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Go Power! introduces solar charging solutions at NAFA 2015

Go Power!, an innovator of solar-based mobile power solutions for RV, marine, work truck and over-the-road fleet vehicles, will display new uses for its Solar Flex solar panels in two booths in the Green Zone at the NAFA 2015 Institute & Expo in Orlando, FL. New applications for the panels include integration into fiberglass service bodies and designs that mount directly to boom and bucket arms.

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International announces fuel efficient ProStar spec for Canada

International Truck is introducing its ProStar ES fuel-efficiency package to the Canadian market.

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Why should fleets saving money on fuel invest only in either equipment or alternative fuel -- but not in their drivers?

Quote from article: "Yet he stressed that low fuel prices also allows trucking companies to accrue significant savings, raising another related question; should such savings be used as an “investment fund” to buy more new equipment and/or fund further investment in alternative fuels in order to get a jump on the competition?"

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CVSA’s annual Roadcheck set for June 2-4

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 28th annual International Roadcheck, billed as the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, will take place June 2-4. This year’s point of emphasis: cargo securement.

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Will J.B. Hunt's truckers see any of the company's 'better-than-expected 34% increase in profit in its first quarter'?

Contributing article: http://on.wsj.com/1DZFvu0

Diesel Falls 3¢ to $2.754; Price Is Lowest Since 2009

Diesel’s national average price fell to the lowest level since 2009, dropping 3 cents to $2.754 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported April 13.

The fifth straight decline left the price almost $1.20 below a year ago, DOE said after its weekly survey of filling stations.

Trucking’s main fuel, which has dropped 19 cents since early March, is at its lowest level since it was $2.732 on Dec. 28, 2009.

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How much will these 'driver-designed, wellness tools and on-the-road fitness programs' for truckers cost? Will they give ROI?

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If Illinois raises the tax on 'gasoline', can raised taxes on other types of fuel -- including diesel -- be far behind?

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Do you agree that 'the entire economic benefit of cheaper fuel flows directly to the shippers and the trucker gets no meaningful financial benefit'?

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Restaurant Review Iowa 80 Kitchen Iowa Walcott

This is a restaurant review of the Iowa 80 Kitchen in Walcott, IA. Restaurant Review Iowa 80 Kitchen Iowa Walcott My Name Mike Simons Country where I

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Shower Review Pilot Iowa Brooklyn

This is a shower review of the Pilot in Brooklyn, IA. Shower Review Pilot Iowa Brooklyn. My Name Mike Simons Country where I drive professionally USA

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road pro portable stove

The stove works awesome. Food is scalding hot after just a few minutes. However because it gets so hot so quickly, I would never put anything in at the

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When Will We See DME-Powered Trucks?

Although interest in alternative fuels has cooled down a bit as diesel prices have dropped, supporters of dimethyl ether, or DME, still believe the alternative fuel has a bright future.

DME is a methane-based fuel that burns clean and can be derived from a variety of sources, from natural gas to agricultural waste products. It functions similarly to propane for engine conversion and storage purposes, but delivers a similar power performance to diesel.

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In an interview at MATS with Truckinginfo, Oberon president Rebecca Boudreaux called DME "a long-term play."

The advantage of DME, she explained, is its simplicity. It's one simple molecule and it can be made from a variety of sources. Unlike natural gas, it does not need to be put under very high pressure or cryogenic storage for use on a vehicle. And, she said, it's "true compression ignition," not needing spark plugs or piloting with diesel fuel as some natural gas engines require. That means less costly vehicles and fueling infrastructure.

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Trucker gets six months in prison, three years supervision for not disclosing prior crashes

South Carolina truck operator Arnold Williams has been sentenced to time served — 6 months — and three years of supervised release for not disclosing to his carrier his truck accident history.

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He was terminated from his carrier in February 2013, but applied to work as a driver for a different carrier in April 2013. He was hired, but he failed to list previous accidents on his employment application, violating FMCSA regulations.

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IdleAir at 5 Years Post-Purchase: Growing, Changing

... The recent lower price of diesel prompted IdleAir to launch some new bundled discount pricing programs in an effort to both streamline offerings and make them more affordable. A 40-hour reset special is designed for drivers taking a 34-hour restart. "We try to have it cost less than the price of staying in a hotel," Garber said. There's also a 10-hour special price for TV and Internet access without the HVAC aspects of the system. There's also a new 12-hour discount bundle for Owner-Operator Independent Driver members.

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Truckers, do you believe that trucking companies get the quality of truckers they pay for?

Quote from article: "The quality of new truckers is suffering and the best drivers are now walking away from the industry. Company owners...if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Torn up trailers, damaged tractors, customs fines and DOT fines, are the result of hiring untrained and inexperienced truck drivers. The practice is costing you more than you think!"

