Dry Vans

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July 28, 2016

The 2016 Trailers Update

New features displayed at truck shows and announced separately cut weight, add ruggedness and utility.

July 20, 2016

Trailer Orders Fall 10% in June

A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.

April 20, 2016

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

March 22, 2016

Trailer Market Picks Up Steam in February

Trailer orders in the U.S. during the month of February rose 21% over the previous month, slightly exceeding expectations, says FTR.

January 19, 2016

Trailer Orders Return to Normal at Year's End

Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.

December 21, 2015

Strick Trailers Recalls Dry Vans Over Rear Impact Guards

Notice affects some model-year 1998 -2005 vans whose bumpers might not prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer in a crash.

September 22, 2015

Dry Van Surge Drives Trailer Order Increase

Trailer orders saw a significant increase in August due to a surge in the dry van market, according to the latest report from ACT Research and FTR.

July 20, 2015

Dry Van and Reefer Orders on the Rise

Trailer orders increased significantly in June to 26,700 units with better than expected numbers in the dry van and refrigerated van markets.

June 18, 2015

May Trailer Orders Down 14 Percent

May trailer orders continued a downward slide with 15,200 units moved in the month, decreasing 14% from April and down 29% year overyear, according to this month’s FTR report.

March 19, 2015

Trailer Orders Fall As Large Fleets Fill Requirements

February trailer orders dropped well below January figures as backlogs for orders fell for the first time in six months, according to the latest FTR report.

January 22, 2015

December Trailer Orders Near Record Numbers

December trailer orders were second only to October 2014 in volume, and trailer orders for the year hit an all-time high.

August 14, 2014

Canter FE130 Now Available in Lightweight Dry Van Body

Mitsubishi Fuso announced that the 2015 Canter FE130 is now available with a new lightweight dry van body.

July 8, 2014

Curved Upper Edge on Trailers Avoids Tree-Branch Damage

Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved surfaces up there let the branches slide past harmlessly.

April 14, 2014

Q&A: Utility's Craig Bennett Talks About 100 Years of Being in Business

Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., recently sat down with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge to talk about the company's 100 years in business.

May 21, 2013

Food City Orders Utility’s 50,000th Dry Van

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company produced its 50,000th dry van trailer at its Glade Spring, Va., manufacturing plant for K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., the parent company of supermarket retailer Food City.

February 11, 2013

Dos and Don'ts when Spec'ing Dry Vans

When you are getting ready to put a dry van trailer out to pasture and begin the process of searching for its replacement, there are many things to consider: maintenance costs, fuel-economy regulations, payload and the weight of the trailer, to name a few. One way to navigate through the maze of options is to follow some tips a few trailer manufacturers shared with us.

January 21, 2013

Selecting the Right Trailers for your Fleet

Seems like an easy decision. Choose a trailer and go. But before adding just one or several hundred trailers, a fleet manager needs to determine what's right for the application. Considerations include space and weight capacities, laws and regulations, trailer age and regional-specific specifications

December 27, 2012

Ontario revises conditions for 60-foot trailer test

Walmart Canada's long tractor-trailer combination should soon begin in-service testing following the issuing of revised permit conditions by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the province's trucking association says

November 11, 2012

Super-cube rig for Walmart Canada might raise some issues

What's this? A modern reiteration of a 1930s truck-and-trailer combination? Sort of. It's a high-capacity tractor-trailer combination recently assembled in Ontario for possible use by Walmart Canada, which calls it a "super cube" truck. And it's generating a bit of controversy

June 11, 2012

Semi splashes syrup onto Buttermilk Pike -- really

Cleanup crews needed more than knives and forks to clear a mess made by a semi that sideswiped a barrier on Interstate 71 and 75 in Fort Mitchell, Ky., just south of Cincinnati

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