Todd Dills

Pieter Williams’ ‘Almost Chrome’ custom polishing business

The journey from motor coach to truck polishing -- Nashville-based Pieter Williams' work can be seen on J.D. Terry's custom KW, which I wrote about earlier this week. (Bonus: More Rolling CB interviews from Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie.)

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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eNow cab/trailer roof solar-charge system for battery-based APUs and more

Jeff Flath of eNow says the company's five years' worth of design and testing work with partners among the larger fleets has proven out the design of their system, ready to market to owner-operators with auxiliary battery-based anti-idling systems.

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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Podcast: Most Beautiful champ Brita Nowak on independent business, expansion limits, and more

Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio talks through Most Beautiful winner and one-truck independent owner-operator Brita Nowak about, among other things, her run from one to five trucks -- and back.

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‘Rest stop planning’ function introduced

Navigation-tech company Sygic has teamed up with electronic-logging-device and asset tracking software provider Forward Thinking Systems on a Rest Stop Planning feature intended to streamline compliance for fleets while improving driver safety.

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‘Gone Green’: The Kuhnle Bros. project ’05 Kenworth of driver Brian Rudisell

Driver Brian Rudisell's second place finish at the last Pride & Polish won't keep him away from the Dallas show coming up, he says. He's doing the entire Pride & Polish circuit this year with his showpiece working KW, built in collaboration with his employing Newbury, Ohio-based tank fleet.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Independent J.D. Terry’s 1995 custom Cat-powered KW

Owner-operator J.D. Terry calls his 1995 Kenworth W900L the "Driveway Dream" in reference to the spot where nearly all of his custom work on it has been done. This video run through its mods was shot at the 2016 Tennessee edition of Overdrive's Pride & Polish.

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Ryder’s ChoiceLease flexible leasing options

While full-service leasing has been a mainstay among small private fleets, it's growing as an option explored by owners of for-hire fleets large and small, Ryder says. ChoiceLease allows truckers to structure lease deals in three different ways.

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