Start training hauling Loves fuel, any advice?

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  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    That Love's application is a pain in the bum though. Limited word count and no real call back from anyone.
     
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  3. AtlantaTrucker

    AtlantaTrucker Bobtail Member

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    It took me a couple months of calling the regional manger to get an interview. Just make sure every time a position comes up, you submit a new app. And create email notifications for every new listing thru the website.
     
  4. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I'll have to see who that is. In this crazy area, we get the luck of being overlaid between the Amarillo and Albuquerque districts. Get plenty of notifications for the Amarillo area, but I'm trying to stay near the mountains. The plains fever is drying me up!!
     
  5. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Congratulations on the new job! I wouldn't mind a gig like that. Let us know how it goes.

    I second everything @tbdieseltrucking said, especially the part about developing a routine, and I'd add the following:

    1. The most important tip for tanker yanking is to always be alert and aware of what's going on around you, and remain calm.
    2. When something goes wrong, immediately stop the flow of product.
    3. Ask before you act.
    4. CYA.
    5. Carry extra gaskets, caps, plugs, and fittings. Also carry an extra uniform, including underwear, socks and boots, just in case you "take a shower." Baby wipes and baby powder will help you clean up and dry off in a pinch. Keep lens wipes handy for your glasses, sunglasses, and safety glasses/goggles/face shield.
    6. Verify that the product will fit before dropping.
    7. Always have a bucket under any connection you make or break.
    8. When opening a valve or removing a plug or cap, always stand to the side, never stand in-line with the pipe.
    9. When uncapping a hose, point the end away from your body, face, and trailer.
    10. Don't assume there's no pressure inside. Open one ear at a time.
    11. Always double-check everything, especially before opening a valve.
    12. Use whatever secondary locking devices the company provides (velcro straps, cotter pins, those plastic half-collar things) to help keep the ears closed.
    13. Gravity can help you, or it can bite you in the butt.
    14. When pulling hoses out of the tube or tray, don't let the ends (especially the far end) hit the ground. The fittings will become egg-shaped, which can cause them to leak and/or make them tough to connect to other fittings.
    15. If an ear is hard to close, don't hit it with a hammer. It'll break. Instead, push on the ear with your hand, and hit the opposite side of the hose (just behind the fitting flange) with your hammer.
    16. A flathead screwdriver is handy for opening ears that are tightly closed. A hammer and punch will help remove the pins that hold old (or broken) ears in a fitting, and will also help put the pin back in once the new ear is installed.
    17. If you are pumping off, the vibrations from the pump may loosen the ears on the hose fittings connected to the pump. Refer back to #12 and #7, and check the ears periodically.
    18. Before you roll, check that all your valves are closed, hoses and pipes plugged and capped, fittings and wheel chocks stowed, doors latched, and ground / Scully cables unhooked.
    19. In an emergency, a hacksaw can be used to cut a hose, and a 5/16" nut driver will make it easier to tighten a hose clamp (like the kind on an engine's radiator hose).
    20. Again, always be aware of what's going on, and assume nothing.

    I hope these little bits of advice are helpful. Good luck.
     
  6. tbdieseltrucking

    tbdieseltrucking Light Load Member

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    Perfect!!! How is the propane in Texas? Should be adding that to my list soon...nothing but 1203 and 1993 for now. Great advice by the way. This line of work will bite us all some day....CYA is key...safe travels.
     
  7. AtlantaTrucker

    AtlantaTrucker Bobtail Member

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    Wow dude I'll be copying and saving that to my notes in the phone. Very good information, most of those things seem like something you don't think about and have to learn it the hard way when your on your own lol good deal!

    I'll certainly have to come back and update after spending sometime on the job.

     
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  8. moloko

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    Be careful when you travel from the low elevations, to higher elevations to make a delivery. This is especially true in warmer weather. When you start unbuttoning the capped up parts of your trailer, like the vapor recovery fitting, everything becomes a projectile. You can get sprayed with fuel or vapor, or you can take a metal object to the face. I learned this the hard way one time. It's not cool going back into the station to finish your delivery, talking to the clerk with a bleeding face. There's just something unprofessional about having a bleeding face at work.
     
  9. Mack185

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    I work for a chemical distributor but, we were the largest distributor of DEF in North America as well for a while. DEF is gravy, it isn't hazardous and even if you do get it on you it isn't really a big deal. It doesn't smell great and will make a crystalized mess when it dries but other than that, easy peasy.

    Our DEF tankers are not baffled so that can be a pain as the tanker gets less full after every stop unless Loves tanks are big enough to take full loads . Of course, you all may have baffled tankers so who knows.

    I've thought about applying at Loves/Gemini before, they strike you as a good outfit??
     
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  10. De Trucker

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    It doesn't smell great because it is partially bull urine.
     
  11. Mack185

    Mack185 Medium Load Member

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    Ha, I used to hear that all the time making deliveries. I can't remember exactly but, I believe it's 70% water and 30% urea. Urea would be your synthetic bull piss :)
     
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