November 14, 2016
There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two recent product announcements aimed at addressing the potential of trailers coming loose from fifth wheels.
Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 10:47 AM | »
Run off the tractor's wet kit, the hydraulically driven axle adds traction in rough conditions and can eliminate 4x4s used by some European operators.
November 4, 2016
“SAF Trak” axle is powered from the tractor’s hydraulic wet kit. On the trailer, two hydraulic motors, one at each axle end, turn the wheels to help get the rig moving in slippery conditions.
Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2016 8:12 AM | »
Hauling fuel for this company is a lot easier than dealing with heavy freight containers, says driver Jeff McMannus.
October 14, 2016
He stood at an open pipe at the tanker and held his hand in front of it, checking air as it flowed inside. During product loading, vapor-laden air is drawn out of the tanker to keep it from bursting.
Posted @ Friday, October 14, 2016 9:59 AM | »
Towing is a big deal for some pickup-truck owners, and Ford says its 2017-model SuperDuty pickups are more capable than ever.
September 30, 2016
The heftiest trailer was a Gladiator Load Max gooseneck, loaded with concrete blocks and decorative limestone, and weighing almost 30,000 pounds.
Posted @ Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00 AM | »
Techs from TravelCenters of America dominated the Trailer Track competition, winning 12 of 15 awards announced.
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.
Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2016 12:59 PM | »
A new or existing task force might bring in trailer-builder and repair-shop representatives to speak to it.
September 21, 2016
How do you repair a lowboy trailer whose deck structure has lost its arc? That might deserve some scrutiny, the organization figures.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:32 AM | »
The company is exhibiting at the giant IAA truck show in Hannover, Germany, by sharing a booth with its battery supplier, Gentherm.
September 18, 2016
The Intelligent Electric Axle axle replaces a “passive” axle on a standard trailer tandem or tridem, and promises big fuel savings – 10 to 20% from hybrid-powered operation alone, Hyliion claims.
Posted @ Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:53 PM | »
Among seven categories of fuel-savings devices for over-the-road rigs, trailer aero devices had the lowest acceptance rate, about 21%.
September 12, 2016
It appears that it took a government decree to push operators into it, and it will take another set of rules to force further adoption of drag-reduction methods for trailers.
Posted @ Monday, September 12, 2016 8:30 AM | »
Box-type and vocational trailers are both affected in 2018-27 rules, and the U.S. is the first country in the world to regulate them.
August 24, 2016
Trailers have long been regulated for safety. But trailers’ contributions to fuel economy and reduced emissions are new matters for for federal authorities.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:53 PM | »
Now being developed for aircraft and cars, the concept has fuel-saving possibilities for tractor-trailers, its backers say.
July 22, 2016
Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.
Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2016 8:15 AM | »
It seems amazing that the tractor stayed hanging there instead of breaking loose and falling onto the street below. But fifth wheels and trailer kingpins are very strong.
June 1, 2016
There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:49 AM | »
Enthusiasts invited to event honoring the long-gone company and its people.
May 5, 2016
Ruth Fruehauf continues her "Singing Wheels" efforts to preserve the trailer builder's history. Enthusiasts are invited to the event, honoring the long-gone company and its people.
Posted @ Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:39 AM | »
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.
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:56 AM | »
Change in federal law will allow "tandem towing" of more units heading to dealers.
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.
Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2016 12:11 PM | »
It's strictly hook-and-drop, whether it's loaded or not.
February 11, 2016
Tom Berg has been intrigued for a while by Trailer Transit, which, as its name implies, is a transporter of trailers. The Indiana-based outfit's owner-operators pull "anything and everything,' a veteran recruiter says. Learn more about it in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:35 AM | »
Putzmeister built the high-capacity unit in Germany, and it'll work in Texas for Western Concrete Pumping.
February 2, 2016
Most pumpers are mounted on straight trucks, some with multiple axles, but this large, heavy one is better carried on a long 10-axle rig.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:46 PM | »
Longer doubles would've boosted efficiency, but Congress killed the idea on safety grounds.
December 16, 2015
Longer doubles would've boosted efficiency, but Congress killed the idea on safety grounds. The Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking, made up of less-than-truckload and package carriers with outside backing, expressed its unhappiness this week in a statement, reports Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2015 8:20 AM | »
A soft-sided trailer can be loaded and unloaded through rear doors, but usually is worked over its sides.
November 25, 2015
The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:22 PM | »
Like the kit for vans, the product need be applied only to a tractor, not the trailer, which saves money.
October 17, 2015
FlowBelow Aero Inc., the manufacturer of fairings and wheel covers that control air movement around a road tractor’s drive wheels, is now selling a version for tractors that pull flatbed and tank trailers.
Posted @ Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:42 PM | »
Another trailer axle would add 11,000 pounds of gross weight, but does it make dollars and sense?
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.
Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2015 8:00 AM | »
FlowBelow Aero devices control air flow and boost economy by 3%, says Indian River Transport.
September 9, 2015
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 5:00 PM | »
Computational fluid analysis interpreted air flow over the trailer panels’ surfaces, finding some drag produced by rivet heads.
August 26, 2015
Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:00 AM | »
How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | »
Armored vehicles can “road march” to battlefields, but suffer high rates of wear and tear when doing so. It’s far better to carry them.
July 9, 2015
The U.S. Army operates some of the more serious tractor-trailer combinations in the world, as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog. The M1000 gooseneck trailer, for instance, weighs 50,000 pounds before it's even loaded.
Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM | »
Spread tandems sometimes generate extreme lateral forces, and drop-decks use smaller sizes that are especially vulnerable to damage.
July 2, 2015
Dropdeck trailers with spread-axle tandems are torture on tires. Tom Berg explores one tire maker's quest to design a product to stand up to the beating in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:00 PM | »