Low floor adds 600 cubic feet to a van's usual capacity.
October 16, 2014
It's "back to the future" in van trailers for one carrier, explains Tom Berg in his "Trailer Talk" blog. The freight is big, bulky and light, with gross combination weights typically at 45,000 pounds, so the ZCube trailers are pulled by single-rear-axle tractors.
Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Reefer operators can track load temperatures through telematics, but that eats up electricity from a parked trailer's battery.
October 7, 2014
Recent announcements by Carrier Transicold and Thermo King, that they’re offering solar panels as options on many reefer units, jibed nicely with discussions during TMC's Fall Meeting near Orlando, notes Senior Editor Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:00 AM | »
September 29, 2014
What does rotten chicken have to do with missing household goods? Abandoned trailers, says Senior Editor Tom Berg in his latest installment of the Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM | »
Multiplying the tractor's pulling force could reduce required input and save 80% in fuel, this concept's inventor believes.
September 19, 2014
Archimedes, the scholar and mathematician of antiquity, was quoted as saying, “Give me a place to stand and a large enough lever, and I will move the earth.” That’s debatable, but some pretty big and heavy things can be nudged into motion with a lever – and trailers are among them, says an inventor in Ohio. Tom Berg has the story in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 5:30 PM | »
Moving large, heavy machines in one piece avoids the time and work otherwise spent in teardown and reassembly, saving big money.
September 5, 2014
Bill Miller Equipment needed a trailer of higher capacity, with axle configurations and versatility to haul it through numerous states. Talbert built one. Tom Berg has the story in his "Trailer Talk" blog.
Posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 2:00 PM | »
Senior Editor Tom Berg's day is brightened by this clean and colorful van. But what's inside?
August 20, 2014
“Now why would a trucking company that hauls booze advertise it?” I mumbled. “That’s asking for a hijacking.” Senior Editor Tom Berg investigates in his "Trailer Talk" blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Guest post: Toss the diesel and pump in some liquid nitrogen for super-cold cooling.
August 8, 2014
Reflect Scientific says a Cryometrix CB-40 transport refrigeration unit made history by delivering its first commercial load of frozen foods using a new pollution-free refrigeration technology.
Posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Who's really 'best in class,' and do customers really care?
July 31, 2014
Senior Editor Tom Berg branches out a bit in his Trailer Talk blog this week to talk about how much trailer load heavy pickups can haul. In a demonstration a couple of weeks ago, Ford pitted a pair of Power Stroke-powered F-450 pickups against a Ram 3500 dually pickup with a Cummins Turbo Diesel to demonstrate towing capacity.
Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
The idea came from truck bodies, but Darry Stuart put it to use on trailers.
July 8, 2014
Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved surfaces up there let the branches slide past harmlessly.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 AM | »
July 2, 2014
Tom Berg spots an unusual trailer lighting system on the road. Grote LED light bars need only three pigtails to connect to the sealed wiring harness, reducing the chances for corrosion and electrical failures, he explains in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00 AM | »
There are various remedies for weak batteries, but Darry Stuart, a contract fleet manager, looked to the sun for a solution.
June 23, 2014
A single 100-watt solar panel keeps the trailer's four Group 31 batteries charged and the liftgate operating reliably.
Posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00 AM | »
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.
Posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Several manufacturers use it to assemble van trailers and truck bodies, and it claims strength and vibration resistance.
June 6, 2014
The compact Hucktainer has a head, sleeve and pintail, and is installed quickly with a special tool, clamping together the wall and sill materials and crimping off the excess length of the sleeve in a spiral-locking process.
Posted @ Friday, June 6, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Switch to 33-foot pups could cause new business, ACT's Frank Maly thinks.
May 27, 2014
Freight growth gives fleets confidence to buy, while low cancellations push backlogs to six months. Tankers are also up strongly, but lack of a highway bill could upset dump-trailer business.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:00 AM | »
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.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 AM | »
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 AM | »
April 14, 2014
Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | »
An 18-wheeler and an old RV carry medicine and hope to Appalachia.
April 7, 2014
Senior Editor Tom Berg was moved by Sunday's "60 Minutes" story on Health Wagon, carrying medicine and hope to Appalachia -- and intrigued by the X-ray trailer and the medical director who went to tractor-trailer school to learn to drive the rig. He has more in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00 AM | »
A light flashing yellow means "turn" and one flashing red means "stop." The result is less confusion for drivers behind.
March 13, 2014
Lights on the rear of most vehicles have all red lights because that's all the regulation requires. Maybe that should change.
Posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Why are all those old trailers parked there? Been over the "Y-Bridge"? Stay off Linden Avenue or....
February 10, 2014
Tom Berg see items of trucker interest in old Zanesville, Ohio, along the historic National Road.
Posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM | »
But on ice, controlling anything becomes really difficult.
January 31, 2014
Recent news photos remind senior editor Tom Berg of some anti-jackknifing training he had a while ago.
Posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
It was really cold when Senior Editor Tom Berg toured the Transportation Museum of Virginia in Roanoke, and found a brighter-than-life Overnite rig.
January 24, 2014
Piggyback and container trains were running on an O-gauge model railroad, and little big rigs were backed into loading docks, just like in the real world.
Posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 AM | »
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.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 AM | »
December 30, 2013
A frustrating part of being a bulk commodities driver is having a jam occur somewhere in the trailer during offloading, interrupting the material flow and setting him to work trying to break it free. That usually means hammering on a trailer’s side walls, but a Midwestern carrier has found a new product that’s effective, portable, lightweight and easy to use.
Posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 12:00 AM | »
December 16, 2013
Half a million is a lot, especially when it describes how many big 53- by 102 trailers have been made by one manufacturer. Wabash National Corp. last week said it had produced its 500,000th DuraPlate model since introducing it 17 years ago. Senior Editor Tom Berg has the story in this Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 AM | »