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Month: August 2015

Class 8 retail July truck sales show a 24% increase

Heavy duty Class 8 retail truck sales figures for July 2015 showed a 24% increase over the same month in 2014. The 2015 year-to-date totals for Class 8 were up 23% over the same time period in 2014. There was an 8% decrease compared to the June 2015 monthly total.



Class 8 defined: The Class 8 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is a vehicle with a GWVR exceeding 33000 lb (14969 kg).[2][17] These include GMC C8500 trucks as well as most tractor trailertractors, such as the Freightliner Cascadia for example, as well as single-unit dump trucks of a GVWR over 33,000 lb; such trucks typically have 3 or more axles. The typical 5-axle tractor-trailer combination, also called a “semi” or “18-wheeler”, is a Class 8 vehicle.

Used truck sales remain strong, but some downward adjustment of use truck prices is occurring,” said Kenny Vieth, President and Senior Analyst with ACT. “This is not an unexpected outcome due to the strength of the new truck market and the resulting increase in trade activity.” Vieth added, “Volumes in the retail market posted a strong 10% increase m/m, even as auction and wholesale markets saw declines from strong June activity.

Medium and heavy-duty truck sales gain in July

U.S. and Canadian medium- and heavy-duty truck sales made overall gains in July compared with the prior year, WardsAuto reports, but a breakdown by class shows where sales in the two countries are uniquely different.

Heavy Duty Trucks

In the United States, Class 8 sales “accounted for the bulk of big-truck gains with nearly all brands enjoying double-digit increases,” according to WardsAuto, and were up by 24.4% compared with July 2014. That helped drive a year-over-year 12.0% increase for U.S. medium and heavy duty sales overall.

In Canada, however, sales data tell a different story. “All segments except for Class 8 enjoyed gains,” WardsAuto reports. Canadian Class 8 truck sales fell 2.9% overall in July compared with the prior year, with only Freightliner and Volvo posting gains in the segment. Compared with U.S. sales, Canadian medium and heavy duty truck sales overall showed a smaller year-over-year increase of 1.9% for July.

WardsAuto notes there was at least one welcome decrease, though in another arena: “The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down for the 11th straight week.” For more information on tanker leasing and more detailed information please contact tanker trailers at

Propane Tanker Trailer Safety

Propane is a flammable gas that is regulated for transport under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations. The movement of any propane tank or cylinder is fully regulated under the TDG Regulations unless an exemption applies.

The use of “Liquefied Petroleum Gas” as the shipping name is intended for mixtures of petroleum gases containing any of the following: BUTANE (UN1011), BUTYLENE (UN1012), ISOBUTYLENE (UN1055), PROPYLENE (UN1077), ISOBUTANE (UN1969), and PROPANE (UN1978). If UN1978, PROPANE, is to be transported on a road vehicle and is identified as LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS on the shipping document, the shipping name PROPANE must be shown, in parentheses, following the words LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS.

Propane Tank Trailer


All compressed gas cylinders are considered dangerous because they contain gas under pressure. The cylinder’s valve can easily be damaged by falling or striking another object; something that could create a rocket out of an ordinary cylinder. The TDG Regulations [Section 5.4] say only that the small means of containment must be loaded and secured on a means of transport in such a way as to prevent, under normal conditions of transportation, damage to the means of containment or to the means of transport that could lead to an accidental release of the dangerous goods.

Minimum Dangerous Goods Shipping Document Requirements for Propane

  1. Name and address of consignor
  2. Date the shipping document was prepared
  3. Description of the dangerous goods in the following order:
  • Shipping name: Propane
  • The words “Not Odorized” for propane that has not been odorized
  • Primary classification: 2.1
  • UN Number: UN 1978
  • Packing group: none for compressed gases
  1. The quantity in the International System of Units (SI)
  2. The number of containers for dangerous goods in small containers requiring safety labels
  3. The words “24-Hour Number” followed by a telephone number where the consignor can be easily reached
  4. Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) number and telephone number to
  5. activate it (if required)

Source: Transportation of Propane Cylinders and Bulk Tanks by Road, 2012. For more information click here.

Fun for everyone at Transcourt’s Calgary gathering


Toronto, July 14th, 2015

Transcourt Tank Leasing has made a habit of taking advantage of the world famous Calgary Stampede to host a Customer Appreciation Event. This activity is organized for customers from not only Calgary, but throughout Alberta and elsewhere in Western Canada. Transcourt customers in attendance at the Calgary Stampede, were invited to saddle up and mosey on over to the Customer Appreciation Event this past July 6th.

The event started off with a BBQ Cookout at the frontier Pavilion. The outstanding meal was followed by a trip to the Grandstand and the GMC Rangeland Derby, the premier chuckwagon races at the Stampede. The evening ended with the world famous TransAlta Grandstand Show. All the customers in attendance had a great time and Transcourt was more than happy to thank them for their support in such a fashion.

“It is our way of letting our customers know that we truly appreciate their business and it is a good way to get to know them better and build solid relationships, which isn’t always easy in a conventional business format”, explained Bruce Daccord, President of Transcourt.

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, specifically to meet the leasing and long-term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada. A wide selection of tank trailer configurations is available to a variety of unique industry segments and includes stainless and aluminum tankers, propane btrains and tridems, crude oil and condensate tankers as well as dry bulk trailers.
Chuckwagon races or horse-drawn carriage races like this one are not your typical evening event and this is why Transcourt chose the Stampede on July 6th for a Customer Appreciation Event.
Bob and Sterling Hancik, of Bamss Contracting as well as Allen and Arlene Frandrick, of Allen’s Transport all had an enjoyable time at the Transcourt Customer Appreciation Event at the Calgary Stampede.
Such an event is conducive to some interesting discussions that can take a business relation to a new level.
On this festive picture, we recognize Bruce Daccord and Robert Pahanich, of Transcourt, Gerald & Sandy Pearson, of RBS Bulk, Bob Hancik, of Bamss Contracting, Danny Tieulie and Candace Hills, of Cen-Alta, Allison Daccord and Phil Troyer, of Troyer Ventures.

Source: Vianna Murday
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