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Updated May 2020
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If you’ve been listening to the show since the first of the year, you’ve heard we are moving EVERYTHING ans starting from scratch. We hope you’ll subscribe to the new podcast feed at TruckingAfterHours.com. The Trucking After Hours podcast is available in your player, with links on the site. The post Overweight and Blowing Tolls appeared first on T…
 
The Trucking Podcast is just like any other business. It’s incredibly easy to spend way too much time on the tasks that bring in little return. In the process of doing so, you ignore the things that need your attention. In this area, I’m as guilty as any in not focussing my time and talent ... Read more The post Moving Day For The Trucking Podcast …
 
This is it! At least for the next 90 days, the podcast is going out with nearly no snow notes, and even less editing. Soon, show notes will be non-existent. Oh, the productive things I can do with the time that will free up. Trust me, it’s a beautiful thing. Cheers! The post The Trucking Podcast – Unplugged appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.…
 
Joining me in this episode is my good friend, Harold Thornbro. Harold and I have been friends for about seven years. We are both truckers, Internet entrepreneurs, and Christians. Although faith in trucking both come up during this conversation, today we will be talking about something else. As someone whose opinion I respect, I’m excited ... Read m…
 
Show notes are short and sweet this week, but it just makes the show great. I’ll break it down for you. New truck driver training regulations are stalled for at least another 2 years. Oh, and these regulations were mandated in 1991. Yes, it’s taken 28 years and it’s still not handled. Truck only toll ... Read more The post Some Really Dumb Trucking…
 
The last couple of years have brought some historical highs and lows to the trucking industry, most directly related to the spot market. A growing economy collided with enforcement of electronic logging devices. The results were a a big win for truckers, owner operators, or otherwise. 2018 netted pay raises, amazing shipping rates and some ... Read…
 
Adrienne Janic, best known as AJ from the TV show Overhaulin’ joins us by phone on this episode. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this show was to put together. AJ is as genuine as can be. She’s also been seriously bitten by the auto enthusiast bug. AJ has had a lot ... Read more The post Overhaulin’ Co-Host Adrienne “AJ” Janic appeared first…
 
High mileage motor oil is designed for engines with the kind of wear that often comes with high mileage. It’s available in conventional, synthetic or synthetic blend form. Some manufacturers advertise the need to switch to this type of oil as early as 75,000 miles. The difference between regular and high mileage oil is in ... Read more The post Sho…
 
I’m a trucker. My wife and I are also avid RVers. Ask either of us and we will tell you it’s always entertaining to watch the weekend campers as they back into a spot. The most common scenario involves a man behind the wheel and a woman guiding the driver from outside. So how do ... Read more The post Why Backing Up A Semi Is Easier Than A Boat Or …
 
What does the Disgustang have to do with trucking? Absolutely nothing, but it’s just too cool to not talk about. The humorously nicknamed 69 Mustang Mach 1 is a junkyard rescue, and the subject of a couple of previous episodes of RoadKill. If you know me at all, you’ll know that RoadKill is my all ... Read more The post Freiburger’s Disgustang – Fr…
 
Okay, I admit it. The title is a bit misleading. These are my requirements, but many of them are features I absolutely don’t want. I’m a rather simple man and I’d prefer my next truck matches my personality in that way. With that in mind, read on. 1. A Real Spare Tire And Jack No ... Read more The post 15 Features I Absolutely Require On My Next Pi…
 
The short answer is, define exactly what kind of work you are willing to do, where you want to go and how much home time and income you desire. Then search for jobs that fit your requirements. Let’s break it down into steps. Decide Exactly What You Will And Won’t Do Do you only want ... Read more The post How To Find The Perfect truck Driving Job a…
 
If you really want to reduce driver turnover in your company, you’ve come to the right place. We have eleven steps for you. These eleven steps will lead you to the solution that’s been right there for years. Read this carefully and follow these steps. Let’s forget about the drivers for now. These action steps ... Read more The post 11 Cutting Edge …
 
The heart of this episode is from a listener question. Luis asked “will there be V8s in pickup trucks in 15 years?” It’s 2019 as of this writing. So why are we not going to 2034? Let’s just say 2030 is already an epic year. I’ll tell you why. No, this isn’t conspiracy theory stuff. ... Read more The post What Car Or Truck Will You Drive In 2030? ap…
 
In the world of automated everything, we’re getting used to robots. They may not look like C3PO or R2D2, but they are robots. These robots can paint cars, assemble engines, load trucks and thousands of other tasks. Most of these robots are referred to as non-collaborative. This means they go about their business on their ... Read more The post Exci…
 
