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Commercial Upfit Options for Work Trucks

If you operate one or more commercial trucks for your business in the Chicago area, commercial vehicle upfitting can help you customize your model and respond to the specific needs of your industry. Precisely for this reason, drivers in the market for truck upfits may encounter a bewildering array of options–after all, there’s an upfit for just about every need and purpose. The Badger Truck & Auto Group commercial truck upfitters can help you find exactly what you need.

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What is an Upfit on a Truck?

A commercial upfit for work trucks involves outfitting your current vehicles with parts and accessories that are specific to your business’s needs. There are a variety of upfitting options when it comes to storage, appearance, safety, and more. For example, a truck or van can be upfitted for a Madison-area plumber or HVAC professional in Waukesha, so they have the right storage for their equipment. 

Contractors, construction workers, electrical professionals, passenger transport professionals, caterers, and other holders of commercial driver’s licenses may also need upfitted vehicles as a part of their business.

Commercial Vehicle Upfitting Options

If you need to do a commercial upfit on your truck for extra storage or specialized functionality, there are a lot of choices. Our Badger Truck Equipment can introduce you to all of your vehicle upfitting options and help you make the right selection for your needs. 

Precise capabilities will of course vary depending on your specifications: not all dump bodies offer equal capacities, just as different flatbeds offer different dimensions and payload limits. Of course, before you can dig into the details, you’ll need to get a better idea of where your best interests lie! Some of the most popular commercial truck upfitting options include:

Dump Bodies

Dump bodies feature open-box beds designed to accommodate large amounts of material such as gravel, asphalt, or debris. These bodies are often equipped with hydraulics to deposit the material on the ground. Dump bodies may also be equipped with snow plows and salters for snow and ice removal.

These commercial truck upfits are useful for any business that can afford to unload their cargo without manual intervention. Dumping directly on the job site is cheaper, quicker, and more convenient than manually unloading cargo in almost all instances, especially when you’re dealing with the kinds of debris mentioned above. 


Flatbed trucks feature an entirely flat bed used to transport heavy goods that aren’t vulnerable to normal weather conditions, or that are simply too large to be transported via other means.

Flatbed trucks are especially useful if you need to want to be able to load up cargo from the top, the side, or the back of the vehicle. Since there’s no box that you have to fit your cargo into, you’re free to travel with any equipment that your enterprise needs to transport.

Stake Sides

Stake side trucks are similar to flatbeds, but they come with sockets at the edges of the bed that allow them to accommodate upright stakes to form a container or fence around the bed. This allows for adaptability from load to load, making them especially useful in agricultural and landscaping industries.

Stake side truck upfits offer the advantages of flatbeds, with the added bonus that you can slide in the stakes whenever they’re needed! This kind of flexibility makes stake slides especially popular with commercial truck upfitters near Chicago and Madison.

Service Bodies

Sometimes referred to as utility bodies, mechanic’s trucks, and contractor bodies, service bodies are designed to contain and organize all the tools, parts, and equipment needed for a given job in your truck. Service bodies are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit the needs of various industries.

If you have questions about what you can do with a service body, all you need to do is ask! One of our commercial truck upfitters will work with you to determine which service bodies offer the capabilities that your enterprise requires.

Box Trucks

Sometimes called cube vans, these vehicles are fitted with a box-like cargo structure on the frame, adding tremendous storage capacity that’s ideal for transporting goods.

Box trucks are useful for moving modular, movable, and stackable cargo with regular dimensions. In other words, box truck upfits offer benefits that are more or less diametrically opposed to those offered by flatbeds! 

Commercial Upfit Services at Badger Truck & Auto Group

Whether you need a Ford Transit upfit, an upfit on your Ram work trucks, or updates to your landscaping fleet, the Badger Truck & Auto Group can help. Our location in West Allis offers a variety of vehicle upfitting packages and services to suit a variety of business needs. Contact us to learn more or start a conversation with one of our expert commercial truck upfitters.

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