Equipment

“I just wanted something different,” Midwest flatbed hauler Rich Carlson says of his 2005 Peterbilt 379’s aftermarket touches. “I wanted to make the job a little more fun.” Carlson, of Bolingbrook, Ill., has added 7-inch stacks, a 22-inch flip bumper, flamed fenders and lowered the ...

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Aerosol Trim Paint

Aerosol product Trim Paint is designed for durability and is made for all vehicle trim. It dries in one hour and is specially formulated for most flexible or rigid plastics. Coverage is dependent on surface color and the porousness of the vehicle. PlastiKote, PlastiKote.com, 866-222-8714

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Mesh snow chains

The Easy Grip Composite snow chains have a new mesh style that improves traction on winter roads, the company says. The chains provide traction and lateral control and feature a reflective Night Vision Security System. The product, available at select retailers, also comes packaged with ...

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Engine-inspecting camera

  The 3880X automotive inspection camera is portable, handheld and designed to internally inspect engines without disassembling. The camera’s 5.5-mm wireless display can record images and video and has a 3-foot detachable snake that maneuvers the lens. The LED lights provide a detailed view. The device ...

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KW radios now Bluetooth compatible

Kenworth now offers radios with two Bluetooth-capable options: factory installed radios and Kenworth NavPlus, both in compliance with new cell-phone laws. As many as eight phones can be synchronized with the radios, and contacts are automatically loaded and can be contacted via Voice Command options. ...

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Brake-stroke indicators for compliance

The brake-stroke indicators are designed to meet new safety requirements and provide ease of inspections. The universal indicators fit on any vehicle equipped with airbrake chambers that have an exposed 5/8-in. diameter pushrod. They take about three minutes per wheel to install, the company says, without ...

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Leola, Pa., resident Lamar Buckwalter, former flatbed hauler and now dispatcher for JRC Transportation, uses his 2000 Peterbilt 379 in Make-a-Wish Foundation events, including a Mother’s Day convoy in Lancaster County each year. Buckwalter worked the truck full-time before retiring two years ago. The truck ...

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Nissan enters compact van market

    Nissan unveiled its new NV200 compact commercial van Feb. 8 at the Chicago Auto Show. The NV200, which has an estimated 1,500-poundpayload capacity, will be priced "substantially less" than competitive vans, said Joe Castelli, vice president for Nissan Commercial Vehicle and Fleet. "The U.S. commercial vehicle market ...

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