custom rigs

Saturday round-up: Put a diaper on your dump; Video — Black Out military tribute rig at Rolling Thunder

The "Dumpster Diaper" company's product prevents leakage from some dump bodies/trailers, and video of Chuck Timbrook and military veterans' presentation of the colors ahead of the Rolling Thunder rally and ride two weekends back.

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Ray Maier’s 2017 Kenworth W900

Aside from the University of Alabama sticker on the sleeper, no custom work has been done to the truck yet. Maier, of Sylvester, Ga., hauls produce from the East Coast to the West Coast.

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Chad Cooper’s 1996 Peterbilt 379

Sitting on a 313-inch wheelbase, Cooper has had the rig painted and the frame wrapped, while also adding 7-inch pipes and custom fenders.

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Chris Ratiu’s 2016 Volvo VNL 780

Ratiu primarily uses the truck to haul equipment with a 2016 Doonan Chaparral tri-axle step deck.

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Greg and Danelle Swafford’s 2016 Western Star 5700

The Weaver, Ala., couple's rig is powered by a Detroit DD15 and a 12-speed automatic Detroit DT12. Leased to Mercer Transportation, the truck is used to haul military freight on a 2017 Doonan Platinum step deck.

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Larry Olevnik’s 2006 Peterbilt 379

The Pete averages 156,000 miles per year and is owned by Raymond Brown out of Thonotosassa, Fla.

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1977 KW’s first run in 29 years

Restoring a rig with some history -- Bryan DeKock and the 1977 Kenworth W9 that inspired the mural on the old Monteagle Truck Stop, debuting this week at the ATHS national convention in Des Moines.

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Adrian Bendich’s 2015 Peterbilt 389

The truck sits on a 292-inch wheelbase and features a custom 22-inch polished aluminum front bumper. The trailer is a 2016 XL Specialized flip axle.

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Bill Rethwisch’s 2016 Peterbilt 389 takes top honors at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

The Tomah, Wisconsin-based trucker also won in the Best Interior and Best Engine categories in the show held in Tulsa, Okla., May 18-20. He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella for winning the show and $5,000 from MAC trailer. See a full list of winners here.

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Chuck Varney’s 2013 Peterbilt 389 glider

The truck was built by Martin's Peterbilt in London, Ky. It's equipped with a single turbo 550-horsepower Cat, an 18-speed Fuller and 3:70 rears.

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