Tool Truck Glossary
If you’re in the tool business now or have ever owned a
motor home, you are probably familiar with some or all of these
terms. If you’re new to the business, considering it, or
would like to use a tool truck in a different sales or service
business - hope this helps!
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dot flooring – durable rubber-like flooring material
with raised black dots about the size of a quarter for better
Truck – The cab of the truck is separate from the “box”
(the body) installed on the chassis. Also called a cab-chassis
truck. Examples are the GM W4 series, the Freightliner FL 60,
and the Chevrolet Kodiak.
truck – see “Box Truck”.
Ceiling – the pegboard on the interior ceiling of the
truck has a chrome-like finish. Most trucks have a white pegboard
– An opening cut in the rear cab of a truck and front
of the body so you can pass back and forth from truck cab to sales
interior without going outside. You’ll find these on the
larger cab-chassis (box) trucks like the International 4300, Chevrolet
Kodiak, and GMC Topkick. Also called a “Pass Thru”.
Plate – Shiny aluminum decking with a raised surface
that helps hold tool box wheels in place. Comes in a 4 x 8 sheet
which is cut to fit. Some trucks even have an entire floor made
of diamond plate, but most use it only in the tool box openings.
Also used as a dress-up covering on fuel tanks and on the body.
Stack – A cabinet made of drawers, literally of “stack”.
Useful for storage of small items, and the top can provide a work
area for repairs and paperwork.
track – Wall brackets for the tool box straps. Most
trucks have E-track placements that allow you to position the
straps where you need them within the display openings, also called
Step – entry assist step located at the door foot well,
slides out electrically to help you and your customers climb aboard.
Step – permanently mounted entry assist step, doesn’t
Shelves – Hinged shelves situated on an angle, so the
shelf can be lifted, revealing storage space underneath. Flipups
also show more of the product to the customer than a flat shelf.
Drawers - Drawers under the bottom shelves, on the floor.
Tie Downs – steel ring used when strapping equipment
to the floor.
– Auxiliary power plant used to power the AC units, lights,
and other equipment with 110 volt requirements. These generators
are similar to those you will find at your local Home Depot. Brands
include Honda, Onan, Kohler, and in the older trucks, Generac.
Generators require gasoline or other fuel source to run independently
of the truck engine. Most gas-powered trucks have generators.
Diesel powered trucks typically do not have generators, are more
often left running at sales stops to power AC units with the engine
Handle – A plexiglass or steel handle beside the entry
door to assist people climbing into the cargo area, often lighted.
– Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Also called GVWR. This is
the maximum loaded weight capacity rating of a truck, in pounds.
GVW includes the weight of the truck, fuel, fluids, the driver,
and cargo. The GVWR less the weight of the truck, fuel, fluids,
and driver is the cargo capacity.
Rack – Hammer sales display item, usually made of oak,
which has holes cut out to allow you to insert a hammer handle-end
Water Heat –This heater is just like the one on your
personal car or truck, and is located in the rear interior of
the truck. The heat is derived from hot water flowing through
hoses from the truck engine. Dealers operating in areas where
it isn’t as cold as say, North Dakota, are able to keep
the interior fairly warm with this heater – as long as the
engine is running. This heater is less costly than an LP furnace
and does not require regular trips for propane fill ups.
Ceiling – this refers to durable elastic cord, also
called bungy, which runs in and out of the holes in the pegboard
on the interior ceiling. It allows you to display small tools
on the ceiling of the truck by inserting the tools into the lacing.
– To lift heavy tool boxes and equipment into or out of
the truck, some weighing more than 1,500 pounds, a hydraulic liftgate
is very useful. The liftgate platform folds up against the body
when not in use. Some brand names include Del, Tommy, Waltco,
and Thiemann. Gates are available with platforms as long as 108”
including an extension.
furnace/LP gas heat – A propane burning furnace located
in the rear interior display section of the body, especially popular
and necessary in the cold states. Puts out more heat than a hot
water heater, which only works when the engine is running.
– Used to hold and display tools, especially sockets, these
are powerful long magnets that can be attached to the ceiling,
shelf edges, or
Thru – see “Crawl-Thru”.
Shelves – shelves that can be removed and installed
relatively easily due to a special latching system. Need more
space above a tool box? Remove the shelves. Sell the box and the
truck looks empty? Install the shelves. Technically, all shelves
are removable if you remove the brackets, but ‘removable
shelves’ are designed to be removed.
shore charging system – When you’re home or even
at a long stop, this setup allows you to plug your truck into
110 volt current and run your AC and lights. Convenient because
you can use your truck without running the engine or generator,
which not only saves fuel but is a big help if you are working
on it late in the evening and don’t want to disturb the
neighbors. It also charges your batteries.
Van – This truck style has its body installed on the
entire frame from engine compartment to rear bumper – there
is no separate cab – and the driver can walk through the
truck from front to rear. Also called a “walk-in”
van. An example is the Chevrolet P30 step van.
openings – openings in the shelving area where you can
display a toolbox or other equipment.
Van – see “Step Van”.
-- An opening made in a cab-chassis truck between the cab and
body that allows you to "walk" from cab to box. While
the opening at
63" is not as high as a step van, it greatly increases the
access to the body
Liners – wheel covers.