Thank You and Happy New Year!

Thank you for your business and your readership in 2011. We think 2012 is going to exceed expectations and be a banner year and we hope the same prosperous thoughts for you. We look forward to continuing to serve you!



The guys who do the toughest jobs overwhelmingly choose the Ford Super Duty over any other heavy-duty truck. To find out why, we travel to the most punishing worksites out there. Learn more at http://www.ford.com/trucks/superduty/weownwork/


"Like Father, Like Son" | 2012 Chevy Silverado | Chevrolet

The 2012 Chevy Silverado HD: built for whatever life throws at you, for this generation and generations to come. For more information visit http://www.chevrolet.com/silveradohd/


New Arrival: 2011 Ford F350 Super Cab 4x4 w/Harbor Service Body

We're showing off a recent arrival to Larry Geweke Ford's commercial truck inventory. This is a rare 2011 Ford F350 Super Cab Gas 4x4 Chassis with a 9' Harbor Service Body with standard stainless steel lids, HD forklift loadable rack, and power locking system. Call Paul Brown, Commercial/Fleet Manager at Larry Geweke Ford at 530-682-7693. Also see their website at www.geweketrucks.com.


Ram 1500 PHEV Fleet to DTE

Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, delivered 10 demonstration fleet Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pickup trucks to DTE Energy of Detroit Dec. 15, 2011. The PHEV Ram 1500 pickups are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region's electric grid. In addition to DTE Energy of Detroit, more than 100 vehicles have been delivered to 16 different cities in the past six months.

Transverse Compartment Adds Value

This is a special Transverse Compartment in the front compartment of an 11' Harbor Service Body. In this case the space is opened up to go across the bed are to the back of the opposite compartment on the other side of the service body. You could also go all the way through if that was needed. Notice how the shelf that lines up with the floor is a permanent steel shelf welded in place and the additional shelves are removable and movable.

The value of the Transverse Compartment is to give more space that can be locked and secured. You lose a bit of the front of the cargo area, but we think you'll agree that it is a very worthy trade-off. This is not an expensive option and Harbor does them all the time in various ways on a number of Harbor products. This is just one of the many modification we can make to our standard products inexpensively to make them more useful for your business.

Give Kimberly and her team a call at 800-433-9452, and visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.


Low Pro Eye Catcher!

Some like them plain and some like them to Bling! Here we captured a truck in final stages being built for Vortex Doors by Harbor Truck Bodies in Brea, CA. They have been buying trucks just like this for a lot of years and their trucks stand out of the crowd, for sure.

First off, they are low pro bodies, so the top of the service body lids is at about the bottom of the rear window, in this case it is 34" high. This is a hard working truck that has a rear (most seem to be in the front) compartment for short welder bottles and the compartment is vented and set up for this task (See it in action on the Vortex website at www.vortexdoors.com). The rack has RackStraps on both sides. Then, a stainless steel vise bracket to the back of the right compartment.

Now we come to the bling! Polished aluminum treadplate is attached to the standard stainless steel lids, and the cargo compartment and backwrappers are covered in the same shiny treadplate. Add to this an unusual, but gorgeous chrome rear bumper and you have one sweet looking truck. Of course, we cannot forget the silver metallic base coat, clear coat paint job! It's a knockout! I'm sure their strategy was more protection from scratched paint and rust, but the bling has other obvious benefits! See more beautiful hard working Harbor bodies at our website at www.htbi.net, or give us a call at 800-433-9452.


Dual Raised Front Compartments Add So Much Storage

Sometimes we need more space and adding raised front compartments can be just the thing. In this case, there are two 60" raised front compartments. Often, we call this a welder body and the welder body comes standard with one raised compartment that is vented and typically used for gas bottle storage. This one does not have the vents and so is used for normal storage with shelving. Based on the design, you can carry some pretty large things or a bunch of parts for offsite jobs, etc.

In addition, this one also has a rear window protector built in and has a Tommy Gate liftgate to make lifting larger or heavier items easily into or out of the bed area. You can also add a rack, master lock system, vise bracket and much more to personalize it for your needs.

Give Harbor a call at 800-433-9452 for more information, or visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.


Another Unique Welder Body from Harbor Truck Bodies

Here's another unique Welder Body that Harbor Truck Bodies just created. It seems that there's no such thing as a standard Welder Body because every welder want something different. Well, here's a 9' Low Pro 34" Open Top Service Body with Stainless Steel lids and with slightly raised front compartments to the standard height of 40" closed compartment style.

