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Specialty Vehicles

When it comes to designing and manufacturing specialty vehicles, you are challenged to make products and processes better. We have the science to help.


Whether travelling for business or pleasure, taking your family on a summer camping trip, ensuring delivery of same-day package shipments, or transporting patients to the hospital safely, communities depend on various modes of transportation every day. When designing these specialty vehicles, engineers and safety managers have high expectations and strict preferences when it comes to choosing the materials that will allow these vehicles to be manufactured efficiently and cost effectively.

Due to changing customer preferences and environmental factors, there are many specific challenges design and process engineers face when designing, manufacturing and assembling specialty vehicles. These challenges affect a wide range of specialty vehicles, including travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, box trucks, delivery trucks, refrigerated trucks, motorhomes or emergency vehicles.

  • Box truck, a type of speciality vehicle, on the road
    Box Trucks, Delivery Trucks and Refrigerated Trucks

    Due to their like sizes and configurations, box trucks, delivery trucks and refrigerated trucks have similar challenges when it comes to designing, manufacturing and assembling the vehicles. For example, it is crucial to avoid vibrations and rattles when the driver hits a bump in the road, so that goods can reach their destination without breakage during transportation. The wide range of 3M solutions, such as viscoelastic adhesive and tape, allows for fast and durable bonding, which assists manufacturers in creating more efficient processes in terms of productivity and quality of the delivery truck and reefer assembly.

  • An ambulence, a type of speciality vehicle, using 3m conspicuity tape
    Buses and Emergency Vehicles

    While designing and manufacturing buses and emergency vehicles, which both transport humans in addition to material goods, safety is always of the utmost concern. Help protect both the interior and exterior of ambulances, fire engines and police cars and buses, helping paths stay clear and passengers stay safe. From reflective and conspicuity tapes boosting both daytime and nighttime visibility, to 3M bonding solutions keeping the interior intact, 3M has everything you need to help keep employees, civilians, and your specialty vehicles safe.

  • Recreational Vehicle using 3M adhesives parked in a campground
    Motorhomes: RVs and Travel Trailers

    During the manufacturing process for motorhomes and travel trailers, the need for lighter, innovative motorhomes and RVs require a solution that allow for increased design flexibility. The innovative 3M technology in our adhesives and tapes is capable of bonding to a wide variety of materials, which can help reduce or in some cases eliminate the need for mechanical fasteners. Whether you are hitting the road in a large and luxurious Class-A motorhome, a smaller Class-B campervan, or a travel trailer that is mounted on wheels and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle- drivers want to experirence a smooth ride towards their destination for goods and passengers.

3M is qualified to meet the unique challenges in each specialty vehicle market segment by offering innovative solutions that will help get your customers to their destination safely and quickly while at the same time helping to increase productivity and efficiency in your manufacturing facilities. Industry leaders trust 3M to help build durable, good-looking and long-lasting specialty vehicles — specialty vehicles their customers can rely on year-after-year. Whether you are striving to achieve light weighting, process improvement, cost and part reduction, or providing PPE to your employees, 3M has a solution for every step of the way.

Specialty Vehicles Manufacturing Processes

  • As a design or process engineer, you need to improve metalwork production, ultimately reducing time and cost, while providing your customers with an aesthetically pleasing specialty vehicle they are proud to own. Whether you are manufacturing travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, box trucks, delivery trucks, refrigerated trucks, motorhomes or emergency vehicles- striking a balance between strength and finesse is crucial. 3M offers a variety of abrasives, Speedglas™ Welding Helmets, and Integrated Systems for eye, face and respiratory protection, so you can choose the system that meets your needs.

  • For more than 30 years 3M has been providing specialty vehicle assembly solutions. Providing durability, improved aesthetics and reduced noise over traditional mechanical fasteners. Offering a comprehensive range of adhesives, sealants and tapes, 3M provides the specialty vehicle market segment with external assembly solutions for structural bonding and sealing components.

  • Specialty vehicle interiors must be able to withstand the daily grind of constant hard use, yet provide enough protection to help the safe delivery of people and goods. 3M vibration damping technologies are there to improve comfort, while our protection tapes, and attachment systems help keep interiors buttoned down for the long haul.

  • Due to their impressive strength-to-weight ratio, use of composites allow design and process engineers to achieve a durable, strong, and long-lasting specialty vehicle without adding unnecessary weight. Because many specialty vehicles are constantly being filled with heavy cargo, the light-weight yet sturdy materials used in the vehicle themselves become imperative for their overall performance. Whether you are shaping body filler, preparing surfaces for bonding, or removing defects from composites, 3M gives its customers simple and effective tools to deliver consistent, reproducible results.

  • For decades, 3M has crafted innovative products to help solve the challenges of painting a specialty vehicle, while delivering new levels of efficiency to your shop. From abrasives and masking, to solutions for paint spraying, cleaning and protecting, 3M offers a comprehensive line of paint solutions that allow for easy application all the way from paint preparation to final finish. In addition, 3M’s personal safety equipment can help you ensure your workers are protected so you can put all of your time and energy into that perfect, shiny finish.

  • There are many manufacturing and design processes critical to the production of a specialty vehicle. Regardless of if you are welding, shaping body filler, removing defects from composite parts, bonding or attaching exterior materials, or preparing to paint the surface- safety and wellbeing of your workers is always top of mind. 3M’s wide range of industry leading personal protective equipment includes innovations that have been honored with the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) New Product of the Year Award (PDF, 163.75 KB). Help your workers get the job done safely and efficiently with our award-winning, trusted personal protective equipment. From respiratory, to eye and hearing protection, our safety solutions can help you protect your employees, and the integrity of your company each step of the way.


Specialty Vehicles Support

Our technical service representatives are available to assist customers in using 3M products in the most effective way possible. They can help you with employee training as well as consultations regarding product efficiency, automated solutions and other issues related to 3M products.