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KNOW THE FACTS

Know the facts before you invest in another steel body. We encourage you to study and compare. If after studying the DuraMag® difference, you still think steel is a good idea, we encourage you to read it again. There is no current day evidence that steel is a good idea anymore. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by email or phone.

 

1. True 100% Aluminum DuraMag® body

While the steel manufacturers recognize the value in Aluminum (calling some of their models "Aluminum" – promoting what they call "Aluminum Sheet and Post"), it’s all hype. The only aluminum in their bodies is the side skins. DuraMag® bodies are genuinely 100% aluminum from the ground up. No exaggeration, no puffing, no hype - just pure aluminum. Don’t be misled by competitor ads.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Misleading product names for steel products)

2. Lead Times

DuraMag® has shorter lead times than the industry. If you need something immediately, we work hard to fit it in.

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Everyone Else

NO

3. Aluminum ultimately costs less than half of what steel does

When considering cost, there are three big considerations:

(1) Upfront cost: DuraMag® Aluminum van bodies are priced competitively or lower than the big names in steel van bodies. Historically, aluminum was priced upfront as a premium product. DuraMag® has broken this barrier with the benefit of design engineering and significant purchasing power.

(2) Cost per truck life: It can be expected that a steel body will last for one truck (at best) while aluminum bodies don’t significantly deteriorate. They can be moved to a second truck when the first truck wears out. Given the same upfront cost, this makes the investment in the aluminum body only ½ what it costs to own steel.

(3) Operating Costs: Lighter aluminum bodies yield higher payloads – so fewer miles to achieve the same delivery. This savings is a “labor, plus fuel, plus operational cost per mile,” equation. It can be serious savings. Add to that the additional cost in fuel for carrying the extra weight of steel -- and there’s not much point in studying comparison further.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Steel is a very expensive option in many ways)

4. Super Strong/Lightweight Aluminum

DuraMag® uses high strength/lightweight aluminum construction. "Aluminum Builds a Better Vehicle." Check out this video if you have any question on the strength of a DuraMag® aluminum body: https://youtu.be/i5VxMo50cAU. Steel simply doesn’t have much going for it these days: from heavy steel not working well on lightweight chassis, an increased focus on fuel consumption (from lugging heavy bodies around), lower payloads, increased greenhouse gases, guaranteed rust, increased maintenance issues, unsightliness with age, to an increased awareness of weight reduction (Green Truck Association Goals), the use of steel is winding down.

At the same rate that steel usage is declining, the use of aluminum in the automotive industry is exploding: Ford Using Aluminum Across the Line and GM's Retooling for Aluminum. DuraMag® all-aluminum bodies are state-of-the-art in both materials and design.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Steel is an outdated construction material)

5. Zero Rust Failure

Steel rusts and when it comes in contact with aluminum, it corrodes even faster: it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. On steel bodies, if the barrier deteriorates between an aluminum skin and the steel sub frame, the body deteriorates fast. Using Mylar tape to avoid contact between aluminum and steel doesn’t work long term. Aluminum has none of these issues.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Serious product flaw)

6. Payload

In most cases, aluminum bodies weigh about 40% less than steel. Every pound that you don’t carry around in the body is a pound you can increase your payload by. While this is important to everyone moving cargo, it’s hugely important on the new lightweight chassis like the Ford Transit and the Ram ProMaster. Increased payload translates to significant savings: fewer trips to deliver the same amount of product, more on-time deliveries with the same fleet, fewer labor hours, less wear/tear, depreciation of the fleet. Huge impact.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Lower by the weight of the heavy steel body)

7. Fuel Efficiency

Lightweight aluminum translates into fuel savings every time you fill up. Less fuel means fewer greenhouse gases as well as higher profits.

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Everyone Else

NO
(More expensive to operate)

8. Roof Sealant

DuraMag® roofs are double sealed. We use traditional silicone under the trim and state-of-the-art 3M Extreme Sealing Tape for a clean, highly impermeable water seal.

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9. LED Lighting

DuraMag® van bodies include all LED lights as a standard feature. All DuraMag® lights are flush mounted with wiring inside of plastic tubing, fully enclosed in box tube to protect the connections from the elements. Many (if not most) steel bodies come standard with traditional incandescent lights.

Additionally, many manufacturers do not fully box their wiring which leads to accelerated corrosion.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Upcharge for LED and light enclosure systems are not satisfactory)

10. Ease of Repair

Aluminum bodies are easier to repair than steel. Today, with the high use of aluminum in pickups and cars, body shops everywhere are equipped to weld aluminum. When it comes to cutting out a damaged component, aluminum is significantly easier to cut. Additionally, steel will have paint on it that has to be removed prior to welding.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Steel is now more expensive)

11. Bonded Side Skins

DuraMag® side skins are all bonded with 3M VHB tape. No rivets, no screws. DuraMag® smooth sides make your eye-catching graphics not only look great, but easy to apply.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Rivets and lots of them)

12. Warranty

DuraMag® offers the leading warranty in the industry.

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Everyone Else

NO
(inferior)

13. Box Tube Construction

DuraMag® bodies are constructed with full box tube construction. Steel bodies use C channel and I beam construction that allow greater body twisting.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Inferior construction. Period.)

14. Stainless Fasteners on Roll Up Doors

DuraMag® incorporates stainless door fasteners as a standard feature. Competitors upcharge for this. This is a short term cosmetic issue and a long term structural issue. On disposable bodies (steel), the body won’t last long enough for this to be a structural issue.

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Everyone Else

NO
(Upcharge for stainless steel, where available)
 

15. Intelligent Decision

Consider this: DuraMag® offers all these standard features at the same price or lower price than your typical steel trailer.

  • 100% true aluminum body
  • Big price advantage over steel
  • Bonded, rivetless – smooth-side skins
  • Fast delivery
  • Best warranty in the industry
  • Lighter weight
  • Better fuel economy
  • Less wear/tear on the vehicle
  • NO rust
  • Higher resale value
  • Capable of moving from one truck to the next
  • Increased payload – less labor, fuel, wear/tear
  • Superior company image
  • Environmentally more friendly
  • Easier to repair
  • LED Lights
  • State-of-the-art 3M Extreme Sealant Roof Tape System
  • Full box tube construction
  • Stainless steel fasteners on roll-up door
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Everyone Else

NO
(The day of heavy, rusty steel has passed. Steel makes no sense in 2016.)

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