No matter its capability as a workhorse, starting the New Year with a dirty, dented, or rusty truck could leave clients thinking less of your ability to be careful and considerate of their own property. (Not to mention, your company logo is much more noticeable on a shiny, up-to-date vehicle.) Whether you're looking for a new truck for jobsite work or pre-construction house calls, these new models and accessories will help you get the job done.
The 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab boasts 143.2 cubic feet of interior space. Along with a new reclining feature, the rear seats also fold flat, move forward, and offer a 60/40 split, providing numerous configurations for maximum cargo capacity and workspace. The Cummins engine, mated with a new six-speed automatic transmission, delivers 350 hp and 650 pound-feet of low-end torque. Dual-rear-wheel configuration is available on the 3500 model. 800.423.6343. www.dodge.com.
For convenience and durability, DAC series aluminum crossover storage units feature dual gas spring lifts, allowing the lid to raise by itself. In single-, dual-, and low-profile beveled-edge lid versions, the units fit compact, full-size, and deep full-size vehicles. Available with a black powder paint finish. 800.643.0084. www.deltastorage.com.
DiamondBack Truck Covers. The Diamond-Back Commercial Series truck bed system's patented truck bed cover is constructed of 1/8-inch-thick aluminum alloy and is capable of bearing 1,600 pounds, or up to the load limit of the vehicle. The three-panel design allows quick access to the truck bed at both ends. Features such as center-panel water channels and a full-compression seal keep bed contents clean and dry. 800.935.4002. www.diamondbackcovers.com.
The 2007 Tundra has been redesigned for more capacity and strength. The new powertrain features a 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, along with high-capacity cooling and electrical systems to help the vehicle manage tow loads greater than 10,000 pounds. Second-row seats double as work surfaces in two-row models. 800.468.6968. www.toyota.com.
GMC. Updates to the 2007 Sierra include five available suspension systems to accommodate any type of driving or hauling requirements. ABS disc brakes and Stabilitrak electronic stability control are available to help ensure safety. Two available V-8 engines offer Active Fuel Management for better gas mileage. Ethanol-burning FlexFuel V-8s are also available. 800.462.8782. www.gmc.com.
Ford. Available in early 2007, the 2008 Super Duty has a new addition: the F-450, which combines axle, powertrain, and suspension capabilities to accommodate a maximum payload of 6,000 pounds and towing capacity of more than 24,000 pounds. On all models, a raised nose and enlarged grille improve cooling and towing performance. Other features include a tailgate step and stowable bed extender for better access to cargo. 800.392.3673. www.fordvehicles.com.
Reading Truck Body. Several new features are showcased in the Classic II service body for 2007. Twice the compartment dividers offer flexibility and better parts organization, while compartment doors feature heavy-duty hinges to protect against corrosion. An audible alarm system with the Latch-Matic wireless locking system guards all components, as well as cargo areas on enclosed bodies. 800.458.2226. www.readingtruckbody.com.
Standard Hamilton Co. The Hi-Sides volume enhancer is designed for use with the Dump-Pro insert for full-size pickup trucks. With the Hi-Sides installed, the Dump-Pro's capacity increases from 2 cubic yards to 4 to 5 cubic yards. The complete hardware system is added to user-supplied and finished ¾-inch plywood sides. The system adjusts to temperature changes, which can cause the supportive non-rusting poly dump body to expand and contract. 866.438.6777. www.dump-pro.com.
Rostra Precision Controls. Featuring a 3½-inch color LCD monitor in the cab, and a waterproof camera mounted on the vehicle, the RearSight camera system provides drivers with a 150-degree view from the vehicle's rear. The camera helps drivers avoid objects in their blind spots and identify items close to the ground. Available for Class 3 to 7 trucks and the Dodge Sprinter van. 800.782.3379. www.rostra.com.
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