American and Canadian rules require stuff in a van or reefer to be tied down, but it’s out of sight and can be overlooked by inspectors.
Like here, tying down the goods is a concern in Europe, because a dominant German trailer builder recently displayed a van with numerous securement options aboard. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:22 AM | »
There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two recent product announcements aimed at addressing the potential of trailers coming loose from fifth wheels. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 10:47 AM | »
Run off the tractor's wet kit, the hydraulically driven axle adds traction in rough conditions and can eliminate 4x4s used by some European operators.
“SAF Trak” axle is powered from the tractor’s hydraulic wet kit. On the trailer, two hydraulic motors, one at each axle end, turn the wheels to help get the rig moving in slippery conditions. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2016 8:12 AM | »
If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something.
Pre-trips are supposed to be done before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. In this blog from Senior Editor Tom Berg, we run through each item in a pre-trip inspection. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:49 PM | »
Hauling fuel for this company is a lot easier than dealing with heavy freight containers, says driver Jeff McMannus.
He stood at an open pipe at the tanker and held his hand in front of it, checking air as it flowed inside. During product loading, vapor-laden air is drawn out of the tanker to keep it from bursting. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 14, 2016 9:59 AM | »
Towing is a big deal for some pickup-truck owners, and Ford says its 2017-model SuperDuty pickups are more capable than ever.
The heftiest trailer was a Gladiator Load Max gooseneck, loaded with concrete blocks and decorative limestone, and weighing almost 30,000 pounds. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00 AM | »
Techs from TravelCenters of America dominated the Trailer Track competition, winning 12 of 15 awards announced.
Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2016 12:59 PM | »
A new or existing task force might bring in trailer-builder and repair-shop representatives to speak to it.
How do you repair a lowboy trailer whose deck structure has lost its arc? That might deserve some scrutiny, the organization figures. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:32 AM | »
The company is exhibiting at the giant IAA truck show in Hannover, Germany, by sharing a booth with its battery supplier, Gentherm.
The Intelligent Electric Axle axle replaces a “passive” axle on a standard trailer tandem or tridem, and promises big fuel savings – 10 to 20% from hybrid-powered operation alone, Hyliion claims. READ MORE
Posted @ Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:53 PM | »
Among seven categories of fuel-savings devices for over-the-road rigs, trailer aero devices had the lowest acceptance rate, about 21%.
It appears that it took a government decree to push operators into it, and it will take another set of rules to force further adoption of drag-reduction methods for trailers. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, September 12, 2016 8:30 AM | »
Box-type and vocational trailers are both affected in 2018-27 rules, and the U.S. is the first country in the world to regulate them.
Trailers have long been regulated for safety. But trailers’ contributions to fuel economy and reduced emissions are new matters for for federal authorities. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:53 PM | »
The electric-powered tandem captures braking energy that helps propel the trailer to reduce engine effort and thus save fuel.
Company execs say Initial assembly of fleet-test units will be later this year with full production a few months later. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2016 8:21 AM | »
Incredibly, she was not hurt at all because she was wearing her seat-and-shoulder belt. And we can hope she received a life's lesson.
A motorist doing some high-speed tailgating on an Interstate highway in Arizona loses control, bumps a semi and crashes big time. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 AM | »
That explains why the rig turned left in front of the approaching car; the truck driver thought he had more time than there really was.
If Joshua Brown had been watching where his car was going, he’d have simply stepped on the brake pedal and probably avoided the crash. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30 AM | »
Now being developed for aircraft and cars, the concept has fuel-saving possibilities for tractor-trailers, its backers say.
Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2016 8:15 AM | »
July is National Ice Cream Month. Act now or act soon to get special deals on this happy food. Of course it comes by truck.
Barry, a Ralphs driver, rejected a load because it was too warm. He was especially conscientious, but his action exemplifies care shown by workers all along the "cold chain." READ MORE
Posted @ Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:01 AM | »
OWL and Giraffe gauge wires and bridges above, and could make poles obsolete, their makers say.
In many states, rigs carrying oversize loads are escorted by pilot cars, some of them equipped with poles to gauge overhead obstructions. There are better ways. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:55 AM | »
Abe Samuels devised an easy way for carriers to display proper hazmat labels for many types of dangerous goods.
It was a challenge when a carrier transported a mixed load of various dangerous goods that needed to be identified. Today there are nine categories of hazards with 24 divisions among them. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:08 AM | »
Jeffrey Soule perfected his Liftgate-Lok over months of designing and testing. Its bar "fought the Dok Lok to a tie," he declared.
Lift gates cannot mate to dock restraints because they lack attachment points for the hooks, so shippers won't load the trailers, until now. Tom Berg has the details in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, June 13, 2016 6:54 AM | »
Jim Fox, a manager at aviation-fuel-hauler Pinnacle Express, is a strong believer in disc brakes. This mechanic and million-mile former driver declares that drum brakes are "obsolete." Read more in Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, June 10, 2016 7:41 AM | »
It seems amazing that the tractor stayed hanging there instead of breaking loose and falling onto the street below. But fifth wheels and trailer kingpins are very strong.
There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:49 AM | »
Air Tabs vortex generators and Laydon side skirts smooth air flow and make trailers easier to pull.
“All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between aero and bare trailers, says John Drake, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast. Learn more in the Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:18 PM | »
Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday?
Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday? The rear axle broke loose and the trailer lost its footing. What a Friday-the-13th happening! READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:34 PM | »
Was a "beta-test" version of the advanced electric car's control software to blame?
Rear-underride collisions upset safety advocates because they badly hurt auto drivers and passengers. What about a front-underride incident with no driver and no injuries? READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:55 AM | »
Enthusiasts invited to event honoring the long-gone company and its people.
Ruth Fruehauf continues her "Singing Wheels" efforts to preserve the trailer builder's history. Enthusiasts are invited to the event, honoring the long-gone company and its people. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:39 AM | »