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Auxiliary power unit

The HP2000 auxiliary power unit eliminates the need for the truck’s engine to idle, which reduces fuel usage significantly, the company says. HP2000’s technology heat pump system features an extensive warranty. STARK MANUFACTURING, www.starkmfg.com/apu, (479) 968-8840

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Vehicle-powered temperature control system

Vehicle-powered temperature control system The V-520 vehicle-powered temperature control system features the new Direct Smart Reefer (DSR) controller, a microprocessor control for direct-drive systems. DSR controller features include continuous load monitoring, automatic startup, three standard hour meters, alarm codes, maintenance reminders, upgradeable software, battery protection features, a clutch delay timer and options for 24 volts and 12 volts. The device is available in six models. THERMO KING, www.thermoking.com, (952) 887-2200

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Cutter-pliers set

The three-piece Cutter-pliers set includes combination pliers, long nose pliers and a high leverage diagonal cutter. The combination and long nose pliers feature Snap-on’s talon grip design and diamond tip serrations. The combination pliers have an adjustable joint that allows three jaw-spread widths. The diagonal cutter has a gap near the joint that is designed to keep the tips from premature wear. SNAP-ON, www.snapon.com, (877) 762-7662

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All-position, regional tire offers open shoulder

Continental’s HDR1 features irregular wear resistance, long mileage and an open shoulder for regional applications. The HDR1 offers 28/32nds of tread depth and a cut and chip resistant compound. The tire also features the company’s technologies that are designed to reduce stones getting caught in the tire's casing. The HDR1 can be used as an all-position tire and is available in 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 275/80R22.5 and 285/75R24.5 sizes. CONTINENTAL, www.continentaltire.com, (704) 583-8564, ENTER XXX

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Truck Insurer offers new iPhone App

TRUCKER1, a free mobile application for the iPhone, allows owner-operators to transmit route and location details to e-mail and Facebook accounts. It is available at the Apple App store.  Use of Trucker1 includes the ability to manage an account with 1st Guard Truck Insurer. 1st GUARD, www.1stguard.com, (941) 485-6210

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New Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks

Peterbilt announces two models  Peterbilt’s new Model 348 is designed for Class 7-8 applications that require rugged durability and a wide range of options. The company has also introduced the medium-duty Model 337, which is suited for pickup-and-delivery, beverage and food service vocations. It will replace the Model 335. The Model 348, replacing the Model 340, has a GVW beginning at 35,000 lbs. and optional capacity ratings to suit most specialty vocations, including those for construction, petroleum  refuse ...

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DOT, FCC target distracted driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Communications Commission are joining forces to tackle distracted driving.

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Exide charged up over Extreme Cycler 200 battery

Exide's Extreme Cycler 200 battery is a Group 31 product engineered to handle not just the high-energy needs of a modern commercial vehicle, but the greater power demands driven by no-idle legislation. The product is designed to provide deeper discharge, more vibration resistance and higher cycling than conventional flooded product. Available with a power level of 700 cold-cranking amps (CCA) and 200 minutes reserve capacity (RC), the flooded product is a bridge between the company's pre-existing ...

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Oregon adds chain rule

In inclement weather, single-drive axle trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds gross weight or vehicles towing trailers will now be required to use chains in Oregon, the state’s Department of Transportation announced. Under this regulation, chains are not required on tandem drive axle vehicles. Details on snow zone notices, chain requirements and diagrams are posted on Oregon’s travel information website, http://www.tripcheck.com/.  Snow zone notices and road condition updates are also available by calling 511 or 1-800-977-ODOT (6368) within ...

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Bill will hike diesel prices, Senate hears

ATA executive told a Senate committee the cap-and-trade proposal will increase price and volatility of diesel without significantly cutting carbon emissions.

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