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Railcar Wins Swedish Steel Prize, But Wabash’s Entry Still Admirable
Railcar Wins Swedish Steel Prize, But Wabash’s Entry Still Admirable

May 18, 2017
The Helix Dumper is a major advance and worthy of a prize. But I'd have voted for Wabash National's RIG-16 rear impact guard.

Airplane Hits Trailer in 'Amazing' Encounter
Airplane Hits Trailer in 'Amazing' Encounter

May 11, 2017
The plane came in too low and its landing gear clipped the top of the South Shore van, tearing off and embedding itself in the roof and side panels. The...

How Fruehaufs and Whites Once Hauled Unique Steel Houses
How Fruehaufs and Whites Once Hauled Unique Steel Houses

May 7, 2017
Trailers were loaded with panels and hardware as they left the assembly line, then hauled to their destinations. At building sites, parts that were needed...

Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car
Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

April 26, 2017
Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has...

Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?
Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?

April 18, 2017
Where did North Korea get its trucks and trailers to haul weapons? On the internet there are reports that the trucks and tractor-trailers were made in...

Rear Impact Guard Puts Wabash Up for Swedish Steel Prize
Rear Impact Guard Puts Wabash Up for Swedish Steel Prize

April 12, 2017
HDT's Tom Berg says his friend Mike, who died in a rear underride crash more than 44 years ago, would be happy about recent safety advancements. Read more...

Drop Decks, Aluminum Transition Radii, and the Romans
Drop Decks, Aluminum Transition Radii, and the Romans

April 7, 2017
I looked at the transition radius on a Mac aluminum drop deck and it occurred to me that the radius is an arc, a portion of an arch – that engineering...

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability
KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

April 7, 2017
A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of...

Semitrailer Inventor August Fruehauf to Enter Automotive Hall of Fame
Semitrailer Inventor August Fruehauf to Enter Automotive Hall of Fame

March 29, 2017
Fruehauf, as a blacksmith, noted that horses that pulled rather than carried loads were in better shape. He reasoned that trucks would likewise last longer...

Second Connector Needed for Tractor-Trailer Communications?
Second Connector Needed for Tractor-Trailer Communications?

March 22, 2017
Increasing need for electronic communications between tractors and trailers could require use of a second electrical line, say brake-performance specialists.