Usually finding topics to bring up on the podcast isn’t hard to do. But I’ve recently returned from a 12-day vacation. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. Instead, I took the easy way out and asked all of you. So, here we go with Ask Buck And Don Anything. Before we get ... Read more The post Ask Buck and Don Anything appeared first on Th…
 
It’s been a crazy 12 day run, 11 of those days on the road. Traveling west is always an adventure, and this trip was no different. Although this trip was mostly pleasure, I did have some work to do, and a couple of podcast related meetings and phone calls to deal with. It was a ... Read more The post Back From A 4,200 Mile Road Trip appeared first …
 
This post is about 7 hotshot trucking niches you can enter and rock at. Some of these are categories I’ve worked in. Others, I either have friends working them or talked with drivers on the road. Some of these are regional plays. Others are more lane dependent. It’s up to you to decide whether or ... Read more The post 7 Hotshot Trucking Niches You…
 
After trucking well over 2 decades, I know a thing or two about buying a hotshot pickup. Nearly 7 of those years were spent on the hotshot side. Through the years, I’ve been involved in selecting several trucks. One of the trucks was mine, and several were company trucks. Running many of these trucks harder ... Read more The post 7 Proven Questions…
 
Short and sweet, here are the links to this week’s show topics. The tragic loss of the world’s fastest woman, Jessi Combs. Trucking News What’s wrong with these headlines? Diesel prices are going up in 2020. Here’s why. Autonomous truck driver certification – based on what? More Details Farm kid ingenuity, leftover diesel engines, Chargers ... Read…
 
I admit, I have a sick fascination with hybrid electric vehicles. I doubt I’ll own either in the near future, but I get it. I also get the fact that the electric car may well be forced on us at some point. But what about big OTR trucks. Is there a place for hybrid technology? ... Read more The post The Big Reason Hybrid Trucks Make Sense appeared f…
 
In this episode we’re talking about a true automotive blank canvas, a used stepvan. Seriously, the ideas are limitless. From shop truck to food truck, work or play, there’s something for everyone. Most have huge engine compartments. And if they don’t, just reach for the plasma cutter. If you don’t own one, use your saws-all. ... Read more The post …
 
The A-Team van, an early 80s GMC Ventura has been a gearhead icon for over 35 years. From episode to episode, everything from the licence plates to the actual brand are inconsistent. Look close and you’ll even see Ford vans in a few shots. But who doesn’t love a shorty trick van with no side ... Read more The post Big Trucks, Cool Vans, And Rotary …
 
I can’t remember when I had this much fun with an episode. Last week I asked the Facebook page followers about their first car. We came up with some good, bad and downright embarrassingly ugly submissions. As it turns out, your first cars were everything from a 69 Firebird with a 400 and 4 speed, ... Read more The post What Was Your First Car, Keep…
 
Update: If you caught the origional release of this episode, you’ll find I had the wrong audio file attached. This is the correction with the right file. Sorry for the confusion. I had enough time and content to toss in an extra show this week, a great conversation with Dan Organ of Drake Tax Service. ... Read more The post Catching Up With Dan Org…
 
Oh, for the love of large cars. For you green peas out there, the large car is that classic long hood truck. 379 and 389 Peterbilts, W900 Kenworths, Freightliner Classics and others with a front end long and level enough to host a football game. I’ve driven my share of 379s and I can assure ... Read more The post Large Cars, and Large Cars appeared…
 
I promise, we will be back next week with a new episode. We’ll even record it live on Facebook. Just go to Facebook.com/truckingpodcast at 8:45 pm central time. Another Great First Truck I remember finding this truck on a Peterbilt dealers lot. I called to get the lowdown and it had already been sold. Who ... Read more The post Another Great First …
 
Everyone needs a little time off, and we are no different, but you still need a TPC fix. This week we brought back an episode from 2014. We’ve come a long way in 5 years. I did a bit of editing to bring you better sound, and to get rid of a few things that ... Read more The post Best Of – Why We Truck, Chick Cars appeared first on The Trucking Podc…
 
The last mini-truck could be the Nissan Frontier. Although they no longer make a regular cab, a king cab with a 4-banger and 5-speed stick can still be nabbed for under $20,000. It’s a long stretch from the $5,995 loss-leaders of the 80s and 90s, but it’s the last available option with a hint of ... Read more The post The Last Mini Truck appeared f…
 
In this episode we discuss some new rules regarding CDL schools and driver training. We address 2 questions about the proposed new rules. Should a CDL school instructor be required to have 2 years of experience? Should a CDL company CDL school be able to provide their own examiners for the actual driving test? W ... Read more The post Driver Traini…
 
