Young boys are usually influenced by their fathers and quite often tend to follow in their father’s footsteps as far as their careers go. This is especially true for boys whose fathers are truck drivers. Ryan Rissler is no exception, as in his own words; he’ll tell you that trucking has been in his blood since he was born. Ryan’s dad was an owner-operator until Ryan’s 2nd birthday and a company driver up until last year. His dad owned a variety of trucks including a Diamond Reo, a Peterbilt, an International, and a Marmon. When Ryan wasn’t in school as a young boy, his dad would take him trucking and Ryan says that he loved going to all of the new and interesting places with him. He was officially hooked on trucking but he didn’t get his CDL until his late 20’s, after some training and lessons from his dad.
Ryan began his trucking career hauling fresh pork to Chicago and bringing swinging veal and beef back into New York City. Since then he has hauled just about everything - running dry vans, tankers, curtainside trailers, and even containers. He says he finally found his “home” in trucking at Paul Rissler Trucking and he now hauls refrigerated LTL freight from PA to Kansas on a weekly basis.
He makes his runs in a decked - out Peterbilt 389 that they’ve nicknamed “risslerbilt389”, since the crew at Paul Rissler Truck Builders did a complete makeover on the truck in their shop. The RCDC boys (Rissler Can Do Crew) stretched the frame to 317”, added Talladega Fiberglas front & rear custom fenders, a slammed visor, and painted everything to match the factory green color on the truck. Power comes from a Cummins ISX engine, that puts out 600 hp to the ground, and is paired with an 18-speed transmission and a set of 3:55 rears. Ryan’s Peterbilt is a real head turner and has plenty of “go” to compliment the “show” aspect of the truck!
The Risslerbilt team also did some work on Ryan’s 2015 stainless side Wabash 53” sliding spread refer trailer, painting the frame rails and reefer unit to match the truck. Ryan said he’s planning on having some custom work done on the interior this winter, since he’d like to attend more truck shows in 2018 when time allows.
Ryan Rissler has seen and done a lot in his trucking career thus far and wanted to thank his dad for teaching him how to drive - and his mom for letting him do it!! He also thanks his daughter for being understanding about his passion for his job and the fact that it keeps him out on the road quite a bit. Ryan says her love gets him across the miles and he always makes it home for important things like her birthdays and dance recitals. Lastly, he credits and thanks the RCDC crew for all of their hard work customizing his Peterbilt and also for keeping it up and running. Look up their shop on Facebook if you need any custom work done, you’ll definitely be smiling when you se the finished product!
Movin’ Out credits Ryan Rissler for all of his hard work and for representing the trucking industry with style & class in his custom Peterbilt. A deserving choice for our Working Show truck of the Month and our November pick - “Keep On Truckin’ Ryan!”