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Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Techs from TravelCenters of America dominated the Trailer Track competition, winning 12 of 15 awards announced.

Check the lights? Sure. The electrical system was among 12 items tested in the Trailer Track competition at TMC's SuperTech event in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 18-21. Photos: Marsh Galloway

September 23, 2016

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Trailers, TMC, TMC SuperTech

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2016 12:59 PM | » Comments(1)

North Dakota’s Cold and Hot, Thanks to Weather and the Bakken Boom

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.

January 7, 2014

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.

Tags: Trailers, Maintenance, North Dakota

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Quality Parts Should Go Into Trailer Electrical Systems, Updated TMC Recommendations Say

Typical wiring harness for a van trailer and explanations of its circuitry and other details are among the illustrations in TMC’s RP-704C, an update to old equipment recommendations. TMC members recently approved it.

September 24, 2013

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.

Tags: TMC, Trailer, Trailers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Phillips offers some tips on dealing with wiring

January 17, 2013

Phillips Industries, maker of wiring harnesses, control boxes and other electrical apparatus for trailers, posts a monthly Quik Tech Tips featur

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Automated trailer inspection idea advances

A driver's visual safety inspection of trailer components would be electronically aided and greatly speeded if a TMC idea becomes reality.

October 22, 2012

There's much work ahead if the idea of automating pre-trip inspections of trailers is to become reality. That was the feeling during a session on the subject at the fall meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 1:58 PM | » Comments(0)

Plug in pallet jack's batteries right in the trailer with TAPS

August 1, 2012

Plugging motorized pallet jacks into warehouse power supplies is so old. There's a new solution to the battery charging chore. Leave it in the trailer and charge it right there

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Werner outfitting entire trailer fleet with tire inflation systems

Werner trailers will soon be sporting the ubiquitous tire inflation system hoses.

October 19, 2011

Tires are expensive and prices keep rising, so they're worth protecting by keeping them properly inflated. That's not easy with a large fleet's trailers, which can be scattered around the country and don't often pass through its inspection and maintenance stations

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:10 PM | » Comments(1)

'Roadability' defects found in 17% of intermodal chassis inspected

September 26, 2011

Federal and state inspectors are not finding a lot of "roadability" problems with container chassis, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's chief safety officer, Jack Van Steenburg.

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 26, 2011 12:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Pre-trip preparations can maximize reefer uptime in hot summer temperatures

August 8, 2011

If something on a reefer unit is going to fail, it's likely to happen when components are working hard to overcome summer heat

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2011 8:16 AM | » Comments(0)

Where To Go When You've Turned Over That Dump Trailer

East Manufacturing's trailer repair facility will work on all makes.

January 5, 2011

Imagine that you banged up your car and you've sent it to the factory for fixing. You can't do that, but if you own a dump or flatbed trailer, you can

Tags: Maintenance

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 9:25 AM | » Comments(1)

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)

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(1)



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