The 389 will replace the 379.
PETERBILT REVAMPS PRODUCT LINE
Peterbilt launched eight new or upgraded models across its medium- and heavy-duty truck line at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
The new 389 will replace the company’s flagship 379. Options on the 389 incorporate new aerodynamic features, such as modeled bumpers, external air cleaner trim panels, soft curve fairings to battery boxes and a proprietary roof fairing, while maintaining the classic lines of the 379.
Other new medium- and heavy-duty models include the Model 387 day cab, Model 384, Model 388, Models 367 and 365 vocational trucks, and Models 340 and 330. The 387 daycab and 384, which can be configured as a daycab or a sleeper, join Peterbilt’s other aerodynamic models, the 387 sleeper and the 386. The medium-duty 330 and 340 will complement the 335. In the 330, Pete offers a light-duty Class 6 truck.
Pete’s new Models 367 and 365 are aimed at vocational markets, with the 367 available in a heavy-haul configuration with a high-capacity cooling system to accommodate high horsepower engines. The models feature a new chassis design with both set-forward and set-back front axle configurations, new hoods and impact-resistant grilles.
The new models will be available in early 2007.
VOLVO’s NEW MID-ROOF SLEEPERS
Volvo unveiled two new trucks, the VN 730 and VT 830 – both mid-roof sleeper versions of its on-highway VN and VT series – at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
The sleepers come with a standard 42-inch lower bed with a folding work station and an upper bunk, or with an optional full-size lower bed and upper back wall storage.
The VT 830 comes standard with the Volvo D16, as do the VT 880 and VT 800; the D12 is the standard engine for all VN models.
The sleepers are 77 inches deep, 95 inches wide and 86 inches high in the rear, a full 2 feet shorter than full-size Volvo sleepers.
LIGHTWEIGHT SELF-STEER AXLE
The DuraLift II 8K Self-Steer Liftable Suspension weighs only 646 pounds. It incorporates interchangeable and adjustable frame brackets, a one-unit fit for all standard truck chassis, trailer mounts available for 18-inch to 22.5-inch ride heights, a 22.5-inch compact mounting envelope and an optional integrated air system.
SUN PROTECTON FOR TIRES
SunBlock for Tires blocks UV rays that can harm tires and cause premature degradation. The product has been used by the military in desert terrain.
BATTERY CHARGING KIT
Thermo King’s external battery charging kit, specifically designed with the lift gate in mind, taps a reefer’s power supply without risk of draining the battery. It allows the reefer alternator to recharge the lift gate or other accessory batteries.
T660 REPLACING T600
Kenworth announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that its new aerodynamic T660 will replace the T600 in 2007. The truck will offer several new systems and options, including improved seating and headlamps, options for in-cab navigation, and the Clean Power System, an anti-idling system that supplies cooling, heating and hotel-load 110-volt electric power when the truck is parked.
The T660’s new standard halogen projector low beams provide 40 percent more light than a sealed beam lamp and last three times longer.
Kenworth also introduced a Class 6, air brake-equipped version of its medium-duty T300.
SPECIALLY SEALED WIRING HARNESSES
Sloan Transportation Products’ MAXXDuty USA-Plus electrical wiring harnesses use a secondary pin-lock and an integral O-ring sealant to prevent moisture from reaching terminal areas. The harnesses are engineered for added durability and longer life. The product is compatible with all types of trailer lamps, both imported and domestic, including LED and incandescent.
SLOAN TRANSPORTATION PRODUCTS
INTEGRATED HVAC, POWER UNIT
Western Star Trucks is offering an integrated auxiliary heating/air conditioning and power generation package on its new 4900 Series truck models.
Dometic Environmental Corp. and Temco Metal Products Co. supply the Idle Solutions package: a Dometic 14,000 btu HVAC and a Temco 7.2-kw power generator.
The Dometic HVAC consists of a condensing unit mounted outside the cab and a cooling/heating unit inside the sleeper. The Temco unit uses a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled 15.8-horsepower Perkins diesel engine.
MEDIUM RAILTRAC SERIES LIFTGATES
The PCR Medium RailTrac series of hydraulic liftgates features large platform sizes, a lifetime warranty on the slide runners, service-free bushings, zero-leak machined fittings, a marine-duty toggle switch, a large-bore double-weight hydraulic cylinder and a closed hydraulic system.
EXTENDED DRAIN TRANSMISSION FLUID
Shell Donax TX is a heavy-duty, semi-synthetic, automatic transmission fluid that extends drain intervals. The fluid has a drain period of 100,000 miles in regular service.
REDUCED-EMISSION COOLING FAN DRIVE
The VMaster Ultra Fan Drive is designed to cool high-horsepower engines.
The fan drive is equipped with an integral fan speed sensor to provide closed-loop control capabilities. An optimized magnetic design speeds reaction time for better modulation and cooling, while the reservoir, actuator and valve deliver a lower off-speed and faster response time.
The product installs on the front of the fan drive to increase airflow for maximum cooling.
LIGHT-DUTY STEERABLE AUXILIARY LIFT AXLE
The Composilite FBC, a self-steering auxiliary lift axle with a 10,000-pound capacity, is designed for users who do not need a full 13,500-pound capacity lift axle.
The product weighs 689 pounds and features the Composilite ST for maneuverability with a 28-degree wheel cut. It accommodates six- or eight-hole hubs for use with 17.5-inch or 19.5-inch tires.
NIGHT VISION CAMERA
The PathFindIR is a nighttime camera that reduces collision risks by detecting subtle differences in temperature, which the driver views from the in-cab display. It allows drivers to see more than five times farther than with headlights.
SUPER INTENSITY SEALED BACKLIGHT LED
The StringLED Series STP301S Super Intensity Backlight LED contains four sealed super-bright, wide-angle SpiderLEDs available in green, white, blue, yellow and red.
The impermeable construction and insulated wires prevent moisture and dust from entering the housing. Each module may be fastened with double-sided tape or two screws.
FIGHT DRIVER FATIGUE
The Driver Fatigue Monitor alerts drivers long before an accident might occur. The dashboard-mounted device monitors the eyes with infrared technology, detecting when the driver looks away from the road or closes his eyes. An alarm sounds when the unit determines that the driver is getting drowsy.
WEARABLE CPAP DEVICE
The BreatheX, the world’s first wearable Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device for the treatment of sleep apnea, provides one to two nights of therapy with its built-in, rechargeable battery. BreatheX can be used anywhere and allows complete freedom of movement.
BreatheX relies on a blower design that allows lighter, more comfortable headgear.
When a driver nods off and his head tilts forward, the Doze Alert wakes him by buzzing. The unit slips behind either ear, with or without eyeglasses. The lightweight device is battery-operated.
The WayPoint GPS, for both in-vehicle and hand-held navigation, features optimized routing, vehicle logging, real-time traffic and weather reports. It also gives turn-by-turn spoken directions and area and national maps.
The WayPoint also has built-in PDA capabilities and Mobile Crossing Bluetooth GPS.
GREAT WHITE LICENSE LIGHTS
The 153C Series Great White LED License Light for trucks and trailers has a 100,000-hour rated life. This rectangular LED features a Great White diode combined with a bubble optic that produces a light pattern above DOT specifications, an epoxy-sealed circuit board with hard-wired terminals, a linear weld for a more hermetic seal, skirted weld joints and a molded three-way female PL-10 plug. The design fits most 150-style brackets.