Lucas Deal

Articles by Lucas Deal

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

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Creating aftermarket adoption

Now three years removed from the RSD amendment’s implementation, suppliers say customers have quickly grown to appreciate the benefits reduced stopping distances provide. “Fleets are starting to see the economic and safety benefits of RSD technology, and drivers in particular are really responsive,” says Ganaway. “They have a vested interest in braking performance, and RSD ...

History of RSD

The story of today’s RSD regulations began in 2005, when NHTSA first expressed an interest in shortening the braking distances for commercial vehicles. Citing a braking distance then nearly double most passenger cars, NHTSA suggested an amendment to FMVSS 121 “to reduce the required stopping distances for the loaded and unloaded service brake distances and ...

How RSD has impacted the aftermarket

It’s been nearly five years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published its final ruling updating Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121 – Air Brake Systems, and re-introduced commercial trucking to reduced stopping distance (RSD). Written with compliance dates in 2011 and 2013, the 2009 ruling forced ...

Mark your calendars

If you really wanted to, you could attend some sort of trucking and/or distribution trade show every week. Trucking is currently booming with events geared around improving vehicle uptime and profitability, and the aftermarket is an important part of that. But if you only have the time to ...

CVSN announces private strategic planning participants for Summit

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) has announced the nine supplier companies who will host Private Strategic Planning Sessions at its upcoming summit in Nashville, Tenn.   CVSN says the participating this year in the one-hour meetings are: Accuride Wheel End Solutions Alcoa Wheel Products Bendix CVS Federal Mogul MotorParts KIC Meritor Minimizer SKF Stemco, LP CVSN says the ...

Phillips debuts liftgate sockets

Phillips Industries has introduced single and dual pole liftgate sockets with the swivel and automatic disconnect features of its STA-DRY S7 connectors. The new S1 and S2 Single and Dual Pole Swivel Sockets are designed to extend the life of the liftgate charging cable and socket, Phillips says, by ...

Aftermarket interior comfort products from Dometic

Dometic introduced its improved line of portable interior comfort products last week at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Dometic’s new line includes engine-off air conditioners, cleaning chemicals, built-in-cab refrigerators and portable refrigerators. According to the company, its new AC and refrigeration units are energy efficient, easy to install ...

Friday at the Great American Trucking Show

Friday was another busy day at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Exhibitors streamed into the Dallas Convention Center early to enjoy the day. Below are some photos of the day. For picture's from the opening day at GATS, please CLICK HERE.

Bret Baier talks mid-terms at CVOC

The upcoming mid-term election and civil unrest globally dominated discussion when Fox News Anchor Bret Baier took to the stage Wednesday at the fifth-annual Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas. Baier says this November's election is setting up nice for the Republican Party. "This year could be a wave win ...

New liftgate installation kits from Phillips

Phillips Industries is now offering a complete kit with everything required for a liftgate dual pole installation or a single to dual pole conversation. According to Phillips, fleets are seeing an increasing need to have a ground return system versus a chassis ground system for the supplemental power requirements ...