Know where your trucks are heading physically and financially, with discounts on Reveal from Verizon Connect

Logging companies with fleets of trucks — even a fleet of one — can save time, money, and legal headaches by installing GPS tracking in their trucks. For many who are already using GPS tracking of their trucks, the benefits are likely already known. For those who aren’t, or are looking to switch to a more robust platform, Timber Hauling users can now receive special offers on Verizon Connect Reveal products.

“We help loggers run their business better,” says Ashlee Tramutolo. Tramutolo works on Verizon’s Product Success team. “Our dispatch and GPS-tracking software allows companies to make more accurate decisions. And a big thing is prioritizing driver safety.”

Fuel economy, idle time, and log reporting

Verizon Connect's aptly named Reveal software works in tandem with a small hardware device plugged into the vehicle. The hardware connects to Verizon's cellular network to communicate to the Reveal backend system. Devices can be self installed or a technician can be scheduled to install the units on-site for you.

“These reports are useful for recording idling time, producing safety scores, fuel economy, mileage, truck locations, and even planning more confidently with customizable reports,”  says Tramutolo.

She adds a lot of customers compile this data — all of which is stored automatically in the cloud for up to 13 months — to help produce safety plans and reduce risk. 

Driver accountability and protection

Introducing new tracking devices can be rough for hesitant drivers, a notion Tramutolo does not ignore. 

“We hear from drivers that this is ‘Big Brother’, or ‘I’ve been doing this for years’,” she says. “But it also helps the driver. By using our Live Map you can find the best routes around traffic. Going further than just Google Maps, we can also help drivers show they were 40-minutes late and why.”

Tramutolo says once drivers are involved in an incident that isn’t their fault, “They have proof to fall back on.” This is doubly true for customers who use Verizon-connected dashcams . “Once [drivers] need it, they’re instantly bought into it,” says Tramutolo. “We know the second drivers get a ticket or into a wreck, it can hurt their career. This saves everyone money and keeps drivers protected.”

The devices also track vehicle speed and other safety risks. Which is something else veteran drivers may lament. Meeting deadlines sometimes means hitting the gas, but trucks carrying tons of logging material can put lives at risk. 

Data security, privacy, and connectivity

All of the data stored in Reveal is held securely and can be accessed for thirteen months before being deleted to comply with privacy rules in California and the EU. But all data — including footage, if any — can be downloaded and saved to your local PC or network. 

Dashboards, reports, and setup of the hardware and software work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and come with accompanying iOS and Android apps. 

“And in the off chance you might be in a remote spot without Verizon coverage, the devices continue to use GPS. A special ‘offline mode’ allows users to collect notes that automatically sync back to the cloud once a connection is re-established.”

Timber Hauling users can custom-build Class A Kenworth trucks at 30x scale

Partnership enables loggers to order 2-5 trucks at the same discounts as fleets with 50-60 trucks

In the trucking industry, few names have the long-term experience Kenworth does. A pioneer in the truck manufacturing space, Kenworth was first in using a standard diesel fuel engine, a raised-roof sleeper cab, and the W900 series trucks have been produced for sixty years. Their truck bodies are also among the first to feature aerodynamic designs. Loggers using Timber Hauling can now save big on an off-the-lot or custom-built Class A Kenworth truck.

Matt Hoover is a truck salesman at MHC-Kenworth in eastern North Carolina. “I’ve been in the trucking industry for four years now, specifically in truck sales,” he says. “Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is the largest dealer for Kenworth trucks in North America.”

Kenworth originally started in 1912, serving loggers near Portland, Oregon under the name Gerlinger Motors. “We’re proven in the logwoods,” says Hoover. “They focused their business model to making a specifically-tuned truck for logging,” he adds. Kenworth’s customizability makes them — and their customers — stand out in any industry, but specifically logging where special-built chassis, accessories, and frames improve performance and efficiency. 

As Hoover explains, “When you order a truck we usually ask for a discount from Kenworth. The discount varies depending on the quantity. With Timber Hauling, we’re giving loggers who might otherwise have access to 2-5 trucks the same discounts as if they were ordering a fleet of 50-60 trucks.”

That’s a huge pricing advantage and business-changing level of support for smaller logging operations in the United States. 

“It varies depending on what you put on the truck. Because you want it to do something specific to accommodate what you do” says Hoover, “But the more specialized the truck the more the discount grows. We typically see the savings somewhere in the $2,000-$6,0000 range.”

There are more advantages for Timber Hauling users, too. “Very few brands have the same level of reach as MHC Kenworth,” says Hoover. “If you or any one of our customers has a breakdown in Asheville or Atlanta or Nashville or anywhere else, you have the same customer network everywhere.”

“Our MHC Dealer Network is heavily equipped to support loggers once they hit the road. These things are man-made, and they can break down. But when it does, we’re there to support customers. Just say your name and a customer number and you get the same rates as your local dealer,” says Hoover.

The continuity of support is one reason Kenworth trucks retain the title of highest resale values in the market, too. “When a customer invests in a new Kenworth, they’re able to get more out of it on the secondary market,” says Hoover.

You can get access to these savings when you start using Timber Hauling today.