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DALLAS, Texas - The following new products caught the attention of assistant editor Steven Macleod at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas:


DALLAS, Texas – The following new products caught the attention of assistant editor Steven Macleod at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas:

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With the introduction of the new 2007 Alliance Premium Auxiliary Power Unit, Alliance Parts says it has taken the next step in the evolution of anti-idling solutions to help drivers manage fuel costs and stay in compliance with regulations. The APU complies with anti-idling laws while providing 12,000 BTUs of air conditioning, 10,000 BTUs of heating and 3,300 watts of 110-volt electricity. The one-cylinder engine burns one-tenth of a gallon of fuel per hour and weighs 418 lbs. The freestanding unit operates independently of the factory HVAC system, integrating only through a supply and return line to the fuel tank. As a result, the APU does not violate any factory warranties and requires no inverter to operate. The new model also features a new air intake and filter design, with a custom engineered muffler, as well as additional insulation material to reduce noise. Further information can be found at www.alliancebrandparts.com.

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Comfort Innovations officially unveiled GO COOL, a portable air conditioner, which will use the truck’s battery to draw less than 2.5 amps of power to provide air conditioning to the cab without running the engine. GO COOL uses ice or frozen gel packs to air condition an enclosed space of about 800 cu.-ft. The unit will cool for approximately six to eight hours with ice and between 13 to 16 hours using the frozen gel packs. The air conditioner is designed to operate on interchangeable electrical cords for use with internationally recognized outlets, a battery, or a vehicle lighter receptacle. For more information, visit www.comfortinnovations.com.

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Great Dane Trailers is offering a complete package of prevention solutions to fight corrosion, now including CorroGuard, as an available option on Super Seal reefers. As a standard product offering, Great Dane uses corrosion resistant undercoating compounds for steel components of van underbodies and a two-step epoxy primer-urethane combination for dry freight van rear frames and platform trailers. CorroGuard, featuring technology by GatorHyde, is a spray-in-place thermoplastic elastomer coating applied to suspensions and support gear. This protective barrier provides long-term protection from road abrasion and corrosion; and is resistant to deicing chemicals, road debris, climate fluctuations, ice and snow. Additional corrosion-fighting solutions in Great Dane’s total protection package are: Alcoa Dura-Bright Wheels with XBR technology, Grote Long Life Light System, stainless steel rear frames, and composite swing-type rear doors. More information is available at www.greatdanetrailers.com.

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Benson International has expanded its product line to include the Ironman Frameless Dump Trailer. The trailer is geared towards service in the scrap metal and demolition markets, with a quality “high cube” frameless dump. The Ironman Frameless features a high volume construction offering for increased payload; a lightweight design with AR450 material; spring plates in the floor to lessen impact of loaded materials; fully-welded construction for strength and longevity; and a squared front for a higher cubed capacity. For more information, visit www.bensonintl.com.

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Air-Weigh designed a new on-board scale to meet the unique weighing challenges faced by auto haulers. The auto hauler scale includes components from the 5800-series in-dash tractor scale kit with Air-Weigh’s standard 5802 series trailer scale to provide a complete on-board weighing solution. The auto-hauler scale provides accurate weights for the steer, drive, and trailer axles along with the GVW, and net payload. Air-Weigh’s auto hauler scale provides a complete weighing solution for auto haulers by adding a deflection sensor for the steer axle. Further information can be obtained at www.air-weighscales.com.

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Hankook Tire America rolled into Dallas to exhibit its new line of trailer tires. Hankook unveiled the TL01 radial tire, which features a six-rib design for linehaul trailer applications. These new tires aim to provide low rolling resistance, for increased mileage and fuel economy; multi-angled siping in the interior ribs for improved wet traction; and a defense groove on the outer rib to enhance irregular wear resistance. The tires also include centre groove stone ejectors that add a layer of protection against stone drilling.


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