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Clever Commercial Celebrating a Boy’s Imagination Includes a Tractor-Trailer

Senior Editor Tom Berg watches the drama and has his imagination provoked, too!

October 31, 2014

The family comes upon a big rig transporting what looks like a tug or fishing boat, strapped to a special trailer. The little boy looks up at the boat and sees a three-masted schooner, foundering and in peril!

Tags: Trailers, In the Media

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

This Volvo Video's No Bull

October 16, 2014

Running with the bulls -- in a Volvo medium-duty truck? Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, In the Media, Medium-Duty Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

High-Cube Vans Bolster Fast Carriage of Big, Bulky Items

Low floor adds 600 cubic feet to a van's usual capacity.

Low floor is interrupted by wheel wells and step-up at the trailer's nose. So ZCube trailers don't backhaul.

October 16, 2014

It's "back to the future" in van trailers for one carrier, explains Tom Berg in his "Trailer Talk" blog. The freight is big, bulky and light, with gross combination weights typically at 45,000 pounds, so the ZCube trailers are pulled by single-rear-axle tractors.

Tags: Trailers, Special Specs, Logistics

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

October 13, 2014

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea?

Tags: Driver Health, Sleep Apnea, Regulations

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Solar Panels Can Avoid Run-Down Batteries from Telematic Signaling

Reefer operators can track load temperatures through telematics, but that eats up electricity from a parked trailer's battery.

Carrier's new Thin-Film Flexible Solar Panels are easily installed on the roofs of trailers, truck bodies and refrigerated rail cars chilled by Carrier Transicold or other systems. Photo: Carrier Transicold

October 7, 2014

Recent announcements by Carrier Transicold and Thermo King, that they’re offering solar panels as options on many reefer units, jibed nicely with discussions during TMC's Fall Meeting near Orlando, notes Senior Editor Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: TMC, Thermo King, Carrier Transicold, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Rotting Chicken Brings Attention to Abandoned Trailer

September 29, 2014

What does rotten chicken have to do with missing household goods? Abandoned trailers, says Senior Editor Tom Berg in his latest installment of the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailer Tracking, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM | » Comments(1)

Using Archimedes’ Lever Principle to Help Propel a Tractor-Trailer

Multiplying the tractor's pulling force could reduce required input and save 80% in fuel, this concept's inventor believes.

1. Floating kingpin  2. Linkage arm  3. Carrier bearing assembly  4. Front and rear levers  5. Trailer chassis 6. Tire-wheel assembly  7. Landing gear  8. Suspension  9. Axle  10. Input pivot (top of lever) 11. Fulcrum pivot at axle12. Output pivot at bracket mount

September 19, 2014

Archimedes, the scholar and mathematician of antiquity, was quoted as saying, “Give me a place to stand and a large enough lever, and I will move the earth.” That’s debatable, but some pretty big and heavy things can be nudged into motion with a lever – and trailers are among them, says an inventor in Ohio. Tom Berg has the story in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Inventions

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 5:30 PM | » Comments(0)

Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies

Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, wants to know why state governments don't worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company.

Greg Fulton.

September 15, 2014

We're turning over "All That's Trucking" today to Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, who wants to know, why don't state governments worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company?

Tags: Image, Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Author: Greg Fulton | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 7:08 AM | » Comments(0)

The Little Engine That Did

This 95-year-old Hvid engine still produces 6 horsepower at 550 rpm. It weighs 1,100 pounds, and the two flywheels weigh 375 pounds each. Photo by Jim Park

September 8, 2014

Fans of old engines and machinery would have been thrilled to find this working, 95-year-old engine on display at the the 40th anniversary celebrations of Cummins Jamestown, N.Y.. assembly plant. It's believed to have been among the first engines ever produced by the Cummins Engine Co., hand-built by Clessie Cummins himself. Jim Park has more in his "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Cummins, History, Engines

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 9:45 AM | » Comments(1)

Goodyear Picks New Truck Mooring System for its Blimp

Needing a reliable truck tough enough to easily handle mooring the Goodyear Blimp, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company chose a modified Mack Granite model as a mast truck for its iconic cargo.

September 8, 2014

What does a Mack Truck have to do with the Goodyear Blimp? Deborah Lockridge explores the topic in her "All That's Truckikng" blog.

Tags: Goodyear, Vocational, Mack, Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Fiery Crash Video Paints Portrait of Brave and Caring Truckers

August 19, 2014

A dash-cam video that surfaced this week of a trucker's reaction after witnessing a fiery crash paints a portrait of truckers that's good for the industry. Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Accidents, Image, I-10, Mississippi

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro — But Replacement Could Be Worse

Almost from the day she took office, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro became a lightning rod for all the ill will on both sides of trucking's fence.

July 29, 2014

Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement — in his "On the Road" blog.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Anne Ferro

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem

July 16, 2014

There is no excuse whatsoever for a driver striking a low bridge if the obstruction is accurately marked. That obviously wasn't the case with the Skagit River Bridge and there's only one doorstep on which to lay that blame.

Tags: NTSB, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Oversize Loads, Washington, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Tries Citizen's Arrest on a Cop with Interesting Results

If you don't have the moral high ground to successfully challenge a citation, the result could come back to bite you.

July 1, 2014

This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.

Tags: CSA, Citation, DataQ, Drivers, Law Enforcement

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Skilled Driver Saves Semi from Being Blown Over

May 14, 2014

A driver was caught on video recently in a hair-raising battle with a prairie wind. And this time the driver won.

Tags: Drivers, Weather, Rollovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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