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February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Spec'ing Work Trucks

This 18-foot steel dump body has a combination double-acting and high-lift tailgate that works well with loads like large rocks, and a forklift can push palletized cargo aboard. The gate is operated by a pair of air cylinders, one on each side, so the driver can stay in the cab.

By Tom Berg

Although work trucks are typically smaller and lighter than Class 8 freight haulers, often they are more complex and take more work to design and assemble. Work trucks are built to carry tools, parts, expendable supplies and other equipment that its driver or crew needs to accomplish a job.

Tags: Chevrolet, upfitting, NTEA, Verizon, Peterbilt, Auto Truck Group, Work Trucks, Ram, Ford, J&J Truck Bodies, The Reading Group

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Tags: OSHA, Goodyear, CSA, TMC, Tires, Wheels, IMI, Wheel refinishing, Maxion Wheel

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

Pounds can be shed on parts underneath the trailer including landing gear, suspensions, axles and fifth wheels.

By Kate Harlow

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

Tags: Trailers, Reyco Granning, Meritor, Fontaine, Suspensions, JOST, Hendrickson, Fifth Wheels, Axles, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Torque Rules

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Racing cars in the top echelons of motorsports have tons of horsepower. But could they pull a load of firewood out of the bush? No way. They can barely get themselves moving from a dead stop.

Tags: Cummins, Horsepower, Torque

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

By Tom Berg

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

Tags: Truck Country, Used Trucks, Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions, EPA, Glider Kits, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Clarke Power Services, NationaLease, Ryder, Penske, IdeaLease, Paclease

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dual-Fuel Gliders: A Way to Get Into Natural Gas for Less Money

Technicians at Penn Commercial Vehicle, a WheelTime member based in Glenmore, Pa., assembled this Coronado daycab demo tractor from a Freightliner glider kit. It has an APG dual-fuel diesel-natural gas system and a Webasto coolant heater.

By Tom Berg

Dual-fuel glider kits are a relatively new alternative for fleets looking to tap into the benefits of natural gas but at less cost than buying a new, dedicated NG vehicle. A glider is a new truck without some powertrain components. Shops in the field add rebuilt or remanufactured engines, transmissions and rear axles.

Tags: Natural Gas, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, WheelTime Network, EcoDual, APG, Dual Fuel, Webasto, Ervin Equipment, Glider Kits, Hunter Truck Sales, LNG, Smith Power, Penn Commercial Vehicle

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet

By Tom Berg

Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Eaton, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, SCR, EPA, Mack, GHG emissions, API, GHG14

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG emissions, NHTSA

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bill Kozek on His First Six Months-Plus at Navistar

By Deborah Lockridge

In May, Navistar International Corp. named Bill Kozek, a 26-year veteran of Paccar, as president of Navistar's North America Truck and Parts business. He succeeded Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer. Kozek spoke with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge shortly after the company announced disappointing fourth-quarter earnings. Here's the Q&A.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, Engines, Emissions

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Built for shows, this Model 567 also goes, powerfully and smoothly. Bumper-to-back of cab length is 121 inches; a 115-inch BBC is also available. Set-back steer axle and single pusher axle suggests it’s built for an axle-weight state.

By Tom Berg

Does a bigger cab merit a larger model number for a truck? It does with Peterbilt’s 567, the builder’s latest vocational truck, which will eventually replace the current 367.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Test Drive

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp’s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore “PC rated,” with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer’s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Going Mobile: The BYOD Debate

Verizon was named the official wireless provider for the XRS collaboration with Samsung Mobile to offer a new product that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet and a subscription to XRS’s fleet management software.

By Jim Beach

Mobile computing is quickly becoming the platform of choice. Tablets and smartphones are far outselling laptop or desktop computers in the consumer market, and a growing number of trucking operations are deploying these devices.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, J.J. Keller, Telogis, PeopleNet, NexTraq, TMW Systems, XRS, Carrier Logistics, Omnitracs, Samsung

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Western Star:The flagship from Western Star, a Daimler Trucks brand, is the 4900 with 132-inch cab and hood and long sleeper that’s built for the highway but looks good in town. It and the shorter 4800 are also equipped for vocational work with forward and setback steer axles or twin-steer configurations. Just announced is a 4800SB 8x8 whose setback, driving steer axle is paired with Meritor tri-drive rear axles.

By Tom Berg

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Cummins, International, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Fuel Economy, MPG, Aerodynamics, Fleets

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: How Smart is SmartWay?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Can we depend on the fuel-saving numbers provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program? Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood says he's not so sure, in the aftermath of a recent test results story.

