August 1, 2014
A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.
July 31, 2014
Senior Editor Tom Berg branches out a bit in his Trailer Talk blog this week to talk about how much trailer load heavy pickups can haul. In a demonstration a couple of weeks ago, Ford pitted a pair of Power Stroke-powered F-450 pickups against a Ram 3500 dually pickup with a Cummins Turbo Diesel to demonstrate towing capacity.
July 29, 2014
Webb Wheel OEM has redesigned its ductile-iron TN-model trailer hub to make it lighter and to simplify brake drum installation. The hub now weighs 35 pounds, which Webb claims is the lightest ductile iron hub available for 25,000-pound-rated TN trailer axles.
July 24, 2014
Net orders for trailers are up 45% for the first half of the year, despite June net orders dropping slightly from May, reports ACT Research. June orders of 22,000 were off 1% month over month, but up 42% year over year, led by a surge in liquid and bulk tank trailer orders.
July 21, 2014
A sampling of the products trailer manufacturers have newly developed and made modifications to, as well as recently announced partnerships and expanded production capabilities.
July 11, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Truck Safety Coalition and will issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact/underride guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks.
July 8, 2014
The medium-duty truck market continues its downward trend as wholesale prices continue to decline, according to new figures released from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.
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.
July 2, 2014
STI Holdings, the parent company of Stoughton Trailers LLC, announced the acquisition of Barrett Trailers in Purcell, Okla.
Tom Berg spots an unusual trailer lighting system on the road. Grote LED light bars need only three pigtails to connect to the sealed wiring harness, reducing the chances for corrosion and electrical failures, he explains in his Trailer Talk blog.
Pedigree Technologies, Fargo, N.D., has developed a mobile fluid monitoring system in partnership with Pro-Fab Industries, Arborg, Manitoba, and Titan Logix Corp., Edmonton, Alberta.
June 30, 2014
A line of thin, durable lamps initially introduced at the Technology & Maintenance Council meeting this spring by Phillips Industries is now available in the aftermarket.
June 26, 2014
A defect in some Holland trailer suspensions has led to a recall that affects about 2,500 dry van and flatbed trailers. The trailer manufacturers are notifying owners.
June 24, 2014
The trucking industry forecasting firm FTR has added total trailer forecasts for the Canadian and Mexican markets to its monthly Truck and Trailer Outlook Report.
The trailer industry booked 22,300 net orders in the U.S. during May, according to new figures published by the commercial vehicle research company ACT Research.
June 23, 2014
Prime Trailer is authorized to sell and service Wabash National dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, and Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers in Utah and Nevada.
A single 100-watt solar panel keeps the trailer's four Group 31 batteries charged and the liftgate operating reliably.
June 20, 2014
Premier Trailer Leasing earlier this month acquired certain assets of Trailer Fleet International, a provider of trailer rental and leasing services on the west coast, with nearly 3,000 trailers and locations in Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga, Portland and Seattle.
June 17, 2014
Tank trailer products will be built in facilities operated by parent Wabash National in Lafayette, Ind., but Brenner's main plant will remain in Fond du Lac, Wis.
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