In many cases, the default is good enough. Forget bespoke clothing—most of us are content to dress off the rack. Many of us order our fast-food hamburgers with everything. And from behind the wheels of our cars and trucks, most of us are fine with whatever is the factory standard.
What do we do when the factory standard isn’t enough, though? If you oversee a fleet of trucks that requires specialization for the tasks at hand, you can embark on a series of modifications that we refer to as upfitting. Distinct from an upgrade, an upfit requires industry-specific parts and accessories that prepare a vehicle for specialized work. We’ll take you through some aspects of upfitting your vehicle fleet and why it matters to make those changes.
What does upfitting tend to look like? It all depends on the job. Utility companies upfit commercial vehicles to include ladders, cranes, and other implements for reaching the high places where lineworkers must do their jobs. Upfitting can even take on a 21st-century tone with office-oriented modifications to trucks and vans for skilled trade workers. Transporting lumber, heavy equipment, or other unwieldy cargo can call for a specially designed flatbed to accommodate their dimensions. When your trucks and jobs call for extremely generous bed capacity, our Extendobed can help. It can offer firefighters, law enforcement, and other working professionals unmatched versatility for carrying cargo and quickly accessing it multiple times throughout the day.
A factory-issue pickup truck is a jack of all trades. That, of course, makes it a master of none. That’s fine for weekend warriors and helpful neighbors. At a professional level, though, working vehicles require specialization. Upfitting doesn’t just make the job easier for the workers who need to complete their tasks. This investment in the tools of the trade confers a sense of professionalism to your business. An HVAC technician who pulls up in a van outfitted for specialized tasks inspires more confidence than one who shows up in a white Econoline that may as well have rolled off a used lot that morning. Being able to do the job more easily means more satisfied workers. And in a seller’s labor market, satisfied workers are more valuable than ever.
Upfitting your vehicle fleet and why it matters is highly relevant to fleet managers. When it comes to versatile upfits, few things matter more than the Extendobed. Our custom truck storage boxes boast over 110-percent extension – extension past the taillights™, up to 3,000 lbs. capacity, and durability that’ll last over 20 years. Contact us today to start upfitting your truck fleet.