The 'Spirit' tour truck takes OOIDA resources to the road

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 9/12/2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Pyramids of Giza. Eiffel Tower. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’ brand new trailer for its Spirit of the American Trucker tour truck. They all have something in common: Truly great pieces of art and engineering.

Earlier this year, he picked up the new Western Star 5700XE – generously provided by Western Star Trucks – that will pull the trailer. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Spirit driver Jon Osburn was in Louisville to pick up the other part of the rig – the transport trailer that will tour the country in the coming years.

Joining Osburn for the pick up Tuesday in Louisville was OOIDA Marketing Director Mike Schermoly; OOIDA General Vice President Woody Chambers and his wife, Paula, from Eddyville, Ky.; Rick Bean, senior director of Motorsports sales for Kentucky Trailer; and others.

OOIDA'S new "Spirit" tour truck trailer

The Association’s new trailer was built by Kentucky trailer. The 2017 smooth-side, 31-inch drop frame, closed tandem axle body trailer is sure to turn heads of both truckers and non-truckers alike. Size specs are 53 feet in length, 13feet, 6 inches high and 102 inches in width. 

Before visitors walk in, they are drawn in by red, white and blue graphics representing OOIDA, Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now. A giant eagle and American flag covers the passenger side. The driver’s side also features an eagle with OOIDA’s logo. The trailer is a perfect match for the blue and white Western Star 5700XE tractor.

“It’s going to be a great a new tool in accomplishing a huge mission,” says Osburn, “and that is enabling OOIDA to take the latest information and resources directly to the drivers out on the road.”

Inside the trailer, photos and Land Line Magazine clippings greet visitors as a giant mural on the wall. Visitors get a sense of being inside OOIDA’s headquarters with a replica of the front desk at the driver’s end wall.

When visiting the tour truck, visitors can listen to Land Line Now’s Sirius XM show being blasted both inside and outside the trailer. For the more visual, videos can be seen on a 50-inch screen flush on the driver’s side trailer on the outside or a 55-inch screen inside the trailer.

Most trailers of this size are 48-50 inches off the ground. The Spirit’s trailer? Approximately 22 inches off the ground. With lower floors, even the claustrophobic will feel comfortable walking inside this trailer.

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