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Separating water vapor from oil

If you have technical trucking questions, let us know. Our equipment editor, John Baxter, will do his best to answer. Here's a recent exchange: Q. Why have people not looked into this device known as the Vapor Oil Separator? Sure the PCV valve does its job. But this goes beyond that and removes water vapors during the combustion process. Here's the web site and a video. -- Mike Kyes A. Mike, I'm a little skeptical as there are ...

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‘Truck nuts’ in litigious fire in South Carolina

So-called "truck nuts" or "truck nutz," fake bull testicles that are available for purchase in all colors of the rainbow (including with a chrome finish), are a common sight hanging on the ball hitches of pickup trucks the nation over, not to mention in humorous pictures of pickup owners sitting on their back bumpers directly above a pair. A case originating in Bonneau, S.C. (population approximately 400), near Monck's Corner, with 65-year-old Virginia Tice's truck nuts ...

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Long-haul swimmer adds running, biking to his competitive repertoire

Siphiwe Baleka (pictured), whom you will remember as the Prime-leased owner-operator who competed and walked away with a couple titles in the U.S. Masters National Swimming championships I wrote about in May, has made headlines yet again -- this time not just for his swimming prowess. He placed 56th of 577 competitors at the Warsaw Optimist Sprint Triathlon qualifier for the U.S.A. Triathlon organization running and biking in addition to swimming. Take a look at the ...

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How to save fuel: ‘Fix the roads!’ researchers say

We all know the tire makers have done their due in improving truck-tire rolling resistance in recent years to help operators save fuel with tire choices. Two Auburn University researchers say it’s time for the paving industry and the governments that allocate funds for roads to step up to the plate. They located a holy grail of sorts in fuel savings via the analytical report they presented at the midyear meeting of the National Asphalt ...

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Pacific, Hayes truck enthusiasts gathering this weekend in B.C.

It's the first-annual Cache Creek Truck Show, a production of the British Columbia-based Hayes and Pacific truck clubs. Truck club member and organizer Wes Bergman, a former off-highway hauler now spending much of his time keeping the Canadian-made makes and their models alive, says they've got a good number of trucks set to show and are hoping for several more from folks just "showing up." "Hayes haven’t been manufactured since 1975," he says. "The last Pacifics ...

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For the dog days of summer: Doug dog to the rescue

Doug Dog, a canine with his own twitter account, has trucking roots with Overdrive and is a reminder of a pooch's warmth.

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Breaker-breaker: Thursday Channel 19 news round-up

Tonight on American Trucker on the Speed Channel: You The third episode of the second season of the American Trucker documentary show on the Speed Channel is called, simply, "Independent." It will explore, well, guess who? The episode runs at 10p.m. eastern time, with replays throughout the week. See the full schedule. Or if you've as yet missed it, click on the cover image here to read Truckers News editor Randy Grider's story about the ...

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T370 Kenworth hits medium-duty landmark in Quebec plant

A Kenworth T370 was recently recognized as the historic 100,000th medium duty truck produced at the Paccar's Ste-Therese, Quebec, manufacturing plant. The plant, which opened as a brand-new facility in 1999, has clearly been hard at work during that time in the medium duty space. “The employees at the Paccar Ste-Therese are especially dedicated to building excellent medium duty trucks," said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. "We’re especially honored that a Kenworth T370 ...

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Introducing a ‘Truck Drivin’ Mama’ in Annabella Wood

Though she's no longer a "gainfully employed trucker at this point" by her own estimation, Pennsylvania resident Annabella Wood continues to haul in a straight dump truck for a tree service company once a month or so to maintain her on-highway credentials. And she spent nearly 30 years -- 29 and a half to be exact; "I call it 30," she says -- driving 18-wheelers in various locales around the nation. "I was a delivery driver ...

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Calling all independents; New profile series seeks nominations

Are you an owner-operator running with your own authority? A two-three-truck fleet owner with a unique approach to trucking success? If you've been following Overdrive Dollars & Sense columnist and radio host Kevin Rutherford's columns over the past couple months, you know he's gotten into a series about taking your business to the next level with contemplation of adding a truck. Though you can certainly lease more than one truck, depending on the motor carrier, ...

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