Tags: CARB, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aero Add-ons Put to the Test

Not all aero fitments produce the same results. SAE Type II test results from Performance Innovation Transport Group sheds some light on the differences.

By Jim Park

The Performance Innovation Transport Group recently tested trailer side skirts and undercarriage air deflectors.

Tags: SAE, Aerodynamics, PIT

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Choices, New Excitement For Cargo Vans

Dodge Ram: Just going to market following production start-up in Mexico is the Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel-drive unibody design based on the proven European Fiat Ducato. FWD allows a low floor height with good traction and consistent driving characteristics, Ram says. Cab-chassis models and panel vans are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series with varying roof heights and wheelbases.

By Tom Berg

‘May you live in interesting times” is usually taken as a wry Chinese curse. But for cargo vans and the people who run them, an interesting era is here and it should be a blessing. New European-based products are being sent to the marketplace, and they’ll offer new efficiencies and choices in a segment that has languished design-wise since the first of that breed.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit Connect, Utilimaster, Ram ProMaster, XL Hybrids, Nissan NV200

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: Shedding Pounds

Gregor Schwarz of Austria’s Engineering Center Steyr stands proudly with the lightweight monocoque truck frame he designed.

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Lightweighting. You’ll hear this word a lot in the next few years. It refers to engineering efforts to slice weight from just about every single component on a truck or tractor in the name of fuel efficiency. And where better to start than with a truck’s backbone, its frame?

Tags: Lightweighting, Monocoque Truck Frame, Magna Steyr, Truck Frame

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Tags: maintenance, Hyundai, Trailers, Utility, Havco, Great Dane, Stoughton, Flooring, Rockland Flooring

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD

The single rear axle allows Class 7 ratings, but this one’s decidedly Class 8, with axles totaling 44,000 pounds in capacity. The steer axle is set forward to better handle weight of the plow mount and, when it snows, a long steel blade.

By Tom Berg

Is this single-rear-axle truck the type of medium-heavy-duty model that Mack should have brought out first? I asked that question two years ago when I saw the initial offering, the tandem-axle Granite MHD. I figured other than the tandem, it was just right for municipal fleets and others who don’t need high carrying capacity.

Tags: Cummins, Mack, Test Drive

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Powers Distributing Invested in Diesel-Electric Hydrids

This DME engine is based on a Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which the production engine might or might not use.

By Deborah Lockridge

Powers Distributing, Lake Orion, Mich., was the first company to buy a significant number of diesel-electric hybrid trucks using the Eaton Hybrid Power System. That may seem like a big jump for a relatively small fleet, but the 74-year-old company has a deep commitment to social responsibility and that includes sustainability.

Tags: Hino, Odyne, Eaton, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, EPower Engine Systems, BAI Hybridrive

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The High-Tech Shop

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

By Jim Beach

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Tags: Technology, Arsenault Associates, Mitchell 1, Zonar, In the Shop, TMW, Omnitracs

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Staples Runs Electric Trucks in its Fleet

Short routes with many stops, including some in downtown Los Angeles, are ideal for Staples’ Smith Newton electric trucks.

By Tom Berg

Getting office-supply products to Staples’ 2,000-plus stores around the world and directly to business customers takes more than pushing an Easy button, even if Mike Payette, director for fleet equipment, has four of the advertising-theme props, “in four languages,” on his desk.

Tags: Smith Newton, Staples, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydraulic Hybrid Drive Systems Can Save You Fuel

Hydraulic hybrid drive systems can cut fuel consumption and dramatically improve brake life for refuse fleets.

By Jim Park

Hybrid drive systems deliver value by reducing engine load, replacing or supplementing engine output through alternate means of powering the vehicle, or recovering energy normally turned into heat during braking and putting it back to work. Heavy-duty hydraulic hybrids accomplish all three.

Tags: Eaton, Hydraulic Hybrid, RunWise, Parker

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: Learning to Love Pond Scum

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Not long ago I was at my desk looking to write about some aspect of where we’re heading. Then I flicked on the little TV beside me to watch the news, and what did I see but a piece about algae as a fuel source. Clearly a sign.

Tags: Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading Wide-base Tires

Most fleets could get a good trailer tire out of a third-generation retreaded tire.

By Jim Park

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

Tags: Wheels, In the Shop, Retreads, Wide-Base Tires

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: An Alternative Fuel that is Coming Soon

This DME engine is based on a Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which the production engine might or might not use.

By Tom Berg

Volvo Trucks North America believes dimethyl ether, or DME, is the real fuel of the future, and the company intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015 in Volvo VN models as well as Mack Pinnacle trucks from its sister company.

