| Aluminum Body
|| Aluminum bodies are made with 6061-T6
custom extrusions. This is the same as aircraft grade aluminum. The
aluminum cross members are 2-5/8" on center, compare this to many
others that use 4" spacing. The aluminum extrusions also have a 40
degree angle allowing items being "dragged" onto the bed not to dig
in so easily.
| Steel Body
|| Steel bodies are built with 3/16"
plate metal. They are made seamless up to a 20' body. Seamless means
that the deck is not pieced together. Many other body Manufacturers
use thinner deck material such as (1/8") sheet metal. There is a significant
difference in strength in AATAC's plate metal versus sheet metal.
| Wide Deck Surface
|| Dual rear wheel vehicles can fit
inside the solid side rails, 96" (OD) one of the widest in the industry.
This width is our standard, while many other body manufacturers consider
this convenient feature an option.
| Reinforcing Sub Frame
|| AATAC offered the first sub-frame
in the industry. This sub-frame is the first piece in our three frame
system. The vast majority of other body manufacturers use only a two
frame system. The sub-frame is built using cross members and box tubing,
actually reinforcing the truck's existing frame.
| Cross Members
|| Cross Members have 58,000 PSI strength,
and are stronger than the best sheet metal or tubing cross members
used by many other body manufacturers.
| Tool Box
|| AATAC's tool boxes are built of
rugged steel and a unique design that allows the operator to use the
tool box door as a step for reaching the carrier bed. Tool boxes are
available in 36", 48",96" lengths. depending on truck model.
| Six Tie Down Slots
|| AATAC bodies come standard with
two front and four rear tie down slots. More are available as an option,
if they are desired.
| Low Center of Gravity
|| Due to our unique design, AATAC offers it's
customers a lower deck height which equates to a lower center of gravity.
This reduces the top heavy handling tendencies of the truck while
hauling a large load. Additionally, an extra benefit of this feature
is the improved quality of ride.
| Advanced Hose Track System
|| AATAC has revolutionized the market
with the AMD. The new hose track system is virtually indestructible
and extremely resistant to wear and tear. It has far less movement
than our competitors' hose track system.
| Main Rails
|| AATAC uses a different philosophy
on the frame rails than other body manufacturers The frame rails are
shorter but thicker material, allowing for the same strength while
providing a lower center of gravity and a better loading angle. Also
note that for extra reinforcement, AATAC uses a "Z" bar reinforcement
welded to the frame rails.
| Frame Rails
|| The main rails slide in the frame
rails. Our frame rails support the bed running longitudinally. Once
again, we use a different philosophy than other body manufacturers.
We use a 4' H beam, giving extra support and regidity.
| Heavy Duty Wiring Harness
|| The wiring harness is made of 14
gauge wire and has a Teflon jacket. This is a superior wire product.
We use all sealed wire connectors, keeping out the elements and providing
lasting protection. This wiring harness is the best in the industry.
| Full Length Nylatron Rail
|| To protect the frame rails and the
main rails, we place nylatron pads on the main rails offering no metal
to metal contact. The nylatron pads are full length, unlike many other
body manufacturers' products. (Note: steel and aluminum beds use different
| Dual Controls
|| The control panels are located on
both sides of the bed. These are both illuminated and provide direct
access to the valve body. The control handles are made of specially
designed steel. These allow the conrols to bend in the event of an
accident (normally they do not break) allowing the operator to continue
operation of the carrier. The control panels do not tilt with the
bed, other body styles do. Since the controls do not tilt, they provide
easy access without changing hand position during operation. The handles
are easy to maintain, utilizing only one grease fitting to lubricate
the entire mechanism.