We’re taking a Father’s Day break from trucking stuff tonight. Instead, we’re talking about finding a good mechanic, a classic F-15o and some really cool garage stuff. 69 Ford F-150 VS Jeep Gladiator I’ve shared both vehicles on our Facebook page. The new Gladiator is on sale for 51k. Yes, it’s new. It’s also a ... Read more The post Three On The T…
 
You can expect to see some revisions in the Hours Of Service regulations soon. We will tell you what we know in this episode, but one change stands out. It brings back memories, but not all of those memories are good ones. One thing they’re talking about is being “more flexible” in allowing drivers to ... Read more The post E-Logs, Swindle Sheets a…
 
First off, Don is back. We’ve punted without him for a couple of weeks so it’s great to be recording the show with him once again. The show came out great, but the show notes will be short. Show Notes Dump truck falls through roof. A sad and deadly case of trucker road rage ends ... Read more The post Great Stories, Short Show Notes appeared first …
 
This episode should be fun. Don and his family are enjoying a 3-day camping weekend, and we were without him last week. I knew we needed a spectacular cohost for this episode, but Adam Carolla wouldn’t return my calls. The next bright idea was to see if Todd McCann would fill in, and he happily ... Read more The post Todd McCann From Trucker Dump C…
 
The hybrid truck is a pretty easy concept. Like hybrid cars, you capture some of the energy used to slow and stop a vehicle and store it in a battery. Then you use that stored power to help get the vehicle rolling again. The Hyliion 6X4HE shows promise as a bolt-on system that would work ... Read more The post Hybrid Electric Truck For Owner Operat…
 
How’s this for a starter truck? A 1989 Ford LTL 9000 with a Cummins Big Cam 400 and 13 speed. I found this one on DyingBreedDiesels.com. Brayden Tucker and his wife own the site, and Tucker Equipment. They also have a killer facebook group, Dying Breed Diesels. I was curious about fuel economy out of ... Read more The post A $16,500 Classic Ford 90…
 
Gone are the days – or should I say the nights – of pulling into the truckstop, finding a place to park and backing into a well lit spot. Not only was the light show a sight to see, it sure made truck parking easier. 5 Reasons To Stop Idling Your Truck Idling raises your ... Read more The post 5 Reasons To Stop Idling Your Truck – Number 5 Is A Sho…
 
Okay, this is a bit misleading as far as headlines go, but with autonomous trucks in our future, this discussion needs to happen. Why not start here on The Trucking Podcast? I have three points worth considering. First, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Follow the link for full details, but here’s a rough outline. Alaskan North ... Read more The post 3 Qu…
 
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! No business can succeed without knowing their cost of operation. That’s an absolute fact. You’ll never know how to improve if you don’t know where you’re at right now. And you have a lot to keep track of. Truck and trailer cost Fuel price and mpg Insurance Maintenance Licensing, IFTA, 2290, taxes ... Read more The post When Owner…
 
Seriously, I wouldn’t write about this if I didn’t hear it regularly. My wife spends all my money is a major objection for why some men can’t buy a truck and start their own trucking company. Kris and I have been married for 35 years and owned a business or two. We’ve also raised 3 ... Read more The post My Wife Spends All My Money appeared first o…
 
Freight Futures? I found this article on Freightwaves.com, and it seems to be a big deal. But what does it really mean? Several owner operators think it’s the race to the bottom for freight rates. At least that’s what they’re saying in the forums. Others think it will be the end of the spot market. ... Read more The post Freight Futures, A listener…
 
We have a lot going on in this episode. Jayden Tucker will join us to talk about his latest discoveries. He and his wife own Tucker Equipment in Lisbon, Ohio. You can connect with Jayden on their killer Facebook group, Dying Breed Diesels. You can also learn more at DyingBreedDiesels.com. Other Topics Diesel Brothers and ... Read more The post Jayd…
 
New owner operators have more options than ever, especially in a hot market. For those going independent and running the load boards, there are 3 common plays for starting a trucking company. Which plan is best is up to you. The one that brings the most income could make you miserable. These certainly aren’t the ... Read more The post Three Proven …
 
We’ve all been there. It could be your dispatcher, a shipper or just a co-worker. For some reason, you just can’t seem to get along with someone. This guide for dealing with difficult people should help. Oh, and I’m somewhat of an expert in the field for three reasons. I’m a truck driver. Truckers work ... Read more The post The Trucker’s Guide To …
 
Independent owner operators had a banner year in 2018. A hot economy, talks of import tariffs and the E-log mandate formed a trifecta for rate increases across the board. Weather also played a toll in more than one capacity crunch. But what about 2019? If you listen to the big players in the freight brokering ... Read more The post Why Freight Brok…
 
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