Equipment

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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

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Real Cost of Trucks

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If you think about what you bought for a tractor in 1980 and what you get when you buy a tractor today, you quickly realize they're not even the same animal. Why 1980

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something In The Air

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There have been a lot of new product launches at the spring truck shows, as you'll see in this month's cover story. Despite the faltering economy, there's been no let-up in that activity

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer of the Year: Customer Service Key

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

These days, truck dealers can't rely solely on the sale of trucks to stay in business. So the successful one

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Meet your new handy-dandy tire filler-upper. We're not talking about a knuckle-dragger named Earl, here, with eyes that gaze off in two different directions and a plug of tobacco in his cheek big enough to choke a horse

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

This Kenworth T170 is an example. Its chassis and powertrain are engineered for Class 5 hauling jobs, but its big-rig-style cab makes you feel like you got more than you expected

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Shockingly high fuel prices, along with the mortgage crisis and deflation of the housing-price bubble, have sapped Americans' ability to buy, buy, buy, and the adjustment has affected all the industries that purchase and use trucks, especially construction

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's a transition time for Class 6 and 7 trucks as American and imported commercial vehicles move into model-year 2009-10 with only minor changes from the previous two years

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Intermodal Issues

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

'Revolutionary" is an apt description for freight containers, those now ubiquitous steel boxes that carry the cargoes of commerce around the world

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel-Saving Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel fuel is getting almost too dear in price to burn, so users are looking at ways to conserve it and to avoid consuming it altogether

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New In Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The mighty have finally fallen. Full-size pickup trucks, for many years the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., have tumbled in popularity since the steep run-up in gasoline prices

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailers: Lock 'Em Up

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Perhaps you've heard of "MS-13," labeled "the most dangerous gang in America" by Newsweek magazine and chronicled in recent months by newspapers and broadcast media

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 2-5 Roundup: Industry Marking Time

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Our lists of commercial truck models in their various weight classes continue to shrink as corporations restructure and contract. This has been a fixture of business in general and the automotive worl

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Leasing Lessons

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

CARB is a four-letter word to most truckers, who cringe every time the people who run California's Air Resources Board dictate another set of rules

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving The '09 Ram 1500s

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Almost since pickup trucks began outselling automobiles in the 1980s, the domestic Big Three auto makers - who still dominate light-truck sales with their full-size models - have been leapfrogging over each other with redesigned and refined products

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Sterling LNG Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire investor and big-time oilman, is hawking his "Pickens Plan" in TV commercials, personal appearances and a web site (www.pickensplan.com)

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive -- International Lonestar: Style and Substance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A much-anticipated first drive of International's new LoneStar confirms it's more than just a pretty face

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Ups Aero Stakes

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Big changes to Peterbilt's aero 386 make it more wind-cheating and enhance overall fuel economy

Tags: Test Drive

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