Formulating the right specifications for a custom truck is a daunting task for many fleet managers. This article discusses some factors that you should consider while deciding the right specifications for your custom built truck bodies.
Type of Cargo
A custom-built truck should be designed to suit the kind of cargo that it will carry. For instance, the material from which the body is made will depend on the kind of cargo that will be transported. A clear example is if you want that tilt tray truck to transport building materials. It may be advisable to construct the body using steel. This is because steel is a tough material that can withstand the abrasive impact of building materials (such as gravel). Conversely, an aluminum body may be sufficient if you will be transporting packaged products from a factory (such as electronics). The lighter aluminum body will enable you to haul a larger quantity of goods without exceeding the weight-limit of the custom truck. Aluminum bodies are also suitable for trucks that operate in places exposed to salt water due to their corrosion-resistance.
The chassis is the most important component of a custom truck because the rest of the truck will be built upon it. Consider several factors when picking a chassis. For instance, how long should it be? The choice of chassis is dependent upon how long the service body will be. For example, a chassis from a pick-up truck cannot carry a body that is designed for a heavy-duty truck that is as long as a bus. This is because the pick-up truck chassis will be too short for that service body. Pick a chassis that can accommodate the length of the service body.
You should also ensure that the area between the cab and the back of the cargo area is free from any fittings (such as emissions treatment devices). This is because such mountings can stand in the way of fitting the service body onto the chassis. For example, all electrical wiring has to be re-routed so that it is not damaged when the service body is mounted. These modifications can inflate the budget of the custom truck.
Additionally, pick a chassis whose weight can support the weight of the loaded service body. Check the weight rating of the chassis and buy one that exceeds the weight of the cargo that you intend to transport. That excess weight capacity will accommodate the weight of tools and other supplies that the truck must have while it is on the road (such as spare tyres).
Discuss your needs with a custom truck builder so that he or she helps you to select the right specifications for your truck.