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With locations in Washington, Oregon and California, Papé Kenworth is a premier dealer of new and used semi trucks throughout the West. From outstanding 24/7 service and support to advanced technology and an extensive parts inventory, Papé keeps you moving. Check out our blog for the latest industry news and resources, driver tips and insights, upcoming events, and more! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a Papé representative at your nearest location for all your Kenworth needs.

Kenworth Essentials App for Smartphones

The popular Kenworth Essentials App for Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices features the Kenworth T680 and Kenworth T880 Driver Academy video series in the app’s menu of information developed specifically for Kenworth drivers and customers.

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Facts, Stats, & Mudflaps

Did you know that trucks move roughly 71% of the nation's freight by weight? So the saying goes, if you bought it, a trucker brought it.

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Kenworth AG400L Tandem Rear Suspension Now Standard on Kenworth T680

The proprietary Kenworth AG400L tandem rear suspension is now standard equipment for the Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship.

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What Do Technology, Superior Truck Service, & Truck Parts Have in Common?

Find out how Pape Kenworth go beyond just selling trucks to build long-term relationships with our customers and, with premier service, help ensure you remain on the road.

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3 Reasons Every Truck Should Have a Dash Cam

Crashes, theft, and vandalism are all inherent risks in the trucking industry and insurance companies continue to raise truck fleet insurance premiums to cover the costs. With higher deductibles and extra liability on the line, it’s more important than ever for fleet managers to focus on fleet safety with good training and reliable technology.

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Flatbed Tips and Tricks for New Drivers

Starting out as a flatbed trucker, there is a lot to learn. Each load is different, but the end goal is always the same—get the load to its destination in the condition you got it. To help you do that, we’ve compiled some helpful flatbed trucking tips from experienced drivers.

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Diesel #1 vs. Diesel #2: Is Premium Worth It?

As a fleet manager, it’s tempting to choose the cheapest fuel, but cost and cetane rating aside, have you taken the time to really evaluate the important differences between Diesel #1 and Diesel #2? It's not always easy to choose the best diesel fuel for your fleet.

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Top 10 Apps for Truckers

If you’re like most Americans, you own a smartphone. They’ve changed the way we access information and made it easier for truckers to do their jobs. There are now dozens of apps for truck drivers to assist with everything from navigating traffic to staying connected with friends and family. Here are our picks for the best apps for truckers.

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Uber Freight Enters the Trucking Market

New technology continues to change the way the trucking industry functions, and Uber Freight, a new app from Uber, has entered the trucking market hoping to transform how independent drivers find available load.

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Track Test a Success for Kenworth Hybrid Electric Class 7 Truck

Capstone Turbine Corporation and Kenworth partnered together to build the Kenworth Class 7 hybrid electric work truck using a 65kW microturbine as an on-board range extender. They successfully completed track testing on in September of last year.

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ELD Mandate: The Facts & Updates

If you’re looking for news about the FMCSA ELD mandate, we have the up to date information. On this page, we’ll cover the basics, answer some of the most common questions, and provide updates on the latest news surrounding the legislation.

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Distracted Driving & Your Fleet: What Managers Can Do To Promote Safety

The trucking industry is vital to the U.S. economy. Without it, the transportation of goods and materials would be quite different. Consumers and businesses alike rely on the trucking industry to deliver products across the country; but while it’s an important aspect of our society, it can also be a dangerous one.

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How to Customize Your Big Rig

Kenworth drivers rely on quality, dependable trucks—these rigs are known as The World's Best for a reason. More than just transportation, Kenworth trucks are a high-tech mobile office with standard features that exceed the competition.

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Does Good Recruiting Improve Driver Retention?

With the existing market conditions, fleet managers are looking for new ways to recruit and retain qualified drivers. Offering competitive salaries and guarantees on miles and home time is a must, but the truck driver recruiting ideas below are some of the other ways you can stay ahead of the competition.

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Finding A Work-Life Balance During The Holiday Season

Finding a work-life balance is especially important for those in the trucking industry who spend so much time away from home. As the holidays approach, many of you will haul more loads and be on the road for more days at a time. To help, our team at Papé Kenworth put together three tips for how you can maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 

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What to Look For When Buying a Used Semi-Truck

A pre-purchase inspection is similar to the CDL pre-trip inspection, but involves a more in-depth look. If you are familiar with the mechanics and components of the truck, you can use the following guidelines to complete an inspection yourself. If you’re not, it’s best to leave the inspection to a professional.

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What’s New in the Papé Kenworth E-commerce Portal?

The Papé Kenworth E-commerce Portal is the easiest way to order Kenworth parts for your semi-truck. The recent version update features eCat Paccar Parts Lookup which enables you to search for parts by diagram or model number.

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Improve Fleet Management with Remote Diagnostics

Across the industry, an increasing number of fleet managers are looking to maximize road time for their class 8 trucks through data generated while their trucks are on the road.

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How to Become an Owner-Operator

Whether you’ve been a company driver for decades or just earned your CDL, you’ve probably thought about what it would be like to be an owner-operator. Setting your own schedule, owning your own truck, running your own business…sounds great, right? But what does it really take to become an owner-operator? 

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CSA Safety Scoring: Changes Ahead

A 132-page report published by the National Academies of Science (NAS) last month highlights the analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) and calls for an overhaul of the ranking algorithm and how it identifies high-risk carriers. 

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