Thermo King is unveiling its new all-electric TriPac Envida auxiliary power unit, which it claims has the longest run time in the industry, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta this week.  Thermo King says Envida is an environmentally clean, reliable APU that delivers the longest run-time in the industry, without tractor startup.  Historically, battery-powered APUs provided insufficient run-time and limited power, with fleets and drivers complaining they do not provide enough cooling for drivers full rest periods, especially in hot climates.  Because there is no diesel engine, the TriPac Envida not only runs clean, but it is significantly quitter and requires minimal maintenance.  “The introduction of this emission-free technology is a significant milestone for Thermo King and it reaffirms our commitment to sustainability through innovation,” said Dane Taival, vice president and general manager, Thermo King North America.  The unit’s simple in-cab controller allows drivers to select the desired function of the system-cool, fan or heat modes.  The controller also indicates the battery charge level, and allows drivers to adjust the fan speed and cab temperature.  Whether supplementing with solar, or using power options like battery or shore power, the TriPac Envida offers choices for drivers to tap into the power they need to stay charged.









The American Transport Research Institute is working to develop a tool that would help the trucking industry identify safe young drivers by comparing them to older safe truck drivers.  According to 2016 ATRI research, fleet executives ranked the driver shortage as the top issue in the industry.  The new study aims to provide a tool to help alleviate that problem by identifying more young, safe drivers.  The group has released the phase one findings of its research into a potential Young Driver Assessment Tool.  ATRI says it reviewed existing research on driver characteristics and the associated safety outcomes to learn what factors are found in safe drivers.  As the group continues its research into a potential assessment tool for young truckers, it says it will work to figure out if a tool measuring individual difference factors in personality, health, and cognition can reliably predict safe driving outcomes.  Generally, the 18- to 25-year-old age group is at a higher risk of unsafe driving behaviors than older age groups due to immature cognitive function, high risk-taking behavior and other factors, but ATRI says there are likely to be individuals in the age group “that are more similar to safe, experienced drivers.”  To that end, ATRI will put together relevant measures of personality traits, health, cognition and safety attitudes, along with a measure of driving safety such as crash metrics, adherence to rules and regulations or other factors, and conduct a beta test of the assessment tool.  The outcome of this test will determine if a larger study is warranted.  During the beta test period, ATRI will assess approximately 50 truck drivers of varying ages and experience levels-namely safe, veteran drivers and young, entry-level applicants.  Based on their safety records, the veteran drivers’ test scores will be the target for the younger driver test scores to see if there is a correlation between individual difference measures and safe driving outcomes.  If the test provides strong correlations between measures and test scores among the safe, veteran drivers , and can identify similar scores among young drivers, the group will conduct a larger study with an expanded driver sample.


Aftermarket supplier Minimizer introduced a mattress specifically designed for professional, over-the-road truck drivers.  Its Long Haul series mattress is made using 100% natural organic latex foam that offers breathability and buoyancy, regulating body temperature while sleeping and reacting instantly to sleeping position changes, according to the company.  It comes with a lifetime guarantee.  “My engineers researched mattresses for over a year and found a big gap with what’s available in a home mattress versus a truck mattress,” Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg said in a statement.  “It shouldn’t be like that.  Why would truck drivers be expected to sleep on something inferior to what the rest of the world has available.?”  The Minimizer mattress also offers dual comfort, with a soft side for side sleepers and a firm side for back and stomach sleepers, according to the company.  The Minimizer mattress also in antibacterial and hypoallergenic, meaning drivers will not find mold, bacteria, or dust mites living in their mattress.  That can improve the quality of sleep, according to the company, which said quotes are available on their website.

“2018 Ford F650/F750 Enhancements”

Posted: September 11, 2017 in Kenworth


Ford truck


Mike Burns – Ford Sales
We now have upgrades on Model F-650 and F-750 (Class 6-7 medium-duty trucks). Today we have stock with build dates in the fall.
Completely redesigned by Ford in 2016, F-650 and F-750 units are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor configurations, with Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab styles. We can now give you a choice of either gasoline or diesel powertrains.
For the 2018 model year. We now have electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control brakes standard in all F-650 and F-750 tractor models, though the system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.
For application with high electrical demands such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work rucks, Ford is adding a high output 240-amp alternator as an option with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain.
Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.
Ford is also offering an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on its 2018 model diesel-powered medium duty trucks to give operators more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.
Finally, to limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, Ford is making available an optional bumper extension for the full-width front bumper from flush with grille to 3 in. in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses, the OEM said. Also, the transmission fluid dipstick has been moved to provide ground-leave access on gasoline engine-equipped models.

The Insert-Style Slick Plate from Minimizer is a greaseless slick plate designed specifically for trucks that have Holland fifth wheels with built-in lube plate inserts.  These models include the Holland FWAL, FW31, and FW33 fifth wheels.  The Insert-Style Plate joins the 5th Wheel Slick Plate, Trailer Slick Plate, and Slip Disk as part of Minimizer’s lineup of greaseless products.  By using the Insert-Style Slick Plate, truck drivers and fleets no longer have to grease the fifth wheel’s top plate.  “All of our products are tested and tortured to save you time and money,” Kruckeberg said.  “The Insert-Style Slick Plate does both.  This product will save you money on grease and the messy time it takes to grease the fifth wheel plate.”


Posted: August 30, 2017 in Kenworth

The Ford Motor Company is contributing $100,000.00 to disaster relief efforts in Texas, following historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  In addition, Ford Funds is matching up to $50,000.00 in contributions to the American Red Cross.

The Paccar transmission is engineered to work seamlessly with Paccar MX engines and Paccar axles, providing industry-leading performance.  Together, Paccar Powertrain components deliver superior fuel economy, uptime, and driver satisfaction.  The Paccar transmission is designed for line-haul applications up to 110,000 lbs gross vehicle weight.  It is available for engine ratings up to 510 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque and features tightly integrated electronic communications with the Paccar  MX engine.  The Paccar transmission is up to 105 lbs lighter than comparable transmissions and 202 lbs lighter than the Fuller Advantage series, savings that customers can use to haul more payload.  The transmission offers the best overall gear ratio coverage available providing excellent low-speed maneuverability.  The 750,000 mile oil change interval is the longest available for line-haul applications, which reduces maintenance costs and increases uptime.  The transmission includes a differentiated fluid pressure detection system that protects the gears and shafts from low fluid conditions and allows Kenworth to offer industry-leading warranty coverage.  Other features include a maintenance-free clutch and an internally routed electrical system to maximize durability.  The Paccar transmission is paired with Kenworth’s new column-mounted shifter, putting gear selection and engine brake controls at the driver’s fingertips for better ergonomics and improved performance.  The Paccar transmission offers torque coverage for 1850 lb-ft straight and 1550/1750 lb-ft multi-torque ratings and has 12 forward speeds and two reverse speeds.  A hill start aid feature is also included.