truck photo galleries

Tempe, Ariz., resident Trent Waller hauls milk in the Southwest in his 2007 Peterbilt 379. The truck is equipped with a 550-hp Cat and an 18-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Waller has added custom touches as well, including aftermarket fenders, stainless steel steps, a custom-built flush-mounted bumper, and some diamond plating.

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Kathy Kelly of Parker, Colo., hauls construction materials, drill patch equipment and oversized loads in her 2007 Kenworth W900L. The truck has a 625-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission. The 27-year veteran owner-operator says she drives mostly in Colorado’s mountains and in surrounding states.

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St. Joseph, Tenn., resident Jerry Fox hauls steel coils in his 20-year-old Peterbilt 379 extended hood. It is equipped with a 425-hp Caterpillar and geared by a 15-speed transmission. It has more than 2 million miles on it and is the only truck Fox has driven in the last 17 years. “But it’s still making me a living,” he says.

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William Robinson, of Atwood, Tenn., hauls grain and fertilizer throughout the Southeast with his 2003 Kenworth W900L, shown here. The truck is powered by a 475-hp Caterpillar and geared by a 13-speed transmission. Robinson, 37, has been an owner-operator since he was 22.

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  Robert Shockey of Moorefield, W.Va., hauls chicken nationwide in his 2007 Kenworth W900. The truck is equipped with a 625-hp engine and an 18-speed transmission and has an 86-in. studio sleeper.  

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Dean Croke uses his 2003 Peterbilt 379 extended hood for fundraisers and Make-A-Wish rides. He also takes the truck, which has a 550-hp Caterpillar and a 15-speed transmission, to shows and hauls produce occasionally. The Acton, Mass.-based 379 has a 22-in. TV and “loads of chrome and rosewood accessories,” Croke says.

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This 1996 Western Star Heritage, which has a 430-hp Detroit and a 13-speed Fuller transmission, is owned by Bob Verdi, of Harrietta, Minn. Verdi says the truck is a work in progress and that it’s “the best truck I have ever owned.”

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Rick Weisheit Jr., 28, hauls contaminated soil, salt and stone in his 2006 Kenworth W900L, equipped with a 635-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission. He hauls contaminated soil, salt and stone. He’s added a custom visor, custom bumper, straight pipes and full fenders.

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Mark Voeltz’s 2006 Peterbilt 379 extended hood tri-axle dump truck hauls blacktop and concrete. The truck has a 475-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed Fuller transmission.

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Lee, Fla., resident Von Tompkins Jr. owns this 2002 Peterbilt 379. The working truck is equipped with a 550-hp Caterpillar.

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