Worked In North Dakota, Now Looking Else Where?!?!

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by USMC0352, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. Arky

    Arky Heavy Load Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    I don't know enough about water hauling to comment on either side of the discussion, but I can see a double edged sword to all of this.

    If that cargo is determined to be Hazmat and it is not properly plaquared as such you are in trouble. To the contrary, if you display plaquards on a non-hazardous load...guess what? You are in

    So... I would definitely want to know what dot wants on the truck. Never trust the people in your company who are "supposed" to know. I've seen quite a bit of misinformation being sent down from managers, safety managers and the like.

    Just the other day, my supervisor was telling me that once I hit 70 hours, I'm not even allowed to be on duty not driving. We had a pretty heated discussion when I told him he was wrong. Guess who told him that? A safety manager at a very large nationwide LTL company that he worked for at his last job.

    Point being, its on you when the man with the badge and the gun pulls you over...or in the case of an incident.

    The shipper, whoever you are picking up the load for, is responsible for providing you the information as to whether or not the load is Hazmat and what plaquards are to be used. But don't think for a minute that they won't find you at fault as well.
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  3. albert2

    albert2 Light Load Member

    Oct 27, 2014
    Sir, I am 67 years old. Had a lot of experiences with a lot of companies as both OO and company driver. Been with Northwest Logistics for about two years. Best company and money I have ever had. We run some Colo. but mostly west Texas and south Texas. Take it for what it is worth but in any case, good luck.
  4. Ezrider_48501

    Ezrider_48501 Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    bismarck, nd
    I hauled water including production water for a long time, never once have i ever placarded a production water load or even seen a placard on a load of production water.

    I have however hauled hazmat loads in a water tanker, crude oil, Diesel fuel, invert ect.

    now having said that you need to treat production water with care. it can be some nasty stuff. don't whip out your weed burner and start heating on your valves if you have been hauling salt water (yes production water can freeze) if you get it on your skin it can cause you some serious problems. its not fresh water. really you should even treat fresh water as if its production water to avoid carrying any bad habits over.
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  5. sktorino

    sktorino Bobtail Member

    Oct 7, 2013
    Bullhead City, AZ
    I've heard that there is something of a housing shortage in ND...what city did you work out of? (if you can say yet). Also from what you saw up there, how many hrs a week/day do most drivers work? I am happy with my wife, and would want to be home often. thanks for any info.
  6. Wade68

    Wade68 Light Load Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    Port Richey, FL
    Hey USMC, thank you for making this thread. Brief background: Retired Deputy, Navy vet. Graduate Monday and Im headed to Covenant for my first gig. Short term goal: Get a year under my belt and head to the Bakken after that. I've been doing a ton of research on the area, personally know two 'kids' that work the rigs right now. It's a lot to throw 'caution to the wind' and head that way, but after a divorce, leaving law enforcement and floundering for three years I NEEEEEEED the Bakken and it's opportunity to get back on my feet. Plan is to do a couple years there, build the IRA back up and get my butt back home to my kids. Any tips would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Wade
  7. USMC0352

    USMC0352 Bobtail Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Sorry I have not been on for a few days, busy putting apps out there in cyber world.

    SKT- I worked in Ray, in the middle of no where. Housing up there is expensive if you are trying to get your own place, I mean retarded expensive. I payed $400 a month for a trailer I shared with 2 other people. Some companies pick up the entire tab, and I have heard some employees pay upwards of $800 a month. Me being a company driver we did the 7/70 with a 24 hr reset, which we usually ran 6 days then reset. I seen guys leased on to us that ran non-stop for days on end...... Most companies want a 4 week on 1 week off, but if you do that you will not make the money that other drivers do unless the company pays for that week off, but I think it takes 6 months to get that perk. Most guys run something like a 6-8 week on a week to 10 days off. I did a 6 week on 1 week off.

    Wade- ND has some fly by night companies out there. I found nothing at all negative on the company I worked for, because they are also in TX, and PA. I talked to another member on here and his Popps works for the same company in PA, a totally different place from what he told me. The best thing I can tell you is RESEARCH the company you get a offer from, ask to speak to some of their drivers, both senior and new guys. That is the mistake I made not talking to the drivers before I went up there. At all costs stay away from Williston if possible. That place is a animal of its own. Put it this way everything sucks in Williston, restaurants, Wal-Mart, just the entire atomsphere there. Girl to guy ratio there is 70/1.... No lie ask anyone who has been there, and one of the funniest things I was told is that all the hot chicks are hiding behind trees in ND. And thats the gods honest truth.

    I have 3 job offers in TX now, so that might be something to look at. I will make a little less money there, but I was stationed in Corpus and know some about TX and like it there. Just be careful with any 1099 jobs, means your a independent contractor and you are responsible for everything. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions let me know
  8. GSOK

    GSOK Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Vancouver WA
    Just come up now, don't waste time making a pittance OTR.
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  9. 4wayflashers

    4wayflashers Medium Load Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    If you need the bakken apply at some of the majors and get good training there for a year or so. Just be prepared to have your eyes freeze shut every time you blink. But there is a ton of money to be made hahaha
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  10. Trckdrvr

    Trckdrvr Heavy Load Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Uh..No,that doesn't add up?
    If he is driving he would have to drive 20hrs a day..
    is he doing yard non-driving work?
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  11. Jaxx34

    Jaxx34 Bobtail Member

    Jul 8, 2011
    "Girl to guy ratio there is 70/1.... No lie ask anyone who has been there, and one of the funniest things I was told is that all the hot chicks are hiding behind trees in ND. And thats the gods honest truth."

    I recently left from Fargo,and was told the same thing by one of the locals.....then he said "B.T.W.....good luck finding a tree lol!"
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