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    Dry Bulk Tankers???

    Anyone here got any experience hauling dry bulk tanks? I will soon be looking for a new job, and don't really wanna keep hauling vans/containers and am not sure if I really wanna haul flats. Just kinda curious what all is involved, any pros/cons, personal experiences (good and bad).

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    i pull a cement tanker. pretty much climb up and open hatch, pull under silo and get loaded, sign bill and drive to concrete plant hook up hose and blow off into silo. piece of cake. not the most money, but i sleep at home every night and off weekends. i like it.

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    Dry bulk tankers are a lot different than vans. You usually won't get held up at a shipper or receiver unless theres a problem with product quality. No lumpers to deal with. You have to drag out hoses and hook them up. You have to climb on top the tanker to open and close the domes. If you have a self loader you will have to climb up on top of a rail car. Most loads are heavy. You can't sleep while your loading or unloading. You have to pay attention to details. I'll take a tanker{dry bulk or chemical} any day over a freight box.

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    The nice thing about dry bulk is there is no surge when you drive it. Its a little more work to unload one than with a liquid. The hoses are bigger and you have to hammer the sides of the tank with a rubber hammer. At least thats what I have observed. I have pulled one but never unloaded one.

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    You might try reading this thread to learn more about bulk tankers.

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/tru...k-tankers.html

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    I've hauled grain and feed with bulk tank, which is different from bulk tanks hauling plastic pellets. With the grain tank I had a mixing box that mixed in the feed to the blown air. With most bulk tanks you have to preasurize the tank instead of useing the mixer. Most loads are sucked in, rather than top loading. A&R Transport is a good company to get into for hauling bulk tank. They're nation wide, and drivers earn very good money. However they will not take your application unless you can and are willing to go to Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otter View Post
    However they will not take your application unless you can and are willing to go to Canada.
    That might be true out of VT, but here in the midwest that's not the case with A&R. I checked into them and Canada was never mentioned. From what I gathered about talking to them, they try to keep all their drivers in the region they live in order to get them home as often as possible.

    They're pay is great. Possibly the best in the pneumatic tank industry, IMO.

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    I went to the A&R webpage to check their requirements, they listed "No conviction that would prohibit entry into Canada." along with experience requirements, I talked to recuiting at their Illinois HQ.

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    My boyfriend hauls flour now and he says its the easiest job he has had. But he also said he would never do anything but haul grain or flour. He does get to sleep when while he is loading so he is lucky there especially the way his hours change day to day but unloading is all on him.

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    I am curious about those dry bulk tankers, do those require a tanker endorsement or no?
    I know it's an odd and should seem obvious question but I overthink things from time to time lol. Seems like they wouldn't because there "shouldn't" be any outage, load shift, and so on since it's like sand or rock.

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