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09/03/14
The Cold Freeze

I am intrigued by some new technologies for refrigerated trailers.  Everyone wants to reduce fuel.  Much of what I have done in the past, and do today, is focused on the tractor.  However, the fuel used in refrigerated trailers can be saved, which also reduces greenhouse gas.  In addition to the typical reefer technology using a diesel engine, I have now seen four other alternatives.

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09/02/14
Stylish and economical

Last week I was at the Great America Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  I moderated a session at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference talking about how technology can influence driver behavior to achieve better fuel economy and safer operation.  The conclusion is that technology can be transformative and significantly improve operations.  Nussbaum Transportation outlined how they have improved fuel economy 25% in just over 3 years.  They are now achieving an average of 8.81 miles per gallon on their latest vehicles.  Earlier this year, at the Technology and Maintenance

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08/27/14
Used trucks costing fleets more

Average prices for used medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the first month of this year’s third quarter ran higher than they did in Q3 a year ago, per the “Commercial Truck Monthly Report” for July on the vehicle-resale market just released by The Truck Blue Book (TBB).

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08/27/14
Modern shopping and old-fashioned trucking

The trucking industry is behind the times.

To be fair I will put that statement into context using my wife as the guinea pig. Today she eats up the online discounting and loyalty programs every retailer offers that didn’t exist 5 years ago. We save lots of dough and, more important for me, a trip to the local shopping mall. It’s amazing how much my family’s buying patterns have changed in such a short time. I can’t imagine that your house operates much different than mine does.

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08/27/14
August 27, 2014: Ram 1500 tops in fuel economy; smart cars aren’t smarter; Daimler settles with UAW

Here is what is trending today in the world of transportation.

Content Classification:  Curated

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08/27/14
Progressive launches Real Life Trucking Hero contest

Progressive Insurance has kicked of its 3rd annual Real Life Trucking Hero contest. From now until Sept. 30, 2014, anyone can nominate a trucker for consideration.

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08/27/14
Upgrade to ContiPressureCheck adds “trailer learning”

Continental has updated its tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to include automatic trailer learning (ATL). ATL allows trucks equipped with ContiPressureCheck to automatically recognize new trailers equipped with only tire sensors.

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08/27/14
Bestpass expands to Niagara Falls international bridges

Bestpass has expanded its network to now include Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) managed bridges, including the Rainbow, Whirlpool, and Lewiston-Queenston international bridges. The expansion of the Bestpass toll network is the result of the recent implementation of the E-ZPass tolling program by the NFBC.

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08/27/14
Alliance Truck Parts adds clutches, RSD brake drums

Alliance Truck Parts has expanded its clutch line to include four medium-duty clutches and also added RSD brake drums to its portfolio. The clutch line expansion also includes seven updated EZ-Assist clutches for the heavy-duty market.

These clutches are all now compatible with newer model-year engines. In addition, the new EZ-Assist clutches feature improved aftermarket facing, durable power threads on adjusting rings, and quick adjusting mechanisms.

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08/27/14
Liftgate dual pole installation/conversion kit offered

Phillips Industries has released a new liftgate dual pole installation or a single to dual pole conversion kit. The product addresses fleet needs to have a ground return system versus a chassis ground system for the supplemental power requirements of liftgates, the company said.

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