April 29, 2013
Heavy-haul equipment has always fascinated me, ever since I was a little boy watching “steam shovels” dig basements in our then-expanding neighborhood in post-World War II Milwaukee.
The shovels (which were actually gasoline- and maybe diesel-powered) were carried to job sites on low-slung pull trailers. The trailers were pulled by dump trucks which, after parking the trailers on the street, also carried away some of the dirt from the new holes.
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 22, 2013
In his latest Trailer Talk blog, Senior Editor Tom Berg takes a closer look at what first glance might look like an ordinary equipment trailer.
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 15, 2013
Here’s a novel approach to making trailer skirts: Use reclaimed materials, consult with a veteran fleet executive to be sure you get the design right, and employ U.S. military veterans to assemble them while they attend school.
Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 10, 2013
Here’s a new twist on aerodynamics: curved blades inside a rectangular structure that smooth air flow as it leaves a trailer’s surfaces. Called the VorBlade Invisible Fairing, the device is combined in rows at the trailing edges of a box trailer, reducing turbulence and the suction effect at the vehicle’s rear.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 2, 2013
Last week a tractor-trailer carrying a memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War came to town, reports Senior Editor Tom Berg in his latest "Trailer Talk" blog. It was part of ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of the United States’ official withdrawal from Vietnam.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 22, 2013
Kenworth designers have turned to the trailer part of their T680 Advantage rig, integrating the smoothly styled tractor's aerodynamics into the lines of a 53-foot Utility van. The tractor has mechanical and electrical equipment meant to save fuel, but reducing air drag across the entire vehicle is almost as important, they said.
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 15, 2013
Forget that headline. Comparing a product to a container for an alcoholic beverage isn’t politically correct on a website that’s concerned about trucking safety, as this one is. But I wanted to get your attention because this thing, called the Sixth Wheel Ratchet, seems like a better idea than a pop-top can, whether or not you’re thirsty.
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 11, 2013
Andy Smith is seeing more and more of his TrailerTails moving down American and Canadian highways, and soon he’ll see them in Europe.
The founder and CEO of ATDynamics on Sunday said that to reporters on the eve of the opening of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. It was his latest briefing since he launched the fuel-saving folding-panel device in 2008.
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 1, 2013
Is your insurance company out to save you money? It is if it’s Progressive Commercial Auto Insurance, which has a special offer on trailer skirts.
Posted @ Friday, March 1, 2013 12:00 AM | »
February 21, 2013
A unique bottom-dump design widely used in the West and elsewhere is the Beall Bullet, fashioned of aluminum sheeting and interior bracing that is attractive in appearance and aerodynamic in performance.
Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 AM | »
February 5, 2013
Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Gordon Trucking Inc., can tell you more than a few things about trailer skirts and how to choose the right ones. Senior Editor Tom Berg has the story in the Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
January 28, 2013
Last month I spent some time in Michigan, the land of highway “trains.” And I was reminded that in spite of what safety extremists claim in Washington, D.C., high-capacity long combination vehicles, or LCVs, can be operated safely.
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 12:00 AM | »
January 17, 2013
Phillips Industries, maker of wiring harnesses, control boxes and other electrical apparatus for trailers, posts a monthly Quik Tech Tips featur
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:22 PM | »
December 27, 2012
Walmart Canada's long tractor-trailer combination should soon begin in-service testing following the issuing of revised permit conditions by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the province's trucking association says
Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 5:19 PM | »
November 27, 2012
When a badly corroded upper coupler assembly on a tank trailer caused a roll-over several years ago, Elvin Knollman began thinking of ways to prevent that insidious and almost invisible damage
Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:47 PM | »
November 19, 2012
Many thoughts went through my head when I first heard about the tragic train-truck collision in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 15: Oh, those poor military guys and their families! How could this happen? How could the truck driver mess up like this?
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 1:55 PM | »
November 11, 2012
What's this? A modern reiteration of a 1930s truck-and-trailer combination? Sort of. It's a high-capacity tractor-trailer combination recently assembled in Ontario for possible use by Walmart Canada, which calls it a "super cube" truck. And it's generating a bit of controversy
Posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:44 PM | »
October 30, 2012
"Just in time for Hurricane Sandy," said a message Monday from Wabash National spokeswoman Celeste Stanley
Posted @ Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:16 PM | »
October 22, 2012
There's much work ahead if the idea of automating pre-trip inspections of trailers is to become reality. That was the feeling during a session on the subject at the fall meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA
Posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 1:58 PM | »
October 12, 2012
Brian Layfield, president of Laydon Composites Ltd. in Ontario, Canada, read our recent Trailer Talk about the MAN-Krone aero tractor-trailer shown at the IAA show in Germany
Posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 7:00 AM | »
October 5, 2012
The huge IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany, late last month included this eye magnet, the "aerodynamically optimized road train" from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe
Posted @ Friday, October 5, 2012 7:21 AM | »
September 28, 2012
In August I wrote about Peckham Materials and its use of extra-heavy rigs to gain productivity
Posted @ Friday, September 28, 2012 7:32 AM | »
September 19, 2012
HANOVER, GERMANY - Thirty years of aerodynamic research is behind a streamlined semitrailer displayed this week at the huge Hanover truck show in Germany, says a Daimler Trucks executive who briefed a crowd of journalists on the efforts behind the vehicle
Posted @ Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:22 PM | »
September 10, 2012
In July's "Trailer Trends" article, we mentioned Hendrickson's new TireMaax Pro automatic tire inflation system, but did not do a good job of explaining it.
Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 8:17 AM | »
September 6, 2012
The handsome tractor and shiny tank trailer in this photo are more than they seem. Instead of the typical 75,000- to 80,000-pound, five-axle rig you'd find in many areas of the country, this one weighs 102,000 pounds.
Posted @ Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:00 AM | »