Dean Smallwood

Equipment Spotlight: Aero add-ons smooth airflow, boost fuel economy

While truck body designers had started experimenting with aerodynamics before the mid-1960s, Rudkin-Wiley Corp. took strategic curves for big rigs a bit further in 1965 when it introduced its bolt-on aero device. The Air-Shield retrofit was mounted on the cab roof to help guide air over the trailer and reduce drag at highway speeds. Advertisements for the device back in the day claimed fuel savings of $200 to $1,600 annually – a substantial amount in an ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Dayton, Zonar, Kenworth, Peterbilt

There's a new lineup of Dayton Truck Tires available now, and Bridgestone Commercial wants you to know about it. The company has unveiled a new website for its Dayton commercial truck tire line, www.daytontrucktires.com, accessible across all devices. To answer technical product questions truckers may have, a dedicated toll-free phone number is featured, which is answered by Dayton customer representatives; or users may opt for a “Contact Us” form to submit comments or questions. Other ...

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Changing Gear: Electronics 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 relay frequently to you at OverdriveOnline.com. This week, Overdrive’s “Changing Gear” series takes a look back at some electronics-related products to help you keep your trucks working and looking its best. Cobra Electronics’ limited-edition 29 LX HD Harley-Davidson CB Radio features the trademarked black and orange Harley-Davidson logo ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Inverters provide in-cab electrical loads

Inverter sales continue to rise as more truck owners choose to provide in-cab electrical loads for AC-powered TVs, microwaves and laptops without running the engine. Not only is it convenient to use a device that converts a battery’s 12-volt DC power to AC household power, but it’s increasingly necessary as more communities adopt strict no-idle regulations. Using inverter power and 110-volt AC appliances also is more efficient, says Mary Wauls, digital marketing project specialist for DAS ...

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Changing Gear: News from Hogebuilt, Fontaine, Volvo/Mack, Bosch, East, Howes

Ready to turn your boring blah-looking rig into a rolling masterpiece sure to make other drivers green with envy? The fender experts at Hogebuilt have released their 2015 product catalog featuring the company’s comprehensive line of fenders produced with 304 premium mirror-finish stainless steel and 430 midgrade mirror-shine stainless steel. The new catalog features eight new products, including the Ultimate Low Rider half tandems, midgrade full tandems and the patent-pending flush-mount bracket. Hogebuilt’s catalog is ...

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Changing Gear: Health 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. This week, Overdrive’s "Changing Gear" series takes a look back at some health-related products to help you keep working and running your best. If you’ve ever felt like you’re about to nod off behind the wheel, you know just how frightening that feeling can be once you’re startled back to ...

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs make work brighter

Most light manufacturers would agree that LEDs offer several distinct advantages for truckers. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors in the light spectrum, enhancing visibility. And although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is much greater due to longer lifespan. They also remain almost as bright at the end of their service lives as at the beginning while drawing less energy, leaving more amperage available to recharge batteries or run auxiliary systems. Ecco’s ...

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Changing Gear: Lubricants and coolants 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. This week, Overdrive’s "Changing Gear" series takes a look back at some fresh lubricants and coolants to help keep your truck working and running its best. Berkebile Oil’s Protection First Class penetrating lubricant and rust inhibitor is solvent-free and is formulated to spray easily and stick to surfaces due to ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Today’s seats offer a more relaxing ride

Yesterday’s sort-of-comfortable truck pressure are minimized by specially designed seats may have been an afterthought air lumbar and back foam, longer adjustable in the overall scheme of the cab’s interior design. Today’s modern specialty seats are designed with ergonomics, flexibility
 and comfort in mind. Back stress and spinal armrests and added width in the shoulder region. Operators easily can find custom truck seats that often are more comfortable than their home recliners. Seats Inc.’s Next Generation ...

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Changing Gear: Tech trends from ALK, Mitchell 1, Winegard

Technology always seems to be evolving and getting better and easier to use, and the world of trucking is no stranger to this nonending evolution. A few companies have announced technology upgrades to keep trucks running the right way and in tip-top shape, as well as products that can help make those rest hours a little more enjoyable. You can be sure your maps are taking you in the right direction now that ALK has updated ...

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