Mid-America Trucking Show: Both Big & Rich

| December 12, 2008

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, VIP admission 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., general public 1-6 p.m.; Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free if you register online by March 7; $5 at the door.

PARKING: For overnight truck or RV parking with hookups, call Linda Stone at (502) 367-5384 to make reservations. The fee is $45. For overnight parking with no hookups, the fee is $25, and no reservation is required. Day parking for all vehicles is $5.

LODGING: Visit the Online Reservation Center at the show website or call (800) 743-3100 to receive a list of hotels and access to special rates. For group reservations, call Maria Martin at (502) 560-0003.

FOR MORE INFO: visit this site or call (502) 899-3892.


2006 TRUCKER OF THE YEAR IS ANYTHING BUT IDLE
As of late January, owner-operator Robert Jordan of Juneau, Wis., had not pulled a single load in 2007. Instead, he was hard at work promoting the fuel-saving system he invented. Installed long ago on his 1997 Mack CH600, it’s now patented, and Jordan is gearing up for a busy year of promotions.

First stop: the Mid-America Trucking Show. That’s where Jordan’s Reefer Link System is scheduled to make its large-scale public debut on a 2007 Mack CH Road Tractor.

Jordan, Overdrive 2006 Trucker of the Year, also will travel to other shows this year, including the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

Mack became interested in Jordan’s invention “as customer demand for a true anti-idling solution escalated,” says Jerry Warmkessel, Mack highway products marketing manager. Mack hopes to offer the system as an option on all its sleeper rigs.

Price has not been determined, but Warmkessel says the system should be “less costly and more economical to operate” than an auxiliary power unit – and lighter, too.

The system eliminates idling by capturing energy via the reefer’s alternator while the rig is in motion and directing it to a bank of high-performance batteries, where it can be used to power the sleeper’s heater and air conditioner while the truck is parked. Or it can be used to power an inverter.

Jordan says the system not only saves diesel fuel but also reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and prolongs engine life. “There are a lot of good answers out there,” Jordan says. “This is just one of them.”

About 40 drivers already are using Reefer Link, having had it installed by Jordan or his authorized installer, truck modifier Heitzman Bros. of Milton-Freewater, Ore. For more information, visit this site.
- STEVEN MACKAY

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