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Truck Topics

  • Border Security: Touchy All Around
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Aug 18th 2010 5:00AM
    A central feature of living in the United States is one of debate, and I’d be hard pressed to find a topic as controversial as border security. There are countless opinions floating around about it, and many of them seem to be well-informed--despite the fact that this information appears to come from an extremely wide variety of sources. Some folks think the US border is too open, some think it’s not open enough. And when you throw the topic of shipping and trucking on top of that, things seem to get complicated.
  • Big Safety Changes in 2010: A Primer--Part 1 of 4
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Aug 12th 2010 6:13AM
    The chances are reasonably close to 100% that you've heard about the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (otherwise known as CSA 2010) and that it will be bringing some pretty drastic changes to the trucking industry in terms of on-the-road safety and how both drivers and carriers will be looked at for the foreseeable future.
  • Ticket Fixing: Probably More Serious Than You'd Expect.
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Jul 19th 2010 5:08AM
    Ticket-fixing is something you hear about every couple years or so; invariably, you'll hear about some city judge, police officers, or some other government official getting caught up in some ticket-fixing scandal. It seems that ticket-fixing is a crime that happens across the country, too; all of the resources I found seem to show no real geographical boundaries. Even over the last few years, there have been cases in New York City, San Francisco, across the Midwest, the South--everywhere.
  • Aftermarket Sleepers: An Industry Coming Back for Another Round
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Jul 6th 2010 5:30AM
    The economy over the last two years has been undeniably rough for everyone, and it's been especially rough for the expedite market. The expediter sleeper market, of course, is no exception and its troubles have been reasonably well-documented by publications like ExpeditersOnline. In a reasonably narrow market, where there aren't very many manufacturers and they're serving a very specific group of people, one might say that it's been especially rough. Some companies have shut down, and others are waiting out what might be diplomatically called a "slow period."
  • What's it Worth to You? How to Get the Most out of Selling Your Truck
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted May 19th 2010 3:16AM
    Every now and again, the time comes when you have to sell your van and/or truck. Sure, it's easy to list, and easy to find folks who are interested, and generally speaking, it's easy to figure out your vehicle's estimated worth. But what's its real worth, meaning how much will someone pay you for it--and how do you maximize the cash you can get for your sale?
  • The EO Forums Speaks: The Worst Roads in North America
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted May 5th 2010 3:37PM
    In an ideal world, you'd never have to think about the conditions of the actual road you're driving on. Everything would be smooth sailing, so to speak, and there'd be no problems. How nice would that be? Talk about rose-colored glasses. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
  • Filters: Keep 'Em Clean!
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Mar 19th 2010 2:24AM
    Here's something you can file in the "Tell me something I don't already know" drawer: if you're driving a diesel, you have to ensure that you take great care of it or else you'll be spending more time in the shop than on the road.
  • The Tool Box - Broke Down! Now What?
    By Bob Caffee
    Posted Dec 18th 2009 3:08AM
    Have you ever been running down the road, everything seems fine when all of a sudden BOOM... there goes a tire, or the check engine light comes on, or the truck loses power and you have no choice but to pull over and stop?

    What do you do now?
  • Your Truck Eats Vegetable Oil: A Look at Alternative Fuels
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Dec 10th 2009 4:37AM
    Electric. Hydrogen. Hybrid. E85. Ethanol. Natural gas. Biodiesel. Good ol' gasoline. The list goes on. There's an ever-growing list of things we've been using as fuel over the last few years. If you're planning to make a switch to something other than gasoline, there's quite a bit to consider.
  • The Tool Box - Cooling Systems
    By Bob Caffee
    Posted Nov 10th 2009 1:47AM
    Recently we had a fuel leak into the cooling system. After the repairs were done, the cooling system was flushed with cleaner to remove the fuel but to our dismay it was too late for our heater core. As it turns out, Freightliner uses a vendor for its heater cores, and the seal they use on the core is not petroleum resistant. The heater core failed about 10 days after the cooling system was cleaned out. This got me to thinking about cooling system maintenance. Also, a heads up if you get oil or fuel into your cooling system keep an eye out for coolant leaks possibly inside the cab, or on the firewall under the air cleaner housing on the passenger side of the truck. You may want to have the thermostats changed as ours failed at the same time as the heater core.