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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)

Why Are So Many Trailers Just Sitting There?

Very few of the trailers seen from the passenger train were at loading docks; most sat in long rows, side by side, looking forlorn and forgotten.

Because of the tracking device on its nose, Schneider dispatchers can find this van any time. Photos: Tom Berg

January 10, 2017

Managers strive for “productivity” and “equipment utilization,” but how many trailers are moving freight even half the time in their lives? Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog muses on the number of trailers just sitting around.

Tags: fleet management, Trailers, Trailer Tracking, Fleet Productivity

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:26 AM | » Comments(1)

One Kingpin Locked, Another Bare in North Carolina

Here's an atta-boy to the driver who slapped this lock in place.

May 6, 2014

This intelligently locked reefer trailer was parked in a small truckstop in western North Carolina. Three slots away was a loaded flatbed with its kingpin bare, just waiting to be swiped.

Tags: fleet management, Vehicle Theft, Cargo Theft, Security, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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