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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.

Jackknifes Happen Often on Dry Roads, Too
Jackknifes Happen Often on Dry Roads, Too

March 13, 2017
Anti-lock braking systems are supposed to keep brakes from locking, but this time didn’t. Why might that be?

Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says
Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says

March 5, 2017
Starting Jan. 1 of next year – fewer than nine months from now – all new 53-foot box-type trailers will come with trailer skirts, like ‘em or not. Tom Berg...

FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels
FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels

February 27, 2017
Wheel covers and fairings smooth the complex air flow around trailer wheels and suspension. They complement other trailer aerodynamic devices. Tom Berg...

On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’
On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’

February 24, 2017
When encountering a slick road, it’s a real good idea to test the brakes to see how the rig behaves. Then you'll know what to expect in a real application.

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know
Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

February 21, 2017
Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver...

Old Sayings Apply While Driving Through Bad Weather
Old Sayings Apply While Driving Through Bad Weather

February 16, 2017
Fog and whiteouts caused by blowing snow can often be anticipated by considering the time of the year and what regularly happens along certain stretches of...