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A. Duie Pyle Bolsters Fleet of Heated, Insulated Vans for Winter

Pyle has added 80 of the special trailers, augmenting its existing pool of more than 400 such units. Most are 48-by-102s for road and city service.

Great Dane built Pyle's latest heated and insulated vans, like the one shown here in warmer days.

December 10, 2014

Some carriers turn away temperature-sensitive freight during cold snaps. But Pyle has equipment and facilities to handle it, and the business has grown.

Tags: Great Dane, Wabash National, Heaters, Insulated van, Vans, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Pegging the BS Meter in the Restart Battle

December 5, 2014

"The American public will pay with their lives and their wallets if Congress gives in to the anti-safety agenda of trucking interests." Deborah Lockridge writes about why that and other quotes from a press release from "safety" advocates are BS in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teamsters, CRASH, U.S. Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 5:38 AM | » Comments(0)

Steel Springs, White Color Among Penske’s Trailer Specs

Not that many cargoes need the protection of air springs, fleets have found.

Penske encourages customers to do a decal wrap rather than colored paint, because white trailers are easier to sell to a second owner.

December 3, 2014

White sidewalls and doors can bring thousands of dollars more than a custom color at resale time.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Color, Suspensions, Color Choices, Trailer Suspensions, Penske

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:00 AM | » Comments(0)

It's Snowing, Folks. Slow Down!

High speed plus slippery pavement equals a big crash, all caught on video.

November 12, 2014

Watch this video and see if you'd have driven into the situation differently.

Tags: Accidents, Driving Safety, Snow, Preventable Accidents

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43 PM | » Comments(0)

The Driver Shortage: Make it Someone Else's Problem

November 11, 2014

Don't hold your breath waiting for someone or some group to come along with a way of solving trucking's labor crisis. It won't happen that way. The only real way to solve this problem is one fleet at a time.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, National Private Truck Council, ATA

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:55 PM | » Comments(2)

Christmas Tree, Trucking's Image Make Way to Capitol for Holidays

The special 75-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is loaded onto a heavy duty trailer – expandable to 80 feet – and coupled to a Kenworth T880, Kenworth’s flagship heavy haul vocational truck. Photo: Kenworth

November 3, 2014

Last Thursday, more than 300 people celebrated the harvesting of the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree before it was loaded onto a tractor-trailer for a special tour on its way to Washington, D.C. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, PeopleNet, Image, Minnesota Trucking Association, Trucking Moves American Forward, ALK

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 3, 2014 12:10 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

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)

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)

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