Tanker Wagon

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  1. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Light Load Member

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    As a new driver, would taking a job as a fuel tanker wagon driver negatively affect my ability to get a different position after a year? I ask since it's not a combination vehicle. For example, if I wanted to try for linehaul somewhere else after a year. They're offering $70k-$75k the first year.
     
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  3. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Maybe I misunderstood your post, but.....

    If you can make $70-$75k your first year driving a CDL B tanker, why even bother with linehaul?

    If your question is, "Will driving a B tanker help me gain the experience to get a CDL A linehaul job?", then the answer is, "Probably not".
     
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  4. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Light Load Member

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    Yes, that’s my question. Thank you. Good point, but running Linehaul just appeals to me. The work as well as the pay. Chemical Tanker does too, it’s just not as much. I suppose I could eventually move from class B tanker to a combination vehicle class A tanker? But I’m wondering if the money is as good?
     
  5. homeskillet

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    You MIGHT be able to make $70-75k your first year in linehaul, but it's a bit of a stretch. That is, if you mean "linehaul" as in the terminal-to-terminal movement of less-than-trailer load (LTL) freight.

    I've heard that some of the chemical tanker companies are hiring right out of CDL school. Our resident employment guru "Chinatown" would have that info.

    Frankly, if you are TRULY making that money in a B truck, I'd stay put.

    If it isn't about the money, get your Class A and go for it.

    Good luck!
     
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    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    $75k per year I wouldn't care what I drove. In fact, the smaller the better.
     
  7. REO6205

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    @HiramKingWilliams ....A local delivery tank wagon, especially one paying that much, can be a great job. They're almost always straight day shift with weekends off.
    Why not go ahead and get the Class A as long as you're at it? The local tank wagon will keep you in touch with other tankers and if you want to move up you'll hear about openings sooner. Also, they'll know you and you'll stand a better chance of snagging a good job.
    The really good jobs are seldom advertised, you'll hear about them through the grapevine.
     
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  8. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Light Load Member

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    I talked to them further today and I'm really leaning towards taking this position if I'm offered it. It's roughly 2pm-2am, approx 55 hrs per week, $23 to start with O/T after 8 hrs, fleet fueling and lube/etc deliveries to gas stations.
     
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    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    Fleet fuelling looks easy enough. If you can get a steady 15hrs OT every week you will be doing well
     
  10. GasHauler

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    Sounds pretty standard to me. Except the OT. I hate to tell you this but your company, which people are looking at, is entry level common carrier work. Look around or ask the boss how many drivers retired? If the turn-around is high then that tells the picture. But don't misunderstand me. This might be the company that you need. If you're looking to stay gasoline hauling then you're in the right place. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open and get all that experience they'll give you. After a year and you keep your record clean then you can pretty much pick the job you want. You'll be "In-Demand" and the better companies will know who you are.
     
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