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Is a Fuel- and Weight-Saving 6x2 for You?

6x2s like this one in Sweden are popular in Europe, where fuel prices are much higher.

It’s still an oddball spec in road tractors and you’re not likely to consider it, but the 6x2 – a single drive axle with two powered wheels among six total wheel positions – will someday become more common as truck operators look for ways to save fuel and cut tare weight, suppliers think. Today, progressive fleets are testing or embracing it, and it might even be a good choice for some owner-operators.

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Owner-Operator Seeks Out Truckstop Electrification

Owner-operator Matt Purtee likes it when he can find plug-in shore power at truckstops, but...

How bad does owner-operator Matt Purtee want truckstop electrification? “Bad enough where I know a few truckstops that have light poles with plug-ins at the base,” he says with a chuckle. “I get to those sites early so I can tap into the power before someone else does."

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Five Trends Affecting Today's Owner-Operators

OOIDA's Todd Spencer says the last round of hours-of-service changes cut the number of...

Owner-operators are far from dead, but the population is experiencing some changes, according to Todd Spencer, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, with many of those changes caused by government regulations.

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What To Do If The IRS Comes Knocking

What To Do If The IRS Comes Knocking

April 15 has come and gone, so you can breathe easy for another year -- that is, unless the IRS decides to audit you and become a major pain in your life. Here's how to handle it if they do.

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The High Cost of Tires

The High Cost of Tires

Ten years ago, you could buy a decent steer tire for $300. Not anymore. But, then again, you're not buying the same tire anymore either. Long-term pricing trends show that the cost of raw materials used in tire manufacturing has gone up over the past decade, along with the shelf prices for tires, but consumers haven't seen the price swings for tires that manufacturers have seen for materials over the same period of time.

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Co-op-owned container chassis coming

Co-op-owned container chassis coming

Drayage operators will soon obtain more container chassis from trucker-owned pools than from ship lines and railroads, which signals part of a transition under way in the intermodal industry. A recently formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative has won government approval and has begun purchasing chassis.

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Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative-fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways...

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward “going green.” "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply, during a session for the National Truck Equipment Association's recent Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

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CSA: Aftermarket Profit Opportunity

Fleets don't have to be long-haul operations that go through weigh stations to be affected by...

It is not too often in the trucking industry that regulation is seen as a good thing. Yet the recent Compliance, Safety, Accountability regulations may prove the exception to the rule, at least when it comes to the heavy-duty aftermarket.

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Got Questions? ELDs and Telematics

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He...

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

Scott Sutarik from Geotab

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Got Questions? Sleeper Cab Power Experts

Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of...

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

Steve Carlson from Xantrex

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

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