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Trailers

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.

By Kate Harlow

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Mac Trailer, Vinyl Graphics, Refurbished trailers, VSP, Schneider Graphics, Fontaine Renew, Conway Manufacturing

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

A sensor-switch in the door header can be tricked with a magnet, telling a reefer’s electronic controls the doors are closed and allowing the unit to run. So K&J managers use tracking to determine what the rig’s really doing.

By Tom Berg

Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Carrier Transicold, Blue Tree Systems, Once Around the Yard, K&J Trucking

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Utility's Craig Bennett Talks About 100 Years of Being in Business

Craig Bennett Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Craig Bennett, senior vice president sales & marketing for Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., recently sat down with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge to talk about the company's 100 years in business.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Utility Trailer

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide, Heavy and High, Oh My

To transport the Endeavour, Sarens used four specially designed Kamag self-propelled modular trailers, which were controlled by a person walking alongside using a remote joystick panel.

By Kate Harlow

After traveling more than 124 million miles in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour had one more 14.2-mile journey to make through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting space at the California Science Center.

Tags: Trailers, SPMT, Kamag, Self-propelled modular trailers, Space Shuttle Endeavour, L.A.

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

Pounds can be shed on parts underneath the trailer including landing gear, suspensions, axles and fifth wheels.

By Kate Harlow

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

Tags: Trailers, Reyco Granning, Meritor, Fontaine, Suspensions, Jost, Hendrickson, Fifth Wheels, Axles, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Pintle Hook Inspection Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for inspecting a rigid-mount, air cushioned pintle hook, primarily used for double and triple trailer configurations using converter dollies, as well as straight trucks such as dumps that pull rigid tongue equipment trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Pintle hook, Tech Tip

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp’s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore “PC rated,” with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer’s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

(Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

Tags: Trailers, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

4 Trends in Liquid Tank Trailers

Wabash National’s The Walker Group says that there is a move to make liquid tank trailers lighter and more fuel-efficient.

By Kate Harlow

From federal regulations to spec’ing a new liquid tank trailer, there are many specific concerns for the liquid bulk tank truck industry.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash, NTTC, Liquid Tank Trailers

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Landing Gear Lubrication Procedures

By SAF-Holland

Periodically adding grease to your landing gear should be part of your preventive maintenance program and should be done every six months or more often, if required.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Tags: Maintenance, Hyundai, Trailers, Utility, Havco, Great Dane, Stoughton, Flooring, Rockland Flooring

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Life in the Refrigerated Business

Ralph Moyle’s first truck, on the right, was a 1940 Ford. Next to it on the left is the third truck that Ralph purchased, a 1950 Ford.

By Kate Harlow

From a very young age, Ralph Moyle was drawn to trucking. So when given the chance, he didn’t let the lack of a driver’s license – or the fact that he was only 14 years old – stand in his way.

Tags: Trailers, Refrigerated Truck, Ralph Moyle Inc.

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Current State of the Dry Bulk Business

Although the fracking boom has retreated, an upsurge in home building is giving dry bulk a boost.

By Kate Harlow

During the early years of the Great Recession, almost all trailer manufacturers experienced a sharp drop in demand for their wares. Dry bulk pneumatic trailers, however, were about to get a boon. Read more about the state of the dry bulk pneumatic trailer segment, how fracking has affected the industry, plus trailer-spec’ing tips.

Tags: Trailers, Fracking, Dry Bulk

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Trailer Update

By Kate Harlow

Whether it's dumps or dry vans, flatbeds or tank trailers, trailer makers have been focusing on making trailers lighter to improve freight capacity and fuel efficiency, safer for drivers, and stronger to extend the trailer’s life cycle. We contacted trailer manufacturers and learned about the latest in trailers, manufacturing, product innovations and corporate news.

Tags: Trailers

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailers: The Next Generation

This is what a tractor-trailer could look like following the work being done through the SuperTruck program.

By Kate Harlow

There aren’t many things less aerodynamic than a box. And a dry van trailer is basically a 53-foot box on wheels. The drag caused by that box and its effect on fuel economy is a challenge that has been taken up by the SuperTruck program.

