Published: July 2009
1 Cab Protector > Cross Tread’s Cross Guard cab and window protector has a herringbone pattern made from 3/16 -in. diamond floor plate steel. It comes in two sizes to fit full- and mini-size pickups and is finished with a double powder-coated high-gloss black finish. The protector mounts directly to the truck rail bed and has adjustable ears that telescope from 42–75 ins. for hauling wider loads or incorporating a removable rack.
2 Tool Box > Weather Guard’s low-profile side box sits just above the bed rail to keep rear sightlines intact while allowing an extra-wide design for storage space. It comes with an extreme protection lock, preventing against break-ins, while providing a one-touch opening. The box has a heavy-gauge diamond-plate aluminum construction and is available in either a clear or black finish. It matches profiles of full and compact-sized aluminum low-profile saddle boxes and ranges in capacity from 3.1–4.2 cubic feet.
3 Truck Bed Lock > Master Lock’s Truck Bed U-Lock prevents constant shifting of objects being hauled, while also deterring “grab-and-go” theft. It is anchored by a weatherproof master lock and is easily installed and swivels 190 degrees for convenient use to fit into most pickup truck bed stack hole pockets without drilling. The lock is made of a hardened steel shackle with a lock body and has a key cover to protect it from the elements.
4 Fleet Management > PeopleNet fleet management offers a g3 on-board computer to allow mobile communication, onboard computing and fleet management in one. It uses wide-area augmentation system technology for advanced GPS accuracy and works with nearly 100 wireless carriers for high levels of coverage and bandwidth. Over-the-air-programming allows system upgrades without taking vehicles off the road, and its Web interface offers online mapping and two-way data communication. The system’s eDriver Logs eliminate the need for a traditional driver logbook, and onboard event recording allows for effective accident reconstruction and driver management.
5 Underbed Box > Delta’s Pro steel underbed box’s door drops to a vertical position for easier access to load and unload equipment and tools. Its three-point locking system locks the door at the top and both sides to resist break-ins, while its handle has a drill-resistant lock. The box’s aluminum hinge nearly eliminates corrosion, while its cross hatch pattern reinforces the door. It is moisture-resistant and has a 12-gauge rolled-steel door and 14-gauge steel body.
6 Radio > Kenwood’s TK-7102H/8202H radio offers eight channels and two groups for conventional operation, accommodating multiple signaling protocols, including FleetSync. It has backlit keys, emergency Onlycall features and eight programmable I/O ports and includes a microphone, cable and mounting bracket. The radio is designed for enterprise users in environments including taxis, school transportation, utility fleets and construction.