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Dealers Offer Maintenance Tips for Neglected Trailer Brakes

Dealers caution trailers owners to use good-quality brake chambers; this is one from TRP Aftermarket Parts, made with 10-gauge reinforced stud-mounted housing.

September 9, 2010

With more freight moving as the economy revives, fleets are pulling dormant trailers away from fences and putting them into service. But those trailers probably sat through at least one harsh winter and summer, and maintenance on them may have been neglected.

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Side Skirts Save This Trucker 8.94% in Fuel

Greg Decker says his Windyne skirts save him about $4,400 a year in fuel. They fold up for access to the trailer's undercarriage. (Photo by Jim Park)

August 31, 2010

Some truck owners have begun buying trailer side skirts because they need them to legally run in California

Tags: Fuel Economy

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:49 PM | » Comments(1)

Federal Program Helps Interstate Install Aerodynamic Skirts on 2,058 Trailers

Interstate Distributor Co. will install Freight Wing AeroFlex skirts on 2,058 reefer and dry van trailers as part of a grant program. More trailers will follow, the fleet says.

August 20, 2010

After several years of testing showed trailer side skirts save considerable fuel and therefore cut exhaust emissions from tractors that pull them, Interstate Distributor Co. has begun installing them on 2,058 reefers and dry vans at its maintenance facilities in the Pacific Northwest

Tags: Fuel Economy

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, August 20, 2010 8:20 AM | » Comments(0)

Champion Drivers, Equipment Don't Always Match

August 10, 2010

It takes people and equipment to put together ATA's National Truck Driving Championships each year, and on both sides there are some unusual linkups. Some drivers compete in vehicle classes they don't normally work in, and some tractors pull trailers they don't normally touch

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Oh-Oh! Over She Goes!

August 5, 2010

A short video now making the rounds of truck folks' e-mail boxes shows a huge and heavy steel I-beam girder, and the trailer dollies it's on, falling over in a freeway curve

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, August 5, 2010 7:57 AM | » Comments(2)

53-Footers Usually Too Long, But Customers Demand 'Em

July 27, 2010

Fifty-three feet became the predominant length for vans and temperature-controlled trailers by the end of the 1990s, when they replaced 48-footers in most fleets. But while shippers demand 53s, their full volume is seldom used

Tags: Trends

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 9:24 AM | » Comments(0)

Tanker Trucks and Trailers Helping in Oil Cleanup in Gulf

Tanker trucks are shown on a barge in this TV ad from BP about their cleanup efforts.

July 21, 2010

Vacuum tankers are playing a big part in the cleanup of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, as shown in TV news footage and a BP commercial now seen on the airwaves

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:44 PM | » Comments(0)

Tips for Inspecting and Maintaining Air Suspensions

July 7, 2010

Air suspensions are in wide use on trailers and getting more popular. To some fleets, air-ride equipment is new, and maintenance people might not be aware of proper inspection and repair procedures

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 7, 2010 3:03 PM | » Comments(0)

Man Holds Onto Trailer 'For Dear Life' as He Calls 911

(Photo by Highway Trailer Sales)

June 28, 2010

The semitrailer had a ladder, which proved a lucky thing for a man who jokingly climbed aboard in the wee hours of Friday, June 18

Tags: Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 28, 2010 3:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Author Bio

Tom Berg

Senior Editor

Truck journalist 35 years; joined us in 1978. CDL-licensed; conducts road tests on new trucks, specializing in light and medium-duty, vocational and hybrids.

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