Tags: Volvo, Fuel Savings, DTNA, Trailers, DOE, SuperTruck, Strick

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Around Tarping

Rolling tarp systems, like TarpStop’s FasTrack, protect loads but can be opened or closed in a couple of minutes.

By Tom Berg

It takes special people to be flatbedders. Tarping, however, is usually not on their list of favorite activities. A single tarpaulin can weigh 65 to 100 pounds or more. It must be half thrown and half dragged over the load, spread evenly with corners properly folded and tucked in, and the whole piece of slippery fabric secured with straps and bungies.

Tags: Trailers, Tarping, Side kits, Rolling tarps, Curtain-sider

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dumps: Views of the market and trends from dealers and manufacturers

This East Hybrid uses a half-round bottom joined to Genesis-type, double-wall sides for extra stiffness and stability while tipping.

By Tom Berg & Kate Harlow

When the economy took a dive in 2008 and the construction industry's work dried up, so did much of the market for dump trailers. As construction begins coming back, there's a growing demand for new dumps. Demand also is being driven by other emerging trends in the market.

Tags: East, Mac Trailer, Clement, Dumps, NTDA, Beall, Trailers, Vocational

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part Three

By Greg Smith, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone – usually a fleet manager – needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load.

Tags: Trailers

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dos and Don'ts when Spec'ing Dry Vans

By Kate Harlow

When you are getting ready to put a dry van trailer out to pasture and begin the process of searching for its replacement, there are many things to consider: maintenance costs, fuel-economy regulations, payload and the weight of the trailer, to name a few. One way to navigate through the maze of options is to follow some tips a few trailer manufacturers shared with us.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Dry Vans, Capacity, MPG, Fuel Economy

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part Two

By Greg Smith, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone – usually a fleet manager – needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load.

Tags: Trailers, Talbert, Speed, Payload

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part One

If the payload is a 100,000-pound excavator that’s only 13 feet long, a trailer rated for the entire deck length, or even for 16 feet, won’t be right for the load. The ideal trailer will be one rated at half the deck length.

By Greg Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone - usually a fleet manager - needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load

Tags: Trailers, Talbert, Lowbed, Heavy Haul

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Selecting the Right Trailers for your Fleet

By Jeff Weber, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Ervin Equipment

Seems like an easy decision. Choose a trailer and go. But before adding just one or several hundred trailers, a fleet manager needs to determine what's right for the application. Considerations include space and weight capacities, laws and regulations, trailer age and regional-specific specifications

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Ervin Equipment

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

Tags: Trailers, CSA, Lighting, Safety, compliance

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Future Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Carbon dioxide, condemned for being a greenhouse gas and the target of diesel emissions regulations about to go into effect, is actually good when used as a refrigerant

Tags: Trailers, CO2, Thermo King, Reefers, Carrier Transicold

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Bodies Spotlight

 The low floor height of this Johnson body allows the delivery driver to easily reach into any of the body's multiple compartments.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Truck bodies these days are more than just a box, and we've highlighted several recent developments in this article

Tags: Trailers

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

East Improves Optional Integrated Stairway for Flatbed Trailers

East Manufacturing has improved its flatbed integrated stairway option by adding a locking door enclosure that allows for additional lights and license plate mounting.

To provide a simpler, easier and safer entrance to and exit from the flatbed deck, East Manufacturing first introduced an optional integrated stairway a few years ago. Now East has improved this option by adding a locking door enclosur

Tags: Trailers, flatbeds, East Manufacturing, Safety

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking 'Fracking' Water

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah is among the places in the U.S. where natural gas is being recovered in the ongoing energy boom. As in other areas, great quantities of specially treated water are being used to liberate the ga

Tags: Trailers, water truck, Fracking

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Cargo Where it Belongs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Anyone who's seen van trailers with sides bulging outward or dented from inside knows that at least some of that is caused by shifting cargo

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preventing Dock Walk

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Dock walk," the phenomenon of the trailer's body moving slightly away from the loading dock when a heavy forklift rolls aboard, has been around since air-ride suspensions came into use on trailers

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Technology Offers Capabilities Beyond Simple Asset Management

