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Star of "Ice Road Truckers" is Really a Carpet Cleaner

July 9, 2012

As it turns out, maybe reality TV isn’t so “real” after all. Case in point: Rick Yemm, one of the stars of The History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” is really a carpet cleaning professional who just so happens to drive trucks in the winter when his business lags.

From a story on Huliq.com:

“It’s funny, in Season One, (fellow Ice Road Truckers star) Hugh (‘Polar Bear’ Rowland) says I was just a carpet cleaner when he met me; I’m just a carpet cleaner now. I make a very good living doing what I do. In the winter, my work shuts down. No one does anything like that in the wintertime, and it gets really slow. I go to the ice roads. I truck on the ice roads. I used to be involved with the excavation trade—that’s where I got my Class I, because it is a vital part of the business.”

With his carpet cleaning business, Yemm says he has lower overhead than he would have with trucking full-time, and he makes just as much money as he would have as a truck driver, plus he gets to go home to his family at night. So, when he says he put all of his Ice Road Truckers pay into his business?

Yes, he meant the carpet cleaning business, not trucking.

“I enjoy the work,” he says of carpet cleaning. “And, it’s a very successful carpet cleaning company. But, it’s funny, because that’s what everyone assumes, that what the show says is 100% real—that I’m a truck driver, I bought a truck, I’m now trucking here, there, everywhere; no. I come home every night.”

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