Tags: Volvo, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schwan's Home Service Runs 3,300 Propane-Powered Units Nationwide

Schwan’s Ford E-450s are among the many that run on propane, which the company has used since the 1970s.

By Tom Berg

After more than 40 years of using propane as a motor fuel, the people at The Schwan Food Co. still believe they’ve got the right stuff. Schwan’s experience with propane goes back to the 1970s, when Arab oil embargoes threatened supplies of gasoline and diesel and drove up their prices.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Schwan's Home Service, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, IMPCO Automotive, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, American Alternative Fuel

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

By Deborah Lockridge

A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.

Tags: EcoDual, APG, Omnitek, Dual Fuel, Clean Air Power, EPA, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

By Tom Berg

My drive of the Cummins Wesport ISX12 G was at a mid-July “natural gas summit” hosted by Kenworth at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. A half-dozen gas-powered KWs built for different applications were offered to dealers, customers and press reporters for inspection and evaluation. A few fellows with CDLs, like me, took them for drives, and I had – how shall I say? – a learning experience while in a T800 short-haul daycab tractor pulling a 53-foot van trailer.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Natural Gas, Test Drive

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Natural Gas Freightliner Cascadia 113

By Jim Park

Freightliner’s Cascadia 113 and the ISX12 G from Cummins Westport aren’t exactly strangers. About 100 of the trucks have been in customer hands for some months now. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes one for a spin.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas, Freightliner, Cascadia, Natural Gas Vehicles, Test Drive

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don’t Let These Three Common Mistakes Kill Your Next Work Truck Spec

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Robert Johnson, NTEA director of fleet relations

At its most basic level, a work truck is a piece of equipment that helps your employees do their jobs. Since well-designed equipment enhances productivity, your objective when designing a work truck is to optimize the vehicle to achieve the best overall return for dollar spent.

Tags: NTEA, Work Trucks, Vehicle Spec'ing

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LNG: Kwik-Trip Inc. runs both LNG and CNG

Kwik-Trip’s LNG and CNG trucks use its public filling stations, including this one in La Crosse, Wis. Managers are trying out both gas types so they can give realistic advice to customers.

By Tom Berg

Says the butcher: “We eat what we sell.” Says Kwik-Trip: “We burn what we sell.” That’s natural gas, sold in liquefied and compressed form at 15 of the 430 retail filling stations the company operates in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Tags: Cummins, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Kwik-Trip

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNG: Monarch Beverage Spends $16.5 Million to Convert Fleet

Monarch’s highway tractors like this Kenworth T660 run enough miles to pay off the investment in CNG equipment within three years, according to the fleet’s calculations.

By Tom Berg

Monarch Beverage Co. of Indianapolis is spending $16.5 million to convert its truck fleet to natural gas.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Monarch Beverage Company, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: Many Options

By Deborah Lockridge & Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Dimethyl ether. Hybrid. Electric. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. There’s a virtual smorgasbord of available and potential fuel sources to power medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The critical question becomes which one, or which combination of fuel sources, represent the best path for fleets, manufacturers and the industry.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Steer Axle Weights Have Increased: Are Your Steer Tires up to the Challenge?

Underrated steer tires can be hazardous. Steer axle loads approaching 13,000 pounds are not uncommon today.

By Jim Park

It’s not uncommon to find highway trucks with front axles and suspensions rated for 13,200 pounds. While 12,000-pound axles were the industry norm for many years, the move to 13,200-pound axles came with the addition of all that emissions reduction gear. Are you running a steer tire rated for that weight?

Tags: Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Wheels, Steer Tires, Steer Axles, Tires

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Studies Indicate TPMS and ATIS Are Money Makers

Soft, underinflated tires increase rolling resistance and shorten tire life. TPMS and ATIS systems solve both problems at once.

By Jim Park

There are lots or reasons not to embrace fuel-saving technology (some better than others), but validation exists for tire-pressure mitigation systems. And the payback is significant.

Tags: MPG, TPMS, Tires, ATIS, Inflation

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Current State of the Dry Bulk Business

Although the fracking boom has retreated, an upsurge in home building is giving dry bulk a boost.

By Kate Harlow

During the early years of the Great Recession, almost all trailer manufacturers experienced a sharp drop in demand for their wares. Dry bulk pneumatic trailers, however, were about to get a boon. Read more about the state of the dry bulk pneumatic trailer segment, how fracking has affected the industry, plus trailer-spec’ing tips.

Tags: Trailers, Fracking, Dry Bulk

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Redesigned Terex

This six-axle FDB6000 for Ohio has three air-suspended lift axles, including a hydraulically operated rear booster that stays down even when the barrel’s empty to reduce chassis bounce.