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

It's fairly well established that keeping track of untethered trailers improves a fleet's operations

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flatbed Business Anything but Flat

Drilling for oil and natural gas continues to be strong, and items such as steel pipe are filling flatbeds.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the hottest segments of trailer building is flatbeds. The freight they carry is moving briskly, especially in the automotive and energy sectors, but prosperity is somewhat spotty, say fleet managers.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest in Trailer Advances

Lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum continues as a leading material for components and complete trailers, like this Trail King pneumatic dry bulk tanker with a tare weight of 8,450 pounds, 500 less than usual.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Over the years, advances in trailer materials and design have added life, cut maintenance and operating costs and even improved safety. Based on our observations at trade shows, new product announcements and conversations with manufacturers and fleets, we came up with the following list of significant trends

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

Trained technicians are sent to inspect and record any issues with tire pressures, tread depth, trailer lights, wheel seals, air valves, air lines on the trailer's suspension and braking system, and even reflective tape and mudflaps.

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Old Trailers Sport Aerodynamic Look

Labatt's Streamliners of the '30s and late '40s featured radically curved surfaces and Art Deco graphics, but they were built to promote beer sales, not to save fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Are truck and trailer aerodynamics new? Not exactly. Labatt's Streamliners like the one shown on the right were built in the 1930s and might be the most aerodynamic looking tractor-trailers ever produced.

Tags: Trailers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation for Trailer Interiors

The interior of this J&J steel vacuum tanker interior is protected with a polyurethane paint called CorroCote II PW from Madison Chemical Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Box" and tank trailers can carry any number of things, and their interiors are specially designed for durability, long life, low maintenance and light weight. We found a number of interesting examples at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March

Tags: Trailers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

Instead of a traditional look-and-touch routine, a driver’s pre-trip inspection would be faster and better if key components had sensors wired to transponders that would broadcast their status.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. Starting in 2010, we've had another: Compliance, Safety, Accountability better known as CSA

Tags: Trailers

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Trailers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

This great-looking load shoul dbe placed out-of-service for violations. How many can you spot? (See the answer at the bottom of the story.)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see - including DOT roadside inspector

Tags: Trailers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Severe underride was the result of this 35-mph, 50%-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Overlap is what happens when a car hits a trailer with only part of its front instead of head-on.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

Tags: Trailers

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Preventing LED Theft

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

They've pretty much taken over the vehicle lighting business, and they don't cost nearly as much as when they first appeared about 20 years ago. So LEDs - lamps made with light-emitting diodes - aren't stolen like they once were

Tags: Trailers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Long-Life Trailer Specs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosio

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Melton Truck Lines bought 200 new steel-and-aluminum flatbed trailers from Great Dane and Utility this year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Weight vs. Cost

Plastic sheeting and aluminum extrusions and fabrications combine to cut many pounds from this trash-transfer trailer shown at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How important is saving weight? It's vital in some operations, such as hauling bulk commodities, especially if trailers are always loaded to the max and tare weight must be cut to enhance payload potential

Tags: Trailers

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

By Truckinginfo Staff

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Reefer Tech Unveiled at MATS Saves Money

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Big and tall rigs aren't the only things that hit low overpasses. Medium-duty trucks can hit really low bridges, or at least one of them did in Westwood, Mass

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadability Regulations and Drayage Truck Inspections: What to Know

Ten-character alpha-numeric code painted on ocean-container chassis can establish vehicle ownership -- and therefore who should get any ticket for equipment infractions -- if it is in a global registry.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New federal "roadability" regulations that clear up who's supposed to be responsible for intermodal equipment infractions - basically, the owner of the chassis in question - have been in effect since December 17

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC reefer task force: Timely trailer repairs important

It's not enough to write the correct specs for trailer insulation values when you order. Proper maintenance and repairs are vital. The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA has a task force on preserving reefer insulation values

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Baby It's Cold Inside: Spec'ing Reefer Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Transport refrigeration units - TRUs - are the main thing separating temperature-controlled trailers from dry freight vans. But insulation is just as important.

Tags: Trailers

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Controlling Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday weather elements

Tags: Trailers

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