Officially Got A New Job Hauling Fuel Tankers. Goodbye Prime/OTR

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Congrats, it has been a long time coming. But hey, 12 hours a day for 5 days is only 60 hours. It will be like having a vacation and you get to get out of the truck more often. Probably spend more time standing and waiting than driving.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Congratulations! I was hoping to get you as a trainer when I went to Prime, but I'm glad you got something the wife will be happy with. smile.gifgood-luck.gif

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Oh that's not a bad commute at all.

You're right about the traffic at night making things 1,000 times easier though. That's going to help ease your mind quite a bit. It will also give you a chance to learn a lot about the various locations before attempting them during the day.

That set of doubles is interesting, too. That setup will give you a much better turning radius than a single but still allow you to do some backing when you have to. I like that compromise.

So how do they schedule the routes? Do you have to do X number of stops before going home for the day? Does everyone normally do the same routes all the time? How does that work?

I don't really know all the super small details of the job yet. But I do know the company serves just about every gas station in CA and I'll be based out of the Sacramentourage terminal so I probably won't be going further south than Fresno, definitely will be hitting up the bay area, as far East as Reno occasionally. They dispatch via QC out of Stockton, CA and you sort of go where you're sent.

I will begin training in 3 weeks but until then I'm trying to catch my friends dad when he's not busy to talk trucking with him for a little bit over some hot tea.

Thanks for the confidence folks, definitely super excited to be hauling something as dangerous as this.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Congratulations and good luck on your new endeavor! Sounds like a cool gig.

James925's Comment
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Congratulations Daniel! Glad to hear you got out of OTR on your own terms. My uncle drives tankers (in Sacramento coincidentally) and he loves it, he's been doing it for the last 6 months. His shift is long though, he works 6pm to 6am, he's brave! I've driven at night and after 2 am I'm not worth anything. He "mixes" the gas as well and says he's pulled into some tight gas stations. Good luck to you sir, definitely keep us posted on your new adventure and savor the short commute! It's amazing how much better your quality of life is when you don't have to drive an hour or more to get to work. Stay safe out there!


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations and THANKS for all the advice you've offered!

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations on the new job! Very excited for you and your family. I'm sure they are so happy to have you home.


Steve_HBG's Comment
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Congratulations, Daniel. I am sure that you will fare well with the tankers and with the liquid that's in them.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Congrats Daniel, you worked hard for this. You surely deserve every good thing that comes your way.

PJ's Comment
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Congrats Daniel. Tanks aren't bad at all. They are definetly for the detailed minded so you will do well. You'll get accustomed to stopping for all the RR tracks, lol. You will most likely have a compartment tank with 3 or 4 instead of 1. In these single barrels you get knocked around a bit. You will find a world of difference in the trucks. I got into a kw a month ago and it is terrific. Stay safe

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