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“Do what you say and don’t rip them off.” that I just shut the trucking business down and ended up with the trailer end of it.” It’s an instruction that seems easy to implement into any business, yet there’s only a select few dealerships around the country that seem to embody the mindset behind it. Double O Trailer Service’s Allen Oglesbee has found a way to perfect it, though, and he’s been doing it for over forty-five years. Now, Double O Trailer Service is still a two-bay shop, but they’re 100-foot bays. It also sells parts, has a dedicated parts room and has several thousand dollars’ worth of inventory in trailers sitting outside. Suffice it to say, the company has grown a little. Fresh out of high school and looking for a job, a young Oglesbee found himself working at Curtsinger Trailers. It was an employment opportunity he enjoyed for over twenty years. When the company closed at the turn of the century, Oglesbee knew the trailer industry wasn’t done with him quite yet. The shop is in small-town Paris, Kentucky, a city of just under 10,000 people. That hasn’t stopped Double O Trailer Service from amassing a following, though. Every year, people from all corners of the United States drive to Kentucky just to have their trailers serviced at the shop. In 2002, he opened Double O Trucking, a small, two-bay shop at his own house. His focus may have been on trucks to start with, but it didn’t take long for the trailer industry to creep its way back into his business and, eventually, force a name change. “We’ve got customers from Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Wyoming, Montana and more. We get customers from all around the United States that bring their stuff here.” “I had five trucks of my own and I would do a few trailers when people would bring them to me,” Oglesbee says. “But it got so busy 50 So, what would cause someone to drive up to twenty-four hours just to have their trailer serviced at Double O Trailers? NATDA Magazine www.natda.org