Don't Overlook These Dump Truck Safety Suggestions

In any construction or industrial environment, safety should be the highest priority for all involved in the operation of equipment. Even though it might seem like dump trucks are fairly safe vehicles to work with, they still require safety precautions and operating precision like any other machinery. Any unit capable of carrying and dumping such heavy loads, that also has moving parts should be handled carefully to prevent accidents on the job site. Below are some tips to keep in mind when operating these enormous pieces of machinery.
  • Stability - Dump truck tipping is a major concern, especially when dumping a load. Be sure to always load and unload this vehicle on solid, even ground; this will lower the risk of any tipping accidents. Having a level, even load to dump and maintaining a safe center of gravity while unloading is essential to prevent tipping. This will all vary depending on the type of material, amount of material, and the weight and length of the dump area itself. Along these same lines, never drive with a raised dump bed as the truck could become unbalanced or hit power lines and result in serious accidents.

  • Questionable Conditions - Due to the risk of tipping and problems with unloading, if there is any kind of question about the operation's safety, use another way to get material including regular pickup trucks if necessary.

  • Even Loads - Starting in the middle of the bed, load evenly outward and fill in empty spots as the loading continues. This allows for safer transport of material and easier dumping at the job site.

  • Load Weight Limits - Overloading us serious, it increases the chance of truck tipping and can cause problems when dumping. Always follow weight limits and know the allowable amount of loaded material.

  • Bed Liners - Using bed liners will help loaded material flow out of the bed more freely when it is raised for dumping. This is especially significant when hauling material that could possibly stick or freeze to the surface of the truck bed.

  • Observation - Before dumping a load, clear the area of people and objects, checking as well for overhead obstructions. One of the most dangerous situations can happen by raising the bed into electrical wires that unfortunately happens too often. It is important to know the raised height of a dump truck's bed to be sure there is ample room to lift before making any such attempt.

  • Warning Systems and Alarms - It is important to learn and understand hand signals, use of the back-up alarm and lights, and other way to communicate with other workers to keep everyone informed.

  • Bed Safety - Never assume that a truck's hydraulics is enough safety when working behind the truck's cab or under the bed. Accidentally lowering the bed can be deadly for anyone working under it. Dump beds should always be held up with props and bed blocks to protect against such accidents. Tail gates should also be locked whenever any kind of work is being performed on that item.

  • Safety Checks - No matter what heavy-duty truck is being used, daily maintenance and safety checks are essential to prevent accidents. Use the vehicle's checklist and be sure that everything is working well, tires are properly inflated, and all safety gear and devices are working correctly. Safety gear should always be worn and all safety protocols closely followed.
Although these tips may seem to be common sense, it is possible to assume that there are fewer hazards present when using dump trucks. Strict adherence to safety procedures and careful attention to detail will keep all workers safe and on the road, ready to deliver that next important load!

Christopher M. Hunter is an expert in commercial specialty trucks. To find out more about Dump Truck Sales, go to the main website at: http://www.centraltrucksales.net/home.

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A-OK Lock System Offered at Harbor Truck Bodies

The VIDEO SHOWS THE BOLT Padlock 2.0, a New and Improved padlock.

A great lock system is offered as an option for our service body and tool box products: The A-OK Lock System, or the All One Key Lock System.

This is a new lock cylinder of high quality components manufactured by Bolt Locks, part of Strattec. These locks are also available in padlock form and the video below shows how those operate. The locks shown above operate in the same way.

Once the ignition key is inserted and twisted, the lock remembers only that key and then you can use your ignition key for all the locks on the service/utility body. Think how great it will be to only need to use that one key for your truck and all the doors on the service body! No more fumbling for the right keys.

Call Harbor at 800-433-9452 for more information on this exciting option--the A-OK Lock System.
To learn more visit the Boltlock website http://www.boltlock.com/ and watch the video below:


Harbor Truck Bodies - Real People, Real Trucks

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.


Rydell Chevrolet - A Harbor Dealer in Northbridge, CA

Rydell Chevrolet is located in Northridge, our dealership serves customers from Thousand Oaks, Burbank, and the Simi Valley area.

You can browse our inventory of new Chevys and pre-owned vehicles, get a quote, research financing, order parts, or schedule a service appointment right on our website. Our experienced, friendly staff at our dealership is looking forward to helping you find the vehicle you're looking for.

As a customer you get both our best price right up front and serve you will love! We know you want it all: a good deal and more importantly, a hassle-free car buying experience too.

We serve as the alternative Chevrolet dealer for Burbank, CA Chevy customers.

Contact Rydell Chevrolet
18600 Devonshire Street
Northridge, CA 91324
(866) 697-5167



Maxon Lift Corp. Launches RA Trailer Side Door Slidelift® Series - Fully Galvanized Standard

Maxon Lift Corp. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has developed a fully galvanized new trailer side door liftgate, the RA Slidelift® Series. The purpose-built design encompasses wide arm configurations for greatest stability and maximum trailer side rail clearance capabilities.

The new level ride RA liftgate comes standard in 3,500 lbs. and 4,500 lbs. lifting capacities. The new design makes use of the full trailer width resulting in large 48”, 60” and 82” wide platforms with depths of 55” and 79”.

The RA  features two hydraulic lifting cylinders with bi-directional lock valves and comes completely assembled and prefilled with hydraulic oil. Additional features include greaseable pins and bushings at all pivot points. Most importantly, for the utmost in corrosion resistance, the RA features a full galvanized finish that is standard for this gate. No additional charges or lead times.

“Meeting our customer’s needs is our first priority”, says Brent Stratton, co-president of Maxon. “Customers asked us for a trailer side door gate built to Maxon standards and that’s what  we proudly launch today – the RA.”

Additional product information on the RA can be obtained by speaking to one of Maxon's Customer Service Representatives at 800-227-4116 or online at www.maxonlift.com/products/slidelift/RA.

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/


A Great Looking Harbor CraneMaster/WeldMaster Combo Body

This great looking Harbor CraneMaster/WeldMaster Combo Body is mounted on a long wheelbase F550; the body is set back from the cab to allow for the mounting of a welding machine and a hose reel. Notice that the welder can be slid out from the carrying position to provide better access to the cables and perhaps to maintain or work on it. The reel system is mounted on the right side of the chassis. This body has the 3 piece cargo space enclosure. Notice the rear barn doors.

The Harbor Truck Bodies CraneMaster is a standardized body that starts as a Harbor TradeMaster Service Body. The right rear compartment includes special reinforcing for the mounting of a crane.

This crane is the Venturo ET25KX, 25,000 ft*lbs with 5,000 lb lifting capacity, electric winch, elevation, rotation and extension. Other options are the ET6KM, ET6KR (2,200 Lb Capacity) and the ET10K and ET10KX (3,200 Lbs Capacity). This unit has the outriggers installed at the rear corners to provide stability while lifting heavy loads and with the boom rest. The Harbor CraneMaster can be modified as any Service Body by adding a Raised Compartment or other helpful options.

Visit our website at www.htbi.net and please call Harbor at 800-433-9452.


Harbor Saw Body - Lots of Cabinets and Interlift Lift Gate

This nice 12 foot saw body has plenty of cabinets and is backed up with an Interlift lift gate.

Concrete Cutting contractors love the Harbor Saw Body. It is as functionally effective as it is good looking. Notice the huge locking compartments to keep large saw blades and other gear out of the weather and out of sight.

The liftgate serves two purposes, one being the obvious one to lift the equipment onto the bed area and the other to provide a backstop to secure the equipment in place and prevent it from rolling off the back of the bed!

Visit our website at http://www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.


9' Harbor Utility Body On 3500HD Chevy Chassis Gets It Done

Greg Martin of Platinum Chevrolet Commercial Trucks in Santa Rosa CA talks about the 9' Harbor Service Body or Utility Body mounted on a 3500HD dual rear wheel chassis. This unit has 22" deep compartments to be able to carry larger tools and equipment along with greater weight because of the dual rear wheel setup.

This body also has stainless steel open top lids, a heavy duty forklift loadable tapered leg rack with outside mount for maximum width, a class IV receiver hitch and more. This is a heavy duty work truck, but still has what in the past would have been called an uplevel interior, but now standard. It is a work truck you will love to drive and it has a similar turning radius and maneuverability of an 8' standard pickup truck.

See more at http://PlatinumChevyTruck.net


Three-Way Chevrolet - A Harbor Dealer in Bakersfield, CA

Three-Way Automotive is a Bakersfield Chevrolet and Cadillac new and used car dealer all in one location. If you're looking for a new or used Chevrolet or Cadillac dealership, we are conveniently located in the heart of the Central Valley, California. Three-Way Automotive Group, California's #1 volume Chevrolet dealership based on retail sales, established business operations in February of 1956 as Three-Way Chevrolet Company. Over 55 years in business makes us your regional Chevy-Cadillac authority on anything from Chevy sales and service to leasing a new Cadillac XTS.


At Three-Way Chevrolet Cadillac we provide a hassle-free environment to research new and used cars with our special financing options. We make it easy to get a quick quote or view our specials and incentives before visiting Bakersfield, all great reasons why you should consider leasing your next Cadillac or Chevrolet from Three-Way. You can see us about parts and service, or just shop our new and used cars in Bakersfield.

Sales:(661) 578-5456 Service:(661) 578-5530
4501 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93313


Lighten Up Your Harbor WorkMaster Body!

Easily find your stuff in this bright interior of this Harbor WorkMaster, It is all done with very low draw LED lighting. In the custom closeable compartments on the side are several Maxxima M844280 LED Cargo Light Strips. Sweet! Won't have any trouble finding things in there! Then, the overhead are two Grote LED "WhiteLight" Recessed-Mounted Dome Lamps.

You can contact Harbor at 800-433-9452 and visit www.htbi.net for a list of distributors in your area.


Harbor Stainless Steel Dump Bodies from Rugby

Stainless steel dump bodies from Rugby are corrosion resistant and more durable than high tensile steel.

The stainless steel Eliminator LP is built with a one-piece fl oor, dirt shedding sides, a centrally located quick release lever, (fold down side models only) and the patented EZ-LATCH™ system. The unit is designed to provide years of service.

Body Options
Stainless Steel Eliminator LP – Rigid & Fold Down Sides
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     304 SS in lieu of 201 SS (extra lead time)
  •     Understructure Options:
    • Fully Stainless Steel
    • Interlaced
    • Crossmemberless
  •     10 ga 201 stainless steel sides and ends standard (304 available on a special order basis)
  •     One-piece 3/16" AR400 crossmemberless steel floor
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     One-piece sides with no vertical braces
  •     Seamless one-piece front design with 1/4 integrated cab shield with V-bend for added strength
Optional Coal Chute:

Meter asphalt, gravel, mulch and other materials or get a shovel full with adjustable and easy to operate individual or multiple Coal Chutes with single handle lift levers.

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/


Single Slide-Down Ladder Rack - GM Full-Size Vans

Single Slide-Down Ladder Rack - GM Full-Size Vans
Part # 026199KP
GM Single Slide-Down Ladder Rack

Slide-Down Ladder Rack easily lowers ladders to "within arms reach". Easy to use actuator handle pivots the ladder to the side of the van for safe, efficient operation. Adjustable to fit different extension ladders up to 32ft.
Features & Benefits

  •     Hydraulic assist for additional ease of use
  •     Zinc plated and powder coated for maximum outdoor protection
  •     Ladder contact areas protected with vinyl covered stops and anti-skid strips
  •     Padlock feature for security

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/


GMC Introduces New, Easy-to-Use Trailering App

DETROIT – GMC owners can pull off their next trailering chore without a hitch – at least figuratively – thanks to a new trailering guide app available today at the iTunes store. The free app is designed to give GMC customers a better understanding of trailering techniques and capabilities. It, even helps identify the appropriate GMC model for specific trailering needs.

“Our customers believe in the right tool for the job, and this app helps them get the most out of their GMC trailering capability in a convenient and accessible way, whether they’re hauling a utility trailer across town or a fifth-wheel cross-country,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president, GMC Marketing.

The app packages trailering tips and information from the trailering section of gmc.com, including maximum trailer weight ratings by model. When consumers open the app, they can access information either by selecting a specific GMC model or by entering their trailering needs to identify the right GMC model for the job.

Also featured is a dedicated learning center that caters to both first-timers and veterans, with features that include:

  • Trailering 101
  • Hitches and equipment
  • Pre-trailering checklist
  • How GMC trailering technologies work
  • Power and performance information
  • Safe trailering techniques
A third section contains a glossary of commonly used terms, and a fourth category focuses on dinghy (flat) towing. Video content includes Trailering 101 videos developed earlier this year in conjunction with the launch of the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup. Additional “How To” video content will be added over time to enhance the app’s user experience. 

“Even for customers who’ve been trailering for years, our continuing enhancements in features, power and technology make the GMC Trailering Guide App a handy resource,” said Hugh Milne, GMC Training and Accessory manager.

The new Sierra 1500, equipped with a 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 offers segment-best standard V-6 torque with trailering capacity of up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg) and segment-best V-8 fuel economy.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.