Todd Dills

Crude hauling in N.D., Texas with former expediters

A story in this month's Truckers News followed the transition of the former FedEx Custom Critical expediting team of Mark Kathrein and Wendy Wing (pictured) into a crude-hauling operation in North Dakota. Just as the May magazine was going to press, as mentioned in the story, the ultra-rugged, cold climes of North Dakota gas-and-oil-well trucking were leading Kathrein and Wing toward the more established industry down in Texas. I spoke with the two this past ...

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‘Bring Jabin home’ — rally around jailed driver continues

Yesterday, May 10, Allen and Donna Smith of the Truth About Trucking advocacy organization and AsktheTrucker.com hosted a who's who of folks involved in the case of Demco Transportation driver Jabin Bogan, who is still being held by Mexican authorities after inadvertently proceeding to the border at El Paso/Juarez while toting a load of military-grade ammunition (bill of lading pictured). Their latest edition of the Truth About Trucking Live online radio program can be heard ...

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Owner-operator Glenn Keller on the CNN Fit Nation challenge

An interview with owner-operator Glenn Keller about his fitness improvements.

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Two J&S Petes — views from a new custom player

The combination of the J&S Truck and Trailer Sales dealer in Knoxville, Tenn., and J&S Body Shop, run by Benny Coffey in nearby Corryton, showed these two newly restored / customized Petes at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville last month. They're lookers, that's certain, and both on sale at the J&S sales installation at 2816 John Deer Dr. in Knoxville. The sleeper truck on the left is a 2005 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with ...

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Awesome bull hauler: An Iowa Pete truck show winner

Peterbilt of Council Bluffs, Iowa, hosted a truck beauty competition and show this past Saturday, May 5, that attracted more than 40 entrants. Pictured here (beauty shot below) is the "hot lime-green" 2000 Peterbilt 379 bull hauler that garnered the most votes from the judges (the entrants themselves) for Best in Show, along with staff members of Buhr Trucking, the rig's owner (pictured left to right: Kevin Whitla, Travis Buhr, Atley Buhr, Darylee Gómez and Logan ...

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UV protection and FMCSA’s window-tinting clarification

FMCSA said that "truck drivers, fleet owners and managers can install a protective window film with over 70 percent net Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) on the side windows of trucks weighing over 26,001 pounds."

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Poster art for truck safety

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro yesterday announced the two winners of this year’s “Be Ready, Be Buckled” Safety Belt Student Art Contest. Regular readers of the Channel 19 blog will remember this post about last year's contest. Second grader Sophia Chen from Edison, N.J., and fifth grader Richard He from Parsippany in the same state were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation building in Washington, D.C. Each won top honors for ...

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National day of remembrance — for truck drivers

A self-proclaimed "proud trucker's wife" is circulating an online petition she hopes to take to Congress and the President to create a September 16 National Truck Driver Remembrance Day for the sacrifices haulers have made for the country. It would be a public holiday, says Melissa Peranteau of Sunbury, Penn., in text accompanying the petition, and would remember "those that we lost," she adds. Her husband, owner-operator Jim Peranteau, is leased to Prime, Inc. Here's what else ...

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$100 off apnea test; Motorhead Garage TV at Diamond International

Motorhead Garage TV to feature International dealerships this morning Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, will be featured on a special “Big Rig” episode of the Motorhead Garage TV Series on the Fox Sports Network. The episode airs this morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and again Monday, May 7, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Hosts Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman visited Diamond International of Memphis, taking a tour through the proprietary ...

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How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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