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A Guide for Getting Started with Medium-Duty Trucks

esther.diaz May 28, 2018

Medium-duty trucks are trucks that are classified as Class 4-6. This means that their gross vehicle weight rating range (or GVWR) is 6450-11793kgs. The usual uses of medium-duty trucks are for pickup and delivery, service bodies and lighter garbage truck applications. An example would be the FRR34L4 series of Isuzu trucks in the Philippines.

These trucks have a wide variety of uses. Medium-duty trucks are versatile because of the customization that is available for them. These trucks are custom made for its application and industry. Most of the time the medium-duty trucks start with only the cab because a separate company makes the chassis and the custom body.

The parts of a medium-duty truck all have a subclassification that makes it more specified to the client. Usually, the dealer of the trucks will systematically pick what is best for you based on what your company does.

Customizations

Specifying the ideal customizations will usually be the job of your dealer. A good dealer will ask you all the right questions as well as try and understand the application of your truck enough to give you the most optimized medium-duty truck you can get. Along with the heavy customizations, medium-duty trucks are old once they reach 500,000 mileage, which will make it worth the price.

Payload

Whatever your company is hauling is one of the main factors in customizing the medium-duty trucks, particularly the body type. Remember that the payload capacity is the GVWR minus the weight of the unloaded truck. Take this into consideration when customizing the truck. If your payload is too large, then maybe a different, stronger axle is needed for your truck. You should also think about the truck frame since it is the backbone of the truck. Medium-duty frames start at 50,000psi.

Environment

The place where the trucks would be driving through must also be a factor when choosing and customizing your medium-duty truck. For trucks that would be used for delivery around the city, you can shorten its body length to increase its maneuverability. Trucks that would be used in the highways, you can consider extending it to carry additional load.

Fuel

Choose your fuel engine wisely! Make sure to look for the most cost-efficient choice for your truck. A diesel engine is more expensive than a gas engine, but it can last twice as long. It is also the better option if you’re looking for raw pulling power for your truck. A gas engine is something that you’d choose if you’re truck will only be used for short trips with light loads.

Driver

Consider the people who will be driving these trucks. Will they be professional truck drivers with a commercial license? Are they knowledgeable about driving a manual car or do they only know how to drive an automatic?

Whether it’s an automatic or a manual, your drivers should be able to drive a truck, because even if it’s customized specifically for its task, human error can easily be the cause of work mishaps.

Key Takeaway

Medium-duty trucks are slowly making its way to becoming the go-to truck class because of how versatile it is. Unlike light-duty trucks that are made as one unit and Heavy-duty trucks being too bulky for some jobs, Medium-density trucks provide a middle ground that makes it a good choice for any job!

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