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)


Lift Axle Considerations

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

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)


Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

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

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)


An Automatic Yes: Transmission Trends

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

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)


Test Drive: MX-13 in a Peterbilt 365

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

(Photo by Tom Berg)


OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

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

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


Tracking Tire Performance

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

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)


TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

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

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


Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

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

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.


Holland Changes Along With Trucking

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

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.)


Dart Goes Lightweight

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

Understanding Trailer Tire Pressure
With a continued focus on increased productivity, fleets and owner-operators are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase up-time. Tires are one of the top ten expenses in the trucking industry.
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