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Whats The Longest Time You've Been In The Truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Wolfies L&L, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Wolfies L&L

    Wolfies L&L Member
    Messages: 35

    Hey Guys

    I'm wondering whats the longest time you've been in your truck during a large storm. Counting from the first time you jump in at your trigger until you finally finish up after the storm.


  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    About 18 hrs or so and it was still coming down at 10 PM when I pulled the plug for the night to start again at 4 AM the next day.
  3. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    32 Hours. Snow storm in Chicago over Christmas 1999 - 2000

    Came home and fell asleep eating dinner. No kidding either... :dizzy:
  4. Foz

    Foz Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    85 Hours, started on a Monday at 7:00 AM and got out on Thursday at 8:05 PM, got out to eat breakfast, dinner, and pee of course.........NEVER AGAIN!
  5. snoluvr

    snoluvr Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 266

    friday at 6:00 pm until the folowing monday at 5 pm.
    body felt like i was shaking for days...but made a ton of money!!!
  6. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    1996, 8 days. Yes 8 days... eat, sleep, plowed and plowed and plowed. I didn't go home at all.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2004
  7. btrussell

    btrussell Member
    Messages: 65

    Wow Heron that a really long time! I'm glad I don't live in that part of Maryland...or am I? I don't think I would enjoy pushing snow for 8 days. Just my opinion though.
  8. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    36 hours. Winter of 1997
  9. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    23 Hours, Blizzard of 2001. Went to sleep for 4 hours and was back out for another 18.
  10. norrod

    norrod Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    About 40 hours straight in the truck. But kept us busy for a couple of weeks.

    The Western New York Blizzard of '77

    We knew we were in for it when the Lightning and Thunder started :rolleyes:

    I grew up in South Western corner of New York state. I was 18 and working for an excavating company driving a Brand new Ford f-250. We spent several days trying to keep up with the snow fall. After the blizzard passed, we then loaded all our dozers, front-end loaders, backhoes, and dumps, and went to Buffalo to help dig them out. 29 people died in Buffalo in this storm.

    A couple of archieve photos

    If you look closely, this is a tunnel at the Buffalo Airport that has trapped drivers inside by the huge drift.
  11. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    I figured everyone remembered the back to back storms of 1996. It snowed for 2-4 days. It took a break for 1 day, then it snowed for another 2-3 days. I believe we got a total of 38-40" accumulation out of those two storms. We were responsible for at least 15-20 properties from Laurel to Indian Head, MD. I think at one time we had every Giant Food grocery store there was.

    We were short on trucks and I had two centers off of Route 202, approx. 2-3 miles from each other. It was snowing so hard, I could open the drive lane in the front of one building, go to the other center and do the same thing. By the time I returned back to the original center, it snowed so hard and so fast, you couldn't see the wind row I created.

    Yes, I didn't see home for 8 days. I was young and stupid. Sleeping in the truck didn't bother me at all. By the time we got every property cleaned-up and finally got home it was 8 days later. That was the same year we rented machines out of North Carolina. They were given $500.00 a machine per hour.

    That was the same year that all the other contractors had as many problems as we did. That following season, we lost a majority of our contracts; however, so did everyone else. So basically, we ended up trading contracts among all the contractors.

    Now mind you, I did eat and sleep in my truck. I didn't go home.

  12. norrod

    norrod Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Hey Marshall,

    I remember that one. I lived 2 miles from BWI airport at that time. I wasn't plowing when I lived there. It was a big Blizzard. That's the blizzard where a woman slide through a stop sign and creamed the right side of my Ford truck.

    Cheers !