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April 18, 2014

IIHS Tests Trailer Underride Guards

Recently the National Transportation Safety Board recommended improvements to trailer rear underride guards. This video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlights testing done last year on various trailer underrides, which it said highlighted problems when cars run into the back of a trailer barely overlapping the corner.

April 17, 2014

SAF-Holland Introduces Integrated Yoke Mount Air Suspension Axle System

SAF-Holland introduced what it says is the industry's first integrated yoke mount air suspension axle system, the CBXy Series, designed for lowboy and dropdeck trailers.

April 15, 2014

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

April 15, 2014

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

April 14, 2014

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

Craig Bennett, senior vice president sales & 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.

April 14, 2014

Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

April 8, 2014

Talbert Introduces New E3Nitro

Talbert Manufacturing introduces its new E3Nitro. The nitrogen-assisted equalizing system provides the versatility haulers with East Coast trailers need to run in 3+1, 3+2 or 3+3 spread-axle configurations.

April 7, 2014

Great Dane Trailers, International Prostar Trucks Recalled

Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.

April 7, 2014

X-Ray Van, Old Winnebago Take Doctor’s and Nurses’ Medical Care to the ‘Hollers’

Senior Editor Tom Berg was moved by Sunday's "60 Minutes" story on Health Wagon, carrying medicine and hope to Appalachia -- and intrigued by the X-ray trailer and the medical director who went to tractor-trailer school to learn to drive the rig. He has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

April 7, 2014

US Liner Improves Reefer Trailer Scuff

US Liner Company will be transitioning in May to an improved refrigerated trailer scuff that will be more durable and easier to clean.

April 3, 2014

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

April 1, 2014

Spireon Debuts Detention Optimization System for Trucking

Spireon released what it calls the trucking industry’s first automated detention optimization system. The Detention Optimization Module is part of its FleetLocate Asset & Trailer Intelligence solution.

March 31, 2014

Hallco Announces the Accelerator for Live Floor Conveyor System

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Hallco Industries unveiled a new product called the Accelerator that can unload trailers up to 30% faster. The Accelerator enables truck operators to quickly unload their cargo, thereby saving time especially for operators with frequent load turns.

March 29, 2014

Kentucky Trailer to Offer Trailer Tail DropFrame Aero Fairings

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- ATDynamics and Kentucky Trailer say they’ve formed a partnership to offer the DropFrame version of the TrailerTail as a standard order option on new trailer orders.

March 28, 2014

Photos: Day Two of Mid-America

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Day Two of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., featured more interesting people and products.

March 28, 2014

Trail King Debuts All Aluminum Step Deck Trailer

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Making its debut this week at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show is Trail King Industries’ prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer.

March 27, 2014

East Makes Alcoa Wheels, Jost Landing Gear Standard on Certain Trailers

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The new aluminum wheels and landing gear together can save 90 pounds per trailer while maintaining high strength.

March 26, 2014

Heil Trailer Announces New Stainless Steel Tank Trailer

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Heil Trailer International launched into the stainless steel segment with a line of general chemical tank trailers that are built with a focus on quality and performance.

March 26, 2014

Bendix Enhances TABS-6 Trailer Stability With Automatic Lift Axle Control

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll stability system now offers automatic lift axle control, which can help reduce tire wear and fuel consumption by maintaining proper per-axle weight load.

March 21, 2014

ACT Research: February Brings Strong Trailer Orders

ACT Research says large fleet commitments helped make for a continuing strong trailer order season, with its report on February order activity.

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