Monthly Archives: May 2019

Why Buy a United Trailer


A trailer with an NATM Compliance Decal affixed to the frame is a trailer that was manufactured by a member who successfully completed the consultation process.

The NATM Compliance Verification Program (CVP) is a mandatory program for all NATM member trailer manufacturers. This program involves multiple components, all of which are geared toward creating safer trailers and in turn, safer roadways.

The program begins with the Guidelines for Minimum Recommended Manufacturing Practices (Guidelines). The Guidelines are a compilation of applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, regulations, and industry best practices – all found in one easy to use, organized compendium. The purpose of the Guidelines is to create easy access to reference materials and federal regulation with which trailer manufacturers are required to comply.

NATM then provides technical support in understanding and applying these often complex regulations to trailer construction.

Through the CVP, it is the mission of NATM to educate our member manufacturers on those requirements set forth by governing bodies. With this free flow of information and open lines of communication NATM members are provided with access to resources and information that can often be time consuming and difficult to compile on their own.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Though the following is not a complete list, the consultation includes a review of the following items;

  •  Administrative: WMI number, information current with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), record keeping (i.e. tires, Early Warning Reporting, etc.), Vin Labels, and Owner’s Manuals
  • Safety Standards: safety chains or cables, brakes, emergency breakaway systems, rear underride
  • Lighting: as required for trailers 30 feet in length or longer or trailers under 30 feet in length, as required for trailers 80 inches in width or wider or trailer under 80 inches in width
  • Conspicuity Tape: as required for trailer 80 inches in width or wider and 10,001 lbs. GVWR or larger
  • Recommendations: various recommendation based on industry best practices. All NATM trailer manufacturer members are required to successfully complete a compliance consultation. Once a member has done so, they are able to purchase and place NATM Compliance Decals on their trailers.

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Trump Orders 25% Tariffs On Chinese Imports

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019.

However, the tariff hikes will not take effect until June 1, 2019, for products shipped before the deadline on May 10 but still in transit to the US. 
 
The Trump Administration had already imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports in July and August 2018. 

China had already imposed retaliatory tariffs in the amount of 5% and 10% on $60 billion worth of US goods. Most of these levies will increase to 10%, 20% and 25% and include many agriculture products. The tariffs will stay at 5% for a few categories including vehicle parts.
 
US/Chinese negotiations continue despite the tariff wars, with the June 1 effective date allowing a little hope for a truce. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at the G20 summit on June 28-29, 2019.
 
The trade talks were reportedly nearing completion until a disagreement on how to end the practice of forced technology transfers whereby US companies are coerced into sharing technology trade secrets with their Chinese business partners. There is also a dispute on how to enforce the agreement, with the US wanting to keep some tariffs in place for at least six months while compliance is demonstrated.

US and Chinese officials are reportedly drafting six separate agreements covering agriculture, services, non-tariff barriers, currency, intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, and cybersecurity. If talks break down further, President Trump has threatened to impose 25% tariffs on the remaining $325 billion worth of “List 4” Chinese products as soon as the end of June. Public comments on the List 4 tariffs are due June 17, 2019.

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019.

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019. However, the tariff hikes will not take effect until June 1, 2019, for products shipped before the deadline on May 10 but still in transit to the US. 
 
The Trump Administration had already imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports in July and August 2018. “List 1” and “List 2” goods include some miscellaneous metal and rubber parts for auto equipment, machinery, tools and measurement devices.
 
China had already imposed retaliatory tariffs in the amount of 5% and 10% on $60 billion worth of US goods. Most of these levies will increase to 10%, 20% and 25% and include many agriculture products. The tariffs will stay at 5% for a few categories including vehicle parts.
 
US/Chinese negotiations continue despite the tariff wars, with the June 1 effective date allowing a little hope for a truce. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at the G20 summit on June 28-29, 2019.
 
