Dean Smallwood

Equipment Spotlight: Truck batteries becoming smaller, lighter, tougher, smarter

For all of our dependence on truck batteries in commercial applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail. That’s why most of the slowly evolving developments involving automotive batteries over the past century have centered on longer maintenance-free life. Today, the focus is on additional storage capacity and power density. Rising fuel prices, anti-idling laws, alternative-drive vehicles and an exponential boom in the power requirements on commercial vehicles all are driving more battery ...

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Changing Gear: News from Kenworth, Peterbilt, Webb Wheel

Last month at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth Truck Co. introduced its sweet-looking limited-edition Icon 900 tractor, and it sure didn’t take long for Murphy-Hoffman Co. to sign up. The dealership, with locations in 13 states, will receive the first 50 Icon trucks. The Icon 900s offers the classic styling of the company’s W900L, a 130-in.-BBC long-nose conventional with an extended hood. The trucks are available with 72-inch flat-top or 86-inch studio configurations. All will have ...

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Changing Gear: Truck and engine rewind

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new products relevant to your engines and helping them perform their best. Perrin’s 18-inch-wide Dynasys SL auxiliary power unit is an automotive-style HVAC ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Yokohama, Bosch, Donaldson, Ryder, ZF

Yokohama Tire Corp. is rolling down the virtual highway more smoothly thanks to its recently launched dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com, and the company says the site has a lot more than just its full line of commercial tires on it. The site also features several business-driven tools such as Yokohama’s new Tire Inspection Guide that helps fleet customers identify the most common tire issues and fixes to help minimize downtime. Other tools featured on YokohamaTruck.com ...

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Changing Gear: Ryder launches nat gas program, Hyundai could enter U.S. truck market

Is natural gas still a natural solution for the trucking industry’s never-ending fuel economy woes? Granted, the recent run of low diesel prices might leave some to believe that a lot of fleets might have, well, overreacted a tad when they dove hard into natural gas by spec’ing new trucks and rerouting lanes past alt-fuel locations. But it appears that a recent business decision by a company that knows a little bit about the demands ...

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Changing Gear: Aero, add-on and chrome rewind

Since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few announcements for new products that we frequently relay to you at OverdriveOnline.com. This week, our “Changing Gear” series takes a look back at some recently introduced aerodynamic, chrome and other related add-ons designed to help you keep your truck looking and working its best. Pride Bodies, a supplier of service bodies used in the ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Peterbilt, Minimizer

If you’re a card-carrying member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Kenworth Truck Co. has a deal for you. The truck maker is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new sleeper trucks to OOIDA members during 2015. Eligible trucks include the T660, T800, T880, W900 and the aerodynamic T680 with a 52-inch or larger factory-installed sleeper. Also eligible are T660, T800 or W900 gliders with a 72-inch or 86-inch factory-installed sleeper. Buyers must show ...

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Changing Gear: News from PressureGuard, Road Choice, Silver Eagle

It’s no fun having a flat tire, but one company is making it easier to find ways to avoid them. PressureGuard Tire Inflation Systems recently launched its revamped website at www.pressureguard.com with user-friendly navigation designed to provide quicker and more intuitive access. The company says the website now is optimized for smartphones to help build the visibility of the PressureGuard system and its benefits. Optimized navigation and functionality are intended to enhance the browsing experience and ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Truck-Lite, Peterbilt, Ryder

Things are starting to look even brighter at Falconer, N.Y.-based truck lighting supplier Truck-Lite Co., which recently acquired another LED lighting manufacturer, Rigid Industries, a Phoenix-based company that targets the offroad, powersport, agricultural, marine, industrial and mining markets. The acquisition positions both of the lighting providers for future growth, according to executives for both companies. In 2013, Rigid added a second facility in Gilbert, Ariz., and now employs more than 250 associates. That brings total employment ...

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Changing Gear: Cab and interior rewind

Since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few announcements for new products that we frequently relay to you at OverdriveOnline.com. This week, Overdrive’s “Changing Gear” series takes a look back at some cab and interior-related products to help you keep your truck working and looking – and smelling – its best. Reading is expanding its aluminum Classic Service Van line with its ...

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