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Big Rig of the Month SSC Transport's "green glider" is the April "Rig of the Month." Based in Minden, Nebraska, this trucking company has been hauling livestock and other loads since 1976. A rebuilt Caterpillar diesel engine was installed into this 2016 Peterbilt Model 389 by Peterbilt of Sioux City technicians, and the Sioux City Body Shop did the paint and customizing. See a Video of this truck and other 2017 Peterbilt Calendar Trucks on our video page.
March 2017 March 2017 Rig of the Month A 2016 Model 367 grapple truck is the Rig of the Month for March. The vocational truck features a hydraulic grappling arm and 20-foot steel dump body with custom paint. The driver climbs onto the saddle to operate the grapple for livestock carcass recovery. Sioux Valley Rendering, of Rock Valley, Iowa, operates a small fleet of grapple trucks serving northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota.
February 2017 February 2017 Rig of the Month A cool black 2017 Peterbilt Model 389 with a 80 inch standup sleeper. Beaver Creek Enterprises, Columbus, NE, uses this truck to pull a dry bulk blower trailer. When delivered, the fine powder products in the four compartments are blown out the bottom through piping to the recipient storage facility.
January 2017 January 2017 Rig of the Month A 2017 Peterbilt Model 337 fertilizer-distribution truck. These medium-duty trucks are used to shuttle fertilizer from inventory at Petersburg and Albion, Neb., to the farmers’ application equipment in the field. The truck uses a fluid-powered auger driven by the truck’s PTO pump to dispense the chemical mix into the customer’s spreader. This truck has a 300 HP PX-7 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission.
December 2016 December 2016 Rig of the Month This selection is a Peterbilt RV Conversion, designed for a professional racing team. S & S Welding of Greenwood, Nebraska, starts with a Peterbilt chassis and builds motorcoaches and trailers. These custom projects are often constructed for pro racing teams and usually include a kitchen, lounge, tool shop and car carrier. This customized Model 389 rolling workspace helps the cars, tools and staff to arrive at and win on the track.
November 2016 November 2016 Rig of the Month This "Truck of the Month" is a 30-year-old Peterbilt classic! Kelly Lueken of Emmet, Neb., worked with a buddy to restore this 1987 Model 359, which he uses every day. This rig is popular at truck shows, because the interior is mostly in original condition. Besides repainting the cab and frame, the two truck restorers extended the frame and modified the original sleeper. The original mileage is unknown; the odometer has been replaced and the engine overhauled at Peterbilt of Norfolk.
October 2016 October 2016 Rig of the Month The brand-new Heritage Model 567. The first 20 of these vocational workhorses with special logos, accent trim and features, began rolling off the Peterbilt assembly line in late September 2016. These new limited-edition severe-duty trucks were purchased by Hinz Trucking of Elm Creek, Neb.
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September 2016 September 2016 Rig of the Month Three brand-new Peterbilt dump trucks have joined the fleet at Vogt T&T Excavating of Bennet, Nebraska. The contractor is now using 2017 Peterbilt Model 348s with a pusher axle to operate the 16-foot dump box. These dump trucks are used in excavating, grading, landscaping, basements, driveways, demolition and other dirt-moving projects in the Lincoln area and southeast Nebraska.
August 2016 August 2016 Rig of the Month A good-looking 2017 Peterbilt Model 389 with a pusher axle pulling a specialty grain trailer for Vollink Trucking of Archer, Iowa. The 50-foot-long trailer sports a tag axle, bringing the unit up to seven axles, to handle loads up to 96,000 pounds. The three hoppers in the belly dump trailer can each hold a separate ingredient for the customer. The hoppers, traps and tarp can be operated remotely from inside the cab.
July 2016 July 2016 Rig of the Month Rolling Event Center … The Iowa Motor Truck Association's special events trailer. The walls of the 48-foot-long Trailmobile are filled with displays of trucking industry photos, history and facts -- serving as an educational center during visits to schools and special events. The air conditioned space is also used as the office and headquarters for IMTA events, like the state Truck Driving Championships. The unit is pulled by a 2016 Peterbilt Model 389, courtesy of Peterbilt of Des Moines.
June 2016 June 2016 Rig of the Month This once scrapped-out 1975 Model 352 was restored by Peterbilt of Des Moines diesel technician Kevin Swanson. While the truck comes with a compact 36-inch sleeper, Kevin has converted part of the 48-foot Great Dane Stainless steel reefer trailer into the family living quarters at truck shows. The trailer is large enough for hauling a family car and golf cart to the American Truck Historical Society shows family traveling.
May 2016 MAY 2016 Rig of the Month This 2015 Peterbilt Model 348 truck carries a 4000 gallon water tank, however, it's not a fire truck. Mid-Country Machinery operates this rental truck, which is popular with contractors during dry summer months. The truck has spray bars on the front to water down the dirt at construction sites. In addition, on top of the tank is a water cannon for spraying hard-to-reach areas.
April 2016 APR 2016 Rig of the Month Kramer’s Wrecker Service, based in Grand Island, Neb., travels throughout the region to recover trucks, trailers and other heavy loads. A special built 2016 Peterbilt model 388 with a custom wrecker body. The 50-ton crane is one of the few in the region that can pull highway tractors, trailers and other loads from the ditch. Their drivers, who travel long distances for a recovery, enjoy the comfort overnight in the 58-inch low-roof sleeper. The truck features a 600 hp engine with 2050 torque and a pusher axle to handle extra-heavy loads.