Overdrive Staff | March 01, 2012

The XE13-equipped Volvo VN 670 tractor has a fully integrated drivetrain. The XE13, a combination of Volvo’s I-Shift automated-manual transmission and a Volvo engine with modified-software, allows the engine to cruise at 1150 rpm at 65 mph.




Fifth wheel grease

UltraLube 5th Wheel Trailer Grease provides protection against friction and corrosion in extreme weather and heavy-duty operating conditions. The grease is packaged in a 2 oz. mash pack.





Maxwell Technologies’ ultra-capacitor replaces one or two truck batteries and helps start a truck. The unit is dry and stores electricity on metal plates rather than through a chemical process used in batteries. The device is designed for minimal degradation as the temperature drops below zero.




Sleeper air conditioner

The Sleeping Well Arctic 2000 Plus system operates with the truck’s engine off, burning no fuel and producing no emissions. The battery-powered auxiliary system has a 12-volt system with twin compressors, upgraded system diagnostics and a wireless remote to control settings. It also has a shore power option and will fit in most sleepers.




Lighting repair kit

The Roadside Lighting Repair Kit contains 23 of the most commonly used lighting-related parts. It includes 12 lamps, four styles of pigtails, three grommets, two brackets, conspicuity tape, a selection of 14-gauge butt connector and zip-tie fasteners to help stabilize field repairs. The kit is 11 inches by 8 inches by 7 inches.

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Fifth wheel system

Developed with Fontaine Fifth Wheel, the fifth wheel system weighs 165 pounds. The system incorporates the top plate lock design to prevent high hitching and has air actuation with in-cab release, operable only when the parking brake is engaged.




Backlit logo displays

The backlit logos feature solid aluminum brackets and frames, aluminum composite letters, 80,000-hour LEDs and stainless steel-mounting hardware. Installation kit is included. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.