Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Suspends Imminent GHG Rule for Trailers

TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. (TEC Equipment)

The California Air Resources Board announced Dec. 3 it was suspending enforcement for at least two years of its greenhouse gas (GHG) trailer standards, which had been set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Business, Equipment

Fleet Advantage Adds Trailer Lease Program to Lower Costs

Fleet Advantage said it added the EXchangeIT Trailer Lease Program, allowing flexible trailer-lease options that provide a lower total cost of ownership.

October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

Executives: Trailer Orders Down, but Robust 2018 Helped Companies Prepare for Future

Estes Express truck Mike Palmer, vice president of fleet services at Estes Express, said that the company invested heavily in trailers last year to both plan for future growth as well as “right size” its fleet. (Estes Express)

A downward trend in trailer orders this year is accompanying the softening freight environment in 2019, but also follows a banner year when motor carriers stocked up on equipment they think they’ll need to navigate the next several years, fleet and manufacturing executives said.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 27, 2019
Business, Equipment

Strick Adds Kemlite as Standard Translucent Roof

Strick Trailers announced the Kemlite brand extended weathering translucent roof as its standard translucent roof.

August 14, 2019
Business, Equipment

July Trailer Orders in Summer Slump

Trailers on a lot. Trailers on a lot. (Shutterstock)

It’s been a tough year for trailer orders, and July was no exception as preliminary net orders fell below 10,000 units.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fontaine Brings Friction Stir Welding to Revolution Trailer

Fontaine trailers Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Commercial Trailer Inc. announced it assembles its Revolution brand all-aluminum platform trailer using StirLITE friction stir welding.

July 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailers of the Future Will Be Smarter, Lighter, More Aerodynamic

Wabash National trailer Manufacturers say the trailers of the future will be lighter, more streamlined and more connected through telematics. (Wabash National Corp.)

Dry van and refrigerated trailers will evolve over the next 10 years to become more connected, lighter, more durable and more aerodynamic than today’s equipment, executives at major trailer manufacturers said.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 8, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Certification Required for Trailer Makers to Sell in California

Utility trailer on exhibit Utility trailer on exhibit at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

To be able to sell trailers in California beginning Jan. 1, trailer makers must certify the equipment meets the state’s greenhouse gas emission standard and be approved by the state’s Air Resources Board.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Thousands More Trailer Orders in February Amid Jammed Backlog

Trailers Finished trailers at one of Stoughton Trailers' production facilities. (Stoughton Trailers)

U.S. trailer orders keep on coming and hit the mid-20,000s in February, contending for positions in an already lengthy backlog, analysts reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Business, Equipment

American Trailer Rental Group Expands

American Trailer Rental Group, signaling its aggressive growth strategy, has acquired Fleet Trailer Leasing in Kansas City, Kan.

March 5, 2019