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July 10, 2011

Roadability Regulations and Drayage Truck Inspections: What to Know

New federal "roadability" regulations that clear up who's supposed to be responsible for intermodal equipment infractions - basically, the owner of the chassis in question - have been in effect since December 17

May 3, 2011

TMC reefer task force: Timely trailer repairs important

It's not enough to write the correct specs for trailer insulation values when you order. Proper maintenance and repairs are vital. The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA has a task force on preserving reefer insulation values

May 3, 2011

Baby It's Cold Inside: Spec'ing Reefer Trailers

Transport refrigeration units - TRUs - are the main thing separating temperature-controlled trailers from dry freight vans. But insulation is just as important.

April 8, 2011

Trailer Report: Controlling Corrosion

What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday weather elements

December 29, 2010

Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right

People who operate refrigerated trailers know a lot about their businesses, but even the most experienced would tell you that they don't know it all.

December 2, 2010

Graphic Success: This Fleet's Testing Helped it Choose Aero Devices

Testing on regular runs showed Duplainville Transport which aerodynamic improvers to use on its 53-by-102 van trailers, and experience shows substantial fuel economy gains with a quick payback on the extra money invested

November 3, 2010

Trailer Report: Lightweight Flatbeds Allow Heavy Payloads, Help Fleet Grow

Five years ago, H. Wade Carden Jr. started HWC Transportation when his Philadelphia-area lumber business couldn't make economical shipments aboard heavy equipment then operated by for-hire carriers in the Northeast

October 12, 2010

Trailer Report: Hauling Wind Turbines

Wind is free, but harnessing it to perform work can be very expensive. That's the case with today's wind turbines that are built to generate electricity.

July 21, 2010

Trailer Trends: Recession Doesn't Stop Advances in Trailer Technology

Even through the Great Recession, many trailer and body makers spent time and money developing advanced products that promise to improve operating efficiencies and save money for their customers

June 22, 2010

Solving Liftgate Charging Problems

Liftgates take goods from a trailer or truck body to the ground, where drivers can roll the cargo into customers' establishments

May 20, 2010

Spray and Splash and MPG

Water spray kicked up by heavy tractor-trailers blinds motorists, something that got a lot of attention in the early 1980s from government and industry

April 20, 2010

Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet

Sunshine brings warmth and happiness, but to refrigerated trailers it brings only heat, and too much of it

March 12, 2010

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

February 17, 2010

Holland Changes Along With Trucking

There's a mighty transition going on at an old, established North American supplier to the trucking industry. Holland from Michigan is now a combined company with SAF of German

February 17, 2010

Dart Goes Lightweight

Dart Transit, a pioneer in high-cube trailers for hauling low-density freight, is now seeking lower tare weight to serve customers who ship heavier cargoes

January 7, 2010

Pick It Up and Run With It: Intermodal 'Trailer' Comes to U.S.

Lars Frantzich refers to his container carriers as "machines," not trailers. This gives a hint of the capability and versatility of the Hammar Lift self-loading container-hauling trailer, new to the U.S. market

December 17, 2009

Piggyback Pointers: Spec'ing For Intermodal

For much of the history of trailer-on-flatcar operations, semitrailers had to be beefed up to take the beating of rail service

December 1, 2009

Interior Lighting? Think LEDs

Daylight's great for as long as it lasts, and then we switch on electric lights. But for lighting up the insides of trailers, forget old-fashioned incandescent and even late-model fluorescent types

November 6, 2009

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

October 2, 2009

Spec'ing Your Trailer For Resale

What makes a semitrailer easy to sell at a good price? Structural soundness, with emphasis on the floor and roof, and good appearance that comes from regular maintenanc


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