Choosing the Right Chassis

Finding the right balance between use and capability is the key to selecting the best work vehicle for your needs

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Once you choose the right vehicle body for your needs, it’s time to select a chassis to complete your work truck. Again, the possibilities are vast, and establishing the right balance between use and capability is essential to optimizing your operation. For example, gas or diesel; regular, extended or crew cab; two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; and cutaway or cab chassis are just a few of the choices you will need to make as part of this process. 

One of the most important decisions will stem from an understanding of how much weight or capacity the chassis will need to carry and move down the road. Depending on this, you can select from a variety of chassis based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and vehicle classes. However, going “bigger” may not always be the best solution. Larger vehicles may require certified drivers and could also limit how easily you can access work sites and urban areas. 

Finally, you need to consider that this vehicle will possibly become your or your operator’s “mobile office.” Making sure you are comfortable and secure will only improve your productivity and reflect positively on you to your customers.

Next month: Selecting accessories to enhance your vehicle

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NOTE: This is the second in a series of three guest blogs by Mandar Dighe, vice president of marketing for The Knapheide Manufacturing Company. The previous blog focused on how to select the right vehicle body for your work needs.


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