Wanting to leave the Vans and come to the Tanker World!!

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by FreezingHot32, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. FreezingHot32

    FreezingHot32 Bobtail Member

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    Hey out there Ive been doing dry vans and can work since 2018, lately ive really been looking at the tankers for career change......Advice bad and good is appreciated, Good companies to start with??? Pay to expect??? Daily routines, tips, etc.... I live in upstate SC. Help me plzzz:):):3some:
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    How clean is your MVR and PSP. There are lot of tanker terminals in the Carolinas. Heniff/Superior for one.
     
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    FreezingHot32 Bobtail Member

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    Pretty clean.....got a 3rd lane warning in Illinois in a construction split 2 weeks after getting assigned to my first truck:biggrin_2556:
     
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Heniff/Superior is a good place to start.
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  6. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    I say go for it. Once I did, I never looked back. The good thing about your location is, as you know, there are tons of trucking jobs in SC. My friend lives in Spartanburg and is constantly telling me about all the companies desperate for drivers. Research the different types of tanker jobs and see if one sounds more interesting to you than the others. Food grade, fuel, gases/cryo...I'm no expert, but fuel and gases I believe pay a lot better than food grade. Of the three, I"ve only done fuel, so I have no idea what the others are like. I hear drivers who do cryo love it. Maybe look into those companies.
     
  7. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

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    Trimac Transportation has facilities in Holly Hill and Duncan.
     
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    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    Pay varies on what type of material you haul but it's generally pretty good and easy work. I started out pulling a tanker then made the mistake of going to flatbed. Now I'm going back to tanker lol hazmat and food grade will typically pay the best, and at a lot of facilities you don't even have to get out of the truck cause they do everything.

    The downside is, if the tank wash does a crappy job then you could end up sitting or returning the load. One place I went to literally took the cap off the back of the trailer and stuck his nose inside the discharge to smell it and make sure it was clean. Then swabbed the valve and the hose with alcohol. If there was any residue whatsoever from a previous load they'd reject it
     
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  9. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    I've done foodgrade, hazmat, fuel, cryo, and propane.

    Fuel used to be a lot of fun, not so much anymore with the unstoppable 14hr clock.

    Cryo was nice but nitpicky, and I'm pretty sure most of them have driver facing cameras now, which I don't like. YMMV.
    Very clean work, interesting customers.

    Chem was just okay. Always getting eye-balled by DOT, lots of "All Hazmats Enter Scales", hazmat-restricted routes, blah blah. Our company had an excellent safety record, but I still got hassled regularly.

    I like food grade. No hassles from DOT. I like the company I'm with now. They're pretty laid back, just dispatch me then leave me to it. The pay isn't tops, but the lack of micromanagement is more important to me. We don't have a terminal in SC, though.

    I enjoyed propane most out of all of them, but it was VERY seasonal in the Northeast, where I lived at the time, and it paid decent but not great. I was working for an owner/operator with two trucks. Heck of a nice guy, but I was a no benefits part timer. There were like seven drivers sharing two trucks, just to keep them moving.

    I heard he went out in the "Big Crash of 2008".

    Anyway, I hope this helps. Good luck!
     
  10. FreezingHot32

    FreezingHot32 Bobtail Member

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    Do you know if they require previous tanker experience? On the website it said the endorsement was required(which I have) but the recruiter I spoke with said I wasn't Elgible with no tanker experience
     
  11. Chinatown

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    Don't know why the recruiter told you that; the company hires from approved cdl schools. Website doesn't show anything about needing previous tanker experience.
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    • For Entry Level drivers- Must attend a class A CDL Truck Driving Training course with at least 200 hours of instruction and provide transcripts. Must present Diploma for Entry Level Driver Training in Accordance with 49 CFR 380.503
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    • Experienced drivers -
      • Have 12 months verifiable Tractor / trailer experience under a DOT Certified Carrier.
     
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