It was quite a scene around David McDaniel’s 2002 Moore Freight Service-leased Peterbilt 379 last weekend at the Pride & Polish in Crossville, Tenn. The truck he’s dubbed “The Mistress” on account of something of a quip his wife, Kelli, offered years ago about where the owner-operator spends most of his time (though officially Kelli disputes this version of events, let it be known).
McDaniel’s pictured at the top with his and Kelli’s four-year-old, Desiree, who made it abundantly clear the kind of fascination young children have with trucks and trucking. As we talked, she climbed up into the cab with her father’s help, and McDaniel patiently explained the gauges and what they do in response to her queries way up in the driver’s seat.
Jefferson City, Tenn.-based McDaniels' "Mistress" 2002 Peterbilt 379 he purchased used in 2007.
Part of what attracted McDaniel initially to the rig was the unique two-tone paint scheme of raspberry and magenta.
Today, The Mistress has logged upward of 1.6 million miles, the greater part of them under lease with Knoxville, Tenn.-based Moore Freight Service.
The unit's classic hood ornament. Copy, Pig Pen?
It's tough to see in the photo but "the bug screen behind the grille," McDaniel notes, is painted the same raspberry hue as the fenders, a detail that causes a stir when captured in just the right light.
McDaniels recently installed this Dynasys auxiliary power unit system to replace an older APU from Rigmaster Power. He lauds the quiet at which the unit operates. "The first night out with it," he says, "I woke up and jumped up to listen closely to even make sure it was still running."
From a past issue of Overdrive, when The Mistress was featured pulling McDaniel's standard A-frame glass trailer for Moore. Lately, he's been hauling very-thin glass sheets in a dry van out of the wind from Tennessee up to Quebec on a regular round.
Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 205-907-2481.