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The Nation's Largest Manufacturer of TMA Trucks
The Nation's Largest Manufacturer of TMA Trucks


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From everyone here at Royal, we want to wish you a SAFE and Happy Independence Day!
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On Monday, our #autonomous TMA truck was demoed for the AASHTO Committee on Traffic Engineering at the Panasonic Center in Denver!

Want to learn more about the #ATMA truck? Visit our website at to see footage of the truck in action!
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Unlike man-buckets, which are the side of trucks, man-baskets are on the back of a truck. These baskets include removable racks that you can place in side pockets for safe and convenient storage. When you're done storing the racks, you can step back inside the basket and secure yourself with the locking safety gates. These locks ensure that neither yourself or your equipment will fall out during the operation.

You can also raise and lower the basket with the click of a button for easy access to the bed of the truck. This also gives you the added convenience of quick and easy height adjustment! On the other side of the control you have a sliding rear safety bar for another added precaution while working in the basket.

Lastly, when you finish up, simply take the racks from their designated, secured spot and reattach with ease.

Man-baskets are a simple way to increase your safety and efficiency in a work zone. For more information or to inquire about trucks with man-baskets, leave a comment or contact We look forward to hearing from you!
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Cen-ter of grav-i-ty / noun / : a point from which the weight of a body or system may be considered to act.

Why would a truck company talk about center of gravity - isn't that for science?

While the center of gravity is a "science" term, it's actually extremely useful and important to know in vehicles! In terms of vehicles, the center of gravity is, put simply, the average location of the weight of an object. Usually, in cars, it's just above the center point of the vehicle - shocker!

But why does this matter? Well, the center of gravity plays into turns. When navigating a turn, especially at a higher speed, the momentum of the vehicle transfers the load that causes the vehicle to lean in the direction it is turning. In vehicles with high centers of gravity, turns at high speeds are far more likely to cause it to flip over. This is because the center of gravity can't make up for the leaning of the body, resulting in the flip. By lowering the center of gravity, you can control and mitigate the amount of lean in the vehicle and prevent the risk of flipping over.

No one wants to flip over in a car, let alone a massive truck. Join us at 2 PM on our Facebook ( for a live demo of a 2008 Freightliner forestry truck that includes a low mounting height for a lower center of gravity!
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Picture this scene: There is a multi-vehicle accident on a major highway blocking the right lane on a three lane highway and a fire breaks out, the closest fire department available is called to the scene. The firefighters get ready and split up between two trucks to make it to the scene.

When they arrive to the scene they park the two trucks, one to put the fire out and one to protect the firefighters and alert the oncoming traffic of the accident, blocking the center lane as well. A driver who isn't paying attention to the road doesn't get over into the left lane and crashes directly into the second fire truck. The firefighters are okay, but the driver is dead and the fire truck is destroyed beyond repair.

This is a real situation that happens every year, sometimes losing more than just one life. Royal has designed a truck to stop this situation from happening, saving lives and equipment in the process.

The Emergency Response TMA Truck (ERTMA) is designed to replace the second fire truck in protection situations. The benefits of the ERTMA stem from the attenuator mounted to the back of the truck and the radar and arrow boards that are mounted as well. These three tools better alert the oncoming traffic of the incident ahead, monitor their speed with radar (proven to decrease the number of speeding cars by nearly 25%), and safe the life of the driver and the truck itself with the impact absorbing attenuator.

Built with function in mind and a volunteer firefighter on staff, the ERTMA also has a massive amount of storage space along with many other technology features that make it more than just a truck to crash into, but a truck that has all the tools you need in any situation. For more information on our ERTMA check out our website:

Share this post and tag a firefighter you know below to let them know about Royal's ERTMA! #Firefighters #ERTMA #TMAtrucks #SaveLives
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Did you know that Royal offers a cone placement and retrieval system?
The product is called Roadrunner, and is made up of two systems: one to place cones at the beginning of the operation, and the second to retrieve them at the end of it.

