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Trucking rebound outpaces economy, but outlook is fuzzy

Trucking has recovered from the recession much better than the economy at large, but the rebound slowed in recent months, economist Jim Meil said. Various domestic and global trends cast doubt on what’s next. Meil, vice president and chief economist for Eaton Corp., addressed the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas today. A former professor, Meil rated the state of trucking a B+. That’s largely due to a rebound in U.S. manufacturing (B) and non-defense capital spending ...

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Fleet conference to discuss viability of alt fuels

The CVOC, held prior to GATS, will feature much discussion on natural gas as a viable fuel option.

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TRP alternators

New alternators for medium- and heavy-duty trucks feature the RE022 brush series with 150 amps of power and the RE 555 brush series with 160 amps of power, both with a 1-year warranty. The RE035 brushless series features 140 amps of power and the RE036 features 170 amps of power. Both systems have remote sensing capability, which is designed to extend the service life of the truck’s batteries. Both come with a 3-year warranty. The ...

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Aftermarket mirrors

The new line of aftermarket mirrors for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks fit all manufacturers and come in two styles, the 8-in. convex mirror and a 7-in. by 16-in. West Coast mirror, available in heated and non-heated options. The West Coast mirrors have a stainless steel finish, heavy-duty multi-channel construction and 5/16-in. No. 18 mounting studs for installation. The convex mirrors come in chromed steel and have an adjustable ball stud and glass mounted ...

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New line of exhaust products

TRP Aftermarket Parts new line of exhaust mufflers, pipes and clamps come in aluminized and chrome-plated finishes. The mufflers include an 18-month warranty and can reduce noise level by five decibels, the company says, to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency noise requirements. The new clamps use 304 stainless steel materials and have bands with pre-attached hardware with force bars, nuts and reaction blocks designed to eliminate tearing during installation and provide a better seal. www.trpparts.com

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Replacement fuel tank

The aftermarket fuel tank is available in 50- and 150-gallon options and 23-in., 24.5-in., 25-in., and 26-in. diameters and fits all original equipment makers. The tank is available with a filler neck in right, left or center of the tank and comes with a 24-month warranty. TRP Aftermarket Parts, www.trpparts.com

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Sleeper mattresses

The 7-in. thick innerspring mattress has a three-layer quilted design to prevent tearing and limits horizontal motion. It has a straight-cut foam topper on the top and bottom of the mattress to provide added comfort. The 5-in. thick high-density foam mattress offers full body support from its design, the company says. Both mattresses are available in seven sizes and come in a tight-roll package that allows them to be transported. TRP Aftermarket Parts, www.trpparts.com, (425) 392-2611

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LED lighting for tractors, trailers

LEDs for class 6, 7 and 8 trucks have ultraviolet resistant polycarbonate lenses and a high diode count.

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