So I Think I Know...

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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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....what I want. Will start with dry van to gain experience in a safe manner. Then I'd like to go tanker, when I feel I can properly handle a rig.

Now I don't seem to read a lot about tanker drivers on here....is there actually as much demand for drivers? Do they have plenty of work?

Also, aside from Miss Sunshine, is there any other females on here who drive flatbeds?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Susan D. 's Comment
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There's plenty of tanker work. It's simply a bit more difficult so you don't have a ton of brand new drivers going that route. It makes for an excellent local job, oil company/gas station delivery, food products, but gotta watch those smooth bore tanks even closer. The money is very good too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Magoo's Comment
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HA!

I think I know too. Leaning towards Flatbed. Little bit better pay (everything being equal, that is), some physical activity and what seems like a bit more planning needed.

My self imposed decision date is 30 days away, so I need to get my ducks in a row. Time to start the High Road training. Good luck with your decision Vamp.

Michael's Comment
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Just my .02 RV, but why not start out doing tanker and learning it from the get go rather than starting with a van trailer being you will have to learn how to control the surge and also control it on exit ramps?

Pat M.'s Comment
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....what I want. Will start with dry van to gain experience in a safe manner. Then I'd like to go tanker, when I feel I can properly handle a rig.

Now I don't seem to read a lot about tanker drivers on here....is there actually as much demand for drivers? Do they have plenty of work?

Also, aside from Miss Sunshine, is there any other females on here who drive flatbeds?

LilSister just started recently with System Transport.

We run 10 trucks and last year we had 3 female drivers. They are gone now. One is doing local P&D and the other two are pulling belly dumps.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Why did they leave?

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Oh wait, you meant flatbeds

Pat M.'s Comment
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The two sisters went to work for their dad and the other one had a sick son and she was a single mother.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I see, so it wasn't because they were not capable. :)

Pat M.'s Comment
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I see, so it wasn't because they were not capable. :)

Not at all. The one with the sick son actually pulled the 8 axle lowboy moving CAT scrapers and such. This is the setup she was using. 0404101700a-432x246.jpg

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