HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

July 2015

Cover Story By Denise Rondini
How Counterfeiting Affects the Aftermarket

Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

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Features

Trailer Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul The Mid-America Trucking Show featured many trailer makers. Showgoers here make use of a lowbed trailer to take a break. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Our annual roundup of the latest trailer products and trends.

How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.

By Jim Park

Whatever the reason for their discontent, the driver turnover rate for 2014 wound up at over 95%. Perhaps a newer, better mattress would help them sleep better at night or an on-board satellite TV system or a more comfortable seat?

Two Oil Categories Rolling to the Finish Line Inside an engine test cell at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, which helped develop two new engine tests that define the wear-performance parameters of the new PC11-A and PC-11-B oil-service categories for heavy-duty applications.

By David Cullen

It’s not rocket science to split an API oil-service category. But it takes lots of chemical engineering to develop and bring to market not one, but two, new heavy-duty motor oil specs in a mere five years.

Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage? Being able to do other things while in autonomous mode could make the job more productive and attractive to drivers. Photo: Freightliner

By Deborah Lockridge

One thing the developers of autonomous technologies have emphasized is that they are not a “driverless truck.” So how can they help with the driver shortage? Part 7 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Departments

Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors Most vans get swing doors, which are comparatively simple and, when locked shut, help stiffen the trailer’s body structure. And rugged yet economical laminated hardwood floors go in 95% of dry-freight vans.

By Tom Berg

Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.

By Jim Park

Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.

4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel The fleet’s latest aerodynamics retrofit project is the FlowBelow AeroKit, with quick-release wheel covers and tandem fairings that fill the gap between and behind the tractor drive wheels. Photo courtesy Hirschbach Motor Lines

By Deborah Lockridge

At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection? Photo: J.J. Keller

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller

Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler.

By Tom Berg

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900 Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

Editorials

Confusion in the Aftermarket Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Counterfeit. White box. Gray market. Genuine. Aftermarket. Will fit. Private label. Knock-off. All those terms are used to describe truck parts. That explains why there is confusion and uncertainty in the market.

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

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