Friday, October 13, 2017

URGENT: New Florida Law To Save Senior's Lives During Power Outages

Florida Rule 58AER17-1 
"Procedures Regarding Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities"

Following the tragic deaths of eight elderly residents of a Florida assisted living facility, Florida Governor Rick Scott instituted an emergency rule requiring the state's assisted living facilities and nursing homes to maintain generator backup power for a minimum of 96 hours.

Failure to comply by November 16, 2017 can mean fines of $1,000 per day for each facility.

Fundamentally, this ensures that interior temperatures do not exceed 80 degrees in the facilities. The state's acute care hospitals already have a similar law in place.

Florida has the nation's largest number of residents over 65 years old.  This new rule will add immense safety to those folks.  Not only will it keep the A/C on, but lights, medical equipment, food refrigeration, etc. 

QFT&T is currently supplying one of the state's largest operators of these facilities with TransFuelers to keep their generators up & running. 

Taking good care of our elders should be a given. To allow eight of these people to die simply because of lack of power is tragic.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Time To Be Prepared...

We're all aware of climate changes. Regardless of the cause, the weather IS changing on our planet, as it has done constantly since the beginning... 

This year has brought an unprecedented number of changes. From an abnormally wet winter in the Pacific North West, to the enormous level of hurricanes in the Gulf region. 

Houston and southern Texas & Louisiana were devastated by record breaking rain & winds. Thousands of homes and business destroyed. Many lives lost...

Then came the steady procession of hurricanes blasting through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Florida.  Again, literally countless property damage and too many lives lost. 

While disaster prep is a huge subject, we're addressing what we're good at:  mobile / portable refueling equipment.  Our TransFueler and Western Global products are very effective in keeping infrastructure operating. At the time I'm writing this, we're preparing and shipping 24 refuelers to various locations for disaster readiness. 

Ten refuelers are going to regional distribution warehouses owned by Trader Joe's grocery stores.  These warehouses are distribution centers supplying Trader Joe's locations across the country.  Trader Joe's management realized that while they all have standby generators, those generators need fuel to operate. In case of natural or man-made disaster, local fuel suppliers may not be able to deliver fuel to keep them running.  Trader Joe's TransFueler mobile refuelers will increase their generator's run time by over ten-fold.  That can keep their refrigerated and frozen foods cold until normal power is restored.  That's good planning...

 We're also sending eight W/G ABBI fuel trailers to a customer in Puerto Rico that maintains the cell phone towers and system there.  You've probably read that cell service has been almost non-existent in Puerto Rice due to the storms. These refuelers will help restore cell service there as they fuel generators to power the cell infrastructure. 

Disaster readiness & recovery doesn't just happen.  Every outside resource has to be shipped in.  The tools, equipment and supplies need to re-positioned.  Having an on-site fuel supply becomes a huge asset when these incidents occur. 

Are you and your company / local government / utilities / hospitals etc. prepared?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fake News? Fake Fueling Systems?

Don't believe everything you read...

We're learning that news sources aren't always truthful in what they put out.  Well, we've known this has been the case for the past couple hundred years, but it's been much more obvious recently.

Since we're in the portable fueling business, we'll discuss refuelers and leave the news accuracy to you to figure out.

We've watched (with some amazement and annoyance) a couple of our competitors make inaccurate and wildly misleading claims about their products.  We're not a bit afraid of real competition, because we know that we provide an excellent value on very well designed and constructed refueling systems.

Laws, rules & regulations.
(Note: This is not to be meant or presented as legal advice. As usual, consult an attorney familiar with your local, state, and federal laws)

A competitor claims that their fuel trailers are completely legal for transporting gas.  They widely advertise this, and claim a "special exemption" of some sort.  There is a very narrow window that this claim is correct: That is for a private individual transporting gas for their personal use only. This DOES NOT allow an individual or business to transport gas in anyway related to business use.
Example: A builder cannot transport gas to fill equipment in these trailers. Neither can a landscaper, farmer, or ANY use other than: Strictly personal use by a private individual.

