It is indisputable that heavy duty trucks play a very vital role in our growing Canadian economy. Commercial trucks come in all shapes and sizes and perform various tasks. Generally, they can be categorized as heavy-duty trucks, medium duty trucks, and light duty trucks. One of the most popular types of work truck is the straight truck. Let’s take a closer look into the things that you should consider before deciding on straight truck rentals.
What is a straight truck? Simply put, it is a truck that has a cab in front and a large box in the rear. Access to the rear cargo is usually from the roll-up door at the back because it is physically separate from the passenger cab. Compare this with a cargo van which has access to the rear hold from the passenger compartment.
Straight trucks, also known as a cube vans, cube trucks, or box trucks, can vary in size but the main design principle is all the same. Its size usually goes from 16 to 30 feet in length. The straight truck is commonly used by movers and courier companies to transport goods, furniture, and other expedited freight deliveries.
If you are looking to rent a straight truck for your business, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Ease of Access
Since the storage of straight trucks usually sit on top of their chassis, getting easy access to the storage hold is important. Check if the area is low enough to carry cargo into it without much effort or if it is too high that it will require ramps. If the truck does not have a ramp incorporated, then ask the fleet maintenance rental company if they can provide the ramps you need.
Location of Rental
Prices can vary among fleet maintenance rental companies even if they are from the same company because of their proximity to your location. Check your local listing for companies that are nearby and inquire if they offer the straight truck rentals.
Once you have found a nearby fleet management company that offers straight truck rentals, you should inspect the vehicle for road worthiness. Check the tires and make sure there is sufficient tread on them. This is important because it can be a significant factor in how well the truck handles different road conditions while carrying heavy loads. Also inspect the exhaust of the vehicle by checking for the color of the fumes. Some dark smoke from the exhaust when starting the truck is normal if the truck runs on a diesel engine. However, bluish-white smoke is a sign of a faulty gasket or a worn-out engine: renting this truck should be avoided. Check the brakes if they are firm and responsive. Remember that drive characteristics will change dramatically when it is loaded up compared to when it is empty so finding a responsive braking system that can handle full loads is imperative.
Take the truck for a test drive to determine the handling characteristics. Expect that it will not drive like a smaller vehicle and some accommodations need to be made for driving a large vehicle. Ask the fleet maintenance rental company about the fuel economy, as straight trucks tend to be gas guzzlers. Keep in mind that when straight trucks travel on the highway, horsepower rules, but in other conditions, torque and traction are more important.
According to the Truck Marketing Institute, as a rule of thumb, “you can estimate its minimum required tractive effort by multiplying the vehicle’s anticipated gross (loaded) weight by 40 percent. A truck with an expected 60,000-pound GVW, for example, would need at least 24,000 pounds of tractive effort. If the power train proposed for the truck comes up short of the goal, add engine torque or a deeper set of low gears in the drive train.”
Thomas Solutions offers straight truck rentals in Ontario. Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email email@example.com for your truck or fleet rental and maintenance needs. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of straight trucks and work vehicles for lease or rent. We service all of Southern Ontario from our locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara, as well as through our growing list of service partners.