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Stronger Impact Guards Are Already Here

Canadian-spec "bumpers" have been standard on vans and reefers for a decade or more, so the feds' upcoming mandate for stronger equipment is not a big deal.

Is that bumper a Canadian- or American-spec? It could be either. Photo: Tom Berg

March 2, 2016

Absorbing an extra 5 mph amounts to almost double the force that slams into a trailer's rear, but isn't that expensive to produce, explains Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Underride Guard, Trailers, Safety, Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:56 AM | » Comments(2)

Tri-Axle Trailers and Economics in the 'Market'

Another trailer axle would add 11,000 pounds of gross weight, but does it make dollars and sense?

Regular road tractors can pull tri-axle trailers with gross combination weights as high as 100,000 pounds in Maine, says Hartt Transportation.

September 21, 2015

The strongest argument against heavier rigs is the lack of payback due to low revenue from stingy shippers. That's the "market" at work.

Tags: Productivity, Trailers, Size and Weight, Regulations, Longer Combination Vehicles

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2015 8:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Weight Cutting Suggestions Total 2,500 Pounds

How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?

Aluminum crossmembers instead of steel can save 203 pounds in a van or reefer, according to ICCT's list. Another 430 pounds can be slashed by using aluminum in the upper coupler assembly, but the kingpin remains steel. Photo: Tom Berg

July 22, 2015

While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction.

Tags: Trailers, Size and Weight, Emissions, Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Can't Those 3 Upper ID Lights Be Mounted Low?

They'd be safer to reach for repairs, but they're up there for some good reasons.

On the move, they're still visible -- and more artsy. Photo by Jim Park

January 8, 2015

The three identification lights at the top-rear of the trailer, mounted around the center line of the vehicle, are to alert following drivers that the vehicle equipped with these lights is wider than 80 inches.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Lighting

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:15 PM | » Comments(0)

Done Properly and Legally, Supplemental Signal Lights Enhance Safety

In heavy street traffic, a flashing light cues motorists to react early by slowing down or moving over to avoid being delayed -- but they also can cause confusion.

June 16, 2014

The Transportation Safety Equipment Institute reports that its member companies are seeing an increase in requests to add innovative lighting devices, and questions arise about their legality. Senior Editor Tom Berg takes a closer look in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Lighting, Truck-Lite, Peterson Manufacturing, Trailers, Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailers do their share to meet stopping-distance requirements, now and soon to come

June 30, 2011

In three weeks' time, new, shorter federal stopping distance limits go into effect for three-axle tractors, most of them over-the-road power units that pull semitrailers

Tags: Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:18 PM | » Comments(0)

Deadline for CARB trailer rules is imminent; skirts, other aero improves might be needed

June 12, 2011

Many fleets operating in California have until July 1 to tell the state's Air Resources Board how they will equip their box-type trailers with fuel-saving devices

Tags: Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:22 PM | » Comments(0)

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