Vacuum tanker....empty weights?

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  1. Floyd

    Floyd Light Load Member

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    Anyone know their empty weights for truck and self-contained vacuum tankers.......
    130 bbl, 150 bbl etc........
    steel or aluminum construction.......
    class 8, 3 axle road tractor(includes steering axle), with bunk and 15L power
    Any and all input is appreciated........
    i'm trying to spec a trailer for hauling fats/oils and grease trap type wastes in New England, and I want to maximize my loads.

    I will also be hauling glycerin(bi-product when making bio-diesel)....I have heard this is acidic and i should look into either a stainless vac tanker, or one that is lined....any thoughts?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Stick w/ Stainless Steel.

    There is a reason most environmental companies use day cabs. Vacuums will vary depending on the equipment and design but expect tractor and trailer to be north of a 32,000# tare w/ a sleeper and PTO driven vacuum pump.

    A pony engine will add more weight.
     
  4. pathfinder1361

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    exactly...i am remembering empty weight of around 33000 lbs.
    it was a heavy duty stainless steel insulated 6000 gal vacuum trailer.
    1980's cabover mack sleeper with pto driven vac pump. hoses,fitting, tools, etc.

    i suppose many variables, i don't think all shell thickness are the same.

    it appears stainless steel is the preferred material for most vac tankers
     
  5. wis bang

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    Insulation and the s/s wrapper add a few pounds too.
     
  6. Logan76

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    the guys running 130bbl trailers and daycabs around here around 32k
     
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    That's around 5500 gal
     
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    That's what guys are running here in PA mostly 130bbl trailers atleast from what ive seen.
     
  9. pathfinder1361

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    how common is it to refer to tanker capacity in bbl? i never heard of it
    until i started reading about the oilpatch operations in the last few years.

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    The "b" may have been doubled originally to indicate the plural (1 bl, 2 bbl), or possibly it was doubled to eliminate any confusion with bl as a symbol for the bale. Some sources assert that "bbl" originated as a symbol for "blue barrels" delivered by Standard Oil in its early days.

    1bbl=42 us gallons
     
  10. Logan76

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    ALOT of companies refer to tanks by barrel sizes in the gas patch up here, when we pull production water it's out of 210 barrel tanks and we haul 112 barrels per truck, on my paper work they want the amount of barrels and gallons hauled.
     
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    I always just thought bbl was short for barrel, atleast thats the way the term is used around here.
     
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