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Todd Dills

Crowd-sourcing in a perfect world (And: New vid from Tex Crowley)

| August 16, 2014

MYTruckstopOver on Overdrive‘s Facebook page yesterday came across what’s got to be the comment of the week, close to the top of that list at least. It came under a post that included the photo at right, Wabco’s logo for the hashtag associated with its truck-stop-photo crowd-sourcing campaign that I wrote about Thursday. The photo hit Facebook with this brief note and a link to the post: “Ch19: A project pickup, crowd-sourced truck-stop photos ’round the globe, virtual truck show…”

Reader Kenny Lewis I think probably stopped visual scanning of the note with the link at the apostrophe prior to “’round”, as here’s what he wrote: “I was hoping a crowd-sourced truck stop was going to happen.”


Nissan crowd-sourcing off-road pickup specs -- meanwhile, at Big Rig

Nissan crowd-sourcing off-road pickup specs — meanwhile, at Big Rig…

The skinny on three social-media engagement efforts/contests from, Nissan and WABCO... Wish you could win an iPad mini? Here's a chance. Chrome, too.

My thought: That would be something, no doubt.


Trainer James on trucking: 'It's a hard life'

Trainer James on trucking: ‘It’s a hard life’

The latest in's Tex Crowley's Life of a Trucker video series.

So… Understanding first and foremost that Overdrive is less than likely to agree to this idea (I give the prospect that we will actually physically build a truckstop a full zero percent chance), given we’re not exactly in the truck stop business, I figured we could at least nudge the idea along with some public recommendations. What exactly would your idea of the perfect truck stop have in terms of space, amenities? How would it be laid out? Fuel islands? (Hey, at the least it could lead to a graphic rendering…) Drop your ideas in the comments below. 

New ‘Life of a Trucker’ vid series installment 
Truckers and videographer Tex Crowley pushed out the latest in his well-done “Life of a Trucker” video series, on owner-operator Ronny Wheeler and his 2005 379 on Twitter this week. Check it out below. 

You can catch the entire series via a playlist we’ve put together on Overdrive‘s Youtube channel here, or watch all the short profiles of owner-operators and drivers via the embed below; the most recent one starts the round. 

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