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Fontaine introduces SmartConnect smart fifth wheel 

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

Fontaine Fifth Wheel receives Daimler ‘Masters of Quality’ award

Fontaine Fifth Wheel received the prestigious Masters of Quality Award from Daimler Trucks of North America (DTNA). The award honors the top component and service suppliers to DTNA’s Freightliner and Western Star brand trucks. Fontaine supplies No-Slack fifth wheels to DTNA. The exclusive No-Slack design automatically self-adjusts the lock to allow for trailer kingpin size

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

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

Fontaine Fifth Wheel introduces new mobile app

Fontaine Fifth Wheel has introduced a new mobile app, available now at the Apple App Store and available on the Google Play store on Nov. 1. Features of the app, according to the company, include a parts guide, a media library, order tracking, a “spec my truck” features that allows you to find the best

Making sure your tractor-trailer connection is safe, secure

What should shops inspect on fifth wheels to ensure safe and reliable operation? “During the shop’s inspection and maintenance of the fifth wheel, it is important to understand how the fifth wheel operates, and that all parts and adjustments are maintained to the manufacturer’s specifications,” says Rob Nissen, director field service at SAF-Holland Inc. “Proper

Fontaine Fifth Wheel introduces new adjustable plate mount

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is replacing two of its adjustable plate mount fifth wheel brackets with a single lightweight model. The new PML adjustable plate mount is an average of 10 lbs. lighter than Fontaine’s PMA and APB models, but it delivers the same load capacity, according to the company. “We are always looking for opportunities

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

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
Fontaine Fifth Wheel catalog covers full line of fifth wheels

Fontaine Fifth Wheel has released a 20-page catalog that covers its full line of fifth wheels. The comprehensive catalog replaces multiple individual product brochures to simplify the fifth wheel ordering process. “In the past, individual product lines had their own literature,” says Todd Kuipers, key account and marketing manager for Fontaine Fifth Wheel. “This new

Fontaine Fifth Wheel catalog features Navistar options

A new catalog that simplifies mixing and matching Navistar-compatible brackets and top plates for fifth wheels has been released by Fontaine Fifth Wheel. “We can now provide users with a single source of information for all our Navistar-compatible products,” says Todd Kuipers, key account/marketing manager. “There are more than 150 different top plate and bracket