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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

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On the Horizon: New Engines, New Fuels

By "Engine Smarts" Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

From a seminar on sustainable transportation at the Sweden House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a glimpse over the horizon, such as a camless engine and turning waste into fuel

Tags: Engine Smarts

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big 3 Going for CNG-Gasoline Bi-Fuel Systems in Pickups

General Motors, Ram Trucks and Ford all announced bi-fuel CNG-gasoline systems for heavy pickups. Photo courtesy of GM

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Detroit's Big Three light-truck builders are embracing compressed natural gas, if not as the dominant fuel of the future then as a major alternative to gasoline and diesel

Tags: Engine Smarts

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Some Cleaner Diesels Unreliable, Expensive, Say Fleet Execs in TMC 'Report Card'

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Some clean diesels of the 2000s have been disruptively unreliable and most are discouragingly expensive, but performance has improved as manufacturers try hard to fix them, said fleet executives at last week's annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council

Tags: Engine Smarts

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On/Off Highway Tires: One Size Won't Fit All

Tires such as Bridgestone's M843 provide a balance of good traction, good fuel economy and good tread life when used as an all-position tire.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

A racehorse would do about as well dragging a plow through a muddy field as a plow horse would do plodding down the back stretch at Churchill Downs.

Tags: Tires

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Light & Medium

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded "traction" tires are available.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Unique to North America, this all-wheel-drive cabover is strong, maneuverable and fun to drive. Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Test Drive

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

This great-looking load shoul dbe placed out-of-service for violations. How many can you spot? (See the answer at the bottom of the story.)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see - including DOT roadside inspector

Tags: Trailers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vertical Integration Yields More Profits, Navistar Executives Tell Stock Analysts

By Engine Smarts commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Does it make sense for a truck builder to limit customers' engine choices to just one line of products? It does if the engines are its own, because it makes more money. That is among the assertions made by Navistar International Corp.'s top executives to stock market researchers during the company's annual Analysts Day Feb. 1 at its shining and sprawling new headquarters in Lisle, Ill., west of Chicago.

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Talk about 2010 Engines

By Engine Smarts Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

So far, the new engines built to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 emissions mandate are performing far better than their EPA-2007 predecessors. That was the consensus of this year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Tall' gearing and a big engine deliver 12 mpg in a Class 7 truck, expedited-freight hauler claims

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Tall" gearing and a large engine are giving an expedited freight hauler the high fuel economy he sought, even if most factory engineers won't approve his spec'ing requests

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Severe underride was the result of this 35-mph, 50%-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Overlap is what happens when a car hits a trailer with only part of its front instead of head-on.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

Tags: Trailers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

The Tradesman features a Hemi V-8 with 390 horses, which can haul heavy loads, make the truck scoot, or both. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Will the Engine of the Future Resemble Today's Powerplants?

Achates Power in San Diego says its opposed-piston engine, now in dyno testing, has achieved fuel efficiency that's 21% better thatn a benchmark V-8, the latest 6.7-liter PowerStroke from Ford, and meets 2010 emissions limits.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably similar to the one in your current truck. It's an internal combustion engine with pistons, valves, crankshaft and other familiar parts, an inline 4 or 6, or a V-6 or V-8

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

Sharp-edged styling of fancier Ram pickups is used on teh simple Tradesman 1500. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4, built just a few years afte

Tags: Test Drive

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Engines Today: How Are the EPA-Spec Engines From the Past Decade Performing?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A lot of truck owners aren't particularly happy with some of their EPA-emissions-spec engines from the past decade, and that could spell aftermarket opportunities as those engines come out of warranty.

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engines: Pistons Still In, But Think Outside the Block

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably the one under the hood or cab of your current truck

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: NPR Gas 'N' Go vs. Eco Diesel Slow(er)

Driving the Isuzu NPR Gas is an entirely different experience compared with the diesel models.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

After several years of absence, Isuzu's gasoline-powered, medium-duty trucks are back for the 2012 model year. I had a chance to test drive the new 2012 NPR Gas truck, as well as the comparable NPR Eco-Max diesel

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parked Next Door: A Study in Engine Apps

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The other day, a remodeling contractor was working at the next-door neighbors' house and I eyeballed the two trucks that he sent his workers and supplies in

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Preventing LED Theft

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

They've pretty much taken over the vehicle lighting business, and they don't cost nearly as much as when they first appeared about 20 years ago. So LEDs - lamps made with light-emitting diodes - aren't stolen like they once were

Tags: Trailers

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T800 Dump Truck with Latest Powertrain

This T800 has a setback steer axle that allows a tight wheel cut and good maneuverability. The hood is steeply sloped for excellent forward visibility.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The "viper yellow" paint on this Kenworth T800 grabs your attention, but there was much more to this dump truck I drove last summer

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tell TMC About Your Engine Experiences

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Our Engine Smarts item and November HDT column on complaints about 2002-2010 diesels ("What's Happening with Engines?") hit a proverbial nerve, because we got a healthy amount of reader response

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo's 750-Horsepower Truck and Sweden's Longer, Heavier Trucks

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

What makes a truck and engine manufacturer want to launch a 750-horsepower engine for standard trucks? Volvo already offered its 16-liter inline six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and unit injectors, capable of 700 horsepower

Tags: Equipment Issues

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

Short demo drive of Caterpillar's first on-highway truck reveals whether it lives up to its 'premium' billing.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this yea

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Sales Up as Buyers Replace Old Trucks Amid Improving Economy, New Products Enter the Market

For years, Ford’s F-450 and F-550 SuperDuty trucks have led the Class 4 to 5 segment.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's a story we've heard before, but a pretty good one: Sales are up, products are improving, and buyers have many choices of trucks to do their hauling job

Tags: Light & Medium

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