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 | »
Multiplying the tractor's pulling force could reduce required input and save 80% in fuel, this concept's inventor believes.
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 5:30 PM | »
Moving large, heavy machines in one piece avoids the time and work otherwise spent in teardown and reassembly, saving big money.
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 2:00 PM | »
Senior Editor Tom Berg's day is brightened by this clean and colorful van. But what's inside?
“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. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Guest post: Toss the diesel and pump in some liquid nitrogen for super-cold cooling.
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Who's really 'best in class,' and do customers really care?
Senior Editor Tom Berg branches out a bit in his Trailer Talk blog this week to talk about how much trailer load heavy pickups can haul. In a demonstration a couple of weeks ago, Ford pitted a pair of Power Stroke-powered F-450 pickups against a Ram 3500 dually pickup with a Cummins Turbo Diesel to demonstrate towing capacity. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
A demonstration by ZF engineers a couple of weeks ago in Germany was impressive because it wasn’t being done by a driver, but a guy with a tablet computer.
The point is productivity: A vehicle longer and more complex than the single semis normally used in most of Europe could be employed to haul more cargo in one trip. And with little training, its driver could back it into position for loading or unloading.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | »
The idea came from truck bodies, but Darry Stuart put it to use on trailers.
Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved surfaces up there let the branches slide past harmlessly. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Tom Berg spots an unusual trailer lighting system on the road. Grote LED light bars need only three pigtails to connect to the sealed wiring harness, reducing the chances for corrosion and electrical failures, he explains in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00 AM | »