Need some help? The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) offers its members free access to extensive vehicle engineering, specification, and design resources.
The NTEA's engineering staff can explain best practices for specifying chassis, selecting truck bodies and equipment for specific applications, performing weight distribution calculations, and conducting accurate payload analysis.
The NTEA also keeps members updated on important regulatory changes, including Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, CDL licensing requirements, and federal lighting regulations.
A wealth of free information is available at www.ntea.com, including a directory of hundreds of suppliers that have products available for installation on work trucks, a glossary of industry terms, and several articles about specifying vehicles.
Another valuable resource is The Work Truck Show, Feb. 25–28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Produced by the NTEA, this is the largest event in North America dedicated to Class 1-8 vocational trucks and equipment. The event offers fleet managers an opportunity to check out specialized equipment and receive training that is helpful in specifying truck chassis, bodies, and equipment.
This year's event will feature the opportunity to compare truck chassis, bodies, components, and accessories from more than 500 suppliers. Many exhibitors also bring engineering and technical staff to answer your questions. An educational conference offers 40 technical sessions on topics such as life cycle cost analysis, new and updated federal regulations, methods for reducing maintenance costs and downtime, vehicle specifications, and updates on new chassis from the leading manufacturers.
The show is held in conjunction with the 44th Annual NTEA Convention. For more, visit www.ntea.com.