What Is a Dromedary?

There are plenty of trucking terms that the average person doesn’t understand, but one that can be hard to figure out is “Dromedary.” The reason for this is that it’s also the name of a single-humped Arabian camel. Now, obviously truckers aren’t strapping camels to their rigs (though I’ll let you imagine that for a bit), but they are doing something reminiscent of camels.

Every state has their own on limit the length of trailers, so coming up with additional storage space can be key for truckers so that they can maximize each and every haul they make. For properly designed trucks, an addition to the tractor portion of the truck can allow for extra storage without increasing what the state counts as the length of the trailer. So what can this allow you to do?

The nice thing about Dromedaries is that they can be modified to do a variety of things based on the needs of the trucker and the cargo they’re hauling. In some cases Droms (as they’re colloquially called) can be converted into living space to allow the driver to cook, sleep, and even shower during long haul trips while allowing them to save on hotels. This allows the drivers to maximize their time on the road without having to work around the schedules of hotels and motels with set check in and check out times.

In the case of cargo, they’re even more versatile. Droms have been used to haul non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated when the main trailer is a refrigerated unit that is filled with perishable foods. In the case of livestock, Droms can be used to carry hay and feed to give to the livestock during long hauls without having to arrange for stops to feed the livestock. Droms can even house fuel tanks, allowing drivers to carry even more cargo without going over the length limits of the states they’ll be driving through.

While the Dromedary may get it’s name from a camel, and rightfully so, they have quickly become integral to the ability of truckers to maximize each trip that they take. Whether allowing the carrying of extra cargo, supplies for the cargo, or just providing the driver with a place to sleep and refresh themselves at a rest stop, Droms are a great addition to the trucking industry and one that will be around for years to come.

5 Tips To Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding

I worked with Carla & Andrew, who live in Vancouver, British Columbia, plan their wedding here in Hamilton, Ontario. They wanted to get married at the same church in Dundas that Andrew’s parents were married in…(I know – cute). Carla’s vision for their wedding was, “A romantic walk-in-woods on a fall day,” to replicate how Andrew proposed to Carla. They knew what they wanted but the hard part was planning a wedding from a distance. Trying to find a venue and reliable vendors… it’s a lot of Googling and going with your gut. Here are some of my tips for planning a wedding from a distance (aka destination wedding).

Have you and your fiance decided that you want to get married at a destination that’s not where you are currently living? Perhaps you want to get married in your home town or at your favourite tourist spot or maybe even a wedding abroad like the Caribbean or Europe. Now planning a wedding from a distance or a destination wedding is not easy and can be full of headaches. Many couples find it more stressful than the average at home wedding, because there’s a lot more of your time spent researching venues and vendors, communicating with them via e-mail, skype and telephone and stress from hoping you’ve hired reliable people to be a part of your wedding.

Steph’s Bridal Advice For Planning A Wedding From A Distance:

  1. One option is to find vendors at home and pay for them to travel to your destination.
  2. If you’re going with vendors at your destination make sure you do thorough research… check their portfolio (is it there work?), check references, if you can meet with them in person perfect… if you can’t make sure you chat with them over the phone or Skype… feel for the right ‘vibe’.
  3. Consider hiring a wedding planner who is an expert in planning weddings either at home or at your destination to take some of the pressure off the two of you.
  4. Schedule regular meetings to talk about your wedding plans with your vendors and stay connected through Facebook and Twitter.
  5. It’s a really good idea to block out a week or two of time to go to the destination where you’re getting married and spend a few days making appointments with your venue and vendors to go over details and put your mind at ease.