Do you have hydraulic fluid running in your veins?

Was talking to a car hauler this afternoon, and he gave me a great phrase.  He said his girlfriend wanted to know why he was always working.  He said that he told her, "That's what I do, I'm a car hauler. It's like I'm addicted to it.  I've got hydraulic fluid running through my veins."

Incidentally, he says a lot of the GM vehicles are now wheel strap vehicles:  Malibu, Cruze and Traverse.

New app for carhaulers

Just got this press release (below)  from Dave at EZ-Dispatch.  If you haven't checked out this software for carhaulers, you owe it to yourself to find out more.  It automates so many functions of the car hauling business, it is hard to enumerate them in one short article.  How would you like a program that allows you to scan a VIN and download auto data including weight?  Update your customers?  Create a bill of lading with the touch of a button.  Oh yes, and it is affordable, too.  Dave offers a money-back guarantee to his customers, and in all the years (six?  seven?) that he's been at this, he's never had to give anyone their money back.  It's that good.

So here is the latest news flash from EZ-Dispatch:

We have a free app for drivers using Android powered phones that will let them scan VINs. Not only will it insert them into the BOL and invoice for accurate billing, but also quickly tally the weights before loading. You can find the app on the android app store under EZDispatch and the instuctions for its use are on If this turns out to be popular with the drivers we will consider developing one for the iPhone as well. If you want to try the scanner and you do not have an EZDispatch login you can use driver for the login and driver for the password. If you have any questions you can reach our office at 405-382-2866.

Nissan and Chrysler soft tie-down rules

Hearing from a lot of guys that some locations are not allowing side strap at all.  Supposedly all over-tire type straps (with the 3 rubber tread grabs) which hook directly into the carhauler deck.  Don't know what the guys are going to do with Kaufmans with those expanded metal decks.  I don't think I'd feel comfortable with a Nissan Titan strapped into mesh behind my head.  If you're buying a 3/4 car wedge and you're thinking about hauling out of assembly plants, better think of something besides Kaufman, because that deck plate will give you fits.

The world's most expensive car hauler.

The World’s Most Expensive Car Hauler | The Truth About Cars

This cracks me up.  The USS Ronald Reagan had to go from San Diego to Washington to have some work done, so they saved some expense by shipping the sailors' cars on the flight deck!  If you assume approximately 1,000 cars being transported for three days, then the cost per car would be roughly $10,000.  Now, since the carrier had to make the trip anyway, I'm not going to waste time talking about excessive government spending, yadda-yadda-yadda.  It's just fun to think about a load price of $10,000 per car.  Which you'd pretty much have to get to make the payments on the most expensive car hauler ever built! According to the article in the link above, the aircraft carrier will set you back between 4.3 and 6 billion-with-a-b dollars.  A new Cottrell stinger costs slightly less.