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March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Market Picks Up Steam in February

Trailer orders in the U.S. during the month of February rose 21% over the previous month, slightly exceeding expectations, says FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Drive

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Last Year’s Trailer Registrations 3rd Highest in 15 Years

New registrations of commercial trailers in the U.S. hit 254,700 units in 2015, representing the third highest volume of new trailer registrations since 2000.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Registration, Reefers, IHS Automotive, Dry Van, Dump Body

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash Shows Almost All-Composite Prototype Reefer

Molded structural combosites, developed by Wabash engineers over three years, are used throughout. Photo: Tom Berg

The trailer uses molded structural composites, or MSCs, developed by Wabash engineers over the last three years. It uses few bolts and no metal crossmembers.

Tags: Reefers, Wabash National, Composites, Trailers, TMC

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

NACFE: Trailer Aero Products Work, 'Depending'

Credit: Wabash

Trailer aerodynamic devices work, but how well depends on the products and users’ operating conditions, says the latest Confidence Report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Trailer Aerodynamics

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Despite Drop, Trailer Orders Meet FTR's Expectations

Net U.S. trailer orders for January hit 17,900 units, down 30% from the month before and down 37% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Installs Clean Air System in Manufacturing Facility

Photo: RoboVent

Stoughton Trailers has installed a new clean air system in plant to create a healthier and more productive work environment for its employees.

Tags: Employee Morale, Health, Manufacturing, Stoughton Trailers, Trailers

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Reno’s Trailer Sales an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Reno’s Trailer Sales in Belle Vernon, Penn., an authorized East Dealer.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

2015 A Banner Year for Trailer Shipments

Last year was the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history, edging out the previous record set in 1999.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Return to Normal at Year's End

Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

November Trailer Orders See Solid Gains

Large-fleet orders for dry vans have boosted business for trailer makers.

Dry vans led net order gains for the month and year, and the trailer industry is headed for "one of its best years in history," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders, Dry Van

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Strick Trailers Recalls Dry Vans Over Rear Impact Guards

Notice affects some model-year 1998 -2005 vans whose bumpers might not prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer in a crash.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Dry Vans, NHTSA

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Amazon Buys Trailers to Improve Shipping Capacity

Photo: Amazon

Amazon has purchased thousands of trailers to keep up with shipping demand. They'll be pulled by "third party" trucking companies.

Tags: Trailers, E-commerce, Amazon.com, Shipping Service

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, NHTSA, Underride Guard, Regulations

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Still Solid Despite Ups and Downs

There were more than 33,000 net trailer orders in October, down 7% from the previous month and down 30% vs. the same month a year ago.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Exceed Expectations Again in October

Refrigerated trailer orders were "spectacular" in October, says FTR. File photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.

While trailer orders in October were down month over month and year over year, they still beat expectations thanks to "spectacular" refrigerated van orders, according to industry research and analysis firm FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Orders See Early Fall Surge

Net trailer orders in September rose nearly 47% over the previous month, hitting almost 36,000 units, according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 17, 2015 - Product News

SmartTruck Introduces LeadEdge Trailer Fairing to Manage the ‘Gap’

Aerodynamic provider SmartTruck announced its new LeadEdge Top Fairing, designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, ATA MC&E

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Drives Trailer Order Increase

Trailer orders saw a significant increase in August due to a surge in the dry van market, according to the latest report from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Flatbed, Trailer Orders

August 28, 2015 - Product News

Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking

Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Regenerative Braking

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

July Trailer Orders Generally Strong, Outlook Good, FTR Reports

Refrigerated van orders exceeded expectations again.

UPDATED -- A month-over-month decline was particularly impacted by a drop in dry van orders following some large fleet orders placed in June, but were 13% better than July 2014.

Tags: Trailers, FTR Associates, Trailer Orders

July 31, 2015 - Product News

Trail King Expands Agriculture Product Offering

Trail King has released its complete line of agricultural product offerings with additional products from its recent acquisition of Dakota Trailer Manufacturing.

Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Agricultural Fleets

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