I came across the September 2012 issue and the “Voices” column piece on parking. From my own experience, neither coast has enough, or well-placed, parking for trucks. [Overdrive reader] Randy Martindale called it right. If you’re not in a spot by 3 p.m., well, you’re out of luck most of the time. All I ever looked for is a safe place to park, with hot food and facilities that are clean. I am thankful that the Midwest has a nice variety of places. It was a sad day for drivers when the Flying J disassembled itself. That took a lot of options off the table, forever — never to return. To see new truck stops/plazas, the government is going to have to get fuel prices under control, and offer low-interest loans to those still willing to build.
—Michael Payne, via Overdrive’s Facebook page
PS: Truck stops/plazas are like cellphone towers: “Not in my neighborhood!” However, members of the general public sure like their cellphones, food and goodies, don’t they.
Alternatives to ‘sailboat fuel’
Overdrive readers, on our Facebook page, offered a bevy of alternatives to the old slang in response to a post about our George & Wendy Show blogger Wendy Parker’s Sunday, Jan. 7, story, which capitalized on the phrase for a little humor. Find the original story here.
Robert McConnell: I prefer “post holes” myself.
Mike Hatcher: When I pull my empty tanker, I’m hauling dispatcher brains, not wind or air.
Blake Small: Motorcycle doors.
Rodney Peterburs: Blinker fluid.
David Ooten: Back several years ago it was VW radiators.
Jeff Mercer: I hauled a load of muffler bearings once.
If you’re reading on a desktop, scan the QR with your phone or tablet to weigh in on Facebook with your own preferred slang for an empty box or trailer — or visit this link direct.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.