Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Certified Not to Enter the People's Republic of California

Sometimes you have an idea, and it grows. That is what happened when Todd Dills, editor for Overdrive Magazine, wanted to know where to get some stickers. I called my cousin Klinton Barnhill, who is the proprietor at BigDaddyStickers.com and had him come up with a design close to what Todd was looking for.
So I was pleased to see this week that the sticker was featured in an article by Kevin Rutherford on his Dollars and Sense column. If I had any sense I'd probably listen to everything that man has to say. You can find the article here http://www.overdriveonline.com/the-california-challenge/

But the sticker is more than just a gimmick, or a way to make a few bucks. It is a true statement, my truck, a 2004 Western Star with a pre-emissions MBE 4000 (go ahead and laugh, it gets pretty good fuel economy) is outlawed in California. I have no immediate plans to change that, my next truck will probably be a Western Star glider with a 12.7 Detroit. These large companies maybe able to swallow the maintenance costs and fight with manufacturers on warranty issues. Downtime isn't a big concern for these guys, and it probably pays off in the long-term with tax breaks, etc. I really am not sure. But what I am for sure of, a one man, one truck operation cannot afford the increase in the total cost of operation of these new trucks. We sure can't afford the downtime associated with the repairs, even if they are covered by warranty. And I personally like running California, there are good people there, despite all the ridiculous laws.

You can purchase the sticker here http://www.ebay.com/itm/200919192515?item=200919192515&viewitem&vxp=mtr, and we are also coming up with more designs for truckers, do you have anything as a trucker you'd like to see on a sticker? Let me know!

This one is also now available at this link http://www.ebay.com/itm/Certified-Dirty-Idle-Sticker-not-Clean-Idle-Sicker-/200926029614?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2ec81fe72e

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