Prime Tanker Drivers..?

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RealDiehl's Comment
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I've been driving almost 3 years now. Mostly reefers. I'd like to transfer to the tanker division.

What kind of training does Prime require when you transfer? What kind of mileage do you average? What is the process for pick ups and deliveries... washouts, appointment times, etc. Are the trucks the same (can I keep the truck I have, or are trucks set up differently to haul tankers)?

I plan on transferring once my current student upgrades. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


A refrigerated trailer.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Out of curiosity - why the desire to switch to Tanker?


RealDiehl's Comment
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Out of curiosity - why the desire to switch to Tanker?


Curiosity mostly, Rick. I want the experience and to change things up a little bit too. And to be honest it will be nice to work with another Fleet Manager. The fact that I can stay with the same company is nice. I wouldn't even consider it if I had to switch companies.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Eugene K.'s Comment
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Are OTR tankers a thing? Just curious.

I have no experience yet but I would think tankers are mostly local routes


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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They will have you do 30 days with a trainer. They get paid more but less miles. GA to Chicago to NJ triangle.

You may get home more often being in that area

RealDiehl's Comment
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Just found some of Icecold24k's old posts about starting out in tankers. Very good info in there. Hopefully it is not outdated.

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