Most Hard-Working Trucker Contestant
Richard R – Morton, IL
We know you work hard, what is the hardest part of what you do?
In specialize in pad wrap and blanket wrap. I deliver to hospitals casinos stores and such. Most places aren’t designed for a truck especially one like mine that measures 80 ft 10 inches. Making sure my freight is secure from movement is very important. Also making sure the truck and trailer is clean and presentable. Every week I wash the truck and every week I hand polish the truck and once a month I hand wax the truck. With a big 156 inch sleeper it’s a lot of work. My customers appreciate the work I do because it makes not only myself look good but it makes them look good too to have representation like myself who keep equipment in tip top shape and in a cleanly fashion.
Your truck works hard too, what are the toughest conditions you've worked in?
In 2000 I hauled equipment up to Alaska in the winter. Now a days I stay in the lower 48 but in the winter I do run the northwest all winter long. In summers I run Los Angeles from the Midwest in the enduring heat of summer.
What has "life" thrown at you that makes your job more challenging?
Newly married 2.5 years ago it’s hard being away from family and my wife. I also bought the truck I’m showing a 2018 kenworth T680. Being back in truck payments again and with covid being the big topic this year my line of freight slowed down so being able to survive during the covid months and customers not back to work it was a hard spring. I hauled beds into hot zones for hospitals. It has been hard not being home all year except for 12 days in May.