Equipment

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Fuel efficiency hasn't been a high priority for tire makers' medium-duty and regional service offerings - until now. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings

Tags: Tires

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Talk EPA 2010

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

This year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year say fleets are holding back on buying new 2010-technology engines, not because of concerns about how well the new engines will work, but because the high price is hard to swallow for fleet

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lift Axle Considerations

Pusher axles and the "flying tag" on this mixer truck are raised for crawling through deep sand in eastern Minnesota. While on road, the lift axles are lowered to spread the truck's weight, protecting pavement and bridge spans. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

State laws are the biggest factor governing use or non-use of auxiliary lift axles on trucks and trailers

Tags: Equipment Issues

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

Do you know who is actually doing the service work? In-house national-account service programs take the mystery out of roadside service calls. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

Tags: Tires

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Automatic Yes: Transmission Trends

Once they're used to work-saving AMTs, drivers usually like them. One happy cruiser is Perry Allen, who drives a Volvo VHD dump truck with an I-Shift for Klink Trucking out of Ashley, Ind. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's not driver laziness that's pushing buyers to order more automatic or automated transmissions, say manufacturers

Tags: Equipment Issues

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MX-13 in a Peterbilt 365

Most Peterbilt 365s are built as dump trucks or mixers, but this one is set up as a city delivery tractor, with 4.11 axle gears and no aero fairings. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Paccar, the corporate parent of Kenworth Truck and Peterbilt Motors, should print up some new stickers that say, "Low Revs 'R' Us," then smack 'em on the dashboards of all trucks equipped with its new MX-13 diese

Tags: Test Drive

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

(Photo by Tom Berg)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Contenders for the title of best medium-duty and heavy-duty truck gathered at the St. Louis Regional Airport last week to strut their stuff to the panel of judges made up of eight magazine editor

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Trailers

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

Along with sharp styling and fresh interiors, Dodge has bestowed a smooth ride to its revised Ram Heavy Duty pickups. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the things we expect from 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks is a stiff ride. Strong springs are needed to haul heavy loads, so when the truck's empty it's got to ride a little rough

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Holland Changes Along With Trucking

SAF and Holland hope their synergy will produce demand for new 5-inch round trailer axles to go into the CBX40 (shown) and the UX40.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There's a mighty transition going on at an old, established North American supplier to the trucking industry. Holland from Michigan is now a combined company with SAF of German

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dart Goes Lightweight

This photo shows features of Dart Transit's Eco Trailer, a 53-by-102 van built by Hyundai in Tijuana, Baja Calif. Double-sheet sidewall was designed and patented by Dart's president, Dave Oren. (Photo courtesy of Dart Transit Co.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dart Transit, a pioneer in high-cube trailers for hauling low-density freight, is now seeking lower tare weight to serve customers who ship heavier cargoes

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner's Coronados

Reshaping of some exterior trim and a 2010-legal engine are among features of the latest Coronado tractor (left), which debuted as a 2001 model but has re-emerged as Freightliner's premium road tractor. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Premium is as premium does, and at least for the driver, Freightliner's Coronado does things very well

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Tire 'Myth'-perceptions

Tire casings are inspected and reconditioned before making two, three, or perhaps four journeys down the road of life. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prominent Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham offered the following bit of advice to aspiring journalists: "If your mother tells you her age, check it out." But the advantages of a little skepticism aren't limited to journalist

Tags: Tires

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Equipment Issues

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Used Truck Volumes Up; Prices Still Lowest Ever

Many fleets that have never bought used before are looking at it as an option to replace older trucks. (Photo courtesy of Arrow Truck Sales)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While the used truck market is seeing some strong improvement in demand and volumes, prices are at their lowest levels ever, according to Carl Heikel, president and CEO Arrow Truck Sale

Tags: Equipment Issues

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

Tags: Test Drive

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavy Duty Dialogue Looks at Trucks in the Next Decade

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

What does the next decade hold for the commercial vehicle industry? How will trucks and the way they are marketed change? What will be the driving factors behind those changes? Heavy Duty Dialogue '10 tried to answer that question

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pick It Up and Run With It: Intermodal 'Trailer' Comes to U.S.

