Trailers

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February 25, 2014

Solid Quotes Lead to Healthy January Trailer Orders

Net orders for trailers in January increased a robust 28% year-over-year. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

February 24, 2014

VIDEO: Walmart Canada's SuperCube Rig

Walmart's futuristic concept truck wasn't the only rig that was featured at it sustainability conference. Watch this video about Walmart Canada's SuperCube rig, which uses a cabover glider kit, drom box and trailer innovations to reduce transportation costs by 24% and greenhouse emissions by 14%. We first reported on it in a 2012 "Trailer Talk" blog post.

February 10, 2014

Passing Thru Zanesville: Forlorn Trailers, the ‘Y-Bridge’ and a ‘Telltale’ Warning

Tom Berg see items of trucker interest in old Zanesville, Ohio, along the historic National Road.

February 6, 2014

2014 Trailer Market to Increase 2.2%, Says FTR

FTR's forecast for the 2014 U.S. Trailer is 240,000 units, a 2.2% increase over 2013. FTR expects dry vans to show a 2% year-over-year increase while reefer vans will remain flat. Flatbeds, dumps and low beds are all expected to show greater increases as construction and manufacturing improve.

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 4, 2014

New Rail Service to Challenge Truck Reefer Services

One logistics provider, with the help of a railroad, is gearing up to take what may arguably their best shot at trucking’s dominance when it comes to hauling refrigerated freight.

February 4, 2014

East Announces Jost Alumilight Landing Gear as Standard on all Platform Trailers

East Manufacturing announced that Jost International’s AX150 Alumilight Series of Landing Gear will be standard on all East BST, BST II, MMX and Narrow Neck flatbed trailers and all BST, BST II and XLD drop deck trailers.

January 31, 2014

Nothing Blocks a Highway Like a Semi Whose Skidding Wheels Led It Astray

Recent news photos remind senior editor Tom Berg of some anti-jackknifing training he had a while ago.

January 24, 2014

Cold in Roanoke, a Shiny Overnite Rig, and a Volunteer Named Wizzy. How About That?

Piggyback and container trains were running on an O-gauge model railroad, and little big rigs were backed into loading docks, just like in the real world.

January 23, 2014

Tech Tip: Pintle Hook Inspection Procedures

SAF-Holland shares some tips for inspecting a rigid-mount, air cushioned pintle hook, primarily used for double and triple trailer configurations using converter dollies, as well as straight trucks such as dumps that pull rigid tongue equipment trailers.

January 14, 2014

Polar Service Centers Names Gary Murphy Director of Business Development

Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.

January 8, 2014

Great Dane Opens New Dealership in Montreal

Great Dane is pleased to announce the addition of Great Dane of Montreal to its Canadian distribution network.

January 7, 2014

North Dakota’s Cold and Hot, Thanks to Weather and the Bakken Boom

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at a photo of a frigid scene in North Dakota and spots a lone semitrailer, parked perhaps with a load of processed feed, waiting to be offloaded. He wondered, will that trailer even roll? The photo sparked a conversation with a North Dakota trailer dealer for his Trailer Talk blog.

January 3, 2014

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

December 30, 2013

Portable Vac-Mounted Vibrator Works Where Grain Loads Jam

A frustrating part of being a bulk commodities driver is having a jam occur somewhere in the trailer during offloading, interrupting the material flow and setting him to work trying to break it free. That usually means hammering on a trailer’s side walls, but a Midwestern carrier has found a new product that’s effective, portable, lightweight and easy to use.

December 27, 2013

Trailer Order Activity Solid over Past Few Months

The robust 43% month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by November’s less vigorous 3% month-over-month improvement. Strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.

December 23, 2013

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

December 16, 2013

Wabash Builds Its 500,000th DuraPlate Van

Half a million is a lot, especially when it describes how many big 53- by 102 trailers have been made by one manufacturer. Wabash National Corp. last week said it had produced its 500,000th DuraPlate model since introducing it 17 years ago. Senior Editor Tom Berg has the story in this Trailer Talk blog.

November 26, 2013

4 Trends in Liquid Tank Trailers

From federal regulations to spec’ing a new liquid tank trailer, there are many specific concerns for the liquid bulk tank truck industry.

November 26, 2013

Snow on the Roof? Knock It Off with Compressed Air, Driver Says

Snow is spreading across much of the country, and maybe everyone’s biggest worry is just getting there. But if you’re motoring down the highway and a trailer ahead of you starts shedding sheets of snow and ice, that’ll make your trip even more interesting.

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