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Phase 2 GHG Regs for Trailers Both Simple and Complex
Phase 2 GHG Regs for Trailers Both Simple and Complex

August 24, 2016
Trailers have long been regulated for safety. But trailers’ contributions to fuel economy and reduced emissions are new matters for for federal authorities.

Powered Trailer Axle Provides an Off-Road Boost
Powered Trailer Axle Provides an Off-Road Boost

November 4, 2016
“SAF Trak” axle is powered from the tractor’s hydraulic wet kit. On the trailer, two hydraulic motors, one at each axle end, turn the wheels to help get the...

Fruehauf’s 'Engineering' Story Told in New Book
Fruehauf’s 'Engineering' Story Told in New Book

December 19, 2016
Vintage ads help Ruth Ann Fruehauf, granddaughter of the founder of Fruehauf Trailer Corp., tell how the company designed and built trailers for many uses.

Whoa, How'd This Rig Hold Together?
Whoa, How'd This Rig Hold Together?

June 1, 2016
There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules.

For Tankers, 'Vapor Recovery' Works Two Ways
For Tankers, 'Vapor Recovery' Works Two Ways

October 14, 2016
He stood at an open pipe at the tanker and held his hand in front of it, checking air as it flowed inside. During product loading, vapor-laden air is drawn...

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence
Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence

July 22, 2016
Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.

Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows
Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows

September 12, 2016
It appears that it took a government decree to push operators into it, and it will take another set of rules to force further adoption of drag-reduction...

Amber Rear Turn Signals Are Safer Than Red, But Few Use Them
Amber Rear Turn Signals Are Safer Than Red, But Few Use Them

March 13, 2014
Lights on the rear of most vehicles have all red lights because that's all the regulation requires. Maybe that should change.

Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right
Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right

December 29, 2010
People who operate refrigerated trailers know a lot about their businesses, but even the most experienced would tell you that they don't know it all.

Trailers are Smarter Than Ever
Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

January 23, 2017
Reefer temperature sensing, remote tracking, and tire pressure management are now in use. Coming soon: monitoring more mechanical conditions.

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