Have money saved, looking for a "mentor" who knows Texas

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  1. truant

    truant Bobtail Member

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    Hi all, been here five years mostly crouching in the weeds and listening. Looking to maybe, just possibly, it could happen... give the oilfield in West Texas a shot.
    Been trucking 6 years and swinging from vine to vine. Started with Werner (I know, you can laugh) then on to Tyson after 2 years. Did 2 more years with Tyson and have been hauling tankers (Food Grade only) for the past two years. I've saved a bunch of money, have no debt and no kids. I do mostly East Coast and the mountains of PA and am not really looking forward to another winter. I would be thinking about this December making the jump.

    What I'm looking for is a credible, honest person who would shepherd me through the oilfield process. I've read a bit. But it just seems overwhelming. Not even sure about what questions to ask. I have one of the best company jobs in the industry making around 75k a year. And my company is not a good company, it's a great company. But the idea of working for myself is appealing and I know there is big money to be made in the oilfield. I'd like to find someone who would help me eliminate the mistakes (maybe that you've made) so that I could cut down on the "learning the hard way."

    I'm not asking anyone to tell me what to do. I'm asking what would you do if you hit town with between 60k and 75k saved and no bills? What kind of owner/op would you be? Vac? Crude? Water? Fuel? Where would you buy the trailer? What kind of truck would you buy? And a million other questions....
    Would you even be an owner/op? Are there companies that would be better to lease on to or just drive for that you could make 100k? Where could you find housing? And on and on and on.

    I think I'm past the man-camp stage of life. I would take a note on the truck and trailer to ensure a large escrow for any possible screw-ups. While I like to think the screwing up part of my life is over, I'm always amazed at my ability to do something stupid that costs me money. Having a large chunk set aside would protect me from myself or engine blow-ups or whatever.

    I'm looking for someone who knows the ins and outs and would be willing to mentor me through the process... Just be a guidepost on call that I can reach out to. I would be more than willing to compensate you for this. But we'd have to work that all out. If you feel confident enough in your knowledge and feel stymied or stuck, I wouldn't be beyond expanding my business to more than one truck once I got everything settled and figured out the lay of the land. That could be your opportunity.

    Disclaimer: Yes, I know I could just show up and start banging on doors. But that would cost money and time and would not lead to the best possible route. Think of everything you've learned and how much easier and smarter it would have been if you had your present self there to guide your past self through the learning curve. And also, I've read a lot of these threads and I ask that we keep it constructive. Many of these threads devolve into not-very-constructive bickering and ridicule that doesn't do much to move the conversation forward. If you think everything is one giant screw job, or you want to tell me I'm a fool whose got a lot learn or not to bother... or you're a grizzled veteran who likes to tell everyone how much you make... great. God bless all you all.

    But I'd like to just hear from someone who feels like they've acquired a whole bunch of information and lessons and is just itching to get the opportunity to share that in order to maybe get something out of it. Who knows, maybe a pathway to your own truck and part of your own business.
    And at the risk of sounding even more off-putting, I hope you see that I went from zero to one of the best paying company jobs in the industry in 6 years. So I'd like to think I'm not messing around. Please be certain you have the real info and are willing to help yourself by helping me. I'm not really interested in leaving my OTR gig making 75k with a great company for anything other than the REALLY big money. And I'm hoping my savings will insulate me from complete failure.

    Again, ask yourself "What would I do if I had at least 60k saved and was looking to make something happen?"
    I'm not even sure I am going to do this. Just scouting for the right feel.
    Thanks for reading. You can PM me if you don't want to broadcast.
    My name is Geoff.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Patrickm213

    Patrickm213 Medium Load Member

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    If you need spoonfeeding the oilfield is not for you.
     
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    glenn71 Medium Load Member

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    I'm not sure what this guy needs after reading that. It sounds spooky.
     
  5. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

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    If you making 75k a year now there's a good
    chance your gonna take a pay cut in the
    Texas oilfields for a whole lot harder work.
     
  6. Aireal

    Aireal Medium Load Member

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    I hope that you got in contact with a good o/o that could give you some advise one way or the other. If not the best thing I can think of would be to come down here and look around for yourself. I wouldn't however do that with my checkbook out, I would find a job. It will more than likely be a cut in pay, but as long as that pay, pays for itself ( meaning you aren't "paying to work") then it's fine for a recon job.

    Sand, crude or maybe flatbed hauling pipe might be the best bet for being able to talk to the most people. While I know my husband talks to other water haulers and sometimes crude, he's mostly off by himself.

    I see a lot of single or small company flatbed, water and some crude haulers... also some heavy haul and wide load. I know the company that my husband works for had a O/O that quit ( on good terms) and bought a flatbed.

    Personally I would find a company that would allow me to lease on before I ventured completely out on my own. Weather that is OTR or local/regional out here in the oil patch.

    Anyway, that is what I would do...
     
  7. truant

    truant Bobtail Member

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    Thanks. Appreciated.
    Thinking I'd even start as a company driver.
    Heard Suncoast pays well.
    Any chance you'd tell me which outfit your husband is with?
    I'm open to anything. And you worded it better than I did.... Recon job.... That's what I think I should lean toward in order to learn.
    But thanks again.
     
  8. truant

    truant Bobtail Member

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    You can pm me if you'd like.
     
  9. truant

    truant Bobtail Member

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    Thanks. I'll keep that in mind about spoon feeding.
    I read through your other comments on other threads. Here are some:

    "A search on here would have let you know"
    "No one can make decisions for anyone but themselves."
    "Stick to the office."
    "Why don't you call some places and ask."
    "Sorry, but if you need to ask on a message board..."
    "What advice? This is obviously your decision."
    "Seriously? You haven't been able to get an answer?"
    "Get over the indecisiveness and need for hand holding."


    That's just from scrolling through the first 3 pages of your comments. I'm betting the rest are the same. So you obviously enjoy coming to a forum where people ask for and trade information just so you can then ridicule them for asking for information.
    Good luck with that.
     
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  10. cmbks21

    cmbks21 Medium Load Member

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    What your wanting is ???? Water and vac is the same thing . Crude is somewhat overrated. Good money , but thieving is the norm. If I was to buy a truck , it would be for fuel. If you want specifics pm me. Ive worked water , oil , and now fuel.
     
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  11. Patrickm213

    Patrickm213 Medium Load Member

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    I don't ridicule anyone on this forum. However, I work in the field and my time is limited. If you are so sensitive that you think my posts are ridiculing anyone then you'd better harden up a bit. OK maybe I ridiculed the guy who asked how much diesel costs...

    Yes, I know we live in a day where everyone deserves a medal and it is uncouth to push anyone to try harder.

    But my response was the truth. There is no hand holding out here. If you would prefer someone lied to you in order to keep your feelings from being hurt then best of luck!
     
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