Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get a truck equipped by Manning?

If you already have the truck you want equipped, simply contact us to see how we can properly outfit it to meet your needs. With some basic truck specifications, our sales engineers can suggest the right products to safely upgrade your vehicle. Simply drop your vehicle off at either of our two locations in Louisville, KY or Cleveland, OH and we will install the equipment you need in a short amount of time.

If you are buying a new truck, the best option is to contact Manning before purchase. We will work with both you and your dealership to choose the correct options and packages to build your truck. Popular truck specifications include snow plow preparation package, transmission power take off provision, upgraded suspension, heavy duty alternator, body builder interfaces, and upfitter switches. The vehicle pricing is then negotiated between you and the dealership. With ship through available for most popular Ford models, the completed vehicle will arrive to your dealer ready to work. If you can’t wait for a truck to be built and would like to purchase a ready truck, Manning has nationwide pools available to search for a completed vehicle with quick delivery.


What kind of vehicles does Manning Equipment work on?

Manning sells and installs equipment for all makes and models. No job is too big or too small. Foreign or domestic, SUVs, Vans, and Class 1 through Class 8 trucks are all welcomed and supported by our broad portfolio of products. From running boards on a compact SUV to a class 8 dump truck, if it’s truck equipment – Manning has it!



What does Manning Equipment sell?

Anything from a trailer hitch to a service body with a crane, Manning has you covered! No job is too small. We represent a full line of truck equipment. Air compressors, All wheel drive conversions, Cranes, Dump Bodies, Fifth Wheels, Trailer Hitches, Trailer Brake Controllers, Auxiliary Fuel Tanks, Emergency Lighting, Hydraulic Systems, PTOs, Ladder Racks, Lift Gates, Cargo Van Interiors, Pickup Tool Boxes, Pickup Bed Liners, Platform & Stake Bodies, Power Inverters, Roll back bodies, Snow Plows & Salt Spreaders, Landscape Bodies, Pickup Truck Conversions, Hook Lift bodies, Custom Suspension, Frame Modifications, Tarp Systems, Headache Racks, Fenders, Pickup Toppers, Service & Utility Bodies, Dry & Refrigerated Van Bodies, Winches, etc! Call 800-876-8768 for all of your truck equipment needs.


What information is helpful to know to get my truck equipped?

Manning is happy to help outfit your truck regardless of the information you may or may not have. Our sales engineers can walk you through the whole process. Safety is our number one priority. In order to fit the right equipment to your truck, here is some useful information you may need to provide: Cab to Axle dimension (distance from back of cab to center of rear axle), Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), wheelbase, fuel tank location, payload, or other specialty equipment packages such as Snow Plow preparation. If you’re not sure, don’t worry! We will help you. But it is important that we have the right information to equip your truck safely and efficiently for your needs. 


What is a FordPro Upfitter?

The FordPro Upfitter program is an accreditation from Ford Motor Company to ensure that the design, manufacturing and quality controls of converted vehicles is strictly maintained.

A FordPro Upfitter is a company that complies with Ford’s strict safety standards, processes and quality controls. The upfitter is obligated to ensure that all vehicle modification comply with published Body Builder guidelines and a host of other requirements to ensure that safety of the vehicle, the driver and the passengers is not compromised in any way.

Certified FordPro Upfitter companies are subject to the following Ford guidelines:

  • Compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
  • Conformance with all Ford industry guidelines for vehicle conversions.
  • Annual facility inspection and review.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement.

Customer Benefits:
 Because the FordPro Upfitter Program assists approved manufacturers like Manning Equipment in developing a high-quality conversion process, you can feel confident that the finished product will meet your high expectations. And while Ford doesn’t actually produce the finished converted product you receive, the Ford conversion chassis are specifically designed to meet rigorous industry requirements.


What is a NTEA MVP and why is it important?

The National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Member Verification Program (MVP) recognizes eligible companies in the work truck industry for outstanding business practices and successful implementation of quality standards. Members must provide documentation that they meet or exceed a given set of criteria. MVP members must document compliance, ensuring their ongoing commitment to professionalism, industry knowledge and high performance. Fleet managers, truck dealers, and end users know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards and comply with federal regulations. With quality and safety at the forefront, choosing a long standing verified member company like Manning Equipment ensures your work truck will perform to your company’s standards over an extended period of time.


Does Manning warranty their products?

Yes, in addition to the original equipment manufacturer warranty, Manning Equipment offers a one year limited warranty on workmanship and paint on all new installed products and a 90 day warranty on parts and service workmanship. Please contact warranty@truckequip.com for details and claims.


I need my equipment serviced, does Manning do repair work?

Manning has a full service department offering maintenance and repairs for a wide variety of truck equipment. Regardless of where it was initially purchased, Manning can help get your truck back to work. We repair all makes and models of lift gates, cranes, hydraulics, truck and van bodies, winches, snow plows and salt spreaders. Contact our service department today for questions or to schedule an appointment. 502-426-5210 or 800-876-8768


What if I’m not sure what type of utility body I want?

Many customers have a general idea of what they want, but with so many options available on the market it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Our sales engineers have decades of experience and training to listen to your needs and build the right truck for your budget. We will walk you through the process from start to finish. Here are some basic options we may go over to help you choose your new truck body:

  • Body manufacturer (Manning carries most of the top brands in the industry)
    Aluminum or Steel construction
  • Body Length
  • Low Profile, Standard, or Raised Height side compartments
  • Raised front compartment(s) for large tools or gas bottle storage
  • Compartment configuration
  • Off Road compatible mounting springs
  • Drawer units
  • Paint color (Manning has on-site automotive grade paint facilities)
  • Master Locking (wireless electronic locks also available)
  • Spray-in bedliner coating
  • Compartment lighting
  • Fliptop lids on compartment sides
  • Spare tire carrier
  • Tie downs
  • Grab handles/steps
  • Strobe lighting
  • Load area cover/roof
  • Trailer hitches
  • Bumper (smooth or traction surface, straight or recess for hitch)
  • Ladder/Cargo racks
  • Headache rack / bulkhead
  • Lift gate
  • Custom graphics packages

What forms of payment does Manning accept?

Manning accepts cash and most major credit cards. Personal checks are accepted with a valid form of ID. ACH & bank transfers are welcomed. Credit terms may be set up pending approval of a credit application. Contact us for details.


What are Manning’s Ship Through and Drop Ship Codes?

Manning helped pioneer the ship through program with Ford. With our close proximity to the Kentucky Truck Plant, Louisville Assembly Plant, and Ohio Assembly Plant you can have your truck ordered to come to Manning, be up-fitted to your specifications, and returned to shipping so that it arrives to you ready to work! From a ladder rack on an Escape, to a F-750 all-wheel drive conversion, Manning will get your truck equipped and delivered without anything other than our ship through code and a phone call. 

Manning Equipment – Louisville, KY Ship Thru Codes


Ford Assembly Plant 

Ship Thru Code



31M D9U


Kansas City

31M D9K


Kentucky Truck

31M D9E

Super Duty

Kentucky Truck

31M D9E

Manning Equipment – Sheffield Village, OH Ship Thru Codes


Ford Assembly Plant

Ship Thru Code

F650 / F750


314 D9D

Super Duty (Including F600)


31H D9D



31Y D9L

Manning Equipment – Drop Ship Codes



Drop Ship Code

Manning – Louisville, KY


88L W40

Manning – Sheffield Village, OH


88M PG2

Manning – Louisville, KY



Manning – Louisville, KY



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