Summer Checklist for Step Vans

Summer Checklist for Step Vans

As stay-at-home mandates continue to extend, delivery drivers are busier than ever. The drivers are working countless hours, the step vans are working in overdrive, and we are beginning to see temperatures warming up. With the change in temps now presents an optimal time to take extra care of your step van fleets during this pandemonium. Let’s review a summer checklist for step vans to ensure your fleet is equipped and ready to handle the additional load.

Summer Checklist for Step Vans

  • Replace all Fluids
    • Replenishment fluids in your step van fleet, including the oil, antifreeze and water, along with transmission and power steering fluids.
    • Oil
      • Make sure your oil is changed regularly. Coming off of the colder thaw/freeze cycle of winter and spring, the cold temperatures can thicken the oil and prevent it from circulating fully throughout the engine. Now is the time to cleanse the oil and prep it for the warmer summer temperatures.
    • Antifreeze and Water Levels
      • Ask your mechanic to check the antifreeze and water levels in your radiator to make sure they are at the correct ratio to prevent the coolant from freezing. You can buy a small antifreeze tester to check the levels yourself, but you should always have an experienced mechanic recommend the initial ratio rather than trying to determine it yourself.
  • Deep Clean and General Maintenance
      • Summer cleaning applies to more than tidying up.... it's a way to freshen up your step vans and utilize the change of seasons to perform a deep clean. Here are some items to focus on during your deep clean of your ISP fleets.
      • Deep Clean
        • Spend the time to bring your delivery or ISP step van up to snuff by getting a deep clean - inside and out. The winter sludge is likely still lingering on the fleet trucks, so it's best to remove the debris to prevent long term exterior damage (rust, graphic or paint chipping, etc.)
      • Tire Check
        • It’s important to care for the focal part that keeps your wheels spinning and business in motion… the truck tires. Many regions of the nation experienced above average amounts of snow and ice, and lower, more frigid temperatures than normal. This mixture can wreck havoc on your truck tires, so it's important to take time to review their condition. As we enter the summer temperatures, the tire treads should be checked and assessed for replacement.
  • Graphics and Paint - Freshen it up!
      • Revamp those graphics for summer! The weather elements from winter (ice, snow, salt from the roads) can wreck havoc on your fleets. Similar to any paint finish, maintaining and caring for vehicle wraps should be part of your vehicle maintenance routine. For a longer-lasting wrap, you should wash your vehicle weekly, however if it is exposed to dirt or pollutants, you may want to wash it as needed throughout the week. Be sure to use a gentle automotive detergent with a sponge or soft cloth while washing the wrap. In addition, rinse the entire vehicle with clear water to get rid of any suds.
        • A question that is frequently asked is “can I take a wrapped vehicle into an automatic car wash”? The answer is technically yes, although hand washing the graphics is safer. However, depending on the brushes at the automatic car wash, they may cause peeling on the graphics, so that’s something to watch out for.
        • Another frequently asked question is about pressure washing your vehicle as part of maintaining and caring for vehicle wraps. According to 3M.com, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.
          • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa)
          • Keep water temperature below 180 °F (80 °C)
          • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern
          • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic

          With any graphics application, maintaining and caring for truck graphics should be part of your routine maintenance process.

      • Another element of graphics and paint is branding. Ensuring your design and graphics are in line with your branding is key. The step van is essentially a mobile billboard for your business, so it should meet brand guidelines.Vehicle graphics are one of the most impactful areas of brand exposure, so we're going to take a look at maintaining and caring for truck graphics. As we have seen over and over, a vehicle wrap is an effective form of advertising with so many people traveling daily to and from work and being exposed to roadways. As an example, most of us recognize many graphics from miles away, which backs up the amount of impressions seen per day - 30,000 and 70,000 views, according to crankycreative.com.
  • Detail Your Step Vans Interior
      • A clean car always runs better... although this may be subliminally, it still seems to be true! Here are some items to clean and sanitize during your "summer fleet cleaning" session:
          • Windows - all windows, backup camera lens, rear view mirror, etc.
          • Seats - vacuum and sanitize
          • Wash the floors - spray out the step van floors
          • Clean/sanitize/spray down the shelves - remove all dust, germs, and grudge on the shelving
          • Lysol - go ahead, lysol the entire truck!

MAG Trucks is the leading supplier of step vans for new and used step vans across the country. Let this experienced team help you select an addition to your fleet and maintain the aesthetic and integrity of the branding. Give us a call and we can pair you with the right truck to fit your needs: 800-888-4614

 


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