Trailer Talk

Follow-up: Preventing over-inflation due to heat

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.

Tags: Trends

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 8:17 AM | » Comments(0)

This normal-looking tanker rig's more than it seems

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.

Tags: Tankers, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Reefer makers say they're ready for new emissions rules

August 22, 2012

Clean air is neither cheap nor simple

Tags: Reefers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:10 AM | » Comments(0)

Plug in pallet jack's batteries right in the trailer with TAPS

August 1, 2012

Plugging motorized pallet jacks into warehouse power supplies is so old. There's a new solution to the battery charging chore. Leave it in the trailer and charge it right there

Tags: maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Standard on-board trailer scale adds operating value, suppliers say

On-board scales allow users to load to the maximum every time with no need to check-weigh or rework the load,

July 25, 2012

About twelve years ago, while on a real-life run with a produce-hauler, I watched as he drove 19 miles off route to weigh his load -- at the consignee's request. While he backtracked, I thought that this was a great argument for on-board scales

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:41 PM | » Comments(1)

Clever images entertain German motorists ... or do they?

July 11, 2012

German graphic artists are at it again, vinyl-wrapping semitrailers with eye-boggling images of products on their way to market. But wait..

Tags: Specialty

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:18 AM | » Comments(0)

Testimonials aren't new, but they're still convincing

Guy Lacasse, who runs a handsomely painted and intelligently equipped rig out of Quebec, says he gained 8.2% in fuel economy after installing ATD's Transtex trailer skirts and more than 7% from a TrailerTail.

July 3, 2012

ATDynamics in South San Francisco, Calif., is among the most active makers of trailer aerodynamic improvers, both in designing and selling its products and in promoting them via the media. Its website, www.atdynamics.com, now includes testimonials from happy customers, including a Canadian featured below.

Tags: Trends

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:57 AM | » Comments(2)

Mack trailer among vehicles at company's Allentown museum

Mack made more than 6,000 semi- and full trailers similar to this one from 1929 to 1944.

June 27, 2012

Did you know that Mack Truck at one time built trailers? I didn't until last week when, along with other truck writers, I toured the Mack Museum in its recently established Customer Center in Allentown, Pa

Tags: Flat Beds

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:43 PM | » Comments(0)

UFO on a trailer bares the truth about Roswell!

June 15, 2012

Please understand that I still believe that something significant happened near Roswell, N.M., back in 1947, in spite of what the public was told.

Tags: Specialty

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 15, 2012 12:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Semi splashes syrup onto Buttermilk Pike -- really

June 11, 2012

Cleanup crews needed more than knives and forks to clear a mess made by a semi that sideswiped a barrier on Interstate 71 and 75 in Fort Mitchell, Ky., just south of Cincinnati

Tags: Dry Vans

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 11, 2012 3:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Paschall improves CSA scores with contract 'readiness' program

A fleetHQ technician inspects a trailer where it's parked, and after a go-ahead from Paschall Truck Lines, will fix whatever's wrong.

May 31, 2012

With more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections and repairs has been a daunting task for Paschall Truck Lines. But a contract service adopted more than a year ago has effectively complemented the fleet's effort

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:38 AM | » Comments(0)

'Teardrop' trailers save 2%-5% for British beverage distributor, but shape's not new

British beverage distributor Tradeteam placed its second order for 60 Don-Bur aerodynamic Teardrop trailers.

May 24, 2012

Streamlined "teardrop" trailers are saving enough fuel money for Tradeteam, a British beverage distributor, that it's buying a second set of them

Tags: Fuel Economy

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Trailer-mounted fueling station lets customers ease into LNG

Encana Natural Gas Inc. can park a mobile fueling station right on your premises.

May 16, 2012

Let's say you and your boss want to go "green" by trying out some natural gas-fueled trucks or tractors that you're getting on loan or lease, but you want to fuel them at your terminal, where diesel fuel islands already are

Tags: Trends

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:48 PM | » Comments(0)

Little rig belies owner's big heart toward children

May 9, 2012

An ambitious and dedicated French Canadian fleet owner has taken a detour with a miniature tractor-trailer that is making the rounds on YouTube

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, May 9, 2012 5:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Witte Bros. plugs in to keep cold cargoes cold

Fuel savings have more than paid for installation of 460-volt, 3-phase wiring and outlets at the fleet's home terminal in Troy, Mo. Trailer TRUs run on electrical stand-by power while they're parked on weekends.

