The Tundra inverter and shore power kit offers shore power and hotel load capabilities for NITE no-idle systems. The shore power function allows drivers to connect their parked truck to grid electricity where available. It includes an extension cord and a switching box that automatically detects 110-volt AC power and provides vehicle with AC power and 12-volt DC power.
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Cobra’s line of 2.1 Bluetooth wireless headsets for hands-free phone operation now comes with noise canceling technology and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol, meaning calls can be made through internet connection). The headsets can be worn on either ear and can store up to eight paired devices. They feature a one-touch on-off button and volume controls. The battery lasts for five hours of talk time, five hours of music streaming and 300 hours of standby time. Also new is the Sport Headset, which is smaller than the 2.1 and offers seven hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby time. The Sport’s earpiece sits flush against the ear. Both headsets come with USB and vehicle chargers.
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Eaton’s Advantage Series of heavy-duty clutches have a release bearing with robust bushing material, a bearing housing with three grease fittings that offer flexibility in setting up a lubrication path, grease reservoir that allows for extended grease intervals and composite slingers that retain grease and protect against contamination. For the series, the company offers 50,000-mile service intervals, doubling the length of the former recommended intervals, and a two-year, unlimited mileage aftermarket warranty.
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SmartTruck’s Next Generation trailer aerodynamics system avoids sideskirts and reduces drag by managing airflow underneath and above the trailer. The system is compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s greenhouse gas regulations and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program. The system is made of polyethylene plastic designed to withstand road debris, chemicals, ice and other abrasions.
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Computer-based driver training
The Pro-TREAD Training series, a driver course for owner-operators and small trucking companies, is available through the freight matching service company Internet Truckstop and computer-based driver training company Instructional Technologies. The training series is web-based, accessible via www.truckstop.com, and designed to help driver efficiency by enabling safety, regulatory and hazmat training during downtime periods with an in-cab multimedia application.
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The Swinger Gladhands from Phillips Industries are now anodized to protect against magnesium chloride, road salt and other chemicals that cause corrosion. The Swinger Gladhands work with intermodal and piggy-back trailers where straight or angled gladhands are exposed to damage. The gladhands can swivel 180 degrees and prevent airlines from kinking, are available for original equipment and can be retrofitted.
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Kinedyne’s Grip Link heavy-duty tire chains are made for use in mud, snow, sleet and hail. The carbon steel, case-hardened chains are available in v-bar and square link for highway use and stud chains for off-road use. Chains are made in 22.5-in. and 24.5-in. widths and single and dual-triple tire designs. Each chain comes with twist-tightening cams and plastic or metal carrying pail.
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