If you are ordering new trucks for your fleet, whether they have flatbeds, crane bodies, service bodies or dump bodies, order the on the RAM 5500 chassis. The Dodge RAM 5500 chassis is one of the strongest chassis available, and will take everything you have to throw at it during the course of a harsh work day. It’s also one of the most comfortable-riding trucks available.

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Whether you work on electrical lines with a bucket truck or have a business where you need a truck body loaded with tools, you might find yourself in a sticky situation. Work doesn’t stop because Mother Nature dumped a ton of snow and ice on you – in fact, you’re likely to be doing more work after nasty storm. It’s easy enough to slide off an icy road, and when you have work to do, you really don’t want to wait for a tow truck if there is no damage to your truck. Winching yourself out of a bind will get you back to work faster, which means you get to go home and warm up faster.

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Van Storage Solutions

Van Storage

If you are tired of taking a long time to find something in your truck – or if your fleet drivers have been complaining about getting work done on time, it’s time to add van storage solutions to your vehicles. Drake-Scruggs installs Knapheide products to make work easier. Knapheide partnered with Sortimo International for their EXXPAND storage solutions. Drake-Scruggs can also install Weatherguard and Adrian Steel van solutions as well.


In most cases, you’ll need shelving and bins to properly organize your tools and inventory. Instead of looking for a wrench or small piece of inventory that rolled or fell into the abyss of “stuff” stashed in the van, you’ll be able to put your hands on exactly what you want, and you’ll be able to do it immediately.

We install modular shelving that is tailored for your fleet and your business. Products available include Shelf Staxx and Flexx Rack. Shelf Staxx features lightweight alternative materials so you are able to carry more weight in tools and inventory. Flexx Rack features drop-down modular shelving. Both systems work with Boxxes, which may be used for tool boxes and van drawers.

The systems are made of fiberglass, which gives you a 25 to 30 percent reduction in weight, which means you are able to add more tools and inventory. The configurable and upgradeable design allows you to change the configuration as required as your business needs change.

Van Storage Bins

Add storage bins by Sortimo Boxxes and Knapheide to the shelving in your van to create a functional workshop where it’s easy to find what you need. The bins slide out from the shelves, making it easier to grab what you need – or you could take the entire bin to the work site with you, thus eliminating many trips back and forth between the van and site. The bins not only slide on and off the shelving, but are secured in place once they are pushed all the way in.

Types of bins include standard boxes, wide boxes, box dividers, stacked boxes with drawers and compartmentalized boxes to hold small parts and pieces. You’ll be able to separate screws, nuts, bolts, and nails by size. Keep other inventory parts related to your job in their own containers, making them easy to find.

Work Faster, Work Smarter

When tools and inventory are neatly stored, you’ll be able to finish a job a lot faster. That means that you’ll be able to head to the next job, and this is important for any commission-based work. If you can do a job that is supposed to take an hour in 45 minutes instead of an hour and 15 minutes, that’s more money in your pocket.

Contact Drake-Scruggs

When it’s time for new trucks for your fleet or time to get your fleet vans organized so that employees are able to work faster and smarter, contact Drake-Scruggs to set up an appointment to discuss your needs. We’ll help you find the perfect solution for your business needs.

Tips for working in the summer heat

If you’re in a truck, chances are you will be spending most of the day out in the summer heat. The chances are high of becoming dehydrated and sunburned, especially on days when the humidity is high. Even if it’s cloudy outside, you could get sunburned. Working in bucket trucks and doing other outside jobs could take its toll on your body.

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Selecting the Right Truck Tool Box

Whether you work for a company and want your own toolbox or you have a fleet of trucks that need to be fitted for a truck tool box, you need to ensure the box is the right size for your needs. Drake-Scruggs carries several types of truck toolboxes, including above body boxes, cross boxes, top lid boxes, low profile boxes, saddle and underbody boxes.

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