Fuel hauling advice

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lav-25, Jun 7, 2024.

  1. Lav-25

    Lav-25 Medium Load Member

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    Lately , i've had more people ask about fuel hauling , so here is some basic info .
    1- have a hazmat !! Can't do anything without it .
    2- have a acceptable driving record ( insurance is 5 mill for liability , so if your record sucks or is iffy , stop doing stupid #### and clean it up. No one wants a nut case driving a fuel truck .
    3- there are local fuel haulers , regional and some otr ones too . They all want the same thing - a good safety record , a can do attidude and reliability.
    4- fuel hauling has lots of additional hurdles to cover ( training at load racks , getting carded at racks , and then the safety training
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    Example - dude comes for a job , submitts a driving record and resume , i'll check the driving record , and check to see if you REALLY have a hazmat - not expired or getting one soon . Had that happen often.
    The resume talks , if you have a lot in ten years , then i will ask why - sickness , Family issue , health , boss / Company issues , i can deal with , but if you lie about anything ( wreck , ticket , fighting ) then it won 't happen .
    If you do decide to try it , get out and talk to the people who do it . They are good at what they do ( truck wise , fuel wise) . Good luck
     
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  3. Lazer

    Lazer Road Train Member

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    Dont forget to have the ‘tanker’ endorsement, not just hazmat. There is a lot of hazmat that does not need tanker.
     
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  4. Bud A.

    Bud A. Road Train Member

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    When I was hauling chemicals, I remember talking to a hand at a stop who lived near Houston somewhere. He told me about an OTR job he used to do hauling av gas and Jet A to little airports all around the west, out loaded, back empty. Said he went to a lot of funny little airports you would never know were there unless you were a pilot. I always thought that would be a fun job, but I don't want to move to the Gulf.
     
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  5. Lav-25

    Lav-25 Medium Load Member

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    Those little places are cool , been to a couple out here in the southwest .
     
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  6. OrangeBox

    OrangeBox Bobtail Member

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    @Lav-25
    Let me ask you this because my DMV is remedial. And a local fuel job just opened up by me for low experience guys.

    I have all my endorsements. Twic. Etc.
    The DMV, twice now, after passing background and the test, and online eldt, reissued the same dang license to me instead of throwing the X endorsement on there lol.

    Called in, to the state, she says she sees the hazmat, but the office has to fix the physical copy. So…a third trip after weeks of waiting for it in the mail. (I can also login online and see my hazmat doesnt expire for 23 months etc)

    You would be able to see I do in fact have an X right? Or not you either. Feel like Im about to miss an opportunity here thanks to a DMV derp. (Va state)
     
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  7. Lav-25

    Lav-25 Medium Load Member

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    What is on the license is what i go by .
    ( in new mexico it will be tanker for sure and for fuel -hazmat also . So on the license it will be T , X . )
    If you took a haz mat test and tanker test , the dmv should have your results on computer and print it out if you ask / pay for it.

    hope that helps
     
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  8. OrangeBox

    OrangeBox Bobtail Member

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    Definitely. Just had them print it out today ,waiting for the finally fixed version too lol. Thanks again!
     
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  9. Xirtam2k

    Xirtam2k Bobtail Member

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    And even with all of the requirements, is still hard to get a job nowadays (at least in South Tx) all the companies hauling fuel have already their family members or someone that knows someone in the company and you never get the opportunity... it's been years for me trying to get a job nearby where I live and even with 6 years of experience hauling fuel and cng, still no answer from all of these companies nearby
     
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  10. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    Around here the dirt haulers are making as much as the fuel haulers..

    Doesn’t really seem worth it
     
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