Overdrive Extra

Overdrive’s Roadmansion: A fancy driver’s oasis in 1967

Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Overdrive Roadmansion in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, is one of them. He contacted us recently to see if we had any information on the house, which provided lodging and amenities to drivers. Nickel recalled staying there during, he believes, 1967. He had a dedicated route with Kansas-based Tip Top Dairy Products running between Kansas and Los Angeles. He was lacking a return load one day, ...

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Changing Gear: A potpourri from Phillips, Pegasus TransTech, Watson & Chalin, Supreme

Earlier this year, Phillips Industries announced a distribution agreement with the Innotec Group that combined Innotec’s BoardFree lighting products with Phillips’ Sta-Dry trailer harnesses. The products available through the arrangement originally were available only to OEMs, but now the BoardFree-Phillips lineup of exterior lights is available to the aftermarket through the PermaLite XT program, which includes include side turn, stop-tail-turn, mid-turn and marker lights, as well as low-profile marker, clearance and license lights. Innotec says ...

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Reading between the lines of Trucker Talent entries

Three finalists will compete at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-23, for the winning spot in the contest, brought to you by Chevron Delo.

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Changing Gear: Recapping a busy week of OEM, vendor announcements

Someone must have been in the water last week in Detroit and at other manufacturing points far and wide. The news announcements from some of the nation’s top truck makers and equipment vendors came fast and furious, underlying either a rash of breakthrough technological marvels or a mere coincidence of timing. In case you missed a headline or two, here’s a brief recap. Eaton Corp. expanded its three-year bundled warranty program for remanufactured transmissions to now ...

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Changing Gear: Truck and engine rewind

This week we’re starting a new series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new products relevant to your engines and helping them perform their best. Parker Hannifin's Veriflo Division has developed a CNG Vehicle Gas ...

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Changing Gear: Online updates from Johnson Refrigerated and Mack, plus Kenworth and Peterbilt reminders

With new technologies and changing times comes new, faster and more colorful ways to reach out to others. Companies continually are tweaking their websites and social media outlets to improve the user experience, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies is no exception. The company says it streamlined its www.johnsontruckbodies.com website to provide a more user-friendly experience and deliver quicker, easier access to essential product information. Not to be left out, Mack Trucks recently optimized its MackTrucks.com website ...

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Spec’ing an inverter – and other quickie video tips

Overdrive's 30-second-vid series stems from the notion that "Money flows from knowledge." The more you know about your truck – and the separate systems that all must work together to make a cross-country trip both successful and profitable -- the better off you’re going to be.

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Changing Gear: High-tech solutions from TruckersBooks, Continental, TMC

Well, in this ever-changing world in which we live, the latest technology breakthroughs come fast and furious. In the trucking world, the latest hardware and software can help make drivers even more efficient and productive. Here’s a few recent high-tech items of note that can help keep you moving and in the black. Financial recordkeeping may never get easier than this. Truckersbooks has created an online diesel fuel and meals expense filing system designed to allow ...

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CSA’s mad math: Readers right on lack of reliability

Clearly the “A” in CSA isn’t working when the data being accounted for paint a distorted picture. The result is a system where too many small carriers are assumed guilty until proven innocent.

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Changing Gear: Cool stuff for a hot summer

It’s getting hot out there, and as a driver, when your livelihood keeps you out on the road for long stretches of time away from a comfortable air conditioned office and an chilly beverage, you know just how sizzling those summer temperatures can really get, no matter what part of the country you’re driving. Fortunately, a variety of products from many companies are available to help cool things down a tad. Here’s a brief rundown. First ...

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