The Knapheide Manufacturing Company has implemented numerous product enhancements to the KUV, North America’s most popular enclosed utility body. The most notable enhancements include those that reduce the overall body weight yet increase the strength, translating into more available payload and durability for the end user.

By combining a new, corrugated 14 gauge galvanneal steel floor with an ABS thermoformed cab partition, Knapheide was able to remove 650 pounds (depending upon model) from the overall body weight. The significant weight reduction can be directly transferred to legal applicable payload. Simply put, the end user can carry more tools, parts, and equipment to the job. Utilizing the ABS thermoformed cab partition virtually eliminates the rattling and road noise associated with a metal cab partition, reducing driver fatigue and increasing operator comfort and safety.

“These product enhancements were necessary in order to keep pace with the ever-changing market and increase our competitive advantage over other enclosed utility body manufacturers,” stated Tony Marshall, Product Manager at Knapheide. “For decades, the KUV has been a highly functional and dependable work vehicle for electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, contractors, and more. These product updates mean additional value and functionality for these vocational applications.”

Knapheide is committed to continuous improvement, as shown by these recent KUV product enhancements.  The KUV is available through Knapheide’s comprehensive North American distribution network.

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Headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is a family-owned business established in 1848.  For six generations, Knapheide has provided customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions.  More work vehicles on the road today carry the Knapheide name than any other manufacturer.

Knapheide partners and customers include truck and van distributors, commercial dealers, commercial fleets, fleet management companies, government entities, utilities, and end users across a wide range of vocational segments.

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