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    Medium Load Member Rockdoctor's Avatar
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    I have some questions to add about being an owner operator and tanking crude oil....

    1) What is a good rate to expect to make if you haul crude for someone? For example I know one company is seeking O/O and they are offering 68% of what the load pays but you are pulling their tanker with your tractor. Is this a good rate?

    2) How many years experience do you need to have as a tanker driver before someone will hire you to tank their crude with your own rig?

    3) I see offers from companies who need their crude tanked but they state "no old tractors". Ideally what age tractor do you want to purchase as a new O/O in order to get into tanking crude?

    4) What is the biggest upside to tanking crude as an O/O and what is the biggest downside to doing it?

    Thanks for your insight and answers!


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    I think if you read the first few post you can see what the downsides are and recommended companies.

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    Can a newbie who graduates in june 2013 haul crude right out of school. I have 1 speeding ticket on my recrod and 1 at fault accident where no one got hurt and it was due to icy weather conditions. thats all thats on my MVR in the last 3 years. How much can i expect to make and how hard do you think it will be for me to find work making 20+ an hour 70-80 hours a week?

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    @escobarn..... It will be impossible for you to make 20+ an hour starting out.....no one will hire you hauling crude with 0 experience....most companies require 2 or 3 years of experience...you will have to work your way up the ladder.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by escobarnc View Post
    Can a newbie who graduates in june 2013 haul crude right out of school. I have 1 speeding ticket on my recrod and 1 at fault accident where no one got hurt and it was due to icy weather conditions. thats all thats on my MVR in the last 3 years. How much can i expect to make and how hard do you think it will be for me to find work making 20+ an hour 70-80 hours a week?
    Where are you graduating from? If from driving school - why so long? And where are you located? East coast pays solo drivers better and it's busier - Midwest and West coast pays reefers better, but not as busy. Oil field comapnies anywhere pay the best, can ship you anywhere on earth. Anyhow, If you're going thru regular CDL training, i suggest finding a company where you can get one year OTR 48 State Team Driving and one year tanker and one year reefer (like Schneider) until you have a clean MVR record for 3 years - then apply in person at every tanker outfit and oil field company - dont worry about the money, just stay in shape, dont get fat, and be able to lift 100lb bag over your head without getting injured.....

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    Im graduating from a community college that offers a CDL class (offered through the state). I guess they just chooose 11 weeks idk y. Im located in Raleigh North Carolina. I dont want to do OTR i want to work in the patch and live with my GF. She does hair at a hair salon. I would like to come home every night and she likes texas weather. so you feel like i really need a clean MVR to earn the big bucks along with a year of exp?

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    Light Load Member trucsugma5's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by escobarnc View Post
    Im graduating from a community college that offers a CDL class (offered through the state). I guess they just chooose 11 weeks idk y. Im located in Raleigh North Carolina. I dont want to do OTR i want to work in the patch and live with my GF. She does hair at a hair salon. I would like to come home every night and she likes texas weather. so you feel like i really need a clean MVR to earn the big bucks along with a year of exp?
    Nope, not from experience - but from what i've researched....you CAN make big bucks in Texas...the farther from ther big cities, the bigger the bucks with the oil fields, but the closer to the big cities, the more job openings...could gain exp driving milk-tanker... just gotta do some footwork, and have enough to survive 3-4 months..... OTR gains you lots o experience, but at a higher risk;-LTL , you just gotta be very careful - "the slower the better" - city driving and slow maneuvers (that's where the majority of trucking incidents occur)...and perfect MVR is NOT neccesary for $36k /yr at least...and with a GF bringing in some cash, that's plenty for now)

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    Hello' Everyone, I sumitted application for a crude oil driver in Odessa, TX and got a called back interview, he offered me .95c/m, .25c/barrel, 50$/m cellphone, $1,000/year PPE and full benefit, no housing but will have a space for me to push a RV there if I have one. so, just want to ask someone here which is better? get pay by mile or by hour? I do have 3 years otr and now working for small company pulling dryvan and sometime hazmat loads, got .44c/mile and 3,000-3,500 miles every week noless on paper logs but no benefit and the truck always with me even my home time, also nice people to work with. Please give me some advices? I like to try out hualing tank and work with big company that all have full benefit but still not sure with company or pay should I start with. Thank you for all you guys.
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    There are several crude haulers that pay you base pay AND cents per mile, plus commission per barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saif View Post
    Please call me on Phone number removed - my name is Saif
    I will hire you to haul crude (whether you are a driver, have tractor only or have truck and trailer)
    patjdix@gmail.com contact me

    looking to put truck on pulling crude oil. patjdix@gmail.com houston,tx
    Last edited by d o g; 03.26.2013 at 08.07 AM. Reason:: Merged two posts

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