New to Tankers

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Wolfman1662, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. Wolfman1662

    Wolfman1662 Bobtail Member

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    I got my first tanker job hauling milk about a month ago smoothbores. I was wondering if there was any difference between how the different types of tankers, ie baffles and bulkhead handle in comparison to smoothbores.
     
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  3. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

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    You'll learn how to drive smooth to avoid the surge. Shift with the surge, in rhythym, ride the wave and its an easier ride. Learn how to pay attention out in front of you to go through civilization on all green lights, recognize and avoid the 4 wheelers that might make you stomp on the brakes when yer loaded, and how to drive on slick roads.

    Easy does it. Slow starts, slow stops, slow turns. Yer Jake is yer buddy.

    Multi-compartment trailers surge less, but they'll still slam you if you do something silly. Its just 2 or 3 or 4 smaller slams tho, instead of one big one.
     
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  4. Wolfman1662

    Wolfman1662 Bobtail Member

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    These tankers give me a lot of anxiety so much so that I'm afraid to drive faster than 55. I really prefer driving them empty but I don't get paid for that
     
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  5. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

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    Its not a bad thing to be a little anxious or nervous. Keep your eyes moving, avoid distractions, and drive the speed yer comfortable at. In time, it gets easier.
     
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    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I'm going to move this to our Tanker section.
     
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  7. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    Tanks with baffles much better than smooth bore
     
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    Just passing by Road Train Member

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    I always tell people: imagine running downhill holding two buckets full of water and trying not to spill... that's pulling a tanker kind of vibe
     
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