I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
Do you own a utility company? Have you just bought a new truck at local truck sales? Do you want to up-fit (modify) that truck so that it is more suited to your application of transporting tools? You can have the truck fitted with a steel service body, or you can use fibreglass. A service body refers to a utility bed; a structure that provides shelving for organising tools. It also provides anchorage for mounting equipment (such as a crane or a compressor). This article discusses why you should choose a fibreglass service body for your new truck.
It is More Affordable
The price of steel keeps fluctuating on the world market. The high demand for steel in the construction industry has made its price to be higher than the price of fibreglass. Thus, the initial costs of up-fitting your utility truck with a fibreglass service body will be lower than the cost of up-fitting it with a steel service body.
Greater Payload Capacity
Each truck has a maximum gross weight that its engine can handle. This maximum weight should be put into consideration when selecting the material from which the service body of that truck is made. Steel is very heavy, while fibreglass is lightweight. Consequently, you will be able to carry heavier loads (such as heavy-duty generators) if you install a fibreglass service body. This is because the added weight of the fibreglass body will have a minimal impact on the total weight of the truck before it is loaded. This is unlike the steel service body; it will be very heavy. This extra weight will limit the weight of the cargo that you can safely carry in the truck.
The cost of protecting steel service bodies from corrosion adds to the cost of maintaining utility trucks. Fibreglass is not susceptible to corrosion. This advantage may carry a lot of weight if you live in places with salty water (such as close to the coast). You will not have to paint your trucks regularly in order to keep them safe from the corrosive impact of salty water.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should give some serious thought to the material that you select for the service bodies of your utility trucks. Fibreglass has many advantages that you should not downplay. Talk to the truck salesperson in your area and find out where you can have these service bodies up-fitted once you purchase your trucks.