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How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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Could EOBRs solve the detention dilemma?

EOBRs can give owner-operators a powerful tool when dealing with customers and the shipping/receiving facilities relative to detention time. Given that stopped time and location is easily retrievable with the systems, operators now have ready-made documentation to prove detention time to the shipper, beyond just drivers' word.

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Driver lounge horror stories

I spent part of today at the Orlando Volvo truck dealership and was able to avoid a long sit in the driver's lounge. Yes!

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Natural gas + trucking = 6 stock tips

It's interesting to see investors and mainstream business media take note of how the boom in natural gas production is affecting the truck market.

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Trucks and women, then and now

What’s old is new again. Here is an old Overdrive Magazine cover and here is a recent Overdrive photo shoot of a pretty girl and Gene McKinney’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 wrecker. What do you think? Is this traditional approach too retro for our politically correct world?

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Oil gamble on Wall Street? Speculation back in the headlines

President Obama is hammering on oil speculators again, while Republican opponents such as House Speaker John Boehner and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney are calling the talk about speculation hooey, falling back on the same old "drill, baby, drill"-type rhetoric we've heard so much of in recent past. Problem with the latter is, well, we are drilling. Domestic oil production is up. Problem with the former is the very White House task forces on the ...

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Trucking, trading and writing

Trucking, trading and writing; that's my routine

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Driver health audiobook free download

The docs/publishers behind the Man in White organization are trumpeting a 30-day free trial of Audible.com's download service that enables drivers to download the Truckers' Road to Health audiobook free of charge (normally, it's $23.85). I wrote about owner-operator Joe Martin's contribution of a chapter on in-cab exercise last September, and otherwise the book features chapters put together by medical specialists on topics that range from lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, nutrition and obesity to sleep apnea. Another partner with ...

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Gorgeous truck, beautiful girl: Behind the scenes

A model poses with Gene McKinney's custom 2000 Peterbilt 379 wrecker.

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Former hauler loses 100 pounds with dance

Need proof "small steps can lead to big results" in attempts to lose weight? Look no farther than "Big John" Drury, who at his heaviest weighed 400 pounds, reported Local 12 News in Cincinnati, Ohio. A resident of nearby Hamilton, the 6'7" tall former highway hauler lost nearly 100 pounds combining portion control and calorie counting with a particular kind of fitness: dancing. His success ended up being enjoyable to such an extent that, today, he's ...

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