Saturday, September 29, 2018

FMVSS 111 Explained with 2018 Updates | NTEA 2018

FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) 111 is a law coming into full effect on May 1st 2018 which requires a minimum view behind a vehicle which has a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or lower. Watch to learn all the details involved and how backup cameras can help your vehicle be compliant with this new regulation.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fuel your adventures with a fuel tank system from Transfer Flow!

Transfer Flow manufactures aftermarket fuel tank systems for drivers who work hard, play hard, and look forward to their next adventure. When your pickup can tow a 22,000 lb. fifth-wheel across the country without breaking a sweat, don't compromise the quality or performance of your fuel system with a lightweight gravity-fed plastic container. Transfer Flow fuel tanks are manufactured from high-yield 12 and 14 gauge steel hot-dipped in aluminum alloy for maximum corrosion resistance and durability. Choose the tank or tank combination to meet your driving goals and business needs: Replacement tanks, auxiliary tanks in the bed of your pick-up, refueling tanks, or toolbox and fuel tank combinations. With more than 275,000 tanks sold, Transfer Flow is the premier supplier of fuel tank systems in the world. See our entire line of fuel tank systems here:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Up-Tite Cargo Control - Tie Down Points... Where You Need Them!

Discovered at the 2015 ICUEE Show in Louisville, KY, Up-Tite cargo control system mounted on a Monroe Custom Service Body. This is a unique product found on many utility company bodies. It is very easy to locate or relocate hooks or tie downs where you need them.  Here are a few variations of the product carrying tools or securing loads.


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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision to bring ‘Safety Shield 360’ to top-selling models, representing more than 1 million vehicles annually

Infographic: Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision to bring ‘Safety Shield 360’ to top-selling models


Monday, September 17, 2018

Tommy Gate - V2 Series Operation

                                        Operational Video for the Tommy Gate V2 Series.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 Nissan Titan XD: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: No significant changes for 2018
  • Price change: All Titan XDs increase by $700; most option packages see a $25 to $45 increase and destination stays the same at $1,295
  • On sale: Now
  • Which should you buy, a 2017 or 2018? The 2017; incentives have been available on leftover models, but they won't last long
Introduced in 2016 in crew-cab flavor as a new lighter-duty three-quarter-ton option with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins diesel, the Nissan Titan XD lineup expanded in 2017 to offer both single (regular) and King (extended) cab models along with a 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 option. There are no significant changes for 2018 except the addition of a Midnight Edition black trim package. Trims levels for the Titan XD include S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. The Midnight Edition is available for SV and SL crew-cab diesel 4x4 models.

The available 5.0-liter diesel V-8 is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 5.6-liter gas V-8 has a seven-speed automatic, the only one it its class. Both engine options can be had in rear-wheel and four-wheel-drive drivelines.

Titan XD Single and King cabs are similar in size to their Titan half-ton counterparts, but they have larger/stronger heavy-duty underpinnings that offer higher payload and towing capacities across the lineup. Single cabs get an 8-foot bed while King Cabs come with a 6-foot-6-inch bed. Titan XD crew cabs have a longer wheelbase and overall length than the half-ton models and have a 6-foot-6-inch bed.

As something of an "in-betweener," the Titan XD competes with both full-size half-ton and three-quarter-ton pickups. Nissan's intent with the Titan XD was to offer something similar to a traditional light-duty (half-ton) pickup with towing and hauling capabilities approaching those of a three-quarter-ton model, but without the traditional rough-riding road dynamics. photos by Christian Lantry

Thursday, September 13, 2018

DECKED 101 | (Almost) Everything You Need to Know about DECKED

This is a deep dive into DECKED pickup truck and cargo van storage systems : exploring what it does for the customer, how it's constructed, its features and benefits, as well as assembly/installation best practices. While this is intended for DECKED retailers this is also a helpful guide for interested customers as well.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What Spreader is Right for the Job?

