Tanker Jobs Up Close

I pulled a tanker for the 1st time this year 2019.  The entire ordeal was an adventure.  Had to go through 4 trailers to get one that was road ready.

I ended up taking water from the power plant to another company.  There was a line of trucks waiting to get loaded with the water.  Took an hour or so to get loaded due to the number of trucks.

Getting unloaded was pretty quick.  

As an owner operator, this was a power only load where I picked up the tanks and got a flat rate for each load.  The pay was only fair because I could only get 3 loads and if I remember correctly it only paid about $190.  Shut off time was 5.

Tanker jobs will require experience in most cases. The driver needs to pay attention to detail and be able to follow instructions well. As you can imagine these guys can haul all kinds of products like...

  • Milk
  • Gas
  • Chocolate
  • Caulk
  • Water,
  • Oil
  • Chemicals

Tanker truck driving jobs can be extra dangerous because of what it might be hauling.

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When Pulling Tanker

There will be specific details that are different from tanker job to tanker job.  Below is just some general things to keep in mind that is true when pulling any time of tanker.

  • Slow down prior to taking curves
  • Begin stopping early 
  • Shift and accelerate smoothly

When pulling a tanker you could be hauling many products.  Each company could have a different operating procedure and special instructions for operating that tanker.

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How is it different from pulling a dry van? What extra training will you need? How long does it take get get trained?

Did you go to a school to get training or did you learn on the job? Is there a school that provides the training for this type of job?

What extra responsibilities did you have pulling this type of freight?

How long did you do this type of trucking job for?

Did you like it? Was it difficult?

Was the extra work worth the money or did you get the same pay as when you pulled dry van?

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