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How Fruehaufs and Whites Once Hauled Unique Steel Houses

How Fruehaufs and Whites Once Hauled Unique Steel Houses

Trailers were loaded with panels and hardware as they left the assembly line, then hauled to their destinations. At building sites, parts that were needed first had been loaded last, so they came off in the exact order required for erection.

May 7, 2017

Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

April 26, 2017

Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?

Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?

Where did North Korea get its trucks and trailers to haul weapons? On the internet there are reports that the trucks and tractor-trailers were made in China, with – yikes! -- American and German components. Tom Berg explores the question in the Trailer Talk blog.

April 18, 2017

Rear Impact Guard Puts Wabash Up for Swedish Steel Prize
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

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

April 7, 2017

Semitrailer Inventor August Fruehauf to Enter Automotive Hall of Fame
Second Connector Needed for Tractor-Trailer Communications?
Jackknifes Happen Often on Dry Roads, Too
Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says
FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels

FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels

Wheel covers and fairings smooth the complex air flow around trailer wheels and suspension. They complement other trailer aerodynamic devices. Tom Berg highlights one of the newest entrants in his Trailer Talk blog.

February 27, 2017

On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’
Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver won’t be paid because the load didn’t get delivered, and someone could get hurt or killed.

February 21, 2017

Old Sayings Apply While Driving Through Bad Weather
The Twin 33s Idea Returns. Will It Fly This Time?