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SAF-Holland to build specialty fifth wheel manufacturing plant

After nearly 50 years and 3 million fifth wheels produced, SAF-HOLLAND will move production from Wylie, TX to the new facility, once complete.

SAF-Holland fifth wheels to take moderate, severe-duty standard positioning on Freightliner, Western Star trucks

SAF-Holland’s FW35 and FW70 fifth wheels will take standard position on various Freightliner and Western Star tractors.

Fontaine introduces SmartConnect smart fifth wheel 

SmartConnect will transmit lock status, hours of use, number of couples and maintenance alerts to fleet managers.

SAF-Holland launches Quick Parts Kit Guide

SAF-Holland recently announced the launch of the new SAF-Holland Aftermarket Quick Parts Kit Guide. Created to provide complete visibility of its line of service parts and tools, the new Quick Parts Kit Guide will provide distributors and dealers with a comprehensive listing of the most popular service parts, kits and tools needed to meet their

SAF-Holland announces retirement of Rob Nissen

SAF-Holland announced that Rob Nissen, National Senior Service Manager, will be retiring from SAF-Holland, effective February 11, 2022. Nissen joined SAF-Holland (Holland Hitch) in 1993, as the General Service Manager. He’s held a variety of positions over his tenure, including a total of 22 years Directing Field Service, three years as Technical Service & Training

Fontaine Fifth Wheel receives PACCAR 10 PPM Quality Achievement Award

For the fifth consecutive year, Fontaine Fifth Wheel received the PACCAR 10 PPM Quality Achievement Award. The award is presented to suppliers who ship the equivalent of less than 10 defective parts per million to PACCAR. Fontaine supplies No-Slack fifth wheels to PACCAR. The No-Slack design automatically self-adjusts the lock to allow for trailer kingpin

SAF-Holland’s Kent Jones on supporting customers, developing solutions and gaining market share

SAF-Holland President—Americas, Kent Jones, shares his view on the brand’s successes, the challenges it faces, and what it will take to continue growth.

Keeping the tractor-trailer connection healthy

Connections are made all over the vehicles we service. For the most part, those connections are probably taken for granted until there is trouble.

Minimizer introduces insert-style slick plate

Minimizer has introduced the insert-style slick plate, specifically designed for trucks that have Holland fifth wheels with built-in lube plate inserts. These models include the Holland FWAL, FW31 and FW33 fifth wheels. “Minimizer’s new insert-style slick plate compliments our line of other greaseless products that truly do help truck drivers get rid of that mess

Weighing fifth wheel options to spec a lighter-weight truck

When fleets spec lighter-weight components, it’s generally an attempt to offset increases in weight in other areas of the vehicle and/or increase their payload capacity. As a result, the savings in fuel comes in improved efficiency in the operation of the fleet—greater cargo capacity equals revenue per trip and more capacity may even mean less

Daimler Trucks North America partners with JOST International

Daimler Trucks North America announced that the JOST International JSK36 lightweight fifth wheel is now the standard fifth wheel for all Freightliner truck models. The JSK36 is also available as a published option for the Western Star 4700 and 4900 truck models. “JOST International’s fifth wheel solutions are an ideal complement to our products. We depend

Daimler Trucks North America
Fontaine Fifth Wheel dual camera system in development

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is developing a new patent-pending camera system that they claim will make it easier for truck drivers to couple and uncouple trailers. The Dual Assist Camera System features two video cameras that work together to give the driver a clear picture of both the fifth wheel and approaching trailer. “Many truck elements,

The Dual Assist Camera System from Fontaine Fifth Wheel will assist in coupling trailers