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The best stretch in truck order history is going to continue. Through 2018 at least. The big question now, says Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT Research, is will the current hot streak make it to 2020? Vieth says ACT anticipates the boom will finally subside next fall but, in the meantime, carriers should get used to waiting for new trucks. Class 8 orders today are coming in faster than OEM facilities can build. Trucking’s backlog is growing.

“The backlog to build ratio right now is about nine months,” Vieth said Tuesday at ACT Research’s biannual seminar in