No two ice removal jobs are the same, and that is why we offer multiple options to meet your specific needs. With a variety of features to back you up in your ice control efforts, confusion may arise regarding which BOSS spreader is right for you. Below is a description of the similarities and key differences between the FORGE and VBX spreaders to assist you in your decision!


Hopper Capacity: The VBX line offers multiple hopper capacity options to fit your needs – 1.5, 2, and 3 cubic yard capacity

Enclosed Spinner Motor: With a ¾ horsepower stainless steel spinner motor, the VBX gives you all the power you need without the maintenance of a gas-powered feed system. Also, the spinner motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure performance, durability, and reliability.

Hopper Material: The double-walled Polyethylene hopper provides a spreader that is durable, corrosion resistant, and low maintenance.

Standard Tarp: The VBX comes standard with a tarp to protect your de-icing materials from snow and moisture on the job.

LCD Screen In-Cab Controller: To make your life even easier, BOSS has equipped the VBX with an in-cab LCD display controller that allows you to manage spreader functions at the touch of a button. The LCD screen is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

LED Work Lights: BOSS knows that many ice removable jobs take place after normal hours, so LED work lights are a standard feature that illuminate the spreader at night.

Spinner Assembly: In addition to the swing-out feature on the spinner assembly – which makes for an easy removal of excess material – the VBX allows for further spinner customization. Users can easily adjust the height of the spinner to set their desired spreading range.

Additional Accessories:
Pre-Wet Ready: New VBX purchases come standard as Pre-Wet ready spreaders. Learn more about adding a Pre-Wet System to your spreader HERE.

Pro-Lid: VBX spreaders now have the option of adding a weather-sealed, poly-hard cover to protect deicing materials. Pro-Lid retrofits to existing VBX models and is available on the VBX6500, VBX8000, and VBX9000. Learn more about adding the Pro-Lid to your VBX HERE.


Hopper Capacity: The FORGE 2.0 spreader is only available in one size – 2 cubic yard capacity with a minimum bed length required of 6’6.”

Enclosed Spinner Motor: The FORGE is equipped with a ½ horsepower drive motor. Like the VBX spinner motor, the FORGE motor is weather and dust sealed to ensure durability, performance, and reliability.

Hopper Material: Using heavy gauge stainless steel, the Forge provides a strong body that is less susceptible to damage and better prepared to take on the winter elements.
In-Cab Controller: The Forge features a high value in-cab controller that is backlit for clear visibility and ease of use.

Spinner Assembly: The FORGE also provides a swing out spinner assembly to allow for the emptying of old materials.

Additional Accessories
Customizable Features: BOSS allows you to customize features to fit your needs. Optional accessories include the Forge light kit, tarp, vibrator, and inverted V (pintle).

Pre-Wet Capable: The FORGE is pre-wet capable if desired. In order to add the Pre-Wet System, a Pre-Wet capable controller is required. To learn more, visit

Though the VBX and FORGE 2.0 spreaders each contain unique features, BOSS has equipped both spreaders with similar features that are necessary to battle the winter elements.

Tie Down Kit: Both spreaders come standard with a tie down kit that keeps your spreader safe and secure in the bed of your truck.

Standard Top Screen: The VBX and FORGE both come standard with a top screen that prevents any large clumps of material from entering the spreader.

Dump Switch: After your ice removal job is completed, the VBX and FORGE both feature a dump switch that empties excess material effortlessly.

Inverted V Auger System: The inverted V auger system comes standard on both spreaders, and is optional on the pintle chain system. Only the auger feed system comes standard with a vibrator to assist in material movement, as the pintle feed design rarely requires this feature.

