The Classic XL offers a 132-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement and the Classic offers a 120-inch BBC design.
FREIGHTLINER UPGRADES ITS CLASSICS
Freightliner’s changes to its Classic and Classic XL trucks include a new chassis design currently in production that the company says will offer better ride and maneuverability.
The modern chassis design coupled with traditional styling gives these trucks “the best of both worlds,” says Mark Lampert, senior vice president sales and marketing.
The Classic XL offers a 132-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement and the Classic offers a 120-inch BBC design. The new chassis design in both models makes for a smoother ride, quieter performance, improved maneuverability and a stronger frame.
Changes include a new leaf-and-a-half taper-leaf front suspension with a lower dynamic rate for bumpy roads; the Freightliner Airliner front air suspension is now available on the Classic XL. Rear air springs that are larger than before smooth the ride, and the air-ride cab mount is standard on the daycab.
Other ride and noise improvements include better sound damping on exhaust system, quieter clutch linkage, improved front cab and engine mounts, new rear cab air ride suspension and sound-dampening materials added to the cab floor and firewall.
NEW TRAILER PAINT SYSTEM
Transcraft’s new Valspar coating is “much more resistant to physical damage and chemical corrosion,” the company says. The trailer is first cleaned and treated with phosphate and a corrosion-retardant rinse, then coated with primer and finish coats before aluminum or wooden parts are installed. There is a five-year warranty on the finish.
Thermo King’s U.S. dealers now carry the full line of Kryptonite locks, security cables, chains and ground anchors. The products include padlocks, braided steel cables and security chains made from triple heat-treated boron manganese steel. The locks can be keyed alike so multiple users can access the same lock.
THERMO KING CORP.
NEW ULTIMA TRAILERS
Rogers Ultima Series lowboy trailers are now available in 35-, 50-, 55- and 60-ton capacity models. Cambered mainbeams, with 100k-psi and 130k-psi materials, reduce the trailer’s tare weight while maintaining strength and durability, Rogers says.
ROGERS BROTHERS CORP.
SATELLITE RADIO ANTENNAS
TERK Technologies Corp. launched two Sirius satellite radio antennas for trucks and RVs. TERK offers two options for trucks: a mirror mount application, SIR4-MM, or a clip-mount application, SIR4-CLIP. These designs have proved they can stand up to severe weather conditions and survive high-vibration road conditions. Both antennas perform with dual-mode functionality, receiving simultaneous signals from satellite and terrestrial repeaters.
TERK TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
ALUMINUM TARP SYSTEMS
Pulltarps Manufacturing introduced five new aluminum automatic and semi-automatic tarp systems. New features include polished aluminum housing with black accented cast aluminum end plates on the Ultimate Aluminum system and a Rear Transfer Aluminum Electric Arm system available for mounting directly inside the rear transfer trailer set.
NO-POLISH WHEEL TREATMENT
Alcoa has introduced the new Dura-Bright wheel, made of forged aluminum. The wheels are protected by a treatment that penetrates the wheel, making polishing unnecessary. Brake dust, grime and oil residue wash off quickly and easily, according to Alcoa.
REEFER ROOF INSULATION
Industrial Coatings Alliance Group says its Super Therm insulating coating, when applied to the top of a refrigerated trailer, can reduce the unit’s fuel consumption approximately 30 percent vs. a multi-temp refrigerated unit with traditional aluminum roof. Super Therm, which contains four unique ceramics, has an insulation equivalent to R-19 (6 to 8 inches of fiberglass batt insulation). The non-conductive ceramic coating repels solar heat energy, a large source of thermal load for reefers on sunny days.
INDUSTRIAL COATINGS ALLIANCE GROUP
SELF-CLEANING BRAKE DRUM
Webb Wheel Products and Lynnfin Truck Technologies have created the Webb BTS (Brakes Turbines System) brake drums, which are engineered for use with Lynnfin’s BrakeTurbines. The drum’s shape causes a cooling, cleaning stream of air to flow between the drum and friction material. Hot air and brake dust are blown from the drum. The BTS Brake Drums have multiple ribs, which create more surface area for heat dissipation. Special vents in the drum allow heat to escape.
WEBB WHEEL PRODUCTS
INDOOR PRESSURE WASHER
This self-contained unit features a 10-hp industrial Marathon Electric Motor with magnetic starter. At four gallons per minute at 4,200 psi, the motor is rated for continuous duty. An all-aluminum frame allows the unit to balance and move easily on its heavy-duty tires. Standard features include thermal overload protection for the motor and a sensor that puts the pump into bypass mode to prevent overheating.
PARALLELOGRAM AIR SUSPENSION
Ridewell introduced an economical, light-weight steer axle air-ride for light truck applications. The low-maintenance unit was designed to service the needs of maximum loaded vehicles operating in high-traffic metropolitan areas. The RAS-238 has parallelogram geometry and is equipped with oversized bushings for ride stability and long-term durability on irregular and deteriorated roads.
INTEGRATED AIR RIDE
Gen-Tech, a brand of Tuthill Transport Technologies, introduced a lightweight air-ride suspension and axle unit. The company says the axle offers a reduction in weight without compromising strength or durability. It’s offered in a wide variety of ride heights, hanger and frame options, with slider sub-frames, tapered or parallel spindles, and straight-tube or drop-center axles. It carries a 10-year warranty.
TUTHILL TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES
DOUBLE DIAPHRAGM SPRING BRAKE
Haldex’s new double diaphragm spring brake technology incorporates the Haldex/Anchorlok Life Seal. The Life Seal’s design eliminates contamination by completely sealing the emergency brake chamber, which the company says produces superior performance and longer life of the spring brake. The Life Seal requires no vent holes, no air filters, no caging tool plug and no external breather tube. Rather, air is exhausted via a unique internal valve. It has an unconditional six-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Cobra Electronics Corp. introduced the first Harley-Davidson co-branded CB. The radio will be available at travel centers, mobile electronics dealers and Harley-Davidson dealers. It features 40 channels, 4 watts and a 9-foot microphone cord. The suggested retail price is $130.
OBSTACLE SENSING SYSTEM
Rostra Precision Controls’ RearSentry rear-obstacle sensing system for Class 7 and 8 trucks is for drivers who do urban deliveries. The system uses a microwave signal to detect obstacles up to 12 feet away. The driver is alerted of potential danger through audible and visible signals.
ROSTRA PRECISION CONTROLS
SUSPENSION FOR AUTO HAULERS
Hendrickson International has introduced an integrated suspension system designed for auto-hauling trailers and drop-frames. The Intraax AANLS 20K has patented tapered-beam technology, but is a short-beam suspension system with a capacity of 20,000 pounds.
The company says the suspension “delivers an air-ride package that is more than 120 pounds per axle lighter than comparable suspensions.” It is available in ride heights of 6/ to 12 inches. Either 16/-inch brakes or the 15-inch configuration – needed for 19/-inch tires – is available.
This flashlight uses fluorescent light to detect leaks; it can also convert to a regular flashlight. It uses a Xenon-filled, incandescent bulb. It is powered by a rechargeable NiCad battery.
This audio training program alerts CDL holders to the federal requirements that became effective in September, such as provisions relating to offenses committed by CDL holders while driving four-wheelers. The program is available on tape for $24.95 and on CD for $29.95.
FOLEY SERVICES INC.