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Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life
Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life

March 31, 2015
Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

September 24, 2014
Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the...

Tending Liftgate Batteries
Tending Liftgate Batteries

May 9, 2014
Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of...

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors
Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

April 15, 2014
Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products...

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring
Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

January 3, 2014
Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED...

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA
How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

April 26, 2012
There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. Starting in 2010, we've had...

Long-Life Trailer Specs
Long-Life Trailer Specs

November 4, 2011
Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosio

Trailer Report: Controlling Corrosion

April 8, 2011
What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday...

Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet
Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet

April 20, 2010
Sunshine brings warmth and happiness, but to refrigerated trailers it brings only heat, and too much of it

Tie-Downs Need Proper Storage and Use

June 10, 2009
When drivers are tying down a flatbed load, they may be tempted to use equipment that's worn or torn or broken, so they can get going and earn some money