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DTI Trucks New, 2nd Store Location Is Now Open!
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*710 East 68th Avenue, Denver, Colorado*

Here at DTI Trucks we are excited to announce the opening of a new 2nd store location in Denver off of I-76! Now open, so come over and visit any time!

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So as a truck dealer in the state of Colorado, or any state at that, the battle to sell trucks and understand the laws at the same time can get very tricky.  I encountered a situation yesterday that put me on my heels, and I felt it very relevant to share.  In the state of Colorado, on a single axle truck you are only allowed 20,000 lbs per axle.  On a tandem axle truck you are only allowed  18,000 per axle.  Even if you have a truck that is rated at 33,000lbs GVWR (12K Front, and 21K rear) you are only allowed to have 20,000Lbs pushing down on the rear, and of course only 12,000 on the front. Same goes for the tandems. Even if you have 40K rear axles on a tandem or bigger, they can not exceed 18,000lbs per axle. Each state is different, and it seems to be at the ports that they check these weights closely.  There are exceptions to these rules, so check into your secretary of state, division of motor vehicles to make sure you are compliant.  Thanks for reading, and have a safe weekend!

Roman Carson

Link To Colorado Department Of Revenue, Axle Weight Limits Article <–For Colorado Drivers

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-toxic fluid composed of purified water and automotive grade urea. The American Petroleum Institute rigorously tests DEF in ensure that it meets their high quality standards. 

DEF is a key component of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems which help diesel vehicles meet strict emission regulations.

DEF is available with a variety of storage and dispensing methods. Storage options consist of various size containers such as; Bulk, Totes and Bottles or Jugs.  DEF is available to purchase at various locations like; Truck Stops, Truck Dealerships and Engine Distributors.

Selective Catalytic Reduction Facts –Selective catalytic reduction (SCR), advanced emission-control technology for diesel vehicles, helps light, medium and heavy-duty diesel vehicles meet nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission regulations. In a SCR system, Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is combined with engine exhaust in the catalyst to convert harmful NOx into harmless Nitrogen and water vapor.

SCR Diagram

Beginning with ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel combusted in an optimized diesel engine, hot engine exhaust flows through the diesel particulate filter and then to the SCR catalyst. DEF is injected into the exhaust stream, then the exhaust and DEF enter the SCR catalyst together where they react to convert NOx to nitrogen and water vapor.

SCR has been used for decades in both marine and large stationary diesel engines and is used with heavy-duty highway vehicles in Europe and now, in North America as well. Test have shown that SCR can reduce NOx emissions by 75% – 90%.

Any vehicle for which a CDL licence is required, is considered a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).  I encounter a lot of questions about what trucks require a CDL to drive, and which CDL classification is needed.  There is absolutely tons of information mixed in with misinformed individuals and clouded by CDL laws from the past! It seems like the only people who know the rules are the ones busting you for breaking them right there on the spot!  It is my understanding that ANY vehicle that has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) or GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of 26,000 Lbs or less, assuming the tow vehicle is not in excess of 10,000 Lbs, does not require a CDL. Even if it has air brakes.  Now some states might have there own rules that trump the federal laws, so always check with your state first. I discovered a website called CDLdigest.com, that has a lot of valuable information. Check it out! –Roman Carson

 

Here is a good little bit of information I found on ezinearticles.com.  It is smart as a business to make sure you have adequate coverage of your vehicles, drivers, and cargo, in the event of an accident.  You also want to make sure you are not paying to much, of have overlapping coverage.  Ask your Insurance agent for more information.

Roman Carson

 

Commercial truck insurance offers protection for commercial truck against damages in an accident. Commercial trucks are trucks used by companies to carry cargo. If your truck encounters an accident, the insurance company will pay for the damage costs. It ensures that the cargoes are delivered to the destination punctually. It protects the company from losses by compensating the costs of the cargoes. In addition, it offers compensation for physical injuries and truck repair costs. It will also compensate the loss of revenue due to customer’s rejection of the delivery.

Before getting commercial truck insurance, you need to examine the needs of your business You should ask yourself whether the truck is used to deliver cargoes to terminals and warehouse. In addition, you must ask whether the drivers will load and unload the cargo. You should also determine whether you or the drivers own the truck. If you decide to cover the medical expenses of the truck drivers, make sure the truck insurance covers it. There are many companies offering commercial truck insurance to companies. There are many types of insurance for business trucks including flat beds, and refrigerated truck insurance. When shopping around, make sure you check their reputations. The insurer must have many years of experiences in the industry. It must have a stable financial. You can call the BBB and ask about the insurance company. If it has a lot of customer complaints, you should sign up with another insurance company.

Every state requires the truck drivers to carry liability insurance. There is a minimum requirement that truck drivers have to meet. To find out the minimum liability requirements, you have to ask your insurance agent or refer to the department of motor vehicles website. The American Trucking Associations lists a number of trustworthy insurance companies that offer truck insurance. The premium cost of the truck insurance is determined by the age of the drivers, driving experience of the drivers, numbers of years the company has been operating, usage of the truck, deductibles, and etc. Besides, the insurance company will also consider the DOT safety record and the truck safety program implements by the truck company. You can call the insurance company if you are not sure what is taken into account when calculating the cost of the premium. You can encourage your drivers to improve their driving abilities by letting them participate in a truck driving training school. Participating in the truck driving training school will help you to cut down the cost of the premium.

Increasing the deductible can also lower the premium cost. The higher the deductible you are willing to pay, the higher the discount will be rewarded to your premium. Installing safety features in the truck can reduce the risk of your truck to accidental damages.

Customers that are interested in purchasing commercial truck insurance should compare the rates between different insurers so that you can save money. After conducting a research, you will have found some insurers that meet your requirements. You can get quotes from insurers listed in the narrowed list. The insurance search engine is often used to compare the quotes between different insurance companies.

 

Winter Driving Tips

Now that winter is here the team we want to make sure everyone stays safe on the road with these winter truck and driving tips: 

  • Allow three times more space than usual. Avoid driving in packs
  • Watch for melting or hard-packed snow and side winds
  • Don’t assume your truck can handle all conditions; even with four or all wheel drive, you can still get in trouble on the road.
  • Don’t ask your truck to do more than it can.
  • Plug in the engine block heater on all diesel trucks each night-even when the temperature feels warm.
  • Time is the enemy. The longer a trucks sits, the more crucial it is to plug it in!
  • Avoid cold soaks. Cold soaks occur when the engine fluids and the steel of the engine block drop to the ambient temperatures. When a vehicle sits for more than a day, cold soaks are likely to occur. This puts extra strain on the batteries and starting and charging systems.
  • Be sure that the vehicle is at normal operating temperature when you plug in your block heater. Block heaters maintain temperature;they are not designed to heat coolant from ambient temperatures.
  • When fueling be sure to get a correctly blended fuel with a cloud point additive to prevent fuel filter waxing.
  • Check your tires often. Freezing temperatures usually result in slippery driving conditions and having correctly inflated tires in good condition will help prevent breakdowns and accidents.
  • Ease up on bridges and be careful on overpasses and infrequently used roads, these are the ones that freeze up first.
  • Don’t pass snowplows or sanders on the road, they have limited visibility.