As with any purchase, taking the time to understand each product will help you select the spreader that best suits your needs. Contact your local dealer today for further questions and inquiries.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Nissan is Calling All TITANS in new purpose-driven truck campaign

 Nissan is Calling All TITANs

• New integrated marketing campaign seeks to celebrate everyday heroes as TITANs of the Community, TITANs of the Neighborhood and TITANs of the Outdoors
• Campaign developed in response to consumer research that found Nissan TITAN® customers are driven by improving the world around them
 • To kick off the campaign, Nissan has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the National Park Foundation – three national organizations rooted in serving the neighborhood, community and the outdoors
 • In addition to a $1 million donation to each organization, Nissan will actively promote local volunteer opportunities and ways TITAN enthusiasts can get involved through a new campaign website,    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept 5, 2018) – When is a TITAN more than a truck? Nissan’s new marketing campaign, Calling All TITANs, seeks to celebrate everyday heroes using pickup trucks to improve the world around them. These TITANs of the community, neighborhood and outdoors are driving change from behind the wheel of Nissan TITAN trucks.

“We have seen that TITAN customers are the kind of people who want to get the job done and leave their world better than they found it,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, Inc. ”Be it conservation of the outdoors, contributions to local charities or simple acts of kindness, there is a natural desire among pickup truck owners to take action when help is needed.”

Over three-quarters of Americans1 (78%) believe companies must do more than just make money; they must positively impact society as well. Central to the Calling All TITANs movement is Nissan’s commitment and partnership to three national organizations: Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the National Park Foundation. Nissan will donate a total of $1 million to each organization. The donations will be used to support the missions of each nonprofit, helping drive awareness and provide opportunities for Nissan employees, dealers and owners across America to get involved.

“To truly be a Titan, you need a dependable vehicle that can tow, haul and drive through the worst of it. With its rugged capability and Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, the Nissan TITAN is fit to take on any assignment from the heroic to the everyday,” said Fred DePerez, vice president, North America LCV Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc.

“From the grass roots efforts of our local dealers to the great work being done on a national scale, Calling All TITANS gives us a meaningful way to connect the capabilities of our TITAN truck with our current and future customers – the Titans of our world - answering the call when they see a need,” said Tucker. 

Beginning in September, a series of new advertising spots and social media campaigns will highlight the inspirational endeavors of each nonprofit. Additionally, a campaign website,, has been created to provide information on how to donate, volunteer and more.

While this marketing campaign is new, giving back to the community is a signature of Nissan’s business model and built into TITAN’s DNA. Every year Nissan’s corporate philanthropy efforts are directed to nonprofits working in education, environmental stewardship and humanitarian relief, enriching people’s lives in the communities where its employees live and work. Habitat for Humanity Nissan began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 2005, providing a fleet of first generation Titans to assist in cleanup efforts following the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. By the end of 2018, Nissan will have helped build 98 houses and donated more than 145 trucks and over $15.5 million to the organization and its mission for affordable housing. The Calling All TITANs campaign will expand the relationship further with more vehicles, donations and opportunities to drive TITANs of the Neighborhood volunteers to help build affordable homes across America.

American Red Cross From disaster relief to employee blood drives, Nissan’s partnership with the American Red Cross has raised more than $2.5 million in donations over the past five years. Kicking off the Calling All TITANs campaign, Nissan will host a social donation drive in support of preparedness month on Thursday, Sept. 20 calling all of the TITANs of the Community. Future activations will help the American Red Cross connect volunteers to blood drives, smoke alarm replacement campaigns and disaster relief efforts.

National Park Foundation There are few things more naturally connected than pickup trucks and the outdoors. TITANs of the Outdoors are passionate about enjoying and conserving our outdoor resources, most notably our national parks. By joining forces with the National Park Foundation, Nissan will support Service Corps that undertake critical trail and park restoration projects. Nissan encourages all Americans to discover the amazing sights, sounds and adventures awaiting them in America’s national parks.

Central to the campaign will be a series of new advertising spots showcasing the charitable partners, social media activities to raise awareness and the website where consumers can get more information on how to volunteer.

