FTR is designed for city delivery applications, such as beverage, box, and refrigerated box trucks. The 2018 Isuzu FTR will feature a low cab forward design for better visibility and maneuverability. It will be powered by an Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, and will also include an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission.

“We chose Spicer axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR due to Dana’s dedication to quality and innovation,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “This truck represents our vision of the future for the medium-duty industry.”

Dana’s driveline components are designed to optimize the 2018 Isuzu FTR’s durability and efficiency. Spicer single-reduction drive axles have been engineered with stronger wheel differentials to absorb shock, providing durability for city delivery applications.

Spicer E-Series steer axles feature a lightweight beam design, weighing up to 69 pounds less than competitive offerings, according to Dana. Spicer Life Series medium-duty driveshafts are precision balanced for reduced noise, vibration, and harshness and permanently lubricated with a sealed spline. These features can reduce maintenance and extend product life.

Dana has previously supplied driveline components and thermal technologies for Isuzu trucks in Japan and Thailand.

“The truck of tomorrow needs to be fuel-efficient, maneuverable, environmentally friendly, and offer a low cost of ownership,” said Skinner. “Dana’s driveline components will help achieve all of those objectives.”

FROM: Truckinginfo.comTruckinginfo.com

By |December 18th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2018 Isuzu FTR to have Dana driveshafts

Tips for Air System Maintenance During Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 13, 2016
Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Across North America, it’s getting to be that time of year when temperatures regularly begin to dip below freezing—and when commercial vehicle pneumatic systems need a little extra attention. With more vehicle systems incorporating the use of compressed air for non-braking functions—including automated manual transmissions (AMTs), emissions controls and advanced safety technologies—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers the following three keys to air system maintenance during the winter months:
1. Worry about the water
“It’s really not the cold itself that brings the most potential for air system trouble—it’s the moisture that’s brought in with it when the compressor draws in air,” said Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, charging group. “If enough moisture makes its way through the air dryer, it creates the potential for condensation within the air tanks—and from there, it can travel downstream, affecting the braking system and other connected technologies.”

If that happens, low temperatures can definitely have a negative impact, freezing the condensed water and increasing the likelihood of component malfunctions in the valves, controls, and solenoids utilized in advanced safety technologies, emissions controls, and automated manual transmissions.

Manually draining the air tanks is a simple and fail-safe step that can help keep the air system moisture-free in winter. Bendix recommends draining the tanks at least every three months for a typical line haul truck, and as frequently as once a month for vehicles with high air demand.
2. Maintain and properly equip your dryer
To prevent moisture freezing in the system, a properly functioning air dryer becomes even more important in cold weather. Unfortunately, winter brings with it several factors that can have a negative impact on a dryer’s capacity for effectively removing moisture from […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Tips for Air System Maintenance During Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

Auto Truck Group Offers Section 179 Advice

Interesting and helpful information for small business owners that use trucks.

The Auto Truck Group is urging small businesses to take advantage of the federal Section 179 deduction on equipment that allows a deduction of as much as $500,000 on new and used equipment purchases.

The equipment must be placed into service by Dec. 31, according to the company. The Internal Revenue Service has capped expenditures at $2 million under the program. Companies can also take advantage of bonus depreciation after the spending cap is reached with a 50% deduction, according to the upfitter.

Source: businessfleet.com
businessfleet.com

By |December 7th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry|Comments Off on Auto Truck Group Offers Section 179 Advice

3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 6, 2016
Source: Ryder

Keeping your fleet on the road is likely one of the biggest concerns in running your business. It’s the only way your customers can get what they need on-time, every time. However, keeping up with maintenance demands is difficult. Breakdowns happen, vehicle technology is more complex, talented technicians are in high demand, and maintenance costs are rising.

Do Preventive Maintenance – Staying ahead of potential problems is the most effective way to keep your fleet on the road. This means making sure you perform regular preventive maintenance at intervals that make sense for your vehicles. Proper preventative maintenance includes changing fluids and filters as prescribed by the engine manufacturer, lubricating the chassis, and the comprehensive inspections of tires, brakes, engines, exhausts and drive trains, as well as electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Cab and body interiors/exteriors should also be inspected, along with refrigeration and cargo-handling equipment (lift and rail gate, e- and f-track). Technicians should also troubleshoot any issues to prevent breakdowns. Driver comfort and convenience features should also be inspected to ensure proper operation.

As you perform preventive maintenance on your vehicles, make sure they are ready for annual U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections as well to avoid any potential violations or downtime.

Schedule all of your preventive maintenance to work with your vehicle’s delivery schedule, so that you will be able to arrange for another to take its place or receive service when the vehicle is domiciled. Make sure you keep a record of all maintenance performed.

If you keep current with your preventive maintenance schedule, you’ll also find you are putting your drivers’ hours of service to best use.

Use Top Quality Technicians – Be confident in the technicians who perform your maintenance. They should […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

Used Isuzu NQR 2012 with 178,000 Miles On It – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week

This week’s featured truck is this used 2012 Isuzu NQR looks like it could be brand new. The truck runs clean, and is ready to tackle any job. The truck features a 16′ Supreme dry van body, as well as as walk ramp and a step bumper. The truck is in pristine condition and is ready to drive off the lot. Call or email us today for inquiries! Stk# 20649
DOT, Power Steering, Tilt/Telescope, A/C: Excellent, Power Locks, Power Windows: Both, Turbo; 4×2
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By |December 2nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales, Used Trucks|Comments Off on Used Isuzu NQR 2012 with 178,000 Miles On It – Feature Friday

How to winterize your truck – tips for trucking fleets – Tech Tip Tuesday

November 24, 2016
Source: FleetOwner.com

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures not only make the roads hazardous for hauling freight during the winter months but can damage equipment and retard fuel economy, too. Here are some tips on how to minimize such winter weather risks. 

Everyone knows operating tractor-trailers during the winter comes with some big risks. But did you know that, on average 467 fatalities are associated with icy driving conditions annually, or that 23% of all vehicle crashes every year – some 1.3 million – are caused in part by inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind? (Those weather-related findings are courtesy Federal Highway Administration research, by the way).

On top of that, cold weather can cause diesel fuel to thicken into “gel” or get waterlogged, potentially damaging a truck’s fuel system and engine. Colder temperatures also affect fuel economy, too, by increasing tire rolling resistance and reducing aerodynamic efficiency, to name just two impacts.

“As winter approaches, we want to equip fleets and their drivers with the best information available for increasing safety on America’s congested and frequently traveled roads,” noted Dean Croke, VP of analytics at Omnitracs, LLC. “With fewer daylight hours and compromised road conditions, seasonal weather creates many challenges for truck drivers.”

Croke breaks down his winter operation advice down into two groups, one focused on drivers and one on equipment. For drivers:

Slow down and be cautious in adverse weather such as rain, sleet, snow, fog and wind.
Always buckle up; safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Keep extra water and non-perishable food in the cab; dehydration and malnourishment can cause weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness, fainting and more, according to […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to winterize your truck – tips for trucking fleets – Tech Tip Tuesday

Bentley Truck Services receives NationaLease leadership award 5 years in a row

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bentley Truck Services receives the NationaLease leadership award at the Spetember meeting in Chicago. 5 yrs in a row, From 2012-2016.

NationaLease’s 72nd Annual Meeting, “Make No Little Plans,” was held on September 18-19 at the Four Seasons in Chicago.

Read the full article here

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By |November 22nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Bentley Truck Services receives NationaLease leadership award 5 years in a row