Don't let these three common mistakes kill your next work truck spec

Avoid these unnecessary mistakes, and utilize your resources to spec work trucks properly.


The powertrain design process is not difficult, but is critical that you know how much the completed vehicle will weigh (including trailers for combination vehicles) and that you make realistic selections when establishing your performance criteria. Chassis dealers have access to sophisticated computer programs that will make these calculations for you, but the output is only as good as the information you put in.

Writing a Killer Spec

Designing an integrated work truck is not difficult. It does require that you understand the design principles involved and that you research your requirements before starting the design process. If you take the time to write a killer spec, you will be rewarded with a more productive, cost-effective vehicle.

Learn more about specifying vocational trucks at The Work Truck Show 2014, March 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Work Truck Show educational conference March 4-6 offers 60 educational sessions,including a series of three sequential truck specification seminars:

  • “Developing Optimal Specifications for New Work Truck Bodies and Equipment,” presented by Robert “Bob” Johnson, NTEA director of fleet relations.
  • “Designing Your Next Truck Chassis to Meet the Job Requirements,” presented by Robert J. Aquaro, vice president, TARA Commercial Vehicle Consulting Services (Lake Placid, FL).
  • “Optimizing Efficiency and Performance: Properly Spec’ing Your Next Powertrain,” presented by Joe Johansson, senior applications engineer, Allison Transmission, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN).

For more information about The Work Truck Show, visit www.ntea.com. 

Robert “Bob” Johnson is a former fleet manager and currently serves as director of fleet relations for the NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry.

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