Can fuel delivery jobs be easier to come in northern states?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by Zonno, Jun 17, 2024.

  1. Zonno

    Zonno Light Load Member

    Jun 11, 2018
    South Ga
    There was a thread (can’t remember which one) where a poster stated that in the northwest, fuel hauling is in more demand due to some drivers (particularly older drivers) not wanting to have to deal with being out in the cold during the night in the winter months. So if you’re willing to deal with the cold, you have a better chance of getting hired on if you apply to those jobs. How much truth would you say there is in this?

    I know it would be foolish to relocate and cross my fingers and hope I land a fuel gig. And while many of those companies don’t necessarily require hazmat experience, if drivers with more experience apply then they’re getting hired on in your stead. Is this likelihood at least somewhat reduced up north?
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  3. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    New Hampshire
    Well in the northeast seems like they’re always looking for fuel and propane transport drivers. You about have to walk in to apply though. Unless you’re living in the area with a hazmat ready to go to work, good luck.
  4. Rugerfan

    Rugerfan Road Train Member

    May 3, 2011
    Idk about being able to handle the cold, but here around Portland, it’s pretty easy to get into the fuel game. Tyree is a solid place to work and start out. Make decent money but will start on nights. They usually give one weekend day off a week. So either Friday- Saturdays, or Sunday-Mondays. Superior will teach you how to haul fuel and you’ll make quite a bit of money, but they are strict and run 58 mph. They don’t allow Bluetooth ever.
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  5. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    Don’t think the area matters the older drivers with seniority in pretty much every area are going to be on day shift.Your chances of starting out on days in any area is pretty slim.
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  6. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

    Dec 15, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    Contact a few, in the areas you are considering. See what they say, if they might have a job for you, if you are willing to relocate. They might even pay a portion of relocation cost's.
  7. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Weekends too…..
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  8. Blagoje

    Blagoje Medium Load Member

    Jul 14, 2022
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    Kwik Trip in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. They pay well but will get every penny out of you. Good luck if you get hired by them.
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  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    Given the current CDL job market :rolleyes: -- I would not advise moving (or applying for) any class A fuel-hauling jobs, unless:

    • You already have 2 years (or more) of class A experience (along with a very good safety record)
    • You already have BOTH tanker & hazmat endorsements
    • You have already talked to one or more drivers in the fleet(s) you are considering
    Without all/any of those -- best of luck....& may God have mercy on your soul.

    -- L
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  10. Rugerfan

    Rugerfan Road Train Member

    May 3, 2011
    Plenty of places hiring right now around Portland. Most just want 1-2 years of driving experience. I know Tyree just hired a guy with an auto restriction, and no hazmat
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    Many local jobs in general can be a challenge to get regardless of region. The issue is how many folks want local or regional jobs.....more often than not, your endorsements combined with a squeaky clean record and many years experience will create an easier path.....moreso than location.
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