What IS allowed?
For transport of gasoline on all public roads or lands, there are three choices currently available:
  1. 110 Gallon or less portable tank, with a Federal Gasoline Exemption Letter. This is our TransFueler M-Series. 
  2. DOT406 certified & labeled tank, of any size. TransFueler DOT. Legal for gas, diesel, and aviation fuels.
  3. UN 31A/Y/ DOT   TransCube or ABBI tank. Legal for gas, diesel and aviation fuels.
TransFueler M-Series

TransFueler DOT406


What else is required? 
Federal code requires brakes on all vehicles transporting hazardous materials (Haz-Mat).  This means all fuel trailers are required to have brakes.  It's a pretty common sense thing as well, but a couple of our competitors don't even include brakes as standard equipment. They charge extra for them...

Tanks are required to be mounted properly on the chassis. Proper load rated tires. Etc...

Every TransFueler is built in a shop inspected and approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Not all of our competitors are...

The trailer chassis itself needs to be of a sufficient strength to safely handle a full load of fuel.  Gasoline weighs about 6 pounds per gallon. Diesel weighs about 7 pounds per gallon.
500 gallons of gas weighs about 3,000 pounds.  A TransFueler 500 gallon fuel trailer weighs around 2300 pounds. For a total weight of somewhere around 5,300 pounds. The weights vary because of different equipment variations, etc.  The TransFueler trailers have a standard gross weight rating (capability) of 7,000 pounds, providing a good margin for safety. Where some other companies use a single axle trailer, we provide a tandem axle (double axle) trailer, STANDARD.

Every TransFueler, ABBI or TransCube has a stout steel frame, solid steel decking instead of cheap metal mesh, and steel fenders.  This costs a little more, but gives our customers a far tougher trailer, built to last for decades.  That's not marketing hype, it's reality.

There are many, many other differences. Some small like our steel guards around the taillights, to some larger, such as our proprietary pump mounting systems.  We won't make you read all of them now, but feel free to call and discuss...

Like pretty much everything, you do get what you pay for. You'll always be able to find a low-end bargain trailer.  That's not what we do though. We've always sought to provide high quality, at a reasonable cost.  In other words: Good solid value.

Next time we'll go into some of the myriad of rules regarding what sort of driver's license you need to transport fuel. Most of our competitors won't touch that subject.  We think you need to know what's required before you decide to purchase a TransFueler, TransCube or ABBI refueler.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Choices... One size doesn't fit all.

When we started this company, over 10 years ago, we wanted to be better.  Better?  What does that really mean?

We wanted to be different. Different than the rest of the industry, which is typically pretty traditional, not very innovative. 
  • Suck the oil out of the ground. 
  • Refine it into various fuels. 
  • Transport it to giant tank farms & terminals. 
  • Deliver it to local fuel suppliers.   
  • Sell it to you & me.
We chose to address that last step of the process chain, as we couldn't come up with $100 million to drill a couple wells and buy a refinery. 

We don't actually sell the fuel itself. We sell systems that make it easier, more convenient and cheaper to buy and actually use the fuel.

At first glance, it might not be obvious who our customers tend to be.  Think in terms of any entity that needs to use fuels, but can't simply drive to a gas station to fill up.
  • Heavy equipment; bulldozers, excavators, etc.
  • Farming equipment; combines, tractors, etc.
  • Helicopters; jet & piston helicopters. You could land at a gas station, but they don't have aviation fuels...
  • Airplanes. 
  • Generators. At hospitals, universities, anywhere...
  • Pump stations; public utilities, water districts, etc.
  • Any vehicle or equipment that needs to be refueled...

This array of customers creates a real need for a wide variety of refueling equipment. What's  great for a jet helicopter operator, (let's say a life flight type of service) is far different than what a road builder might need.

The helicopter air ambulance company needs a reliable source of fuel 24/7.  It also may have it's aircraft based at a hospital, rather than an airport.  Hospital's don't have jet fuel tanks, but they can have a TransFueler mobile fuel trailer on site.

It costs money every single time the helicopter's jet engines start and run. It costs money for the flight crew. It costs in maintenance for each "engine cycle".  If the helicopter needs to get to YOU in an emergency, it may cost you dearly if they need to fly to an airport to refuel, or wait for a fuel truck to show up.

The construction company runs heavy equipment on diesel fuel. When the tanks get low, they typically call out a fuel tanker to refuel. Instead of sitting around waiting for the truck to arrive, the smart companies simply have their on-site TransFueler refuel the equipment. Any time, around the clock. Refueling on their schedule, not the fuel supplier's.

The point is: one mobile refueling system does not fit all.  No other company remotely comes close to the choices we offer. We don't have to sell you on the one or two models we have.  We've got the widest selection in the industry, and there's a TransFueler or Western Global system perfectly suited for your needs.  

