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Changing Gear: Trailer rewind

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new trailers and related products to help you get the most out of your hauls. East’s narrow-neck all-aluminum flatbed trailer has been combined ...

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Seeing red: Mike Lemley’s Cathouse

This 2000 Peterbilt 379 was one of the boldest trucks at the recent Pride & Polish show in Dallas, winning Best of Show in Working Bobtail.

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Changing Gear: ‘Sense’-ible Navistar-Allison teamup, Continental upgrade, ConMet’s catalog, one million served by Goodyear-Fleet HQ

After a couple of weeks of blogs dedicated to waxes and trade shows, let’s play catch-up on a few random items of interest that landed on my desk in the meantime. Navistar is offering Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational International truck models. FuelSense, available in Allison’s 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series transmissions, is engineered to adapt shift schedules and torque automatically, maximizing transmission efficiency based on load, grade and duty ...

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Take a 360-degree tour of a classy interior

The Peterbilt 389's green and white exterior scheme carries through seamlessly to produce a bright interior.

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Changing Gear: GATS product roundup

Another Great American Trucking Show has come and gone, and by all accounts, this one was one of Randall-Reilly’s (Overdrive’s publisher, by the way) most successful Dallas events yet. Lots of beautiful rigs contending for the Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship, the successful launch of the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search singing competition, the crowning of Emily Weymouth as this year’s Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner (who looks pretty darn happy about the award, ...

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The stories behind the music

The sing-off for the Trucker Talent Search will be held at the Red Eye Radio booth in the lobby of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Equipment Spotlight: Waxes and polishes

When working to build your business, your truck can be your biggest and best advertisement. A little wax and polish will go a long way in showing current and potential customers that you take your business seriously. Check out these products that can help your ride shine. Polish line Zephyr’s Pro 40 Perfection Metal Polish is formulated to clean, polish and protect aluminum, chrome and stainless steel, and to deliver a deeper mirror shine in one application. ...

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Video: Drivers to put voices in gear at Dallas show

Trucker Talent Search finalists Brad James, Keith Sampson and Jennie Simpson will perform right as the show closes, at 5 p.m., at the Red Eye Radio booth in the lobby.

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Changing Gear: New tech trends from American Power Group, Optronics, Kenworth, King Controls

I get a lot of announcements from companies that have made relatively minor tweaks to traditional must-have products such as tires and brake pads, but every now and then I hear from vendors that are making some neat high-tech updates to their products, some in relatively recently-developed and niche markets. This week, let’s take a look at a few trend-breaking companies and their updated offerings. For example, American Power Group – a provider of turbocharged natural ...

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Mike Parkhurst’s legacy of reform

Today’s owner-operators have him and other leaders, as well as thousands of drivers who followed them, to thank for today’s ease of entry to the industry. No one should take for granted the freedom to compete with no restrictions on lanes, rates, areas of operation or freight.

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