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Futuristic "road train" from MAN and Krone Trailer could save 25% in fuel

Futuristic road train from MAN and Krone Trailer.

October 5, 2012

The huge IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany, late last month included this eye magnet, the "aerodynamically optimized road train" from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, October 5, 2012 7:21 AM | » Comments(0)

Follow-up: Preventing over-inflation due to heat

September 10, 2012

In July's "Trailer Trends" article, we mentioned Hendrickson's new TireMaax Pro automatic tire inflation system, but did not do a good job of explaining it.

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 8:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Testimonials aren't new, but they're still convincing

Guy Lacasse, who runs a handsomely painted and intelligently equipped rig out of Quebec, says he gained 8.2% in fuel economy after installing ATD's Transtex trailer skirts and more than 7% from a TrailerTail.

July 3, 2012

ATDynamics in South San Francisco, Calif., is among the most active makers of trailer aerodynamic improvers, both in designing and selling its products and in promoting them via the media. Its website,, now includes testimonials from happy customers, including a Canadian featured below.

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:57 AM | » Comments(2)

Trailer-mounted fueling station lets customers ease into LNG

Encana Natural Gas Inc. can park a mobile fueling station right on your premises.

May 16, 2012

Let's say you and your boss want to go "green" by trying out some natural gas-fueled trucks or tractors that you're getting on loan or lease, but you want to fuel them at your terminal, where diesel fuel islands already are

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:48 PM | » Comments(0)

Hardwood forests are healthy and growing in Appalachia, trade group says

Hardwood forests now cover 65.7 million acres in 12 states in the eastern U.S., an increase of 300,000 acres since 2007.

April 25, 2012

"Save a tree," environmentalists preach. That's not an option when you're building anything with wood, like a hardwood-composite floor for a van trailer.

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Aging trailers, healthy freight business push fleets into buying new equipment

September 19, 2011

That commercial vehicles have been getting old has become an adage in the last few years, and here are more numbers to support it

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 19, 2011 7:26 PM | » Comments(0)

Sometimes people keep lightweight equipment from paying off

Investing in lightweight equipment like this aluminum-and-steel landing gear from Jost could be for naught in some situations. (Photo by Tom Berg)

May 1, 2011

Many truckers seek lightweight equipment so they can carry more payload, and manufacturers strive to cut poundage from their vehicles. But in the real world, how much cargo goes aboard often depends on the guy doing the loading

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, May 1, 2011 6:43 PM | » Comments(2)

'Hybrid' replacing 'composite' in the trailer and body business

R/S Godwin's HybriDump uses an aluminum tailgate and sides with a Hardox steel floor. Should it be the ComposiDump?

April 11, 2011

Since the advent of fuel-saving hybrid-drive cars and trucks, the "h" word has taken on enough shine that it's now sometimes employed in place of older terms. I notice things like this because I'm a word merchant, see

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, April 11, 2011 3:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Tracking Trailer Trends

Wabash dry van trailers were the top brand in new registrations tracked by Polk.

November 30, 2010

New commercial trailer registrations for the first nine months of the year were up 42 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Polk's quarterly Commercial Vehicle Market Intelligence Report

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Vanguard's Mudd Sees Extra Strong Trailer Sales

September 19, 2010

Vanguard Trailer's president, Charlie Mudd, agrees with industry economists in repeating sales forecasts of 90,000 dry vans for 2011 and 120,000 for 2012.

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:57 AM | » Comments(0)

53-Footers Usually Too Long, But Customers Demand 'Em

July 27, 2010

Fifty-three feet became the predominant length for vans and temperature-controlled trailers by the end of the 1990s, when they replaced 48-footers in most fleets. But while shippers demand 53s, their full volume is seldom used

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Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 9:24 AM | » Comments(0)



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