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The Twin 33s Idea Returns. Will It Fly This Time?

Revival might be riding on enthusiasm over President Trump’s pro-business beliefs and his promise to improve America’s infrastructure.

A pair of 33-foot pups would have 10 feet more floor space for cargo than a set of 28s, as the labels on this concept trailer show. And two 33s would have 13 more feet than a single 53-foot van. Will truckload shippers demand their use?  Photo: Tom Berg

February 8, 2017

A pair of longer pups would haul more than two 28-footers, so LTL carriers and shippers are in favor. But truckload carriers still want no part of them.

Tags: Fleet Management, Productivity, Trailers, TCA, Double Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:13 AM | » Comments(3)

Lighter Trailers Get Break From FAST Act

Change in federal law will allow "tandem towing" of more units heading to dealers.

Pairs of light- and medium-duty trailers, like these horse transporters, will be seen more often on interstate highways, thanks to the federal FAST Act. Photo: NATM

February 26, 2016

Only eight states allowed a truck to tow two trailers, but lengths varied and none of the eight were contiguous. Then congress added a provision in the FAST Act that legalized tandem towing in all states, and liberalized combination length.

Tags: Trailers, Doubles, Double Trailers, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2016 12:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Twin 33s Issue Revived in Constitution-Related Bill

Longer pup trailers are among the matters addressed in legislation proposed by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.

Last year Wabash National displayed a 33-foot pup trailer marked to show its extra capacity over current 28s.  Photo: Tom Berg

January 29, 2016

Double 33-foot trailers were pulled from last December's spending bill by senators who objected on safety grounds, but as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog, they may not be dead yet.

Tags: U.S. Congress, Doubles, Double Trailers, Truck Size/Weight

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 29, 2016 11:50 AM | » Comments(0)

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