Professional Movers Provide Peace of Mind

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., we are experts when it comes to packing and moving. While most people only move a few times, we do it every day. A team of movers will provide expertise and professionalism, while bringing you peace of mind during a stressful time.

Photo Courtesy: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK International Inc.
Photo Courtesy: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK International Inc.

Acquiring a Moving Estimate

Developing an estimate is an important part of the moving process. Be sure to tell the customer service representative everything you need moved, including items in your attic, storage unit or shed.

You cannot offer up too much information. Tell them if your furniture is unusually large or heavy, especially if items weigh more than 350 lbs. That means they may send three movers instead of the traditional two. Let them know if you have a small entrance, narrow stairways or halls. The more information you offer, the more prepared the movers will be – making the move more efficient and stress-free.

Protecting Your Items

Upon arrival, the movers will walk through the home with you, spending time inspecting and documenting any damages. This process can be expedited if you look over your items ahead of time to get an idea of what should be noted.

The movers will carefully wrap your furniture with pads and stretch wrap to protect it during the move. They will also cover all banisters and doors to protect the entrances and exits. You can ask the movers to put down floor coverings to keep your carpets and hard floors clean and blemish-free.

Once the movers begin to load the truck, you are welcome to bring items to a central location like a living room or garage. This will speed up the loading process saving you time and money. However, you are not required to do so.

Communicating with the Movers

You can ask the driver to share his or her cellphone number with you, so you can reach the crew at any time during transit. Having a direct contact will provide further peace of mind. You can also call the office at any time for updates and to answer questions. The movers will do everything they can to keep things moving smoothly.

Make sure you are available while the movers are unloading the truck so you can tell them where you would like your furniture. The movers will also stay and rearrange furniture to your liking. The crew will place all boxes in the appropriate rooms and, upon request, will put together beds, dressers and other items that require minor reassembly. Before you know it, your move will be completed and you will continue to enjoy peace of mind as you settle in to your new home.

Consider TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.,

There are many perks to hiring a professional moving company. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/ INTERNATIONAL, Inc., we have a 96% referral rating which has been achieved due to our commitment to customer service. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations on every move, regardless of size. We are always looking for ways to surpass your expectations and ensure you are at your happiest during what can be a very stressful life event. We want you to keep a peace of mind with the help of our professional moving services. Visit our website and request your free moving estimate today.

About the author: Arika Ford is the Marketing and Communications Training Specialist  for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc., the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

USCC Expands Wheel Chock Offerings

US Cargo Control recently added more options to its wheel chock product line.

Wheel chocks are used to ensure a vehicle stays stationary. They are typically used to prevent the vehicle from unintentionally moving forward or backward while it is being loaded or unloaded, serviced or parked but still running.

US Cargo Control offers four types of wheel chocks: solid rubber, wedge, pyramid and urethane. All are available in single or two pack quantities.

Solid Rubber Wheel Chock.
Solid Rubber Wheel Chock.

Solid Rubber Wheel Chocks 

Solid rubber wheel chocks are made of heavy duty rubber and feature a wedge design. They are light weight, yet durable.

Wedge Style Rubber Wheel Chock.
Wedge Style Rubber Wheel Chock.

Wedge Style Rubber Chocks

Wedge style rubber wheel chocks are also made with heavy duty rubber and feature a wide carry handle.

Pyramid Wheel Chocks

Pyramid wheel chocks are made with heavy duty rubber and are double sided with an eyebolt. The pyramid wheel chock is versatile because it can be used on both sides. They are available in black and orange.

Pyramid Wheel Chock.
Pyramid Wheel Chock.

Urethane Wheel Chocks

Urethane wheel chocks are made of durable urethane and are extremely visible as they come in a bright orange color. They are available in single or two pack sets. Urethane materials are a smart choice if you know you will frequently be using them in poor weather conditions. They are also resistant to oils, fuels and lubricants.

Urethane Wheel Chocks
Urethane Wheel Chocks

 

Questions

If you don’t see what you are looking for or are unsure of what would be best for your use, give one of the sales specialists at US Cargo Control a call at 866-348-3473.

Downsizing Distress: How to Cut Clutter Before Your Next Move

We all try to ignore it — our crowded closets, disastrous drawers and garbage filled garages, but the time has come. You know you will be moving in the next few months (or years) and you have decided that it is time to cut the clutter.

This, by no means, is a simple task. It is actually quite challenging, overwhelming and intimidating. Years of collective crap has eroded and engulfed your once spacious family home, but it’s time to take it on.

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A closet in desperate need of downsizing.

Follow these tips to curb downsizing distress and declutter your way to your next dream home.

You Can Never Start Too Soon

Even if you are only beginning to consider a new home – start decluttering. If you are five years out from retiring – start decluttering. You really cannot start the process too soon. It took years to generate all of the junk. You cannot expect to have it cleared out in a matter of days. Get going as soon as possible.

Make a Plan with Measurable Goals

Before you begin sorting, create a road-map for remedying your rubbish. Set specific goals and plot them on a timeline. Remember, this entire process can be time consuming. You do not want to take on too much right away. You need to set realistic, obtainable goals and stick to them.

A key piece of advice – keep organizing and sorting tasks to two hours or less, that way you won’t burnout.

Implement a Tracking System

This is a great strategy for those with the luxury of time. If you have several months to dedicate to decluttering, implement a tracking system.

  • Clothing Closets

Start with your closet. Turn all of your hangers the opposite way. Each time you use an article of clothing, flip the hanger back to the normal direction. After a full season (fall-winter, spring-summer), donate or sell all of the items hanging the wrong way. You can use a similar system for shoes. Place them on the shelf in the opposite direction you typically store them, any pairs that remain in the wrong position must go.

  • Bathroom Cabinets and Drawers

Turn all of your bathroom products to a position where the label is facing inward or down. When you use a product turn it around so you can see the label. After a set amount of time, any products still stored with the label backwards or down need to go.

  • Kitchen Storage

Start tracking how often you are using kitchen gadgets, cookware and dish sets. This can be challenging, but helpful if you follow through. Create an inventory of your belongings and post it to your refrigerator, then when you use an item cross it off the list. Any items still on the list after a set amount of time need to be donated or sold.

Sort, Sort, Sort!

Go room by room, closet by closet and drawer by drawer. Pull all of the items from each area and sort everything into three piles: keep, donate/sell and trash. As you sort, compile a spreadsheet or notebook and jot down items you plan to keep (for now) but want to gift to specific family members and friends.

As for your adult children, it’s time to stop storing their stuff. Invite them to come to your home and sort through their childhood belongings. If they live far away, box it up and ship it to them. Any items they do not want to keep, you certainly do not need to hoard. That also goes for baby and kids clothing, accessories and furniture. If your child has outgrown it – pitch it.

Do not pack paper. Invest in a shredder and start shredding. Create a new filing system for the documents you need. It may be worth asking your accountant or attorney (or even a quick internet search) before you go crazy with the shredder. Unless you are keeping books, news clippings and magazines for a specific reason, those should go too. The same logic goes for photos and cards. Don’t forget to recycle.

As you sort, keep in mind the floorplan for your new space. If your furniture will not fit, or you have too many sets, it is time to donate or sell. Do not waste your money storing items you know you will not use.

Commit to your sorted piles. If you are going to sell, legitimately try to sell. Utilize an estate sale service, an auction company or an online based classified listing like Craigslist. Many community news organizations also offer classified services, social media does as well. Consignment shops are another option along with personal or community garage and rummage sales. Anything you do not sell, donate.

Planning, Patience and Perseverance

At the end of the day a successful downsizing endeavor will require plenty of planning, patience and perseverance. It’s up to you and you alone to follow-through.  Need some motivation?

Think about …

  • The money you’ll save in moving costs.
  • The quick cash you’ll earn from sales.
  • The fact that your donations have made a difference.
  • The relief that this tedious task is finally completed.
  • The excitement in knowing your new dream home will be clean and clutter free!

One you have successfully downsized start thinking about your actual move. If you are planning to take it on yourself check out our DIY moving supplies checklist and start thinking about the supplies you might need to make it a quick and easy move.

Wheel Chock Regulations: What’s Required & What’s Just Common Sense

Wheel chock regulations are murky. There are two different federal agencies, governing two different groups with two different requirements. Confusing?

This post aims to make the requirements more clear. image of truck driver safety handbook

Federal Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency tasked with keeping US workers safe while on the job. That being said, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a subset of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), can override OSHA regulations when it comes to specific rules related to commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

Each agency has different rules when it comes to the required use of wheel chocks.

OSHA Regulations

OSHA is very clear when it comes to wheel chocks– use them.

However, there is a hang-up. OSHA does not have jurisdiction when it comes to regulating commercial motor vehicles (like semis and buses) and their drivers. That’s up to the FMCSA. Yet, OSHA cannot be ignored, there are some exceptions.

OSHA has complete jurisdiction over all intrastate motor vehicles, those used in the workplace and on non-public roads. Examples include gravel and sand haulers, logging and agriculture haulers along with concrete mixers. OSHA also says it will enforce its wheel chock requirement on all trailers and trucks that are not classified as commercial motor vehicles.

Put simply, if you are not a commercial motor vehicle, you need to chock.

FMCSA Regulations

The FMCSA has different rules when it comes to requiring wheel chocks. The law states that air-braked power units (made on or before March of 1975) are enough to keep a commercial motor vehicles from moving during the loading and unloading process. However, the FMCSA does require blocks or chocks for all agricultural commodity trailers, pulpwood trailers and heavy haulers.

Put simply, if you are a commercial motor vehicle you likely do not need to chock, but double check to make sure your vehicle isn’t an exception.

Safety Concerns

A common safety concern involves the movement of trucks or trailers at a dock. Specifically when a forklift is loading and unloading the trailer.  It is somewhat common for trailers to creep and become disconnected from the dock lever. When this happens, it endangers the safety of the forklift operator and those working in or around the trailer at the time. Safety officials recommend drivers always set the brakes, chock the wheels and or activate the locking mechanism included on the dock.

Carriers, receivers and distributors can and do set their own policies that go up and above in regards to safety. It’s important to be aware of those policies. If a company requires wheel chocks, the policy will be enforced.Federal safety standards are considered the minimum or threshold when it comes to safety.

Wheel chocks are not required for independent CMV drivers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to have a backup plan should your brakes malfunction. Accidents do happen. Wheel chocks simply ensure that you are looking out for the safety of yourself and those around you.

 

 

 

College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

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Families move their college students into campus dorms.

If you have a college bound kid you can expect quite a few moves in the near future. We aren’t just talking about the initial move into the dorm either. Some college students move every year of their college career, frequently switching out spaces and roommates.

You might as well stock-up on a few moving essentials now, so you are prepared for current and future moves.

Should I Hire a Moving Company?

You could, but it isn’t likely your child has enough items to really make it worth your while. Instead, we recommend purchasing a few essential moving supplies (that the pros use) to make your child’s first adult move quick and easy.

Roommates arrange and assemble their new dorm room.
Roommates arrange and assemble their new dorm room.

Moving Essentials 

Moving into the dorm is the easiest move you’ll make. Most of the heavy lifting is done for you. Beds, dressers and desks are most likely included in your room fee. However, you may be lugging large electronics like a new TV, futon, microwave and mini-fridge. The following items will make your move even more simple:

A hand truck will make moving furniture and boxes a breeze. The luxury of wheels will minimize heavy lifting, reducing your risk of injury and fatigue.

Basic Steel Hand Truck
Basic Steel Hand Truck
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Forearm Forklift Moving Straps

Moving straps help distribute the weight of big objects more evenly, again reducing the risk of muscle strain. Straps like the TeamStrap, Forearm Forklift and Shoulder Dolly are designed for two people to use and lift big items. Those straps force you to using larger muscle groups, which will free up your hands to better control that runaway mini-fridge avoiding damage to appliances and furniture.

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Pro Mover moving blankets

Avoid hauling big boxes and pre-assemble furniture, like that new futon or shelf, before you go. This is a great option if you have a pickup truck or trailer handy for the move. After assembly, you’ll need to wrap the furniture in moving blankets or pads to keep it safe during transit. The blankets can be used for other bulky items or as packaging material as well. Carrying wrapped items inside will also help you avoid nicking the walls. This tip may sound like a hassle at first, but it will save you time the day of the move – freeing up the afternoon for a leisurely lunch, campus tour or any last minute shopping trips — like to the university book store where you can purchase that cheesy “proud parent” sweatshirt that’s sure to embarrass your college freshman.

Reusable Supplies  

 It may seem like overkill to stock up on professional moving supplies when your child is making a relatively minor move into the dorms – but remember off campus living is coming. That move will require much heavier lifting as you’ll be furnishing an apartment or house where an elevator will likely not be accessible. Having these few items on hand will make many moves on and off campus that much easier.

Vehicle Shipment 

Some families don’t want their child driving long distances to get back to school. Shipping the vehicle might actually be a smart option to avoid an expensive gas bill, tolls and long days on the road. Especially if your college student has a bit of an unreliable car.

US Cargo Control Webbing Donated to Children’s Library Program

US Cargo Control webbing, used to manufacture ratchet straps and other cargo control equipment, will be re-purposed for a children’s library program in Banks County, Georgia. The leftover materials were donated and will be used to create handles on library bags for children who receive new library cards or visit the library for the first time. The program is designed to get area kiddos excited about visiting the library and reading.

US Cargo Control webbing was donated to a library program in Georgia.
A children’s library program in Georgia received a donation of USCC webbing to be used for library bags.

Clickstop Inc., owns and operates several brands including US Cargo Control. The Banks County Public Library contacted the brand about the possibility of donating extra webbing. Company leaders felt it would have been a missed opportunity not to help.

“The webbing we donated was leftover from the manufacturing process,” Clickstop Chief Culture Officer Jim Mayhew explained. “Why wouldn’t we donate it to a program that is helping children learn to read? Those materials could have easily been wasted.”

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Members of the company’s manufacturing team cut the webbing to specification for the library bags.

Employees in the company’s manufacturing department custom cut the webbing to the size needed for the bags. The company than shipped enough vibrantly colored pieces to create handles for 50 bags.

The tote bags will be assembled by a church sewing club in Banks County, GA. All materials for the bags are donated, mostly by generous community members. Though over time, program leaders began to worry they may not be able to keep creating the library bags because of the cost of materials, especially the webbing for the handles.

That’s when Banks County Public Library Manager Stacy Krumnow went online and began asking companies to donate scrap materials. Very few responded, until she found US Cargo Control.

“We are so excited and thankful,” Krumnow said. “If it helps one child boosts his or her confidence to love to read then your company has made a difference in the future of that child and our community.”

Just this summer alone the library has distributed 50 reading bags to kids. The library also provides tutoring and lunch programs for children in the community, and works closely with the school district that serves about 2,600 students in the area.

Annual Brake Check Campaign Starts Sept. 6th

Inspectors will be on the prowl for faulty brakes in early September.

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An Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer inspects a semi truck during Roadcheck 2015 at a state operated scale in Brandon, IIA (June 2, 2015). 

During the week of September 6–12, law enforcement officers in the US, Canada and Mexico will perform brake inspections as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week. Officers will look for out of adjustment brakes and brake-system violations on commercial trucks and buses. Inspectors will use this procedure.

What is Brake Safety Week?

Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

CVSA officials say brake related issues were the most common out-of-service violation during the organization’s International Roadcheck Campaign in 2014. Experts say incorrectly installed and poorly maintained brakes can increase the stopping distance on large commercial vehicles – threatening the safety of other drivers and their passengers.

What do the Brake Inspections Involve?

According to the CVSA, law enforcement officers will look for loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fuel leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other bad system components. Defective brakes will result in the officers putting the truck or bus out of service until repairs can be made.

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This program is not to be taken lightly. Last year, inspectors combed through nearly 13,500 vehicles during Brake Safety Week and placed more than 2,000 vehicles out of service for violations. Law enforcement officers have inspected more than 3.4 million brakes since the program launched in 1998.

New Transport Chain & Binder Packages Now Available

US Cargo Control is now offering chain and binder packages.

There are 45 different combinations of kits available varying in grade, size and style. Each combination includes one chain and one binder and meets the standards of the National Association of Chain Manufactures (NACM), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

The prepackaged kits are cheaper compared to buying the equipment separately. The packages are also a convenient option for those who may not be sure what size chains and binders work together. The kit offerings simply take the hassle out of trying to figure out what you need.

Grade 70, Grade 80, Grade 100 and Grade 120 options are all available.

Kit Descriptions

Grade 70 5/16" x 16' Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit
Grade 70 5/16″ x 16′ Kit

A Grade 70 Transport Chain and Binder Package is available. It includes one, Grade 70 carbon steel chain with a yellow, zinc chromate finish and a ratchet binder featuring a forged steel handle. The size, break-strength and working load limit are displayed on the handle.

Grade 80 5/16" x 15' Chain- Peerless Ratchet Binder Kit
Grade 80 5/16″ x 15′ Chain- Peerless Ratchet Binder Kit

Another Grade 70 kit is available. It includes one, Grade 70 Transport Chain and one, Peerless QuikBinder Plus Ratchet LoadBinder. The Quikbinder is a trademarked tool that is boasted as a safer, stronger, faster and more functional load binder compared to the more basic ratchet and lever styles. A Grade 80 kit is also available, featuring a QuikBinder and Grade 80 alloy chain.

Grade 100 5/16" x 15' Durabilt Ratchet Binder Kit
Grade 100 5/16″ x 15′ Chain- Durabilt Ratchet Binder Kit

The Grade 100 Kit includes one, Grade 100 Chain made with alloy steel and one, Durabilt Truck-Tight Ratchet Chain Binder. The Truck-Tight binder is made with forged alloy steel and features a powder coat finish.

The Grade 120 package includes one, Grade 120 Pewag Grade Square Link Transport Chain and one, Pewag Ratchet Binder. This powerful chain features a square link profile that provides superior strength and is resistant to damage. The blue color is also known industry-wide as the identifying color for Grade 120.

Grade 120 9/32" x 16' Pewag Chain- Pewag Binder Kit
Grade 120 9/32″ x 16′ Pewag Chain- Pewag Binder Kit

Contact US Cargo Control 

Product experts are available by phone to answer questions, take orders and provide information on bulk quantity pricing. You can call one of them toll free at 866-348-3473. Free shipping is available on orders of more than $2,000.

Tips for Avoiding Injury with a Lever Load Binder

Safety is a priority in the trucking industry.

In 2012, truck drivers were three times more likely to receive a nonfatal injury on the job compared to the average US adult worker, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports the most common injuries in the trucking industry include strains and sprains, bruising, fractures, cuts and soreness. These issues are typically caused by drivers overexerting, crashing, failing or being hit with an object.

Lever load binders can contribute to that risk, but there are precautions drivers can take to keep themselves and others safe.

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A lever chain binder used to tighten chain and secure a load to a flatbed trailer.

Lever Load Binders

Lever load binders have been used in the industry for decades and still are today. They use leverage to tighten chain and secure cargo to a trailer.

This specific style requires a lot of energy to engage, about 170 lbs., according to the organization Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis, or TIRES. The force needed to operate the lever can easily cause sprains and strains.

Cheater Bars

Because lever binders require so much strength, drivers are often tempted to use a cheater bar to help tighten and release the handle. Using a cheater bar increases the risk of injury.

If the driver loses his or her grip, the lever and bar can snap or kickback and hit the driver. The bar can also fly off the lever and risk hitting people or property nearby.  Cheater bars can also exceed the working load limit, causing the strap or chain to break.

Cheater bars are considered dangerous, and are not recommended.

Peerless QuikBinder Plus™ Ratchet Loadbinder - 1/2"-5/8"
Peerless QuikBinder Plus™ Ratchet Loadbinder – 1/2″-5/8″

Alternative Binders

Ratchet binders are generally known throughout the industry as the safer option and require less energy to engage, about 10 lbs., according to TIRES. The ratchet design also gradually releases unlike a lever.

Another option includes the patented QuikBinder PLUS which is touted as stronger, safer and more functional compared to a standard ratchet or lever binder.

 

Lever Binder Safety Tips  

If you are going to continue using a lever binder here are a few precautionary safety tips:

  • Routinely inspect the binder for wear, do not use it if you see bending and cracks.
  • Do not operate the lever binder with more than one person
  • Do not operate the lever binder while you or someone else is standing on the load
  • Operate the lever binder in a way that you are on the ground, with secure footing
  • Never use a cheater bar to tighten or release the load
  • Always tighten, by hand, in a downward manner
  • Be aware of the line of fire should you lose your grip
  • Always wear gloves to keep your grip and to protect your hands.

US Cargo Control offers many styles of chain binders, including lever, ratchet and the QuikBinder Plus. You can check out the full binder inventory by visiting the website or by calling a sales specialists at 866-348-3473.

Customer Photos: Hotshot Rig & Tie Downs

A special shout out to loyal US Cargo Control customer Randy Eilerts.

Randy runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa. His company Tallgrass Trucking LLC ., uses a heavy duty pickup truck to pull a flatbed trailer. That compares to a more traditional setup, like a semi tractor-trailer combination. Randy trusts US Cargo Control to outfit his rig with tie down equipment. Pictured, he’s hauling a heavy, flatbed load and secured it with US Cargo Control ratchet straps, corner protectors, chain and lever binders.

Thanks for the photos, Randy!

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.

 

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.

 

Why Should I use a QuikBinder Plus as a Chain Binder?

Safety is a big concern when it comes to securing large loads to a flatbed trailer.

The Peerless QuikBinder Plus Ratchet Loadbinder is boasted as a safer, stronger, faster and more functional load binder compared to the more basic ratchet and lever binder styles. It can be quickly installed and can be used in three positions: the ratchet extension, the ratchet take-up and a free-spin setting that allows for adjusting in either direction.

Peerless QuikBinder Plus™ Ratchet Loadbinder - 1/2"-5/8"
Peerless QuikBinder Plus™ Ratchet Loadbinder – 1/2″-5/8″

This trademarked chain binder is compatible with both grade 70 transport chain and grade 80 alloy chain. There are three available sizes 5/16’’-3/8’’, 3/8’’-1/2’’ and 1/2’’- 5/8’’ with working load limits of 7,100 lbs., 12,000 lbs., and 18,100 lbs., respectively.The working load limit is also permanently displayed on the handle.

The folded handle is an enhanced safety feature that keeps the handle out of the way after the load is secured. It also makes the binder easy to hang and store.

Security is another perk. The QuikBinder Plus can be locked with a padlock, making it more difficult to mess with the binder, assembly and load.

This chain binder is heat treated, proof tested and is in compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) standards.

If you’d like to learn more give a US Cargo Control sales specialist a call at 866-348-3473.

Beautiful Big Rigs & Antique Trucks Descend on Walcott for Jamboree

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The 36th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree runs Thurs. July 9, 2015 -Sat. July 11, 2015 at the World’s Largest Truck Stop off of Interstate 80 in Walcott, Iowa.

There’s a big trucker party happening in eastern Iowa.

The 36th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicked off Thursday morning and runs through Saturday. The event is happening at The World’s Largest Truck Stop located off of Interest 80 in Walcott, Iowa. Organizers at the truck stop are expecting upwards of 45,000 people over three days.

“We are having a party about everything trucking,” Iowa 80 Truck Stop Marketing Manager Heather DeBaillie said. “Whether you are a driver looking for a new job, or if you want to see some of the new things in the industry … we’ve got it all here.”

The big bash features truck-themed events including the Super Truck Beauty Contest, Antique Truck Display and more than 175 exhibits.

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The Super Truck Beauty Contest opened the Walcott Truckers Jamboree on Thurs., July 9, 2015.

Super Truck Beauty Contest

The crowds were bustling Thursday morning as the show got underway, starting with the Super Truck Beauty Contest. People came from all over to show off their beautiful big rigs.Many of the trucks were recently redone from the inside-out and sported a custom paint jobs and flawless interiors.

Rod Jaeger has been coming to the Walcott Truckers Jamboree for 15 years. This year, he showed off a truck he rehabbed by hand.

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The inside of Rod Jaeger’s refurbished 1976 Peterbilt at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, Thurs., July 9, 2015.

“It’s a 1976 and I completely redid it. I went through the whole thing,” Jaeger explained. “Everything is pretty much new.”

Jaeger is in the trucking business and hauls large farm machinery and construction equipment for a living, but revamps rigs on the side. He loves to show off his work once the truck is complete.

“It’s neat to see people’s reactions to what you did,” he said.

Participants in the contest range from hobbyists to businessmen.

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Members of DB Kustom Trucks pose next to a rig they revitalized, showing it off during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 9, 2015.

Dave and Dan Brown revitalize old trucks for a living. The twin brothers started their business DB Kustom Trucks about a year ago. The pair showed two finished trucks during this year’s Super Truck Beauty Contest.

The brothers take old trucks and completely gut them, installing new parts and mechanics, and then customize the paint and interior to the driver’s specifications. The pair revamp about 60 trucks per year, and this year it was a mad-dash to get one truck ready to go.

“Before the show we had nothing in the interior, like the day of,” Dave Brown said. “So, it was scrambling the last hour, getting up early in the morning and putting everything together.”

 

Antique Truck Display

For some attendees the Walcott Jamboree is all about history built on tradition.

Ohio resident Dave Schroyer makes the drive every year to experience and contribute to the Jamboree’s Antique Truck Display.

“It [antique truck collecting] is a disease,” Schroyer laughed. “It’s an expensive disease.”

Members of the Schroyer family have been coming to the annual jamboree since it started in 1979. The family is in the trucking business – mostly hauling hazardous materials, but is heavily involved with antique truck collecting on the side. Schroyer’s favorite part of the long weekend is seeing the vintage trucks.

“The old stuff is more our cup of tea,” he explained.

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Larry Steve, of Dubuque, Iowa, stands next to his 1927 Mack A13 during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree Antique Truck Display on Thurs., July 9, 2015.

The same can be said for Iowa resident Larry Steve.

Sporting a button up, denim and cowboy hat, Steve stood proudly next to his bright blue, refurbished 1927 Mack truck. It was a massive undertaking to get the old truck to the beautiful place it is today.

“When we got it, it was a dump truck. Really, rough,” Steve explained. “The motor was stuck. The transmission bearings were all gone. It took my Dad and me five years to put it back together.”

old mac 2Steve and his father were in the towing business together, so they also installed a wrecker on the back of the truck.

Steve has attended the jamboree annually for more than two decades and proudly keeps coming back.

“I get to visit with some of my buddies. It’s just a good time. People are great here,” he said.

Jim Peterson made the trip from Illinois to show off his 1947 Ford pickup truck. He bought an old farm truck that has been in his community about 30 years ago. It’s been a work in progress restoring it.

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A 1947 Ford Pickup truck belonging to Jim Peterson of Maple Park, IL.

“I remember when I was a little kid a neighboring farmer had it, and before him another farmer in our area had it,” Peterson said. “It came up at auction and I bought it.”

Peterson’s father-in-law and brother-in-law did most of the body restoration. His in-laws have been coming to the Jamboree since its inception. Peterson started tagging along a few years ago as he approached retirement as a driver himself. He comes back each year to chat with the other truckers.

“Oh, just talking. Old stories, truck stories,” he laughed.

Trucker Appreciation

The Walcott Jamboree is held each year as a thank you to drivers and to celebrate the trucking industry as a whole. What started 36 years ago as a small party with a few hay bales and a cookout has turned into a huge bash featuring an Iowa pork chop cookout, two firework displays and two nights of live country music.

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A photo of a group of trucks entered in the Super Truck Beauty Contest at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree on Thurs., July 9, 2015.

“Our goal for this is twofold: it’s to appreciate customers and truck drivers but also to expose the general public who maybe don’t know much about the trucking industry,” Marketing Manager Heather DeBaillie said. “It gives them a chance to come out, look at trucks up close and hopefully gain a better appreciation for what everybody does.”

On Thursday night, the truck stop featured Natalie Stovall & The Drive live on stage. Last year, the group was named as a must see act by Rolling Stone Country.

Friday night, The Josh Abbott Band will perform live as part of their ‘Where’s The Party Tour.’ Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.

Admission is free and parking is free throughout the entire event.

“We just encourage everyone to come on out and have a good time,” DeBaillie said.

The 36th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree will close at 5 p.m., Saturday July 11th.