Lifting the demonstration load from the deck of the

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Lars Frantzich refers to his container carriers as "machines," not trailers. This gives a hint of the capability and versatility of the Hammar Lift self-loading container-hauling trailer, new to the U.S. market

Tags: Trailers

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mismatched Duals

Small differences in circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly, or a pressure differential of only 10-15 psi across the two, can wreck a tire - or both tires - in a matter of weeks. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Running two tires of different circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly is a sure-fire way to kill two tires for the price of one

Tags: Tires

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the U.S. Military Went to LEDs

Military patrols and supply convoys face increased danger at night, and better headlamps have been helping soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: convoy at Ft.Irwin; Credit: AM General Corp.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Humans have been cursing the darkness and the real and imagined horrors it hides since before recorded tim

Tags: Equipment Issues

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6-7 Update: Changing Faces

Ford's F-750 conventional, shown here, continues as a product of the Ford-Navistar Blue Diamond joint venture that builds the trucks in Escabedo, Mexico, basically using Ford cabs on International chassis.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Some manufacturers have enough existing trucks to last well into the new year, so are delaying the start of their 2011 model years, while others will begin them as soon as January

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Cummins Previews 2010 ISX

On the road with the ISX15 showed there's little for a driver to feel different from what went before. But there are new responsibilities with the need to keep the diesel exhaust fluid topped up. Photo by STF

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If it hadn't been for the development of copper zeolite as a catalyst to use in reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), Cummins might have been right alongside Navistar in using increased levels of exhaust gas circulatio

Tags: Test Drive

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Piggyback Pointers: Spec'ing For Intermodal

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For much of the history of trailer-on-flatcar operations, semitrailers had to be beefed up to take the beating of rail service

Tags: Trailers

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T470 Serious Baby 8

This Kenworth T470, set up with a dump bed and plow mount, aims at municipal and construction customers. Photo by Tom Berg

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Municipal trucks have to work all year round, and they work especially hard when heavy snow falls. "Plow trucks" keep motorized civilization moving, and for this task and others that demand strong specifications, Kenworth has the T470

Tags: Test Drive

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mistaken Identity: Do Light Loads Really Cause Excessive Tire Wear?

Normally loaded, tires have a flat, even footprint. When empty at highway speed, the only center of the tread makes contact with the pavement.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Empty miles can chew up more than your balance sheet. Running empty one way may be good for fuel consumption, but it's hell on tires

Tags: Tires

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Interior Lighting? Think LEDs

Neither incandescents nor fluorescents can hold a candle(power) to light-emitting diodes, which make good white light and last a lifetime. The LED lighting pictured here is from Grote Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Daylight's great for as long as it lasts, and then we switch on electric lights. But for lighting up the insides of trailers, forget old-fashioned incandescent and even late-model fluorescent types

Tags: Trailers

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Model Year Mash-up

2010 engines push debut of some 2011 trucks well into the new year. Shown is Hino's model 145.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Look for altered model years from many builders after Jan. 1 as they prepare to begin installing EPA 2010-legal diesels in their commercial trucks at various points next year

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Worth the Weight

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

With 2010 almost upon us, we have now had the opportunity to touch, feel and drive both technologies to meet the upcoming emissions limits, set for Jan.

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update: Engine Advances Up Fuel Economy

The all-American vehicle gets engine advances as the Great Recession begins to end. Pictured is the new Dodge Ram 2500.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Advances in gasoline and diesel engines for pickup trucks are just in time to catch the beginning of the end of the recession, the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Eaton's New UltraShift Plus Has Brains and Brawn

Shifts on uphill grades under heavy load are lightning-fast, thanks to the inertia brake and outstanding shifting logic.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Eaton's UltraShift has been updated and upgraded with a new, two-plate, electronically activated clutch and revised logic for the electronic controller that makes it a much sweeter transmission that will learn - or coach - according to driver deman

Tags: Test Drive

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turn Rubber into Gold: Tire Management

Carrying excessive inventory makes little sense. If you can accurately predict replacement cycles, your money stays where it belongs.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Here's a quick quiz: What's your tire cost per mile? How many miles per 32nd do you get out of a steer or drive tire? How many miles do you expect from a steer tire

Tags: Tires

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Air cylinders raise the railing along the top of this dry-bulk tanker for safe use by a driver or worker. They drop back down when loading or maintenance is complete.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

Tags: Trailers

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Behind the Scenes at Fontaine Fifth Wheel R&D

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Fifth wheels often get taken for granted.

