Part 3: Why I Chose a Cargo Van for Expediting

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 6th 2017 9:00AM
This is the final installment of a three-part series to introduce you to each type of vehicle typically used for expediting. The first two articles covered "Why I Chose a Tractor" and "Why I Chose a Straight Truck." Rick Guffey is an owner-operator and fleet owner who has leased with Square One Transport and Logistics since 2015. He owns three 2015 Ram Promaster extended wheelbase, high-roof cargo vans. One is a 2500 model, and the other two are 3500's. So, why did Guffey cho...

Chrysler Recalls Ram Cargo Vans

By: Brandon Green, Staff Writer - Truck Fleet Management
Posted: Oct 14th 2014 5:12AM
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 22,115 Ram Cargo Vans to upgrade software that controls airbags, the manufacturer announced. This action follows an investigation that discovered some vehicle configurations may affect sensors that control side-curtain and airbags, causing accidental deployment. These configurations, designed to accommodate cargo, involve the exclusion of rear-audio and climate-control components next to the sensors. The resulting gaps can generate a...

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

By: Deborah Lockridge, TruckingInfo.com
Posted: Jul 31st 2014 11:37AM
The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works. At a world premiere of the new version of the Vito in Berlin this week, Daimler said it's attacking the mid-size van market with the new Vito model series and that as a "global model" it will come to North America. In a tweet foll...

Cargo Vans for 2013

By: Sandy Long
Posted: Mar 3rd 2013 6:25PM
As cargo van sized expedite loads expand, so will the manufacturers add styles and engine choices to meet the demand. The field so far is fairly even, depending on what the buyer is looking for....

U.S. Xpress Adds Cargo Vans and Straight Trucks to its Demand Critical Fleet

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Posted: Nov 30th 2011 7:00AM
Addition of smaller capacity vehicles comes in response to customer demand for greater shipping flexibility CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – November 29, 2011 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has recently expanded its Xpress Direct Demand Critical fleet to include smaller capacity vehicles, including cargo vans and straight trucks.  The company is presently operating nearly 30 of these vans and trucks and ...

Ram Cargo Van Enters Production

By: Light and Medium Truck
Posted: Sep 13th 2011 4:06AM
Chrysler, LLC’s Ram Truck brand has launched production of the minivan-based 2012 Ram Cargo Van in its Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada. The Class 1 Ram C/V offers a payload capacity of 1,800-lbs. and towing capability of up to 3,600 lbs. The van also features a heavy-duty radiator and transmission oil cooler, along with a front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs. The Ram C/V has a maximum gross combined weight rating of 8,750 lbs. Electronic s...

The Evolution of The Cargo Van

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Aug 21st 2006 10:23AM
The cargo van has also been the first choice (and possibly only choice) of vocational wheels for countless thousands of painters, electricians, building contractors, dry cleaners, carpet installers, etc. It seems as though the cargo van has been with us forever, but interestingly, this vehicle, as we know it today, has only existed for a little over forty years....

Are Cargo Vans On The Way Out?

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Jun 30th 2006 11:49AM
One truckload carrier representative with a background in expediting says, "It probably surprises no one that the straight trucks stand a better chance of staying loaded and busy." "Sure, vans have an important history in expediting; some would claim that the industry was built on the cargo van."...

Cargo Van Power: Gas or Diesel?

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: May 15th 2006 9:12AM
For many years, the diesel engine has been the standard power plant in straight trucks and tractors, but for the cargo van owner-operator, the choice is gas or diesel. The question of which type of engine provides the best performance, economy and longevity remains and the cargo van manufacturers (GM and Ford) keep the issue alive by offering both gas and diesel options....

Cargo Van Pro: Tire Tips

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Jun 24th 2006 8:28AM
When you think about it, your tires are the only part of your vehicle that contacts the road (hopefully), so your very safety is riding on them. By giving those tires a little TLC, it will pay dividends in a safer, more comfortable ride, improve the handling of your van, give you better fuel economy and increase the life of your tires....

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