Cargo Van, Straight Truck, Tractor -- Which is Best for Your Expedited Trucking Business?

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 12th 2016 9:00AM
If you're looking to become an expedite owner-operator, one of the most important decisions you'll make is the vehicle you'll drive. That's because your vehicle -- whether it's a cargo van, straight truck, or tractor-trailer -- determines which trucking carriers you can sign with, what size and types of loads you can take on, and ultimately how much money you'll be able to make (and keep).? But bigger isn't always better and cheaper isn't always more profitable. So, how do yo...

Why Cargo Vans and Sprinters carry $1 Million Liability

Posted: Aug 5th 2016 9:14AM
Here's an Addendum to the current EO Thread "Insurance Coverage and the 'Multi' Carrier Model" or "Why DO Cargo Vans and Sprinters need $1 Million in Liability?" Arguments are certainly made that since FMCSA only requires $300,000 Liability for under 10K GVW units hauling across state lines, why carry more? Short answer:...

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

By: Tom Berg -
Posted: May 3rd 2016 4:22PM
Mercedes-Benz Vans has boosted the available gross vehicle weight rating of its European Sprinter by 990 pounds, to 5.5 metric tons or 12,122 pounds. The Stuttgart, Germany-based builder also said it has raised power ratings for its engines. The higher rating is aimed primarily at operators who require special bodies or conversions of standard van bodies, said Norman Kunz, head of Sprinter product management. European Sprinter payloads currently range from 2.95 to 3.41 metric...

Sprinter expands portfolio with Worker Model

By: Fleet Owner
Posted: Feb 18th 2016 11:29AM
Mercedes-Benz Vans announced the expansion of the Sprinter portfolio by debuting the Worker model. "We are pleased to announce the new Sprinter Worker model, which is every bit as capable as the rest of our Sprinter lineup at an even more attractive starting price: $32,495," said Bernie Glaser, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the USA. "The Sprinter brand is no stranger to hard work and we are making a statement by targeting the heart of the commercial van market by of...

Putting the Sprinter 4x4 to the test

By: Rick Mele - Fleet Owner
Posted: Apr 2nd 2015 3:28PM
A scenic and muddy tour through the Canadian Rockies in the newest version of the Mercedes-Benz/Freightliner van. Getting your hands on a factory all-wheel-drive commercial van hasn't been easy ? while the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 has previously been available in select European markets, they're only now coming to North America for the model year 2015. And with demand for the 4WD version of the popular Euro-style van currently outpacing the German automaker's sales forecast...

Daimler will build Sprinters in the U.S.

By: Jim Mele - Fleet Owner
Posted: Mar 6th 2015 9:39AM
Mercedes-Benz Vans will invest $500 million to build a new van plant in Charleston, SC, and begin production of the next-generation Sprinter there in 2016.  Currently the Daimler van group builds U.S. market Sprinters in Germany. The vans are disassembled and shipped to the U.S. for reassembly in a small Charleston facility to avoid high commercial vehicle duties known colloquially as “the chicken tax.” The new plant will include a body shop, paint shop and ...

Air Heater Systems for Expedite Cargo Vans

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 19th 2015 4:07AM
From November through March, it can get really cold in certain parts of the country, especially for expediters who operate cargo vans. That’s because there’s a lot of air space inside the van, often with insufficient insulation to retain heat. So, if the outside temperature is sub zero, and you’re inside the van waiting on your next load, you may be tempted to keep the engine running and the heater blowing. But idling the engine to stay warm is expensiv...

Congratulations to Sprinter of Fort Mitchell

By: Contributing Writer
Posted: Oct 29th 2014 7:23AM is pleased to congratulate Sprinter of Fort Mitchell for their excellence in Overall Customer Satisfaction. For the second quarter in a row, Sprinter of Fort Mitchell has been named the #1 Mercedes Benz dealership in the United States in overall customer satisfaction, sales, and service. This is quite an amazing accomplishment! For more information about Sprinter of Fort Mitchell, contact Dan Tilley at [email protected] or (888) 858-8292. ...

Daimler to Build Sprinters in US

By: Truck Fleet Management
Posted: Oct 28th 2014 7:06AM
Daimler AG will launch production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in North America, Reuters reported. “We can cover the growing demand for large vans in the North American market economically only if we produce the vehicles locally in the Nafta region,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz vans. “That's why we have decided to produce the next generation of the Sprinter in North America.” But where the vans will be made is an open question; th...

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...

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