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Rotting Chickens Bring 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(0)

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(2)

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)

75-Ton 9-Axle Lowboy Hauls More, Saves Money for Equipment Dealer

Moving large, heavy machines in one piece avoids the time and work otherwise spent in teardown and reassembly, saving big money.

Trailer includes a 3-axle "jeep" dolly, 3-axle lowboy and 3 flip-down axles. Axles can be removed for lighter-weight loads.

September 5, 2014

Bill Miller Equipment needed a trailer of higher capacity, with axle configurations and versatility to haul it through numerous states. Talbert built one. Tom Berg has the story in his "Trailer Talk" blog.

Tags: Lowbed, Talbert Trailers, Trailers, Heavy Haul

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

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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