I love fuel hauling

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by TakinItEasy, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. VantaiTatted

    VantaiTatted Light Load Member

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    I wish you the best of luck. I haul the finished product to Walmart’s not in a tanker. I still think about hauling fuel in the back of my mind.
     
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  3. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Oh, sort of like those drivers for Dean's Foods that haul the various jugs out of Creamland Albuquerque, or Gandy's Lubbock? I almost got on with them a few months ago. But the "split days off" thing kind of killed that for me.
     
  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I know quite a few drivers who switched from hauling freight to hauling fuel.
    Very few of them went back to freight.
    You might have to tough it out at the bottom of a seniority list and work nights for a while but it can be worth it.
     
  5. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I still don't know what everyone's aversion to nights is. Day shift would be a nightmare to me. Too many prying eyes, lots of traffic, and while I am a talkative person, I tend to naturally creep alot of people out.
     
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  6. REO6205

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    Most of the time when I drove tanker I worked the extra board and that was almost always nights.
    I preferred night shift if I caught a bid where we were going a lot of convenience stores. Much less hassle getting in and out of the parking lots. The stores preferred night drops too.
    Less waiting time at the rack, less traffic, less of everything that annoys a driver.
     
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  7. VantaiTatted

    VantaiTatted Light Load Member

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    I work nights now and love it so nights is not a problem for me.
     
  8. VantaiTatted

    VantaiTatted Light Load Member

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    Yes exactly like them. I deliver For Cloverland. We make great value milk in our area for the Walmart’s. So I back up to a dock and unload with an electric pallet jack. Yes the schedule is pretty bad. It’s every other day so technically u are in your work uniform 7 days a week and no back to back days off.
     
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  9. TakinItEasy

    TakinItEasy Medium Load Member

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    Just got carded today at the fuel rack. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. This company is new and has alot of growing pains. Lack of communication being number one. I have yet to attend new hire orientation and im already cleared to be on my own!
     
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  10. GasHauler

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    Any chance you're pulling for ARCO?
     
  11. GasHauler

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    REO6205 you're right except for 1 thing. You're wrong about "when in doubt double check". You should double check all moves and make it a practice to do it every time. Other than that you're right about being professional. I retired from ARCO with the best of everything. The benefits were better than the Military. I worked 60 hours a week and $30.50 OT is nothing. I made $35.25 way back in 1997. We also had a 40 hour week with anything over was OT. With the 60 hour week I still had 2 days off. Retirement was the best I've seen, Normal retirement pay plus a savings plan that the company paid 6% and a CAP program that the company paid 4% depending how much you put into it. If a driver plan his pay he or she could retire after 20 years and have a 7 figure lump sum. Too bad they shut it down. The way of the book smart new hires that found a way to convince the big bosses that a common carrier would be cheaper. So they sold all of their downstream operations.

    Being professional helps, in fact it's mandatory if you're going to stay around. Our drivers found out that no matter how many years you have safe driving a program like the Smith System always helps. That is if the company works the program. You can not have a driver attend a Smith course then turn him or her loose. The company must monitor the drivers and keep the program going. We had drivers that had over 30 years safe driving. That's a legend to me since it's all city driving, having no contams, no tickets, and not even a scratch on the truck. I don't care how long you've been driving but 30 years is a very hard milestone to hit.
     
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