For information on the entire Nissan lineup, visit  

About Nissan North America  In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co.  Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the
Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

About Habitat for Humanity  Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

About the National Park Foundation Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards.  In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Nissan Holds the Line on 2019 Frontier Pricing

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The most affordable pickup truck on sale today will soldier on for 2019 with the same pricing it had in 2018, according to Nissan. The 2019 Frontier mid-size pickup, currently on sale at dealerships nationwide, will be priced from $19,985 including destination fees. While holding the line on price, Nissan added content for 2019: a standard 7-inch color touchscreen on the S and SV trim levels, for one thing. The popular Cayenne Red paint also will be available on more models.

Nissan will continue offering the popular Midnight Edition Package, which includes a gloss-black grille; 18-inch gloss-black wheels; semigloss black step rails; black badging, mirrors and handles; and body-color bumpers. The Midnight Edition is available only on the automatic-transmission SV crew cab in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations with a choice of three colors: Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic or Glacier White.

The rest of the Frontier lineup carries over unchanged, and why not? Nissan still sells plenty of the aging Frontier, which is due for a redesign — we've seen spy photos but not much else so far. The Nissan Frontier is pretty much the only original-sized small pickup on the market now that the Toyota Tacoma and GM's Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have grown.

As before, the Frontier will come in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, in either King-Cab or crew-cab styles. Two powertrains will also carry over: the 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (only available in the King Cab) or the 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6. As before, five trims will be offered: S, SV, Pro-4X, Desert Runner and SL.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018


All vehicle organization systems by nature offer the user some level of organization.Even a basic three shelf system offers more organization than no shelving at all. The density of organization and storage of a Sortimo By Knapheide system makes it the premier organization system in the market today. Keeping your parts and tools organized means less time spent looking for items and the ability to easily inventory them on the vehicle.  Having the right parts and tools, and being able to find them when you want them, results in improved worker efficiency.

Other vehicle organization systems offer limited mobility. This is where the Sortimo ByKnapheide system is unique to the market.

Mobility is made possible through the use of BOXXes. 

Sortimo by Knapheide has many different types and sizes of BOXXes to meet your
organization needs. BOXXes are secured intotracks on the shelves that hold them in place
when the vehicle is in motion. Having the ability to remove the BOXXes from the vehicle and take them with you to the vehicle and out.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Nissan's "Heisman House" campaign enters eighth year with a star-studded lineup

  • Newcomers to the campaign include 2017 Heisman winner Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Auburn legend Bo Jackson (1985)
  • Season's first TV ad, "Calling All Heismans", airs Aug. 30 on ESPN; Nissan Heisman House website is live now
  • New this season is a series of animated GIFs of each Heisman Trophy winner for fans to easily share socially and via text
  • Nissan "fan vote" for the Heisman Trophy winner continues for 12th straight year
  • Nissan fans have accurately predicted the winner 10 of past 11 years
  • Heisman House campaign supports Nissan's now 13-year sponsorship of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award and the Heisman Trophy Trust
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, 2017), Bo Jackson (Auburn, 1985) and Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992) are the three newest recruits to the 2018 Nissan Heisman House, a fictional fraternity that provides fans a glimpse of what it might be like if the winners of college football's highest individual honor lived together under one roof.

Now in its eighth year, the 2018 Nissan Heisman House campaign features 10 Heisman Trophy winners in a series of TV spots airing on ESPN beginning Aug. 30 and running throughout the college football season. The season's opening spot, "Calling All Heismans," premieres tonight during the college football season opener, Purdue vs. Northwestern, 8:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

"The Heisman House campaign has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for Nissan to creatively feature our robust vehicle lineup and innovative technology in front of the massive audience that is college football fans," said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, marketing communications and media, Nissan North America, Inc. "This year, with a strong ad focus on Nissan Intelligent Mobility and our TITAN pickup – featuring America's Best Truck Warranty1 – we're taking the campaign to new heights with one of our most star-studded casts ever."

Returning Heisman House members are Herschel Walker (Georgia, 1982), Mike Rozier (Nebraska, 1983), Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988), Charles Woodson (Michigan, 1997), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) and Derrick Henry (Alabama, 2015).

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Saturday, September 1, 2018