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January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Air Helper Springs for Toyota Tundras

Firestone Industrial Products Co. says its Ride-Rite air helper springs are available for the new Toyota Tundra, both 2WD and 4WD. The Ride-Rite kit provides heavy-duty support for Tundra

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vanguard Makes Bendix Spring Brake Standard on Trailers

Vanguard National Trailer Corp. has announced that the Bendix SB-4 combination spring brake is now standard equipment on all new Vanguard dry van trailer models. The spring brake assumes standard position alongside availability

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solar-powered Keyless Entry for Tonneau Covers

Solar-powered keyless entry are now available for the A.R.E. line of fiberglass tonneau covers. The SolARay solar-powered keyless entry system allows drivers to remotely lock and unlock A.R.E.'s LSX and LSII tonneau cover

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cole Hersee Offers Sealed Ignition Switch

Cole Hersee Co., which manufactures heavy-duty electrical and electronic products, has introduced its new fully sealed plastic ignition switches. Ideal for trucking applications, these switches are constructed of engineering grade plastic

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IdleAire Offers Training Topics through J.J. Keller

J. J. Keller & Associates now offers seven regulation-based training topics available in-cab via IdleAire's Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE) technology platform. With J. J. Keller's in-cab training at IdleAire stations

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waytek Introduces New Solenoids to its Offerings

Minnesota-based Waytek Inc., a distributor of electrical wiring supplies, gas added new solenoids to its product line. Solenoids remotely switch high electrical current when a much lower current is applied to its electromagnet coil.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

On the Paccar Twins' Engine

By Steve Sturgess, executive editor

A year ago we predicted that the new Paccar 12.9-liter MX engine used in Europe would be seen here in North America. So it was hardly a big surprise to see the engine in a Peterbilt 389 and a Kenworth T660 at a Dallas truck show in the fall. The MX was incredibly quiet and had plenty of get up and go.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt, Paccar MX Engine

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Anatomy Of A News Story

By Deborah Whistler, editor

A traffic collision in Southern California on May 4, 2007, is a perfect example of how the Truck Safety Coalition works to promote its own agenda.

Tags: Truck Safety, Fatal Accidents, In the Media

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Fuel: Load It And Lock It

By Doug Condra, president

On December 11, Detective Rob Everett watches quietly from a distance as four men pump diesel fuel from a tanker into bladders mounted on two smaller trucks. They are on a remote access road in Florida.

Tags: Crime & Fraud

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Detroit Diesel's DD15 Debuts

By Jim Park

We're witnessing a huge change in the way trucks and engines come together. We saw it first with Volvo's D-platform engines (shared with Mack and Renault). We'll soon see International take a similar approach, sharing an engine platform between International trucks in North America and MAN chassis in Europe.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Daimler, Test Drive

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo VHD 430 Sleeper

By Tom Berg

The point of Volvo Trucks' latest model, the VHD 430, is its sleeper compartment. While previous VHDs have daycabs and work as dumpers, concrete mixer chassis and equipment haulers, the 42-inch-cab addition, with its 36-inch-wide by 79-inch-long bunk, provides a comfortable place for a driver to rest and to legally overnight no matter where he and his rig are.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Sleepers

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt's 387 Hybrid

By Sean Lyden

The C15 was very responsive, showed great throttle modulation and made gearshifting a joy. And at the event, the 387 it powered also gave pause. I hadn't driven one in several years and the new dash appealed enormously.

Tags: Peterbilt, Test Drive

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Top 10 Reasons Drivers Leave

By Deborah Lockridge

We spend a lot of time trying to attract drivers - but it may be even more important to pay attention to why drivers walk out the door.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips For Keeping Tires In Top Shape

By HDT Staff

What better way to start off a new year than making a resolution to better maintain the tires in your fleet?

Tags: Tires, Wheel Alignment

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Combatting Trailer Corrosion

By HDT Staff

There are ways to combat damage from aggressive ice-control chemicals, including spec'ing premium products and properly maintaining everything in the fleet.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, De-Icing, anti-rollover systems

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Next Freight Evolution

By Bruce Plaxton, guest columnist

The trucking industry is witnessing an evolution - actually three concurrent evolutions. These evolutions may drive changes in the industry as great as those created by government deregulation and the liberalization of weight and length regulations in the early 1980s. The evolution drivers are the Internet, alternative fuels and intermodal.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Intermodal

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Washington Report: Hours Rule Remains In Effect Pending Another Court Decision

By Oliver Patton

Our man in Washington reports on wireless and trucking, FMCSA wireless roadside inspections, and hours of service rules

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Wireless Services

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Conflicted About How to Correct Right to Repair Fault

By Oliver Patton

The breakdown is in the aftermarket. Manufacturers and independent repair shops cannot agree on how to share the information, tools and equipment needed to maintain truck engines and other components. It's a longstanding competition in which some of the players have decided there is no hope of successful negotiations and have committed to a strategy of legislating a remedy.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diagnostic Dilemma

By Deborah Lockridge

Once upon a time, people worked on their own cars. Shade-tree mechanics bought Mitchell or Chilton manuals and jacked up their cars in the driveway or the back yard. If you weren't so inclined, the service station down the street had a few service bays in addition to the gas pumps out front.

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PacLease Upgrades Telematics With PacTrac BLU

Paccar Leasing Co. now offers PacTrac BLU, a new display that is an added advantage to PacLease's PacTrac telematics system utilizing GPS technology, a reliable network of over 100 wireless carriers, and an Internet connectio

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Upgrades Adjustable ParaLift Lift Axle

Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems has unveiled its newly upgraded 20,000-pound capacity ParaLift steerable truck lift axle system, now available with adjustable ride height and frame width capabilities.

