Pickups Transform to Jobsite Tools by ProQuest


The dash-mounted computer uses Internet connectivity (Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calling and navigation by Garmin) to bring the office to the jobsite. "Access the Internet to review wiring diagrams or reference documents. Navigate to a jobsite with Garmin's navigation application.

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									Trucks      I   & Transportation

             Pickups Transform to Jobsite Tools
        Whether you need a mobile office or a tool carrier, the
               latest pickup options have it covered.
                                                                          By Curt Bennink

P    ickup trucks serve many diverse roles on the
     jobsite — people mover, mobile office and
tool box, to name a few. Manufacturers recognize
                                                        to virtually anything using their adhesive backing
                                                        or a zip tie,” says Frykman. “One contractor told us
                                                        he tagged his estimates clipboard to help make sure
the need to address the unique demands placed           it’s not forgotten.”
on these trucks, and have developed packages and            Crew Chief is an OEM-installed telemetry solu-
options that allow you to tailor your vehicles for      tion that remotely tracks where fleet vehicles are
maximum return.                                         and how they are operating. “Using GPS technol-
                                                        ogy, Crew Chief will monitor where the vehicle has
Package focused on                                      been and when it stopped,” says Frykman. “Hours
productivity                                            of operation or geographic boundaries can be
   Ford Motor Company recently developed its            monitored.
Ford Work Solutions options for its F-Series trucks,        “In addition, the telemetry box monitors the
E-Series vans and Transit Connect. They are com-        vehicle’s (and driver’s) performance via a direct          Dodge has increased available storage with a
                                                                                                                   center console large enough to hold a laptop
prised of four product offerings: an in-dash com-       connection into the vehicle’s electrical system,” he
                                                                                                                   computer, a lower bin that accommodates hanging
puter, Tool Link, Crew Chief and a cable lock. You      continues. “Now the fleet manager can remotely
                                                                                                                   folders, an upper and lower glove box (above) and
can configure a package tailored to your operation.     monitor fuel economy, jack rabbit starts, engine           even two in-floor storage bins in the rear foot wells
   “All of the features are available individually (a   idle time and even seat belt usage. The dispatcher         (below) of the Crew Cab.
la carte) with the exception of Tool Link, which        can easily identify the location of all the vehicles via
requires the computer to display its list of what’s     the Crew Chief web site.”
missing,” says Bill Frykman, product & business             A Master Lock-developed cable lock mounts in
development, Ford Work Solutions.                       the pickup bed and offers 10 ft. of 3/8-in. braided
   The dash-mounted computer uses Internet              steel cable to lock up generators, compressors, etc.,
connectivity (Sprint Mobile Broadband Network,          stored in the open bed. “When not in use, the cable
Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calling and naviga-        retracts into a spool mechanism, so it’s out of the
tion by Garmin) to bring the office to the jobsite.     way,” says Frykman.
                                                            As with any technology, you need to weigh
                                                        the benefits vs. the acquisition costs. The MSRP
                                                        for Ford Work Solutions is as follows: computer,
                                                        $1,195 with two price plans for connectivity; Tool
                                                        Link, $1,120; Crew Chief, $380 with a $20 monthly
                                                        service fee; and Cable lock, $120.
                                                        Indicate 295 on Inquiry Card

                                                        Everything has its place                                   compatible mobile phone and the vehicle’s onboard
                                                            Storage space is a critical issue when trying          receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety,
                                                        to store and retrieve gear day in and day out. To          freedom, value and flexibility,” Benvenuti points
                                                        address this, the 2010 Dodge Ram trucks feature            out. In addition, the uconnect navigation system
                                                        innovative storage solutions.                              is integrated into the radio and features a 7-in. in-
                                                            “The 2010 Dodge Ram (2500/3500) heavy-duty             dash screen.
The Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer is
                                                        pickups and 2011 Dodge Ram chassis cabs feature            Indicate 296 on Inquiry Card
available with a battery-powered ink jet printer for
document access from the jobsite.                       a new center console with an upper bin that is large
                                                        enough to hold a laptop computer — with an avail-          Designed for multi-tasking
“Access the Internet to review wiring diagrams or       able 115-watt, 150-amp power outlet in the instru-            If you
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