Tank Washout - Where and How Much?

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by ras1166, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. ras1166

    ras1166 Light Load Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Pole
    Hi, I'm just curious, where do you get a tank trailer washed out and is it a pain to have done? Also, whats the cost? Thanks for any help
  2. mustang190

    mustang190 Light Load Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Any tank wash depending on what you have hauled.PSC, Qualawash and numerous other cleaners.
    Just depends on the product. If it's a non haz. and comes off okay it's usually a wash rinse and dry and takes about a hour and a half. Otherwise it can take a lot longer.
    Most of the fatty acid we haul costs about $200 to wash out.
  3. wis bang

    wis bang Heavy Load Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    Solvents & alcohols are usually a rinse, steam and blow dry.

    Detergent and caustic washes are the most common and mid priced

    Resins & other sticky & gooey stuff needs a solvent wash & the price get a little higher...

    Then there is Acrylates...the stink queen of monomers. A company developed a product that chemically kills the smell, costs around $375 a gal!

    It was the most expensive wash and customers were forced to pay it 'cause acrylates cause more odor complaints than anything else and this stuff keeps the wash racks in buisiness.

    I had one complaint over acrylate while a TM for Matlack, cost us $2,500.00 in fines.
  4. ras1166

    ras1166 Light Load Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Pole
    Thank for the replys, I'm looking to broaden my horizons, so to speak and thinking of going tanker. Like where do you get a tank washed out? does a blue beacon do washouts or is there a more specialized place that you have to find? I hope I dont sound stupid, but just really dont know:biggrin_25513:. Also, this is for tank drivers, is a tank job the best you ever had? I've heard tanks are the way to go as far as money is concerned and also for various loading and unloading reason. Thanks for the info and help
  5. Winkjr

    Winkjr Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Marlton NJ
    Matlack? I haven't heard that name in awhile. I wanted to work there when I was running tankers but never got on. Washes aren't to bad usually about 2 hrs.
  6. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    miami, fl
    what tanker companies did you work for? what matlack terminal?
  7. Marc Letourneau

    Marc Letourneau Light Load Member

    Feb 23, 2012
    Worcester Massachusetts
    What type of tank is it? Gas? Non Code? What are you looking to put inside of it?
  8. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    Go to work for the right terminal and you won't worry about tank washes . We have dedicated trailers and a tank wash at our terminal . We just bring empties back and drop them . Some products are just reloaded without washing .
  9. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Winston Salem

    wis bang, RockinChair and ras1166 Thank this.
  10. Winkjr

    Winkjr Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Marlton NJ
    the one off 322 in south jersey i think its swedesboro. i worked for lacys express for a while back in the 90s and and again about 2 years ago.
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