Blogs

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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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Ode to the mothers

"I'm going to share the love and give a deep thanks to all the moms out there – especially the trucking family moms, who are the support and backbone of so many small business trucking operations." ...

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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Texas, land of windshield monsters

"George assures me the ratio of windshield breaks associated with Texas is directly related to the number of times we've been there. I say it's windshield monsters."

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As with most superlatives, ‘best’ is a relative term when it comes to truck stops

Readers responded in numbers to the "Best truck stop ever?" question in last week's Channel 19 post. Find here a bevy of recommendations for quality stops, great restaurants and more.

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Oil-patch captioning ‘from sun-up til down-hole’

One reader's fitting caption for a photo depicting a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas by John Reinhardt. The hauler and his Freightliner were “waiting to be escorted six miles up a poorly graded well road to deliver poly pipe at a water storage facility used for drilling operations.” ...

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The ‘I’m not leaving the house’ blues

"Unfortunately, I can't always extend the compassion to my own driver, who makes the statement, 'I am not leaving the house for three days,' every time he hits the door for home time. We all know this is a filthy lie."

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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