Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, July 15, 2020:
International delivers first RH Series tractors with new regional haul Allison transmission
The first International RH Series regional tractors equipped with the new Allison 3414 Regional Haul Series transmission have rolled off the assembly line, International Truck announced Tuesday.
The new transmission is an uprate variant of Allison’s 3000 Series, also offered by International. It offers up to 410 horsepower and 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque and is 11% lighter than the next lightest competitive transmission in the segment.
“The International RH Series regional haul tractor was designed to provide customers a lightweight vehicle with optimal productivity and maneuverability,” said Chet Ciesielski, vice president, On-Highway Business, Navistar. “In listening to our customers, particularly in the food and beverage segment, we understood the need for this product and are proud to offer a solution in the International RH Series equipped with the new Allison 3414 RHS transmission. The equipment integrates well, delivering more power, better performance and quieter operation at highway speeds.”
International says the 3414 RHS provides 25% faster acceleration 0-20 miles per hour, as compared to competitive automated manual transmission. It also offers fuel economy improvements of up to 8% with Allison’s xFE technology and FuelSense 2.0 with DynActive Shifting, which is included with every 3414 RHS.
The transmissions include a five-year, 750,000-mile warranty that includes towing with no exclusions on individual components.
Fontaine releases new heavy-haul RGN trailer
Fontaine Heavy-Haul on Tuesday introduced its new Magnitude 60LCC RGN trailer that hauls 60-ton loads in 13 feet.
The four-axle trailer is designed for operations where spread axle configurations are not required to maximize their trailer loads.
“If local regulations allow a more concentrated load this trailer is a great choice,” said Todd Anderson, Fontaine vice president of sales and marketing. “It can handle 60 tons without adding a flip box or a spreader. This means our customers get a much lighter trailer setup at a much lower acquisition cost.”
Anderson added that maneuverability is improved with a shorter overall length compared to trailers equipped with a flip box, spreader and fourth axle.
The trailer can also accept a 23-inch flip box and a Fontaine EQ1 spreader with a fourth axle. In that configuration, the trailer can haul 55 tons in 16 feet with a 125-inch swing radius.
The Magnitude 60LCC is fabricated with 100,000-pound minimum yield steel flanges, boasts a true 26-foot clear deck length and a loaded deck height of 18 inches with six inches of ground clearance.