A couple simple tanker questions...

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by bergy, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. TLeaHeart

    TLeaHeart Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    casper, wy
    no invasion, I just ask question to help you think about options you may not have thought of.

    Want to stay in the south, don't rule out regional carriers.

    My tanker experience has been in the crude hauling arena... love it. spent 5 years over the road, and really got tired of the life on the road...

    Driver 105,000#s on gravel roads is fun
    Until the rain and mud, then it is one big mess.

    One thing to remember about tankers, they are a specialized vehicle, built to haul a class of products. Food grade is smooth boor, chemical is baffled and /or compartmentalized. Heavy chemical is banana shaped...

    Then you have the gas tankers, pressurized vessels.

    Dry bulk, more of a hopper configuration.
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  3. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Been chemical for almost 4 years, never seen a baffled tanker....ever. 95% has been smooth bore with the other being compartment. I have no idea where this baffled rumor comes from.
    For most companies your tank will be the one available, heavy or not, banana shaped or not.
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  4. Redwolf

    Redwolf Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Same here. We have compartmented tanks, but no baffles. Probably 80% smoothbore
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  5. ncdriver1

    ncdriver1 Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Schneider only runs smooth bore, no baffled trailers at all. I'm sure they exist...but must be a very small % of the trailers on the road.

    For general otr bulk chemical the typical payload is 45,000lbs. So you would want your tare to be in the 33-34k range max. That puts tractor around 22k. You would also need to take into consideration wheelbase and cab height. Most carriers want shorter wheelbase and mid roof cabs. Consider Schneider, they are a good training company for you to get a feel for general otr bulk chemical hauling.
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  6. Flatbedder73

    Flatbedder73 Medium Load Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    Langhorne, PA
    I haul chemicals, and all of our tanks are smooth bore...every company has a different setup.
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  7. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 Road Train Member

    Dec 14, 2012
    I used to haul oilfield mud/saltwater/freshwater with a baffled tanker. I'm pretty sure that all the water tankers used in the oilfield are baffled. At least all the trailers that the company I worked for were. This was back in the 90's.
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  8. rockyroad74

    rockyroad74 Heavy Load Member

    Don't forget river barges. Refineries load barges and send them up river to an inland river port. Offload the barges into storage tanks (tank farms). The truck load at the racks positioned at the river port. Many also have train tracks, so the river port can implement trucks, trains, and barges.
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  9. DevilDog79

    DevilDog79 Light Load Member

    I use to work at BASF chemical on the Mississippi in Geismar, La and I can assure you every tanker that comes in to be loaded with sulfuric acid is baffled. I have had to load some.
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  10. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Maybe, but that is one chemical and specialized at that. If you added up every chemical tank in the u.s I bet 10% of them are baffled. Surge isn't a big enough of a deal to worry with baffles for the most part. Schneider had several Acid trailers that weren't baffled. If Schneider has any baffled tank's I've never seen them.
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  11. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

    Sep 18, 2007
    Weatherford, TX
    Comparing Schneider isn't fair. Those cheap skates would use plastic kiddie swimming pools if they could get away with it.
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