Lucas Deal

Articles by Lucas Deal

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

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DOTY Finalist: Blaine Brothers

Clocks don’t mean that’s helped Blaine Brothers much at Blaine Brothers. Sure, all of their locations have them, but they are more decorative than anything. Customer downtime is the only time that really matters. “We try to have 100 percent complete customer satisfaction at all times,” says Kevin McCarty, vice president of sales and marketing for the Minnesota-based ...

CSA and the technician

With three decades of experience in the heavy-duty maintenance industry, Tommy Davis is no stranger to CSA. The aftermarket veteran dealt with the program on a daily basis as vice president of service centers at AMBEST, Inc., and now shares his knowledge on the program and its impact on service as a professional trainer at GTD+, LLC ...

Getting involved in the aftermarket

The heavy-duty aftermarket is an industry of individuals. Talented, driven and financially savvy entrepreneurs populate all corners of the marketplace, and each equipped with different skill sets, these leaders have built strong businesses in an increasingly competi- tive marketplace. But just because a business is in the black doesn’t mean it’s reached its peak. Aftermarket ...

Creating aftermarket adoption

Now three years removed from the RSD amendment’s implementation, suppliers say customers have quickly grown to appreciate the benefits reduced stopping distances provide. “Fleets are starting to see the economic and safety benefits of RSD technology, and drivers in particular are really responsive,” says Ganaway. “They have a vested ...

History of RSD

The story of today’s RSD regulations began in 2005, when NHTSA first expressed an interest in shortening the braking distances for commercial vehicles. Citing a braking distance then nearly double most passenger cars, NHTSA suggested an amendment to FMVSS 121 “to reduce the required stopping distances for the loaded ...

How RSD has impacted the aftermarket

It’s been nearly five years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published its final ruling updating Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121 – Air Brake Systems, and re-introduced commercial trucking to reduced stopping distance (RSD). Written with compliance dates in 2011 and 2013, the 2009 ruling forced ...

Mark your calendars

If you really wanted to, you could attend some sort of trucking and/or distribution trade show every week. Trucking is currently booming with events geared around improving vehicle uptime and profitability, and the aftermarket is an important part of that. But if you only have the time to ...

CVSN announces private strategic planning participants for Summit

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) has announced the nine supplier companies who will host Private Strategic Planning Sessions at its upcoming summit in Nashville, Tenn.   CVSN says the participating this year in the one-hour meetings are: Accuride Wheel End Solutions Alcoa Wheel Products Bendix CVS Federal Mogul MotorParts KIC Meritor Minimizer SKF Stemco, LP CVSN says the ...

Phillips debuts liftgate sockets

Phillips Industries has introduced single and dual pole liftgate sockets with the swivel and automatic disconnect features of its STA-DRY S7 connectors. The new S1 and S2 Single and Dual Pole Swivel Sockets are designed to extend the life of the liftgate charging cable and socket, Phillips says, by ...

Aftermarket interior comfort products from Dometic

Dometic introduced its improved line of portable interior comfort products last week at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Dometic’s new line includes engine-off air conditioners, cleaning chemicals, built-in-cab refrigerators and portable refrigerators. According to the company, its new AC and refrigeration units are energy efficient, easy to install ...