Equipment en Trailer orders expected to lag as summer ends <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> However, research firms believe another surge in trailer orders may begin in September. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While trailer orders declined month-over-month July, according to the latest data, and are expected to keep dropping in August, the year-over-year trend is far stronger &ndash; with orders expected to pick back up starting in September.</p> <p>Research firm <a href="">FTR Transportation Intelligence</a> said its data indicated final July net trailer orders reached 13,400 units, falling 29% when compared to June&rsquo;s number.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:04:00 +0000 22021 at <p>Compared to the same month last year, trailer orders in July were up 40%, according to FTR. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Trailers, glider kits may get GHG reprieve from EPA <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The agency plans to initiate a rulemaking effort to readdress the trailer and glider kit provisions of the Phase 2 GHG rules. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) said this week that it <a href="">intends to revisit</a> certain provisions of the <a href="">Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards</a> that focus on trailers and glider kits.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Regulations Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:51:00 +0000 22011 at <p>Glider kit providers, especially, may cheer the EPA&#39;s move as the Phase 2 GHG rules capped the number of rebuilt engines they could use per year. (<em>Photo: Fitzgerald</em>)</p> Expressing personality via highway iron <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The passions that drive truck owners and operators are as different and varied as the freight they haul to make a living. Yet often many of them express their particular &quot;trucking personality,&quot; if you will, through the rigs they drive: turning their equipment into rolling tributes to&nbsp; comic book heroes and sports teams, or by customizing them with unique designs, lights, and chrome accents. Here are few such examples from our travels to industry trade shows. (<em>All photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> Equipment News Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:37:00 +0000 22001 at Tire care tips for trucking equipment owners <div class="field-byline"> Jim Sharkey and Al Cohn, P.S.I. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Taking better care of your truck and trailer tires can improve their longevity and better insulate them from road failures. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong><em>Jim Sharkey</em></strong><em>,</em> <em>senior</em> d<em>irector of global sales &amp; marketing, and <strong>Al Cohn</strong>, director of new market development &amp; engineering support, at <a href="">P.S.I.</a> offer some insight into how big rig operators can take better care of their truck and trailer tire and thus avoid potential blowouts while on the road.</em></p> <p><strong>What are the most common causes of tire failures while on the road?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:25:00 +0000 21991 at <p>Low tread depth tires are more susceptible for damage to the tire casing. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Wabash buys Supreme to prepare for change <div class="field-deck"> Analysts also envision more diversification for Wabash due to deal. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The impending purchase of truck body maker Supreme Industries by trailer maker Wabash National Corp. for roughly $364 million &ndash; a deal analysts don&rsquo;t expect to be held up by anti-trust concerns &ndash; is being characterized as a response to supply chain changes being wrought by rising e-commerce activity.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:09:00 +0000 21931 at <p>Wabash noted the acquisition of Supreme will help support its own truck body division. (<em>Photo: Wabash</em>)</p> Driving trucks outside the wire <div class="field-byline"> Cristina Commendatore </div> <div class="field-deck"> A female truck driver reflects on her career piloting big rigs – including a stint in Iraq driving in military convoys. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Kimberly Brooks has been driving a truck eighteen years and has seen a lot throughout her career, so she thought she was prepared for anything.</p> <p>That was until she drove as a contractor in Iraq for three years while serving as a logistics specialist in the Army.</p> <p>&ldquo;That was totally a culture shock,&rdquo; Brooks told <em>American Trucker</em>. &ldquo;I thought I could prepare for anything, but that was a whole different world.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +0000 21901 at <p>&ldquo;We have a lot of luxuries and freedoms here in the U.S. that the women over there do not have.&quot; &mdash;Kimberly Brooks</p> Eco Flaps gains GHG approval <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> EPA says the firm’s trailer splash guards can be used by OEMs to meet Phase 2 GHG regulations through model year 2020. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tennessee-based <a href="">Eco Flaps</a> said that the <a href="">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) has &ldquo;pre-approved&rdquo; its new trailer splash guards for ORMs to meet <a href="">Phase 2 GHG</a> [greenhouse gas] regulations through model year 2020.</p> <p>The company added that those splash guards can deliver up to a 1.25% reduction in fuel usage.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:49:00 +0000 21871 at <p>The company said its splash guards can deliver up to a 1.25% reduction in fuel usage. (<em>Photo: Eco Flaps</em>)</p> Cummins, Zonar forge telematics connection <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Telematics partnership aims to reduce downtime and maintenance costs due to truck engine fault codes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Engine maker Cummins and <a href="">Zonar Systems</a> are joining forces as part of a telematics partnership that will provide <a href="">Cummins Connected Diagnostics</a> to customers using Zonar&#39;s smart fleet management solution, via its V3 telematics device.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:35:00 +0000 21861 at <p>This new telematics partnership should allow fleet managers to intervene faster when service is needed immediately or to proactively schedule a service event to prevent progressive damage to a truck, Cummins said. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Survey: Autonomous vehicles not broadly popular yet <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Yet, in a bit of a conundrum, the technological systems that make autonomy possible are “highly desired” by most motorists. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research by consulting firm <a href="">IHS Markit</a> on consumer preferences finds that autonomous vehicle technology is not yet popular among a broad audience &ndash; yet, ironically, that same audience ranked it among the very features they would be willing to pay the most for in their next new vehicle purchase, according to the company&rsquo;s analysts.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:14:00 +0000 21841 at <p>Across all geographies, younger drivers, including Millennials and Generation Z respondents, were more interested in full autonomy than other generational groups, with 61% suggesting it as a feature of interest in their next new vehicle. (<em>Photo: Ford</em>)</p> Nine months in: An update on CK-4/FA-4 <div class="field-byline"> Brian Humphrey, Petro-Canada Lubricants </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adoption of API FA-4 oils is slow but should increase. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>As the OEM technical liaison at <a href="">Petro-Canada Lubricants</a>, Brian Humphrey knows more than a few things regarding the new CK-4 and FA-4 diesel engine oil blends introduced last year. A mechanical engineer by training, Humphrey has worked off and on in the lubricants field since the early 1990s and has witnessed a lot of change in motor oil formulation. In this guest column, he provides an update on how the new CK-4 and FA-4 engine oil blends are performing in the commercial truck arena.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000 21831 at <p>Longer drain intervals are one of the benefits of using the new API CK-4 engine oil, according to Petro-Canada Lubricants. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p>