Premium Body

Premium skirted body.

Our flagship second generation hauler body provides the most advanced-concept body in the recreational heavy truck market. We built this body to maximize available storage, and to provide exceptional design elements.

The premium body is a production body – meaning it is designed for a singled truck with a specific cab-to-axle dimension. We can single your existing truck to this dimension (99″ BOC to axle center line), or order a new truck with the required specifications. We do not customize the dimensions of this body, but we do have a number of different configurations and options that are available.

The body is fully powder coated with a base primer powder coat, then a top coat. After that we body work the bed to remove defects in the metal, block it, apply primer, block it again if necessary, and finally shoot topcoat. We use a two stage paint for the topcoat – generally Imron. That is followed with clearcoat. Our objective is to get a near-automotive finish.

The bed is available for Volvo, Kenworth, International and Freightliner M2-series of trucks. Other brands would be suitable as well – although the ones listed are what we have done to-date.

The basic bed has four large boxes integrated into it – two double door boxes in front of the axle, and two single door boxes opening at the rear. These boxes are custom built to utilize all available space – even to the extent of being built “around” fuel tanks and utilizing the space to the side of them. The body also has the following features:

  • Five ramp trays built into the bed. These are 15″ wide and 6.5″ tall.
  • Structure to carry a vehicle in the defined cargo area – the forward bed section.
  • Integrated steps at the rear that contain marker lights and allow access to the deck.
  • Winch structural mounting points.
  • Frenched in Ford F150 tailights.
  • DOT compliant lighting.
  • Rounded-edge top deck – no wandering sight lines.
  • Bedlined on the top and rear.
  • Class 5 hitch.
  • Utility panel with space for three connectors (lighting and video) along with gladhands.
  • High quality stainless hardware.
  • Full-width mudflap that reduces debris striking the trailer.

There are three combinations of the bed available:

  • The basic bed with the addition of under-hitch storage.
  • The basic bed with the addition of Whaletail boxes.
  • The basic bed with both of the options above – whaletail storage and underhitch storage.

Bed Options and Design Elements

International Prostar

Once you select the bed elements you want – box layouts, mostly – then you can add options to it. All of the beds look like the one above, as far as basic layout.

The side boxes can have floor liners in them – these protect the floor from cargo, and allow any water that intrudes to be kept separate from the contents. The boxes are water resistant, but no box is perfect.

The standard doors have cable retainers as shown, but you can add gas shocks as an option, as shown below.

Note that this box is build “around” the fuel tank, and we use the space next to it for can storage.
Fuel tanks can be moved forward, or we can build around them, using all available space.

There are five pass-thru ramp storage sections that store ramps or other items. For convenience, the ramps can be accessed from either side of the truck. The ramp areas are 15″ wide, and designed primarily for smart car ramps. They are fully powder coated inside, and then the floor is lined with an HDPE plastic material. This protects the floor and also makes sliding ramps in and out easier. We put a “rub strip” at the front of the tray to protect the body from the ramps.

Ramp trays are an option. These slide well on the HDPE material lining the slide tray.
There is HDPE plastic material lining the ramp storage floor area. In front of that is a metal “rub strip” to protect the edge of the bed.

The tail treatment contains integrated “steps” in the side of the bed. While these do function as steps, and we supply a grab rail for them, we consider them mostly an aesthetic element.

Lights are integrated into the rear “step” area. These are marker lights (standard) and can optionally be turn and stop lights as well.
Notice the clear/red lights in the step area. The Ford tailight is frenched into the body and provides DOT compliant lighting.

Top boxes that utilize the “dead” area in the rear of the truck lift up. These are called “whaletail” storage. It is a “wet” area, but is perfect for cords, hoses and other small items that don’t mind a little wetness.

Whaletail doors have a simple hold-open mechanism, or can have gas shocks.

The typical rear treatment is shown below. The center “utility” section is bedlined and contains two or three connectors on the left. In the photo there is a video connector at the top, and the trailer 7-way RV connector on the bottom. Not shown, but available as an option, is an additional 7-way commercial lighting connector. On the right we typically have gladhands. These are useful for airing up the tires on the truck and trailer, or for use with a BluDot braking system on the trailer, if you prefer air/hydraulic brakes.

Typical rear treatment on the premium body.

In the center of the rear panel is the door to the optional under-hitch storage. This is wet storage that encompasses the entire under-hitch area. It is perfect for chocks, sewer hoses, blocking or other items that can get wet. The area is enclosed, but not water-tight.

Also note the class five receiver hitch, which is a standard feature of this bed. It is tied to the frame, not the body.

Top is a video connector for three trailer cameras.
A winch is an option. The winch structure is in all beds, so it could be added later.

All our premium bodies have the structure for a winch built into them – but the winch is an option. It comes with the receiver tube and wincha arms. It allows winching on of smart cars, golf carts, trikes, etc.

2020 Volvo 740 mid roof and 2019 Volvo 860 full-height. Both with skirted beds.
740
860 with drom
Custom flagpoles
860 with unpainted drom
T680 bed/fairing fit detail
T680
Trike loader on an 860