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Kenworth offers $1,000 rebate on Icon 900 for OOIDA members

Introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the new Kenworth Icon 900 is a customized limited edition truck recognizing the W900L’s timeless, classic style. Kenworth has announced that OOIDA members are now eligible for a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of the Icon 900.

The truck will be available with a 72- or 86-inch sleeper and an engine with muscle up to 600 hp. Some other truck features include:

  • Unique chrome hood badge
  • Stainless steel fender guards
  • Upgraded headlights
  • Headlamp covers
  • LED panel lights mounted under cab and sleeper panels
  • High-back leather seats with limited edition embroidering
  • Leather sofa bed matching the seats
  • Chrome dash surrounds and door pads

Truckers wanting to purchase the Icon 900 and receive the rebate must show their OOIDA membership to their Kenworth dealer. There is a limit of three qualifying trucks for the rebate in one year. Contact a Kenworth dealer for more details.


Average spot market rates drop for all freight modes

Spot rate averages went down for all three freight modes for the week ending Saturday, April 18. This is compared with the previous week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Van rates dropped 2 cents to $1.89. Los Angeles experienced rates as high as $2.14, also 2 cents lower than last week. Rates for the month of March were up 2.7 percent from the previous month and declined 7.2 percent since March 2014. Load-to-truck ratios decreased 6.6 percent to 2.9 loads per truck. Seven states – six on the East Coast – have a ratio of 5.5 or greater, unchanged from the previous week.

Reefer rates decreased by 3 cents to $2.12 after rates remained at $2.15 since March 21. Green Bay rates were as high as $2.72, a 1-cent decrease from the previous week. Lakeland, Fla., had the low rates of $1.72, a 3-cent increase. Compared with March 2014, reefer rates are down 4.4 percent. Load-to-truck ratios went down by 7.3 percent to 5.9 from 6.3 in the previous week. Fourteen states have ratios of 12 or more, with seven states west of the Mississippi River.

Flatbed rates went down 3 cents to $2.20. This marks the first decline in rates after five weeks of increases. Harrisburg, Pa., had a high rate of $3.59. Phoenix marked a low rate of $1.71. Rates are up 2.8 percent for the month, but down 3.5 percent in the last 12 months. There were 21.1 loads per truck for flatbeds, a 5.4 percent decrease from the last week. Twenty-one states across the country have a ratio of 18 or higher, unchanged from the previous week.


Ritchie Bros. to hold largest Canadian auction April 28- May 1

Ritchie Bros. to hold largest Canadian auction April 28- May 1
Auctioneer company Ritchie Bros. will be holding its largest ever Canadian auction in Edmonton, Alberta, April 28 to May 1. The unreserved auction will feature more than 8,000 equipment items and trucks.

Items being auctioned off include 225-plus crawler tractors, 235-plus excavators, 210-plus compactors, 85-plus wheel loaders, 95-plus articulated dump trucks, 200-plus truck tractors, 560 trailers, 50-plus agricultural tractors, real estate and more. May 1 will feature oil and gas equipment. All items will go to the highest bidder regardless of closing price.

All items being auctioned off can be seen at

General auction schedule:

  • Day One (Tuesday, April 28) – 200-plus truck tractors, 120 flatbed trucks, 110 dump trucks, 50-plus service trucks, 60-plus boom trucks, 35-plus water trucks, 30-plus vacuum trucks, 340-plus pickup trucks and more. 
  • Day Two (Wednesday, April 29) – 95-plus articulated dump trucks, 85-plus wheel loaders, 65-plus motor graders, 70-plus multi-terrain loaders, 40-plus motor scrapers, 50-plus skid steer loaders, 25-plus loader backhoes, 125-plus dump trailers, 65-plus lowboys, 25-plus hiboys, 20-plus log trailers and more. 
  • Day Three (Thursday, April 30) – 225-plus crawler tractors, 285-plus boom lifts, 140-plus scissorlifts, 120-plus telescopic forklifts, 45-plus forklifts, 30-plus cranes and more. 
  • Day Four (Friday, May 1) – 235-plus excavators, 210-plus compactors, as well as oil and gas, drilling, forestry and other equipment. 

