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Liquid Tank Trailers

What's a fleet to do with a worn-out tank trailer with a perfectly good barrel? Rebuild the thing, of course. Refurbishing gives owners the benefit of the latest lighting, brake, and suspension innovations on a virtually new chassis for about half the cost of a whole new tank trailer – and you don't have to pay the federal excise tax.

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Photos: What Fleets are Spec'ing on Tank Trailers

In the October installment of our Trailers & Bodies department, we shared some trends on what fleets are spec'ing for productivity, safety and longevity on their bulk and liquid tanker trailers. Check out our photo gallery for more details and examples.

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.

VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.