Daily Rig: Owner Operators Turning 2017 Freightliner Coronado into Home
In the world of trucking, where practicality often takes precedence over aesthetics, there’s a unique husband and wife team that’s redefining what it means to be an owner-operator. Jeremy and Tiffany Wallin, based in Ringgold, Georgia, are not only hauling flatbed freight in their 2017 Freightliner Coronado glider; they’re also in the process of transforming it into a cozy home on wheels.
“It looks like a cow threw up in there,” Tiffany humorously remarked about the truck’s interior. “We’re partial to Texas, we love Texas and Texas themes, and we like the outside glistening and the inside kinda cowboy,” Jeremy added. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in April 2022, have embarked on a journey that’s as much about adventure as it is about business.
Their truck, affectionately named the “Girl Next Door,” boasts a 1998 Series 60 Detroit engine, 3:55 rears, and a 10-speed manual transmission. Despite the manual transmission, the pair has seamlessly integrated electronic logs into their operation, ensuring they’re rarely hurting for hours. Jeremy’s extensive 30-year experience in the industry has equipped him with the knowledge to mentor Tiffany, who had previously worked as a college administrator before discovering her love for trucking.
Jeremy’s journey with the Freightliner Coronado began in August 2021 when he acquired the truck through the fleet he’s leased to. Despite the initial shock of nearly paying $100,000 for a five-year-old glider, Jeremy attests that it has proven to be a lucrative investment. His years of experience and the guidance he provides to Tiffany have resulted in a successful business partnership that fulfills their dream of exploring the country one load at a time.
The Wallins own two trailers, a 2019 Transcraft flatbed and an older Fontaine step deck, both of which keep them busy with runs originating from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Their leased fleet, Noble, understands their preferences and grants them the flexibility to choose return loads that align with their preferences.
One key to their recent success has been the ability to navigate the fluctuations in the industry, including surging fuel costs. Jeremy points out that many newcomers who rely on the spot market can quickly find themselves in a tough spot when rates dip. In contrast, the Wallins have a stable contract with Noble that continues to pay well, making their business a reliable source of income.
What sets the “Girl Next Door” apart is its striking appearance. While Peterbilt and Kenworth may dominate truck shows, you’ll hardly ever see a Freightliner Coronado like this. Passersby at truck stops and rest areas often stop in awe, their jaws dropping as they approach the Wallins’ customized rig. Jeremy has adorned it with an array of lights, including kits from XK Glow and JHB Lighting, boasting approximately 1,000 color-changing, addressable LEDs.
The Wallins acknowledge that their truck is a constant work in progress, with big plans to further enhance its appearance both inside and out. They often visit chrome shops, with favorites being Iowa 80 and 75 Chrome Shop. Jeremy’s penchant for chrome additions, such as chicken lights and train horns, is not only a testament to his love for customization but also a reflection of the couple’s shared enthusiasm for their trucking lifestyle.
Currently, the exterior enhancements mostly consist of subtle touches on the tractor, like studded, pointed hubcaps and a custom bug shield. Tiffany particularly notes the Belmore smoked stainless steel bug shield, which adds a flashy and distinctive touch to the truck’s appearance.
While their truck certainly speaks for itself, the Wallins understand the power of capturing their journey through photographs. These images not only showcase their impressive rig but also highlight the joy, family bond, and freedom that come with life on the road in a Freightliner Coronado.
As they continue to refine and personalize their rolling home, Jeremy and Tiffany Wallin are exemplifying the essence of the owner-operator lifestyle. Their 2017 Freightliner Coronado is more than just a means of transport; it’s a reflection of their shared dreams, passions, and the remarkable journey they’re embarking on together. With each mile they travel, they’re not just hauling freight; they’re carrying their unique story of love, adventure, and the open road.
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