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 | »
November 26, 2013
Snow is spreading across much of the country, and maybe everyone’s biggest worry is just getting there. But if you’re motoring down the highway and a trailer ahead of you starts shedding sheets of snow and ice, that’ll make your trip even more interesting.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 AM | »
November 4, 2013
Since its initial haul of a transformer to a new electrical substation in Ohio (“Count the Wheels Under This Heavy-Haul Trailer,”), Edwards Moving & Rigging has delivered three more of the huge and heavy pieces of equipment. There’s one more to go.
Posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 AM | »
October 24, 2013
Tom Berg has rediscovered on YouTube some of the wonder of watching "Industry on Parade" as a kid, with a video about the technology behind one company's wall liners, which he shares in his latest Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM | »
October 6, 2013
Sometimes really interesting things happen right near home. A few weeks ago I was on a Sunday jaunt with my wife and a granddaughter, driving through Sunbury in central Ohio, about nine miles from where we live. We spotted something big and heavy being moved through the village on a trailer that seemed to have a hundred wheels.
Posted @ Sunday, October 6, 2013 12:00 AM | »
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.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 AM | »
August 19, 2013
Last week we ran a news story about the hauling of long, heavy concrete beams for reconstruction of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in northwestern Washington. You may recall that a section of the aging steel truss bridge tumbled into the water on May 23 when an oversize load hit an upper support beam.
Posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 25, 2013
It looks like a common western belly-dump trailer, but this new model from American Carrier Equipment is 30% lighter, has 300% greater structural integrity and accommodates a 12.5% greater payload than competitive offerings, according to the builder.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 12, 2013
Household goods movers haul not just furniture, but sometimes automobiles owned by the people making the move. This of course enhances truckers’ revenue.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 3, 2013
Senior Editor Tom Berg offers some personal insight into trailer underride guards and why they're so important in his "Trailer Talk" blog.
Posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 21, 2013
We in the industry are sometimes irked when we see inaccurate or incomplete stories about trucking in the general news media.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 8, 2013
Maybe you saw it in March at the Louisville truck show – that transparent trailer in Ancra International’s booth. I spotted it earlier in the month, at the TMC’s annual meeting and expo in Nashville. Story-wise, the why of it is obvious: It’s a rolling stage on which Ancra displays a number of its freight handling and tie-down products.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 29, 2013
Heavy-haul equipment has always fascinated me, ever since I was a little boy watching “steam shovels” dig basements in our then-expanding neighborhood in post-World War II Milwaukee.
The shovels (which were actually gasoline- and maybe diesel-powered) were carried to job sites on low-slung pull trailers. The trailers were pulled by dump trucks which, after parking the trailers on the street, also carried away some of the dirt from the new holes.
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 10, 2013
Here’s a new twist on aerodynamics: curved blades inside a rectangular structure that smooth air flow as it leaves a trailer’s surfaces. Called the VorBlade Invisible Fairing, the device is combined in rows at the trailing edges of a box trailer, reducing turbulence and the suction effect at the vehicle’s rear.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 22, 2013
Kenworth designers have turned to the trailer part of their T680 Advantage rig, integrating the smoothly styled tractor's aerodynamics into the lines of a 53-foot Utility van. The tractor has mechanical and electrical equipment meant to save fuel, but reducing air drag across the entire vehicle is almost as important, they said.
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 AM | »
December 27, 2012
Walmart Canada's long tractor-trailer combination should soon begin in-service testing following the issuing of revised permit conditions by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the province's trucking association says
Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 5:19 PM | »