Truckers News Celebrity Series 2011-2012

Dave Redmon of ‘Ice Road Truckers’

Shooting from the hip

Former Ice Road Trucker Dave Redmon doesn’t hold back

In the next to last episode of the fifth season of the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, Alabama native Dave Redmon was fired, and he boarded a plane home. In only the second episode of the spinoff IRT: Deadliest Roads, spotlighting hauls in the Andes in Bolivia and Peru, Redmon left, citing unsafe equipment as the reason.

Redmon discussed the shows and his experiences with Truckers News in September, noting his squabbles with production and the spin he says History put on him in the editing of the Alaska-based show.

Redmon said in the interview that his perceived firing from the show in the Sunday, Sept. 18, episode “Judgment Day,” was scripted. “I know it doesn’t look that way on TV, obviously,” Redmon said. “They had scripted me to be the bad guy on the show, and it just scripted me to get fired.”

A brief snippet of the interview is below, but ask him questions yourself live later this month, when he’ll discuss anything from his experiences driving the Dalton Highway in Alaska, the Himalayan roads in India and the crumbling mountain paths in Bolivia to his issues with the History Channel and more.

Q: Tell us a little about the differences between driving in the Himalayas last year and driving in Bolivia this year.

A: The Bolivian experience was totally different than the Himalayan experience. In India, we were driving on rock cliffs that had been there since the 1700s. In Bolivia, we were basically driving on roads carved out of the side of the mountain. They were very soft, and they washed away very, very easily. If you’re not careful, the road will literally fall out from under you.

Q: What are some of the major differences between driving on a paved highway and driving on the Dalton Highway in Alaska?

A: The difference between driving in Alaska on the Daltons and driving in the lower 48 is, up there, you literally can’t take your eyes off of the road for even a split second. A caribou could walk out in front of you, or a moose. The roads are so narrow that you can’t see what has been overplowed and underplowed, meaning, did the guy who plowed it go far enough out? Did he leave me enough road to drive on? Or did he go too far out, and what I’m seeing that looks safe is actually a ditch?

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