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Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer.

September 9, 2015

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

November 11, 2015

No Fast-Forwarding Past This Commercial
Twin 33s Issue Revived in Constitution-Related Bill

Twin 33s Issue Revived in Constitution-Related Bill

Double 33-foot trailers were pulled from last December's spending bill by senators who objected on safety grounds, but as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog, they may not be dead yet.

January 29, 2016

Stronger Impact Guards Are Already Here

Stronger Impact Guards Are Already Here

Absorbing an extra 5 mph amounts to almost double the force that slams into a trailer's rear, but isn't that expensive to produce, explains Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.

March 2, 2016

Special Trailer Helps Promote the Trades to Young People
Snow Doesn’t Stop Poland Spring's ‘Safety Blitz’
Driverless Tesla vs. Parked Trailer: Owner's Fault?
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

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence
NTSB Confirms Tesla Was Speeding When It Hit That Trailer
Phase 2 GHG Regs for Trailers Both Simple and Complex
Advantage 10-speed Transmissions to Use Less Lube Oil, Save 75 pounds, Eaton Says
Western Star Introduces 4700SB All-Wheel Drive Model

Western Star Introduces 4700SB All-Wheel Drive Model

Western Star Wednesday introduced all-wheel drive versions of its 4700SB (setback front axle) truck. Now available to order, the 4700SB AWD can be had in 4x4 and 6x6 versions, and is aimed at construction and utility applications requiring a lightweight truck with rugged, off-road traction.

March 6, 2013

Ford Expects Transit Vans to Help Keep Lead as Sales Continue Climbing