Rick Weber

Rick
Weber
Associate Editor,
Trailer/Body Builders

Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

Articles
Smooth is what they’re seeking
To fill the demand for smooth-sided cargo trailers, manufacturers have plenty of options for side panels: tape, adhesives, and a combination.
Diagnosing J1939 communication errors
Experts explain why the latest diagnostic tools are needed to manage and maximize the latest in vehicle electronics systems.
Tank Conference gives, receives updates
Tank trailer engineers gave updates on two Department of Transportation proposals during a meeting held at the TTMA convention April 27. The two biggest issues involved
New trailer products, services
Fourteen TTMA associate members delivered news about their companies’ trailer-related products and services during the TTMA convention. Here are the 14 who offered an update:
Make every convention count
Dan Rengert, former president of TODCO and a long-time associates member of TTMA had some specific advice for those who are relatively new to the association
Evolution of the van trailer
From the beginning of trucking, change has continued to take place, pushing the usable envelope to deliver freight in the most efficient manner
The industry’s safest trailer plants
Eight trailer plants were recognized for their outstanding safety records during the TTMA convention. The association gives awards based on a number of factors
Dry van market in ‘secular decline’
A look at the dramatic shrinkage in the dry van market and how product sizes, packaging revolution, and digitalization of product have played a role in its decline
Last mile delivery landscape
Last mile delivery is the movement of products from a transportation hub to the final delivery destination and is critical in today’s landscape because of the dramatic growth in e-commerce, which is expected to impact the truck and trailer industry in ways that
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication: Message to truck manufacturers remains unclear
NHTSA published a vehicle-to-vehicle communication Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require wireless communication technology on all new vehicles. Read the myths and implications for the trucking industry
Early Warning Reporting: It’s never too late to learn best practices or how to interact with NHTSA
Companies in trailer manufacturing know something about Early Warning Reporting (EWR) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but every company has questions about them.
GM rolls out V2V technology
GM launched its V2V technology in February, becoming the first company to do so in the US. It’s got a lot of potential to ultimately enhance other features and help safety by vehicles literally talking to each other
To fill the demand for smooth-sided trailers, manufacturers have plenty of options
In response to the cargo trailer market’s demand for more smooth-sided trailers for both durability and aesthetics, manufacturers have been exploring various methods
Production-based pay systems
Production-based pay systems can be rewarding, but also challenging if not planned thoroughly and implemented properly. It is not for all shops.
U-Haul International team details diverse load of parameters influencing trailer dynamics
The U-Haul Engineering Services team has decades of experience investigating trailer accidents. So Jim Fait and Marco Garcia were an appropriate pair to review key elements of trailer crashes

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