Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Good Features to Look for In a Propane Trucks

Propane Trucks are highly specialized vehicles. They are mainly used to transport propane long distances. They also refill propane cylinders for businesses. All of those places that you get propane from need to have it delivered in some way: And those specialty propane trucks are what moves the propane.

While many different varieties of trucks can deliver propane, there are a few consistencies that you will commonly see among the different types of trucks. 

Most propane trucks will commonly have some sort of truck mounted cranes on them to lift those heavy propane tanks. A propane truck will commonly carry a lot of different sizes of propane tanks so they will need a way to unload them, as they will get quite heavy. This is where the truck mounted crane comes into play. Commonly a knuckle boom crane will be used because they are very versatile, they don't take up much space, and they are very strong for their size. They are great for moving different sizes of propane tanks.

They will also commonly have tool cabinets on the truck to store all of their tools and keep things organized. There are a lot of different tools that a propane/gas fitter might need. Sets of different wrenches, clamps, welders, the list goes on. It's very important to have all of these tools in one quick to access, easily organized place.

Finding a good propane truck is a lot easier than you think. One with these features will certainly do the truck, and make a good platform from which to start your own propane service.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

No Propane Trucks at the Cleveland Auto Show

The Cleveland Auto Show was a couple of weeks ago, and there were quite a few nice trucks there. There was a large variety of sports cars, luxury cars, exotic cars, pick up trucks, and there were even a few service trucks there as well. I saw a really nice truck there that was apparently custom built just for the show. It was from a local company that manufactures custom built service trucks of all varieties. They are based out of Carrolton, Ohio, and made a really nice service truck for the auto show. It was an all aluminum bodied truck, which is nice for the weight reduction and rust proofing. It also had a storage system on it with plenty of locking cabinets for tools and other stuff.

They didn't have any propane or LP trucks at the auto show, but I didn't expect them to. They are far too specialized for that kind of thing. I bet that there will be plenty at the convention in Indianapolis, though.

Friday, February 15, 2013

You Can Save Money by Getting Aluminum Propane Truck Bodies Instead of Steel

Saving money is the name of the game in this economy, especially when it come to gas money! The steadily rising prices at the pump are not going to go down anytime soon, nor are they likely to stay where they are. Lets just face it, they’re only headed up. This upward trend feels more like a downward spiral for service truck owners who are paying hand over foot at the gas pump just to keep their trucks on the road. Therefore, many truck drivers working on construction sites and/or service mechanics on the road need new alternatives. These are the people suffering most from rising gas prices because they cannot sell their truck for a compact hybrid car!

Thankfully, there are new alternatives sending the heavy, steel-bodied trucks that get terrible gas mileage to the scrap yard. Aluminum. Yes, it sounds pathetic, a picture comes to mind of aluminum-foil being crumpled up in the palm of your hand, but it is the newest trend to hit the car industry. Currently, all the top car manufacturers are working to improve fuel economy by putting small; fuel-efficient engines into lighter weight, aluminum-bodied trucks. The initial cost will be higher, but the savings over time will blow their steel predecessors out of the water.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Propane as a Fuel Source for Service Trucks

Someone recently asked us if it was possible to use propane to power service trucks. The answer to that one is yes. It is entirely possible to run a vehicle off of propane. Propane is just liquefied petroleum anyway, so yes, basically any vehicle could potentially run off of propane.

The catch to this, however, is the fact that a vehicle's entire fuel intake, pump/injector, and storage system will have to be replaced and retrofitted in order to run on propane. An entirely new propane based system would need to be installed in your vehicle, and for most people, this is just initially too expensive to install and use effectively in order to offset the costs of installing the unit as opposed to the savings of running on propane instead of gasoline.

As an added bonus, propane is also much healthier for the environment than gasoline, and many companies who are environmentally minded or operate as "green" companies use propane in their work vehicles and service trucks.

Monday, November 12, 2012

How to Safely Transport Propane in Your Vehicle

If you need to transport propane in your work, mechanic truck or service truck, then keep in mind that there is a wrong way and a right way to do it. The right way includes taking the proper safety precautions and getting the propane to your final destination in the most efficient manner possible. That is what we are going to show you in this article.

Step One: Keep the Tank Vertical

Almost every propane tank that you encounter is going to have some sort of safety release valve. It will be a black handle or knob that is located near the head of the tank. It is designed to release pressure in the tank but will only work if the tank is sitting in an upright position. To ensure that the tank doesn’t build up with too much pressure while traveling, keep it vertical in your vehicle.

Step Two: Avoid Excessive Heat

When transporting a propane tank in your vehicle, try to avoid an over-abundance of heat. If you do this for prolonged periods of time, there is a chance that a dangerous amount of pressure could build up inside of the tank. Keep this tip in mind, especially if you are traveling in an area that is exceptionally hot.

Step Three: Proper Size

Make sure that the propane tanks actually fit inside of your vehicle. That last thing you want is having it bang against your windows or falling. Also make sure that there are no sharp objects near the propane tank that could puncture it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

How Does Delivery Impact the Price of Fuel?

With most people paying upwards of $50 just to fill up their tank, it makes you wonder how the delivery of gas affects its overall price. In this article, we’ll answer this question as well as let you know how the price of gasoline is determined.

Delivery and the Price of Gasoline

There are several factors that play a role in how expensive gasoline becomes. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Refining Costs: The price of refining diesel fuel can cost considerably more than that of regular gasoline. Nonetheless, it is an expense.

Distribution: When gasoline is shipped from the refineries to the gas stations, this costs money. The amount of money that it takes to ship it belongs to the consumer.

Taxes: State and Federal governments do tax gasoline to a certain degree. This also affects the overall price.

Station Mark-up: Finally, the price that you are paying at a gas station isn’t the “true” price of the gasoline- it is the marked up price by the station so that they can make money. Generally, they will only bump up the price by a few cents per gallon so that they can make money.

There are many factors that go into pricing gasoline and these are the most common ones. Refer to this article if you have any questions regarding delivery and the price of fuel.

Monday, October 29, 2012

How Is Gas Delivered?

Have you ever been pumping gasoline into your vehicle and wondered how it got there in the first place? Do you wonder where it comes from or where it’s stored? If these are questions that have bothered you then don’t worry because we’ll answer them in this article.

Storage Tanks

At almost all gas stations, there are generally two underground storage tanks that are very large and full of gasoline. One of the tanks usually contains a lower octane fuel while the other usually contains a higher octane fuel. These tanks are typically buried deep underground, where the possibility of them being damaged is minimal. From there, transport trucks fuel them up every x-amount of days, depending on how busy the gas station is

Determining Gasoline Grade

So, if there are only two tanks, where do all three grades of gasoline come from? Let’s pretend that you chose mid-grade gasoline. The tanks would both release a certain amount of gasoline each until the proportions were just right to create mid-grade gasoline. If you wanted regular or premium then it would simply come from one tank or the other. There are valves in the gasoline tanks which automatically adjust the fuel coming through to deliver the grade that you chose.