Last Euro Truck post I hinted that I had a second truck. It was, in reality, a trade in for my first truck. It happened entirely by accident – a spur of the moment purchase. I was preparing to employ my first driver after upgrading the garage. The driver would need a truck, so I popped into my local MAN dealer to check out what was in stock. And that’s when I saw her… The MAN TGX XLX with 480hp engine in Rose Red. I decided there and then to upgrade – more power gives improved load shifting and you do need it for some jobs in Euro Truck! So I traded in my first truck and accepted that I was delaying getting a second truck and employing a driver…
Then, a short time later, I had enough money again to get a second truck and hire a driver. The truck was easy, MAN TGX XL with 360hp engine in Rose Red – their cheapest paint scheme. The driver choice was harder. Once again, as in American Truck Sim, it was the ladies who seemed to best meet my company requirements and, again, there were two of them that were evenly matched. In the end the job went to an Asian lady called Kim and she quickly got up to speed earning money.
The money was coming in so fast that I found I could very soon buy another truck and employ another driver! Again, I went with the 360hp MAN and went to the recruitment agency. I assumed at this point that I’d be employing a male driver but one applicant stood out above the others. I welcomed Alice, an African lady to my driver line up.
It became apparent over a short period of time that Düsseldorf may not have the traffic levels for two good drivers at this stage of the game – time to open a new centre of operations. I chose Berlin, purchasing a garage there and offering Kim as senior driver the role of lead at the new location. That opened access for our company to the Eastern European market whilst freeing up Alice to make the most of the routes out of Düsseldorf. Initially it was hard work in Berlin and Kim’s earnings for the company dropped a bit but, in business, there are times to be patient – she’s back up to speed again 🙂
The earnings were climbing again and this time I decided to go for a less experienced driver to work with Kim in Berlin – Welcome Richard to the team 🙂 He’s got a big grin on his face and I suspect he likes a laugh around the workplace but he has quickly got into the money and is advancing his skills. At the moment Berlin is going well and Alice has Düsseldorf making over €4k on her own – that’s a lot of money coming in! Meanwhile, I’m basking in the sun as we pick up work from the big companies…
I took the opportunity to upgrade my truck again – now it has a full 6×4 chassis. This came in handy on a recent job. Let me tell you a story from pre-Martin gmbh days. When I was trying out the game, I picked up a job to move some pipes from a quarry. One big difference between Euro Truck and it’s American equivalent is the quarries. In ETS they are deep down in the ground and climbing out with a load is difficult. The job I picked required a load of pipes weighing 20t to be moved from the lowest level of the site all the way up to the exit and out onto the road. It took three attempts to get up to the first level of the quarry but climbing out from there proved beyond my capabilities at the time. I now believe that the Merc truck I was given was underpowered for the job (you take what you’re given when you’re working as a hired driver) – but maybe I’ve since developed some skills of my own too. Anyway, my 480hp MAN 6×4 romped up the climb with 18t of gravel in tow. Here’s my truck in her current form coasting through the Netherlands with a load en-route to Felixstowe.
So now it’s time to expand again and I think it’s time to buy a garage in the UK. Birmingham looks like a good choice so I’ll set up operations from there. With so much growth it’s time for a corporate image. I had intended to go with a red – probably a bit darker than the MAN Rose Red. A bit like this DAF XF seen near my home……But a chat with Alasdair has convinced me that the company should go with the Desert Sand colour for its vehicles. Time to make a skin!
ps… Yes, she has acquired Chrome Mirrors – Consider me suitably embarrassed 😉