Local Fuel Hauling hours

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  1. Schneider_slave

    Schneider_slave Bobtail Member

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    I have a local fuel hauling gig that I'm starting, and I'm wondering what I should expect as far as working hours go?
    My trainer says that he averages about 60 hours in 5 days. Sometimes more. It's an hourly gig, with overtime over 40.
    Wondering what would be considered "normal" for this type of position?
     
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  3. ErieMcDreary

    ErieMcDreary Medium Load Member

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    Most of us that I know of work a 12 hour shift, so 60 hours a week is pretty normal.
    It does depend on demand, so there will be short weeks now and then.
     
  4. Schneider_slave

    Schneider_slave Bobtail Member

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    Appreciate the response...
    Do the 60 hour weeks burn you out after awhile, or do you just get used to it?
     
  5. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Most gas cans run at night when traffic is low. Could be long hours, in Colorado, they exempt gas and propane haulers from the rules when there were shortages, double shifts, I heard. Good luck, I hauled one (1) load of gas in my life and my hands were black from squeezing the color out of the steering wheel,,,it clearly wasn't for me.
     
  6. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You get used to it. In our area a 12 hour shift is pretty much standard.
    Most of the guys are former OTR or regional drivers and they appreciate the predictable schedule and being home every day.
     
  7. ErieMcDreary

    ErieMcDreary Medium Load Member

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    Heck, you can get burnout doing anything, even Playboy photographers must get burned out, after 40-50 years! LOL.
    It won't be 60 hours every week, it'll vary, depending on lots of variables. Hustle a little and get done quicker, but make less money, or take your time, less stress, more money.
    We had to share trucks, so usually we got done in less than 12, so the truck was back for the other driver.
    I have my own truck now, so I can do what I want, of course I don't get hourly pay anymore either.
     
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  8. 401-Alex

    401-Alex Light Load Member

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    Did it for KAG. For 6 months was not worth it for me. Night shift slip seat with a grumpy co day shifter that wanted in and out early . my monday was friday night and my friday was Wednesday am very bad hours. $24 hr... it paid the bills but friday night traffic at the pumps Saturday night at the pumps rack shutdown and inventory... And worst was missing tank info. Closed stations. No veeder to know wat is in the tank. Sure you can stick it and see it has 5 in. In it and you got a 5k compartment to drop but what is the diameters on the rank to make sure it fits. That was the bull and yes I've had the flap close with product in the compartment and information available said it would fit but not even close to correct in its accuracy.. Good luck
     
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  9. ErieMcDreary

    ErieMcDreary Medium Load Member

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    It's not for everybody, and different locals have different circumstances, I'm sure. We mostly do a couple different company's convenience stores. I prefer night shift because there's less traffic, usually no one parked on the drop wells, and it's rare for wait times at the rack. We have tank charts, which are usually close, but even in the overfill, or other problem situations, KAG has worked with me very well to "fix" the problem. We are required to stick the tanks, veeder readouts can be wrong. Actually, closed stations are my favorites. No one to bother me.
     
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  10. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    I worked for KAG. I don't recommend them.
    But as for schedule most companies in my area were the same. Slip seat so you want the truck back for your co driver. Ten to twelve hours is normal. And yes you do get used to the hours especially since they are somewhat set.
    Days off very with company. Some have set days off and some do a 5/2 - 5/3 schedule so your your days off change. This is nice because everyone gets weekends once in a while and the truck never stops.

    Personally I'm more comfortable in a tanker than any other truck. Do to the risks all the equipment is well maintained. No one trying to push you to be unsafe and as far as I was concerned as soon as I pulled into a station I was the new owner till I left.
     
  11. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    Had a coworker who didn't get along with his night driver at all. Saw him grimacing like he was in pain and then smiling just before jumping out of the truck. The night driver then came to get in and actually flinched from the smell as he opened up the door. Yeah they didn't get along.:rolleyes:
     
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