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Running in the desert: Owner-op’s 2014 Kenworth T660

In his year-old ‘14 Kenworth T660, owner-operator Christopher Harrison hauls dry freight from Reno, Nev., to San Francisco and down to Los Angeles, he says.

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Continual improvement: Custom ’94 Kenworth

Ken Zeran, an owner-operator leased to STI, thought he wanted a new truck, but soon found that newer isn’t always better.

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Semper Fi Services: ’96 International

Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Danny Jones took up trucking full time in March after retiring from the military, and he makes nationwide runs in his 1996 International 9600 hauling cars.

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Up and running: 30-year-old Mack Superliner

Ben Ickert of Amboy, Wash., hauls logs throughout the state with his nearly 30-year-old Mack Superliner. Ickert, of Amboy bought the truck three years ago and says he’s had to put $50,000 into restoration work to “make as safe and roadworthy as today’s trucks.”

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Independent’s 1986 long-hooded Pete 359 refer hauler

Independent Kenny Morrow hauls fresh and frozen chicken for Tyson with this 1986 extended-hood Peterbilt 359. He bought the truck 17 years ago, he said, and it’s the third 359 he’s owned.

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Perfect size is oversize: Reader’s 2014 Kenworth

Shawn Hoefer, who works in licensing and permits for oversize hauler Combined Carriers Co., says the company’s 2014 Kenworths carry “everything big and heavy.”

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Custom built: Independent’s drill hauling Pete

Independent owner-operator Randy Green of Lufkin, Texas, has his own company, A Team Heavy Haul, hauling mostly drilling rigs with his custom-built Peterbilt.

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Keeping it old school: ’02 Peterbilt 379

Rick Meijer, an Orono, Ontario, native, owns this 2002 Peterbilt 379, which is powered by a 550-hp Cat and 18-speed transmission.

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The Mistress: David McDaniel’s ’02 Pete 379

David McDaniel's '02 Peterbilt 379, deemed The Mistress by his wife, is powered by a C15 Caterpillar engine and an 18-speed transmission, and the owner-operator uses the rig to haul glass.

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Born in the USA: 2013 Kenworth W900L sports all-American theme

Whelen Engineering’s rigs, including this 2013 Kenworth W900L, now display the company’s new logos that sport an all-American theme.

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