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Polish from Voodoo Ride Protects Tractor

Voodoo Ride, a manufacturer of premier vehicle appearance products, co-founded by Dale Earnhardt Jr., is now offering a new synthetic liquid polish called Silq. Chris Ferraro, president, CEO and co-founder of Voodoo Ride

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile Awareness Offers Wireless Parking Sensor System

Mobile Awareness LLC has released a new wireless parking sensor system geared toward commercial trucks with trailers, as well as utility vehicles, buses and RVs. Commercial vehicle owners now have an effective means to help prevent backing accidents

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EnerSys Offers New BCI Sizes to its Odyssey Battery Line

EnerSys, of Reading, Pa., has recently introduced BCI battery sizes 75/86, 25, 35 and 65 to its Odyssey battery product offering, which provide starting power to various applications among the automotive/light truck and

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Unveils New Trailer Stability Enhancement System

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems has introduced its new Roll Stability Support trailer system, RSSplus, designed specifically for the North American trailer industry. RSSplus will be available in late first quarter 200

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flexaust Introduces Crush-resistant Heat, Defrost Hose

A new, crush-resistant heater and defroster and auxiliary power unit (APU) hose for commercial vehicles has been introduced by Flexaust of Warsaw, Ind. Flexaust Dayflex DFD-T heater and defroster hose is made from lightweight thermoplastic

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Industries Receives 2 New Patents

California-based Phillips Industries has received federal patents for two more of its products. Patent numbers have been assigned to Permalogic controllers and the Sta-Dry Slim-7 trailer harness.

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FreightScan Systems Scans Cargo in Seconds

The new FreightScan FS100 automated dimensioning system enables cargo and logistics companies to collect accurate and reliable dimensions and calculate chargeable weight for multiple packages, in all configurations, with a single scan

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waytek Publishes Its New Product Catalog

Waytek Inc., the Minnesota-based distributor of electrical wiring supplies, said its newest catalog 220A, featuring many new product introductions, is now available. New offerings include solenoids, push button and selector switches

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Air Helper Springs Made for Dodge Sprinter

Firestone Industrial Products Co. said its new Ride-Rite air helper spring kits are now available for the new Dodge Sprinter. The kit offers maximum load support and ride comfort by using air pressure to adjust Firestone's spring

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Goodyear Class 3 Tires Meet TREAD Act Rules

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has developed commercial-duty light-truck tires that address the stringent regulations established by the federal TREAD Act. Unveiling its new Armor Max Technology, Goodyear introduce

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Camless Concerto

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Camless engine design could offer 20 percent fuel savings.

Tags: Engine

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Watch Them While They Work

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Fleets can monitor drivers and detect at-risk behavior before an accident happens.

Tags: Accident Prevention

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Heading For A Blue Christmas

By Doug Condra, President

Partisan politics may mean few presents under anyone's tree this year.

Tags: Senate

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Fleets as Test Labs

By Deborah Lockridge, HDT editor

Real world testing by savvy fleets makes for better products.

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NIFTYFIFTY

By HDT Staff

HDT editors honor the top products of the year for usefulness to truck operators.

Tags: Buyers Products

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Roundup

By HDT Staff

Sales are still good, features are nicer, and fuel economy is becoming more important .

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Engine Launch

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Detroit Diesel's new heavy-duty engine platform that will ultimately replace Series 60 and MBE 4000 in North America.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Engine

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New CARB Rules Loom

By HDT Staff

In a year, older diesel-powered reefers — even those meeting federal emissions rules — will no longer be welcome in California.

Tags: CARB, Reefers, Reefer

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2008 Shell Rotella T SuperRigs Calendars Include a DVD

The 2005 Peterbilt 379 of Curtis Christians is featured on the cover of the 2008 Shell Rotella SuperRigs 25th Anniversary calendar. Christians, who captured Best in Show honors at the 25th Shell Rotella SuperRigs contest in

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dampney Debuts Heat-resistant Engine Paint

A full line of colorful, heat-resistant automotive spray coatings for engines, exhaust headers, manifolds, engine compartments and other parts is being introduced by Dampney Co. Inc. of Everett, Mass

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

California Gets Tough on Idling

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

California will kick it up several notches with a new anti-idling regulation come Jan. 1, 2008.

Tags: CARB, anti idling

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

If It Bleeds, It Leads

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Horrific truck crash is a public image nightmare.

Tags: Trucking's image

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Tax Credit: A Win-Win

By Doug Condra, President

A measure in Congress proposing to give truck and bus owners tax credits for putting advanced safety devices on their equipment.

Tags: Congress, Tax Credits

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Mack's New Large Car

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle Axle Forward lacks a really long hood, but this madeover CH has traditional looks and terrific driveability, thanks partly to a new, bigger engine.

Tags: Test Drive

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt's 386 Hybrid

By Tom Berg

Ignore the "viper green" paint and the "hybrid" labels, and this Model 386 looks like a lot of road tractors out there.

Tags: Test Drive

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Isuzu N-Series

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

New truck gets larger, more spacious cab with increased side-to-side and front-to-back room.

Tags: Test Drive, Isuzu N-Series

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Killer Trucks No More

By Oliver Patton

How the industry is working to better its public image.

Tags: TCA

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Graphic Attractions

Last year, Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary with special promotions, including truckside ads produced by Epic Media.

By HDT Staff

Running ads - literally - can raise revenue and maybe build business

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Monster That's Eating Your Rigs

By Deborah Lockridge

Frame rails, crossmembers, suspension components, air tanks, fuel tanks, battery boxes, brackets, brake shoes, electrical systems, air-conditioning condensers, radiators, metal coolant tubing, steel wheels, inside the floor of the cab - even refrigeration units aren't safe from the corrosion monster.

Tags: Corrosion

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