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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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Owner-operators need to ensure they’re using proper engine oil when new lubes come to market in December, API says
“New oils are coming. They’re coming very soon, and you need to make sure you know which one you’re supposed to use,” said Kevin Ferrick, manager of API’s global industry services certification programs. “Oils are different enough and unique enough today that you need to be sure you’re buying the right oil.”
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equipment
Several trailer manufacturers recall more than 30,000 trailers due to faulty valve component
An affected trailer, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will have an audible air leak from the dash-mounted park control valve or red glad hand when it’s disconnected before the trailer is decoupled, and the leak will continue until the trailer reservoirs and spring brake chambers have no air pressure.
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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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Love’s opens new stores in Missouri, Texas
Love's Travel Stops has announced the opening of three new locations – Quanah, Texas, Bridgeton, Mo., and Harrisonville, Mo.
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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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Trucker Talent Search sing-off finale to be held at GATS next month
Will Perry, Keith Snyder and Jason Lee Wilson will sing live at the GATS Discovery Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 in the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search competition. A free recording session is up for grabs.
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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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IN THIS ISSUE
» Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size
» Owner-operators need to ensure they’re using proper engine oil when new lubes come to market in December, API says
» Several trailer manufacturers recall more than 30,000 trailers due to faulty valve component
» eNow cab/trailer roof solar-charge system for battery-based APUs and more
» Love’s opens new stores in Missouri, Texas
» Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength
» Trucker Talent Search sing-off finale to be held at GATS next month
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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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