XL Specialized Trailers has introduced the XL 80 Power Tail trailer, which is ideal for transporting medium-duty construction equipment through a hydraulic fold-under flip tail ramp that offers quick loading and unloading of hard-to-load equipment....More
WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) has revealed the prototype of a breakthrough collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles. Jointly developed by WABCO and ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO’s braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF’s top active steering technology—an industry first....More
New modifications to Muncie’s Optimum W Series pump housing allow better clearance so the pump can be direct mounted to the company’s FR66 PTO.
Applications utilizing Muncie’s FR66 power take-off can now take advantage of the gear pump’s higher operating pressures. The W Series’ design allows the pump to operate at pressures up to 4350 PSI....More
In celebration of TTMA's 75th anniversary, Trailer Body Builders is having a reminiscing photo gallery. New "old" pictures of past TTMA conventions will be posted. Join us down memory lane as new pictures will be added in future weeks....More
IN 2012, the City of Boston launched a bike-share program. But with the increased popularity of cycling came an increase in fatal accidents. Boston responded by testing the effectiveness of side guards installed on city vehicles.
Something strange is happening in the Class 8 truck market. We just had record quarterly orders in Q4, making 2014 the second-highest order year ever. This order deluge has pumped up backlog to the highest point since 2006....More
A customer inquired about variations between component manufacturers on their height-adjustable couplers. This individual rotated between a ball style and lunette eye adjustable coupler and was wondering how......More
Back in October I correctly predicted crude oil prices would fall to $76/barrel, which it did — for about a day. It then kept falling, due to OPEC no longer being able to control the supply, which I also correctly pointed out in that post.
Now crude is around $47/barrel, and questions are being asked about how this impacts the economy and the trucking industry.
How low will crude prices go?...More
A quick directory of tips and ideas for managing a company in the commercial truck and trailer industry.
Trailer/Body Builders' Snow and Ice Control Guide is filled vital information about snowplows, spreaders, and scrapers. Each year, we contact manufacturers directly and compile data on truck compatibility—which vehicle models can be equipped with snowplows and which ones cannot.