The first system is the Cone Placement System (CPS). The CPS is mounted to a cone/stake body truck and only requires the driver and one worker for the operation. Handheld controls are used to regulate and control cone spacing as needed using programmable timing. Cones are safely loaded into the machine from the bed of your truck without anyone walking or hanging off the side of it, removing your workers from direct exposure to traffic and other work zone hazards. It can deploy 28"-48" cones with a 15" base at up to 15 MPH going forward or in reverse!

The second system is the Cone Retrieval System (CRS). Not only can you places cones, but when your operation is over, you can also pick them up quickly and easily without the hassle of bending down to pick them up and stack them on the bed. This system is built to sustain abuse from retrieving cones at high speeds and is set up in just a matter of minutes. This is also mounted to your cone/stake body truck, and like the CPS the operation only requires one driver and one worker.

If you want to learn more about the cone placement and retrieval systems, visit or email us directly at We'd love to hear from you!
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With the new Texas law that requires 3 TMA trucks in certain mobile operations, it's a perfect time to brush up on all the other Texas regulations. Navigating through the hundreds upon hundreds of documents is not only time consuming - sometimes it's just plain confusing! Here is a general breakdown of Texas requirements in different scenarios. Please note that this is a brief overview and not a list of all the laws and regulations. For more information email us at and we will send the appropriate documents your way, or visit for the entire list!

Mobile Operations - Undivided Highways
1. TRAIL, SHADOW, and LEAD vehicles shall be equipped with arrow boards as illustrated. When a LEAD vehicle is not used the WORK vehicle must be equipped with an arrow board.
2. The use of truck mounted attenuators (TMA) on the SHADOW VEHICLE and TRAIL VEHICLE are required. (you're in luck, we have plenty!)
3. Each vehicle shall have two-way radio communication capability (lucky for you, again, we have amazing SpeakEasy headsets for the most effective and least expensive communication)
4. Vehicle spacing between the TRAIL VEHICLE and the SHADOW VEHICLE will vary depending on sight distance restrictions. Motorists approaching the work convoy should be able to see the TRAIL VEHICLE in time to slow down and/or change lanes as they approach the TRAIL VEHICLE. Vehicle spacing between the WORK VEHICLE and the SHADOW VEHICLE and vehicle spacing between WORK VEHICLE and LEAD VEHICLE may vary according to terrain, work activity, and other factors.
5. On two-lane, two-way roadways, the work and protection vehicles should pull over periodically to allow motor vehicle traffic to pass. If motorists are not allowed to pass the work convoy, a "DO NOT PASS" (R4-1) sign must be placed on the back of the rearmost protection vehicle
Mobile Operations - Divided Highways
1. ADVANCE WARNING, TRAIL, and SHADOW vehicles shall be equipped with Type B or Type C flashing arrow boards as per the Barricade and Construction (BC) standards. Arrow boards on WORK vehicles will be optional based on the type of work being performed. The arrow boards shall be operated from inside the vehicle.
2. The use of amber high intensity rotating, flashing, oscillating, or strobe lights on vehicles are required. Blue high intensity rotating, flashing, oscillating, or strobe lights when mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle may be operated simultaneously with the amber beacons or strobe lights.
3. The use of truck mounted attenuators (we have plenty!) on the ADVANCE WARNING, SHADOW, and TRAIL vehicles are required.
4. Each vehicle shall have two-way radio communication capability (cue our SpeakEasy headset!)
5. When work convoys must change lanes, the TRAIL VEHICLE should change lanes first to shadow the other convoy vehicles.

Mobile Operations for Isolated Work Areas Undivided Highways
1. This traffic control plan is for use on conventional roads posted at 45 MPH or less and is intended for mobile operations that move continuously or intermittently (stopping up to approximately 15 minutes) such as short-line striping and in-lane rumble strips.
2. A truck mounted attenuator shall be used on Shadow Vehicle. (cue our various TMA trucks!)
3. The use of yellow rotating beacons or strobe lights on vehicles are required. Blue high intensity rotating, flashing, oscillating, or strobe lights when mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle may be operated simultaneously with the amber beacons or strobe lights.
4. Flashing arrow board shall be used on Shadow Vehicle. Flashing arrow board shall be Type B or Type C as pet BC Standards. The arrow boards operation shall be controlled from inside the truck. tWe hope this cleared up some confusion regarding the new Texas laws and any other gray areas. While this is a general overview, there is more to learn!

