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O-O? Trailer Transit Might Need You

It's strictly hook-and-drop, whether it's loaded or not.

Trailer Transit hauls "anything on wheels," from new trailers to this special load for NASA.

February 11, 2016

Tom Berg has been intrigued for a while by Trailer Transit, which, as its name implies, is a transporter of trailers. The Indiana-based outfit's owner-operators pull "anything and everything,' a veteran recruiter says. Learn more about it in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailers, Haul-a-Way, Owner-Operators

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:35 AM | » Comments(0)

Misclassification Battle Continues at Ports

Photo: Ed Alfaro

February 8, 2016

Every few months, it seems, we report on a strike or protest at the ports about the alleged practice of "misclassifying" drivers as owner-operators rather than employees. Deborah Lockridge has the latest update on this issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Port Trucking, XPO Logistics, Independent Contractors, Drayage

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 9:09 AM | » Comments(0)

An Unusual Trailer-Mounted Concrete Pumper

Putzmeister built the high-capacity unit in Germany, and it'll work in Texas for Western Concrete Pumping.

M-B Actros is common in Europe but seldom seen in the U.S. A conventional-cab Mack will be built and outfitted to pull the pump trailer to work sites in Texas.

February 2, 2016

Most pumpers are mounted on straight trucks, some with multiple axles, but this large, heavy one is better carried on a long 10-axle rig.

Tags: World of Concrete, Custom Vehicles, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:46 PM | » Comments(0)

Twin 33s Issue Revived in Constitution-Related Bill

Longer pup trailers are among the matters addressed in legislation proposed by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.

Last year Wabash National displayed a 33-foot pup trailer marked to show its extra capacity over current 28s.  Photo: Tom Berg

January 29, 2016

Double 33-foot trailers were pulled from last December's spending bill by senators who objected on safety grounds, but as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog, they may not be dead yet.

Tags: U.S. Congress, Doubles, Double Trailers, Truck Size/Weight

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 29, 2016 11:50 AM | » Comments(0)

Model Train Show Includes Trucks that Deliver Memories

Children and parents were amused by the fantasy worlds, and older men remembered the boyhood hours they spent “playing with trains.”

S-scale modeler Larry Robertson chats with a visitor as his freight train pauses on the tracks. Note the trailer-on-flatcar loads, an activity of progressive railroads starting in the 1950s. Photos: Tom Berg

January 20, 2016

The Greenberg Great Train & Toy Show is an annual event at the fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. On the show's layouts as in real life, trucks and trailers play an important transportation role.

Tags: Railroads, Piggybacking, Intermodal, Containers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:34 AM | » Comments(0)

What Does a Skateboarder Have to do with CSA?

Tragic accident in Manhattan illustrates why crash accountability needs to be considered under CSA.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

January 15, 2016

A tragic accident illustrates why carriers want the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to include crash accountability.

Tags: CSA, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, January 15, 2016 2:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Roll-Off Truck’s Raised Rails Batter a Bridge

Truck vs. bridge: This time the truck wins.

The truck driver calls in the incident, and was reportedly fired. He probably forgot to turn off the PTO, whose pump re-raised the roll-off's rails.

January 12, 2016

Roll-off truck drivers: Did you turn off the PTO? Trucks and trailers are sometimes incompatible with overpasses. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Accidents, Preventable Accidents, Bridges

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:06 AM | » Comments(1)

Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Goes High-Tech

Pallets of cookies awaiting distribution at Evans Distributiong. Photo: Evans

December 30, 2015

Girl Scout cookie sales have gone digital, and Detroit-based Evans Distribution Systems is handling the shipping for more than a million boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. Deborah Lockridge, parent of a Girl Scout herself, has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: 3PL, Girl Scouts, Evans Distributing

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:18 AM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

Volvo Truck vs. 4-year-old With Remote Control

December 3, 2015

While a lot of kids may have a remote-controlled vehicle of some sort on their wish list for Santa, one 4-year-old got the ultimate such driving experience in Volvo's latest video designed to showcase the toughness of its FMX truck.

Tags: In the Media, Volvo Group

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Patience, Persistence Needed to Bring Young People into the Industry

Photo by Jim Park

October 30, 2015

Are we going overboard in pushing kids toward a college education? One reader responds to Deborah Lockridge's October editorial, and she has this follow-up in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Driver Shortage

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 2:32 PM | » Comments(3)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(13)

Daredevil Shatters Record with 166-foot Truck Jump

Photo courtesy of Mike Ryan Motor Sports.

July 28, 2015

Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.

Tags: Freightliner, In the Media

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Were Those Old Trucks Really as Good as We Remember?

Still one of my favorites, this example, a 1980 International Transtar Eagle, belongs to Steve Constantin of Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Jim Park

July 9, 2015

A weekend at an antique and classic truck show opens up the floodgates and the memories of 20 years on the road come flooding back. Equipment Editor Jim Park makes a few seat-of-the-pants comparisons of the truck he used to drive to the trucks we're driving today.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Classic Truck, History, Cabovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:10 AM | » Comments(3)

Sometimes it's Driver Error; Sometimes it's an Optical Illusion

Illustration via WSBTV

May 4, 2015

We all know some freeway off-ramp bends are too tight, but we sort of expect that. When the mainline of the highway has too tight a turn it can be shocking. All the more so when your eyes tell you the road is straight ...

Tags: Truck Drivers, Interstate, Rollovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, May 4, 2015 9:03 AM | » Comments(1)

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