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Video: Views on Melvin Davis Jr.’s Hillbilly Hilton

All the comforts of home in the custom-fabbed 163-inch sleeper on this unit, a 2000 Freightliner Classic taken to the next level.

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Owner-operator’s pot of gold

At the end of the rainbow: The 1991 Freightliner FLD Ron Stroke Sr. originally built for another owner-operator but has been running himself since 2004.

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Ode to a mother: The best slap I ever got

Annals of effective parenting? "When I screwed up she expected an answer, and she expected it immediately after punctuating the question with, 'Do you hear me?' As I got older, I heard that less and less..."

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Photos and more: Highway Hank’s 1981 KW goes to trucking museum

Highway Hank Good donated his infamous 1981 Kenworth K100 Highway Hilton No. 1 late last year to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, where it will rest out its days.

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The eye (brows) have it

George's uncanny to show up at the opportune moment: "you shouldn't get too comfortable talking trash about someone in a language you assume they don't understand, because you never know when there's a Jedi around."

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Thinker-tinkering: Inventors among the trucker set

It's people like Chris Barbeau, Robert Jordan and others that lend credence to notion of the creativity-inspiring quality of the open road. Keep thinking, keep building, operators.

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Normal called … not really

"I have a good friend who went out on the truck with her boyfriend as a rider for the first time last weekend. I got a steady stream of 'WTF?' texts – she quickly reminded me that there's really no 'normal' on the road."

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Jan. 15: Neglecting this IRS deadline will cost you

When it comes to income tax, the end of each year gets independent contractors thinking about last-minute strategies to reduce income. After that, April 15 looms as the big deadline. So it’s easy to ignore Jan. 15, one of four deadlines for paying estimated quarterly taxes. Many owner-operators think the quarterly payment is optional, since it doesn’t get the fanfare of April 15, but they’re wrong. Anyone who gets income that is not subject to withholding is ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Hours wish list — change if you could, would, should…

To improve the hours of service with a mind toward doing the work of driving a Class 8 truck in the safest manner possible, what one change would be the most effective?

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Change starts with one step, and all that jazz

"'Operation Positive Press' has begun. ... I believe positive changes can be achieved. Go make good stories for us, get the word out. 2015 is the Year of the Trucker."

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