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Here’s to Tequila Patron, Which Made This Trailer Possible

Senior Editor Tom Berg's day is brightened by this clean and colorful van. But what's inside?

Don't the graphics on that clean trailer make you want to sip a bit of Mexican tequila?

August 20, 2014

“Now why would a trucking company that hauls booze advertise it?” I mumbled. “That’s asking for a hijacking.” Senior Editor Tom Berg investigates in his "Trailer Talk" blog.

Tags: Image, Trailers, Specialty Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 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)

Another Exec Gets a Taste of Life on the Road

From left, Marne Keller-Krikava from J.J. Keller, Ellen Voie, who heads up Women In Trucking, and Deb Anderson from Schneider National. Photo: J.J. Keller/WIT

August 15, 2014

An announcement about J.J. Keller's president riding along with women truckers prompts a blog post from Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge about the importance of connecting with truckers.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Meeting a Walking Oshkosh History Museum

Here's a guest post from Senior Editor Tom Berg about an interesting character he met on a recent assignment.

Clarence Jungwirth will be 95 in October, and has worked at Oshkosh Truck since 1945.

August 14, 2014

Senior Editor Tom Berg guest-writes the All That's Trucking blog with a story of an interesting character he met recently while on assignment.

Tags: Oshkosh, People, History

Author: Tom Berg, Senior Editor | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Liquid Nitrogen – How Cool is That?

Guest post: Toss the diesel and pump in some liquid nitrogen for super-cold cooling.

The Cryometrix CB-40 pollution-free reefer.

August 8, 2014

Reflect Scientific says a Cryometrix CB-40 transport refrigeration unit made history by delivering its first commercial load of frozen foods using a new pollution-free refrigeration technology.

Tags: Cryogenics, Reefers, Transportation Refrigeration Units, Trailers

Author: Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor | Posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

CNBC Series Provides Lopsided Portrayal of Truck Safety

A still from one of the CNBC reports.

August 7, 2014

A CNBC series called "Collision Course" has drawn a heated response from the American Trucking Associations, which called it "an outrageously inaccurate image" of the industry. Here's what Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has to say.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Anne Ferro, Safety & Compliance, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking and Scouting: A Great Match

A Boy Scout checks out Jeff Clark's truck at the Walcott Trucker's Jamboree. Photo: Trucker Buddy

August 5, 2014

As a former Girl Scout, a Girl Scout leader for the past three years, and a trucking editor for 24, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge is thrilled to see continuing efforts to educate young people in both Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting about the trucking industry.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Women in Trucking, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Important are Claims About Towing Capacity?

Who's really 'best in class,' and do customers really care?

The latest truck maker to claim towing capacity superiority is Ford, which has upped the horsepower and torque of its Power Stroke V-8 diesel to propel an F-450 pickup and a trailer as heavy as 31,200 pounds.

July 31, 2014

Senior Editor Tom Berg branches out a bit in his Trailer Talk blog this week to talk about how much trailer load heavy pickups can haul. In a demonstration a couple of weeks ago, Ford pitted a pair of Power Stroke-powered F-450 pickups against a Ram 3500 dually pickup with a Cummins Turbo Diesel to demonstrate towing capacity.

Tags: Ford F-Series Super Duty, Ram Heavy Duty, Pickup Trucks, Trailers, Ford

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 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)

Back a Double-Trailer Rig? There’s an App for That

A demonstration by ZF engineers a couple of weeks ago in Germany was impressive because it wasn’t being done by a driver, but a guy with a tablet computer.

July 22, 2014

The point is productivity: A vehicle longer and more complex than the single semis normally used in most of Europe could be employed to haul more cargo in one trip. And with little training, its driver could back it into position for loading or unloading.

Tags: Productivity, long combination vehicles, Remote Controls, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 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)

Curved Upper Edge on Trailers Avoids Tree-Branch Damage

The idea came from truck bodies, but Darry Stuart put it to use on trailers.

July 8, 2014

Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved surfaces up there let the branches slide past harmlessly.

Tags: Vehicle Damage, Hyundai Translead, Trailers, Dry Vans

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Are Drivers Sitting Ducks?

April 9, 2014

Excessive sitting has been implicated in increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, disability, depression, weight gain and even some cancers. Just what drivers need to hear.

Tags: Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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