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Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

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3 Ways to Save on Tires

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

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Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Though a midrange model in Kenworth’s lineup, this T370 has many heavy-duty components but costs less than a comparable T800 or T880. Sloped hood and large windows make for excellent outward visibility. Photos: Kenworth

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Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

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Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Photo: Tom Berg

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Video: Driving Isuzu's Low Cab Forward NPRs

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently drove a pair of NPRs on streets and freeways in the Los Angeles Basin for this edition of our Focus On video series. He found them highly capable and fun to drive, as well.

Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed. Photo: Jim Park

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Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

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How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Upfitters will assemble exactly what’s spec’d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who’ll use it? Are the chassis’ wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

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6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

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Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

Today's trucks feature almost as much capability in the cab as they do under the hood. Some OEMs are leveraging mobile technology to make fleets more efficient.

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