Frequently Asked Questions

Things you should know about doing business with J&B Truck Body Inc. Please click on sections below to see FAQs about different bodies we offer.

+ Cranes
What do I need to know before requesting a crane quote?
You need to know what kind of body the crane is being installed on, how much weight you will be lifting, and how far the arm will need to reach. The make, model, and year of your vehicle is also helpful in addition to the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).

What is the lead time for crane installation?
J&B does not keep cranes in our inventory, so lead times for cranes vary depending on the manufacturer's time table. Once the crane crane is received, it usually takes 7-10 business days for installation, however this can also vary due to a number of factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.

I need to replace a part on my crane. How do I get the part?
You can call us at (813)621-7864, or fill out our information request form.
+ Cutaway Bodies
What is a cutaway body?
The term cutaway is actually slang for dry freight van. The bodies are basically the same, consisting of a "box" made out of aluminum or FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood). The difference comes in the type of chassis the bodies are mounted on. A cutaway body is mounted onto a van chassis, whereas a dry freight van body is mounted on a truck chassis. Additionally, cutaways can have a bulkhead sliding door to allow pass-through from the cab to the body, which is not possible with a van body.

What material is better for a cutaway, Aluminum of FRP?
Both materials have pros and cons, it depends on your preference. Aluminum is slightly more expensive on a new body, and easier to damage. However it is much less expensive to repair when it is damaged. FRP is initially less expensive, harder to damage, and more expensive to repair. FRP also provides a smooth surface that lends itself well to graphics.

What do I need to know before requesting a cutaway body quote?
You will need to know the make, model, and year of your cab and chassis. You also need to know whether it has single or dual rear wheels. You also need to know the "cab to axle" (CA) measurement. The CA is the measurement of distance from the back of the cab to the middle of the rear axle. This will let us determine what length body can be installed on your chassis.

What is the lead time for cutaway bodies?
Our standard lead time for cutaway bodies is 10-15 business days. The lead time can change depending on any number of various factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.
+ Dry Freight Van Bodies
What is a dry freight van body?
A dry freight van body is a "box" type body mounted onto a truck chassis. They are built in various lengths and sizes and are constructed out of either aluminum or FRP. Unlike a cutaway body, it is not possible to install a cab to body bulkhead pass-through door on a van body.

What comes standard on a van body?
A rear roll-up door,pine floor, an ICC bumper, a smooth radius front, and two grab handles come standard on all of our van bodies.

What options can I add?
We offer a plethora of additional options to suit your needs. Apitong hard wood flooring, side doors, receiver hitches, stirrup steps, E-Track, and nose cones are some of our most popular options. Many more are available.

What do I need to know before requesting a van body quote?
You will need to know the make, model, and year of your cab and chassis. You also need to know whether it has single or dual rear wheels. You also need to know the "cab to axle" (CA) measurement. The CA is the measurement of distance from the back of the cab to the middle of the rear axle. This will let us determine what length body can be installed on your chassis.

What is the lead time on van bodies?
Our standard lead time for van bodies is 3-4 weeks. The lead time can change depending on any number of various factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.
+ Dump Bodies
What is the difference between a dirt type and flatbed type dump body?
A dirt type dump body is pre-assembled and strong enough to handle large amounts of dirt and such fills. A flatbed type dump body is basically a flatbed with a rear, sides, and a conversion hoist installed. It is not strong enough for dirt, but more than sturdy enough to handle things like branches etc...

What do I need to know before requesting a dump body quote?
You need to know what you will be dumping, the make, model, and year of your vehicle, your vehicle's cab to axle measurement, and how many tons you will be lifting. You also need to know whether you want a manual, semi-electric, or electric tarp system.

What options should I include with my dump body?
Frame mounted under-body toolboxes would be a good place to start. Receiver hitches, electric brake control, and back-up alarms are popular, too.

What is the lead time on dump bodies?
Our standard lead time for dump bodies is 7-10 business days. The lead time can change depending on any number of various factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.
+ Flatbeds
What comes standard on a flatbed?
All of our flatbeds come standard with: a headboard with punched window, 11 gauge galvanized smooth steel floor, structural channel cross-members on 12" centers, stake pockets, 6" channel long sills, lights, mudflats, and an ICC bumper. All flatbeds are painted black.

What options are available for flatbeds?
A wide array of options are available for flatbeds. Popular options include smooth and diamond plate aluminum in lieu of steel, under-body toolboxes, hitches, sides, rear barn doors, and tapered corners. Many more are available.

What do I need to know before requesting a flatbed quote?
You need to know the year, make, and model of your vehicle along with the cab to axle measurement. You also need to know whether your vehicle has single or dual rear wheels. What is the lead time on flatbeds?

Our standard lead time for flatbeds is 7-10 business days. The lead time can change depending on any number of various factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.
+ Liftgates
What types of liftgates are available?
We offer conventional liftgates, stowaway gates, and tailgates. Stowaway gates are stored underneath the body when the vehicle is in transit. Tailgates are used for very large capacities, up to 3,000lbs.

What do I need to know before requesting a liftgate quote?
You need to know what type of liftgate you want, what you want the maximum capacity to be, and how big the lift platform needs to be. You also need to know what type of body it is being installed onto is, the bed height and the rear opening width.

What is the lead time for liftgate installation?
It depends on whether the liftgate is in our inventory. The standard turn around time is 1-3 days from the time we have the chassis and liftgate. The lead time can change depending on any number of various factors. For accurate lead times please contact us.

I need a part for my liftgate. How do I get the part?
You can call us at (813)621-7864, or fill out our information request form.
+ Service Bodies
What do I need to know before requesting a service body quote?
You need to know the make, model, and year of your vehicle. You also need to know whether it has single or dual rear wheels and what the cab to axle measurement is.

What options are available for service bodies?
All service bodies come standard painted white. Other colors are available with an upcharge. Popular options include the latch-matic system (remote controlled compartment locking), top opening compartments, hitches, and liftgates. Many more are available.

I need a replacement part for my service body. How do I get the part?
You can call us at (813)621-7864, or fill out our information request form.

What is the lead time for service bodies?
When in stock, our standard lead time for service bodies is 7-10 working days. If not, manufacturer's availability of bodies determine lead time. For accurate lead times please contact us.
+ Galvannealed
Galvannealed what is it & why it should be used?
Galvannealed is the result from the combined process of galvanizing and annealing the steel. The galvanization is made through the hot-dipping process and gives a very fine grayish matte finish. Galvanneal does not flake off its galvanized coating when formed, stamped, and bent. The very fine matte finish acts like a primer and easily adheres to paint and it is very rust proof. Galvanneal sheets offers good paintability, weldability, corrosion resistance, and formability. It is extensively used in the automobile, signage, electric equipment, and other industries requiring good paintability and long reliable service life.