Equipment

Overcoming the ‘gap’: A big obstacle still remains in truck-trailer aerodynamics

While bumper-mounted air dams, wheel coverings and trailer side skirts and tails have improved airflow underneath and around tractor-trailers dramatically, the trailer gap remains a stubborn aerodynamic challenge for engineers.

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Changing Gear: Online updates from Johnson Refrigerated and Mack, plus Kenworth and Peterbilt reminders

With new technologies and changing times comes new, faster and more colorful ways to reach out to others. Companies continually are tweaking their websites and social media outlets to improve the user experience, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies is no exception. The company says it ...

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Changing Gear: High-tech solutions from TruckersBooks, Continental, TMC

Well, in this ever-changing world in which we live, the latest technology breakthroughs come fast and furious. In the trucking world, the latest hardware and software can help make drivers even more efficient and productive. Here’s a few recent high-tech items of note that can ...

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Kenworth designs lightweight T680 52-inch mid-roof sleeper

Operating a lightweight vehicle is a ‘must-have’ for many over-the-road operators in the trucking industry, especially in LTL and regional haul applications. To address that need, Kenworth Truck Company announces the availability of a lightweight configuration for the Kenworth T680 52-inch mid-roof sleeper. “We exhibited a ...

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DPF ash cleaning retread

Trucks with DPF systems come with a warning light alerting the operator to the need for a cleaning, but many experts believe you shouldn’t wait for a warning light.... Plus: Wild non-commercial load to Cali.

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Peterbilt announces new nat gas powertrain option of Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton’s UltraShift

Peterbilt announced this week a new powertrain option for several of its natural gas vehicles that combines the Cummins Westport ISX12 G and the Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission. It will be available for its Models 579, 567, 384 and 365 and works for ...

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Changing Gear: Cool stuff for a hot summer

It’s getting hot out there, and as a driver, when your livelihood keeps you out on the road for long stretches of time away from a comfortable air conditioned office and an chilly beverage, you know just how sizzling those summer temperatures can really get, ...

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Tough enough: Volvo’s VNX easily transitions from on-road to off with I-Shift transmission

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts recently took Volvo's versatile VNX for a test spin pulling with flatbed loaded with 77,500 pounds of concrete blocks around 6 and 7 percent grades on Interstate 26 in Tennessee. Here's what he found.

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