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Nice Trailer, and It’s Ready for Somebody to Just Hitch Up and Haul It Away

Empty but well-equipped flatbed sits in plain view on a lot along a highway in Ohio, its kingpin bare and waiting for a trucker-thief to back on and pull away. However, most thieves steal trailers for their loads, says a maker of kingpin locks.

November 18, 2013

Senior Editor Tom Berg writes about an parked trailer he recently happened upon while on a Sunday drive.

Tags: Trailers,, Carrier Security Corp., Kingpin locks

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Just an Old Trailer? No – It’s Part of Intermodal History

Well used trailer is a former Flexi-Van bought about 1968 by the Santa Fe Railway. It was for sale at a rental and leasing company in Omaha in 2004.

October 15, 2013

This Strick trailer is part of intermodal history going back more than 50 years. It was one of a large group bought by the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for coast-to-coast Flexi-Van service it ran with the New York Central System. This particular trailer was spotted in 2004 in Omaha, Neb., after it was retired from piggyback service.

Tags: Trailers,, Strick, Flexi-Van, CSX, BNSF

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Careful Spec’ing Cuts a Ton of Tare Weight from Beverage Distributor’s New Vans

Wine-toting Great Dane vans use aluminum crossmembers, wide-base single tires and wheels, and aluminum roof sheeting to cut 2,000 pounds from each one. Small portholes along the top of each side let in sunlight that fiberglass translucent roofs do on older, heavier trailers. Cheap natural gas motor fuel lessons the need for heavy side skirts.

August 5, 2013

With tractors getting heavier, Monarch Distributing in Indianapolis needed to lighten up its trailers to recapture payload capacity. Its latest group of 53-foot vans from Great Dane accomplish this by scaling 2,000 pounds lighter than previous units.

Tags: Trailers,

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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