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XL adds galvanized trailer to line-up

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

XL Specialized Trailers has expanded its galvanized trailer series to include the Mechanical Full-width Gooseneck (MFG) model. The 80 MFG, like the other galvanized lowboys, is made with T-1 flange, and 80K web, with the hot-dip galvanizing process providing a barrier between the natural elements and steel. Every area is protected by fully submerging the trailer in hot zinc, the company says.

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Utility drop deck sheds weight

March 20, 2018 by John Smith

Utility’s new lightweight 4000AE Drop Deck flatbed trailer offers many of the features found in the company’s 4000 AE combo flatbed — weighing less than some all-aluminum trailers, but selling at a “more sensible combo trailer price,” the manufacturer says. […]

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55-ton Aspen lowboy

March 20, 2018 by John Smith

Aspen Custom Trailers has introduced the M5500-8 commercial trailer – a 55-ton hydraulic removable gooseneck lowboy.

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Power to the job site

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

Larson Electronics’ trailer-mounted work station brings plenty of portable functionality to a job site. The WAT-18×6-TNDM-LT.WLD.DG.AC-MOD1 comes with a 30-foot telescopic light tower with  6kW generator, a second 11kW stand-alone generator, Lincoln multi-process welder, two-stage air-compressor, and digital meter for […]

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Trail King adds three Canadian dealers

January 11, 2018 by John Smith

MITCHELL, SD – Trail King has added three Canadian locations to its North American network of trailer dealers. Competition Trailer Sales of Calgary, Transit Quebec of Quebec, and Querel Trailers of Winnipeg were listed among 12 new dealers that have […]

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Utility symposium explores power of trailer data

September 28, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror.

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Wabash National buying Supreme body builder

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

LAFAYETTE, IN – Wabash National is purchasing Supreme Industries — the second-largest maker of truck bodies in the U.S. – as an answer to the growing e-commerce segment.
The cash offer is valued at US $21 per share, which equates to an equity value of $364 million and enterprise value of $342 million. The company expects to realize at least $20 million in annual cost savings by 2021, largely through corporate and procurement expenses and operational savings. Supreme, founded in 1974, recorded $299 million in sales last year and has seven facilities across the country. (All figures are in US dollars.)
The Wabash portfolio includes dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, and platform trailers.

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Ep 9: Trailer Sides

June 9, 2017 by Dan Robinson

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, show what inspectors are looking for when they look down the sides of a typical van trailer.

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Ep 10: Trailer Bogie

June 9, 2017 by Dan Robinson

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, stop at the trailer bogie assembly, where enforcement teams are looking at air lines, sliders, frames and more.

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Ep 11: Trailer Rear

June 9, 2017 by Dan Robinson

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, stop at the rear of a trailer during a Level 1 inspection, to discuss the factors that enforcement teams are looking for at this location. Learn about lighting, doors, conspicuity markings, and more.

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IN PRINT — Tanks a Lot: Leave some tanker spec’ing to experts

May 30, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — There used to be good money in the liquid bulk business. The required equipment is so specialized that it presented somewhat of a barrier to entry into the market. That’s still the case, but there are more players in the game now, and competition is keeping rates at near-1980s levels. Fleets, both private and for-hire, are now trying to make up for the low rates by optimizing their trailer spec’s to increase utilization and carrying capacity.

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Utility plant produces 250,000th refrigerated trailer

April 24, 2017 by John Smith

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – Utility Trailer Manufacturing has now manufactured more than 250,000 refrigerated vans at a plant in Clearfield, Utah.

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East Coast International adds Transcraft, Benson

April 10, 2017 by John Smith

MONCTON, NB – East Coast International Trucks, Inc. (“ECI”) has added Transcraft and Benson brands to its trailer lineup, and will sell the equipment in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

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Talbert’s 55-ton extendable trailer

April 10, 2017 by John Smith

Talbert Manufacturing’s new 55SA-TELE heavy-haul trailer is ready to haul an array of large equipment such as bridge beams, conveyors and tanks — but one of the most innovative features is the way the trailer’s size can shrink for return journeys. The 54-foot decks can be retracted to 32.5 feet; the overall length drops to 53 feet.

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Talbert’s 50-ton bus hauler

April 7, 2017 by John Smith

Talbert Manufacturing’s new 50-ton bus hauler, the 50CC-BH, has been designed to haul everything from buses to excavators as well as equipment with low clearance and long wheelbases. It includes a 20,000-pound planetary in-deck winch that can be used to load equipment from either end of the trailer. Extra steel has been introduced into the deck’s main and side beams, as well as the gooseneck and rear axles.