Utility Keystone Trailer Sales Blog

Utility Keystone Trailer Sales Blog


KEEPING CUSTOMERS NEEDS TOP OF MIND

Keeping what’s important top of mind is what makes Matt Duke a perfect fit for the Utility Keystone family, and we’re proud to welcome him to the role of Finance Manager.

After graduating from Shippensburg University in 2003 with degrees in communications and psychology, Matt began his career in the auto industry. Over 16 years, he grew his experience with various positions in sales, as a finance manager, and as a store manager.

As Finance Manager at Utility Keystone, he will assist in securing ...

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PASSION & DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY

Passion and dedication to our community make Mike a perfect fit at Utility Keystone Trailer Sales, and our service team is proud to welcome him in the newly created position of Service Estimator.
 

A native of Lebanon, Pa. Mike began his career six years ago as a service technician before moving into service quoting and business development manager. As a service estimator at Utility Keystone, Mike will ensure a seamless trailer repair process for our customers, assessing any damage to their trailer, and providing a quote for the repair. He'll also work closely with our service team to ensure the timely...

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Utility Keystone Trailer Sales Welcomes New Service Estimator Mike Brandt

 

FIND A NEED AND FILL IT.

They say the key to starting a successful business is to "find a need and fill it." Entrepreneur Cris Leatherwood of US Mobile Kitchens can certainly attest to this truism, but the truth is, finding a need is only the beginning. Filling a need requires dedicating time and resources to develop an idea to help people you will probably never meet.

Utility Keystone Trailer Sales calls this “Helping Others Win.”

How Cris Leatherwood filled a need

Shortly after starting his construction rental business category three hurricane Katrina hit, causing catastrophic and...

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Utility Keystone reefer trailer converted into mobile kitchen.

 

5TH WHEEL REPAIR & REPLACEMENT

Inspection of a tractor trailer 5th wheel plate and kingpin is an absolute necessity for ensuring operational and road safety; however, this inspection is often neglected, overlooking rusted, corroded, or cracked parts that need repair or replacement.

85%-90% of 5th wheel plate failures are found during the DOT inspection.

In this video, Lead Service Technician, Larry Anders, walks us through our 5-point process and showcases what sets Utility Keystone Trailer Sales service team apart from the rest.

Utility Keystone's 5th wheel plate repair and...

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5th Wheel Plate Repair and Replacement

 

MOVING SAND IS NO DAY AT THE BEACH. UNTIL NOW.

It’s true moving sand is no day at the beach until now that is. Utility Keystone Trailer Sales has just made it better, and now it’s 75° and Sunny.

Delivering sand to fracking industry well pad sites can be time-consuming and costly. The long narrow roads used to access the sites are problematic, the difficult path can be 2 miles long or more, and the turns are tight.

Tim Proffitt of Utility Keystone Trailer Sales says: “The problem is flatbeds are just not made to be off-road.”


 “A customer contacted me about a problem they were experiencing in the field, in Western Pa. They, along with...

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Tim Proffitt with Proppant Cheetah Chassis

 

IT MAY BE TIME TO GET A YARD TRUCK...

If you’re moving 10 or more trailers around your facility per day, your drivers are feeling the pain, literally, and it’s probably time to think about buying a yard truck to help.

Yard trucks (also called terminal tractors, yard mules, yard spotters, yard dog trucks, yard goats, yard jockeys or switcher trucks) are semi-tractors that have one task: jockey trailers around in confined spaces and short distances throughout the yard. Designed with safety measures, they reduce driver injuries, cut worker’s comp claims and retain drivers by removing unnecessary hazards. If that’s not enough reason to consider a yard truck read on, there’s more.

In...

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Utility Keystone Ottawa Yard Trucks

 

TRADE-IN YOUR OLD TRAILER

What you need to know before you trade-in your used semi-trailer

1. OBJECTIVITY - KNOW WHAT MAKES A GOOD TRADE-IN

Try to be objective when looking at your equipment. Determine what the trailer is worth based on facts. We get it, you had ‘Ole Trusty’ for over 5 years and you’ve been everywhere together, but let’s be honest…he ain’t as good as he once was. Right, Toby? Consider the following: the overall condition; the presence of physical defects or damage; the age of the unit; the make and model; the size; the rarity of trailer; what you hauled; and current inspection status.

2. DON’T GET SHAFTED

...

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Trade-In and Trade-Up in 5 Steps

 

YOUR FUEL ECONOMY SUCKS. HERE'S HOW TO FIX IT.

Want more money in your pocket? Let's take a look at your fuel economy. Whether you’re in charge of a large fleet or an independent owner/operator, attention to fuel efficiency could have a significant, long-term effect on your bottom line. There are multiple factors that affect fuel economy: driver experience, road conditions, load weight, and specifications just to name a few. Some things are out of your control, naturally, so don’t get all worked up. As for the things you can control, here’s a list of opportunities. Enjoy!

1.     Know Your Role!

First...

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Fuel Economy Tips

 

READY TO PURCHASE? READ THIS FIRST.

Purchasing a trailer can be a pain in the neck, but it doesn’t have to be. We have created a list of things to consider when you’re ready to make that purchase. Plus, this is your livelihood. Let’s make it smooth…like Tennessee whiskey.

