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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

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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

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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

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right

The newer the reefer, the more efficient its engine, compressor and other components. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

People who operate refrigerated trailers know a lot about their businesses, but even the most experienced would tell you that they don't know it all.

Tags: Trailers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Graphic Success: This Fleet's Testing Helped it Choose Aero Devices

(Photo by John Ehlers, Quad Graphics)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testing on regular runs showed Duplainville Transport which aerodynamic improvers to use on its 53-by-102 van trailers, and experience shows substantial fuel economy gains with a quick payback on the extra money invested

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Lightweight Flatbeds Allow Heavy Payloads, Help Fleet Grow

An HWC rig can carry up to 54,000 pounds of building supplies, thanks to the 8,000-pound tare weight of Fontaine Revolution flatbeds.  The company began as a private carrier, and is now a for-hire fleet of 130 trailers and 100 tractors.

Five years ago, H. Wade Carden Jr. started HWC Transportation when his Philadelphia-area lumber business couldn't make economical shipments aboard heavy equipment then operated by for-hire carriers in the Northeast

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Hauling Wind Turbines

Last spring, SkyBitz tracked the movement of this 131-foot-long wind turbine blade from South Dakota to Texas. A Landstar contractor did the hauling.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Wind is free, but harnessing it to perform work can be very expensive. That's the case with today's wind turbines that are built to generate electricity.

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Trends: Recession Doesn't Stop Advances in Trailer Technology

Carrier Transicold's AeroFlex fiberglass trailer side skirts are just one of many trailer innovations.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Even through the Great Recession, many trailer and body makers spent time and money developing advanced products that promise to improve operating efficiencies and save money for their customers

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solving Liftgate Charging Problems

The heavier the load, the greater the draw on the auxiliary batteries that power a liftgate's electric motor. State and municipal restrictions on engine idling often reduce time for recharging.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Liftgates take goods from a trailer or truck body to the ground, where drivers can roll the cargo into customers' establishments

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spray and Splash and MPG

Fuel economy can be an added bonus for special anti-spray flaps. (Photo by Koneta Rubber)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Water spray kicked up by heavy tractor-trailers blinds motorists, something that got a lot of attention in the early 1980s from government and industry

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet

Super Therm can be sprayed over large areas or rolled onto smaller surfaces. Coating needn't be cleaned to stay effective and lasts more than 20 years. (Photo by Curt Lundberg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sunshine brings warmth and happiness, but to refrigerated trailers it brings only heat, and too much of it

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Holland Changes Along With Trucking

SAF and Holland hope their synergy will produce demand for new 5-inch round trailer axles to go into the CBX40 (shown) and the UX40.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There's a mighty transition going on at an old, established North American supplier to the trucking industry. Holland from Michigan is now a combined company with SAF of German

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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dart Goes Lightweight

This photo shows features of Dart Transit's Eco Trailer, a 53-by-102 van built by Hyundai in Tijuana, Baja Calif. Double-sheet sidewall was designed and patented by Dart's president, Dave Oren. (Photo courtesy of Dart Transit Co.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dart Transit, a pioneer in high-cube trailers for hauling low-density freight, is now seeking lower tare weight to serve customers who ship heavier cargoes

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pick It Up and Run With It: Intermodal 'Trailer' Comes to U.S.

Lifting the demonstration load from the deck of the

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Lars Frantzich refers to his container carriers as "machines," not trailers. This gives a hint of the capability and versatility of the Hammar Lift self-loading container-hauling trailer, new to the U.S. market

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Piggyback Pointers: Spec'ing For Intermodal

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For much of the history of trailer-on-flatcar operations, semitrailers had to be beefed up to take the beating of rail service

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Interior Lighting? Think LEDs

Neither incandescents nor fluorescents can hold a candle(power) to light-emitting diodes, which make good white light and last a lifetime. The LED lighting pictured here is from Grote Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Daylight's great for as long as it lasts, and then we switch on electric lights. But for lighting up the insides of trailers, forget old-fashioned incandescent and even late-model fluorescent types

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Air cylinders raise the railing along the top of this dry-bulk tanker for safe use by a driver or worker. They drop back down when loading or maintenance is complete.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Your Trailer For Resale

Condition of floor, walls and ceiling, as in this reefer, are among the things a prospective buyer looks at. Solid specs and regular maintenance keep a trailer usable and resalable.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What makes a semitrailer easy to sell at a good price? Structural soundness, with emphasis on the floor and roof, and good appearance that comes from regular maintenanc

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CA Goes Aero: CARB's New Aerodynamic Rules

SmartWay-certified trailers with side skirts and low-rolling-resistance tires should meet the upcoming CARB rules. These tires are wide-base singles, but some standard-size duals also qualify. Photo from Great Dane Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Not many owners of semitrailers have bought aerodynamic fairings and low-rolling-resistance tires to save fuel, but a lot of them will have to under new rules from California's Air Resources Board

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The California Air Resources Board is following through on its promise to clamp down on emissions from reefer diesel

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavier-Rig Idea Advances

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem, plus the familiar 12,000 pounds on the tractor's steer axle and 34,000 on its tandem.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A bill to allow states to authorize heavier tractor-trailers has been introduced in Congress, and the idea might also be part of highway reauthorization legislation. But chances for passage are iffy, observers sa

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Maintenance: Little Things Mean A Lot

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Trailers these days get a little more respect than they used to. They're designed to last longer with less maintenance. Newer, more damaging de-icers have driven the development of new coatings and other solutions to corrosion problems

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Technology That's Working

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rollovers are one of the most serious types of accidents, because drivers and other truck occupants are usually tossed around and badly injured or killed. In the process, tractors are badly damaged or totaled

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making the Connection -- Beyond the Fifth Wheel

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Doubles and triples combinations are the primary over-the-road equipment for less-than-truckload fleets, truck-trailer rigs are common among specialty haulers in many western states

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November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintenance Report: Trailers

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

Attention to detail in spec'ing and maintaining trailers pays off in longer life and lower maintenance costs.

Tags: Maintenance, Spec'ing, Trailers, inspections, Corrosion, Electrical System

May 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Box On Wheels No More

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

A number of factors are prompting fleet managers to take a closer look at trailer maintenance.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers

May 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LONG-LIFE ADVANCES

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

New developments make trailers longer lasting and more economical.

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March 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tractor-Trailer Aerodynamics

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Streamlined power units are a given, and research on trailer aero improvers should make them common, too.

Tags: Equipment, Trailers

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