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A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight. 
Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads
By Tom Berg
Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.
Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park
Axles Go High-Tech
By Jim Park
New downspeeding solutions deploy technology to limit driveline damage and improve fuel economy.
Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck
By Steve Bouchard
Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.
Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park
Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs
By Jim Park
We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.
The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg 
Test Drive: Ford Transit Van
By Tom Berg
A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

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Daimler Trucks testing the first series-production autonomous truck on public roads. Photo: Daimler
Daimler Takes the Next Step Toward Autonomous Trucks
In Germany Friday, Daimler Trucks is operating what it says is the first series-production truck to operate on an automated basis on the highway.
Photo: Tom Berg
International to Couple Allison TC10 With Cummins ISX15
International Truck will be offering the Allison TC10 automatic transmission coupled with the Cummins ISX15 on its International ProStar Model. The combination will be available for order by Dec. 2015.
Truck Demand May Be Slower Through 2016
By Denise Rondini
After a strong end to 2014 and early 2015, the truck market has softened. With several unknown factors like regulations and fluctuating economic conditions, it looks like this trend may continue for a while.
Marangoni Adds Atlanta-Area J&R Tire as a Dealer Member
Commercial tread company, Marangoni Tread North America has brought in J&R Tire as a member of the company’s family of independent dealers.
The jointly engineered Class 4/5 trucks will be built in Navistar's Springfield, OH, assembly plant, starting in 2018. Photo: Dept. of Labor
Navistar Details Medium-Duty Deal with GM
By David Cullen
The Class 4/5 trucks that will be jointly developed by Navistar and General Motors will provide opportunities for both OEMs “to gain share in markets that we have not participated in for a number of years,” said Navistar's Bill Kozek.
The Chevrolet Kodiak (and similar GMC TopKick) was produced from 1980 to 2009. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev, licensed under GFDL via Commons
GM, Navistar Collaborate on Class 4/5 Trucks
General Motors is back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with a just-announced long-term agreement with Navistar.
Alcoa Board Agrees to Split Company
Alcoa’s board of directors unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies.
Newly appointed company president John W. Stuart. Photo: Reyco Granning
Reyco Granning Names Replacement President
Reyco Granning has named a new president after it was announced that current president Dave Compton is retiring on Sept. 30, 2015.
Used Class 8 Market Slips But Remains Strong
Used Class 8 volumes in August fell slightly from July but gained compared with last year’s numbers, according to the latest report from ACT Research.
Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP
By Tom Berg
Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”


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Tank Trailer Resists High Sulfuric Acid Concentrations Wabash National Corporation’s Brenner brand fiberglass reinforced plastic tank trailer resists sulfuring acid in concentrations of up to 98%.
Trailer Aimed at Towing and Rental Markets XL Specialized Trailers’ XL 80 Slider is a two-axle trailer rated at 80,000 pounds designed for towing and rental markets.
Ox Bodies Offers Rugged Scrap Trailer Ox Bodies’ Scrap Trailer is designed for residential and commercial demolition projects with large debris.
Roll-up Door Designed for Durability and Light Weight The Overhead Door Company’s ArmorPlate roll-up door is designed to be durable and lightweight.
Rugby's Rancher Body Fits Several Applications Rugby Manufacturing’s Rugby HD Rancher Body is a flatbed designed for construction and landscaping fleets as well as oil field operations.
Spec’ing the Right Fifth Wheel Maximizes Efficiency and Productivity
This easy-to-use Fifth Wheel Selection Guide simplifies the process with step-by-step procedures, ensuring the best fit for your application. Learn more about spec’ing your next fifth wheel.
Lightweighting to Improve Freight Efficiency
As trucks get heavier, it’s difficult to maintain the freight capacity you’ve been delivering to customers for years. But through strategies such as spec’ing lighter weight materials, your fleet can gain a competitive edge.
Assessing Bumper Technology for a No-Compromise Solution
Fleets need end-to-end fuel efficient solutions — this whitepaper looks at bumper technologies and how advanced design and materials can mean a fuel efficient while also durable and easier to maintain bumper solution.
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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