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The Trucking Podcast

Truckers, Gearheads, Fans Of The American Garage

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Three Proven Plays For Starting A Trucking Company

New owner operators have more options than ever, especially in a hot market. For those going independent and running the load boards, there are 3 common plays for starting a trucking company. Which plan is best is up to you. The one that brings the most income could make you miserable. These certainly aren’t the ... Read more The post Three Proven Plays For Starting A Trucking Company appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

54mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Three On The Tree And A Centipede

We’re taking a Father’s Day break from trucking stuff tonight. Instead, we’re talking about finding a good mechanic, a classic F-15o and some really cool garage stuff. 69 Ford F-150 VS Jeep Gladiator I’ve shared both vehicles on our Facebook page. The new Gladiator is on sale for 51k. Yes, it’s new. It’s also a ... Read more The post Three On The Tree And A Centipede appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

51mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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2020 Brings Issues For Owner Operators

The last couple of years have brought some historical highs and lows to the trucking industry, most directly related to the spot market. A growing economy collided with enforcement of electronic logging devices. The results were a a big win for truckers, owner operators, or otherwise. 2018 netted pay raises, amazing shipping rates and some ... Read more The post 2020 Brings Issues For Owner Operators appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

43mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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5 Reasons To Stop Idling Your Truck – Number 5 Is A Shocker

Gone are the days – or should I say the nights – of pulling into the truckstop, finding a place to park and backing into a well lit spot. Not only was the light show a sight to see, it sure made truck parking easier. 5 Reasons To Stop Idling Your Truck Idling raises your ... Read more The post 5 Reasons To Stop Idling Your Truck – Number 5 Is A Shocker appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

38mins

10 May 2019

Rank #4

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Autocar Is Back On The Road

Autocar will be putting trucks on the road again soon, a little background on Oshkosh trucks and update on Buck’s garage.   The post Autocar Is Back On The Road appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

46mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Todd McCann From Trucker Dump Co-Hosts This One

This episode should be fun. Don and his family are enjoying a 3-day camping weekend, and we were without him last week. I knew we needed a spectacular cohost for this episode, but Adam Carolla wouldn’t return my calls. The next bright idea was to see if Todd McCann would fill in, and he happily ... Read more The post Todd McCann From Trucker Dump Co-Hosts This One appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

1hr 15mins

29 May 2019

Rank #6

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When Owner Operator Numbers Don’t Matter

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! No business can succeed without knowing their cost of operation. That’s an absolute fact. You’ll never know how to improve if you don’t know where you’re at right now. And you have a lot to keep track of. Truck and trailer cost Fuel price and mpg Insurance Maintenance Licensing, IFTA, 2290, taxes ... Read more The post When Owner Operator Numbers Don’t Matter appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

46mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Why Backing Up A Semi Is Easier Than A Boat Or RV, And Tips You Can Use

I’m a trucker. My wife and I are also avid RVers. Ask either of us and we will tell you it’s always entertaining to watch the weekend campers as they back into a spot. The most common scenario involves a man behind the wheel and a woman guiding the driver from outside. So how do ... Read more The post Why Backing Up A Semi Is Easier Than A Boat Or RV, And Tips You Can Use appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

53mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Freight Futures, A listener In CDL School

Freight Futures? I found this article on Freightwaves.com, and it seems to be a big deal. But what does it really mean? Several owner operators think it’s the race to the bottom for freight rates. At least that’s what they’re saying in the forums. Others think it will be the end of the spot market. ... Read more The post Freight Futures, A listener In CDL School appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

38mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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How To Find The Perfect truck Driving Job

The short answer is, define exactly what kind of work you are willing to do, where you want to go and how much home time and income you desire. Then search for jobs that fit your requirements. Let’s break it down into steps. Decide Exactly What You Will And Won’t Do Do you only want ... Read more The post How To Find The Perfect truck Driving Job appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

54mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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11 Cutting Edge Steps To Dramatically Reduce Driver Turnover

If you really want to reduce driver turnover in your company, you’ve come to the right place. We have eleven steps for you. These eleven steps will lead you to the solution that’s been right there for years. Read this carefully and follow these steps. Let’s forget about the drivers for now. These action steps ... Read more The post 11 Cutting Edge Steps To Dramatically Reduce Driver Turnover appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

49mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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My Wife Spends All My Money

Seriously, I wouldn’t write about this if I didn’t hear it regularly. My wife spends all my money is a major objection for why some men can’t buy a truck and start their own trucking company. Kris and I have been married for 35 years and owned a business or two. We’ve also raised 3 ... Read more The post My Wife Spends All My Money appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

1hr 11mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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15 Features I Absolutely Require On My Next Pickup Truck

Okay, I admit it. The title is a bit misleading. These are my requirements, but many of them are features I absolutely don’t want. I’m a rather simple man and I’d prefer my next truck matches my personality in that way. With that in mind, read on. 1. A Real Spare Tire And Jack No ... Read more The post 15 Features I Absolutely Require On My Next Pickup Truck appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

49mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Buck and Don, Uncut

I doubt most people realize what it takes to produce a weekly podcast, run a website or two and work a full time trucking job. Granted, I work 4 days on, then have 4 days off, but I still have a life. There’s always more things to do than those 4 days allow. One giant ... Read more The post Buck and Don, Uncut appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

53mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Freiburger’s Disgustang – From Boneyard To Daily Driver

What does the Disgustang have to do with trucking? Absolutely nothing, but it’s just too cool to not talk about. The humorously nicknamed 69 Mustang Mach 1 is a junkyard rescue, and the subject of a couple of previous episodes of RoadKill. If you know me at all, you’ll know that RoadKill is my all ... Read more The post Freiburger’s Disgustang – From Boneyard To Daily Driver appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

55mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Some Really Dumb Trucking News

Show notes are short and sweet this week, but it just makes the show great. I’ll break it down for you. New truck driver training regulations are stalled for at least another 2 years. Oh, and these regulations were mandated in 1991. Yes, it’s taken 28 years and it’s still not handled. Truck only toll ... Read more The post Some Really Dumb Trucking News appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

46mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Should I Use High Mileage Motor Oil?

High mileage motor oil is designed for engines with the kind of wear that often comes with high mileage. It’s available in conventional, synthetic or synthetic blend form. Some manufacturers advertise the need to switch to this type of oil as early as 75,000 miles. The difference between regular and high mileage oil is in ... Read more The post Should I Use High Mileage Motor Oil? appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

47mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Overhaulin’ Co-Host Adrienne “AJ” Janic

Adrienne Janic, best known as AJ from the TV show Overhaulin’ joins us by phone on this episode. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this show was to put together. AJ is as genuine as can be. She’s also been seriously bitten by the auto enthusiast bug. AJ has had a lot ... Read more The post Overhaulin’ Co-Host Adrienne “AJ” Janic appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

46mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Exciting Life Of A Trucker, Or Mind Numbed Cobot?

In the world of automated everything, we’re getting used to robots. They may not look like C3PO or R2D2, but they are robots. These robots can paint cars, assemble engines, load trucks and thousands of other tasks. Most of these robots are referred to as non-collaborative. This means they go about their business on their ... Read more The post Exciting Life Of A Trucker, Or Mind Numbed Cobot? appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

46mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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2020 Goal Planning For The Trucking Podcast

Joining me in this episode is my good friend, Harold Thornbro. Harold and I have been friends for about seven years. We are both truckers, Internet entrepreneurs, and Christians. Although faith in trucking both come up during this conversation, today we will be talking about something else. As someone whose opinion I respect, I’m excited ... Read more The post 2020 Goal Planning For The Trucking Podcast appeared first on The Trucking Podcast™.

1hr 8mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #20