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Vinyl Graphics Add Charity Awareness – and Revenue
Electric Vibration Smoothly Offloads Materials

Electric Vibration Smoothly Offloads Materials

Material sticking to the inside of dump beds during tipping is a nagging problem for drivers in Manlius Township, Ill., but not for a truck equipped with a certain electric vibration device.

March 28, 2016

Test Drive: Isuzu NPRs Offer High Maneuverability
The Reinvigorated Cargo Van Market
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

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

Spec'ing Work Trucks

Spec'ing Work Trucks

Although work trucks are typically smaller and lighter than Class 8 freight haulers, often they are more complex and take more work to design and assemble. Work trucks are built to carry tools, parts, expendable supplies and other equipment that its driver or crew needs to accomplish a job.

February 10, 2014

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

February 4, 2014

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

January 13, 2014

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

December 20, 2013

Hiring Veterans

Hiring Veterans

“Veterans make excellent employees,” says Boyd Stephenson, who heads the American Trucking Associations’ driver licensing efforts. “They’re conscientious, they’re focused, they’re responsible; they’re everything you could want in an employee.”

November 26, 2013

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Depending on who you are in the medium-duty truck business, things are going great, or well, or not so good but looking up. A few builders have picked up market share in Classes 3, 4 and 5 and in Class 6-7. Others have lost some or a lot, but sales continue to climb for most midrange truck makers.

August 6, 2013

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

July 30, 2013

Ram 1500 Focuses on  Fuel Economy

Ram 1500 Focuses on Fuel Economy

How does 18 mpg in city driving and 25 on the highway sound for a full-size pickup? That’s what Chrysler’s Ram brand is claiming for some of its 1500 series trucks with a gutsy V-6 gasoline engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

July 1, 2013

Kenworth T880 Dump Truck

Kenworth T880 Dump Truck

Only a couple of days after announcing its new T880 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in March, Kenworth had a couple of trucks for us press people to drive. Equipment Editor Jim Park and I were pleased to be among the scribes who got their hands on the just-minted vocational and regional-haul vehicles.

May 17, 2013