OOIDA's new ride: 2017 Western Star 5700XE

By Suzanne Stempinski, Land Line contributing field editor | Friday, April 28, 2017

It was Western Star presenting gifts at its 50th anniversary bash held on Thursday in Chandler, Ariz.

Photo by Suzanne Stempinski

Jon Osburn and “Sassi” enjoy the Western Star digs.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s tour truck driver, Jon “Doc” Osburn, received the keys to a white and blue 2017 Western Star 5700XE to pull the “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer around the country.

This is the third time Western Star has partnered with OOIDA, providing a truck to OOIDA’s mobile outreach efforts around the country. The truck will hit the road next week with Jon at the helm.

“OOIDA and Western Star share a common customer base. OOIDA appeals to the ‘little guy’ making sure their rights are preserved and respected. At Western Star, we also value them. We share a lot of the same customers,” Mike Guarino, On Highway Manager for Western Star, told Land Line.

“With our 5700XE, while we know that large fleets will appreciate us as a reward truck; traditionally, our loyal Western Star customers are owner-operators and small fleets.”

Photo by Suzanne Stempinski

OOIDA Marketing Manager Mike Schermoly and Tour Truck Driver Jon Osburn.

The Western Star 5700XE “Spirit Truck” is spec’d with a Detroit DD16 engine with 560 horsepower and 1850 lb-ft of torque; Detroit front and rear axles; and the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. Full aerodynamic fairings will add to the truck’s fuel-efficient performance.

The interior is jaw dropping. The 82-inch high roof sleeper has tons of storage space and real wood cabinets. The spacious sleeper would be perfect in a team operation and could easily accommodate a portable toilet.

Just remember, if you catch Jon at one of his tour stops, and you want to check it out for yourself, you can.

“I’d be happy to let anyone take a look around the truck,” Jon said.

Jon left the Western Star event headed straight to Thermo King to get the APU installed on the truck. He’ll hit the road next week heading to Georgia. See the full tour schedule here.

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