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.


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

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


Behind the Scenes at Fontaine Fifth Wheel R&D

Fifth wheels often get taken for granted.

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


Get Drivers Involved in Tire Maintenance

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

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.


Spec'ing Your Trailer For Resale

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

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.


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

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

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


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

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

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.


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

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


Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

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

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


Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

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

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


CA Goes Aero: CARB's New Aerodynamic Rules

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

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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