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Trucking, professional wrestling, and music

David Nelson has a love for all three. The past pro wrestler as Dave "Thunder" Nelson and small fleet owner-operator has now launched festival that combines wrestling and music in the West Virginia Weekend in the Countryshow set for summer 2017.

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Go Cubs? Forrest, Ill.-based Dave Marti Trucking’s custom 2015 Peterbilt 389 glider

Marti's custom 389 glider, "High Maintenance Too", was a hit at the Guilty by Association Truck Show. Spec'd with Fitzgerald for liquid bulk tank, the 389 hauls fuel leased to Transport Service Inc. in the region around Marti's home base.

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Let’s go truckin’

"Who wouldn't want to hit the wide open road for a few weeks? All the freedom and glamor, not to mention making tons of money while traveling. But first, you gotta get legal ... Just make sure you've got enough left over to pay the lumpers."

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From the cabover collection: Bevy of new photos of classics by Don Christner

Reader and sometime content contributor Don Christner, based in Wyoming, took all of these classic cabover photos at a military-supply store called Supply Sargent in Cheyenne this past weekend. Great results!

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Brokers and owner-operators: A view from the other side

Lies. Late payments. Ridiculously low payments. No payments. Owner-operators' brokerage horror stories are legion, but how does the process look from the broker's perspective? Max Heine visits Birmingham-based TLS to take a look.

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Rearview: Organized independence

In 1962, a year after Overdrive began publication, editor Mike Parkhurst formed the Independent Truckers Association as a means to rally the magazine’s readership around common causes. ITA state chapters worked to assert truckers’ views into policy discussions across all levels of government.

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Navigating the intricate levels of trucking BS

There are several distinct levels. "All can be somewhat entertaining, but the gold standard club membership is running with (or behind) a pack of crusty old Nebraska livestock haulers, swapping CB stories in the middle of the night."

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‘No Broker Freight’ board: Service in limbo until further notice

A reader's difficult experience with the load marketplace concludes; details on steps to take for others in similar situations; and a question: Anybody had success with a service marketing itself as connection to direct-ship freight?

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Only those with voices in their head need apply

Consider the internal conversation one may have while doing a little internet research on trucking. "After three hours of Googling, I still don't know if I want to be a trucker."

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Owner-operator Sean McEndree’s ‘Band of Brothers’ purple-heart 2006 Pete

'06 Pete restarts career

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