Fifth Wheels

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November 14, 2016

Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary

There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two recent product announcements aimed at addressing the potential of trailers coming loose from fifth wheels.

November 11, 2016

Specialized Light Aims to Reduce Dropped Trailers

Purkeys Fleet Electric's 5th Wheel Light illuminates the jaws so a driver can see that they've secured the trailer's king pin.

October 27, 2016

Lights Tell Drivers If Fifth Wheel is Coupled to Trailer

White LEDs come on when a trailer kingpin is properly coupled to an ELI-te equipped fifth wheel, but two red LEDs begin flashing if the coupling is not made.

October 5, 2016

Navistar Names Holland as its Standard Fifth Wheel Supplier

The Holland FW17 was given the position as the standard fifth wheel on Navistar’s International LT, a series of linehaul tractors that were just unveiled.

June 1, 2016

Whoa, How'd This Rig Hold Together?

There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules.

May 31, 2016

Permatex Fifth Wheel Lubricant Reduces the Mess

Permatex Fifth Wheel Lubricant is designed to lubricate the fifth wheel top plates of a trailer without the need for tools.

October 12, 2015

The Armor Fifth Wheel is Designed for Yard Tractors

Fontaine Coupling Solutions has introduced the Armor fifth wheel, designed specifically for yard trucks.

September 29, 2015

Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

September 10, 2015

Fifth Wheel Model in Fatal Accident Recalled

January 2014 incident saw trailer dropping off the tractor's fifth wheel, striking two pickup trucks and killing their drivers. Fontaine says the unit was not defective, but will replace others like it.

July 29, 2015

Slick Plate Reduces Fifth Wheel Friction

Minimizer’s Slick Plate is designed to get rid of grease and prolong the life of a fifth wheel by reducing friction.

January 20, 2015

Fontaine Adds Lightweight Mounts to Fifth Wheel

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is replacing two of its adjustable plate mount fifth wheel brackets with a single, lightweight model called the PML Adjustable Plate Mount.

December 29, 2014

Jost Ships 400,000th Fifth Wheel

Jost International this month shipped the 400,000th fifth wheel manufactured at the company’s Greeneville, Tennessee, facility, which is expanding.

July 23, 2014

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Starts Terminal Tractor Coupling Company

The Fontaine Fifth Wheel Group has expanded to include Fontaine Coupling Solutions, a new company dedicated to the terminal tractor (yard truck) market.

May 16, 2014

Trailer Maintenance Tips

It’s been 14 years since repairing any trailer’s “ICC bumper” was a simple matter of cutting off the damaged section and welding on a straight piece of angle iron. Most trailers built since Jan. 26, 1998, have been equipped with more complex required rear impact guards that are not only stronger but are designed to absorb shock from a collision.

February 5, 2014

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

February 3, 2014

Tech Tip: Seasonal Preventive Maintenance for Fifth Wheels

Routine periodic maintenance and lubrication are a necessary part of your fifth wheel’s service life.

December 11, 2013

Time to Grease, Inspect Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland Advises

Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.

October 17, 2013

Navistar Offers Holland Fifth Wheels on International Trucks

SAF-Holland announced that Holland standard duty fifth wheel models are now a published option on Navistar’s International Truck models and available for immediate on-line installation.

October 15, 2013

Navistar offers Jost as Option on Internationals

Jost International fifth wheels will be available as factory installed options on International trucks manufactured by Navistar. Published Jost data book assemblies will include their cast iron, lightweight, cab actuated release and low lube product offerings.

September 5, 2013

Bent Locking Mechanism Cited in Fatal Tractor-Trailer Separation

A tractor-trailer separation incident in the town of Truxton, N.Y., last May that claimed seven lives happened when the fifth wheel wasn't locked correctly.

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