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Cubby Buddy toolbox maker’s new storage system for load bars

Hensley Inc.-leased owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (pictured), with a Great Dane dry van and Freightliner tractor and a unique line of tool-box systems for owner-operators you may well recall me writing about here back in January, has added yet another patent-pending storage system to the repertoire of his growing Cubby Buddy side business. The business and Zehrer were profiled this month in Truckers News, just in time for the release of the new "Raising the Bar" system for ...

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Red alert: Get your uniform or else!

Now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to reach its long regulatory arm into your daily dress, drivers are sounding off in record numbers. “This is just taking it too far,” said owner-operator Bob Mandible of Blue Gill, Ohio, of the new red shirt requirement, joining the fast-growing chorus. “The agency has produced no evidence proving I will be less safe if I just wear my standard brown Dickies work shirt rather than ...

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Four-wheeler: ‘I am so sick of 18-wheelers!’

Over the transom today in Overdrive's Nashville bureau here, as my office is often known among the editors in Alabama, came this letter. So much for sharing the road! Dear editor,I am so sick of 18-wheelers. They are always in the way. Who needs them? I sure don’t. They never seem to do the speed limit. They cause far too many problems. They go through town in the right lane we need to use to get ...

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Looking good, Michelin man

We didn't realize the Michelin mascot was such an avid consumer of owner-operator news and views before this photo was sent in. In any case, kudos for reading, MM. But too bad he didn't get to pick up the latest, April edition, just out and available in a digital edition via http://dmtmag.com/current/overdrive. There's a great feature there by James Jaillet -- the skinny on engine reprogramming tools and their ability to optimize engine dynamics for power ...

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Behold the Red Giant — Bryan Dax’s custom 1990 Diamond Reo

Just what is that motorcycle doing in front of Two Rivers, Wis.-based owner-operator Bryan Dax's custom 1990 Diamond Reo "Red Giant?" When I visited with Dax this past week (you may recall his rig from my coverage of the Nashville Chrome & Class show last year) at the tail end of my tour through Minnesota and Wisconsin doing some reporting, his son-in-law, Brian Wingrove, showed up on the newly rebuilt bike, a 2009 Harley-Davidson Rocker C custom-airbrushed ...

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Owner-operator bags Victory Vegas Jackpot bike

  The bike Long Haul Trucking-leased owner-operator Steve Wright is sitting on is a 2012 Victory Vegas Jackpot cycle that was the grand prize in a contest begun by the Albertville, Minn.-based carrier at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last year. This year, after Wright joined two other finalists -- owner-operator Jeff Christenson and team Evan and Shannon Jones -- for the grand prize in the safety contest, he came out on top for ...

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A salute to women truckers at MATS

Women in Trucking honored 67 women who had driven one million accident free miles, 36 who had reached two million safe driving miles, fifteen with three million mile records and seven women who had attained four million safe driving miles during their careers at MATS in 2012.

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Owner-operators deliver in MATS EOBR listening sessions

If you haven't read the report my colleague James Jaillet filed from the Mid-America Trucking Show on the Friday listening sessions the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted on the subject of electronic on-board recorders for hours of service compliance, find it here. Time and again, operators urged regulators to address the real problems in the industry -- some of the same problems you'll remember the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's Todd Spencer noting as underpinning ...

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Meet owner-operator of the year Larry Severson

Leased to Dart Transit since the late 1970s, Truckload Carriers Association/Overdrive Independent Contractor of the Year Larry Severson's longevity with the company beats that of even some of the Oren-family management. Dan Oren, grandson of the company's founder and one of three brothers who continue to be active participants among the company's family ownership, remembers riding along with Severson (pictured) in his 1978 Ford LNT9000 conventional, powered by a Detroit 6V92, the second truck Severson ...

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Stories from MATS: Perkins on a heavy haul

  Perkins Specialized Transportation has launched the biggest series of hauls in its history. The Northfield, Minn.-based company specializes in super loads -- the biggest, longest, heaviest cargo allowed on the nation’s highways. Over 40 years the firm has grown from a dozen workers and trucks to 65 employees and 22 heavy-haul rigs. It hauls everything from steam turbines and bridge beams to dryers for ethanol plants and gun mounts for destroyers. In 2011 Perkins faced one of its biggest challenges when it ...

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