Tankers are the most efficient way to haul liquids, gases, and items like grain and feed. There are a number of different types of tanker that you can purchase, depending on the specific needs of your project or industry. When choosing a tanker, you want to think about the licensing requirements, the materials that you will be hauling, and the dynamics of the tasks you’ll be performing with your tanker. This will help you to choose the most affordable and efficient option.
Tanker trucks are self-contained vehicles that have a tanker body that allow you to carry liquids or gases in a dedicated vehicle. You will often see water tankers on the scene of job sites and even disaster relief efforts. Gas and propane are also most frequently hauled in tanker trucks when it is being distributed to individual customers.
Tanker trailers are used to haul larger amounts of liquids or gases, often over a larger area for deliveries. Items like soybeans, grain, or feed can be hauled in specialty tanker trucks that have a mechanism inside that will remove the load via an arm with a spout. These tanker trailers are usually pulled by a tractor trailer and require the correct licensing classification.
Pull-behind tankers are a simple way for smaller scale construction, industrial, and farming companies to use their existing trucks, tractors, and equipment to haul liquids. In many cases, these smaller scale tankers do not require special licensing and only need to meet the towing capacity of the vehicle used to pull them.
If you choose to purchase a used tanker, it is important to find out what was previously hauled in the body. You’ll want to ensure that there aren’t contaminants or volatile components that might cause an unsafe situation when you begin to fill your tanker.