Specific equipment highlights include:

  • 30-plus Kenworth T800 truck tractors 
  • 35 Caterpillar D6T LGP crawler tractors 
  • 25-plus Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors 
  • 15 Volvo A40F 6x6 articulated dump trucks 
  • 15 2014 Caterpillar 299D XPS multi-terrain loaders 
  • Seven Caterpillar 14M VHP motor graders 
  • Four 2011 Caterpillar 740B 6x6 articulated dump trucks 
  • Four 2015 Freightliner 122SD tri-drive truck tractors 
  • Three 2013 Caterpillar 627H motor scrapers 
  • Two unused Komatsu WA270-7 wheel loaders 
  • Two Link-Belt HTC86100 100-ton 8x4x4 hydraulic truck cranes 
  • An unused 2014 Caterpillar 320EL hydraulic excavator 
  • A 2011 Bauer BG20H foundation drill



Kenworth T880 is ATD Commercial Truck of Year

The Kenworth T880 vocational truck with the Paccar MX-13 engine has been named 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers.

This year’s ATD Truck of the Year competition focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe duty truck category. During the competition, a panel of judges consisting of industry experts conducted test drives and evaluated each truck entry in key categories, which included innovation, design, safety, driver ergonomics and comfort.

The Kenworth T880 is for vocational customers who require a durable truck for demanding dump, mixer, heavy haul, oilfield, logging and refuse applications. KW says customers can expect longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and high resale value. The T880 is available in daycab, 52-inch sleeper and the just announced 76-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations.

The T880 is standard with the Paccar MX-13 engine rated up to 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft. of torque. The T880 can be ordered with a 116.5-inch BBC hood optimized for the Paccar MX-13 engine and providing enhanced visibility, or with the standard 122.5-inch BBC hood.

The T880 also includes an air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, and lightweight, factory-installed lift axles.

The judges, a panel of select journalists, selected the winners. Land Line Magazine Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski was on the judging panel.


Con-way teams up with Truckers Against Trafficking

Another trucking company has joined the ranks of several government agencies, associations and companies to become part of Truckers Against Trafficking. Con-way Inc. has recently announced its partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking in an effort to curb human trafficking.

With a mission “to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking,” TAT coordinates with government agencies and trucking companies by supplying them with the tools needed to put a stop to human trafficking.

Con-way’s announcement comes shortly after one of its drivers, Kevin Kimmel, received the Harriet Tubman Award from TAT for recognizing that a young woman was being held captive at a truck stop in Virginia. Kimmel’s vigilance and subsequent actions contacting authorities led to the woman’s freedom and the arrest of her captors.

“Something about the situation just didn’t feel right to me,” said Kimmel in a press release. “I called the police figuring that if I was wrong, I’d be putting a damper on someone’s vacation for 15 minutes, but if I was right, I’d maybe be making a big difference in that girl's life.”

Con-way joins the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and more than 100 companies registered with Truckers Against Trafficking, including 32 other state trucking associations and more than 100,000 individual trained employees. Individual drivers and companies can register by going to TAT’s website and clicking “TAT Trained.”

In a statement provided by Con-way, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said, “Human trafficking crimes cannot be solved without people like Mr. Kimmel providing critically important tips to law enforcement, and awareness programs like Truckers Against Trafficking are very beneficial in providing education to truck drivers and bringing awareness to this national issue.”


New Love’s along I-40 in Arizona includes 91 parking spaces

Love’s Travel Stop has opened a new location in Williams, Ariz, which includes 91 parking spaces for trucks.

