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Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet
Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

September 9, 2015
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an...

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel
Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

August 26, 2015
Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving
Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving

August 14, 2015
Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago.

United Technologies Execs Tackle Food Waste Problem
United Technologies Execs Tackle Food Waste Problem

August 5, 2015
“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States." Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog...

Trailer Weight Cutting Suggestions Total 2,500 Pounds
Trailer Weight Cutting Suggestions Total 2,500 Pounds

July 22, 2015
While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction.

Containers Get Second Lives as Homes, Offices, Warehouses
Containers Get Second Lives as Homes, Offices, Warehouses

July 17, 2015
Containers are made of heavy gauge steel and make excellent structural components. And they’re far cheaper and “greener” than buying traditional materials...

The Army Uses Serious Rigs to Haul Armored Vehicles
The Army Uses Serious Rigs to Haul Armored Vehicles

July 9, 2015
The U.S. Army operates some of the more serious tractor-trailer combinations in the world, as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog. The M1000...

Designing, Testing Tires for Drop-Deck Trailers Challenging
Designing, Testing Tires for Drop-Deck Trailers Challenging

July 2, 2015
Dropdeck trailers with spread-axle tandems are torture on tires. Tom Berg explores one tire maker's quest to design a product to stand up to the beating in...

Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass
Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass

June 22, 2015
Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix.

A Fruehauf Lowboy Carried Palomar Observatory's Mirror
A Fruehauf Lowboy Carried Palomar Observatory's Mirror

June 17, 2015
What transpired was a meticulously planned two-day journey involving Belyea Truck Co. and Pacific Crane & Rigging, plus support vehicles, California Highway...