One of My Most Favorite Jobs

As I mentioned in another article I drove a tractor trailer for 18 years. It was a very demanding job and it was not a job that everybody could do. To make money driving a truck back when I started in 1996 you had to keep the driver’s door shut.

This means you needed to keep driving and only stop when you absolutely had to – and continue to drive as hard and do it as legal as you could.

I had several different truck driving jobs during my career I liked most of them. There were only about three of those jobs that I absolutely loved. One of those jobs was pulling a “coal bucket” that is the slang name for an end dump trailer.

I started off at that job driving an International Cab Over tractor with a 350 Cummings engine with the fuel turned up to the max.

This means that it gave the little 350 engine more power. It had a nine-speed transmission and no jake brake, and just about every load I hauled I would have 40 tons or 105,000 pounds and sometimes more.

The second driving job that I truly enjoyed was when I was pulling a food grade tanker hauling mostly ready to eat chocolate. I hauled for Nestle, M&M Mars, Hershey Chocolate and Krispie Kream doughnuts, plus a bunch of little companies. I would leave the house in Garrison where I lived and would head to Elizabethtown, PA. and lots of times I would load to go to a place out on Long Island in New York City.

I loved going there, out on the island was nothing like New York City. I have actually slept in my truck with the windows rolled down at this place on Long Island, New York. The people were so nice, even the ones just walking down the street.

This the actual truck that I drove.

I loved going there, out on the island was nothing like New York City. I have actually slept in my truck with the windows rolled down at this place on Long Island, New York. The people were so nice, even the ones just walking down the street. I hauled a lot of Hershey chocolate out of Hershey, PA. That place is awesome it has an amusement park that the factory is built around it.

But I guess the best job I ever had driving a truck was when I worked for the union delivering brand new trucks all over the US and Canada. This was called hauling trucks piggy back. Some of the loads I have pulled were longer than 100 feet long – a non over sized load legally is 75 feet long. Sometimes I hauled three trucks and sometimes I hauled four trucks.

The reason I enjoyed it so much was we never slept in the trucks we always got hotel rooms and once you delivered your load you grabbed your suit case and tool bag and caught a ride in a cab to the airport and fly to my next terminal or starting point. I was always anxious to get to the carousel to get my luggage and tool bag to make sure I still had everything I had a lot of money tied up in my tool bag and tools.

 

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