Do you want a full list of TMA Truck regulations? Request our TMA Truck Regulation Book here:
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Did You Know?: Work Zone Reality Check

Work zone crashes seem to happen everywhere except where your job site is, until they do. A 2018 study done by The Associated General Contractors of America found that 54% of highway contractors experienced a motor vehicle crash into their construction work zones at least once in the past year.

WHAT? 54%? Really? Trust us when we tell you we were as shocked to find that out too. That means that by working in a highway work zone you have over a 50% chance of experiencing AT LEAST one crash in one of your work zones EVERY YEAR.

Thankfully this report stated that most of the crashes did not end in injury or death of a worker, driver or passenger, but many did. The majority of the contractors did say that they experienced delays because of the crashes and 55% of those who experienced a crash said they experienced MORE THAN ONE CRASH IN A YEAR!

One of the major barriers between crashes that end in injury or worse and those that have everyone involved walk away safely are attenuators and TMA trucks.

This is a reality check not just for the highway contractors and workers who say "there won't be a crash in my work zone," but also us and everyone involved in keeping work zones safe. To learn more about how TMA Trucks can make your work zone more safe check out the Attenuator Trucks tab on our website.

Share this post and tag someone who works in highway work zones to make sure that they know to stay alert and stay safe!

For more information on the study or get state specific data click the link below:
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Did you know that Texas law now requires 3 TMA trucks in certain moving work zones? This adds an extra barrier of protection between the highway drivers and your workers. We want to help you navigate through this change as quickly and easily as possible.

In moving operations on divided highways, TxDOT says that "the use of truck mounted attenuators (TMA) on the SHADOW VEHICLE, ADVANCE WARNING, and TRAIL VEHICLE are required.

To learn more about the specifics, visit:
· Traffic Control Plan Standard for Mobile Operations- Divided Highways (TCP(3-2)-13)
· Traffic Control Plan Standard for Mobile Operations- Raised Pavement Marker (TCP(3-3)-14)

Or visit or email us directly at We're happy to help!
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In Front of the Truck: Top 5 Work Zone Safety Tips for Workers

Highway work zones are some of the most dangerous places to work, but Royal has your back (literally!). Our TMA trucks are the safest on the market and are there to protect you in the work zone, but there are still lots of things you can do to keep yourself and your coworkers safe, so here's our top 5!

1. Have a Safety Meeting Before You Start Working

Every day before you start the job, make sure everyone knows the plan for the day and has all of the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) for this job. The job site can change daily so also mention the conditions you will be working in and all potential hazards that could be present .

2. Take Safety Equipment Serious

Safety equipment, both worn equipment, like hard hats and gloves, and stationary equipment, like cones, barriers and safety trucks, are there to protect you so let them do their job! There is no such thing as being too safe so go the extra mile and take more precautions than the job you are doing requires.

3. Use the Proper Signage to Warn and Control Traffic

Road signs are the number one way to communicate with ongoing traffic in work zones so make sure you have all of the signage you need, and more! One great tool that can be utilized in work zones are radar boards, which lead to a decrease in speeding in work zones by almost 25%.

4. Designate Specific Work Areas

Road construction areas are very busy with multiple work activities going on in a close proximity area, so it is important to designate what areas are being used for what work. You can do this by separating work areas, like material storage, heavy equipment or rest areas, with cones or barriers to avoid workplace accidents.

5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Being aware of where you are and what is going on around you in the work zone could be the most important tip of all. A lapse in awareness could lead to a dangerous situation with so much going on and heavy machinery in use. As road workers you always ask that drivers pay attention so you can be safe, don’t forget to keep yourself safe too!

Let us know which of these tips is your favorite to keep your work zone safe in the comments and send us pictures of your safe work zones to be featured by Royal!
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