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2011 NTEA Work Truck Show

Hardworking Solutions

Mark Williams
Sep 3, 2011
Customers at the National Truck Equipment Association's trade show typically are commercial truck and fleet owners looking for ways to get their vehicles to work harder, cheaper, smarter, and longer. As a consequence, the show floor is a mix of equipment for big-rigs and problem-solvers for lighter-duty trucks. This segment of the auto world has made the biggest strides in the exploration of alternative fuels and powertrain technologies. Large, heavy-duty vehicles are designed to handle extreme service and duty cycles so that big and bulky technology will have less overall impact. We kept an eye out for interesting products that might make any truck guy's life a little easier or provide a peek into future truck technology. If you want to know more about next year's show, go to or call 800/441-6832.
Roush CleanTech for V-10
One of the easiest ways to improve any bottom line is to decrease the cost of the fuel your truck is using, and that can also provide cleaner emissions. Roush's liquid propane conversion kits offer Class 4 and 5 Ford users the chance to make gas-hungry 6.8-liter V-10s less expensive and cleaner to operate. Enjoy 30- to 40-percent fuel-cost savings with reduced maintenance costs. Prices vary, but figure around $10,000 for the basic conversion.
Photo 2/16   |   Roush Cleantech
A.R.E. Space Kap
The Space Kap provides plenty of interior room for those who use their pickup like a cargo van, and it comes with double rear doors. The units come in 6- and 8-foot lengths, offer double-wall construction for refrigerated or heated interiors, and have a tie-down system that allows them to be installed or removed in minutes. There's even an optional ladder rack that can be reinforced to carry 200 pounds. Prices start around $6000.
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Driveline Fuse
For those hauling big loads, commercially or recreationally, there can be a lot of force going through your driveline that, if not monitored, could do serious damage to the transmission or axle housing internals. If you think your duty cycles (at work or play) could benefit, the Power Train Saver could save your ring and pinion and axle shafts. It is an easily repairable fuse-like link designed to let go right before any of the more important parts explode. Pricing starts around $250.
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Access Your Load
For those pickup owners who didn't buy a Ford truck with the integrated tailgate step, there are Truck Steps from TailGate Master. This heavy-duty, quick-connect system gives you solid, ladder-like access into the truck's cargo area, and comes with an easy-grip support rail. Prices range from $150 to $300.
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TailGate Master
Volt Strategy for Trucks
ALTe has done an electric vehicle conversion on an F-150. A small gasoline engine acts like a generator to keep the hefty battery packs charged so they can supply power to dual electric motors. The series electric hybrid uses a 20-kW-hour lithium-ion battery pack and can effectively improve fuel economy (based on a normal 60-mile-per-day city route) to more than 50 mpg. That translates into a 400-mile range until it needs to be plugged in or refilled with gasoline.
Photo 6/16   |   8 ALTe Electric Pickups
Dump Truck Insert
Turn your pickup truck into a dump truck with the EZ Dumper. Offered in both 6- and 8-foot steel or aluminum beds, the EZ Dumper hauls up to 6000 pounds and uses a 12-volt remote control, allowing a single hydraulic arm to power the insert bed up and down. The EZ Dumper can be installed in two hours and starts around $3000.
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EZ Dumper
866/967-DUMP (3567)
Let There Be Light
The Stryker spotlight system offers HID tech-nology that translates into 500,000 candlepower (it'll throw light for almost a half mile) while drawing only 5.5 amps from the electrical system. Likewise, the remote-control capability allows for more than 360-degree rotation from inside your truck. Each black, white, or chrome unit can be permanently or magnetically mounted and lists for under $300.
Photo 8/16   |   Stryker Chrome HID
Go Light
Lock Up Your Tail
Master Lock's line of truck locks is specifically made for people who use their pickups for work and personal duty and worry about tailgate theft. This tailgate locking system prevents a tailgate from being separated from the bed attach points. The small lock retails for about $30 and installs in seconds.
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Master Lock
Mind Your Own Business
The Truck Office is designed specifically for those who need their pickup to also serve as an office. Options include power inverters, printers, laptop housing, lockable storage, filing cabinet, slideout drawers, and more. The unit will fit in Ford and GM extended- or crew-cab models and weighs about 200 pounds. Each Truck Office starts at around $2000 but can climb quickly depending on how you customize.
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Truck Office USA
Swingout Storage
Secure storage is always a concern when pulling up to or leaving your truck overnight at a work site, but UnderCover has designed a clever swingout storage case that effectively acts like a lockable saddlebag in your pickup's bed. It's easy to install, secure, and lightweight, and it won't get in the way of plywood or plank materials. Figure less than $400 for two.
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Top 5 coolest trucks
1. TerraStar 4x4
The latest version of International's downsized TerraStar is now offered with heavy-duty AWD capability. Taking advantage of the limited competition in Class 4 and 5 (only Ford's F-450/550 and Ram Truck's 4500/5500 are doing well in that category), International's new "little" trucks might be an indication the company is one step closer to eventually offering light-duty pickups. Regardless, the TerraStars are likely to do quite well with the strong 6.4-liter V-8 MaxxForce 7 turbodiesel and Allison 1000 transmission. Output is rated at 300 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.
Photo 12/16   |   D TerraStar 4x4
2. Ram HD 5500
This 5500 Ram HD chassis cab Quad Cab has some major body mods behind the cab. How can you tell this isn't a one-ton? The front tow hooks, and the DEF filler tube (3/4- and one-tons don't come with either, but 4500/5500s do). The truck uses Switch-N-Go's hydraulically controlled cantilever platform, which will swing out and lower any cargo, resting it behind the truck. The custom, detachable bed was from a one-ton Ram HD 3500 and was resectioned to fit the 5500 frame.
Photo 13/16   |   B RAM HD 5500
3. A Clean Econoline Pickup
This classic is actually an Econoline van from the early 1960s in one of our favorite configurations-the pickup. Almost 20 percent of Econoline vans had a pickup bed when they were first introduced in 1961. This one has a 144-cubic-inch I-6 that sits between the two front seats. It was built at Ford's Lorain Assembly Plant in Lorain, Ohio, and cost less than $2000 when new.
Photo 14/16   |   C Ford Econoline Pickup
4. Bulletproof SSV
SSV's Avenger is a tactical armored transport that started life as a shortened Super Duty F-450. It has a custom reinforced frame and suspension, and fully armored body. Driver and passenger doors have gun ports. The roof can be ordered with a gun turret or ceiling hatch. With all the bulletproof plating, the Avenger probably weighs in at around 13,000 pounds and has a payload near 2500. SSV will also armor and reinforce normal SUVs.
Photo 15/16   |   A SSV Avenger
5. The Prius of Work Trucks
This flat-faced cargo hauler from Hino (owned by Toyota) is the first serious medium-duty entry to offer a parallel diesel/hybrid powertrain in a volume vehicle. The 5.0-liter I-4 turbodiesel is mated to a battery-powered electric-drive system (210 hp/440 lb-ft) that offers 20-percent-better fuel economy in normal loaded driving, meeting or exceeding all 2012 emissions levels without the need for urea injection. This is exactly the kind of technology that could
Photo 16/16   |   E Hino Hybrid



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