Any tall guys hauling fuel?

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  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    My buddy is 6'5 and 310 lbs. and has no problems in his assigned Volvo.
     
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  3. Derailed

    Derailed Road Train Member

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    Day cabs now are quite a bit more roomy than they used to be. Not like the old days of the R model macks
     
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  4. andhe78

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    I’m also 6’6” and been hauling fuel for the last year and a half with absolutely no problems in a Pete 579 day cab. My terminal manager is even bigger than me, and he did it for decades.
     
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  5. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Coming from a short guy, (5'5") I'd rather be tall and a lil cramped then short and can't reach ####! The same problem happens outside the cab try loading hoses in and out of tubes that you have to reach above your head for.
     
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    LDLWells Heavy Load Member

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    Ouch, I've seen some terminals you have to punch numbers in at the refinery that are above my head and I'm 5'10".

    Why does oil and gas hate the vertically challenged?
     
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  7. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Big oil, Texas, off shore rigs. It all screams big lol.
     
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  8. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

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    A friend worked at Chevron as a driver. He had to be 6'6" +. A Chevron safety walked by when he had the door open and banned him from driving it due to poor ergonomics. His knees were half way up the sides of the steering wheel. Older Peterbilt I think. Since he was union they moved him to being a plant operator instead of letting him go. Newer trucks have more room.

    I'm only 6'1" but as a heads up pay close attention to the ergonomics of the job. You'll use a lot of stabilizing/connecting muscles to work those hoses and it's easier to get hurt than you'd think.

    I loved doing gas. Jump in you'll enjoy it.
     
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  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    yes, very adjustable.

    i know a midget in Peoria, that can see over the dashboard, with his new air seat.

    i am sure the company can cut a hole in the roof, to make you fit.

    let us know what they do for you.
     
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  10. MotorCityDNA

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    Been hauling fuel for two years, we have big guys that are 6'5' and over, they run Kenworth T880 day cabs and have plenty of room and no complaints other then the automatic transmissions.
     
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  11. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    T880 is one thing now a T800 is a different story. We had an islander who was huge and had to bend his head down to see out the window. He looked like a bear riding a small bike. Lol
     
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