By Tom Berg

Time is money, and that’s the essence of a front-discharge mixer. It drives right up to where concrete’s needed and, after the driver adds chute extensions, starts offloading. Terex/Advance Mixer in Fort Wayne, Ind., makes rear-discharge drums for mounting on conventional truck chassis, but its heart is in the front-discharge version that it builds all-new and as glider kits.

Tags: Terex, Test Drive, Vocational, Mixer

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Factors to Consider When Installing an Inverter

By Truckinginfo Staff

Power inverters – the devices that convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household power – are becoming more commonplace in the trucking industry. Depending upon whom you ask, that’s to the delight, or chagrin of fleet and maintenance managers, who often have a love/hate relationship with inverters.

Tags: Xantrex, Inverter, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Electrical System

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

But Which Fuel?

Daimler's Mark Lampert says diesel and natural gas are the fuels to watch going forward.

By Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. Dimethyl-ether. Hybrids. There's a virtual smorgasbord of potential fuel sources or supplements for truck and engine makers to choose from. The critical question becomes which one, or which combinations of fuel sources, represent the best path forward.

Tags: Natural Gas, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Tractors with gross-weight ratings of over 59,600 pounds, like this heavy haul model, are among those affected by FMVSS 121’s requirements for shorter stopping distances.

By Tom Berg

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

Tags: Volvo, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Brakes, Daimler Trucks North America, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, NHTSA

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Trailer Update

By Kate Harlow

Whether it's dumps or dry vans, flatbeds or tank trailers, trailer makers have been focusing on making trailers lighter to improve freight capacity and fuel efficiency, safer for drivers, and stronger to extend the trailer’s life cycle. We contacted trailer manufacturers and learned about the latest in trailers, manufacturing, product innovations and corporate news.

Tags: Trailers

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Study Finds Total Cost of Ownership Similar for Electric and Diesel Delivery Trucks

By Truckinginfo Staff

A research team from Georgia Tech compared medium-duty electric and diesel urban delivery trucks for a range of scenarios and discovered the total costs of ownership were very similar – but the cost-competitiveness of the electric truck drops in drive cycles with higher average speed.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Freightlner

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmissions: Automating for Fuel Savings

Drivers still have some control over automated manual transmissions, but the equipment will usually do a better job of improving fuel economy if it’s simply left alone.

By Jim Park

Traditional thinking on automated manual transmissions has it that AMTs are the great equalizers – bridgers of skill gaps between the best and the worst drivers in the fleet. While that’s still true, AMTs now bring even more to the fuel-economy table, offering fuel savings in their own right beyond what even the most professionally driven manual transmission could accomplish.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Cummins, DTNA, Eaton, Volvo Trucks, Mack, Transmissions, Automatic Manual Transmissions, Volvo I-shift, SuperEconodyne, Allison Transmission

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Navigate the Great Credit Search

Credit: AmeriQuest

By Neal Weeks, AmeriQuest

You know that it’s time to upgrade a certain portion of your fleet. But you assume that, in the current economic environment, getting credit can be difficult. So how do you get the equipment you need, when you need it?

Tags: AmeriQuest, Lease Agreement, Equipment

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

The more rubber you have on the road, the sooner the improvements become obvious.

By Jim Park

You get 30% less tread on some fuel-efficient tires, they cost 15% less up front and they run fewer miles to take-off, but does the money saved on fuel because of the lower rolling resistance make up for the shorter overall life? Many fleets are struggling with that question today. The answer is often anything but clear.

Tags: Goodyear, Michelin, Continental Tires, Bridgestone, Tires, GITI

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telematics Unchained

By Jim Beach

You probably have a pretty good idea what a telematics system is, even if you don't know it by that name. You may know it as a fleet management system or GPS fleet management system or GPS vehicle tracking system.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, Technology

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Around Tarping

Rolling tarp systems, like TarpStop’s FasTrack, protect loads but can be opened or closed in a couple of minutes.

By Tom Berg

It takes special people to be flatbedders. Tarping, however, is usually not on their list of favorite activities. A single tarpaulin can weigh 65 to 100 pounds or more. It must be half thrown and half dragged over the load, spread evenly with corners properly folded and tucked in, and the whole piece of slippery fabric secured with straps and bungies.

Tags: Trailers, Tarping, Side kits, Rolling tarps, Curtain-sider

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T880 Day-cab Tractor

The new steering gear set up provides up to 9 degrees of additional wheelcut, making this 189-inch wheelbase extremely maneuverable.

By Jim Park

Equipment Editor Jim Park still recalls his first meeting with a T800. It was in the fall of'86, the year the truck was introduced and a little more than a year after the T600 had made its game-changing debut.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive

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