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August U.S. net/new trailer orders rise double digits M/M and YTD

August net U.S. trailer orders of 12,336 units rose nearly 52% from the previous month, but were almost 57% lower compared to August of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 13.4k units were up almost 41% versus July, but 55% lower than the previous August, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s

Bridgestone invests in Wrench

Bridgestone Americas has made a 10% minority investment in mobile vehicle services and technology company, Wrench. The new partnership will accelerate both companies’ ability to meet the needs of car owners with technology in the rapidly growing mobile vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance market, Bridgestone said. Through the partnership, Bridgestone and Seattle-based Wrench will explore

The big secret for spec’ing a vocational truck chassis

Don’t think just because you’ve spec’d a chassis for an application in the past that the same configuration will continue to work tried and true. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: Acting as the foundation of the truck, one the first components

Goodyear launches new purchase options for CheckPoint devices

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will now offer customized leasing options for Goodyear CheckPoint, a drive-over reader device that automatically inspects tire pressure and tread depth and sends actionable insights to fleet managers. The company says that these new leasing options will make Goodyear CheckPoint more accessible to Goodyear national account fleets of all

Pirelli, Geotab partner on commercial fleet connected tire sensor solution

Pirelli and Geotab have begun a new partnership that aims to help commercial fleets improve their operating efficiency and sustainability. Now available on the Geotab Marketplace, the companies say the Pirelli Cyber Fleet system will enable Geotab customers to reduce tire-related operating costs while also improving fuel consumption and lowering harmful emissions. The new integrated

Utility Tri-State relocates dealership to Oklahoma

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. and Tautliner curtainsided trailers have announced that Utility Tri-State, Inc. has relocated its Siloam Springs, Arkansas dealership to West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. The new dealership is approximately 53,000 sq. ft. It features eight interior service bays, including one service bay outfitted with roof-work scaffolding to help increase speed and safety, as

The No. 1 thing to do before running electric trucks

Electric truck development has made loads of progress over the past few years, but even taking this progress into account, there’s still a lot we don’t know about incorporating these trucks into a fleet. But we do know the secrets to getting started. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series.

Hercules Tires launches two new Strong Guard tires for mixed-service trucks

Hercules Tires, a subsidiary of American Tire Distributors (ATD), has expanded its Strong Guard medium-duty truck tire line with its new Strong Guard H-MD and H-MX tires for the mixed-service market. Both tires are built for on and off-road applications, including construction, logging and mining. The company says the Strong Guard H-MX is built for

Don’t overlook truck OTA engine reprogramming

Over-the-air updates are a great way to give trucks a boost in engine effectiveness and reliability without requiring a ton of downtime. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: What’s the deal with over-the-air engine reprogramming? It sounds like the start of a

Fontaine Heavy-Haul releases 53-ft. Xcalibur extendable platform trailers

Fontaine Heavy-Haul is introducing a line of 53-ft. Xcalibur extendable trailers that are California legal. The four new models are 53 ft. in the closed position and 90 ft. fully opened. When the trailers are closed and the sliding axles are in their most forward position, the distance between the kingpin and the rear axle

Eaton offers concentric pneumatic clutch actuators for Detroit, Volvo, Mack transmissions

Eaton has introduced two new concentric pneumatic clutch actuators (CPCAs) designed for commercial vehicle push-type diaphragm spring clutches. The CPCAs help optimize vehicle performance by working with a vehicle’s automated manual transmission (AMT) to continuously determine the ideal release position and clutch actuation when the transmission shifts, Eaton says. The CPCAs serve as an aftermarket

The important thing truck drivers need to know about ADAS

In the world of ADAS, the way one system works in one truck could be subtly different from the way it works in another one. It all comes down to equipment and system integrations. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: Every piece