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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)

Twin 33s Would Be Safer than 28s, U of Michigan Researcher Says

A 33-foot trailer's 5-foot-longer wheelbase would make it more stable when part of a doubles combination.

April 23, 2014

Double-trailer rigs with a pair of 33-foot trailers would be “inherently more stable” and therefore safer than the twin 28s now running throughout the United States, according to John Woodrooffe, director of commercial vehicle research at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Doubles, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Wabash Shows What a 33-Foot Pup Would Look Like

Stretching a 28-foot pup trailer to 33 feet would not be difficult, and Wabash National already has a procedure ready to go.

March 31, 2014

Congress is supposedly inclined to approve a proposal to allow twin 33-foot doubles. If so, trailers like this would probably become common. Tom Berg has the story from last month's TMC meeting in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Productivity, Wabash National, Doubles

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(7)



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