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November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refuse Fleet Depends on Aluminum Trailers

Enviro Recyclers Inc. uses East Genesis smooth-sided aluminum refuse trailers like this one to haul trash and recycling. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Deborah Lockridge

A variety of trailers serve a growing Georgia business, but the light weight and strength of aluminum trailers allow for higher payloads for the refuse hauler.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, East Manufacturing, Refuse Fleets

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's New in Dump Trailers?

New Mac aluminum end-dumps gleam in the lights of the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Many lose their luster in day-to-day work, but are still are valued for their light weight and corrosion resistance. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Think you’re seeing a lot of aluminum end-dump trailers in recent years? You are. Aluminum’s in, but steel still has a place.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dump Trailers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Drop Deck Decisions

A Mac Trailer aluminum drop deck’s transition area includes the 90-degree step (upper left) and a large curved “radius” beneath the upper and lower decks (center). The radius evenly distributes weight and stress between the two areas. Here, I-beam-like flanges add strength to the curved members. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Special cargos require specialized trailers, and one is the drop deck, whether made of steel, aluminum, or a combination of the two.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dropdeck Trailers

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

‘Lightweighting’ the F-150 Brings More Performance, Economy, Payload

SuperCrew with XL trim looks plain, but it has metallic black paint, power windows and mirrors, and a double-turbo gasoline V-6 that help boost its list price with shipping to $38,985, including $1,195 increase for 2015. Base RegularCab XL shortbed with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 begins at $26,615. Headlights are halogens; upscale trim levels get LED headlamps with illuminated amber surrounds, and of course lots of chrome. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Aluminum body and bed, redesigned steel frame, and a small but lively V-6 are the new truck’s highpoints.

Tags: Ford F-150, EcoBoost, Aluminum, Test Drive, 2015-MY

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Lightweighting the Way

By Rolf Lockwood

Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

Tags: Aluminum, Lightweighting

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