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    NC

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    5 years, 5 months ago

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(Formerly PlanB)

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Share Your Numbers From 2022 - How Did You Do?

First full year in fuel hauling. Working nights and weekends. Had a couple weeks unpaid time off. Finished the year grossing $106,437.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Is regional a waste of time, is OTR the more practical path?

As a former OTR driver and current local driver I can confirm most of what Kearsy says. I'm home every day, but I don't see much of my wife and kids on workdays. Since I work nights I end up sleeping away half on my first day off. But I'm also home every day to help my wife with things she can't handle on her own, whereas OTR whenever she really needed my help I was usually 2000 miles away.

OTR it was often a shock how much my kids had changed in the month or two I was away, and I felt like I was missing so much. Now as a local driver I may not see them that much, but I usually see them briefly every day. The flip side to that is as an OTR driver I was able to take many longer stints of time off and turn them into family trips. I can't do that nearly as often as a local driver.

I've never worked a 6th workday as a local driver. By the end of my 5th day I usually only have 5 hours remaining on my 70, not worth coming in another day for that. But I did very well even without working any extra. I grossed 106k this my first full year hauling fuel, and thats considerably more than I was making OTR, but I worked my tail off to earn it.

I think the "quality" time versus "quantity" time is something to truly consider. Many of my friends say they felt like they had more time with family as OTR than home weekends/daily.

Already at work before kids go to school, just getting home as they are headed to bed. Working a 6th day to make up more money, then wanting to sleep on the 7th. Or home on Fri night and exhausted after driving 600 miles. Go to bed, then stay up all day Saturday and and Saturday night so you can sleep late Sunday to leave at 3pm Sunday. Not much quality time. As OTR your entire home time is concentrated on family.

One thing to consider with Roehl, the home time offers sound great, but you need to take the $ into account. The more home time, the less pay. One of Roehl's drivers came in here complaining he only made $35,000 his first year. BUT... He did 7 days on 7 days off. So if he actually worked a whole year, rather than 6 months of the year, he would have made $70,000. But somehow Roehl was evil for his "low pay". ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyone remember that guy?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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No CAT scales between shipper and weigh stations

Amarillo one of the easier cities in the country to find a cat scale.

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This was a couple seconds on the Trucker Path app. Most truck gps and even the Cat scale app would locate the just as quickly.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Attention-to-detail required

Ouch someone had a mix. Happens more often than you'd think. Many tanker companies have started not hauling gas and diesel at the same time to try and reduce these errors, but they still happen. I know we have a couple of trailers of mixed product on our yard, and our headquarters has a huge storage tank for it as well.

As long as the driver reported it immediately, didn't violate any other company policy, and doesn't have a bad history they'll likely keep their job. But with the demand for drivers as it is, they could be driving for another fuel hauler next week if they were let go.

We had a new guy who was fired for multiple mishaps, the final of which was dropping dyed diesel in a 93 conventional tank. He is now hauling fuel for CIrcleK.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

Wow. Forgot to empty compartment 1 AND forgot to check landing gear before detaching? Bad day.

At least the driver could get some pull ups in on one of the rear axles while waiting for the manager to finish setting up for the termination meeting.

The landing gear are down, but these tanks are so front heavy with product in compartment 1 only that they'll nose stand anyway.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

. I'll be one of the only "team" day cab crews (training) in a company truck that sounds like "beagle."

Beagle eh?

Suddenly I have the image of an excited tanker wagging their tail in the air.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

Getting a little hard to find tonight. All but one of our suppliers was out of ULSD allocation at KM. There was a Loves driver that had hit every terminal in Selma looking for ULSD to bring down to their Dillion SC location. Apparently they had zero allocation remaining and he was being sent to Charlotte to try again.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Is $60k a year Midwest Regional in year 1 realistic?

Short answer: Yes, if you're up to it.

I have no experience with Roehl. I started out with Prime over the road and exceeded that pay figure my first year, but I busted my butt to do it. Pay in this industry is most heavily affected by the individual driver, not the position they hold. In my current job hauling fuel we have drivers who make under 50k and drivers that make over 100k+ that do the exact same job on the same pay rate. The only difference is the drivers work ethic.

You feed yourself so the diet is 100% on you. I stocked my trucks refrigerator with weeks worth of food every time I went home. A regional position should make it easier to keep to a preferred diet.

Daily exercise is also 100% on you. Some drivers will run around the perimeter of a truck stop, or do pushups and jumping jacks next to their truck. Some keep resistance bands or weights in their truck to work out with. Others will even bring a bicycle with them. Your only limitation is you.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

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I haul fuel out of Selma NC. We been pulling a lot of diesel to top our stores off in anticipation of shortage. So far Kinder Morgan and Marathon have still had diesel available. My second load tonight has diesel on it. Fingers crossed KM will still have it...

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Your driver's sure don't wave much up here in VA! Just got diesel from BP tho today.

I found loading two loads with ( 2800 and 1k ) and shorting another customer 1k regular was the only way to get two orders without requesting too much to upset anyone .

Yea we have a fair amount of cranky drivers that won't even wave to our own trucks, never mind anyone else.

I've only taken one load of fuel up to VA. Greensboro apparently didn't have any 93conv available that day, so they dispatched me out of Selma to split a full load of it between a couple stores around South Boston VA. Most of my time is spent from Raleigh NC east to the beach, from the Outer Banks NC down to Myrtle Beach and Georgetown SC.

I've never had anyone get upset that I loaded to much of a product. As long as it fits at customer of course...