May 2, 2012

You won't hear many reefer diesels running in the yard at Witte Brothers Exchange in Troy, Mo., because the trailer-mounted units are plugged into electrical outlets and running on so-called standby power

Tags: Reefers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, May 2, 2012 10:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Hardwood forests are healthy and growing in Appalachia, trade group says

Hardwood forests now cover 65.7 million acres in 12 states in the eastern U.S., an increase of 300,000 acres since 2007.

April 25, 2012

"Save a tree," environmentalists preach. That's not an option when you're building anything with wood, like a hardwood-composite floor for a van trailer.

Tags: Trends

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:26 AM | » Comments(0)

14,000-pound trailer's an easy toss for a twister with 100-plus-mph winds

A Schneider 53-foot van weighs about 14,000 pounds empty. Winds of more than 100 mph lifted the trailers off the ground when tornados touched down in Dallas last week.

April 5, 2012

How much power does it take to pick up a semitrailer and throw it hundreds of feet through the air? That question must've been on the minds of everyone who watched TV news video shot during the passage of a savage tornado through Dallas last week

Tags: Dry Vans

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, April 5, 2012 4:33 PM | » Comments(0)

What's inside that tanker? A polyurethane coating

March 28, 2012

During a stroll through the trailer areas at last week's Louisville truck show, I turned a corner and encountered a chemical tanker. Its rear access cover was open, and people were pausing to peek inside. "What's in there?" I wondered

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:50 PM | » Comments(0)

What are drivers thinking before they get rammed at railroad crossings?

March 9, 2012

"Stop, Look and Listen." You'd think professional truck drivers, of all people, would heed that warning at railroad crossings, but not all of them do

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, March 9, 2012 10:39 AM | » Comments(1)

Big Kitchen Trailer Serves Thousands in Wake of Disaster

March 2, 2012

The other night my wife and I were watching a Modern Marvels episode on "food trucks," primarily custom-built catering rigs based on walk-in van chassis. The producers also zeroed in on Manna One, a big kitchen built on a semitrailer frame specifically for disaster relief

Tags: Specialty

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, March 2, 2012 8:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Feds want anti-rollover systems on tank trailers and tractors

February 21, 2012

The feds have become believers in electronic roll-stability control (RSC) systems, and want tank-trailer operators to buy them, though it won't be right away, reports the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:26 PM | » Comments(2)

Electronics can cut rollover wrecks; so can structural stiffness and lighter weight, Fontaine says

Box sections replace crossmembers in Fontaine Trailer’s Revolution flatbed, making it more resistant to flexing and rollover.

February 17, 2012

Rollover wrecks by tractor-trailers are among the worst kinds of accidents, safety people say, because property damage is high and driver injuries are severe

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, February 17, 2012 8:29 AM | » Comments(0)

Underride guards in Japan look weaker but cover more area than here

Like all commercial vehicles of any size, this trailer sports underride barriers on three sides. Its tractor's engine was idling, like all other heavy vehicles at this Japanese truck stop.

January 20, 2012

Underride guards are becoming topical in the United States as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is petitioning federal safety authorities to toughen the regulation that govern the design on rear bumpers on trailers.

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 20, 2012 2:09 AM | » Comments(0)

Pickup bed coating wards off corrosion from calcium chloride, this fleet manager finds

Dark blue Herculiner material covers the lower third of this steel tanker owned by Peckham Materials. More than six years later, the coating is still in good condition.

January 8, 2012

What's the best way to combat corrosion caused by aggressive anti-road-icing salts? One fleet manager has coated the undersides of trucks and trailers with a product used to line pickup beds

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, January 8, 2012 5:44 PM | » Comments(0)

Forget the evils of CO2. It's actually an environmentally safe refrigerant, Carrier says

First NaturaLine units will be for use in temperature-controlled sea containers. Later, the CO2 concept might be used in trailer reefers.

December 28, 2011

The way that environmentalists bad-mouth carbon dioxide, it should be a four-letter word. Of course it is abbreviated to three characters - CO2.

Tags: Reefers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Author Bio

Tom Berg

Senior Editor

Journalist since 1965, truck writer and editor since 1978. CDL-qualified; conducts road tests on new heavy-, medium- and light-duty tractors and trucks. Specializes in vocational and hybrid vehicles.

Sponsored by

Newsletter

We offer e-newsletters that deliver targeted news and information for the entire fleet industry.



GotQuestions?

LUBRICANTS

The expert, Mark Betner from Citgo will answer your questions
Ask a question

Sponsored by

Magazine