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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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Barry Moore presents ‘Near miss’

Watch: A view from the dashcam of trucker Barry Moore, who says he was on "Ohio 13 just north of Mansfield" when a "passenger van loaded with 6 or 7 people passed me on curve, almost colliding with an oncoming car." ...

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POLL: What’s your level of concern over hacking/security risks and ELDs?

This poll probes the extent of worry over the outside potential for a truck's computer-system infiltration through an ECM plug-in device, like an ELD. Reports and device makers suggest risk is minimal without physical infiltration, though malicious programmers abound ...

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Podcast: Step deck owner’s journey into mobile information tech, more

How to build an effective organizational system for your smartphone apps -- and just what apps are showing plenty utility for step-deck hauler Joey Slaughter. In this Overdrive Radio edition, also, the operator's thoughts on ELDs (he's still on paper), broker relationships and more.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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POLL: Do you run with a dashcam or other camera on the truck?

Do you run with a dashcam or other camera system on the truck? Weigh in here.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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