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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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Changing Gear: Online updates from Johnson Refrigerated and Mack, plus Kenworth and Peterbilt reminders

With new technologies and changing times comes new, faster and more colorful ways to reach out to others. Companies continually are tweaking their websites and social media outlets to improve the user experience, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies is no exception. The company says it streamlined its www.johnsontruckbodies.com website to provide a more user-friendly experience and deliver quicker, easier access to essential product information. Not to be left out, Mack Trucks recently optimized its MackTrucks.com website ...

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Spec’ing an inverter – and other quickie video tips

Overdrive's 30-second-vid series stems from the notion that "Money flows from knowledge." The more you know about your truck – and the separate systems that all must work together to make a cross-country trip both successful and profitable -- the better off you’re going to be.

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Changing Gear: High-tech solutions from TruckersBooks, Continental, TMC

Well, in this ever-changing world in which we live, the latest technology breakthroughs come fast and furious. In the trucking world, the latest hardware and software can help make drivers even more efficient and productive. Here’s a few recent high-tech items of note that can help keep you moving and in the black. Financial recordkeeping may never get easier than this. Truckersbooks has created an online diesel fuel and meals expense filing system designed to allow ...

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CSA’s mad math: Readers right on lack of reliability

Clearly the “A” in CSA isn’t working when the data being accounted for paint a distorted picture. The result is a system where too many small carriers are assumed guilty until proven innocent.

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Changing Gear: Cool stuff for a hot summer

It’s getting hot out there, and as a driver, when your livelihood keeps you out on the road for long stretches of time away from a comfortable air conditioned office and an chilly beverage, you know just how sizzling those summer temperatures can really get, no matter what part of the country you’re driving. Fortunately, a variety of products from many companies are available to help cool things down a tad. Here’s a brief rundown. First ...

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30-second video tip: Get more sound out of your phone speakers

One great scene from the rock’n’roll mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” has dim-witted musician Nigel Tufnel showing off his amplifiers to another character. Tufnel notes one amp with control knobs that peak at 11 instead of the usual 10. Believing the amp is superior to others, he explains, “It’s one louder.” Well, this little trick won’t get you to 11. Or even 10. Still, it’s handy if you’re looking to hear music from your phone or mp3 ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Meritor, Hogebuilt, NTN Bower, Daimler, Jost

Meritor Inc. has added optimized axle ratios to its 14X rear-drive axle portfolio to help enhance fuel economy. The company’s14X tandem drive axles with a 2.79 ratio will be available for production in June, and a 2.85 ratio will be ready later this summer. Meritor says when the new ratios are used in combination with the Cummins and Eaton SmartAdvantage Powertrain, they will improve fuel efficiency for linehaul applications through “downspeeding,” a process that maintains ...

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