Becoming A Tanker Driver

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The Little Trucker's Comment
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I am interested in driving tanker. Everyone I talk to says you first need tanker experience, in addition to or in place of tractor-trailer experience (depending on what company you're asking). The only beginner tanker company I know of is Schneider Bulk and they said they currently do not have any tanker opportunities. I would like to stay over the road if that's possible. Does anyone know any beginner tanker companies that do OTR or am I asking for too much?

OTR:

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.

Over The Road:

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.

mountain girl's Comment
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I was going to suggest Schneider, myself. Keep up with them. Things change from week to week. You can also put yourself on their alerts where they text you every time there's an opening that fits your criteria.

They call them "Schneider Alerts."

Also check out Love's Truck Stops. I think they're part of another company called Gemini, so look then up under that name too. They do hire newbies for pulling fuel. Make sure you have your tanker, hazmat , and doubles/triples endorsements before you apply. Having them already makes you more competitive and I've seen Love's pulling double tankers in Utah.

-mountain girl

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

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.

The Little Trucker's Comment
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I was going to suggest Schneider, myself. Keep up with them. Things change from week to week. You can also put yourself on their alerts where they text you every time there's an opening that fits your criteria.

They call them "Schneider Alerts."

Also check out Love's Truck Stops. I think they're part of another company called Gemini, so look then up under that name too. They do hire newbies for pulling fuel. Make sure you have your tanker, hazmat , and doubles/triples endorsements before you apply. Having them already makes you more competitive and I've seen Love's pulling double tankers in Utah.

-mountain girl

Thanks for the advice. I will suscribe to Schneider alerts. As far as Love's, I'm sure they only do local. And I would rather not start out pulling double tanks just yet.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

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.

mountain girl's Comment
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I doubt you'd be pulling doubles right off the bat and I wouldn't assume they are only local.

Check them (Love's) out first before you rule them out, k? They might have more to offer than you think.

-mountain girl

Doubles:

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Prime Inc has tanker positions for rookies. Most of these are if you're located in the northeast. It's worth a try.

The Little Trucker's Comment
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Prime Inc has tanker positions for rookies. Most of these are if you're located in the northeast. It's worth a try.

Thank you I will. And I guess I'd better keep Love's in mind too.

Smokin Joe's Comment
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Just a little info for you, i started pulling tankers in 2000 without experience, i went with a trainer who showed me the ropes for a few weeks then went on my own, i have been pulling tankers since that time hauling butane and propane around Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas & Mississippi. I know they have a few companies with tankers you might try, Service Transport, Oakley Transport, Air Liquide, Altom Transport Inc. For just a few. Good luck.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I pull gas tankers locally. Also try Indian River Transportatiom, they hire rookies.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I've never seen a loves truck pulling doubles.

Doubles:

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.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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I'm following this thread because I want to join the Tank Division too! Once I get my actual cdl I will apply for my Hazmat right away. Got Tanker and Double Triple Endorsement already.

As of now I will try to join other division and get experience as OTR then jump to Tank! :)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OTR:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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