Canadian-spec "bumpers" have been standard on vans and reefers for a decade or more, so the feds' upcoming mandate for stronger equipment is not a big deal.
Absorbing an extra 5 mph amounts to almost double the force that slams into a trailer's rear, but isn't that expensive to produce, explains Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:56 AM | »
Change in federal law will allow "tandem towing" of more units heading to dealers.
Only eight states allowed a truck to tow two trailers, but lengths varied and none of the eight were contiguous. Then congress added a provision in the FAST Act that legalized tandem towing in all states, and liberalized combination length. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2016 12:11 PM | »
Utility Trailer says the agency has no authority to regulate non-motorized vehicles with its proposed Phase 2 rules – and they probably won't save as much as regulators think
EPA wants more fuel-saving devices on trailers under proposed greenhouse-gas-reductoin rules. But one trailer maker says they won't provide as much benefits as regulators think. Tom Berg explores why in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:17 PM | »
It's strictly hook-and-drop, whether it's loaded or not.
Tom Berg has been intrigued for a while by Trailer Transit, which, as its name implies, is a transporter of trailers. The Indiana-based outfit's owner-operators pull "anything and everything,' a veteran recruiter says. Learn more about it in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:35 AM | »
Putzmeister built the high-capacity unit in Germany, and it'll work in Texas for Western Concrete Pumping.
Most pumpers are mounted on straight trucks, some with multiple axles, but this large, heavy one is better carried on a long 10-axle rig. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:46 PM | »
Longer pup trailers are among the matters addressed in legislation proposed by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.
Double 33-foot trailers were pulled from last December's spending bill by senators who objected on safety grounds, but as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog, they may not be dead yet. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, January 29, 2016 11:50 AM | »
Children and parents were amused by the fantasy worlds, and older men remembered the boyhood hours they spent “playing with trains.”
The Greenberg Great Train & Toy Show is an annual event at the fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. On the show's layouts as in real life, trucks and trailers play an important transportation role. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:34 AM | »
Truck vs. bridge: This time the truck wins.
Roll-off truck drivers: Did you turn off the PTO? Trucks and trailers are sometimes incompatible with overpasses. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:06 AM | »
We pause a recording to really look at this message, and the vehicles in it.
This TV spot packs a lot of action into 10 seconds, and never mind that its details vary quite a bit. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:36 AM | »
Longer doubles would've boosted efficiency, but Congress killed the idea on safety grounds.
Longer doubles would've boosted efficiency, but Congress killed the idea on safety grounds. The Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking, made up of less-than-truckload and package carriers with outside backing, expressed its unhappiness this week in a statement, reports Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2015 8:20 AM | »
"Lift gate's not long enough. Let's get creative," two drivers decided.
Shipping a car? You might not want to use this European outfit who used an unconventional method to lift a Volvo station wagon onto their truck. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:57 AM | »
A soft-sided trailer can be loaded and unloaded through rear doors, but usually is worked over its sides.
The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:22 PM | »
Smoothing air flow saves fuel money, and every little bit adds up.
SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper." READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:42 PM | »
The wraps for the sides and rears of 53-foot vans are part of ATA’s campaign to boost trucking’s image among the general public.
One way to liven up a business meeting is an interesting raffle, and the American Trucking Associations obliged at its recent Management Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, giving away two sets of colorful vinyl trailer wraps with pro-industry messages. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 7:00 AM | »
Like the kit for vans, the product need be applied only to a tractor, not the trailer, which saves money.
FlowBelow Aero Inc., the manufacturer of fairings and wheel covers that control air movement around a road tractor’s drive wheels, is now selling a version for tractors that pull flatbed and tank trailers. READ MORE
Posted @ Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:42 PM | »
The same CO2 that government regulators work to control as a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming might be embraced as a more environmentally friendly compound to keep our perishables at safe temperatures. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 9, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Productivity, safety and fuel economy could be increased by running trucks together. But is it practical?
ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council just adopted a White Paper: Automated Driving and Platooning Issues and Opportunities discussing where development is and what its prospects are. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:00 PM | »
Another trailer axle would add 11,000 pounds of gross weight, but does it make dollars and sense?
The strongest argument against heavier rigs is the lack of payback due to low revenue from stingy shippers. That's the "market" at work. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2015 8:00 AM | »
FlowBelow Aero devices control air flow and boost economy by 3%, says Indian River Transport.
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 5:00 PM | »
Computational fluid analysis interpreted air flow over the trailer panels’ surfaces, finding some drag produced by rivet heads.
Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:00 AM | »
You’d think the woman driving the van would’ve seen the rig sitting there with its tail and marker lights on, and its red-and-white reflectors aglow from her van’s headlights.
Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 PM | »
One-third of all food produced goes to waste. If it weren't, it's possible that nobody would go hungry.
“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States." Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog looks at a new book on food waste whose authors are with the parent company of Carrier Transicold READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 5, 2015 9:00 AM | »
How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?
While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | »
These steel boxes are exceptionally strong, fire resistant and weatherproof, and deserve to be repurposed instead of going to scrap.
Containers are made of heavy gauge steel and make excellent structural components. And they’re far cheaper and “greener” than buying traditional materials like lumber for that purpose. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Armored vehicles can “road march” to battlefields, but suffer high rates of wear and tear when doing so. It’s far better to carry them.
The U.S. Army operates some of the more serious tractor-trailer combinations in the world, as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog. The M1000 gooseneck trailer, for instance, weighs 50,000 pounds before it's even loaded. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM | »