Friday, May 16, 2008

Mini Car Hauler for Mini Cooper

Possibly the smallest car hauler in the world! Manufacturer, Dan Skorcz 714-936-9613

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Allied Yucaipa

Does anyone know what's happening with Allied? They're sending owner operators back from Las Vegas empty, even though they (Allied Holdings) could make 35% on any of the freight that the drivers found on their own at the auction. Is anyone driving the bus?

Cottrell sued. Again.

Madison County Record | Cottrell, Inc. named in St. Clair County personal injury suit: "Cottrell, Inc. named in St. Clair County personal injury suit"

Hard to believe, but there is another Cottrell lawsuit in the news.

This time, apparently it is Cottrell's fault that their trailers get backed into things and bend the frame that encloses the loading skid. It is also their fault that the frame gets dirty and doesn't get washed. It is their fault that loading ramps wear out and don't get replaced. This is madness!

I've seen loading skids that stubbornly refused to go in properly or come out easily. It does take excessive force in some instances to use them. When the frame is not damaged, however, the design on the Cottrell trailer works great because there are two huge roller bearings that make it slide in and out much like the drawer of a filing cabinet.

On a trailer of this size, there is no way you could engineer a design that would not be susceptible to damage if the driver backs into a high curb or something (a common way these skid boxes get tweaked). I've seen Boydstun trailers that had the same problem.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

GM Strike idling Penske auto transport

MyFox Kansas City | GM Strike Causes Supplier Layoffs: "GM Strike Causes Supplier Layoffs"

This is all in addition to the strike at Lansing and the threatened strike in Ohio. Look for more plant closures as the domestic auto makers grow weaker due to economic conditions and continued labor problems.

Jack Cooper Auto Transport

Trying to get a small UPS shipment in to Jack Cooper Transport-- UPS won't go in because of the strike in Kansas City.