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Trucker Kevin Kimmel receives awards for making call that rescued girl from prostitution

Kevin Kimmel, a professional truck driver for Con-way Truckload, has received numerous awards recently because he noticed that something “didn’t feel right” at a truck stop and decided to risk it being nothing and call local authorities.

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For his life-saving decision, Kimmel has been recognized by Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, honored as a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel, received the Harriet Tubman Award from Truckers Against Trafficking, and recognized and honored by his carrier, Con-way Truckload.

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The Harriet Tubman Award from TAT carries with it a $2,500 check and is named for abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was instrumental in freeing slaves through the Underground Railroad in the 1850s and 1860s and the first African American woman to be buried with full military honors.

The award was created by TAT to yearly honor a member of the trucking industry whose direct actions help save or improve the lives of human trafficking victims or prevent them from becoming victims of this modern-day slavery.

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Truck Snow Chains: Preparation for Winter Driving

When preparing to drive a commercial motor vehicle in the winter in some locations, you need to know the basics about truck snow chains....

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Trucker Food and Recipes: for Eating and Cooking in Your Truck

Professional drivers face many challenges to eating frugally on the road. Find trucker food and recipes that you can eat or cook in your truck.

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Asked through our Facebook page:

How many GPS-related trucking accidents have been due to truckers using a GPS unit meant for a non-commercial motor vehicle?

Has any commercial motor vehicle-branded GPS unit ever led a trucker onto a road that wasn't meant for big trucks?

If a CMV-branded GPS unit led a trucker onto a non-truck route and the trucker wrecked, could the GPS company be held at least partially responsible?

How much should truckers make? Is it enough? How much is too much?

... But this topic keeps coming up. How much is a decent wage for a truck driver? Clue: It’s more than $18/hr, but of course that depends on where you live and what you do. Living expenses are higher in Vancouver or Toronto and truckers’ wager usually reflect that. $25 would be a good base rate to start, but I suspect most transport companies aren’t quite there. I think even the ones that are touted as the best in the industry seen to come up short in this regard.

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OOIDA members eligible for $1,000 rebate on new Peterbilts

Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) can receive a $1,000 cash rebate from Peterbilt when they purchase a qualifying truck through a Peterbilt dealership.

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Tolled mileage on the upswing due to highway funding uncertainty

... By 2013, nearly 5,400 miles across Interstate and non-Interstate roads in the U.S. were tolled, the study says. While that’s a 15.1 percent increase from 2003, total system mileage grew by just 3.6 percent in the same time span, Brookings said.

Growth trends for Interstate tolling are even more worrisome: Tolled Interstate mileage grew by about 17 percent in the 2003-2013 time frame, while total Interstate mileage grew by just over 2 percent, as the graph above shows.

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Which 'vehicle safety devices' do you think would best protect you as a professional truck driver from ambulance-chasing lawyers?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1H91eix

What kind of GPS unit did this trucker use: the type that is used specifically for big rigs?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1H8ZyFX

Independent truckers, do you agree that 'niche loads' -- the kind that larger carriers 'have difficulty servicing'-- can be profitable?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FnP00Q

Nearly 2,500 Freightliner, Western Star trucks recalled due to brake problems

Daimler Trucks North America has issued a recall for more than 2,000 Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

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Improperly seated diaphragms within the brake chamber can cause brake drag and subsequent loss of vehicle control, Daimler says.

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Owner-operator, when the price of diesel declined, did your efforts to make your rig more fuel efficient also decline?

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Diesel Prices Expected to Move Slightly Lower Before Increasing Next Year

... The DOE's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects diesel will average $2.86 for all of 2015 (3 cents less than its estimate a month ago), increasing to $3.24 in 2016, down 1 cent from the previous forecast.

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Feeling fuelish: Don’t abandon fuel economy efforts just because diesel’s down

... all evidence points to more wild swings in fuel prices with an inexorable overall trend toward consistently higher prices at the pump. Fleets (and consumers) who stay the current course on enhancing fuel economy in their operations and daily life will be in much better shape to weather the storm once gasoline and diesel start trending upward again.

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On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being high), how important would it be for you as a trucker to have an 'emergency mobile app'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FnQata

According to Peggy Fisher, president of Tire Stamp Inc., what is 'the biggest cause of fuel consumption for a vehicle'?

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If a truck's 'collision mitigation system' takes over driving for a trucker and the truck crashes anyway, who or what is the 'contributor'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PgKedJ

Three Things That Blew Me Away at MATS

... Collision mitigation systems continue to get smarter and their potential to reduce collisions, greater. Bendix introduced its Wingman Fusion at MATS, bringing together camera- and radar-based systems that can prevent more accidents.

