Many owner-operators are doing everything they can to protect the long investment they’ve made in their older equipment by trying to find different things to do so they don’t have to go to California.
One driver doesn’t mind the restriction: “Run your State the way you see fit,” he said, “and I will run my trucking company the way I see fit. I have banned California, New York City, New Jersey, Iowa (because they don’t like tinted windows) and plenty of others because they don’t care if I brought them their product or not.”
Another driver stated recently if she were running into California today, the only way to do it legally would be with an aftermarket DPF installed. She’s worked hard and put no small amount of time and money into her equipment — including an in-frame and Pittsburgh Power performance turbo, power box and manifold for her Detroit Series 60 engine as well as a performance muffler and FASS fuel system — to extend its life as well as boost fuel mileage. How about this for results: ”I’m a little lower in the winter,” she says, “around 7.79-mpg for fuel mileage – last summer I was pushing 9 mpg” with an 8.8 mpg average over the warmer months. I tend to drive loaded with no more than 15,000 lbs. in the box, which helps. But all told, if you were getting good mileage and had no major problems, would you want to make changes that might well reverse the trend, just to comply with a restrictive state’s regulations?