This summer when gas was getting scarce I was about to start loading at Kinder Morgan and the screen displayed, "Low Allocation Warning, 89 gallons remaining". So I quickly loaded 9000 gallons lol. I told my dispatcher and they just laughed, "Good! You got the last drop of allocation and then some!"

Posted:  3 months ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

I haul fuel out of Selma NC. We been pulling a lot of diesel to top our stores off in anticipation of shortage. So far Kinder Morgan and Marathon have still had diesel available. My second load tonight has diesel on it. Fingers crossed KM will still have it...

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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The more I drive, the more I love night driving.

Otr I always preferred driving nights for the reasons already mentioned. Now that I'm local I still choose to drive nights. No lines of trucks at the loading racks to wait in. No traffic clogging up the roads. And no cars & customers in my way when I get to the store.

*Loading wait times are faster or nil.

*Travel is faster

*Unloading is faster due to having the place to myself.

Plus!

*I'm not working in the NC hot sun ๐ŸŒž

* They pay me 10% more to work nights! (And another 25% on weekends), when there is no rush hour to contend with!)

Posted:  5 months ago

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Prime inc pros and cons?

One thing you'll find out quickly is that many drivers are far better at complaining about their job than doing it.

Prime is a great company that takes good care of it's people.

However miscommunications do happen. They may have been given bad info and passed it on to you. It's just as frustrating to them as it is to you when it happens. So yes at Prime I have been sent somewhere for a trailer that wasn't there due to communication errors. But errors like this are the exception not the norm.

I got my CDL through Prime and spent about 3.5 years with them. I only left Prime because the OTR life was hard on my wife and kids. I now have a home everyday local job.

I highly recommend Prime.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

Lol yup.

Some of our drivers have started spray painting brightly colored markings on their hoses and fittings.

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Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Force of habit

Yup my wife teases me everytime I do one of four habits.

1: Swing crazy wide in a car. Fortunately I don't do this one much anymore.

2: Back into every parking spot.

3: Turn on the wipers when I see brake lights ahead. Then am puzzled for a brief moment as it mentally clicks that I'm not in the truck.

4: Put on hazards and slow down approaching a railroad crossing. One particular RR crossing I cross roughly 6 times a day at work, it's just burned into my brain to stop. As I come to a stop in my car there's usually a fuel tanker crossing from the other direction laughing and waving. They've probably done the same...

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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2022 Operation Road Check

I got loaded a few hours ago and was happy I was able to find some diesel. Made it less than 1 mile from the loading terminal and got pulled over for a Level 1!

Trooper was very polite and professional, and Inspection was all clean.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Diesel shortage especially out east

I was at one fuel loading terminal last night when the terminal operator said one of his diesel tanks is empty, and the other only has a few inches of product remaining.

Today my slip seater spent 3.5 hours hopping between 5 different terminals trying to find some diesel to load. Everyone was out.

My company doesn't serve any of the major truck stops currently, but I imagine they are having similar difficulties. Make sure your tanks are full heading into the east coast. And keep them topped off at every opportunity.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Diesel shortage especially out east

This had some interesting explanations for why it's happening worse in that region:

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/why-the-northeast-is-quietly-running-out-of-diesel

The 2nd reason they gave was the same reason our dispatch manager gave when one of our drivers questioned him on why our suppliers are running out. He explained that with prices so volatile the fuel buyers are afraid to make more than minimal purchases. They are afraid to get stuck with a million gallons of fuel that's now 50ยข or a $1 more than current prices.

But consequently on our end, stores are running out of fuel because suppliers don't have any. Some branded stores (ExxonMobil, Marathon, Sunoco, Shell....etc..etc) are begging for anything we can find them. Even if it's unbranded or the wrong brand, they just want fuel so they can stay open.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Diesel shortage especially out east

I haul fuel in eastern NC. Its gotten ridiculous trying to find suppliers with fuel allocation available...especially diesel. It's common to see trucks hopping from loading terminal to terminal searching for fuel allocation. One of our drivers spent 4 hours terminal hopping trying to get a load of diesel a few days ago. Yesterday my slip seater couldn't find any and was about to turn a diesel load in unfinished. Then dispatch called him that a driver found some diesel, hurry over before it's gone. When I came in last night for my shift my first load was diesel. Dispatch told me we have one supplier at one loading rack left who still has diesel allocation. She sent me and another truck over to load full loads, and split among our stores who's diesel tanks are empty.

My first delivery the employee came over when I pulled in. "Please tell me you have diesel" he said. He was very happy that I had 5k gallons for him.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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GPS/Dash cam combos or not?

I ran a Garmin GPS and a separate Garmin dashcam. Another driver I knew ran a Garmin GPS/Dashcam integrated combo. We had very similar and overall good experiences with the navigation. He was not impressed with his integrated dashcam, while I was very impressed with my solo dashcam.

In my opinion, the integrated units seem good if your just looking for an easy and convenient camera. If you want something with more features, a standalone unit would be better.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Final numbers 2021

I started this local fuel hailing job just a couple weeks over 6 months ago. I was told in my interview that most make 60k their first year, and that more experienced drivers make 80-90k with the top earners over 100k. I hadn't been keeping tabs on my overall earnings, but after just now looking, I'm very pleased. 6 months ago I was entering my 3rd week of training, and to date my gross earnings are $50,226.

Honestly I expected an income loss coming off OTR and into a new local job. But it seems I'm doing better here than I ever did OTR.

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