bedbuggers

Humor in all places: Weigh stations, auto hauler suppliers…

That'll be $5, driver When we quizzed operators via Overdrive's Facebook page about their funniest weigh-station memories, moving van hauler Robert McConnell didn’t hesitate: “Many years ago at a Colorado scale, when you used to have to go in and get your little yellow paper, a fellow mover was there and, when asked what he was hauling, replied, ‘Bedbugs.’” A young officer on hand “proceeded to write him up a livestock permit,” McConnell added, an older officer letting ...

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Excerpting ‘Roll On,’ a novel by Fred Afflerbach

The book is out, owner-operators. And what a book it is, telling the story, as I've written here, of owner-operator Ubi Sunt, an old-school "bedbugger" and child of the orphan trains facing down in the early 1980s an incoming rush of new faces, new ways of doing business, new pressure from his family to settle down and if not new, then certainly increased talk of a nationwide independent owner-operator shutdown he wants no part of. Afflerbach ...

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Roadside Attractions

New life for old classics, Love's connect app, the Aurora Borealis and more industry news and oddities are featured.

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Former operator’s novel immortalizes trail-blazing independents

Fred Afflerbach didn’t set out to launch a trucking career when he took a job working for a Bekins Van Lines-affiliated moving company in Austin, Texas, in high school in the 1970s. He caught the fever all the same. “The owner-operators would come rolling in and the drivers are telling stories and your eyes are popping out of your head,” he says of the days his affliction began. “You work for them loading, and their ...

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My talk with the $25,000-winning ‘Navigator of the Year’

I got the grand opportunity to meet an owner-operator at the Great American Trucking Show last week who holds something of a grand distinction of being the only OO I know who's had a $25,000 check written to him just for being who he is. That owner-operator is St. Louis-based Edward Crumer (pictured), leased to Allied Van Lines and hauling for Florida-based agent Sorensen Moving & Storage in a 1997 Freightliner FLD. Rand McNally, with ...

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