Indian River

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  1. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    1. No idle restrictions at all. You won't hear from anyone unless they see you parked when you should be rolling on a late load.

    2. No company cameras, you can put your own in.

    3. Newer trucks set to 70mph. You might get an old one that does 75.

    4. Never heard of an SE regional. I primarily work in the NE and Canada, but am still classified as an OTR driver as I don't think there is a NE regional either.

    5. Trucks are Peterbilt 579 equipped with fridge and inverters. The extremely rare Internationals have APUs. I don't think they have anything older than 4yrs. Individual condition will depend on whoever had it before you. Whoever details them doesn't do a great job so expect to do some cleaning. Tanks are generally in good condition, occasionally find minor stuff like missing mud flaps or burnt out lights. Never had any nightmares like bald tires etc which I had too often doing dry van and reefer.

    6. Orientation was 1 day and tank training was non existent. IRT is primarily a no touch operation. A few tractors have pumps but even then they aren't used that often.

    7. Very happy and have no intention of going anywhere else.

    8.I run about 3500 per week but I don't do true OTR anymore and mileage pay isn't the sole source of income.

    9. Pay is very good. I am currently averaging $2K per week (just passed $100K with a week left in my 2nd year). But again, I am not doing OTR and didn't come anywhere near that when I was.
     
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  3. snowez

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    So is it like dry-van then? My company I’m at currently is 100% no touch freight. I thought with switching to tanker id be hooking up hoses pulling levers etc but maybe the shipper and receivers do all that and we just drive?

    Also I was reading back in this post couple months ago and is it still accurate no detention and they don’t pay for tank-washes? I assume this isn’t like dry-van where you regularly sit for 2+ hours but if your not getting paid to wash out a trailer that can suck if it takes awhile.

    One last questions, I’m good at backing at 53 foot dry van. But is their a learning curve to backing the shorter tanker trailer or was it s seamless transition?
     
  4. GreyBeardGuy

    GreyBeardGuy Light Load Member

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    Indian only has a few trucks with pumps. You may have to climb up top to open the dome or check a seal. When I was there they did not pay for tank washes. However most have laundry facilities for free and free showers. We had paid detention after 12hrs but this was 2010. Backing is backing except you will feel the surge. Pulling a tank is nothing like a van. Your cargo is liquid and always moving.
     
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  5. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    I did more physical labor when I did dry van as I frequently had to climb in back to pull nails or sweep it out. Leftover empty/broken pallets were a pain too. Don't have any if those issues with tank.

    Very few of our tractors have pumps so maybe if you got one of those you would have to hook up hydraulic lines and fiddle with levers. In 2 years only once have I had to do anything with regards to running a pump.

    No washout pay or layover pay. There is detention but it is so rare to get it and when you do it's miniscule so best to not expect any at all. Where I run it's rare that I have to deal with a tankwash and even then it's a drop dirty/hook clean deal.

    Tankers are only 45ish ft long and have no tail overhang so they are much easier to back. Also you can see under them and spot where your blindside tandems are going. Very easy to see behind them when backing straight too as they are much narrower. On more than occasion I have been able to back into the last empty spot at a crowded truckstop because it was too tight for other 53fters to fit.
     
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  6. xlsdraw

    xlsdraw Road Train Member

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    Sounds like you fell into a sweet dedicated situation. Congrats
     
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    xlsdraw Road Train Member

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    That's the type thing that SSB needs to find.
     
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  8. Flattop23

    Flattop23 Bobtail Member

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    How you indian river guys doing are the miles steady with it being summertime?
     
  9. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    I don't really track my miles as a significant portion of my pay isn't mileage based, but overall I haven't noticed a drop in pay.

    I didn't think there was a seasonal difference with food grade. As far as I can tell, people drink juice and milk all year.
     
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  10. Flattop23

    Flattop23 Bobtail Member

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    That's good I think I read something about it get kinda slow for the clovis guys during spring and summer since dairy cows doesn't produce that much milk I'm thinking about joining you guys next year when I have enough experience
     
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    And I'm from North Florida so I don't get down south as much as you guys to know about when oranges are harvest
     
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