Want to haul fuel locally....

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Wild Murphy, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. moloko

    moloko Road Train Member

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    You're not going to get days right off the bat. As a fuel hauler, I can tell you that you most certainly do not want days anyways. Days suck.

    You seem to meet the basic qualifications to work in this line of work. You need to get the endorsements. Also, get a TWIC card. Many of these loading racks are at maritime ports and require TWIC for entry.

    Having some tanker experience would help you, even food grade tanker; but the right company will train you with the endorsements and clean DMV history.

    Hauling fuel is a whole different thing. This isn't holding the steering wheel for 14 hours a day. Gas station delivery is deceptively labor-intensive. Lifting hoses, walking out fully-charged hoses full of gasoline. The idiots you deal with at gas stations; entitled customers, crazy homeless people trying to shank you with broken crackpipes as you make a delivery at 3AM in a bad part of town. Getting asked for money by every ######### vagabonding vagrant , each time you deliver a station.

    You gotta have your head in the game because the slightest little mistake will screw you hard. A former coworker of mine just rolled a truck and spilled 8000 gallons of fuel in the freeway yesterday. He was experienced.

    It's very rewarding however. You'll learn how to master that truck and trailer, and will be amazed at the tight stations you can get in and out of with it (it almost has 0 off tracking, unlike a semi).

    Unloading Sequence:
    Vapor to tank. Vapor to ground. Product to ground. Product to tank.

    Loading sequence:
    Scully, Vapor, Product. Product, Vapor, Scully.

    Placards:
    GAS: UN1203 placard, DIESEL; 1993, ETHANOL/E85: 1987

    Checklist:
    Right Account, Right Product, Right Station, Right Tank


    ^^memorize all that, and you can impress whoever is interviewing you. If they ask you, "what would you do if you accidentally contaminate a tank with the wrong grade of fuel," (like dropping diesel into the gasoline tank), the right answer is "immediately shut down the station." The answer is not "call dispatch."
     
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  3. Wild Murphy

    Wild Murphy HAPPY TRUCK DRIVER

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    Great insight. You are very experienced and I appreciate the time you took to explain. I learned a lot. I am still in process of research and weeding out companies. I hope to apply and get some calls this week.
     
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  4. moloko

    moloko Road Train Member

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    Experienced? Nah I just type too much
     
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    Thanks so much for this information driver !
     
  6. Derailed

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    Hauling liquid asphalt to batch plants pays pretty well also. Easy for the most part except for when it gets late into the season which is early November here in the northeast. That's when stuff like product pumps setup overnight if not properly flushed and hoses are stiff as a board. Not bad work overall though. Just don't get it on you.
     
  7. Air Cooled

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    I second this. After hauling fuel, I went with a company that hauls asphalt oil and dry bulk. I did it for a bit before they put me in a bulk tanker which I like much better. Oil is a pretty steady gig depending on which part of the country your in.
     
  8. GasHauler

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    The gasoline business is a 24 hour 7 days a week job. Most likely you'll get a night shift if hired. Some drivers like the night because of traffic and no bosses around. You've got to have all your qualifications on your CDL before you go looking. After that just keep persistent and check back once or twice a week. If you can talk to one or two of the driver in your area they will tell you what's up.
     
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  9. rubberducky68

    rubberducky68 Road Train Member

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    OP, I would stay away from fuel hauling. For the amount of work involved and all the requirements expected out of you, the money ain't there.

    I did it for almost 6 months and had enough of it. Went back to pulling chem tanks.

    Every gas company in Atlanta is always hiring. That should tell you something.

    This is just my opinion after actually experiencing it. Others may love it. But like the one other poster said, hope you ain't doing for the money.
     
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  10. Air Cooled

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    Unfortunately, I'd have to agree with this. I left fuel after doing it for 3 years. The money was decent but the benefits were way too expensive to afford for a family. I know that will vary between companies and areas, but in my area, you can make a better living hauling something else. I suppose it's just not the same since the majors (Chevron, Shell, etc) stopped hauling their own products. The common carrier scene made it a cutthroat industry. I know of one company in the SF Bay Area that only pays $17 an hour where the average cost of a home is north of a million dollars!
     
  11. rubberducky68

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    I don't think you will find a gas company in Atlanta that pays hourly. They all pay by the load. Those drivers are getting screwed over bad in my opinion. You give up a lot of free time do a lot of free work.

    Live and learn.
     
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