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Meet our Whole Units Team

December 14, 2018

By Shannon Pitcher

We know how important it is to find the right truck, trailer, or equipment that suits our customers' needs so they can get the job done right. We also know how stressful buying such a large purchase can be. As a licensed dealer, quality is key, which is why we fully inspected each of our new and used units thoroughly before they get listed online. If it doesn't pass inspection, we don't sell it. We have experience stocking the best selection of trucks, trailers, and equipment around, but inventory is not all Vander Haag's needs to ensure your buying experience with us is enjoyable and stress-free. Having a knowledgeable team that knows the jobs you need to complete and extensive product knowledge are also crucial factors. So we want to take the opportunity to introduce you to our team of whole unit sales representatives as they will be the ones that guide you through the buying process seamlessly. 

First, let us introduce the head of the Whole Units (WU) Department!

Steve Bootsma, WU Department Manager

Steve joined the Vander Haag's team in 2011, but has been in sales for his entire career. Steve believes not being limited to any specific make or model when providing or sourcing a needed business asset for a customer base or sales team, makes working at Vander Haag's enjoyable. It allows him and his team the opportunity to provide past and future customers that fulfill their business's profit potential. Steve has been married for 26 years with 5 children, 1 son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. He loves to hunt and fish in his free time. 

Tim Greenough,

Tim has been a fanatic golfer for over 30 years, has over 20 years in sales and has been with Vander Haag's since 2013. Although he can't find enough birdies on the golf course, he can definitely help you find what you need to fit your business needs. Tim loves to build relationships with customers coast to coast by understanding their business and business needs. When Tim is not working or on the golf course, you can find him outdoors working in his yard, exercising, or just lounging. He enjoys just about anything outdoors, while enjoying the sun when there isn't snow on the ground.  

Rod Sheldon:

Rod has worked for Vander Haag's since 1979. He has extensive knowledge, with years of experience working in the trucking industry. Rod has 10 years' experience selling trucks, trailers, and equipment & 29 years' experience working in the body shop! Along with selling, Rod is also a team lead. He provides guidance, instruction, direction, and leadership to his fellow teammates.

Brent Van Soelen:

Brent has worked at Vander Haag's since 2012. He has been playing music for almost 20 years. Like finding the right note on the guitar to fit the song, he can find the right fit for your business. Creativity flows while playing music and that translates into finding creative solutions for his customers and their business as well. Brent believes in building relationships and working alongside his customers to understand their business needs. Brent enjoys the outdoors, golfing, hunting, exploring breweries, spending time with his family, and watching his two boys grow. 

Jess Solsma:

Jess has been with Vander Haag's since 2004. He has worked in various departments throughout the company and has been in whole unit sales since 2012. Jess is passionate about finding the correct truck, trailer, or equipment to suit his customer's needs. He enjoys fishing and hunting in his free time. 

Bob Egerton:

Bob has worked in sales for 7 years and later transitioned into whole units sales representative. He has been with Vander Haag's for 8 years. Bob plans to retire with Vander Haag's, Inc. He is able to assist customers with all the truck, trailer, and equipment needs. He enjoys assisting startup companies and having the ability to watch them grow. Bob has 2 boys and one girl that always keep him busy with scouts and 4H. In his free time, he loves to hunt, fish, and horseback ride. 

Paul Grandstaff:

Paul has worked at Vander Haag's for 4 years. He previously had 6 years' experience in the trucking industry. Along with selling trucks, trailers, and equipment, Paul also acts as Safety Supervisor at the Winamac store location. His additional duties include evaluating the safety protocols, organizing safety training, and reporting problem solutions to management. Paul enjoys spending time with family, bicycling, and riding his motorcycle. 

Larry Willems:

Larry has worked at Vander Haag's for 8 years and has over 25 years' experience in sales & management. Larry works hard to ensure customers find the right unit that fits their farming and business needs. He has been married for 29 years with 2 children. He enjoys spending time with his family and in his free time, he likes to fish walleye/peach and hunt deer/pheasants.


Fletcher Gustafson :

Fletcher is the newest member of the whole units team at Vander Haag's. He is a veteran of the United State Navy with nearly 15 years' experience in sales and managment. Fletcher is militant about providing quality customer service. He divides his time between being a husband & father, playing golf, cooking, and traveling.

Reading Diesel Smoke Colors


A diesel engine in optimal operating conditions should not release any smoke.  A short puff of smoke immediately after placing the engine under a load can sometimes be acceptable. This is due to the time that lapses before the airflow produced by the turbo charger is able to match the volume of diesel injected into the cylinders. However, this only applies to diesel engines using older technology.  With newer engines, you should not see any smoke. 

In most cases when a diesel engine is smoking it's an indicator that action should taken otherwise service life will be considerably shortened. Visible smoke from a diesel engine is a sign that something is wrong. The color of the smoke released from the engine can assist in diagnosing the problem.  There are three basic types of smoke that can be identified by color - black, white, and blue.


BLACK SMOKE is the most common. It indicates poor or incomplete combustion of the diesel fuel.  This could be caused by:


  •          Timing issues
  •          Worn injectors due to over-fueling
  •          Injectors sticking open too long 
  •          Faulty turbocharger causing a mismatch between air flow and fuel 
  •          Valve clearances 
  •          Low cylinder compression caused by sticking piston rings or worn components
  •          Dirty air cleaner, other air restrictions  
  •          Carbon clogging intake manifolds
  •          Poor quality fuel that doesn’t burn properly 
  •          Excessive carbon builds up in exhaust system causing lack of air flow 

BLUE SMOKE is a sign that oil is burning. Here are possible reasons why this could be happening: 

  •     Valve guides or seals are worn
  •     Grooved cylinder walls or worn cylinder rings 
  •     Cylinder glaze, lack of crosshatching in cylinder walls 
  •     Piston ring sticking
  •     Faulty turbocharger seals
  •     Incorrect grade of oil 
  •     Oil contaminated with fuel causing incorrect viscosity  

Blue smoke is always more evident on a cold start and reflects a lack of oil control.  Carbon deposits around piston rings or cylinder glaze can be a sign of ring wear or carbon that has built up in the machined cylinder crosshatching. This can cause a smooth surface in the cylinder walls, allowing oil to pass by the piston into the combustion chamber. Crosshatching in the cylinder walls is designed to help create an oil seal, but the grooves can become smooth when impacted with carbon. <P>


WHITE SMOKE occurs when raw diesel comes through the exhaust without being ignited. White smoke can occur when water enters the combustion spaces. Here are a few possibilities that can cause white smoke:

  • Faulty or damaged injectors causing severe over fueling 
  • Incorrect injection timing caused by worn timing gear or slipped crankshaft keyway   
  •           Low cylinder compression due to leaky or broken valves, stuck piston rings, cylinder and/or ring wear, or cylinder glaze
  •           Cracked cylinder head
  •           Cylinder head gasket is breached 
  •      Cracked cylinder block 

Although the color of smoke being released from the engine could help indicate possible issues your engine is experiencing, we always recommend having a certified technician inspect and run a diagnosis to prevent further complications. Our team is standing by should you ever need assistance! 

Written by Scott Foster