New composite leaf springs should last longer than steel and ride almost as well as air-ride, SAF-Holland says.
Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, June 5, 2015 10:40 AM | »
Experts agree that wind drag on trailers is more significant than what the tractor faces.
ATDynamics, now part of Stemco, says 75% of wind drag at highway speeds comes from the trailer. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, June 1, 2015 5:19 AM | »
Trucks, on the road or on flatcars, are often part of model railroads, as Senior Editor Tom Berg found at the Toy Train Museum.
There was a time when railroads were in the motor transport business, as their parent companies recognized that freight was being grabbed by fast, flexible long-haul trucks and they might as well grab some of the revenue. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:29 AM | »
An arrow-shaped aero device diverts wind away from the tandem, while a covering of the frame rails and crossmembers reduces turbulence there.
Unlike most skirts that are stationary, the stinger moves with the tandem as it’s slid fore and aft, so it smooths air flow no matter where the tandem is set, said the system’s inventor. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:53 AM | »
Sometimes intermodal shipping works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Senior Editor Tom Berg explores why one intermodal refrigerated operation is expanding, in contrast to another that is suing railroads in blame for its demise, in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Claims made by Cold Train founders in their $41 million suit, announced on Tuesday, illustrate how the railroads, like truckers, can’t handle all the business being thrown at them. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:46 PM | »
Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.
Different buyers have different considerations, which is why trailer manufacturers offer the three different types. Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:09 AM | »
Refiners are buying trucks to fetch more desirable crude oil than what they’re getting through pipelines. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:48 AM | »
Four people died when their car ran into a semitrailer sitting on a busy highway. How'd it happen?
It could've been driver error, mechanical failure or both, and we won't know for a while. But it sure matters. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:51 PM | »
Better aero fairings must save at least 9% in fuel to get the new designation
What does the new "Elite" level of fuel-saving devices offered by the EPA SmartWay program mean? Senior Editor Tom Berg explores the topic in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:20 PM | »
Elite means a set of equipment will save at least 9% in fuel at highway speeds – nothing to blow off with a shrug.
The Tail resembles the Trailer Tail from ATDynamics, but seems unique in that its panels automatically deploy when the rig reaches about 45 mph, then fold up as it slows down. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 8:00 AM | »
A trucker unwittingly takes a minivan for the ride of its life.
A minivan plowed into the rear of a semi on I-75 in northern Michigan, and got dragged along for miles by the rig because its driver was totally unaware that he had something hanging on. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:00 PM | »
Follow the Truck Route or you'll be in trouble.
Sometimes, following the truck route is the only way to stay safe, as Senior Editor Tom Berg finds when he travels through a small town in Ohio. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:00 PM | »
The heavy loads can't roll off because they're automatically blocked aboard.
Most truckers who haul heavy rolls of steel and other metals use flatbeds, but there’s a safer way, in the opinion of those who use Transcraft Coil Haulers. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 1:00 PM | »
On black ice, all the anti-lock braking systems in the western world can't do much to control a multi-trailer combination.
This video is so graphic that parts of it, shot by a motorist along the New Jersey Turnpike, were picked up by ABC and CBS in their evening newscasts one day last week. Thankfully, no one was hurt. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 1:47 PM | »
Can't he see that smoke? Can't he feel the trailer dragging against his tractor? Apparently not.
Senior Editor Tom Berg tries to warn a driver of a burning brake, but without success. Moral: Check the equipment you're driving. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:23 PM | »
They'd be safer to reach for repairs, but they're up there for some good reasons.
The three identification lights at the top-rear of the trailer, mounted around the center line of the vehicle, are to alert following drivers that the vehicle equipped with these lights is wider than 80 inches. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:15 PM | »
Since 1964 the gas stations have sold Hess Toy Trucks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so this year is the 50th anniversary of the tradition.
Since 1964 Hess has sold Toy Trucks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so this year is the 50th anniversary of the tradition. Since Hess is closing its filling stations in a few months the 2014 truck will be the last that can be bought in person. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:00 AM | »
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.
Some carriers turn away temperature-sensitive freight during cold snaps. But Pyle has equipment and facilities to handle it, and the business has grown. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:00 PM | »
Not that many cargoes need the protection of air springs, fleets have found.
White sidewalls and doors can bring thousands of dollars more than a custom color at resale time. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:00 AM | »
High speed plus slippery pavement equals a big crash, all caught on video.
Watch this video and see if you'd have driven into the situation differently. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43 PM | »
Senior Editor Tom Berg watches the drama and has his imagination provoked, too!
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! READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Low floor adds 600 cubic feet to a van's usual capacity.
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Reefer operators can track load temperatures through telematics, but that eats up electricity from a parked trailer's battery.
Recent announcements by Carrier Transicold and Thermo King, that they’re offering solar panels as options on many reefer units, jibed nicely with discussions during TMC's Fall Meeting near Orlando, notes Senior Editor Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:00 AM | »
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM | »