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Tesla Semi Tractor… Fully-loaded 0-60 in 20 seconds

Trucks November 18, 2017

Tesla Semi Tractor... Fully-loaded 0-60 in 20 seconds

Elon Musk has now revealed the new Tesla semi truck, a tractor that’s more aerodynamic, more environmentally friendly, and faster than any semi truck ever built, showing graphs that made regular tractors appear to be barely moving compared with the fast-accelerating Tesla option. Truckers, can you imagine a fully weighted 0-60 in 20 seconds?

Of course, the first thing people wanted to know was how expensive it would be — how could semi truck owner/operators and companies purchase such a truck, given Tesla’s high price tags? While the final cost of the vehicle is unknown as of yet, Musk gave out an estimate that because of the lower costs associated with owning one of the semis, owners could make back what they paid in two years or less.

The loss of the engine is the truck’s gain, as it allows the vehicle to be roomier. It is also upgraded with the Tesla AutoPilot feature, with two screens on each side of the driver (the driver will be seated in the middle of the truck as opposed to the left side). With the ability to go from 0-60 in five seconds as an empty truck, and 0-60 in twenty seconds with a full load, the semi’s appearance and performance put it squarely in the future of trucking.

While truckers still hold some reservations (the biggest being that the truck can travel for 500 miles without needing a recharge while diesel-fueled vehicles can go for much longer and take a shorter time to fuel), Musk continues explore how best to serve the trucking industry in ways that will make it more efficient and better for the environment. If he manages to solve the fueling issue, we might well be on our way to highways full of responsibly fueled semi trucks. Another issue is the lack of a sleeping area, but since this is the first step in introducing the world to an electric semi, it is assumed that there will be arrangements and redesigns made in the future.

With the drive system guaranteed for a million miles and future upgrades in the works, Tesla might just have created a vehicle that will compete with the likes of Peterbilt and Kenworth. Though the semi will not be available until 2019, there are already large companies like JB Hunt, Loblaw and Wal-Mart that have signed on to try out a limited number of these trucks.

Musk also showed the updated Tesla Roadster, which can go from 0-60 in under two seconds, which gives it the distinction of being the only production car ever made to accelerate at that speed. It’s to be expected that Musk and Tesla would want to improve on the sports car — there are plenty of people with enough money to buy these beautiful, environmentally friendly vehicles to make it profitable. What was unexpected about the night was that this was not the only announcement made about a new Tesla vehicle.

Tesla already has orders for at least 45 vehicles, some that will be put to use in Canada and others that will be driven in the United States. Whether they will continue to be sold and used, and if they will be sent elsewhere remains to be seen, but Musk’s confidence in the product and the innovations used seem to have inspired a new wave of exploration into environmentally conscious products.

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Kenworth W900 – ‘Worth’ Its Weight

Trucks November 9, 2017

Kenworth W900

I wrote about the Kenworth corporation and their K-series a few months ago, but this time around I’m going to talk about the W900, a model so popular that it is still being produced despite its classic design.

The Kenworth W900 is produced in North America and Australia, and has been on the market since 1961. It’s a Class 8 truck along the lines of the Peterbilt 379, with a 180-600 engine available from Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, or PACCAR, in a variety of sizes ranging from 9 to 16 liters. There are three transmissions options, all automatic: the 10-speed, 13-speed, or 18-speed. The wheelbase averages around 285 inches. There are several sleeper options available for the W900, ranging from a 38” Aerocab Flattop Sleeper to an 86” Studio Sleeper, making this a convenient way to watch a budget or upgrade to something a bit fancier.

While the W900 (The “W” stands for Worthington) has undergone major updates through every decade, it’s still the same quality truck underneath. There are a few versions of the vehicle, including the W900L (The “Long” version), and the “V.I.T.” (Very Important Trucker), which was introduced during the American Centennial. The V.I.T. came with double beds and a refrigerator, and these options began to be included in later versions of the W900 as people began to want more extras for traveling longer distances.

The W900L is one of Kenworth’s top sellers, especially for owner-operators. It was at first intended as a special edition version of the W900, which had made an appearance in the James Bond Film “License To Kill”. However, due to its popularity, it became a regular option rather than merely a short-run special edition. The “Long” version has a 10” longer BBC for a total of 130 inches. It officially became a regular sale item in 1989.

For the W900’s 25th birthday, an ICON900 was released, complete with its own special badge and almost all the brightwork or chrome options available. In the late 80’s, the T600 was created as a more aerodynamic cousin of sorts to the W900, but the W900 continued to be so popular that it was never retired. There are also two versions of the original W900, the W900A and the W900B, the biggest difference between them being one as round headlights (the W900A), and one has square headlights (W900B). The round headlights, of course, became more popular as time went on, but the early W900B could still be ordered with the specification of round headlights.

As the W-series waned (there were buses similar in appearance to the K-series, as well as other interurban vehicles like mass transit buses), the W900 continued to go strong, its quality, durability, and comfort popular with drivers nationwide. Showing no signs of stopping, this truck looks like it will be around for a very, very long time. With their focus on special orders (like fleet of trucks for the Great Northern Railway) and popularity with small businesses, they have a good grasp of what the market wants, and the W900 provides.

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Supertrucks

Trucks November 7, 2017

Supertrucks

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Super Truck”? Do you picture a Superman-esque cape flying behind a speeding pickup, or a Batman-like cowl draped around a truck slowly, quietly moving through the city? While super trucks don’t really wear capes, nor are they used for search and rescue missions, they are bigger, more powerful, and able to take more wear and tear than the regular truck.

Super trucks are typically commercial trucks, used in a myriad of ways that utilize their heavy-duty status. There are several companies that manufacture these big guys, including, Nissan, Denby, Daewoo, Samsung, and Bering HDMX, and some make multiple versions of the trucks to enable clients to choose what works best for them, whether they want an 8-ton truck or a 25-ton cargo truck, an 8-ton or 24-ton dump truck, or a mixer or tractor.

Hyundai’s super truck is just such a product, a line of vehicles rather than one particular model. They’re usually rear-wheel drive, with a manual or automatic transmission, and are capable of hauling up to 25 tons. They’re used for all sorts of commercial work, and are competitive with other brands such as Samsung and Daewoo. They’re available in North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Nissan’s Diesel Big Thumb was popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s, competing with such vehicles as the Hino Profia, the Isuzu Giga, and the Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great, which were also made available in Australia and New Zealand. After the Big Thumb retired, the Nissan Diesel Quon took over.

Hyundai’s New Power Truck became available in 2004, again with a variety of options, including different transmission packages, engine options, and cargo availabilities. Whether buyers wanted a truck to haul cargo, dump, mix concrete, or work as a tractor, Hyundai provided an array of possibilities with four or more choices in each category.

The Denby Eco-Link, another super truck, hails from the UK and is designated as a super lorry, and although it has been tested for quite some time, is still the subject of much debate because of its size and weight. Embroiled in a legal battle since 2004, it is not legal to be sold in the UK, although a loophole was found that allowed it to be tested on public roads. It remains to be seen whether the Denby Eco-Link, a truck that was built to answer the need for an environmentally friendly, productive, safe cargo vehicle, will at some point in the future be able to service the UK. It is, however, legal in the Netherlands.

If you are not familiar with super trucks, they are worth looking into and I recommend learning more about them. They are an interesting group of vehicles, and without recognition of all they’re capable of, they are sometimes looked over for flashier models. Without them we would not be able to keep large areas clean, we could not put down new roads, and we would be unable to haul cargo over long distances. Without them, commerce would be nigh impossible. So when you see a super truck next, be sure and notice just how much they’re capable of — they’re pretty heroic in their own right.

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Cowboy Cadillacs – Serious RVing

RVs November 7, 2017

Cowboy Cadillacs - Serious RVing

Looking through the inventory of this legendary RV company, I’d have to say I’d be tempted to follow their advice and ride in comfort in one of these big, beautiful vehicles. “Save a horse … Ride a Cowboy Cadillac Coach!”

They offer four main models of coach: the “Champaign”, the “Moody Blue”, the “North Star”, and the “Serendipity”. The Serendipity is a neutral-tone, luxurious model, with tile on the floors in the kitchen and bathroom, leather couches, and a pop-out sleeper. It would bring to mind a resort at a private beach, or an island getaway. With its light coloring and glamorous additions, it would make a perfect vehicle for someone who wanted to get away without having to fly to get there.

The “North Star” is darker in decor, with a deep chocolate brown throughout the interior, in the tile, carpeting, and drapes. It would remind one of a visit to a late-night jazz club performance, or a smoky bar with music playing quietly in the background. One would also think of whiskey and cigars being made available for an even more relaxing experience.

The “Moody Blue” is my favorite, with a more rustic interior. A faux brickwork floor, bi-colored upholstery, and a more open floor plan make this one feel like the inside of a ranch. Its warm coloring paired with spacious accommodations would make anyone feel right at home. While it has the appearance of simplicity, however, do not be fooled. This model is just as full of amenities and quality as the others.

The “Champaign”, on the other hand, looks like its insides belong to a luxurious ocean liner or vintage railcar, complete with sconces, wrap-around seating, and faux wood paneling. One could even pretend, if the road noise were muted, that they had gone back in time to an oil baron’s lavish quarters.

The company is a family business, first owned and operated by Warren Pearce. After his death, his daughter and children took over providing what they call premier entertainment coaches to clients. With their knowledge of the entertainment industry and their background in music, the Mullens family is well-equipped to provide customers with the perfect package.

If you want to learn more about these beautiful coaches, you can view the galleries on their website, www.cowboycadillaccoach.com which provides several photos of each type of coach. You can also follow them on their Facebook page, which indicates how to contact them and where they’re located, should you want to visit. There are also plenty of photos and videos to keep you entertained as you marvel at these fantastic models.

With 5-star reviews, quality service, and gorgeous vehicles, the Cowboy Cadillac Coach company is at the top of the line. If you know of a musician, band, or other performers who are on the lookout for a new road vehicle, you might want to point them in the direction of the Cowboy Cadillac Coach. It sure beats riding a tired horse, wishing there were a way to protect yourself from the dust and the heat. The Mullens family is right — the way of the future is definitely being driven by these magnificent coaches.

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Deora, DIY Custom Truck that Became a ‘Golden’ Hit

Weird Vehicles November 6, 2017

Deora, DIY Custom Truck that Became a 'Golden' Hit

In the mid-1960’s, a custom truck was created that has lived on in automobile history, from taking part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Detroit Autorama, to becoming a plastic model kit and one of the first Hot Wheels cars. This was the Deora, a modified Dodge A100 pickup that went from a blue collar vehicle to a glittering star.

The Deora’s creation started with two brothers, Mike and Larry Alexander. In 1964, they commissioned a designer by the name of Harry Bentley Bradley. Once the design was complete, the vehicle was taken apart and put back together in a sequence reminiscent of the creation of Frankenstein’s Monster, though this experiment would end on a positive note.

The custom vehicle was completed and then shown in the Detroit Autorama in 1967, garnering nine awards, including the Ridler award, which is named after the first promoter of the Detroit Autorama, Don Ridler. The award is given to the vehicle that wins “Best In Show” and has been awarded to deserving vehicles ever since the 12th Annual Detroit Autorama. The Autorama is also known by another name, “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show”, which hints at the type of vehicles allowed entry: custom vehicles and hot rods only.

While most of the parts for the Deora came from the Dodge A100, it was also comprised of a windshield from a 1960 Ford station wagon. The A100 comes as a compact two-door (truck or van), with a slant-6 engine, a 3-speed transmission (either manual or automatic), and a wheelbase of 90 inches. The remodel moved the transmission and engine about 15 inches backward, and the windshield became the entryway. The Deora was painted gold, and given the name “Deora” after a contest, although it is likely that the boy who named it meant to call it “Dorado”, the Spanish word for “golden”.

The altered pickup was so popular with crowds and companies alike that Chrysler opted to lease the vehicle and display it alongside their own concept cars. After a few years, however, the Deora was sold and then re-emerged in the late 1980’s, when it was restored and used to celebrate the Detroit Autorama’s 50th anniversary. With its glittering body, futuristic design, and glowing history, the Deora is a car most likely not to be forgotten.

As a Hot Wheels car, the Deora has seen a few iterations over the years, including a mark II version that arrived in 2000. In 2003, Chip Foose was tasked with building a life-size, working Deora II for Hot Wheels’ 35th anniversary celebration. It had a Cadillac Northstar V8 engine installed. The vehicle even made an appearance on screen, as a prominent feature in the Hot Wheels Highway 35 film, as well as in various video games, including Hot Wheels Velocity X and Hot Wheels: World Race.

In 2009, the original Deora was unearthed again, and this time was put up for sale in California in an auction. It was sold to an unknown buyer for $324,500. Although it has disappeared yet again, I like to imagine that it will be brought out to celebrate the more unique visions of America’s greatest vehicle builders again, and someday soon.

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The Chevrolet / GMC Van

Vans November 6, 2017

Chevrolet GMC Van

From 1964 to 1995, the Chevrolet GMC van (along with its competitors the Ford E-Series and the Dodge Ram van) was a popular choice for all sorts of vocational workers, such as plumbers, florists, and caterers. Its size and options, along with the inexpensive upkeep made it a practical choice for many small businesses during this period. It succeeded the Chevrolet Greenbriar Sportswagon, later to be replaced itself by the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana.

The Chevrolet/GMC van was a compact van with a forward engine design and a standard four-cylinder engine, and the choice between a 3-speed manual transmission or a 2-speed automatic transmission, as well as optional additions including a passenger seat and heating. Its boxy shape and flat windshield became a classic look for vans in the 1960’s and 1970’s, though as those decades passed, the Chevy/GMC was renovated to have a more modern look.

With production taking place in Quebec, Canada and Ohio and Michigan in the United States, the Chevy/GMC van made its rounds across North America, and became a popular van to convert with the likes of Curtis and Starcraft. Throughout the years, manufacturers also added onto the van, either to keep up with regulations or to modernize the vehicle.

The Chevrolet/GMC van not only became popular with the general public because of its versatility and capabilities, it garnered fame by appearing on the A-Team series. A 1983 version of the van was utilized on the show, customized to meet the characters’ needs. The 1983 van came with a 6.2 diesel engine, a revised grille, automatic overdrive, and a new steering wheel design.

In 1990, the van became the last van to be upgraded to 15-passenger capabilities, after the Dodge Ram Wagon and Ford Econoline did so in the 1970’s. It had to extend its wheelbase to do so, jumping up to 146 inches. This size was kept for the remainder of its five years in production. There was talk of an electric van from GMC, but because of safety concerns and the high cost of production, it was scrapped and never revisited.

As with all good things, the life of the Chevrolet/GMC had to come to an end. Though it was succeeded by the GMC Savana, the van continues to be fondly remembered by many people because of the nostalgia associated with its use. Fortunately, there are still people who have preserved their love of the GMC van by restoring vintage vans — replacing the windshields, repainting and reupholstering, and changing out various machine parts.

If you’re interested in joining a community of other people who enjoy vintage vans as much as you do, you can join online groups on Facebook, Ebay and Pinterest, as well as groups like the Vintage Chevy Van Club. There are a host of fans, around the world, who love celebrating these excellent vehicles, and they will be happy for you to join them in preserving these nostalgic vans. If you are interested, you can also purchase your own van and use these groups and forums in asking for help in rebuilding a van.

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Travel Trailers, the Ultimate in Luxury RVing when You Want a Daily Driver Too

RVs November 6, 2017

Travel Trailers, the Ultimate in Luxury RVing when You Want a Daily Driver Too

I remember when there were plenty of RVs on the road. I even spent a few weeks in one, traveling from the southern U.S. to Pennsylvania. I remember loving being able to move around while we drove down the road, and I enjoyed the compactness of it. I liked small spaces, and to be able to travel in comfort was a novelty. I was used to riding in the back of an Isuzu Trooper cross-country, and while I do have fond memories of that experience, it wasn’t exactly luxurious.

Now, of course, with many people unable to afford the gas prices of an RV, let alone the price of an RV and its upkeep, there aren’t as many on the roads these days. Fortunately, there is a way to keep traveling in comfort and style without emptying the piggy bank completely. The travel trailer is a nice balance between comfort and affordability.

