The Fuel Hauler Thread

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Cali kid, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

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    Thinking about coming to the fuel hauler world. DEF is boring as hell and it would be nice to make more money...

    Was talking to a well respected company the other day, I don't have the experience but since I've only driven tanker trucks he's trying to get me in anyways. It's up to insurance.

    Fuel/asphalt or hazmat chemicals is my next move.
     
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  3. jgarciajr40

    jgarciajr40 Medium Load Member

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    Anyone work for energy dispatch(racetrack)?
     
  4. ErieMcDreary

    ErieMcDreary Medium Load Member

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    Talking with Keenan Advantage. Spoke to terminal manager yesterday, safety department is going over my background now.
    I know they don't have the greatest rep, at least in some larger metro areas, but no-one else will consider me without tank experience. I have talked to a couple local drivers, who are happy here. Both have been with KAG for about 3 years. Starting pay is $18.95/hr, unless I do the "weekend warrior", (Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) which is $2/hr more.
    The place where I will report is about 5 miles from my house. Then drive about 60 miles to refinery, and back for deliveries.
     
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  5. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I got my foot in the door running for a common carrier that runs mostly all western region, oil, and chem loads. Started out OTR then local out of the ports, wasn't the best paying gig but the experience was great. Since then went on to haul fuel for a private fleet and now onto cryogenics for Air products another global private fleet.
     
  6. Dick Danger

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    KAG rhymes with gag because that's how working there makes you feel.
     
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  7. ErieMcDreary

    ErieMcDreary Medium Load Member

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    Thank you for that intelligent and insightful reply. I'm sure you can name a company that has absolutely no bad reviews.
     
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  8. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Most of those co. you won't find reviews on because of course the drivers are happy and want to keep it that way.
     
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  9. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

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    I hear nothing but bad things about KAG and Kane.
     
  10. Woodys

    Woodys Heavy Load Member

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    I will say around my woods KAG is far from the worst. Everyone has to make a paycheck someway ...
     
  11. GasHauler

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    With no tanker experience I'd jump at the chance. Money is the last thing to consider with no experience if you want to get into tankers. You'll see the drivers that make the most are the drivers that have been at it for awhile. Tankers are not for everyone but $20.95 to start is not bad. Even if you have to work weekends there is a plus to that. No bosses around and in some places the traffic is minimal. Tankers is much different than regular truck driving. The more you drive the more you are in demand. There is a point where you can pick the company and they will hire on the spot if they have an opening. However, you must have a clean record both driving and handling the product. With gasoline and diesel you'll need to know about the product besides driving. Also most of the time you're hired for a shift and if you want that job you'll have to take it. I worked plenty of weekends and nights to boot. The more you work hauling gasoline the more you'll know what company to work for. I don't know how old you are but it's a great career to have. I retired early with a pretty good paycheck but I did work for a major oil company. Most of the majors hire out for their loads but a major is a company that owns the oil in the ground, pumps it out, transport the crude, refines the crude into gasoline and diesel, then transport the refine product to their own stations. Good luck.
     
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