You can't compare pickups with big rigs, but one writer did.
Except for highway wrecks, it isn’t often that the general news media get interested in big rigs. But one online outlet, www.fool.com, now has a story about the SuperTruck project, specifically the Peterbilt-Cummins vehicle recently displayed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s announcement about fuel economy standards for commercial trucks. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 12:00 AM | »
If you had to use US 62 from Exit 40 to Exit 27 between Eddyville and Calvert City, here's the reason why.
A huge and heavy boiler aboard a wide platform trailer couldn't squeeze by maintenance equipment on the eastbound Tennessee River bridge, so it moved to the westbound span. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Cameras are almost everywhere, so watch what you drive under.
You'll cringe while watching trucks and tractor-trailers too tall to pass beneath various bridges but whose drivers try to do so anyway. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Why are all those old trailers parked there? Been over the "Y-Bridge"? Stay off Linden Avenue or....
Tom Berg see items of trucker interest in old Zanesville, Ohio, along the historic National Road. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM | »
But on ice, controlling anything becomes really difficult.
Recent news photos remind senior editor Tom Berg of some anti-jackknifing training he had a while ago. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
It was really cold when Senior Editor Tom Berg toured the Transportation Museum of Virginia in Roanoke, and found a brighter-than-life Overnite rig.
Piggyback and container trains were running on an O-gauge model railroad, and little big rigs were backed into loading docks, just like in the real world. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Editor-members of the Truck Writers of North America have nominated, debated and voted for the next recipient of their award for technical innovation. One candidate is a l-o-n-g tractor-trailer.
Walmart Canada is testing its high-capacity 'Super Cube' rig in Ontario. Is it neat enough to win a big award? Senior Editor Tom Berg discusses it. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00 AM | »
The Great Plains and Midwest are one big ice box right now, but the economy's so heated up in North Dakota that unemployment's nil.
Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at a photo of a frigid scene in North Dakota and spots a lone semitrailer, parked perhaps with a load of processed feed, waiting to be offloaded. He wondered, will that trailer even roll? The photo sparked a conversation with a North Dakota trailer dealer for his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 AM | »
A frustrating part of being a bulk commodities driver is having a jam occur somewhere in the trailer during offloading, interrupting the material flow and setting him to work trying to break it free. That usually means hammering on a trailer’s side walls, but a Midwestern carrier has found a new product that’s effective, portable, lightweight and easy to use. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Half a million is a lot, especially when it describes how many big 53- by 102 trailers have been made by one manufacturer. Wabash National Corp. last week said it had produced its 500,000th DuraPlate model since introducing it 17 years ago. Senior Editor Tom Berg has the story in this Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Snow is spreading across much of the country, and maybe everyone’s biggest worry is just getting there. But if you’re motoring down the highway and a trailer ahead of you starts shedding sheets of snow and ice, that’ll make your trip even more interesting. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Senior Editor Tom Berg writes about an parked trailer he recently happened upon while on a Sunday drive. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Since its initial haul of a transformer to a new electrical substation in Ohio (“Count the Wheels Under This Heavy-Haul Trailer,”), Edwards Moving & Rigging has delivered three more of the huge and heavy pieces of equipment. There’s one more to go. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Who won the 2013 Commercial Truck of the Year award? Sorry, I can’t tell you, even if I knew.
Senior Editor Tom Berg writes about his experience judging the ATD Commercial Truck of the Year contest. READ MORE
Posted @ Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Tom Berg has rediscovered on YouTube some of the wonder of watching "Industry on Parade" as a kid, with a video about the technology behind one company's wall liners, which he shares in his latest Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM | »
This Strick trailer is part of intermodal history going back more than 50 years. It was one of a large group bought by the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for coast-to-coast Flexi-Van service it ran with the New York Central System. This particular trailer was spotted in 2004 in Omaha, Neb., after it was retired from piggyback service. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Sometimes really interesting things happen right near home. A few weeks ago I was on a Sunday jaunt with my wife and a granddaughter, driving through Sunbury in central Ohio, about nine miles from where we live. We spotted something big and heavy being moved through the village on a trailer that seemed to have a hundred wheels. READ MORE
Posted @ Sunday, October 6, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Updated recommendations from TMC for trailer electrical systems say sealed wiring, water- and corrosion-resistant connectors and low-amperage lamp designs are the things to get for long life – not new advice, but information newly included in the group’s Recommended Practice 704. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 AM | »
What’s the oldest working trailer you know of?
What’s the oldest working trailer you know of? READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Last week we ran a news story about the hauling of long, heavy concrete beams for reconstruction of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in northwestern Washington. You may recall that a section of the aging steel truss bridge tumbled into the water on May 23 when an oversize load hit an upper support beam.
Posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 12:00 AM | »
With tractors getting heavier, Monarch Distributing in Indianapolis needed to lighten up its trailers to recapture payload capacity. Its latest group of 53-foot vans from Great Dane accomplish this by scaling 2,000 pounds lighter than previous units. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, August 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Makers of trailer aerodynamic improvers are well aware of truckers’ suspicions that the devices will be damaged, sooner or later. That’s why many of the latest ones are made with materials that are flexible and impact resistant. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 AM | »
It takes a tractor to move a trailer, which is why we’re looking at this new product from a small company: Tractor AeroKit from Flow Below Aero Inc., in Austin, Tex. The kit saves fuel by smoothing air flow around the vehicle’s drive wheels.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:00 AM | »
It’s 11 p.m. Do you know where my load is?
That’s a shipper asking a trucker the whereabouts of the trailer or container carrying his cargo. He’s not asking about a tractor and its driver; he wants to know about his load. From that point of view, it’s odd that trucking companies attached the first satellite and cellular-based tracking devices to tractors years ago, when products became available. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 AM | »
It looks like a common western belly-dump trailer, but this new model from American Carrier Equipment is 30% lighter, has 300% greater structural integrity and accommodates a 12.5% greater payload than competitive offerings, according to the builder. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 AM | »