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White House highway bill would also open existing Interstate lanes to tolling

... Its key trucking reform was to require carriers to pay drivers at least minimum wage for on-duty time not spent driving, and its funding source (a repatriation tax on foreign earnings) has backers on both sides of the political aisle, though likely not enough to get the bill through Congress.

One provision in the bill, however, has struck a nerve with some both in the trucking industry and outside of it: If passed the bill would remove the current ban on tolling existing Interstate lanes.

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5 Ways to Extend Tire Life and Improve Fuel Economy

Fuel efficiency and tread mileage go hand in hand. When one is bad, chances are the other is, too. Here's one of those rare opportunities to whack two birds with one stone. By following these five easy steps, you can improve your tread life as well as your fuel economy.

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Minimizer Celebrates 30 years with $30k Giveaway

Minimizer, makers of Polycarbonate fenders, celebrated its 30th year in business by awarding two customers $15,000 prizes at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Any customer who spent $100 on Minimizer product while the contest was open is eligible to win the drawing. The company says additional entries were made for every $500 spent over and above first $100.

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Futuristic 'SuperTruck' doubles the MPG of other semis

... When the DOT started the SuperTruck Challenge in 2009, organizers hoped to see a 50 percent efficiency increase over that year's "average" semi. Daimler's "Freightliner SuperTruck" more than doubled that goal, boasting a 115 percent increase over the baseline standard. Most of that improvement comes from simple aerodynamic tweaks like adding an adjustable ride height, rear wheel fairings and articulated side extenders to cover gaps between the cab and trailer. The SuperTruck is also 700 pounds lighter than the baseline, thanks to a reengineered tractor frame.

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FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety reg violations

Violation of certain federal safety regulations is about to get a little more expensive.

... The increased fines will take effect 60 days from the April 3 publication.

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Here is a chart of all of the violations that will see increases, with their old and new fine levels:

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Fuel prices continue to fall

Average retail pump prices in the U.S. for diesel and gasoline continued falling this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The national average for diesel dropped 4 cents to $2.784 per gallon this week, the agency noted, which is $1.175 per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2014.

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Driver pay reform included in DOT’s second iteration of Grow America highway bill

... Chief among the bill’s highlights for the trucking industry is a measure of driver pay reform that would require drivers to be compensated for all on-duty hours not spent driving.

According to the DOT’s summary of the bill, the stipulation would require carriers to pay drivers at least the rate of federal minimum wage for things like detention time at shippers and receivers and “other similar non-driving work periods.”

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Trucking careers go up in smoke as drivers charged with tobacco smuggling

... Ernest Vincent Curran was sentenced March 23 to 90 days in jail and fined $7,000. He was arrested after arriving at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing May 22, 2012 with 8,129 kg of undeclared bulk tobacco.

On March 26, Serge Coupal was sentenced to 90 days in prison and fined $7,000 for showing up at the same border crossing on Oct. 16 with 7,750 kg of tobacco concealed behind wood pallets.

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Fuel prices keep falling as low oil prices forecasted for next decade

U.S. retail pump price averages for both diesel and gasoline declined again this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), with a new report expecting global oil process to remain depressed for the next decade.

The national average for diesel decreased 4 cents this week to $2.84 per gallon, EIA noted; a $1.151 per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2014.

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No end in sight for worsening driver shortage

... The information is included in HireRight’s Transportation Spotlight 2015 report. Among the factors the firm noted are:

... trucking is disproportionately dependent on employees 45 years of age and older. For instance, the median truck driver age in 2013 was 46.5 versus 42.4 for the overall U.S. workforce. Private carriers face a far higher median driver age of 52 years;

The size of the core working age population (21 to 50) is shrinking, accounting for 41% of the workforce in 2000, and 38% today;

Of the declining number of people working, fewer young people are considering blue collar careers.

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Cobra 8200 pro

I have been running this GPS for almost a month now. I deliver construction machines in an 18-wheeler and stay within a 300 mile radius. Thankfully, I

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Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Overall sales of natural gas vehicles (NGV) fell by 6.5 percent in 2014, according to a report from NGVAmerica.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent. The light-duty decline came as a result of the dramatic decline in the price of oil in the second half of 2014 ...

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Restaurant Review Petro Missouri Kingdom City

This is a review of the restaurant at the Petro Iron Skillet in Kingdom City, Missouri. My Name Mike Simons Country where I drive professionally USA

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Shower Review Flying J Missouri Wayland

This is a review of the shower facility at the Flying J Truck Stop in Wayland, Missouri. My Name Mike Simons Country where I drive professionally USA

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