We've been getting dozens of phone calls lately asking us about utilizing the new 2015 Tahoes.
First, let me touch on Police Packages. Regardless of your intended use, be it Police, Fire or an EMS flycar, the Police package has some significant benifits available. More often than not, Police package models are available on state bid [the are here in NYS] or they are significantly cheaper than the standard showroom models. Besides cost, there of course are the unseen additions, like upgraded engine, crash protection or included wiring for options. We've heard some horror stories of other upfitters removing police package wiring because "they couldn't warrany the work or the wire." I have to strongly suggest if an upfitter ever suggests removing the factory installed wiring, you take your vehicle elsewhere. In our nearly 50 years in business we cannot think of an instance where the factory installed wiring was the cause of any faults.
Overall the PPV [Police Package Vehicle] will make for a cheaper install, it prevents us from having to run heavy power to the front, and to the rear. It also provides options like park kill, speed sensors for cameras, brake sensors for cameras and for newer siren control systems [some controlls will automatically change the siren pattern when the brake is depressed]. PPV also delets many options you won't want, such as roof racks or third row seating, and the standard console.
Back to the Tahoe...
The new 2015 Tahoe is completely different from the older models, so if you had any hopes of re-using some of your current equipment like partitions, vehicle specific consoles and lightbar mounting you'll be out of luck.
When it comes to the LT or LS Showroom models, our advice is to stay away. Few vendors have anything on the market for this vehicle that the cost and complexty are high. You cannot delete the thirdrow seating or the center console. Havis, Inc. does make a kit that turns your center console storage compartment into a small area to mount equipment, but it only will allow equipment up to 8 inches deep. Most larger radios or siren controllers would have to be remote units, which creates another problem. With the thirdrow seating, there is only a very limited
area in the back tailgate area that allows for some equipment to be installed, but it requires nearly the entire back trim pannels to be removed.
You also can't delet the roof rack, and on this model the rack extends so far forward that to install a hook mounted light bar, it would tilt the light bar down so far you'd be landing airplanes in the back.
If there is anything you can take away from this, its this: When using non-standard vehicles for your fleet, contact your upfitter. If your local upfitter is unable to assist you, give us a call. Our team would be more than happy to discuss options and give our recomendations.