The trade talks were reportedly nearing completion until a disagreement on how to end the practice of forced technology transfers whereby US companies are coerced into sharing technology trade secrets with their Chinese business partners. There is also a dispute on how to enforce the agreement, with the US wanting to keep some tariffs in place for at least six months while compliance is demonstrated.

US and Chinese officials are reportedly drafting six separate agreements covering agriculture, services, non-tariff barriers, currency, intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, and cybersecurity. If talks break down further, President Trump has threatened to impose 25% tariffs on the remaining $325 billion worth of “List 4” Chinese products as soon as the end of June. Public comments on the List 4 tariffs are due June 17, 2019.

For more information, visit the SEMA website or contact SEMA’s Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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2019 PRI Show

Attendees will have access to hundreds of rooms at newly added hotels in downtown Indianapolis when Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show registration opens May 14.

Motorsports professionals attending the 2019 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, December 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, can begin making hotel reservations on May 14, the same day registration opens for the Three Biggest Business Days in Racing.

New this year, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels join more than two dozen others in downtown Indy as official PRI Show host hotels.

“With tens of thousands of attendees and buyers looking to conduct business and network with fellow industry professionals at the world’s premier motorsports trade event, we encourage all PRI attendees to register and secure their hotel rooms on May 14,” said PRI Trade Show Director Karin Davidson. “By registering and booking a hotel as soon as possible, participants will ensure their housing needs are met and that they are a part of what will be another amazing Show.”

In addition to downtown hotels, Show attendees also can secure accommodations near Indianapolis International Airport, including the Plainfield area. Guests in these locations will enjoy complimentary shuttle service to and from the Indiana Convention Center, as well as free guest parking and courtesy airport shuttles.

PRI, in partnership with Visit Indy Housing Bureau, have secured Indianapolis hotel packages that range from affordable to upscale. Extra benefits for guests booking through PRI’s only official housing partner include no deposits and free in-room Wi-Fi.

“Only by booking rooms through Visit Indy Housing are Show attendees guaranteed access to officially contracted room blocks and rates,” said Davidson. “Reservations made through an agency other than Visit Indy will be at your own risk.”

Hotel reservations can made online beginning May 14 at prishow.com or directly with Visit Indy Housing via email at prihousing@visitindy.com or phone at 317/262-8191 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET).

This year’s PRI Trade Show will feature over 1,100 companies exhibiting in more than 3,300 booths and showcasing the latest products, services, machinery, simulation and testing technologies, and trailers for the racing industry in a single location. Now in its 32nd year, PRI encompasses all forms of racing and attracts attendees from all 50 states and over 70 countries, including professional race teams, retail shops, warehouse distributors, engine builders, fabricators, dealers, installers, jobbers and media.
 

In addition, the days leading up to and including the PRI Show—known as Race Industry Week—will offer a range of motorsports-related activities in and around the Indiana Convention Center beginning Monday, December 9. Numerous conferences, seminars and special events will offer unlimited business opportunities and provide invaluable insight on the latest racing technologies and how to apply them.  

For more information, visit prishow.com.

Are Nitrogen Filled Tires Safer?

NASCAR Racing, The Space Shuttle, The United States Air Force, United Trailers; Nitrogen has been used for decades where safety matters most.  Each tire and wheel assembly that is mounted from the factory on a United Trailer is filled with complementary Nitrogen. United Trailers uses tire and wheel assemblies with Nitrogen because of the significant quality and safety benefits it provides. Oxygen contains moisture and can cause tires to deteriorate from the inside out. The Nitrogen Generator takes in air and separates out harmful Oxygen so that each tire and wheel assembly is filled with 98% Nitrogen.

Nitrogen Benefits:​

  • Reduces the chance of tire failure by up to 50%
  • Increases tire life up to 30%
  • Improves fuel economy
  • Improves braking and handling
  • Reduces wheel corrosion
  • Reduces running temperature
  • Helps maintains proper air pressure