A small backup camera from Fontaine Fifth Wheel helps drivers properly align the fifth wheel and kingpin

A small backup camera from Fontaine Fifth Wheel helps drivers properly align the fifth wheel and kingpin.

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As they develop new products, fifth wheel manufacturers are looking at design features that will help drivers couple tractors and trailers properly, safely and more easily.  Across the board, they cite the ongoing shortage of drivers and the need to help improve safety and reduce injuries, along with workers’ compensation claims, as factors driving their product development activity.

Automation is one common trend in fifth wheel design.  “A recent development, which has received

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