Roadside Attractions

| May 01, 2011

4.  Decrease sodium intake. Find alternates to salty spices to flavor foods, or use garlic or onion. Look for reduced-sodium options in pre-packaged foods and at restaurants.

5.  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. The recommended maximum is one drink per day for women and two for men.

How to maintain trailer power connection

The seven-way electrical cable carrying power to your trailers gets plugged and unplugged umpteen times during its life. Standard design sockets don’t always hold up well, so many fleets use sockets with split pins. This design allows a user to “spread the pins” when the connection between the plug and socket has deteriorated, extending its life. To keep the plug and socket connection as robust as possible:

• Insert a flathead screwdriver a quarter-inch between every split pin. Don’t force the screwdriver too far and risk damage that could result in a nonwarrantable issue.

• Apply pressure to spread the pins slightly.

• Clean the socket and plug connection using a plug brush or a socket/plug cleaner.

• Re-grease the connection with dielectric grease and connect.



Meriden, Iowa, resident Matthew Cronin hauls livestock in the Midwest with this “Sea Monster” 2003 Peterbilt 379. The name comes from the sea-foam color, he says. “I’d seen a truck with a color like this once,” Cronin says. “It’s different than everything else – that’s what I liked about it.” The truck is equipped with a 750-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission.


Chuck Armes of Oakland, Calif., owns this 2003 Peterbilt 379, to which he has added an 18-in. bumper, 8-in. straight pipes and a 14-in. drop visor. The truck is powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission. Armes hauls contaminated soil within California.



Matt Mason uses his 2005 International 9100 to haul hot asphalt mix in his hometown of Sellersburg, Ind. He also pulls a cement tanker. The truck is powered by a 450-hp Cummins and a 13-speed transmission.

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