Post #32 - Living large in 8 Ft2 with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 9     

States visited this week - KS, OK, TX

Miles driven since leaving home - 3037 Miles

Week – August 19th – August 26th

Great American Trucking Show (GATS) 2017 Pride and Polish Truck Show  

Pride and Polish Truck Show

This past week was spent preparing for the truck show, being in the truck show, and leaving the truck show and there was not much time to rest.  We have entered the Pride & Polish Truck Shows in the past and we know the work involved.  The attention to detail is enough to drive many people crazy when they see the toothbrush as well as the cotton swabs come out.  Our 2015 Cascadia was entered in two classes, 2010 and new trucks and aftermarket sleepers. This meant that everything had to be spotless except the interior of our 22’ cargo box.  While Bob worked on the outside I worked on the inside of the truck. 

Premier Truck Groups - Dallas

August in Dallas, Texas can be brutally hot and make it very difficult and dangerous to work outside preparing a truck for a show.  Freightliner Premier Truck Group let us use one of their shop bays to work on the truck and have it plugged into shore power.  It was really great to be able to work inside for Bob who polished and waxed all of the exterior.  He started on Sunday and continued with the buffer until Tuesday afternoon. We moved into the show on Tuesday evening and then the rags came out and he spent all day Wednesday wiping down everything, lettering the tires, lettering Freightliner, cleaning glass, and wiping down all of the hoses under the hood.  There was no dust to be found on our truck inside or out.

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Cab & Sleeper  

The judges run their hands over everything and stick their fingers into cubby holes looking for dust or a spec of dirt.  First I start by wiping down the ceiling then I start on the walls and the cabinet doors.  The vents are all cleaned with a cotton swap and anything that has crevices gets cleaned with the toothbrush.  After everything is wiped down I go back over it with a polisher and a polishing towel.  Now that we have a kitty and a puppy in the truck I was a little surprised as I dug into the deep dark corners of seat pockets at how the pet hair had built up. I finally started wearing my head lamp to see deep into corners and make sure I had got all of the pet hair vacuumed out.  Once I was sure there was no more dust or pet hair I polished the counter tops as well as the sink.  The last step is cleaning the floors as I am backing out of the truck.

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Judging  

Judging took place on Thursday of the show and the judges could come by the truck any time after 9:00 am and someone needs to be with the truck to talk to the judges.  Not only is the truck being judged but we are as well.  There will be two sets of judges one to judge interior and one to judge exterior and our first set of judges came by about 1:30 to judge the sleeper and then the next set of judges came by right at five and they looked exhausted.  Both sets of judges asked questions about our truck, what we use it for, how long we stay on the road, and anything special about the truck and sleeper.  After talking with us they start looking over everything, touching everything to make sure it was smooth, and looking at the functionality of the truck.  After being judged we opened up our doors and we had a steady stream of visitors touring the sleeper and also asking questions.  Bolt Custom Trucks made a sign for our truck showing off the highlights and I could be found many times with the truck skirts lifted and using my phone as a flashlight to show everyone the Onspot chains and talk about how they work.  It was great!

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Week in Review

We had to wait until Saturday to find out how we did in the truck show and I am proud to report that we received a first place in aftermarket sleeper and second in working truck.  The week was not only spent showing our truck we also had a few meetings to attend and vendors to visit.  It was an exhausting week and once we have recovered I am sure we will be looking forward to doing it again.  

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Wishing you safe travels.  Till next time Bob & Linda.

See more from Bob and Linda at their Team Run Smart blog "On the Road with Bob and Linda Caffee"

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Linda Caffee

About Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing. Bob and Linda have become industry leaders by sharing their use of new technology and techniques to improve performance and living standards while on the road.

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