Complete Heights, Weights, Lengths for Vehicles

Tom Bisbee sent me a copy of his new book, Transporter's Vehicle Directory. It's got the length, width, height and curb weight of over 9900 vehicles. (1995-2005 model years).

If I was a broker or a transporter, I'd sure want to have a copy of it. If it saves you from one fine, it's more than paid for itself. Plus, I've got to think it would make figuring out loads a lot easier. I'm planning on making this book available in my online catalog (should be online by Aug). But if you can't wait that long, go to and buy a copy directly from Tom.

I personally talked to the author of this book to find out a little more information. Tom Bisbee has many years of experience in logistics and as a broker. I think he's forgotten more than some people know about the business, so his book has my recommendation.

Cottrell Trailers: The Lawsuit Saga Continues

Madison County Record | New Lawsuits: Wednesday, June 1

The BS regarding quarter inch chain continues.

I'm guessing this case is now in appeals. This is the case won in the lower court by the lawyer listed below.

I think the jury directed Cottrell to pay 1.4 million, which in my mind is completely out of control.

People have been using quarter inch grade 70 chain for decades. It is safe if it is inspected regularly and used properly.

Replace chain that's been dragged. If one link is worn, either cut the chain down and use the smaller, unworn portion or just get rid of it.

If you crank the ratchets down until the frame of the car is sitting on the bed of the trailer, you're over-tightening. I know this is a popular way of making sure you're not over-height, but it puts a lot of stress on the chain. If Momentum = Mass X Velocity, think what this means when an over-tightened chain with a worn link is shock-loaded by a Chevy Suburban when you have to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the next air-head four-wheeler.

And always four chains to a vehicle.

1/4" Grade 70 chain has a working load limit of 3150 pounds. The design factor is 4:1, which means the safe working load for the chain is at 25% of the breaking strength of the chain (12,600 lbs). Four of these chains should be able to secure a vehicle.

How can a chain that breaks at six tons be unsafe?

Answer: When the chain is worn.

has a new tie-down bar that indicates when you're using excessive torque on the chain ratchets. They've put a lot of time into figuring out the safest way to secure these vehicles.

Unfortunately, personal injury lawyers are putting a lot of time into figuring out how to go after trailer manufacturers instead of looking for the big company's maintenance schedule for trailers, driver training programs, etc.

New Trucks for Under $200,000?

Yes, you read the headline correctly. The word on the street is that a major manufacturer of auto transport trailers will soon be offering new trucks and new trailers for under $200,000. If you're in the market for a new truck, you might want to hold off before you sign the papers for that huge truck loan.

If you pay $200,000 for a truck instead of $230,000, assuming an APR of 15% for 60 months, not only will you save the $30,000 in principal, you also save $7,500 in interest payments. It works out to $625 less going out the door every month.

Plus, if you're going with a new piece of equipment, there will be that much less cost associated with upkeep and maintenance.

If you're buying used, there's always the chance something expensive like a rear-end is getting ready to let go. Then you have to consider the extra cost of buying a warranty-- if the truck is even eligible. Plus, if the trailer has been over the road for several years, there's probably going to be some stuff that needs to be replaced or repaired: lights, wiring, chains, valves, etc. It all adds up.

I'd be looking for these under $200,000 trucks to be advertised some time toward the end of '05.

GM Plans to Cut 25,000 U.S. Jobs by 2008 - Yahoo! News

GM Plans to Cut 25,000 U.S. Jobs by 2008 - Yahoo! News: "Speaking to shareholders at GM's 97th annual shareholder meeting in

Delaware, Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said the capacity

and job cuts should generate annual savings of roughly $2.5 billion. GM

now employs about 111,000 hourly workers."

Swift Transportation Company Driver Auto Hauler Division

Swift Transportation Company Driver Auto Hauler Division

I'm confused. I thought Swift recently sold the autohauler division to Blue Thunder, but the Google 'bot just downloaded this to my email.

Ex-TV anchor steers car-hauler company - 06/02/05

Ex-TV anchor steers car-hauler company - 06/02/05: "Former local news anchor Katherine Adams runs A&M

Automotive Transport, which has hauled such special vehicles as the

James Bond Aston Martin."

TV news anchorwoman decides to become a car hauler. Posted by Hello