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New upfitter options from Freightliner

Dec. 1, 2016
Freightliner announced a series of options that offer truck upfitters with added convenience and improved efficiency and consistency.

Freightliner announced a series of options that offer truck upfitters with added convenience and improved efficiency and consistency.

Speaking at the recent Canadian Transportation Equipment Association’s manufacturer conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Freightliner’s Dan Silbernagel pointed to several new additions that should save time when installing truck bodies and equipment. They include:

• Improved routing and clipping brackets. These brackets are designed to provide dedicated pathways for air, fuel, and electrical lines. They were scheduled to become available in November for M2 106, M2 112, 108SD, and 114 SD models. The routing and clipping brackets can be ordered by the zone of the truck—aft of suspension, left rail, or right rail. The advantage

Dan Silbernagel, Freightliner Trucks

• A 12-volt alarm circuit that power’s an upfitter-installed alarm that sounds when the park brake is not set. This option became available in October.

•  Auxiliary range inhibit enable with jumper. Available now, it offers plug-and-play installation for the body interface. 

•  Access Freightliner has been replaced by DTNA Connect. Through it, upfitters are able to access Freightliner technical information, including Smartplex tools, body builder guides, and Freightliner vehicle resources. Registration is required.

•  Final-stage manufacturers should plan to take advantage of the new exhaust system configurations which now feature single canisters. They free up space along the frame rails and are available in multiple routing configurations.

•  Comprehensive three-dimensional chassis drawings are now available. Models are sent between 18 and 25 days of the factory build date. A nondisclosure agreement and registration with Freightliner are required.

•  Over-torqued zip ties can cause kinks and ripped insulation. To combat that, Freightliner has switched to wider ties to distribute the force over a wider area.

Earlier this year Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), announced collaborations with AT&T and Microsoft Corp to deliver enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services. ♦

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Bruce Sauer | Editor

Bruce Sauer has been writing about the truck trailer, truck body and truck equipment industries since joining Trailer/Body Builders as an associate editor in 1974. During his career at Trailer/Body Builders, he has served as the magazine's managing editor and executive editor before being named editor of the magazine in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.