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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something In The Air

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There have been a lot of new product launches at the spring truck shows, as you'll see in this month's cover story. Despite the faltering economy, there's been no let-up in that activity

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer of the Year: Customer Service Key

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

These days, truck dealers can't rely solely on the sale of trucks to stay in business. So the successful one

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tie-Downs Need Proper Storage and Use

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

When drivers are tying down a flatbed load, they may be tempted to use equipment that's worn or torn or broken, so they can get going and earn some money

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xantrex Redesigns Sine-Wave Inverter

Xantrex has redesigned its Prowatt SW 1000 Sine-Wave Inverter to be cost-effective and more powerful, the company says

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ACS, PeopleNet Join Forces to Offer In-cab Scanning

Affiliated Computer Services' mobile solutions are being integrated into PeopleNet's Blu platform, in an effort to offer new mobile in-cab scanning solutions

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preco Rolls Out Short Range Back-up Alarm

Preco Safety Products has rolled out its SRS, or short range sound, Back-up Alarm, created to lessen the noise pollution traditionally associated with back-up alarms

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Polar Tank and Ridewell Release Air-ride Suspension

Polar Tank Trailer and Ridewell Suspensions have teamed up to offer RAR-240 air-ride suspension for a full range of tank trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Meet your new handy-dandy tire filler-upper. We're not talking about a knuckle-dragger named Earl, here, with eyes that gaze off in two different directions and a plug of tobacco in his cheek big enough to choke a horse

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

This Kenworth T170 is an example. Its chassis and powertrain are engineered for Class 5 hauling jobs, but its big-rig-style cab makes you feel like you got more than you expected

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Shockingly high fuel prices, along with the mortgage crisis and deflation of the housing-price bubble, have sapped Americans' ability to buy, buy, buy, and the adjustment has affected all the industries that purchase and use trucks, especially construction

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's a transition time for Class 6 and 7 trucks as American and imported commercial vehicles move into model-year 2009-10 with only minor changes from the previous two years

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Intermodal Issues

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

'Revolutionary" is an apt description for freight containers, those now ubiquitous steel boxes that carry the cargoes of commerce around the world

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel-Saving Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel fuel is getting almost too dear in price to burn, so users are looking at ways to conserve it and to avoid consuming it altogether

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Office in the Cab

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Not that long ago, the onboard computer systems found in trucks were little more than data recorders. Pioneered by such companies as Tripmaster, these "black boxes" recorded things such as road speed and engine tim

Tags: Information Technology

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New In Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The mighty have finally fallen. Full-size pickup trucks, for many years the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., have tumbled in popularity since the steep run-up in gasoline prices

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailers: Lock 'Em Up

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Perhaps you've heard of "MS-13," labeled "the most dangerous gang in America" by Newsweek magazine and chronicled in recent months by newspapers and broadcast media

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 2-5 Roundup: Industry Marking Time

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Our lists of commercial truck models in their various weight classes continue to shrink as corporations restructure and contract. This has been a fixture of business in general and the automotive worl

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Leasing Lessons

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

CARB is a four-letter word to most truckers, who cringe every time the people who run California's Air Resources Board dictate another set of rules

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving The '09 Ram 1500s

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Almost since pickup trucks began outselling automobiles in the 1980s, the domestic Big Three auto makers - who still dominate light-truck sales with their full-size models - have been leapfrogging over each other with redesigned and refined products

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Sterling LNG Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire investor and big-time oilman, is hawking his "Pickens Plan" in TV commercials, personal appearances and a web site (www.pickensplan.com)

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive -- International Lonestar: Style and Substance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A much-anticipated first drive of International's new LoneStar confirms it's more than just a pretty face

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Ups Aero Stakes

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Big changes to Peterbilt's aero 386 make it more wind-cheating and enhance overall fuel economy

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kaeser Compressors Presents DVD on Nitrogen Tire Filling

Kaeser Compressors is offering a free DVD presentation on nitrogen tire filling

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore Builds Free Fuel Optimization Tool

TransCore now offers a free fuel optimization module that builds a route based on each truck's fuel characteristics