TransFueler DOT
TransFueler Aviation
TransFueler Custom
TransFueler M-Series

Western Global TransCube
Western Global FuelCube
Western Global ABBI
Western Global TransTank

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hello, Hurricane...

It's a record breaking hurricane season (obviously...)

Every year, we get inundated with calls for fuel trailers, needed IMMEDIATELY.  While we try to accommodate as many requests as possible, we turn away far more.

To better serve these needs, we're developing a TransFueler Emergency Response Trailer.

These refuelers will be fairly basic units, designed to be very mobile, as well as affordable. Initially, we will be offering them in 500 & 1,000 gallon capacities.  Our standard, very robust trailer chassis, a simple dispensing system consisting of pump, filter, hose & nozzle.
Perfect for keeping emergency equipment fueled & operating.

TransFueler 1000

Both of my sons were Boy Scouts (me too, a long time ago...) 
The Scout motto is: Be Prepared.  At the end of every meeting of the Scout troop, the Scoutmaster would shout out: Be Prepared! The Scouts would respond with: We Are Prepared!

Hurricane season is here.
Out west, it's a record-breaking wild fire season.  TransFuelers are busy refueling fire fighting helicopters & trucks.  The hurricanes & fires will continue for a while still this year. And then next year, they will return, and the year after that, and on and on.
Be Prepared...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Free TransFueler!

How would you like your choice of the best mobile refueler in the business?

How would you like it for free, and even better than free?

Can we give you a TransFueler for free? No, we cannot. Of course we can't. We're in business to turn a profit just like you are. 

What we can do, is show you how having a TransFueler can reduce your fueling costs dramatically.  And by lowering your overall costs, it can pay for itself, making it like free... Pretty much.

Let's say you're a construction company.  You've got several pieces of heavy equipment you keep busy.  Maybe an on-site generator or light towers too?  Can't take these down to the gas station to refuel, as you well know. You're probably filling them from a tank in the back of a pickup truck, or calling out a fuel truck from a commercial fuel service.

Problem with those methods are;  the pickup truck tank only holds 60-100 gallons. That doesn't go very far if your doing much work. And calling a fuel truck is inconvenient & expensive.

Maybe you're calling out the big fuel truck every few days. Obviously, you need to plan ahead of time when your equipment will need refueling. Or, you can have your equipment sitting around, not working while you wait for the fuel truck to show up.  Our customers tell us that they are paying typically from $50, up to $275 a trip, just to have the truck show up. Then they still have to buy the fuel...  These $50 - $275 per trip charges really add up quickly...

If you have a fuel truck come to your job site three times a week, it's probably costing you $150 - $825 per week, ($600 - $2,475 per month) and you also have to buy the fuel they are delivering.  

Put a nifty TransFueler fuel trailer on your job site, and watch the costs go down, immediately.  Instead of having the fuel truck deliver three times a week, you cut that down to three times a month. Immediate savings: $450 - $1,650 per month.

That's just the hard cost of per trip fees.  Add in your downtime for both equipment & operator waiting for refueling, and the costs just go up and up...

With a TransFueler on site, fuel your equipment when you need to, on your schedule.  No wasted downtime waiting for a fuel truck to show up.  Vastly reduced trip charges. 

Give us a call, (800-509-1904) we can help calculate how much money you'll save, and how quickly you'll start saving it.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

TransFueler M-Series Goes BIG

We recently built the grandest TransFueler M-Series to date.  A fuel supplier in central California needed a good solution to be able to carry a good amount of fuel, but didn't want to buy a DOT 406 tank system. So, they commissioned the largest TransFueler M-Series refuelers we've done (so far...). The top photo shows an M-6, with six 119 gallon aluminum tanks. The lower photo shows an M-8, with eight 119 gallon tanks.

TransFueler M-6
TransFueler M-8

These refueling systems mount on a flatbed truck, and refuel oilfield and industrial equipment.  A single 12V pump, with a 25' hose on reel give the operator maximum flexibility to fuel  their equipment 24/7. Forklift pockets allow for easy movement & remounting.

Here's what it looks like under the cover:
TransFueler M-6 Controls

The operator chooses which tank to draw from, attaches the quick-connect to the corresponding outlet, turns the pump on and is ready to fuel. Clean, metered fuel is dispensed from the high-output pump to fuel equipment, generators, vehicles, and whatever else needs refueling.