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January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Debuts On/Off-Highway Single-wide Tire

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) is introducing the Bridgestone L315, an aggressive-traction on/off-highway single-wide radial tire engineered for long mileage, traction and flotation

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Voodoo Ride Puts a "Hexx" on Paint Scratches

Voodoo Ride's new Hexx scratch remover was developed to erase small scratch and swirl marks from your truck, leaving a glossy finish in one easy step. "Hexx is a great complement to our other products like Mojo, Shoq

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth To Produce Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles

Kenworth Truck Co. said it will begin producing a low-emissions liquefied natural gas (LNG) T800 truck at its manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., beginning next year. Under an agreement with Westpor

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Aero Bright Bumper Designed for Mack Trucks

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim has unveiled a Hendrickson Aero Bright bumper for Mack CH, CHN and CHU trucks. Easily installed to factory mounts, the three-piece configuration combines steel chromed center section

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wix Filters Designs New Aftermarket Filter for Mack Trucks

Wix Filters engineers have designed a new aftermarket air filter that the company claims outperforms the original equipment for Mack Truck applications. The new Wix 42808 increases filter capacity over the OE design by 25 percen

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bandag Has New Tread Design for Oilfield and Logging Fleets

Bandag now offers Bandag Drive Severe Service 2 (BDY2) in the North American market, a retread tire specifically engineered for conditions where superior traction is required from a drive position tire

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Odyssey Battery Guidebook Outlines Heavy Duty, Commercial Products

EnerSys recently released its new Odyssey battery heavy duty/commercial product guide, outlining the eight Odyssey battery models available for commercial fleets. It also provides details about the Odyssey Ultimizer charger

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Switch Debuts Modular Illuminated Pushbutton Switch Series

E-Switch announces the new, modular MDP-16 series of illuminated pushbutton switches. Its modular interface design features an attractive front panel and many illumination options. Actuator styles include a low or high bezel

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IntelliStick Monitors Truck's Oil Condition

IntelliStick Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., has launched IntelliStick, a patented dipstick replacement sensor technology for the commercial trucking industry. IntelliStick allows owner-operators and fleet manager

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sysco Goes With XATA for Fleet Optimization

XATA Corp. announced that Sysco Corp., the foodservice marketer and distributor, has selected XATA as its preferred provider of onboard computer technology. XATA will provide Sysco with XATANET,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Hybrid Beverage Truck Available As Regular Production Model

Freightliner Trucks has announced availability of a regular production hybrid-drive drop-frame beverage truck. Using a Business Class M2-106 chassis and Eaton Corp.'s electric hybrid system, the Class 6 truck promises substantial fuel saving

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rostra Rearsight Camera Available on Tundra

Rostra Precision Controls Inc. now offers its RearSight back-up camera system for the 2007 Toyota Tundra. The system features a camera that mounts directly to the truck's tailgate latch in the same manner as the optional factory camera.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Debuts Absorbent Pads for Loading Docks

An environmentally friendly line of absorbent pads made of natural plant by-products and featuring a woven construction, has been introduced by Oil Eater. Designed to provide a safer and cleaner workplace,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Pneumatic Adds Wheel-fastening Tool

Chicago Pneumatic has added the CP7600 to its BlueTork line, creating a wheel-fastening tools with the functions of an impact and a torque wrench in one product to achieve a precise and accurate tightening the first time

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabco Launches Tire Repair Kit for Trucks

Wabco, which provides electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for the commercial vehicle industry, has launched Wabco Tire Premium Seal, a first-aid kit for leaking commercial vehicles tires.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Enhancing its PriMaax Suspension This Year

Hendrickson Truck Systems Group announced plans to release design enhancements to the PriMaax heavy-duty air-ride rear suspension by midyear. Launched in 2003, PriMaax became popular on a variety of vocationa

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firm Moves to Paperless Fleet Management with Cadec Global

Cadec Global, a New Hampshire-based provider of advanced fleet management solutions, has published a case study on customer Gibson Energy Ltd., which is using a paperless trucking fleet management solution from Cadec

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterson Debuts Brighter LED Worklight

Peterson Manufacturing Co. has developed what it describes as a rugged, super-bright LED worklight for use on a wide range of working vehicles. Listed as the Model 907, the new 4-inch round ligh

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PostEverywhere Partners With Aljex Software

Aljex Software Inc. announced it has integrated PostEverywhere freight matching services and load boards with Aljex's freight brokerage software, which it expects will enable customers to save time, reduce unnecessar

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Haldex Reman Product and Core ID Chart Available

Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has updated its Like Nu Remanufactured Core Identification Chart, featuring more than 2,000 parts. The core identification chart includes product photos, product weight,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Rotella Rewards Program Upgraded

Shell Lubricants has beefed up its rewards program, offering more benefits that ever, with hundreds of prizes for participating owner-operators. The Shell Rotella Rewards program, previously called the Shell Rotella Road to Rewards program,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevron Introduces 2 New Heavy-duty Diesel Engine Oils

Chevron Products Co. on Tuesday announced the introduction of its new Chevron RPM LE SAE 15W-40 and Texaco Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 15W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oils. These new products meet API CJ-4 and CI-4 PLUS specification

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hunter Produces New Heavy-duty Tire Changers

Hunter's new TCX620HD and TCX640HD heavy-duty truck tire changers are designed to meet the specific needs of shops servicing the heavy-duty truck and commercial vehicle market. The TCX620HD is a compact machine optimize

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Wheel and Tire Cleaner Available from Voodoo Ride

Voodoo Ride, which manufactures vehicle appearance products and was co-founded by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has developed a new wheel and tire cleaner called Shoq, that cleans tires without damaging them

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Equips 800 Vehicles with OPS-1 Oil Refining System

Oil Purification Systems (OPS) has announced that Casella Waste Systems Inc., which provides solid waste, recycling and resource management services in the Northeast, has signed an agreement to outfit nearly 850 vehicles in its flee

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Power-Pack Says Trailer Loading and Unloading Cut to Under a Minute

Truck trailer conveyor systems from Power-Pack Conveyor reduce loading and unloading cycle times for palletized loads to under a minute, according to the Ohio-based firm. This automated system is made up of powere

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Budget Truck and Auto Offers Vehicle Graphics, Wraps

By HDT Staff

Budget Truck and Auto in Janesville, Wis., is now able to design and apply cut graphics and wraps for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Wraps are created for customers who want to craft, update or completely change thei

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

P.S.I. Publishes Commercial Fleet Tire Digest

The Commercial Fleet Tire Digest is a guide to reducing tire expenditures, produced each month by Al Cohn, director of New Market Development and Engineering Support for Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.). Cohn's discussions pinpoint topic

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: Fatal Accidents, In the Media, Safety

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

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