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Were you a fuel tanker in a class "B"? getting into the same field of work doing tank work would be an easier switch for you, the operating a tanker isn't a skill to take lightly, I would suggest you to call a fuel company or a crude oil company, stay in this field of work. Quality Carriers, is one that comes to mind, I don't know if they train though. The work wouldn't change except for the "wash-out" appointments, and most tank companies drive an "open bore" tank, food grade liquid cannot have baffles in the tank and guarantee the baffles to be cleaned, so the work is very -touchy to say the least, and mostly the trucks needed for transport of most tanks are the big trucks, Peterbilt and Kenworth, freight=shakers are coming around, but I never drove one yet, not while driving a tank, I am too old school for that "New age" kind of stuff, besides I wouldn't like the road life without the truck I drove for the last 15 or so years.... LOL.

Food grade liquid, and lighter than air powder is a good living, and most jobs (road companies for delivering food grade liquids) the trucking life-style does change allot, no waiting in line for one, tank drivers usually deliver once they get to the receiver. the freight is too needed, and there is always a process for delivering safely always... "Door swingers", LOL don't have to deal with climbing on the trailer to make sure ALL the seals on the tank are secure, and making sure your min is in the proper position are the big ticket items for D.O.T. inspectors to spot in an inspection... it would be a good fit for you, my opinion. there are QC, food-liner, and LCM to name a few. IF memory serves LCM hauls chocolate for Hershey that is a good gig for the most part, and the chocolate is always a good thing to bring kids on, my daughter misses going there from the smell.... there is a company in the pan handle of Florida that promises to load and unload the product for the driver, and the orientation is way relaxed, the company rent's a car or a plain trip and a rental car from the airport, I drove my BT there when I were there... good luck with your pick, FYI be careful on whom you choose to drive for, LTL would be a good one with your tank experience, and your loading and unloading experience, a crude oil company would be a good one as well, food grade is another but there way cleaner, LOL. either way good luck, IF you want I could give you a broker's name to get you with a company he mainly deals with for you to make "bank" seriously....

Hello to everyone willing to give advice!

I have been driving a class B fuel truck for almost 3 years. Pulling a fuel hose to fuel a truck or a fill pipe on house has gotten old and I am looking to do more. My ultimate goal would be to drive transport tanker but not sure how to get there. Obviously I need my Class A license and experience. Do I go with prime, which has a tanker division? Can I get a tanker trainer or am I going to have to start with a reefer anyway? Do I go with Roehl without a tanker division but is more local for me? I know I can't just get in a truck and drive as my experience is not with a combo, so the time I have to put in for paid CDL training is no bother to me. Even in the 3 years i have been with my current company, I am learning something new everyday. I am not questioning if this is something that I want to do, it's for sure. Just not sure which route to take. I have not had a problem getting accepted anywhere as I have a good MVR , hazmat/tanker endorsements, and some schooling/experience. ANY advice ANYONE can give me on here would be super awesome, plus I wouldn't mind getting to know some of you as I will be on the road as well and it seems there is alot of you that have great helpful trucker advice. Thank You!


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.


Hazardous Materials

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


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


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.


Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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