Brooke Wisdom

Dollars and Sense: A little-known sales venue

They're still not widely used by owner-operators, but auctions offer some advantages over traditional means of trading equipment.

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Trucker of the Month: Sounds of Success

When he's not home in Hawaii, independent Howard Salmon focuses on costs and services to produce a healthy income. He also shares his musical passion along the way.

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Dollars and Sense: Clearing up fuel taxes

Because owners of Class 8 vehicles have to reconcile the amount of fuel burned in a state with the amount of fuel purchased in that state, the state tax owed could be more or less than the tax paid at the pump.

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How To: Shift to protect your drivetrain

You can minimize clutch and drivetrain repairs by shifting properly, especially in certain conditions.

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Featured article: Ports of Confusion

It's every operator's nightmare: new California Air Resources Board regulations. With last-minute regs changes and a hardcore freight downturn, compliance is even tougher for cash-strapped operators, who are starting to avoid California altogether.

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Featured article: A doubles life

Pulling pups means profitability and predictable routes for owner-operator Ed Geiger.

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Slow and Steady

Hauling oversize loads brings high revenue, but travel restrictions and the cost of permits, pilot vehicles and police escorts eat into the bottom line.

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Seven decades

For many an owner-operator, the dream rig has been a Peterbilt.

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Dollars and Sense: Expect more pain before any gain

I predict some pickup in freight and rates in this fourth quarter, but the real upward climb will not begin until the second quarter of 2010.

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Add-ons: Dynamic Dozen

These 12 add-ons can grow into big savings through reduced operating expenses and improved fuel economy.

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