There’s more to fleet management than simply getting your clients the vehicles they need. That’s why we have multiple EV adoption options available as part of our one-size-doesn’t-fit-all philosophy to electric vehicles.
Truck & Upfit Engineering Services for any Industry
A dedicated upfit and engineering team to get the job done right
When it comes to fleet vehicle upfitting, every project brings unique challenges. Whether it is a biotech firm transporting volatile materials, a security force that needs a full array of law enforcement equipment, a utility fleet that calls for complex crane bodies, or a variety of electric trucks and cargo vans, Merchants Fleet makes sure the process goes smoothly and your fleet vehicles conform exactly to your specifications.
With more than 60 years of combined experience, our in-house upfit engineering team applies keen focus on collaboration and flexibility to help you:
Identify the Right Vehicles for Your Application
Spec the Best Aftermarket Equipment
Choose the Most Qualified Upfit Vendors for the Job
Act as a Single Point of Contact Among You, Your Drivers, the OEM, and Vendors
Our goal is to keep you informed and ensure your deadlines are met. Simply stated, whatever you need, we will make it happen.
Truck & Van Upfitting Services for Any Vocational Industry
Our DOT-compliant and ASE-certified Truck & Upfit engineers and branding experts apply the highest attention to detail on every project, prioritizing performance optimization, efficiency, and safety.
We provide vehicle upfitting services for any type of vehicle — Class 1 to Class 8 trucks; light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles; electric, ICE or alternative fueled vehicles; commercial buses, vans, and shuttles; and passenger vehicles. Our team can also provide Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Conversion Solutions.
No matter your industry, our truck and van upfitting services will be tailored to your business, fleet size, and goals.
Benefits of Upfitting
There are many reasons why upfitting your fleet is the right move. Some of the top benefits include the ability to:
Customize vehicles to accommodate your company’s needs/goals.
Every company is different, which is why we offer personalized upfit solutions that are tailored to your industry and fleet size. Whether you’re looking for a few safety or ergonomic enhancements, or you want to customize an entire fleet, we’ll work with you to figure out exactly what you need.
Work more efficiently.
We modify our workspaces, offices, and homes for efficiency — and the same goes for fleets. Upfits are necessary for many types of industries and vocations, including plumbing, HVAC, electricians, construction, and more.
Implement improved safety features.
Rear-view cameras, back-up alarms, grab handles, partitions, and drop-down ladder racks are a few examples of upfits that can enhance driver safety.
Increase return on investment.
Upfits can reduce operating costs, increase routing efficiencies, safely secure goods and inventory, and help prevent on-the-job injuries or accidents.
Increase your bottom line.
Upfitting your fleet can help drive business in terms of brand recognition, having work vehicles ideally suited for specific types of projects, overall efficiency, etc.
Enable your company or organization to handle specific responsibilities or projects.
Don’t miss out because you’re lacking the right upfits for the job.
Elevate brand recognition.
Adding logos, wraps, or decals to your fleet is an easy, cost-effective marketing solution.
Improve driver satisfaction and increase driver retention.
From ergonomic enhancements to the latest safety features, your fleet drivers will feel secure, comfortable, and supported knowing they are prepared for the job.
Popular Upfit Options
Why Add a Service Body?
If you need a workshop’s worth of tools, parts, and equipment to handle on-site jobs, a service body keep things safe and organized. Selecting the right chassis to handle the added payload of a service body is critical and another reason why you should always work with a professional upfit team.
When large items need to be transported, flatbeds are the upfit of choice. Load the cargo from any direction without the constraints of a box. Move construction supplies, heavy equipment, and even vehicles with ease.
If your business needs to transport large amounts of material, such as worksite debris, stone or gravel, these open-box beds can help. Municipalities will often use a dump body to lay road salt and equip the vehicle with a plow to clean streets after a snowfall.
What to Consider Before Upfitting — Do’s and Don’ts
Before you start the upfitting process, there’s a lot to assess. Keep these important questions in mind.
Do Your Research.
What upfits are available? What do you need/want?
Do Look Closely at Your Budget.
What can you afford?
Do Prioritize Which Upfits are Most Important.
If you can’t have every upfit on your list, which ones do you need to optimize your fleet and move your business forward?
Do Consider Your Timeline.
Will you upfit the vehicles individually, in groups, or all at once?
Do Know Everything About the Vehicle You’re Going to Upfit.
This includes weight, potential maintenance problems, fuel type, etc.
Don’t Assume Upfits are a “One-Size-Fits-All” Situation.
Each industry, business, and organization are different.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions or Seek More Information.
If you need clarification or have questions about which upfits are best for you, just ask. There’s a lot of information out there, and the options can be overwhelming. We want you to be as informed as possible before making any upfit decisions.
Don’t Assume What Works Best for Your Competition Will Work For You.
You need to find upfits that work for your specific budget and needs.
Don’t Try and Install Upfits Yourself.
You want to work with a professionally trained and certified upfit engineer. Implementing a DIY upfit approach can result in incorrect installation, vehicle damage, and safety hazards — not to mention the cost of paying to fix these potentially expensive mistakes.
Don’t Assume You Never Have to Upfit Again After You’ve Done It Once.
