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Brake Trends: Drums vs. Discs

While drum brakes have been enlarged and strengthened to meet stricter federal stopping distance requirements and are currently used on 90% of heavy trucks, dis...

Curved Upper Edge on Trailers Avoids Tree-Branch Damage

Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved su...

Squinty Tail Lights Have a Reliability Benefit

Tom Berg spots an unusual trailer lighting system on the road. Grote LED light bars need only three pigtails to connect to the sealed wiring harness, reducing t...

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin

Combine the frame from the vocational VHD with the comfort of the VN highway tractor and you have something strong for long hauls.

How to Avoid Weather-Related Pileups

Fleets need a company-wide protocol for dealing with severe weather, and watching forecasts can suggest areas to be avoided.

Solar Panels Cure Problem of Run-Down Liftgate Batteries

A single 100-watt solar panel keeps the trailer's four Group 31 batteries charged and the liftgate operating reliably.

Done Properly and Legally, Supplemental Signal Lights Enhance Safety

The Transportation Safety Equipment Institute reports that its member companies are seeing an increase in requests to add innovative lighting devices, and quest...

Get to Know Hucktainers, Says Alcoa Fastening Systems

The compact Hucktainer has a head, sleeve and pintail, and is installed quickly with a special tool, clamping together the wall and sill materials and crimping ...

Big-Fleet Demand for Vans Leads Surge in Trailer Orders

Freight growth gives fleets confidence to buy, while low cancellations push backlogs to six months. Tankers are also up strongly, but lack of a highway bill cou...

All-Electric Reefer Unit Goes No Where But Uses Less Power Doing It

We think of trailers as cargo conveyances, carrying their payloads from shipper to receiver. But some never move because they’re meant to store products on-site...

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