This also has a small sized transverse compartment with two compartments for tall gas bottles in storage, while in the main front compartment are bottle brackets and rings for short gas bottles. This also has the rear compartment cut off and an 18" work platform with V-groove on the back plus the standard 8" step bumper.

This is all mounted on a new Dodge 3500 regular cab chassis and makes for a very clean looking rig.

Let Harbor create a unique body for you! Call 800-433-9452


Storage and Space In A Small Package

Here's a single rear wheel extended cab truck with a 9' flatbed with a unique setup of tool boxes. The underbody box is common enough, but the upper bed boxes are interesting. These are underbed boxes mounted on top and the bottom set have fold-down doors like the underbed box does and the boxes on top have been flipped to open upward due to the height to make it easy to use. Great idea! Then we have some short solid contractor style gates around the back to help keep loads on the flatbed section in place.

Let Harbor build you a unique truck! Call 800-433-9452


Rack Options At No Charge

Here's a couple shots from the lot of Larry Geweke Ford in Yuba City, CA so we can show off the difference between the tapered-leg rack and the straight-leg rack. In this case, these are forklift loadable racks mounted on single rear wheel 9' Harbor Service Bodies with standard Stainless Steel Open Top Lids.

Some people need the widest space possible to carry more material, or larger items and for them, the straight-leg rack is the way to go. The only issue is you need to pay attention getting in and out of the cab for tall people. This rack makes an excellent use of the width of the body to give maximum size capacity.

The tapered-leg rack is mounted in the same place on the body, but tapers in to give it a sleeker appearance and the rack section does not hang over the door on the cab, so it may be easier to get in and out. Many also think it looks cleaner and flows more with the lines of the truck.

The good news is everyone has a choice. There is no difference is cost, just design. Let Harbor help you get the exact body and rack combination you need for your business. Call Harbor at 800-433-9452, and visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.


New BedSlide Features For BedSlide Along With New Models

See the 2012 BEDSLIDE Products from the SEMA Show. BEDSLIDE is a sliding drawer tray to access cargo from your truck van or SUV. We now have a 2000lb capacity BEDSLIDE for heavy equipment and cargo management. The BEDSLIDE is the most practical truck bed accessory. See more at http://www.bedslide.com/.


Real People, Real Business - Brea, California

Ken Lindt and Warren Mason of Harbor Truck Bodies (manufacturer of truck bodies) talk about how their family-owned business has worked with Ram Trucks to pool and house upfitted Ram vehicles and how the Ram trucks provide the most capability of any vehicle


2011 GMC Sierra HD Chassis and Diesel Engine | Pickup Truck | GMC

The 2011 GMC Sierra HD has a number of features on its frame and chassis to beef up its trailering capacity. It also does this with a Duramax diesel engine with fuel economy in mind. Find out more at http://www.gmc.com/sierra-family.html.


Ford Transit: Durability and Fleet Testing for North American Customers

The next-generation Ford Transit full-size van will be built in the United States as an eventual replacement for the best-selling Econoline E-series. Sharing the same name and platform as the Transit that's sold in Europe, Asia and other markets, we're putting Transit through grueling durability and real world testing to make sure it will live up the demands of our customers and E-Series' workhorse reputation.


Great Looking 8' Service Body with Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure

This is a 9' Service Body on an uplevel Ford 56"CA Box Delete Chassis. Looks wonderful. The interesting part to show on this is how nicely this shows off the advantage of the horizontal series, which it a no charge option. This makes the horizontal box over the wheels extend to the end of the body and instead of a vertical compartment in the rear, it has a smaller square box below. This option allows a wide variety of tools, parts and other gear to fit in that long horizontal box. It's a great option.

The other interesting thing is that it has a Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, but this one has a permanent top instead of the typical roll top or sliding roof. Notice the light on the inside roof and also how closely the rack fits to the top. It also has a conduit box mounted in the center which is more often mounted on one side rather than in the center.

There are some other minor options, like the Stainless Steel Vise Bracket, but all in all, this is one sweet looking truck!


12' Combo Body Without Rack On Dodge Crew Cab

This truck is a long one. It's a Dodge 4500/5500 Crew Cab Cab Chassis with a Harbor 12' ComboMaster without a rack. A ComboMaster is a Service Body with a 36" work platform on the rear and there are so many contractors who love how that works out for them. Notice the vise on the rear and the wide 8" standard step bumper.

Give us a call at 800-433-9452 to order one for your operation, and please visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.