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Texas technicians rope Rush rodeo grand prizes — vids and more from the event

Sorting though the rich experience that was Rush Truck Centers' Tech Skills Rodeo, held last week in San Antonio, is I've found a task best approached over weeks rather than days. If you missed the results, read on, or see my story from last week here. It's impossible to get it all into the space of a single post or news piece, including as it did the drama of mutliple competitions, diverse educational opportunities for ...

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Scenes from the 2010 Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

I'm in San Antonio, Texas, this morning at the site of Rush Truck Centers' fifth annual Tech Skills Rodeo, which pits 65 (out of more than 700 entering) of the truck dealer/service center network's best diesel technicians against each other and a set of bugged vehicles. On the heavy-duty side of the competition, 15 techs each trying to beat the clock in Cummins, Caterpillar and Eaton categories -- with 45 minutes to troubleshoot rough running ...

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‘Bird Business’ with owner-operator Larry Leckrone

32: The percentage of truckers who said in a recent poll that they would choose a carrier based on its ridealong pet policy. The number tracks closely to the 42 percent of haulers who said they did in fact run with a pet of some kind in the truck -- computed as part of Truckers News' research into its most recent, December cover story. Among that group is owner-operator Larry Leckrone, of Colville, Wash. His antique ...

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Sioux City Truck Sales’ Peterbilt calendar

A Network of four Peterbilt dealers in the Midwest -- Sioux Falls, S.D.; Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa; and Norfolk, Neb. -- is distributing a custom 2011 calendar called "Working Trucks of the Midwest." Customers may obtain the free 2011 calendar at any of the group's stores, while supplies last. But the photos are available online, too, in full at the Sioux City Truck Sales Inc. main website, pbtruck.com, with full-color photos of customers’ trucks, from among ...

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Study: Truck owners happy with timely arrivals

Medium-duty truck owners are more satisfied with their purchase if trucks are ready when promised, J. D. Power and Associates said of recent survey results. The marketing analysts found that overall service satisfaction averages 215 points higher on a 1,000-point scale among medium-duty truck owners The study also finds that engine- or fuel-related problems typically result in the greatest amount of downtime. A truck with an engine or a fuel problem averages eight days of downtime, said ...

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Nashville Rush Chrome & Class show winners

Friday I reported from the site of the first annual Chrome & Class Truck Show at the Nashville location of Rush Truck Centers just east-southeast of downtown in Smyrna. If you missed it, read about the first day at Nashville Rush, a story largely about the Eady family of truck owners/builders from Hillsboro, Ala., and their custom 1996 Peterbilt 379, built from the ground up by brothers Hayward and Hayden and run by their father, ...

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Engine problems worsen, FedEx Ground wins key case, APU grants offered to OOIDA, truck-related fatalities drop and more industry issues are featured.

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Peterbilt ramps up training for new 12.9-liter MX

Production of Paccar’s new 12.9-liter MX engine has begun at the new plant in Columbus, Miss.

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Don’t miss the ‘Class Act’ on the show lot at MATS

“Class Act,” a 1995 Peterbilt 379 (pictured) in the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show competition ending today in Louisville, isn’t your typical truck show entry. It’s not the creation of an owner-operator, custom shop, fleet or dealer. The folks who beautified this truck, in some cases, don’t even have their driver’s license. “Class Act” was restored from scrap condition (see before pic below) by 35 high school students from the Clarion County Career Center ...

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Peterbilt launches Model 587

The truck is Peterbilt’s new standard for on-highway fuel efficiency, technology and serviceability.

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