Fuel hauling experience in a Class B vehicle beneficial?

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  1. Zonno

    Zonno Light Load Member

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    Suppose I had at least two years of driving a tractor-trailer, but then got a job hauling fuel that was in a Class B truck for a year or so, would this experience on my resume help me to get on with a good fuel-hauling company such as Loves, Pilot, etc.? So long as I have tractor-trailer experience (even if that experience was not hauling fuel or any other hazmat load), would getting a job hauling/delivering fuel in a Class B vehicle be a waste of time or could it still provide good experience on a resume?

    I’m sure it’s safe to assume that if two applicants apply for one of those coveted fuel-hauling companies and one had two years of TT and two years of fuel in a Class B, whereas the other had two years of fuel in a Class A, then that applicant would be more favorable between the two.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    It will be considered. Probably need insurance company to sign off on it.
     
  4. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    Yes and yes….

    You may have to go to a regional contract carrier for a while. A Private fleet is about as good as it gets ….
     
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  5. lual

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    Yes....& no.

    That class B experience is indeed better than nothing.

    But....if you are competing against other drivers who have acquired similar fuel-hauling experience while pulling a 48-ft fuel trailer (& with good safety records)....I would not expect you to get the next class A fuel job over them.

    -- L
     
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    lual Road Train Member

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    Follow-up: I've seen L&R fuel rigs at the fuel racks.

    They are the real deal.

    Also: their equipment appears to be in good shape.

    -- L
     
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    Cat sdp . .

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    Stay away from Kag..

    They are a plague upon the universe…..
     
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  9. andhe78

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    I always find it interesting how carriers are regarded differently in different areas of the country. Around here, Pilot/Flying J is considered the bottom of the barrel, and Gemini here actually pays quite a bit lower than several common carriers.
     
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  10. Zonno

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    I saw them. It states they desire “2 years of Class A CDL driving, Tanker and Hazmat”. I don’t know if this means 2 years of hazmat/tank driving or simply 2 years of driving with the endorsements. I can always apply and find out.

    I should mention that I don’t quite have 2 years of TT experience (drove tandem dump trucks for several years and moved up to tractor-trailer dump in March 2023). I used “2 years” as an illustration for this thread. However, I’ll have 2 years as of March 2025 and plan to apply when I do.
     
  11. Zonno

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    I see their trucks pass through on occasion but they don’t have any terminals around that I know of.
     
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