Becoming A Tanker Driver

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Daniel B.'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! :)

Once you go tanker you wont go back. I sure as heck wont go back to hauling boxes.

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

Deb R.'s Comment
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Daniel - what is it that you like better about tanker?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Daniel - what is it that you like better about tanker?

Its questions like these that I ask Brett to increase the maximum characters allowed in a post. 5,500 letters wouldn't be enough to properly answer your question.

In my opinion, everything from the driving to the deliveries, everything is better. I'm really hesistant to say a whole lot because I don't want to talk bad about certain divisions in trucking considering most here pull dry van/reefer.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mr. T's Comment
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Daniel - what is it that you like better about tanker?

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Its questions like these that I ask Brett to increase the maximum characters allowed in a post. 5,500 letters wouldn't be enough to properly answer your question.

In my opinion, everything from the driving to the deliveries, everything is better. I'm really hesistant to say a whole lot because I don't want to talk bad about certain divisions in trucking considering most here pull dry van/reefer.

You pull double tankers?

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Daniel - what is it that you like better about tanker?

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Its questions like these that I ask Brett to increase the maximum characters allowed in a post. 5,500 letters wouldn't be enough to properly answer your question.

In my opinion, everything from the driving to the deliveries, everything is better. I'm really hesistant to say a whole lot because I don't want to talk bad about certain divisions in trucking considering most here pull dry van/reefer.

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You pull double tankers?

Yes but in a very different configuration. My first tank is 4,000 gallons and its attached to my daycab. Then comes a 10'(ish) tow bar dolley thats attached to a seperate trailer that holds 5,000 gallons. Its strange and difficult to get used to. Its the hardest thing ive ever had to back up. 90 degree backing is impossible, straight line backing usually takes several pullups.

I have a bunch of pictures on my profile you can take a look.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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! :)

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Once you go tanker you wont go back. I sure as heck wont go back to hauling boxes.

Oh really? Do you think 1 year OTR exp would be enough to start out tanker? Trimac req 2 years OTR..

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

Daniel B.'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! :)

double-quotes-end.png

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Once you go tanker you wont go back. I sure as heck wont go back to hauling boxes.

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Oh really? Do you think 1 year OTR exp would be enough to start out tanker? Trimac req 2 years OTR..

Technically one year is enough, youll definitly find work. But staying OTR to gain more knowledge and experience wont hurt. Personally, if I would do the job im doing now back when I just had my year of experience then I would most surely have screwed it all up. I did three years of OTR before I went local and Im glad I did.

In those three years I hauled plenty of hazmat loads, totes, got my TWIC , all these things my employer loved to see. When I had one year experience I had none of the above. The difference between 1 and 2 years experience is huge, and that extra experience could be the difference between you succeeding and struggling.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mr. T's Comment
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Daniel - what is it that you like better about tanker?

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Its questions like these that I ask Brett to increase the maximum characters allowed in a post. 5,500 letters wouldn't be enough to properly answer your question.

In my opinion, everything from the driving to the deliveries, everything is better. I'm really hesistant to say a whole lot because I don't want to talk bad about certain divisions in trucking considering most here pull dry van/reefer.

double-quotes-end.png

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You pull double tankers?

double-quotes-end.png

Yes but in a very different configuration. My first tank is 4,000 gallons and its attached to my daycab. Then comes a 10'(ish) tow bar dolley thats attached to a seperate trailer that holds 5,000 gallons. Its strange and difficult to get used to. Its the hardest thing ive ever had to back up. 90 degree backing is impossible, straight line backing usually takes several pullups.

I have a bunch of pictures on my profile you can take a look.

Oh cool! I'll go check them out

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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