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 | »
Household goods movers haul not just furniture, but sometimes automobiles owned by the people making the move. This of course enhances truckers’ revenue. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Senior Editor Tom Berg offers some personal insight into trailer underride guards and why they're so important in his "Trailer Talk" blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
We in the industry are sometimes irked when we see inaccurate or incomplete stories about trucking in the general news media. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Maybe you saw it in March at the Louisville truck show – that transparent trailer in Ancra International’s booth. I spotted it earlier in the month, at the TMC’s annual meeting and expo in Nashville. Story-wise, the why of it is obvious: It’s a rolling stage on which Ancra displays a number of its freight handling and tie-down products. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM | »
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 12:00 AM | »
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. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »