Editor’s Notebook: Tech Update Commercial & Residential Trucks

Dec. 4, 2012
Vans, Pickups, Box, Truck Bodies, Truck Services Bodies, Trailers, Truck Accessories (Racks, Organizers, Tool Bins).

Adrian Steel Company

CommercialCurbAppeal.com is an on-line design tool that allows a business to create a personalized identity for their work van or pickup.

It provides small businesses access to the same premium materials, production methods and design options offered to America’s largest fleets. According to company sources, Commercial Curb Appeal makes branding vehicles easy for small business owners. The seamless installation process is managed by Adrian Steel’s national distributor network and can be completed simultaneously with the installation of Adrian Steel interior products. commercialcurbappeal.com

Link Manufacturing

The Link Cabmate is a cab air suspension system for Class 7 and 8 trucks. It replaces the solid rear cab mounts with a cushion of air accomplished with air springs, shock absorbers, air leveling valves and strategically designed brackets for controlling cab movement. The Cabmate absorbs the road shock and vibration transmitted through the frame and solid cab mounts, thereby producing a quieter and smoother ride. Some applications require front cab mounts for better ride and to level the cab.



Master Lock announces a tool to help consumers protect their online data. With the expanded Master Lock Vault consumers can now store and organize a wider range of personal information, save passwords, set reminders for important dates or deadlines, upload documents for easy access on the go, and retrieve cloud-based backup master codes for vault enabled Master Lock electronic products.


RAM Truck

Ram Truck introduces the new Ram 1500 Tradesman. The 1500 Tradesman is equipped with an available class-exclusive RamBox cargo management system. Features include:

• 4.7L V8 with 310 horsepower

• Six-speed automatic transmission

• Spray-in bed liner

• 17-in. steel style painted wheels.


Reese Towpower

Reese Towpower announces Carbon Forged — a new line of patented ball mount bars that increases the towing capacity to help motorists tow more. This innovative forged one-piece construction provides a unique weld-free design and quality finish.

The ball mounts are engineered tough and carry a 100,000 mile road tested stamp of approval, company sources say. Carbon Forged ball mounts also feature the patented Reese Towpower Interlock One Wrench tightening system for quick and easy securing of the hitch ball.


Tommy Gate

The Tommy Gate G2 series is a dual-cylinder, parallel-arm design that uses a pair of hydraulic cylinders to lower and raise the lift by applying direct power to both sides of the platform.

Dual-drive liftgates provide increased durability for rigorous cycling and have relatively low maintenance requirements. tommygate.com


The Toyota Tundra offers changes for 2013 that enhance value and comfort in the full-size pickup truck.

The Platinum package, which was available for the Tundra CrewMax limited model in 2012, now becomes a full model grade. The Platinum Grade offers numerous luxury features, such as heated and ventilated front bucket seats with embroidered headrests and driver’s seat two-position memory feature, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, DVD navigation system, power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, and wood-grain-style interior trim. toyota.com

Weather Guard

Weather Guard hi-side truck boxes deliver greater protection from the elements and vandalism.

The new truck boxes offer drip-

resistant Lock Core, which helps protect against break-ins. Heavy-duty three-point latching system resists theft and vandalism, and close tolerance door fit resists prying.

Other features include:

• Top-mounted removable parts bin that keeps small items organized

• Tool-less quick-release doors adjust from 90 to 180 degrees with QuickClips, and no tools required.