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November 30, 2012

Truck Bodies Spotlight

Truck bodies these days are more than just a box, and we've highlighted several recent developments in this article

November 16, 2012

East Improves Optional Integrated Stairway for Flatbed Trailers

To provide a simpler, easier and safer entrance to and exit from the flatbed deck, East Manufacturing first introduced an optional integrated stairway a few years ago. Now East has improved this option by adding a locking door enclosur

November 2, 2012

Trucking 'Fracking' Water

The Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah is among the places in the U.S. where natural gas is being recovered in the ongoing energy boom. As in other areas, great quantities of specially treated water are being used to liberate the ga

September 17, 2012

Keeping Cargo Where it Belongs

Anyone who's seen van trailers with sides bulging outward or dented from inside knows that at least some of that is caused by shifting cargo

September 17, 2012

Preventing Dock Walk

"Dock walk," the phenomenon of the trailer's body moving slightly away from the loading dock when a heavy forklift rolls aboard, has been around since air-ride suspensions came into use on trailers

September 10, 2012

Trailer Technology Offers Capabilities Beyond Simple Asset Management

It's fairly well established that keeping track of untethered trailers improves a fleet's operations

July 24, 2012

Flatbed Business Anything but Flat

One of the hottest segments of trailer building is flatbeds. The freight they carry is moving briskly, especially in the automotive and energy sectors, but prosperity is somewhat spotty, say fleet managers.

July 12, 2012

The Latest in Trailer Advances

Over the years, advances in trailer materials and design have added life, cut maintenance and operating costs and even improved safety. Based on our observations at trade shows, new product announcements and conversations with manufacturers and fleets, we came up with the following list of significant trends

July 6, 2012

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

July 3, 2012

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

July 2, 2012

Old Trailers Sport Aerodynamic Look

Are truck and trailer aerodynamics new? Not exactly. Labatt's Streamliners like the one shown on the right were built in the 1930s and might be the most aerodynamic looking tractor-trailers ever produced.

May 18, 2012

Innovation for Trailer Interiors

"Box" and tank trailers can carry any number of things, and their interiors are specially designed for durability, long life, low maintenance and light weight. We found a number of interesting examples at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March

April 26, 2012

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. Starting in 2010, we've had another: Compliance, Safety, Accountability better known as CSA

March 22, 2012

Remote Temp Monitoring

When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

February 13, 2012

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see - including DOT roadside inspector

January 17, 2012

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

December 19, 2011

Trailer Report: Preventing LED Theft

They've pretty much taken over the vehicle lighting business, and they don't cost nearly as much as when they first appeared about 20 years ago. So LEDs - lamps made with light-emitting diodes - aren't stolen like they once were

November 4, 2011

Long-Life Trailer Specs

Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosio

October 12, 2011

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business

October 11, 2011

Trailer Report: Weight vs. Cost

How important is saving weight? It's vital in some operations, such as hauling bulk commodities, especially if trailers are always loaded to the max and tare weight must be cut to enhance payload potential


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