Hauling Water, Oil Field. Need Advice.

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Bj H.'s Comment
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I have lived in East Texas for 8 years and have had my CDL for 4 years. I have drove all over Texas, NM, Ok, and LA. I have been in all types of equipment including a tanker. So I am comfortable with that. I moved my family to Grand junction Colorado area (ya know, to escape the heat, humidity, tornadoes, family, haha!) and I got a job hauling water with a company out of Rifle, CO. So Ill be starting with them this week. Yay!

I have been in the oil field for 3 years, 1 year fracing and the last two driving equipment for a well plugging company but i have never hauled water so this is new territory for me. I would like to hear from yall, any personal advice/stories, links to more information, youtube videos, any thing yall got would be greatly appreciated and researched. Thanks.


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  • 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.
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Pete B.'s Comment
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I've driven tankers full of water (in training), glue, thick resins, and a variety of other chemicals... without a doubt water beats you up the most. It sloshes around front-to-back, side-to-side, up-and-down. It pushes you down hills. You just need to be mindful of your speed, approaching stops, careful (slow) on curves, and put up with the water slamming into your back, which it does, a lot. You've driven tankers, so you're probably already familiar with all this... other than that I have zero experience with the oil fields. The only thing I've heard about them is that they're dirty, muddy, and you can be out there in 'the fields' for days at a time. All second-hand information. Good luck and glad to hear you got a job out of Rifle... my dad lives there. Love the town and the area.

Bj H.'s Comment
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Luckily for me this job is home every nite. I know a lot of them type of oil field jobs can keep you out of town for awhile. My last job had a crazy schedule, it was a salary paid on call position. Lived in East Texas and most of my work was in West TX and East New Mexico. I would get a call at 4pm on a Tuesday saying to be in Carlsbad, NM noon on Wednesday. Texas is quite large, so you can imagine. I would get called out there and it's supposed to be a 2 day job and turns into a 2 week job. It was nuts. And before that I was Fracking, 2 weeks on 1 week off schedule. So being home every nite is new to me.

What concerns me out here is the mountains and then the mountains+snow+ice!! Also, Chaining up. I have never had to deal with these things. Have any of you had to handle any of these situations?

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