Blogs

Hey, Mr. Shipper! (or: Another selling point for dealing direct)

Tip of the hat to a Rate Per Mile Masters member for this scenario/question: "When you book the load at noon, get to the pickup at 1 p.m., shipper says, 'You're late, you were supposed to be here at 10 a.m.!' ... What is your would-be response if you just said what you felt like saying?"

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Bakking into the future

Driver Luke Haen's "Bakkab" portable back-up camera for the most difficult of maneuvers: "Luke realized that no matter how good someone was at backing a trailer, there would always be times when the angle was just impossible, or the line of vision was blocked ... Bakkab was born."

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Podcast: Owner-operator Keith Sampson and his new ‘It’s Made Me Who I Am’ record

An Overdrive Radio podcast with owner-operator and 2014 Trucker Talent winner Keith Sampson about his new record. And, breaker breaker: Anybody got a picture of the old truck mural at Monteagle truck stop? A reader wants to know.

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Friends don’t let friends kiss rattlesnakes

"Next time you ramble on down to Florida, don't be surprised a 'bit' if there are signs at all the rest areas discouraging you from trying to be intimate with a rattlesnake."

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Video: Car haulers’ touching tribute to police

The car-hauling Pete 379 is dedicated to police officers who lost their lives while doing their jobs.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

CVSA's new ELD-related out-of-service conditions are actually footnotes regarding current OOS violations having to do with hours of service.

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Nice sentiments

The ELD mandate drawing closer ... "I've noticed a lot more people deciding to protest the rule. I appreciate the feelings: I'm the first one to say, 'Stand up to the gubmint,' but I've got one question: Where were y'all all those years ago when we were begging people to make comments?" ...

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Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Elloree’, with a new music video, tells Jason’s Law story

Asked to write a song for Jason's Law by a friend, Marhoefer asked himself what bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley would do and wrote it as a murder ballad -- the final result, a powerful invocation of the story behind the parking-funding/security legislation.

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A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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Passing the tandems

Wendy's son offers this revelation to George: “Dad, I want you to teach me to drive the truck and help me get into the trucking business.” Wendy's still processing: "I'll just be over here in the corner, with a fresh bag of lead paint chips..."

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