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December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Commercial Tire Trends

When it comes to commercial tire sales, 2012 could not have been any more contrasting from 2011, says Rick Phillips, Yokohama Tire's director of commercial sales. Phillips, a 35-year tire industry veteran, discusses what the challenges were within the commercial tire industry in 2012 and how they will affect truck owners in 2013

Tags: Economy, Tires

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

EcoBoost 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 in Ford's upcoming Transit vans will do the work of much larger and heavier V-8 and V-10 engines in current E-series vans. New 3.2-liter I-5 diesel will be optional.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

Tags: Engine Smarts, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal field testing proves ROI on automatic tire inflation systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We now have conclusive proof that automated tire inflation systems and tire pressure monitoring systems offer quantifiable payback

Tags: Tires

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Bodies Spotlight

 The low floor height of this Johnson body allows the delivery driver to easily reach into any of the body's multiple compartments.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Truck bodies these days are more than just a box, and we've highlighted several recent developments in this article

Tags: Trailers

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 579

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The urge to compare is great, but I will resist. Both Peterbilt's Model 579 and Kenworth's T68O were introduced with much fanfare at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year

Tags: Test Drive, Peterbilt

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Trucks to Get Cummins SCR, But What About Big-Block Diesel?

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The idea of Cummins parts in a Caterpillar machine seems odd, but the shrinking world of industry consolidation will result in the use of Cummins-sourced selective catalytic reduction equipment on the Navistar-supplied diesels in Cat vocational trucks

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking 'Fracking' Water

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah is among the places in the U.S. where natural gas is being recovered in the ongoing energy boom. As in other areas, great quantities of specially treated water are being used to liberate the ga

Tags: Trailers, water truck, Fracking

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update: Business thriving, though some casualties

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Like most commercial truck sectors, sales of full-size cargo vans and walk-in vans are thriving and even booming - but there are casualties. The electric truck business, while still viable, is taking a hit, with two suppliers in financial straits

Tags: Light & Medium, Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, General Motors, Nissan, Nissan NV, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit Connect, Freightliner, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Walk-in Van

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corrosion: Why Put up With It?

By Guest Commentary Richard A. Nay, CEO, Van Nay Corp.

Take a look as you drive the highway. Look at the trucks and trailers representing major corporations. See the corrosion?

Tags: Equipment Issues

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's Experience in Dealing with Post-2007 Diesel Problems

Much of Lewis Tree Service's maintenance is done by outside vendors, “which makes it interesting,” says  the corporate fleet supervisor, Paul Wion.

By Engine Smarts Column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Several years ago, Paul Wion, corporate fleet supervisor at Lewis Tree Service in upstate New York, got up during a Shop Talk session at a TMC meeting to describe a fix for diesel particulate filters that were plugging up in the field

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Engine and Fuel Problems Decrease, Unscheduled Downtime Increases

Hino engines rank highest in customer satisfaction for a fifth consecutive year.

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

Tags: Test Drive, Mack, Diesel

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Ready for Euro 6, But Not to Buy Navistar

Tom Linebarger

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

HANOVER, Germany -- "We're ready for Euro 6," declared Tom Linebarger, the pleasant, polite and straight-talking CEO of Cummins Inc., in leading off his press conference during the IAA show in Hanover last week

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: More Particulate Emissions From Charbroiled Burgers Than Diesel Trucks

By Engine Smarts

Just how clean is the latest clean diesel technology? Put it this way: A study by the University of California-Riverside found commercially cooked hamburgers emit more particulate matter than diesel trucks meeting EPA 2007 and EPA 2010 emissions standards. The UC-Riverside study was funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth K270

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If the Kenworth K270 had been introduced in time to be judged for the medium-duty Commercial Truck of the Year award, it might have given the Model 210 from KW's sister company, Peterbilt, a run for the title

Tags: Test Drive

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Cargo Where it Belongs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Anyone who's seen van trailers with sides bulging outward or dented from inside knows that at least some of that is caused by shifting cargo

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preventing Dock Walk

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Dock walk," the phenomenon of the trailer's body moving slightly away from the loading dock when a heavy forklift rolls aboard, has been around since air-ride suspensions came into use on trailers

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: The Cummins Westport ISX12 G

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When I first throttled up the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G, I wanted to make a comparison between this natural-gas-fueled engine and its diesel-fired counterpart. But they are different engines, with very different approaches to getting fuel into the cylinders

