Blogs

What does it cost to rebuild and extend a 1986 48-foot Trailmobile flatbed?

While the huge investments some owner-operators make in distinguishing tractors from the madding crowd tend to grab a lot of the custom-equipment headlines, Zach Beadle and his expert welder son rescued this 1986 Trailmobile to put it work hauling freight and making money, pronto.

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The importance of remembering

Wendy recalls a young Marine from her days working in long-term-health-care facilities who taught here a lesson in respect.

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Video blog: What’s at the end of the rainbow?

A recent Jade and John Show trucking video blog on youtube starts with a rainbow that points, with amazing precision, to a well-known New Mexico destination.

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Parking capacity issue, redux: Va. DOT shelves truck rest area plans

The parking capacity issue and one state's attempt to put a dent in it runs into a wall of local opposition -- such that Va. DOT has moved publicly to suspend the project and explore alternatives,

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You do it to yourself

Got issues powering your smartphone? You might just be killing your battery -- and more -- with that charging device.

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‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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Wake me when it’s over

"Three things you can't talk about with people, because they lose their minds: politics, religion and super singles. I'm not sure why, but those things seem to incite the screaming four-year-old in all of us."

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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There’s a lizard in the truck

Teams: What have you learned about yourself from your on-the-truck partners? As for Wendy -- that she talks about monsters while sleeping, hums while eating and ... "Sometimes, learning things about yourself on the road is hard."

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Kevin Rutherford’s case to brokers for stronger partnerships with owner-operators

Hear how Kevin Rutherford broke the ice with a roomful of brokers: "Many of my listeners think the majority of this room are lying, cheating scumbag parasites sitting in a room with a phone and an internet connection sucking all the profit out of the load."

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