FleetPride brings training to fleets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — According to FleetPride, training on aftermarket components has been sporadic because it’s costly to transport hands-on training aids to where they’re needed the most – in the field

FleetPride Inc., the heavy-duty industry’s aftermarket parts distributor, announced at the 2003 Mid-America Trucking Show that it is launching the FleetPride Nation Wide Training Tour.

Anchoring the tour will be three eye-catching, custom-built, 28-foot TechTrailers, that have been outfitted with hands-on training aids including working heavy-duty components and cutaway product displays.

Major sponsors of the trailers include ArvinMeritor and Haldex Brake Systems. Pulled by one-ton vans or
pick-ups, these mobile classrooms will allow FleetPride to literally take training to the customers. The trailers’ swing-down rear doors allow technicians easy access and create a more spacious environment, and built-in heating and air-conditioning provide comfortable training conditions.

Inside each TechTrailer, technicians will find a complete and working air-brake demonstration system, and will be able to openly view how heavy vehicle air-brake systems are designed, how they operate and – most importantly- learn how to diagnose and service them.

Bob Jennings, FleetPride’s vice president of sales and marketing, says FleetPride developed and invested in the NationWide Training Tour because many current training clinics often achieve their goal in teaching the theory but lack in the practical portion of traning.

“Training on OEM systems and components is readily available for technicians who work at truck dealerships,” says Jennings, “and while some of that may be passed along to fleet customers, we recognized that across the country there are very few comprehensive and accessible training programs for aftermarket fleet parts customers.”

Every component found in a modern air-brake system has been incorporated into the TechTrailer’s demonstration and Jennings says technicians will be able to earn their air-brake certification after attending specific classes.

More information on the FleetPride NationWide Training Tour and schedule can be obtained by visiting at www.fleetpride.com or by calling 866-4-FleetPride.

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