Owner-Operators

Online trucker network launches Monday

The host of the online radio trucking  program “Dispatch Me Home” is starting an online network of the same name with additional music and other programming. It will launch at 10 a.m. CST Nov. 21, says host Big Al Weekley. The network is based at www.DispatchMeHomeRadio.com. Weekley produces the network with Bruce Wieser, known as “Mayor Bandit,” the founder of the social existing Dispatch Me Home trucker social website, www.DispatchMeHomeext.ning.com. The expanded format will include trucking news and ...

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John Deere pedal car grand prize in Trucker Charity benefit raffle

And what's best about it all is that the proceeds will go toward benefiting trucking families in need at Christmastime via Trucker Charity's Christmas Group. Tickets to enter the raffle for the car (pictured), which was donated by Freedom Air Filters, can be purchased through Paypal via the Trucker Charity website for $3 for a single chance to win, $10 for 11 chances, and $20 for 25. The organization, whose tagline is "Truckers helping truckers," ...

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Love’s jumps to 7th on Forbes’ annual list

Forbes ranked Love's Travel Stops in seventh place on its list of America's largest private companies. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based travel center chain rose 11 places from last year's ranking, the largest jump on the list of 212 companies. Companies on the Forbes list must make at least $2 billion in revenues, have more than 100 employees and may not be more than 50 percent owned by another public, private or foreign company. The chain acquired 26 ...

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The year-end tax dance

One benefit of good cash flow management is having leeway in covering costs. The end of the year is a good time to put that flexibility to use to reduce your income tax bill on April 15.

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Love’s stop opens in Belleville, Ind.

A  travel stop opened in Belleville, Ind., on Interstate 70 at exit 59, Love's Travel Stops announced. Through Dec. 16, drivers are eligible for double loyalty points on purchases. The stop features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 100 truck spaces, diesel exhaust fluid dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers and a game room. A Love’s Truck Tire Care center is on site. Love’s Truck Tire Care centers are open 24/7. For details, visit Love's.

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Heads-up on new partnership that could change the leasing game

This month in Overdrive, I examined a couple different alternatives to traditional leasing models carriers and their advisers are exploring for ways to avoid what some see as long-term growing challenges to the independent contractor business model. Two models in particular stand a chance to take hold in the future, one being the conversion of a fleet of leased owner-operators to a contract fleet of true independents, running under their own respective authorities. In this model, ...

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Idleair opens at Pilot Flying J stops in Georgia, Tennessee

Electric shore power provided by Idleair is newly available at travel centers in Dalton, Ga., off I-75 at exit 326, and in White Pine, Tenn., off I-81 at exit 4, Pilot Flying J travel centers announced. Limited free service for the shore power is being offered through Nov. 30 and, following that, a discount of $1.25 per hour will be available through Dec. 31. The White Pine site features a solar panel array that generates 50 percent ...

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U.S. Xpress expands reefer service

Coast-to-coast, reefer service expanded recently, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based U.S. Xpress Enterprises said. The fleet now operates 100 reefer trucks and expects to have 250 by the end of 2012. Primary service lanes are from California to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and back to California, the carrier says. The fleet is also expanding volumes in a lane of service from California to the upper Midwest. For details, visit U.S. Express.

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Cabover extra in ‘Real Steel’ film to be auctioned Dec. 8

Joyce Smith, co-owner of Ron Smith Trucking of Breckenridge, Mich., shuttered the company about a year ago, a month after her husband passed away. The small fleet's equipment will be auctioned off on Dec. 8 at their place in nearby Wheeler. Among the 17 tractors on offer (among livestock, flatbed and other trailers as well as other equipment) is the pictured 1994 Freightliner cabover, which holds the distinction of not only being a fine-looking, long-running piece ...

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Tonight: Chat with ex-IRT bad boy Dave Redmon

Sign up for a free live chat session with Dave Redmon, who was fired from the "Ice Road Truckers" TV series.

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