Trucking Anhydrous Ammonia - Complete Rookie Driver

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Shawn M.'s Comment
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New guy to here, have had my CDL for a while just never used it. Anyways a co-worker of mine told me he has a friend who trucks anhydrous to South Dakota and montana and makes good cash doing it. The guy owns the tractor and pulls a company's trailer and just hauls during the busy season and that's all he works for the year. The amount he makes sounds a little too good to be true so just wondering what does a trucker make hauling NH3? By the way my co worker makes it sound he can haul a load a day and make it home every evening. My co worker told me the name of the company the guy trucks for, but I don't want to call the owner to sound like an idiot. So if any info on the subject would be awesome thanks. If it helps or matters I live in North Dakota and live really close to the plant that makes anhydrous ammonia.

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.
Dutch's Comment
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Shawn, how long have you had your CDL?

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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The guy owns the tractor and pulls a company's trailer and just hauls during the busy season and that's all he works for the year.

That right there is the first clue that he's full of cr*p. Nobody parks a truck for part of the year and survives in this business.

The amount he makes sounds a little too good to be true

It always is when owner operators talk about what they're making.

Listen, if you had the inside scoop on such a high paying gig wouldn't you shut your mouth, buy more trucks, and make yourself a fortune? I know I would! Why would I tell other people about my high paying gig? Trust me, as the owner and manager of several small businesses over the years the last thing a business owner will do is give away big opportunities. If there's big money to be made you go after it. You don't tell others to go after it. That makes no sense.

Old School, one of our moderators, said it best one time. There are three things you can count on: death, taxes, and owner operators lying about how much they make.

Obviously you had already suspected you were being fed a bunch of baloney and you were right. Just stick to being a company driver. And when owner operators start telling you their fish tales about how much they're making just pretend you're really impressed and happy for them.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Todd W.'s Comment
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Or to put it in the simplest terms possible, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I think Barnum said that there is a sucker born every minute and people are out in the world are looking for them.

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