Gap Connector Idea for CMVs
Articulated Bus Design
has long had an idea for a "gap connector" to close the gap between
truck and trailer similar to that which is used on articulated buses.
So, as of February 17, 2015, she is putting her idea out in public.
If you look on Wikipedia for "articulated bus", you will see
images of buses made with "two rigid sections linked by a pivoting
joint." When you look at the photos like the one shown here,
you will see that the
pivoting joint of the bus is covered with a flexible device. This
device reminds Vicki of a Slinky® or a bendable
By AEMoreira042281 (Own work) [CC
When the bus turns, the device flexes to accommodate the
movement. Vicki has been unable to find the name of this device.
However, one of our readers is likely to know it or be able to find
Why can't truck manufacturers come up with a gap
connector like this to use between tractors and dry van trailers?
Any device for closing the gap between truck and trailer
would have to
be easy to move so that truckers who do drops and hooks could easily
attach it between the truck and trailer. It is possible that an extra
connection device would need to be put on the fronts of trailers.
For extra challenge, those who haul refrigerated vans
would need to have a way to vent their refrigeration units.
OK, Vicki's idea is now public. Now, let's see what
happens in the marketplace...
(Note: An alternative spelling might be "gap connecter"
-- ending with "er" instead of "or" -- although the idea for this
device has no bearing on any product or service by a similar name.)
Money saving tip: It
is well known that in order to increase a truck's
fuel economy, air
resistance or drag needs to be reduced or eliminated from
around the vehicle. One of the most difficult places to reduce drag
has been between the tractor and trailer.
So that articulation can occur, there is only so much shortening of
the distance that can take place between the back of the tractor and
the front of the trailer.
Items that create a vortex of
air have been able to reduce drag in this area of the truck to a
certain extent, as have trailer
Another potential positive that could result from having a gap
connector installed is less opportunity for theft of load locks from behind
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