As we head into the month of February, much of the country is dealing with another winter season and the treacherous driving conditions that go hand in hand with it. All of the truck drivers making their way thru this winter have to deal with the dangerous driving conditions in order to make their deliveries on time.
The owner of our February Working Show Truck has over 40 years of driving experience and has won several safety awards, as well as driver of the year awards, while logging over 1.1 million miles in his tricked-out 2002 Peterbilt 379. Richard Seeman hails from Reeders, PA and has hauled tankers for many years. He originally leased onto Krajack Tank Lines in 1979 and ran for them until Dana Leasing purchased them in 2003. He currently hauls HazMat materials for Dana along with his son Ron.
Richard’s family has always been involved in the trucking industry, and his dad paved the way for him and his son Ron by driving tankers in the 50’s & 60’s.
Richard pulls a 2015 Brenner chemical tanker for Dana with his polished Peterbilt, that he completely refurbished in 2012. He had Merv’s Truck Painting add the black cherry paint to the cab, fuel tanks, and frame and their quality work speaks for itself! Richard also shaved the roof lights and horns off of the cab and has added a set of angle cut straight pipes, a custom headache rack behind the 70” Ultra-sleeper, polished single fenders over the rear tandems, and a custom rear light valence. He credits Denny’s Mobile Truck Wash along with Kauffman’s Polish/Detail for helping him keep his ride looking its best all year long.
Richard’s Peterbilt is powered by a CAT C-15 6NZ 550 engine, along with an Eaton 18 speed transmission, and a set of Eaton 40k 3:70 rears. Let’s just say that this is one truck that doesn’t have any trouble pulling those hills in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states!
In his 41 years of trucking, Richard has experienced a lot out on the road. His safe driving awards speak for themselves and he said that competing in the National Truck Driving Rodeo Competitions, and placing 3rd among some of the countries best drivers, has been his most memorable experience. Ranking a close 2nd would the selection of both his and his son’s trucks for the CAT Scales Super Trucks cards in 2014. Richard wanted to send big thanks out to his son for submitting both trucks and to CAT Scales for choosing them.
Richard’s family is extremely important to him and he enjoys spending time with them on the weekends. He was widowed in 2004 from his wife June, who was Pocono Peterbilt’s finance manager for 10 years. His current wife Deborah works as a dispatch coordinator at a local chemical plant. She and Richard enjoy attending various truck shows with Richard’s grandson Bryce as well as taking joy rides in Richard’s Corvette! At age 62, Richard said he has no plans for retiring just yet. He wanted to send a big thanks out to everyone that has helped in his success as an owner-operator and the list includes Windview Truck Repair, Cleveland Bros. CAT, Horst Signs, Todd Troupe, John Sorber, and the “717”. Most of all, he wanted to thank his wife Debbie for keeping things on track and running smoothly.
One thing’s for sure, Richard Seeman takes a great deal of pride in his equipment as well as his driving skills, and he represents the trucking industry with class at every turn! Movin’ Out salutes Richard for all of his years of service and safety out on the road, and we applaud his efforts by choosing him for our February Working Show Truck in 2016.