Tags: Test Drive

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Technology Offers Capabilities Beyond Simple Asset Management

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

It's fairly well established that keeping track of untethered trailers improves a fleet's operations

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Strong Sales, Many Models

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If the health of the economy is tied directly to commercial medium-duty truck sales, as is the historical case, then the sky has clouded a little. It isn't falling, though, because sales are still trending up. All builders we talked with reported decent and sometimes robust percentage increases over last year, which in turn was up over 2010

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern V-6 with Efficient 8-speed Autotranny Propels Ram to mpg Lead

Pentastar V-6 and TorqueFlite 8 automatic deliver up to 25 MPG in the upcoming 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Who'd-a-thunk that mile-per-gallon numbers would be important to macho owners of pickup trucks? You can thank spiking prices of gasoline, even before Hurricane Isaac finishes making a wake in Louisiana

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Count Navistar Out

By Engine Smarts commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Unless you've been on holiday in some remote spot without access even to carrier pigeons or smoke signals, you'll know by now that Navistar International announced on July 6 that it was giving up on "advanced EGR" as its sole engine emissions technology

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flatbed Business Anything but Flat

Drilling for oil and natural gas continues to be strong, and items such as steel pipe are filling flatbeds.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the hottest segments of trailer building is flatbeds. The freight they carry is moving briskly, especially in the automotive and energy sectors, but prosperity is somewhat spotty, say fleet managers.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4700

The 4700 series uses the same cab as heavier models but has unique hood and grille stylings. Daycab-only tractors are aimed at local and regional hauling.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For many years, Western Star Trucks played last fiddle in truck sales symphonies, with U.S. Class 8 market share numbers of 1% and less. The company's share climbed a bit when it was bought by Freightliner in 2000

Tags: Test Drive

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest in Trailer Advances

Lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum continues as a leading material for components and complete trailers, like this Trail King pneumatic dry bulk tanker with a tare weight of 8,450 pounds, 500 less than usual.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Over the years, advances in trailer materials and design have added life, cut maintenance and operating costs and even improved safety. Based on our observations at trade shows, new product announcements and conversations with manufacturers and fleets, we came up with the following list of significant trends

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remanufacturing Saves Money, Cuts Waste and Pollution, Detroit Reman Says

Series 60 cylinder heads are among the components remanufactured in Detroit Reman's plant at Toole, Utah.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Why buy new when you can reuse something that still has value?" That's the mantra at Detroit Reman, which has been remanufacturing engines and engine parts since 1966. And after touring its western plant at Tooele, Utah, one comes away wonderin

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where to put all those CNG tanks?

By Engine Smarts column Truckinginfo Staff

One of the key factors limiting the use of compressed natural gas in trucks has been the question of range. A commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturer based in Germany may have a solution -- putting extra CNG tanks on the trailer

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Old Trailers Sport Aerodynamic Look

Labatt's Streamliners of the '30s and late '40s featured radically curved surfaces and Art Deco graphics, but they were built to promote beer sales, not to save fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Are truck and trailer aerodynamics new? Not exactly. Labatt's Streamliners like the one shown on the right were built in the 1930s and might be the most aerodynamic looking tractor-trailers ever produced.

Tags: Trailers

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dual-fuel conversion saves big money every day, supplier-trucker says

One trucking company had so much success with dual-fuel conversions it's now selling them to other fleets.

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A band wagon powered by natural gas seems to have begun rolling, but most of those aboard talk about brand-new heavy trucks with special gas-burning engines. Why not convert existing trucks and engines to use cheap and clean-burning gas

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Pump Prices Won't Rise Much, Clean Energy Exec Says

By EngineSmarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Prices paid at the pump for natural gas by truck operators won't rise much even if gas's basic price doubles, said an executive with Clean Energy, a company now setting up retail NG filling stations and selling the fuel

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does natural gas make sense as a truck fuel? Why not use it to make stuff that's easier to handle?

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Natural gas! Almost everything's natural gas! That was my impression while walking through the displays at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in early May at the Long Beach Convention Center. Suppliers were offering all sorts of equipment and services connected to this fuel that's so much in the news

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Renewable DME vs. U.S. Natural Gas

Volvo VNL natural-gas-powered daycab.