Tags: Equipment Issues

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Drivers Involved in Tire Maintenance

There are still a few drivers out there who care enough to help keep tire costs down.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Trying to get drivers actively involved in tire maintenance programs is like pushing rope uphill. If you're lucky, the good ones will kick or thump the tires during a pre-tri

Tags: Tires

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Your Trailer For Resale

Condition of floor, walls and ceiling, as in this reefer, are among the things a prospective buyer looks at. Solid specs and regular maintenance keep a trailer usable and resalable.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What makes a semitrailer easy to sell at a good price? Structural soundness, with emphasis on the floor and roof, and good appearance that comes from regular maintenanc

Tags: Trailers

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Ford's Transit Connect is Bigger Than it Looks

Tall roof and near-6-foot-long cargo bed allow Transit Connect to carry a lot. Upfitters can add shelves, cabinets, racks and other equipment for carrying cargo and tools. It has a sporty feel but is a commercial truck from the ground up, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A Transit Connect is roughly 2 feet shorter and weighs about 1,500 pounds less than an E-150 van. The TC's high roof makes it roomier than it might look in a photograp

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: More Products, Costlier Diesels on the Way

Workhorse offers its MetroStar, with contemporary International-like nose styling and aluminum bodies.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The gasoline share will only increase, because Ford Motor Co., the market leader, is dropping the Navistar-built PowerStroke diesel following lawsuits over warranty claims and competitive issues, leaving its E-series vans with gasoline-only power in the new yea

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit Diesel's DD13 and DD15 - Driving With SCR

This 2011 Cascadia with EPA 2010 DD15 engine, above, is a customer demo unit already in revenue service. We drove it first. We liked it a lot.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Call it pre-need planning. When Detroit Diesel rolled out its DD15 engine in October 2007, the company said it was a clean-sheet design, birthed EPA-'07-compliant and 100 percent ready for EPA-201

Tags: Test Drive

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles.

Tags: Light & Medium

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Tires for regional and P&D applications face greater stress due to tight turns and constant stop-and-start cycles.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

Tags: Tires

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CA Goes Aero: CARB's New Aerodynamic Rules

SmartWay-certified trailers with side skirts and low-rolling-resistance tires should meet the upcoming CARB rules. These tires are wide-base singles, but some standard-size duals also qualify. Photo from Great Dane Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Not many owners of semitrailers have bought aerodynamic fairings and low-rolling-resistance tires to save fuel, but a lot of them will have to under new rules from California's Air Resources Board

Tags: Trailers

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T800 LNG Day Cab

Kenworth T800 LNG day cab offers capable clean power.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Opportunities to evaluate natural heavy-truck gas alternative power have been few to this point

Tags: Test Drive

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: In the Trenches

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If it weren't for what's being nicknamed "The Great Recession," news in the Class 8 truck business would be all about engines

Tags: Equipment Issues

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's I-Shift - A Smooth Operator

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testimonials are fine, but repeat business is the best endorsement for a product. Wayne Klink, founder and president of a fleet with his name, likes his 90 Volvo trucks and the latest component in three of them, the I-Shif

Tags: Test Drive

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Steering Clear of Trouble: Get Ready for Heavier Axles

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While recruiting and compliance departments grapple with the potential implications of weight-based sleep-apnea testing for drivers, operations and maintenance personnel should be aware that trucks are getting heavier, to

Tags: Tires

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The California Air Resources Board is following through on its promise to clamp down on emissions from reefer diesel

Tags: Trailers

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Heavy-Duty Mobile A/C Refrigerants

The average long-haul tractor-trailer will have its engine running for 21 hours a day, including six to seven hours at idle so the driver can heat or cool the cab during a rest period

Tags: Equipment Issues

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavier-Rig Idea Advances

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem, plus the familiar 12,000 pounds on the tractor's steer axle and 34,000 on its tandem.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A bill to allow states to authorize heavier tractor-trailers has been introduced in Congress, and the idea might also be part of highway reauthorization legislation. But chances for passage are iffy, observers sa

Tags: Trailers

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack Titan - Mack's Biggest Strongest Model

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One look at this truck tells what it is - a big hauler of large and dense loads - and what it's not - a posh over-the-road freighter

Tags: Test Drive

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