Gasoline Tanker: Tips on how to make fast drops at stations

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by aquaman58, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Stn4Cap

    Stn4Cap Bobtail Member

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    I just started training 2 weeks ago with a fuel hauler. We run 18 speed Kenworths with the PACCAR 465hp pulling super-b's. We pull 58000 litres ( 15000 us gals ) almost every time. Usually goes to one drop. Just the other day, we did 4 loads like that to 4 different stations. I've pulled a lot of different loads and by far hauling fuel is the most mentally challenging. I've found that you have to be spot on. One screw up can cost thousands. So far though, I like it.
     
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  3. Bikerboy

    Bikerboy Light Load Member

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    We can haul 16000 gallons in canada on a super b train
     
  4. tracycoltsfan

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    what do you mean when you say spot on explain please i will soon be training for the next 6 weeks, been driving vans for 13yrs, im will be new to driving fuel trucks, any info would help
     
  5. Stn4Cap

    Stn4Cap Bobtail Member

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    Pretty much what everyone here is saying. Take your time, don't rush. Don't daydream. Mixes can happen easy and are costly. Know your product and know your compartments. Double and triple check everything.
     
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  6. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

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    You are right about the problems that ethanol has presented to the industry as a whole. I remember talking to a driver who had to pump out 6500 gals of premium because a large amount of rainwater had entered the tank the previous night. The tank had been badly designed and so was susceptible for this kind of contamination. The following morning customers could not fuel up their cars as it was barely coming out of the dispenser. I'm sure, as we speak, they are trying to come up with a solution to this dilemma. I personally truck ethanol from San Antonio to Flinthills in Austin, TX and unload it at a different location there by using their available pump. It takes very little time to unload. Then it's automatically mixed when drivers load up in the various bays. But you can imagine the challenge if a driver scullies out, or there's a glitch in the mixing process because the rack still has to maintain that critical proportion of ethanol to gas and it's a very small margin of error. Inevitably, many times you could get a busted bill and the rack has to figure out a solution. I've discussed with the terminal manager many times. He can get very frustrated by this additional problem.
     
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  8. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

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    It's hard to figure that out as you have to know how many miles you will do, the location of each store and then the number of loads you can complete in any day. As a company driver I could finish from 5-6 loads a shift, and I would do around 300 miles a day. Thus as a rule of thumb, my weekly income would range between 1200-1500 gross per week. The loads paid were set depending on the number of miles from the rack to the customer.
    Personally, I've never heard of being paid both a per load and mileage rate. In my neck of the woods, Central Taxes, it's either being paid by the hour or by the load. Are you being paid by the mile for just loaded miles or will they pay you for deadhead miles back to the rack also?? There's just too many variables to what you are wanting by just giving us the basics. However, just as I would put forth to you an educated guess, I believe your earnings are going to be on the low side, especially if they only pay you on loaded miles. I would shop around and see if there are better deals out there, despite the fact you are new to the business.
     
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  9. tracycoltsfan

    tracycoltsfan Bobtail Member

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    the company im gonna be working for is paying me 40c per mile and 12.50 to load/unload is that decent pay and what do you c me making gross per week
     
  10. Stn4Cap

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    Not really sure in your case what you would make. I get 23.50/hr to start and increase to 25.50 then 26.50, all delays, drops etc are covered by an hourly rate.
     
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  11. crackinwise

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    If you ran 300 miles a day for 5 days and say a total of 20 load/unloads in a week you are looking at $850.00 gross. From all Ive read you might average a little more than that putting you closer to $1000 and that seems to be in line with what I have read here on the message boards.. Of course that is a very rough estimate
     
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