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Pig Introduces Drain Cover

New Pig Corp. has released Drainblocker, a drive-over drain cover made to withstand heavy traffic from tankers, trucks and forklifts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting the Hidden Fat May Boost Morale and the Bottom Line

By Dr. Dave Kwinn, Wade & Partners

Cost cutting efforts typically focus on the obvious targets: travel, sales meetings, advertising, overtime, etc. But there may still be hidden fat that can be cut without causing as much pain as these obvious targets

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ArvinMeritor Brake Experts Offer 10 Tips to Improve Brake Performance

ArvinMeritor offers 10 brake-related tips to help North American truck operators and maintenance professional

Tags: Brakes

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Recognize and Prevent Corrosion and Rust-Jacking on Heavy-Duty Brake Shoes

When rust creeps in between the brake lining and shoe table, it can cause the lining to fracture. Provided chunks of lings do not break off

Tags: Brakes

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Robocom's R-Load Optimizer Maximizes Loads

Robocom Systems has introduced its R-Load Optimizer to help managers improve their outbound load operations

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SmartDrive Integrates With Microsoft's Bing Maps

SmartDrive Systems has partnered with Microsoft to integrate Microsoft's Bing Maps for Enterprise into the SmartDrive Measured Safety Program

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Launches New Version of TruckMate

TMW Systems has rolled out TruckMate 2009, an updated version of its transportation software

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile Awareness Upgrades SenseStat System

Mobile Awareness has released the Sensor Enhancement version of its SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System, which detects objects at the rear of a vehicle

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Networkfleet Grooms GPS Vehicle Tracking Device

Networkfleet is prepping its Networkfleet 4200, a GPS vehicle tracking system, for release to the public

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Playing by the Numbers: Spec'ing Tires For Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navteq's Map to Power Daimler's New Fuel Efficiency Feature

Daimler Trucks North America will use Navteq's map to power its RunSmart Predictive Cruise solution in its Cascadia line of trucks

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Deadlines, Deadlines

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Navistar International is pressing for a delay in the implementation of the 2010 emissions mandate, pushing it back from the Jan. 1 deadline

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Fuel-Saving Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel fuel is getting almost too dear in price to burn, so users are looking at ways to conserve it and to avoid consuming it altogether

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Running Lean: Lightweight specs no longer just for payload

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Weight, and what we're willing to pay to shed pounds, is relative. Tare isn't quite as critical to a typical truckload carrier as it is to a bulk or beverage hauler

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBE Interface Provides Automated Data Entry

EBE Technologies has introduced a new web-based portal that automatically enters detention claims and invoice submissions

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Plot Thickens

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Navistar's January analysts call - where companies strut their stuff to Wall Street - tucked a small bombshell in among the predictions: International will have a 15-liter engine in its MaxxForce lineup for 2010

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cofair Releases Waterproof Repair Kit

Cofair's new Trailer Medic, a self-adhesive waterproof repair kit for trailers, is made to withstand 140-mph winds and protect a load from a leaky trailer

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite Brings Out Penny-Size LED Lamp

Truck-Lite has created an LED license lamp that is the size of a penny

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Refrigerant Leak Detector Features Infrared Sensor

Tracer Products has developed an electronic refrigerant leak detector that uses an infrared sensor to discover refrigerant leaks down to 0.1 ounce per year

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Direct Equipment Unveils Model 10 Towing Unit

Direct Equipment Supply, a heavy-duty equipment supplier, introduces its Model 10 Fifth Wheel Towing Boom, which converts any standard fifth wheel road tractor for towing service

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Electric Launches Medium-Duty Starter Program

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America has introduced a medium-duty aftermarket starter program, the maiden offering for Navistar's I-6 engine family

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New TrucFlo System Offers Electronic Chassis Status Reporting

TrucFlo, a service designed to help the intermodal sector meet the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's chassis inspection requirements, is the result of a partnership between Conmar and MetriTech

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Power Industry Glossary of Terms

All Electric Range - the distance or time that a vehicle can drive in all electric mode without engaging another means of powering the vehicle

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bosch Develops BAT 110 Battery Tester

Bosch unveiled a new battery tester that features conductance technology and temperature compensation

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