Local work in Florida...?

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Disgruntledriver, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    Hello Tanker Forum!

    At the moment I have a pretty solid and stable home daily job. I had to relocate for this job and have no reason to be where I am other than work, which I will continue to do for awhile. I work with a good group of folks and have been at it for some months now. I don't plan on leaving anytime soon but in about a year or two I would like to possibly relocate to Florida. It's the mecca for just about every hobby I enjoy and the type of environment I enjoy living in.

    Now one of the big requirements for me is that I want to be home on a daily basis, I would also like to have enough time at the end of my day to do more than simply sleep, eat and work. I've been told by many a person that I should look into fuel hauling, it's also something I've always wanted to do. I've also been told that most fuel haulers who do local work don't usually have much over a 10 hour day if that, have more normal hours and I've also heard the pay can be quite decent as well.

    I've looked online and the pickings in Florida seem quite slim. I've been told that Florida is a horrible market for Truck Drivers, but the gas stations must get their fuel some how, right? I've not seen any postings by the big companies in Florida like Groendyke, UPT, Coastal Transport, Gemini, etc. The only one I've really seen is one called Florida Rock & Tank, which I was told (not sure if true) that they don't pay very much. I would like to at least gross about 52k+ a year.

    So, are there any good fuel hauling jobs in Florida? Ones with decent hours and decent pay? Any companies to look out for or research? Any personal experiences in the area or advice? I would prefer to be in the Miami area, but are other parts of Florida better for this?

    Thank you for your time!
     
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  3. xlsdraw

    xlsdraw Road Train Member

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    Florida is, has been, and always will be an Employer's market.
     
  4. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    I imagine the same can be said for most sunny, warm weather, desirable places to live. I definitely know what you mean. I hear Southern California is honestly less so because the prices are so high that most blue collar truck drivers don't want to waste their time there. I've wondered about Hawaii too but have been told you basically need to know some one or know some one who knows some one and that the pay isn't as good as California but the price of living is the same.

    I can see why some where affordable, beautiful and fair weather like Florida would be.
     
  5. xlsdraw

    xlsdraw Road Train Member

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    Most of Inland Florida is moderate cost of living. Anything near the coasts are higher cost of living.
     
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  6. Mudguppy

    Mudguppy Degenerate Immoralist

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    It all depends on your willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up. Unfortunately "everybody" is a truck driver here and a lot are willing to work local for low pay, long as heck hours, and crappy equipment. I just left a company hauling dedicated OSOW equipment; I made pretty good money (netted over 55k last year) but had to really bust my hump, 6 days a week and always right up to my 70, for a boss that was an unappreciative jackwagon. So it's all what you're willing to endure.
    I just started hauling equipment for a mom and pop rental company this week for the same pay, but 15-20 hours less a week. The bank account may be a little leaner, but I'm no longer killing myself and able to do things on the weekend besides just resting and recuperating....
     
  7. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    I hear ya. That's no kind of life for me either. I would prefer to keep my hours no more than 50 or so per week, even if I took a slight pay cut. I work 50-55 hours a week right now but it's a night shift so it's kind of tough. I can deal with it but some day I'd like a day shift. I don't think I'd mind nights as much if it involved more multiple stops and actually getting out of the truck instead of A to B and back to A.
     
  8. tmb0507

    tmb0507 Medium Load Member

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    There's a company out of Florida that does fuel called hatcher trucking also Williams dairy hauls milk I wanna say orlando area but these both get home daily and heard they pay decent
     
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  9. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    I doubt I would live in Orlando. I really want to be near the water, that would be my main reason for going to Florida.
     
  10. tmb0507

    tmb0507 Medium Load Member

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    I know they travel all over if it helps I live at ga fl line and people live here that run for them as well maybe could look into daytona beach area for living and still be in there area
     
  11. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    A bit too far north for me. If I wasn't in Miami I think I'd like to be in the Tampa area, possibly Naples? I would even consider the Panhandle areas. I just don't think I'd much like the northern Atlantic side, I want more of a tropical feel. Crazy sounding I know, but we only live once and I love palm trees, warm weather and nice water. I guess it's just a dream of mine I'd like to attain.
     
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