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Volvo just told the world about its LNG engine coming in 2014 at a recent press gathering in Miami Beach and discussed the future of DME fuel - that's dimethyl ether - in North America

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrids in Yosemite

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

As we head into summer vacation season, it's worth noting that hybrids are being used in a somewhat unexpected place - California's Yosemite National Park

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation for Trailer Interiors

The interior of this J&J steel vacuum tanker interior is protected with a polyurethane paint called CorroCote II PW from Madison Chemical Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Box" and tank trailers can carry any number of things, and their interiors are specially designed for durability, long life, low maintenance and light weight. We found a number of interesting examples at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March

Tags: Trailers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Fuels Mean Energy Independence, Say ACT Expo Speakers

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Suppliers of alternative fuels and the equipment that burns them must cooperate to move America toward energy self-sufficiency and economic growth, says retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The medium-duty world is dominated by the rental and leasing sectors and the pickup and delivery sector, at least in terms of the Class 5-7 trucks using 17.5- and 19.5-inch tires. What they want dictates what the tire makers deliver

Tags: Tires

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680

Kenworth says the company invested $400 million and more than four years bringing this truck to market.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When I first heard that Kenworth's new T680 was unveiled at the Mid-America Trucking Show, I wondered why Kenworth was already upgrading the two-year-old T700

Tags: Test Drive

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's up with biodiesel?

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Bet you didn't celebrate National Biodiesel Day, did you? March 18 if you were wondering

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: BAE HybriDrive -- New and Smooth

BAE HybriDrive in this Kenworth T800 dump supplies only propulsion power, but could be set up to help tip the bed. For now the Cummins engine, running through a PTO, spins the hydraulic pump that operates the bed's hoist.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

BAE Systems is a multi-national company that claims to have built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it's developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems

Tags: Test Drive

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Allison's TC10 is a Future Tense Tranny

This Peterbilt 384 has a TC10 mated to a 12.9-liter Paccar MX. The transmission shifted smoothly and quickly.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last fall, Allison Transmission invited a few trade press reporters to Indianapolis to fill us in on a future product: the TC10, an automated mechanical transmission the company will release in late 2012.

Tags: Test Drive

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Virtual' Vertical Integration?

Can so-called virtual vertical integration work as well as vertical integration done with components all built by the same company, like this Detroit transmission, designed to work with Detroit engines and axles?

By Engine Smarts column Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Three weeks after the Mid-America Trucking Show, while I munch on very small, very rich chocolate eggs that were left on my desk by some generous rabbit, I find myself at the keyboard pondering a few things I learned and heard in Louisville. And one in particular

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting Fuel Use by Recovering Waste Heat

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Very quietly, Cummins Turbo Technologies offered a glimpse of its advanced waste-heat expander prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show recently

Tags: Engine Smarts

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's T680: A Home Run Waiting to Happen

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When I first saw the T680 on the show floor at the Mid-America Trucking Show, I thought, that's the same as the T700. That truck is only two years old, and I was wondering why the truck maker was introducing its replacement after such a short lifespan

Tags: Test Drive

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Refurbishing Works for This Fleet

Money was tight, so Steph Sabo at Norrenberns Truck Service bought 29 used tractors and refurbished them, saving $40,000 to $50,000 per truck.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A few years ago, Steph Sabo looked at the latest truck diesels and didn't like what he saw

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Trailers

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automated Mechanical Transmissions Gaining Steadily in Class 8 Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Talk about transmissions in commercial trucks, and you'll talk a lot about Eaton. The Michigan-based manufacturer continues to dominate the business in Class 8 and remains strong in Classes 6 and 7. However, there are other names in the busines

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regional Trucks Have Room to Optimize and Specialize

Aerodynamics matter on short hauls. A penny saved is a penny earned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Chances are, within the next five years you'll be in the market for a regional-spec tractor or maybe a whole fleet of them. The North American supply chain is changing

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Engine Displacement is Right for Your Regional Truck?

Engine choices are application specific. An 11-liter may save fuel, but you might need a 13-liter or bigger to get the job done.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The powertrain is a necessarily large part of the spec'ing exercise, and a great deal goes into the decision: anticipated lifecycle; annual miles; average horsepower per mile; vehicle weight; terrain and more

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: 'Baby 8' Peterbilt 382

This 10-wheeler has axles and suspensions strong enough to gross 66,000 pounds, but for that, some states would limit weight on the tandem and require a lift axle or two, which will soon be available.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Baby 8 trucks (Class 8 chassis with midrange engines) have long been useful conveyances of moderate load

Tags: Test Drive

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