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This tasty, healthy treat is easy to make

Here's a simple, cheap way to make your own healthy popcorn. And "healthy" doesn't mean you sacrifice taste, either!

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Changing Gear: Truck tech help from Bridgestone, Kenworth of South Louisiana, Webb Wheel, Donaldson, Anderson Flaps

Some of trucking’s top vendors stepped forward last week with lots of helpful services and tips to maximize uptime and keep your big rigs rolling. Here’s a brief sample: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations unveiled its newly rebranded GCR Tires & Service division, with a goal to provide standardized service across all of its U.S. locations by offering the same hours of operation, Tire Industry Association-trained technicians, a nationally connected sales force and one website for all ...

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Roadmansion photo gallery, background from founder Mike Parkhurst

Overdrive founder Mike Parkhurst converted a Los Angeles home into the Overdrive Roadmansion, a hotel for truckers, in 1967.

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Equipment Spotlight: Add a little TLC

Heavy-duty engine coolants and additives perform a tough job in a tough environment, so consistently having quality protection should be a no-brainer. The evolution of diesel engines have led to an abundance of different types of products, with many of them required for specific types and designs of power units. In addition to protecting the engine from overheating and helping it perform its best, coolants and additives also help prevent the cooling system from degrading in ...

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Photos: What a Chinese truck stop is like

In a recent trip to Shanghai, China, for Shell Lubricants' annual global media event, we were treated to a visit to a Chinese truck stop outside of town. And as you can guess, it was a good bit different than your average American stop.

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Overdrive’s Roadmansion: A fancy driver’s oasis in 1967

Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Overdrive Roadmansion in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, is one of them. He contacted us recently to see if we had any information on the house, which provided lodging and amenities to drivers. Nickel recalled staying there during, he believes, 1967. He had a dedicated route with Kansas-based Tip Top Dairy Products running between Kansas and Los Angeles. He was lacking a return load one day, ...

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Changing Gear: A potpourri from Phillips, Pegasus TransTech, Watson & Chalin, Supreme

Earlier this year, Phillips Industries announced a distribution agreement with the Innotec Group that combined Innotec’s BoardFree lighting products with Phillips’ Sta-Dry trailer harnesses. The products available through the arrangement originally were available only to OEMs, but now the BoardFree-Phillips lineup of exterior lights is available to the aftermarket through the PermaLite XT program, which includes include side turn, stop-tail-turn, mid-turn and marker lights, as well as low-profile marker, clearance and license lights. Innotec says ...

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Reading between the lines of Trucker Talent entries

Three finalists will compete at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-23, for the winning spot in the contest, brought to you by Chevron Delo.

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Changing Gear: Recapping a busy week of OEM, vendor announcements

Someone must have been in the water last week in Detroit and at other manufacturing points far and wide. The news announcements from some of the nation’s top truck makers and equipment vendors came fast and furious, underlying either a rash of breakthrough technological marvels or a mere coincidence of timing. In case you missed a headline or two, here’s a brief recap. Eaton Corp. expanded its three-year bundled warranty program for remanufactured transmissions to now ...

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Changing Gear: Truck and engine rewind

This week we’re starting a new 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 products relevant to your engines and helping them perform their best. Parker Hannifin's Veriflo Division has developed a CNG Vehicle Gas ...

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