Located off of Exit 163 on Interstate 40, the new Love’s location will include several amenities. The 12,000-square-foot facility will include gourmet coffee, electronics, gift merchandise, and Subway and Carl’s restaurants.

Some of the services provided at the 24/7 travel stop include seven showers, Love’s Truck Tire Care center, RFID cardless fueling, CAT scales and more. Later this year the new location will feature Fast-Fill compressed natural gas.

For a limited time, professional drivers can earn up to five points with their “My Love Rewards” loyalty cards at all Love’s locations. 


OOIDA members eligible for $1,000 rebate on Peterbilt trucks

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members can now receive a $1,000 rebate on qualifying Peterbilt trucks through Peterbilt dealerships. The offer is valid through 2015.

Truckers can purchase up to three tractors under the rebate program. Delivery must be taken this year. Rebates must be requested within 30 days of taking delivery. OOIDA members must be in good standing for at least 90 days before taking delivery to be eligible.

Truck models eligible for the rebate are:

  • Model 579 with a 72-, 78- or 80-inch sleeper
  • Model 389 with a 72-, 78- or 80-inch sleeper
  • Model 587 with a factory-installed sleeper


Brenner Tank trailer manufacturer to be featured on ‘How It’s Made’

Brenner brand tank trailers and the people who make them will be featured on an upcoming episode of the documentary television series “How It’s Made.” Brenner tankers are manufactured by Wabash National Corporation, headquartered in Lafayette, Ind.

The episode, highlighting step-by-step how Wabash’s Brenner Tank trailers are made, will air at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 9, on the Science Channel in the United States, and on the Discovery Channel in Canada.

The segment was filmed at Brenner’s manufacturing operations in Fond du Lac, Wis. The company has been in operation for more than 100 years.

The “How It’s Made” series, which shows how raw materials are transformed into final products, first aired in 2001.


Service brake defect prompts Daimler truck recall

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration document, Daimler Trucks North America LLC has recalled more than 2,000 Freightliner and Western Star trucks. The recalled vehicles have a service brake defect.

Certain Freightliner and Western Star trucks manufactured Oct. 6, 2014, to Feb. 16, 2015, that are equipped with Haldex Life Seal brake chambers are affected. Vehicles affected may experience brake drag due to an improperly seated diaphragm in the brake chamber. While the truck is traveling at highway speeds, the defect may cause loss of control of the vehicle.

Models affected include:

  • 2015 Freightliner 108SD
  • 2015 Freightliner 114SD
  • 2015 Freightliner 122SD
  • 2015 Freightliner Business Class M2
  • 2015 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2015 Freightliner Coronado
  • 2015 Western Star 4700
  • 2015 Western Star 4900

Daimler Trucks North America will notify customers and will replace the brake chambers free of charge. Daimler’s number for this recall is FL676, and the recall is expected to begin May 25, 2015. Drivers who own one of the recalled models can contact Daimler Trucks North America customer service at 800-385-4357.

Owners can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit


IdleAir opens location in South Carolina, plans another in Nuevo Laredo

IdleAir, an alternative to APUs and idling engines during rest periods, has announced a new location at the Flying J in Latta, S.C. A new location in Mexico and future construction plans have also been announced.

Flying J in Latta, S.C., is now equipped with IdleAir Station Modules. The new location is the second solar-PV powered truck stop by IdleAir. Fitted into the cab window with an adapter, the Service Module allows drivers to have heating, cooling, standard electric inside and outside the cab, satellite TV, Internet and more without using an APU or idling the engine. A color touch-screen control, heating/cooling vent, electrical outlets, and telecommunication ports are part of the hookup. Window adapters are $5.

An expanded, overnight 12-hour discount is available for Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members.

Convoy Solutions LLC, the parent company of IdleAir, has also broken ground for a location in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. This will be IdleAir’s first operation outside the United States. IdleAir will be building terminals with Covenant Transport at their headquarters and national training facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For more information on locations, prices and other details, visit



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