Todd Dills

It’s a trailer on exhibit at a truck show, not a walkway

At your next truck show, here's a tip: Don't walk on any of the RGN decks on display unless asked to. Got it?

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Friday round-up: Small-fleet struggles hit the mainstream, apnea ‘twilight zone’ the local paper

A local paper in Minnesota gets the apnea issue more or less right. And: To adapt or not to adapt -- the Wall Street Journal paints small-carrier woes with broad brush, with mixed results.

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POLL: Do you use push-to-talk functionality/devices other than the CB?

With the rise of smartphone apps enabling push-to-talk functionality on such devices, and the continued attraction of the Nextel-popularized function, this poll looks at current use of the technology.

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Should the Federal Reserve raise short-term interest rates?

What's your view on the Fed's approach to interest rates -- a rise in fed rates would affect both returns on savings as well as boost the costs of borrowing. Recent news shows the Fed leaning toward a rise ...

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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Of Popes and Presidents: Reports from a season in highway construction, closures

Season in dignitary visits, too, to which the I-5 gridlock in Seattle earlier this morning served as testament. Info on upcoming short-term closures on U.S. 95 in Nev., I-75 in Cincinnati and more.

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POLL: How often is finding a parking place a problem for you?

How much time do you spend looking for parking on average -- and how often is finding a spot a serious issue on the road? Call 530-408-6423 to scale in with a message and/or vote in the poll here.

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Reservation systems, pay-to-park efforts in critical eye of new truck parking analysis

Close to half of all driver respondents to a wide-ranging ATRI survey on parking reported no willingness to pay for parking whatsoever -- the survey examined this and other parking issues.

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‘Demand detention’ pay: Strong voices on compensation for waits

"Waiting over 6 hours to get loaded and then only getting 5 hours drive time ... Then you lose another day to get your next load, and $50 is not going to cover the lost time."

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The double-edged sword of appointment times

Appointment systems are great if you’re right on time and the facility keeps its appointment ducks in a row -- not so if you get held up en route or, God forbid, you're early. In such cases, professionalism greases the skids...

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