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Xantrex: 3 inverter installation tips

1. Installation best at the factory or authorized dealer aftermarket: If you're considering an aftermarket inverter installation to an older truck or mulling options on a new vehicle, take it under advisement that leading inverter manufacturer Xantrex Technology reps have formally recommended inverter installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer. According to Xantrex, inverter shipments have risen sharply since 2005, and the company expects sales to increase at least 40 percent in the next ...

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UV protection and FMCSA’s window-tinting clarification

FMCSA said that "truck drivers, fleet owners and managers can install a protective window film with over 70 percent net Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) on the side windows of trucks weighing over 26,001 pounds."

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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Want a first look at TruckersEdge’s new mobile site?

All owner-operator subscribers to the TruckersEdge.net load-board service from TransCore can look forward to a new smartphone-optimized mobile site to launch officially late this year or early next, says Transcore product manager Scott McCollister. The screenshots here from the html5 app that enables the enhanced look and feel of the board on all major smartphone platforms will give you an idea of the added ease with which you'll be able to navigate the TruckersEdge tools -- ...

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Electrification of truck stop spaces revives

As fuel prices spiked in 2007-08, a large majority of truckers' anti-idling interest was focused on dedicated auxiliary power units, which market expanded dramatically with a profusion of new manufacturers. This time around, with the economy still somewhat shaky, owner-operator and fleet interest in up-front investment in full-function APU technology may be taking a back seat infrastructure improvements and use of electrified truckstop parking space services when needed. For operators who don't already have APUs, ...

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Paying more for older trucks

It’s been clear for a year that certain things have been improving for trucking. Freight demand has increased, and with it demand for drivers. From the vantage of the American Truck Dealers, holding its annual meeting in Phoenix, the rebound is evident for some other reasons, too, one of which – used truck prices – won’t excite you like it excites the dealers. Kyle Treadway, chairman of the American Truck Dealers and president of Kenworth Sales ...

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Ruan Transport founder remembered at memorial ceremony

The $2 bill, you may not have known, was a calling card of Ruan Transport founder John Ruan, who passed away at age 96 on Sunday, Feb. 14, and was remembered fondly by many in a lighthearted tribute ceremony in Des Moines attended last week Thursday by more than 600 people. After the celebration, reported David Elbert in the Des Moines Register, "guests were presented with $2 bills bearing Ruan's signature and a small caricature of ...

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Free webinar to be on owner-operator compensation trends

The Partners in Business Retention Forum will offer a free webinar on owner-operator compensation trends with National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost) head Gordon Klemp will be held 2 p.m. CST Nov. 5. Go to www.piblive.com/retentionforum/ for details on registering for it. Since 1995, the National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost) has provided truckload carriers with detailed pay profiles to help them keep up with their competitors. NTI head Gordon Klemp will present third-quarter data just in from more than ...

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