 

1) What are you hauling?

It’s important to know what you’re hauling or expecting to haul. If you’re hauling packed beef from Wisconsin, you may not need that reefer unit with a higher cooling power meant for transporting ice cream. Having the...

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Refrigerated Trailers for Sale

 

UTILITY KEYSTONE TRAILER SALES ADDS ONE; PROMOTES ONE

Utility Keystone Trailer Sales, Inc. 
Manheim, Pa

Click here to see official release.

We are proud to announce the addition of Tom Dorwart to our sales team and the promotion of Mark Miller from Outside Parts Sales Representative to Director of Customer Sales.

Tom, a native to Manheim, has over 25 years of sales and management experience. Bill Zeamer, Vice President, had this to say about Tom:

“Tom brings a passion to take care of...
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Trailers for Sale

 

PENNSTRO LEASING CONTINUES TO GROW

PennStro Leasing opens branch in Shippensburg, PA.

Manheim, PA: PennStro Leasing (PSL) is excited to announce the opening of its second branch location at 15 Hershey Road in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The expansion will allow PSL to better serve clients along Interstate 81 between Winchester, VA and Harrisburg, PA. The conveniently located branch will also provide another option for current PSL customers.

“Our top priority is to conveniently provide quality equipment and services to our customers,” said Matt Flower, PSL Director of Sales, when discussing PSL’s strategy behind the new location. Bob Newton, PSL General...

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DISC v. DRUM BRAKES

With the recent change to the U.S. DOT stopping distance requirements, are drum brakes up to the task?  The short answer is yes.  However, are disc brakes the future?

Disc brakes carry a hefty $3000 price, or about $500 per wheel, ballpark.  This is why fleets often raise the question on why they should spend so much capital on disc brakes because drum brakes are still very useful and meet U.S. DOT requirements.

Disc brakes do offer additional margin in terms of safety and stopping distance.  This is good for hilly roads or when carrying heavy loads.  They also are very good for powerful start and stop cycles.   Maintenance costs are lower over the lifetime of...

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SHARE THE ROAD

There is always a lot of talk about sharing the road with motorcyclists, and this is a very important topic, but people often forget to share the road with our semi-trailer drivers.  Semi-trailers have numerous disadvantages on the road that many of us forget.  Their blind spots are very difficult to work around.  When you are on the road, always remain a safe distance between the tractor trailer.  If you are behind a semi, and are unable to see their side view mirrors, they cannot see you either.  Tractors are unable to accelerate and slow down as quickly as the average vehicle.  They also must maintain specific speeds set out by state and federal guidelines, especially around...

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THE BEST SELLING REEFER IN THE INDUSTRY

What makes the Utility Reefer Trailer the bestselling reefer trailer in the industry?  Pretty much everything.  Did you know every trailer is real-world tested on Utility’s custom test track?  The stronger & lightweight design, superior thermal performance built into the roof, walls, and floors, and the best rear door system on the market (Utility Barrier Doors) all help make the Utility 3000R better than the rest.

The most important piece that makes the 3000R superior, is the Foam-In-Place insulation process.  This...

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Utility 3000R Foam-In-Place

 

8-POINT TRAILER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Trailer maintenance ensures you stay compliant with state and federal regulations. For complete compliance, refer to your company's policies and safety procedures. It saves you money and increases the safety of you and others around you. 

  • Check Your Tires and Wheels

Perform regular tire inspections. Verify all tires are the same type and properly inflated. This prolongs the life of your tire and saves you money and repairs. By checking your tires, you are also able to identify other...

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SAVE TIME, MONEY & EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR TIRES

Looking to get the best performance from your trailer? Do you want to save money on general maintenance, especially on tires? Automatic tire inflation systems keep your tires correctly inflated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of the weather or delivery schedules.

Automatic tire inflation systems use compressed air from the trailer to inflate any tire that falls below its appropriate pressure. Air from the existing trailer air supply is routed to a control box, then into each axle.

The benefits of having a tire inflation systems far outweigh the challenges without one. It will save you time, less time & money on...

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Utility Genuine Semi Trailer Parts

 

CONTACT UKTS TO SELL YOUR TRAILER(S) TODAY!

I'm Buying Trailers!  Contact UKTS to sell your trailer(s) today!

Ask for Bill or Adam.

717.653.9444

sales@utilitykeystone.com

www.UtilityKeystone.com


 

WHAT MAKES UTILITY'S FLATBED & CURTAINSIDE TRAILERS THE MOST TRUSTED IN THE INDUSTRY

By: Successful Dealer Staff - October 16, 2014

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has...

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YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR SEMI TRAILER NEEDS

This Manheim-based business, which turned 35 in February, is looking forward, not backward.

It has built a foundation for growth by expanding its product line, adding a shift of employees, growing its lease and rental division, and upgrading its facility, Vice President Bill Zeamer said.

Since its founding by his father, Stan Zeamer, UKTS has offered a full line of truck body kits and refrigerated, dry freight and flatbed trailers.

“We're similar to a Ford or Chevy dealer,” Bill Zeamer said, “only instead of selling or leasing cars, we have commercial transportation trailers...

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Bryan Zeamer and Bill Zeamer, Utility Keystone Trailer Sales, PA