Tanker Drivers

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Ben's Comment
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Hi there Everyone!

I have a question. What is pulling a tanker like? Can anyone tell me anything about Bynum? If you don’t suggest Bynum which company would you suggest? Right now sitting down here at the TA in Pioneer, TN.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hi there Everyone!

I have a question. What is pulling a tanker like? Can anyone tell me anything about Bynum? If you don’t suggest Bynum which company would you suggest? Right now sitting down here at the TA in Pioneer, TN.

Have friends that drove for them. They're food grade. Run a lot of concentrate from McAllen TX to Florida (and other places). Dairy from the NE/MW.

My friends ran as hard as they wanted to. Obviously Food Grade requires washouts and the like.

They have nice equipment. My friends had no complaints.

Food grade tankers are smoothbore, and you're gonna get "surge", which will push you around - so it requires a great deal of finesse to not get pushed around.

Rick

Ben's Comment
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Thank you Rick. I’ve been sitting on that endorsement since 2016 when I got my Class A. Being where I’m from the recruiter said that they do have stuff in the Midwest. I”m just looking for stuff between SouthEast Georgia, and Minnesota. At some point I’ll be moving down to Southeast Georgia. Just don’t know when.

Merry christmas!

Ben's Comment
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Have another question to throw out there. Are their classes that drivers can take to get the haz-mat endorsement?

Old School's Comment
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Take a look at our High Road CDL Training Program.

There is an excellent section in there that will help you learn the information you need to pass that HazMat test.

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

PJ's Comment
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Ben since your looking at southeast Ga shoot me an email may be able to help you out with some idea’s. My email is in my profile.

Ben's Comment
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What does it cost for the Minnesota Hazmat Endorsement test?

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

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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What does it cost for the Minnesota Hazmat Endorsement test?

The TSA app fee is $86.50 (universally, methinks?) and here in Ohio, an extra $43. to the DMV.

~ Anne ~

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

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rick S.'s Comment
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What does it cost for the Minnesota Hazmat Endorsement test?

Check with your DMV - I think it's the endorsement fee (varies from state to state) PLUS - the TSA Fee.

Much depends on whether or not your DMV is actually open for face to face - and whether they do the fingerprints in-house, or farm them out.

While it's nice to have all your endorsements, and they're easier to get ahead of time, than when you actually need them - if you're not going to be working for a company that hauls HM, it's a waste of money - and IT ALSO CHANGES YOUR CDL RENEWAL TIME. HM's must be renewed EVERY FOUR YEARS - so your CDL will EXPIRE EVERY 4 YEARS. Most states are doing 6-7 years renewals on licenses/CDL's. So you are paying for a 6-7 year license (and endorsements) that are ONLY GOOD FOR 4 YEARS. Kind of a ripoff if you ask me.

My $.02

Also - if you're going with Bynam - they are food grade only - no HM required...

Rick

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

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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