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Nine Years of Testing Make Gordon Trucking Pretty Sure of its Choice in Skirts
TrailerTails’ Adoption in North America Drives European Union to Authorize Them

TrailerTails’ Adoption in North America Drives European Union to Authorize Them

Andy Smith is seeing more and more of his TrailerTails moving down American and Canadian highways, and soon he’ll see them in Europe. The founder and CEO of ATDynamics on Sunday said that to reporters on the eve of the opening of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. It was his latest briefing since he launched the fuel-saving folding-panel device in 2008.

March 11, 2013

Integrated Approach Tractor-Trailer Saves Fuel in KW's T680 Advantage Package

Integrated Approach Tractor-Trailer Saves Fuel in KW's T680 Advantage Package

Kenworth designers have turned to the trailer part of their T680 Advantage rig, integrating the smoothly styled tractor's aerodynamics into the lines of a 53-foot Utility van. The tractor has mechanical and electrical equipment meant to save fuel, but reducing air drag across the entire vehicle is almost as important, they said.

March 22, 2013

Non-profit Firm Hires Vets to Make Trailer Skirts

Non-profit Firm Hires Vets to Make Trailer Skirts

Here’s a novel approach to making trailer skirts: Use reclaimed materials, consult with a veteran fleet executive to be sure you get the design right, and employ U.S. military veterans to assemble them while they attend school.

April 15, 2013

Here’s a Really Big Rig in Quebec

Here’s a Really Big Rig in Quebec

In his latest Trailer Talk blog, Senior Editor Tom Berg takes a closer look at what first glance might look like an ordinary equipment trailer.

April 22, 2013

See-Through Trailer’s Intriguing, Even If Wonder Woman’s Not Inside

See-Through Trailer’s Intriguing, Even If Wonder Woman’s Not Inside

Maybe you saw it in March at the Louisville truck show – that transparent trailer in Ancra International’s booth. I spotted it earlier in the month, at the TMC’s annual meeting and expo in Nashville. Story-wise, the why of it is obvious: It’s a rolling stage on which Ancra displays a number of its freight handling and tie-down products.

May 8, 2013

Why Better Underride Guards, and Maybe Other Stuff, Are Worth It
‘How Durable is TrailerTail?’ Watch This Video

‘How Durable is TrailerTail?’ Watch This Video

Makers of trailer aerodynamic improvers are well aware of truckers’ suspicions that the devices will be damaged, sooner or later. That’s why many of the latest ones are made with materials that are flexible and impact resistant.

July 24, 2013

Quality Parts Should Go Into Trailer Electrical Systems, Updated TMC Recommendations Say
YouTube Video Shows Why That Forklift Driver Can’t Destroy Your Trailer’s Liner (Maybe)
The Winner of the ATD Commercial Truck of the Year Is…
Nice Trailer, and It’s Ready for Somebody to Just Hitch Up and Haul It Away

Times and Wars Have Changed, But Military Vets Still Need Jobs

The “Hiring Military Veterans” feature in the current issue of Heavy Duty Trucking was an easy assignment for me to take on, because I was in the Army from 1965 to ’67 and afterwards went to work “in the real world” – anywhere outside the service. Jobs were plentiful for a while, so no complaints from me. And I appreciate the service and experience of millions of other vets, then and now.

November 19, 2013

Sad Work: Delivering the News of JFK’s Assassination

Sad Work: Delivering the News of JFK’s Assassination

What were you doing 50 years ago, when you heard that JFK had been assassinated? If you’re age 55 or older, you probably remember that moment clearly, sociologists say. Senior Editor Tom Berg, who’s now 70, recalls how news of the event directly affected his part-time truck-driving job.

November 21, 2013