Tanker Or Dry Van?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I think it's easy to work on a tanker, i have tried it and i can't say that it's more difficult than using a dry van

Maybe a dry bulk tanker if that's what you're referring to. Like hauling flour, sugar, sand, etc. But a food grade tanker without baffles is a whole world of difference from a dry van. When you have 50,000 pounds of liquid sloshing around with nothing on the inside to slow it down it can be incredibly difficult and dangerous to deal with.

We used to haul saltwater out of Chicago down to Des Moines and the liquid was so heavy it barely filled the tank a little over halfway. But the viscosity of water is so low it sloshes everywhere. Those loads were brutal. If you had to hit the brakes a little harder than you wanted to you knew you were gonna get blasted when that wave hit the front of the tank. I've had it literally knock my hat right off my head and completely clear the shelves in the bunk scattering everything all over the cab.

I wouldn't suggest a new driver start out in a food grade or chemical tanker. A dry bulk tanker is fine though.


A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Renegade's Comment
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Brett, as always, you and the experienced guys make it easy to understand where the new guys should start in this field of work.

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