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Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future
By Denise Rondini
The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.
Aerodynamic Designs Help Cut Water Spray
By Tom Berg
Good vehicle aerodynamics not only increase fuel economy, but also can reduce splash and spray, a safety bonus that also mitigates wear and tear on vehicles.
Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine
By Jim Park
We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.
International ProStar ES with Navistar’s N13-450 (left) and ProStar ES with Cummins ISX15-450. Bigger displacement seemed to perform better, and might offer extra life. Photo: Tom Berg
QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines
By Tom Berg
With almost identical engine ratings, does bigger displacement really make a difference?
A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight. 
Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads
By Tom Berg
Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

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A specially decaled Kenworth T680 undertakes an important mission this fall – transporting this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree some 3,000 miles to 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington, D.C. Image: Kenworth
Kenworth T680 to Haul the Capitol Christmas Tree
A Kenworth T680 will be transporting the 51st U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year, stopping at 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington D.C.
Thermo King Acquires Long-Time Telematics Partner
Temperature control products company, Thermo King, has acquired the its long-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions partner Celtrak.
A House bill would let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine.
Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit
By David Cullen
The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.
The 2016 Metris instrument cluster features indicators for Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.
Metris Brings Attention Assist, Park Assist to Smaller Vans
Mercedes-Benz is bringing several new standard safety features in the smaller van segment with its 2016 Metris, in addition to giving commercial fleets flexibility in upfitting and capacities found only in some of the larger vans on the market.
Daimler Covers Aftertreatment System with Warranty Options
Daimler Trucks North America has announced a warranty to cover the aftertreatment system on Detroit and Cummins engines available through its used-truck retail network, SelecTrucks.
Kenworth T880 with new box bumper option. Photo: Kenworth
Kenworth Adds New Options to Vocational Trucks
Kenworth has announced three new options, all aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks-- a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille.
Wabash Recognizes Meritor Wabco With Supplier Award
Wabash National has recognized Meritor Wabco with its 2015 Platinum Supplier Award for excellence in quality and delivery performance.
Peterbilt Offers Certified Pre-Owned Trucks
Peterbilt’s Red Oval program offers a certified pre-owned trucks from throughout its dealer network and Paccar Financial Used truck Centers.
A Cummins Westport ISL G engine. Photo: Cummins Westport
Cummins Westport's Near Zero Natural Gas Engine Certified
Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine has received Near Zero NOx emission certifications from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.
Dealers Focus on Uptime in ACT Seminar Panel
By Denise Rondini
In spite of all the changes that have occurred in the trucking industry, “fleets still want local support to keep trucks running,” according to Jim Maddox, dealer principal at Tri State Trucks. What are dealers doing about it?


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The Armor Fifth Wheel is Designed for Yard Trucks Fontaine Coupling Solutions has introduced the Armor fifth wheel, designed specifically for yard trucks.
Components Allow Upfitters to Install Camera System The Rydeen Pro Grade M7000P monitor and WG-2400P wireless connectors allow installers and upfitters to fit a camera monitoring system to a commercial vehicle.
Paccar Announces MX-11 Diesel for North America The new diesel weighs 400 pounds less than the MX-13, and has ratings as high as 430 hp and 1,550 lb-ft of torque.
Tank Trailer Resists High Sulfuric Acid Concentrations Wabash National Corporation’s Brenner brand fiberglass reinforced plastic tank trailer resists sulfuring acid in concentrations of up to 98%.
Trailer Aimed at Towing and Rental Markets XL Specialized Trailers’ XL 80 Slider is a two-axle trailer rated at 80,000 pounds designed for towing and rental markets.
Understanding Your Brakes: Considerations When Specifying Air Disc Brakes
With recent changes in stopping distance laws, fleets are investigating alternatives outside of the traditional S-cam drum brake. This white paper will examine the differences between a drum and disc brake to help your fleet make more informed decisions when it comes to specifying equipment.
Spec’ing the Right Fifth Wheel Maximizes Efficiency and Productivity
This easy-to-use Fifth Wheel Selection Guide simplifies the process with step-by-step procedures, ensuring the best fit for your application. Learn more about spec’ing your next fifth wheel.
Lightweighting to Improve Freight Efficiency
As trucks get heavier, it’s difficult to maintain the freight capacity you’ve been delivering to customers for years. But through strategies such as spec’ing lighter weight materials, your fleet can gain a competitive edge.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.


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