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You Don’t Need to Hammer on These Thin LEDs to Appreciate a Bright Idea
X-Ray Van, Old Winnebago Take Doctor’s and Nurses’ Medical Care to the ‘Hollers’
One Kingpin Locked, Another Bare in North Carolina

One Kingpin Locked, Another Bare in North Carolina

This intelligently locked reefer trailer was parked in a small truckstop in western North Carolina. Three slots away was a loaded flatbed with its kingpin bare, just waiting to be swiped.

May 6, 2014

Big-Fleet Demand for Vans Leads Surge in Trailer Orders
Get to Know Hucktainers, Says Alcoa Fastening Systems

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 off the excess length of the sleeve in a spiral-locking process.

June 6, 2014

Tanker Fleet Manager Praises Air Disc Brakes

Tanker Fleet Manager Praises Air Disc Brakes

Jim Fox, a manager at aviation-fuel-hauler Pinnacle Express, is a strong believer in disc brakes. This mechanic and million-mile former driver declares that drum brakes are "obsolete." Read more in Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog.

June 10, 2016

Inventor of Flip-Type Placards Retires at Age 95

Inventor of Flip-Type Placards Retires at Age 95

It was a challenge when a carrier transported a mixed load of various dangerous goods that needed to be identified. Today there are nine categories of hazards with 24 divisions among them.

June 21, 2016

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence
NTSB Confirms Tesla Was Speeding When It Hit That Trailer
Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows
Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

September 23, 2016

Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary

Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary

There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two recent product announcements aimed at addressing the potential of trailers coming loose from fifth wheels.

November 14, 2016

Fruehauf’s 'Engineering' Story Told in New Book
Tanker Crashes, Driver Dies, Road Damaged, But a Fair News Story
Drop Decks, Aluminum Transition Radii, and the Romans

Drop Decks, Aluminum Transition Radii, and the Romans

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 marvel devised by Roman engineers more than 2,000 years ago.

April 7, 2017