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This month’s creations were built for Ben (41) and Beau (36) Hillius of Hillius Trucking in Carson, ND.  Not only are these two men brothers, but together they make up Hillius Trucking.  When they recently decided to order new Peterbilt trucks, they called me and did it together.  And although these two trucks and these
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For 43 years the Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been held at the Iowa 80 truck stop.  This year, the event once again took place at the World’s Largest Truckstop on July 7-9, 2022, in Walcott, IA.  There were many planned activities that happened over the weekend.  This year’s show featured the Super Truck Beauty Contest,
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How many times do we look out our window and watch children play?  Before we realize, we start to relive our own childhood and some of the antics we would invent.  Often, at that moment, we wonder why we ever had to grow up and face this work-a-day world.  It reminds us of Peter Pan
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Let’s see, I gave up on that New Year’s resolution, the new look for spring didn’t happen, and so far my summer exercise program is a bust.  Maybe I should just order tickets to next year’s Tim Horton’s coffee and pastry review!  Sounds reasonable.  What’s a few more inches around the middle, and besides, they
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The frequent washes and constant weather watching, the weekends spent doing maintenance, and looking back as you walk away from your truck, are all indicators that embody the meaning of “pride in your ride” for many truckers.  Their rig is their rolling business card and a direct testament of who they are.  The level of
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It’s the very beginning of July, and you’re sipping an ice-cold beverage with your friends at a truck show over the holiday weekend.  No, not that holiday… it’s Canada Day!  Every year on Canada day weekend, hundreds of trucks of all vintages gather for the Clifford Truck Show in Clifford, Ontario.  Hosted by the Great
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Jessica Olsen as its October 2022 Member of the Month.  Olsen is a professional driver for SRS Distribution.  Olsen was introduced to the world of trucking when she worked as a truck stop waitress.  She wondered if a professional driving career would be a good fit and
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After ten long days in the Midwest, attending two trucks shows and doing photo shoots in Nebraska, Illinois, and Iowa, we ended our Summer Tour at the Top Gun Largecar Shootout.  Held again at the decommissioned Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL on July 29-31, 2022, this show had a record number of trucks
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BEE SEEN.  Do you have a problem with taillights covering up with snow and ice?  Me too, until now.  My name is Tom Chupp.  I invented a light Patent #10099658 and started the company BeeSeen Technology.  How many hours have you spent waiting for wrecks to clear, burning fuel, and losing productivity?  My lights give
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Trucking has never been an easy career, and these days, it is even more challenging.  To successfully stay in the game you need to love it, be completely committed, and just keep pushin’ on – no matter what!  For young Boe DelaBarre (24) of DelaBarre Trucking in Bismarck, ND, this philosophy has helped him overcome
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This month’s Veteran’s View goes out to all the drivers who are sweltering in the warm weather.  I am working up here in the north, so we don’t see too many days above 95 degrees.  However, I hear from drivers who routinely work where it gets up to 115 degrees or more.  I was in
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Raising money for kids in need is always a noble endeavor.  The Dirty Business Truck Show is one that I enjoy attending every year, because it reminds me of a big neighborhood block party, but with trucks.  This was the third year for this event, which was put on by the good folks at HD
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There has always been a competition between the sexes since Adam and Eve.  But it seemed to have come to a head on September 20, 1973.  That is when tennis pros Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs held a tennis event called “The Battle of the Sexes” on television.  It was so monumental, they even
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Though it wasn’t common in years past, women have become part of the trucking industry, and most of them not only do their jobs, but they do them well.  Pauline “Polly” Hylton (64) is one of those women who wasn’t born into the industry, but you wouldn’t know it by the way she handles her
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It is hard for me to believe, but the Ohio Vintage Truck Reunion is ten years old!  How time flies!!  In the past it was called the Ohio Vintage Truck Jamboree, but in 2020 they changed the name.  Due to the pandemic, the show was canceled that year, but many ATHS members still got together
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This month’s creation was built for Nick Sanchez (48) of Bakersfield, CA.  Growing up in a huge family that farmed, Nick was always taught if you didn’t want to work in the fields, you’d better get educated or find something else to do.  Thankfully, his dad had trucks, and Nick was able to gravitate toward
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Haleigh Fickett as its September 2022 Member of the Month.  Haleigh has been a transport driver for R.H. Foster Energy for a little more than four years.  Haleigh’s professional driving career started at a young age.  She attended a local technical school and, in an effort to
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There aren’t many things that are hotter than California’s Central Valley in the summer – except maybe a truck show being held there.  The 2nd Annual Soza Memorial Truck Show & Rodeo, held at Merced County Fairgrounds on June 24-26, 2022, was a hot event – and not just because of the weather!  The lot
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If you’ve been listening to The Power Hour with Kevin Rutherford of late, you will have heard talk of our chassis dyno getting ready to have a bit of a facelift.  Well, the time has come, and the old girl is about to be bigger and better than ever.  It took months of planning and
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When building a truck, you should never settle for less than you want or deserve.  And the same is true if you are building trucks – you should never settle for “good enough” because your customers deserve more than that.  For this reason, Tyler Van Der Zwaag (29) of Van Der Zwaag Customs in Hull,
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For over 50 years the mission of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) has been to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers.  That mission continued and was on full display at the ATHS National Convention and Antique Truck Show, held on June 9-11, 2022, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in
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Step right up folks.  Are you tired of waking up in the morning and the first thought in your mind is bracing yourself for the news of the day?  News that will surely pull you down in the dumps.  But have no fear, this medicine will cure that feeling of hopelessness.  What can that be? 
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California’s controversial AB5 law severely restricting the use of independent contractors will soon be enforced against the trucking industry after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the California Trucking Association’s appeal.  In an end-of-term orders list released June 30, the Supreme Court denied review of the 9th Circuit’s reversal of the injunction against enforcement
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We all talk about what our parents and grandparents have taught us which is the legacy they leave behind.  With the passion for trucks and trucking passed down from one generation to the next in multi-generational families, individuals are taught from little on how to work hard, maintain equipment, and have pride in their truck. 
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For those of us involved in a romantic relationship, we are likely aware of how much work it takes to keep our interpersonal interactions warm, positive, and intimate.  When you think about it, there was a time in virtually every relationship when being with one’s partner was a priority – a positive, exciting, and cherished
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This month’s truck is special to me and our crew at KC Pete.  Each year there is a farm show in Kansas City and, as a local dealership, we like to go to the show to recruit help and introduce ourselves to the locals.  I have been blessed over the years to order and build
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Maria Rodriguez as its August 2022 Member of the Month.  Maria is a professional driver for NFI Industries.  As a longtime restaurant worker who was laid off due to the pandemic, Maria was seeking stable employment when her boyfriend, who was also pursuing a career in transportation,
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It’s always nice to get away for the weekend and enjoy the beach.  The American Truck Show Circuit (ATSC) has produced 14 great events across the country since its inception in 2015, and their most recent, held in Ventura, CA on Father’s Day Weekend (June 17-19) was ATSC’s first since 2020, when it hosted an
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With the political recession upon us, it’s imperative that we all extend the life of our equipment through preventative maintenance.  Everything is expensive, so each month we will write about a few items you can do to keep your semi-truck running at its best.  Caterpillar says that a thermostat should be checked every two years. 
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Honoring the past is something we take pride in here at 10-4 Magazine.  The latest and greatest “cool” stuff is fun to feature, too, but remembering where it came from is important for preserving trucking’s history and appreciating where we are today.  This month, we wanted to honor the past and feature not only a
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