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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Started pulling food grade HazMat tanks, advice?

Thanks for the tips Bird-One!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Started pulling food grade HazMat tanks, advice?

Nice Pete!! Just learn to be smooth and it will make a better safer ride. Get your speed off in a straight line, and be very careful and deliberate climbing up and down. I do chemicals and love it. Welcome to the tanker world.

Thanks! Yours looks nice too!

I've been very careful to slow down in a straight line and watch the speed on curves and ramps. I use to think I was a fairly smooth operator going thru the gears but I quickly learned how different reefer smooth and non baffled tank smooth is lol.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Started pulling food grade HazMat tanks, advice?

Hey guys I've been a member here since I started cdl truckin which seems like a life time ago but was in 2015, next month will make 6 years here actually. Anyway, started truckin doing cdl exempt work at age 18 in the military hauling tanks (the kind with guns on em), equipment, and doing recovery work. We were usually 12 to 14 foot wide and some times over 25 ft tall and weighed in around 220,000+ pounds. After I got out and did a little bit of finding myself I started cdl trucking otr with Werner I moved into reefers then made the move to a company called Monson and Sons out of Britt IA driving big Pete's with pre elog cats under the hood still doing reefer work, a company I loved dearly and would recommend to anyone.

Well, I decided I finally had enough with lumpers and the freezers making me wait all day and charging a ridiculous amount of money for the privilege and I took a job pulling tanks. I now work for a company named Ballard pulling food grade HazMat loads (truck in my pic). We specialize in hauling distilled spirits mostly for the bourbon distilleries in KY but we do haul other things like vinegar, wine, and brine.

So really I'd like to see if anyone has some advice for someone new to food grade tanks but not new to trucking.

Also feel free to ask anything.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Gaming with the truck on?

I am an avid gamer, to qualify that I have a gaming computer at home, a ps4, an xbone, wii, wii plus, a switch, a switch lite, and a lot of nice accessories to go along with them.

My setup on the road: a 2000 watt inverter, my xbone, and a gaems vanguard (very nice portable case with built in TV. My inverter powers all of it without complaint easily. I idle my truck when I'm gaming to keep up the batteries.

APU's come in different varieties there are ones that are small diesel engines that provide power (either in the form of an outlet or an inverter) and usually heat and ac as well as units that are essentially just battery banks that the truck charges while it is running that provide power to an electric heater and ac unit they tend to last for several hours and if properly installed the truck will auto start to charge them up or it will shut off the power to keep from killing the batteries for starting the truck.

If you work for a company that doesn't allow idling and doesn't have an apu on the truck (you might consider a change of companies) your battery life isn't gonna be more than an hour or so unfortunately.

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