Also called a camper trailer or a caravan, these miniature RVs hook up to your vehicle. They can range from being hardly more than a raised tent to a cozy hotel-like room. Many people use the same routes year after year, parking in designated camping spots and greeting the same friends annually. It’s a subculture all its own, with vocabulary not used by the masses. There are people who travel from town to town, working odd jobs as they can find them (often called “workamping” as opposed to “glamping” or camping), others are retired and wish to travel, and still others just use them for vacations.

The travel trailer is a popular recreational vehicle in Canada and the U.S., as well as Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. There are different kinds according to each owner’s needs, including the standard travel trailer (like the Airstream), the hybrid travel trailer (with pop-up and hard sides), the fifth-wheel trailer (which utilizes a smaller version of a semi hitch), off-road trailers (allowing campers to traverse countryside otherwise impossible), the toy hauler (for ATVs, four-wheelers, motorbikes, etc.), and the double-decker trailer (which is only two decks once the vehicle is not in motion).

With such little space in which to travel, these trailers are often built with multi-purpose use in mind, such as the beds that are converted to seating areas during the daytime, slide-out rooms, and miniature appliances such as a washer, dryer, microwave, refrigerator, and stove. Depending on the country and the make of the model, the travel trailer may also have such items as air-conditioning and external barbecue points.

If you’re eager to try something new for a family vacation, or you’re in search of a new hobby and want to see more of the country, then you may be the perfect candidate for a travel trailer. There are several brands to choose from, whether new or vintage, and customization is available for nearly every trailer nowadays. Fitted for your convenience and made for you down to the last detail, these travel trailers will be put to plenty of use for several years to come. Travel trailers are a great way to broaden your horizons, and if you are able, purchasing or leasing one will avail you of many opportunities not able to be taken before.

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Haulmark RVs, a Luxury RV that Does Everything

RVs November 6, 2017

Haulmark RVs, a Luxury RV that Does Everything

Whether you’re looking for a motorhome, a stacker, or trailer, or even all three, it can be difficult to find one of each. Some companies only make motorhomes, others only make stackers and trailers, and some only make trailers and motorhomes.

Haulmark not only has motorhomes, but motor garages (for your racing vehicles) and a sport deck (for a horse trailer or recreational trailer). Whatever you’re hauling, and wherever you’re going, Haulmark promises to provide everything you need. So what separates them from their some of their competition?

According to the company, they pride themselves on providing luxury at great value, meaning that the rich and famous aren’t the only ones able to afford them. They offer wooden cabinetry, unique floorplans that make the most of small spaces, and touches that make your motorhome feel less like a machine and more of a home.

Luxury items include marble backsplash, cedar-lined closets, a king bed, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. A garden shower is available in some models, as well as 42” and 32” inch televisions, heated porcelain floors in the kitchen and bath, LED lighting, and crown molding.

If you haven’t seen Haulmark RVs, you might want to take a look at these beautiful, breathtaking motorhomes. They look like the insides of expensive houses, complete with throw pillows, soft carpeting, and plenty of windows. Visiting their site will give you plenty of material with which to daydream.

As far as the automotive side goes, a Haulmark RV comes with an automatic 4 leg hydraulic leveling system, electric brake control, a 40k heavy duty tag hitch, welded tubular aluminum cage construction, rubberized chassis undercoating, LED brake and turn signals lights, and heated seats.

Of course, if you’re looking for something in which to travel with your other toys, you can choose to go the route of the motor garage, which lets you haul ATVs, bikes, and other smaller vehicles for your weekend or season travel plans. The motor garage allows you to travel in comfort without additional trailers. Of course, if you want a trailer to hitch to a vehicle you already have, then Haulmark can work with you to make sure you have a trailer that works for your needs.

The sports deck is also an option if you’re looking for a stripped-down version of a camper that also has space for your toys, horses, and more. Included is a full kitchen and bath, several sleeping areas, and space-making slide outs. All of these can be made custom, as there are several floorplans available.

If you’re interested in checking out the Haulmark models available, check out their website and see if one of their offerings will work for you. You can also purchase used Haulmark vehicles, or watch YouTube videos to see inside tours. If you’re more interested in selling Haulmark, you can get information from their website on becoming an authorized dealer. Whatever the case, it’s worth taking a look at these beautiful, luxurious RVs.

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