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The set-forward steer axle and plain front end mark the latest Cat Truck. The headlamps are halogen sealed beams and the bumper is flat to minimize overall length. 
Test Drive: Caterpillar’s New CT681
By Tom Berg
Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications.
Saving Amps & Money
By Stephane Babcock
Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.
Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody’s Buying
By Tom Berg
Builders report order upswings of 20% and more, along with gains for proprietary diesels and automated transmissions.
Q&A: Caterpillar’s Ron Schultz
By Tom Berg
Ron Schultz is global on-highway truck sales and product support manager at Caterpillar Inc.
Pressures of 105 psi are fine with 12,000-pound steer-axle loads, but may be 10-20 psi underinflated in 13,200-pound steer-axle loads.
Are You Putting Enough Air In Your Steer Tires?
By Jim Park
If you are not running at least 105 psi in your steer tires, you’re running underinflated. In some cases, those tires may be in run-flat condition.

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Eco-flaps Splash Guards Expanded to 18-Inch Widths Andersen Flaps will now offer its Eco-flaps splash guard line in 18-inch widths that can be paired with wide-based tires.
UltraShift Plus Transmissions Now Allow for 2-Speed Axle Compatibility Eaton recently increased the functionality of its UltraShift Plus automated transmissions to allow for compatibility with two-speed axles.
Utility Makes Roll Stability Standard on Refrigerated Trailer Utility Trailers added roll stability protection from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems as a standard feature on the 3000R base model refrigerated trailer. The safety feature will be added to trailers beginning with orders received in January 2015.
Kenworth Cabover Options Expand Applications Kenworth has three new options that extend the applications range for its medium-duty cabovers. More back-of-cab space and right-hand steering allow body-mounting flexibility and specialty work.
Talbert Unveils New Traveling Axle Trailer Talbert released the 4050TA trailer as part of its Traveling Axle Series for haulers who need a California-legal trailer with a lower deck height to clear bridges and tunnels when transporting taller equipment.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior
GPS vehicle tracking provides a powerful tool for managing your vehicles more effectively, helping you control fleet costs and improving productivity. Fleet operation isn’t just about the vehicles but also the people who drive them.
How to Use Telematics to Control Fleet Costs
GPS vehicle tracking systems can generate positive results in many areas, including employee productivity, driver safety, and more. What really stands out is telematics ability to lower costs.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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