Your goals may change, which means the upfits you got in the past may not be the upfits you need today and down the road. Industries are constantly evolving, and so are your options for new upfits that better serve your needs.
Industries & Trades We Serve
Every fleet is different, which is why we offer innovative fleet solutions tailored to your specific needs. Merchants Fleet is proud to work with partners in the following industries and trades:
We can upfit any electric truck or van model we carry to best suit your needs. We have staff and vendor partners that specialize in electric vehicle (EV) upfitting. Plus, if you need a specific vehicle that isn’t available as an EV model, we have vendor partners that specialize in electric vehicle conversion.
Common van upfitting requests include installing partitions, lights, ramps, and lift gates. We also focus on safety improvements and performance enhancements, including anti-slip flooring and storage unit installation. Whatever you need done.
From designs and graphics to spec’ing and installation, our team will take care of the entire van upfitting process for you.
Merchants Fleet specializes in designing and spec’ing ADA-equipped transit vehicles.
10, 12, and 15+ Passenger Vans
Multi-Function School and Activity Buses (MFSAB)
Van Upfitting Services
Branding and Decals
Mobile Office Solutions
Running Boards and Steps
Aftermarket truck upfitting is the best way to optimize your vehicles for commercial use. Whether it’s adding simple touches like branded decals or completely renovating the interior to safely store tools and equipment, our vehicle upfitting engineers will work diligently to get the job done on time and efficiently.
= Electric models available
Types of Trucks We Upfit
We work with all Class 1-8+ OEM’s and aftermarket trailer and equipment suppliers, such as the following:
Chevrolet Silverado (1500, 2500, 3500)
Ford Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550)
Ford Transit and Transit Connect
Hino M Series
Isuzu NPR & NQR
RAM (1500, 2500, 3500 HD)
Truck Upfitting Services
Air Compressors, Generators & Welders
Cargo Trailer Equipment
Contractor Equipment Cranes
Custom Body Design Solutions
Graphics & Branding Solutions
Ladder Racking Options
Power Take-Off (PTO)
Tool Boxes, Auxiliary Fuel Tacks and Related Equipment
Tonneau Covers and Truck Bed Covers
Tow Hitch Fabrication and Accessories
Upfit Excellence Guaranteed
When you partner with Merchants Fleet for your truck and van upfitting projects, you can rely on our:
Master and World Class ASE Certified Technicians to Consult With You
Nationwide Vendor Network to Select the Best Upfitters for Your Project
Order Forecasting and Project Management Systems to Ensure We Meet Order-to-Delivery Timeframes
Provide Site Visits and Pilot Reviews to Ensure Your Vehicle Is Built To Your Application, Compliance & Safety Requirements
Emphasis on Safety First to Minimize Exposure to Workers’ Comp Claims and Other Liabilities
Order Forecasting and Project Management Systems to Ensure We Meet Order-to-Delivery Timeframes
Design with an Eye on Reducing Fuel and Maintenance Costs and Protecting Residual Values
Vendor Partners That Specialize in EV Upfitting
“Since partnering with Merchants Fleet last year, their professional team members have provided excellent service and offered innovative solutions to address our unique needs. Merchants has proven to be a top-tier fleet management company, exceeding our expectations on all levels.”
“My experience has been one of overwhelming delight. Merchants facilitates the expansion of Novus Ag business possibilities with their experienced professional staff by engaging in supporting activities. Allowing Novus Ag to lease short term vehicles while factory ordering enables us to save tens of thousands while immediately placing the employee in a high-quality truck. From permitting Novus to lease agricultural, material handling assets, to fuel and maintenance programs, we consider them a valuable partner.”
Corporate Services - Fleet, Novus Ag, LLC
“Floor Coverings International is proud to partner with Merchants Fleet. Their responsiveness and consultative approach has been beneficial to us and our franchise partners.”
Director of Merchandising, Floor Coverings International
Frequently Asked Questions
What upfits do you offer?
Common van upfitting requests include installing partitions, lights, ramps, and lift gates. We also focus on safety improvements and performance enhancements, including anti-slip flooring and storage unit installation. Common truck upfits include floor drawers, pickup truck hitches, hitch accessories, ladder racks, roof racks, boxes, and cargo trailer equipment. No matter what you need, our vehicle upfitting engineers will work diligently to get the job done on time and efficiently.
I need vehicles that are highly customized for specific jobs. Does Merchants have a specific program for that?
Merchants Fleet has an in-house upfit engineering group. We act as a single point of contact among you, your drivers, and the OEM so you can get the upfit you need, when you need it. Whatever your criteria may be, we will make it happen.
Can I put my company logo on the rental vehicle?
Yes. We have a full team of upfitting experts who can add vehicle wraps and logos to your rental vehicles. With our short-term rentals, these upfitting services are performed at the clients’ expense, and the upfits cannot affect the condition of the vehicle. At the end of the rental terms, the vehicle must be returned to its original condition.
How long does the upfitting process take?
It depends on the number of vehicles and which types of upfits you’ve chosen. Contact Merchants to discuss your upfit needs, and our team can provide more detailed information about potential costs and timeframe.
Need the right upfit for the job?
Click below or call 866.653.2737 to learn how our experts maximize your drivers’ efficiency and safety with upfitted fleet vehicles.