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Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow

Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow

Demand for vocational trucks and trailers continues to be pushed by oil and gas producers, road building and municipal business, according to truck manufacturers and researchers. Revivals in housing and commercial construction are also factors as vocational Class 8 retail truck sales are up 9.2% through July compared to last year, and should be up by 16.4% for all of 2014.

September 15, 2014

Propane Remains Popular Alternative Fuel in the U.S.
Test Drive: Allison’s TC10 Automatic Transmission
The Story Behind Peterbilt’s Anniversary Truck

The Story Behind Peterbilt’s Anniversary Truck

After finding the "old Pete" in an Arizona desert in the mid-1990s, restorer Bob Dean decided to give this classic 1939 Peterbilt a new life just in time for the company's 75th anniversary.

July 21, 2014

Brake Trends: Drums vs. Discs

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, discs are gaining in popularity.

July 17, 2014

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin
How to Avoid Weather-Related Pileups
Electric Vehicles Zoom in Indy

Electric Vehicles Zoom in Indy

Is electricity a fuel? Sure, even if we call it “power.” Electricity itself is far cheaper than any petroleum or gaseous fuel, and the motors it powers have many advantages for propulsion – high efficiency, tremendous torque, quietness and cleanliness, at least in the vehicle itself.

May 15, 2014

Providing ‘Comforts of Home’ for Heartland’s Drivers

Providing ‘Comforts of Home’ for Heartland’s Drivers

Bruce Hudson, director of corporate maintenance at Heartland Express, has a heart when it comes to the Iowa-based truckload and logistics company’s drivers, who must spend nights on the road. So he’s come up with changes to a tractor’s electrical system that will benefit them during off-duty hours.

May 14, 2014

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

From the ground and behind the wheel, you’d think this Freightliner Columbia is brand new. This was obvious on a run out on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri, pulling a hopper-bottom trailer with a heavy load of granulated lime destined for an animal-food plant in Montgomery City, west of St. Louis. It rode, shifted and ran like new, and was just as comfortable.

May 9, 2014

Tending Liftgate Batteries

Tending Liftgate Batteries

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 the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

May 9, 2014

Transmission Trends

Transmission Trends

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

April 18, 2014

LEDs Light the Way

LEDs Light the Way

If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better that some truck operators stopped using auxiliary fog and driving lights. A more recent step up was projector-beam lamps, whose optics better aim the lumens from halogen bulbs and even more effectively light the way for drivers.

April 15, 2014

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

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 will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

April 15, 2014

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL