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    GREENSBORO, NC

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EricGuvNC's Bio

58 years young. Trucker since late 1998. States never driven in: AK., HI., WA., ND., OR., SD. Married to me Best Friend since 5-13, lived together since 9-96. No children. 2 Vehicles. 1 jobs. 1 home.

Living in Greensboro, NC since latter 1989. Living in Spindale and Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, NC from latter 1985 - latter 1989. Southern California (growing and learning LIFE LESSONS) from latter 1958 to latter 1985.

YOU WILL BE GIVEN LESSONS IN LIFE: EACH LESSON WILL BE REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED. YOU WILL BE GIVEN ONE BODY: DO WITH IT AS YOU WILL BUT THERE IS NO REPLAY OPTION.

ACTUALLY I'm a permanent TRUCKING STUDENT because WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING and IMPROVING/UPGRADING OUR SKILLS.

Currently working through a Driver Temp Service and enjoying the NO O.T.R. Life!!

CHEERS!!

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Sometimes, them thar Elder Folks (like ME), caint git the bleedin' Clutch Pedal to operate the way our legs prefer, so floating is the only way up and down other than stoppin' and backin'.

For all the Trucking I do, which is almost consistently parked, I no care for "autoshaft". Eye jist toler8 et.

>>when I was rolling OTR from 2011-2017, I used (separately) 2 trucks with autoshift AND Clutch Pedals. That was SOOO MUCH BETTER than the clutch free versions. In essence nowadays, all Automatic Trucks are simply LARGE CARS!

CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Jamie, if you go to manual, you better make sure you can go back to AMT if you don't synchronize with the manual. No pun intended.

EXCELLENT!!dancing.gif

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Company flipping me from day driving to night driving over and over

For the final few years before getting "off the road" (4-5 day turns), I was doing a dedicated run NC-GA-TX turn and I was driving mostly Daytime. - - - - I DID A LOT OF CONVERTING DAYS AND NIGHTS in the first Trucking Time Period (2000-2011) because most LARGE Freight Companies used BROKErs (Load Boards). Interesting "Schedules". Best allowed time period (0001-0600) was being able to "nose into a spot" at ANY Truck stop for a nap. That was a bit before the Bucking Bronco of Electronic Logging (unless one was with WERNER).

CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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A Bizarre Conversation With A New Driver

SKATEBOARDING 101:

Since I already had a Valid Class A and wasn't beholden to any Company:

I took the Flatbed Securing Lessons in N. Charleston, SC the beginning of 2000. I had ZERO PROBLEM climbing on ANY Load except of course mushy stuff and Coils. I treated Skateboard Loads like Mountains: most are solid with loose parts. Pick a Route.

I had NO problems with Loaders, Loads and Securing. My problem was Tarps, so i didn't last very long with Skateboards because I would not Tarp some Loads, much to the chagrin and anguish of Dispatchers + Company Rules, and I refused to Tarp Treated Wood. Untreated Wood and Coils, no problem.

I ventured off to Dry Vans.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Length

I noticed being up north that a lot of trucks were pulling double 53’ trailers are the laws different in different states?

Howdy Donna,

Ever heard about 57' Trailers? That had or have a 18' Tail Swing with Tandems Forward AND they used to be "only Legal in 8 States" (when I learned about them, early last Decade). I no recall seeing any 57's at Shippers/Receivers this Decade.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Old dui's

Old Dui's Paully,

Getting Hired with 4 DUI CONVICTIONS over 22 years out may or not be a problem. Most Companies want NO DUI CONVICTION in previous 7-10 years, HOWEVER, D.U.I. convictions usually reside on ones' Driving Record for EVERMORE.

My LAST DUI conviction in a 4 wheel vehicle on a Class C License was August '91 and it's still listed on State Driving Record AND there have been some Well Known Large Carriers and Smaller Carriers that stated through their Safety Departments: "ANY such Alcohol or Drug Conviction, regardless of time since, renders applicant non compliant."

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

I hate signing things, but if it's the only way, I will look into it. Thanks.

Missed that part.

You'll be SIGNING THINGS, A small BOOK of Things In ANY Orientation!

You'll also be Signing:

Papers for a agreement for CDL TRAINING, because it's a CONTRACT. For a Drug Test. For a Physical. For a Class A License. For Shipping and Receiving Paperwork. For a D.O.T. INSPECTION. For a Overweight Ticket. For a Company to get permission to see your Driving and Criminal Records (as well HireRight and P.S.P.). For a speeding ticket or other Driving Infraction. For the Receipt at a Truck Stop or other location Before AND After Repairs. PLUS You'll be REQUIRED to show Your License pretty much everywhere to Back Up Your Signature.

There are "Trade Offs" in Everything! Costs to Everything! ANYTHING, NOTHING and SOMETHING are the only (seemingly) FREE items.

What If, Why, What For, I Don't Need To, I Ain'T Gonna and Not My Problem are phrases for not following through.

Remember: There's NEVER TIME to do it Right BUT There's Always TIME To Do It Twice (or Thrice) and Warehouse work is full of it!! - - - - - CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

John H.,

Nice Avatar! It appears of Australia or New Zealand (mudflaps up front).

I went through a Truck Driver Training School in latter 1998. It WASN'T FREE. I did some research yet nothing "popped up" claiming FREE so I went the Paid route. I did get a Pell Grant, so that helped a little.

There are Colleges that advertise Truck Driving Courses. Company Advertisements regarding Driver Training.

I've NEVER seen ANY Construction Companies, as a example, offering to Hire potential Dump Truck Drivers/Equipment Operators without Experience. Heavy Equipment Operators is another avenue some many folks have explored.

How's your CRIMINAL RECORD? This has a MAJOR BEARING upon even getting INTO TRUCKING. Any questionable Misdemeanor convictions since 18? Recent D.U.I./D.W.I./O.U.I./O.W.I.?? Drug Charges/Convictions? Vehicular Accidents whether or not at Fault? Points on License?

Do you LOVE Alcohol? Other Substances?

Just Checking, because I was unaware of a D.U.I. being a problem regarding Trucking and I had to wait 7 years (August '91-August '98) from conviction date BEFORE applying to ANY Freight Trucking Company. I had a CLASS A License before December '98 and I still have it because I quit drinking Booze, June 4th, '92. - - - - - Do Some RESEARCH at this Site! Check out TRAINING OPTIONS! Get PREPARED Mentally! - - - - - - The World is full of "What IF?"

The TIME to discover IF you would not like Trucking is in ORIENTATION because you're not fully committed!!

Just like working in Warehouses, NO COMPANY starts ANYONE at the Top (unless, possibly, one buys 51+% of the company), you had to "work your way up". Same in CLASS A & B Trucking. Get the 1st INCIDENT FREE YEAR, then see where ya wanna be. Might well be where you are then, might not, you'll never know till you arrive, IF You Choose To Do Such!!

BE EASY ON SELF BUT STUDY WITH PERSEVERANCE!!

Thanks 4 Yur Tym! CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO FORWARD TRAFFIC WARNING!!

Merge FAIL In Construction Zone (caught on Traffic Camera)

One thing to NOT do when 40 Ton Wheelin': Causing a PREVENTABLE!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Dollar General And Dollar Tree Accounts

Cecelia,

Not ONE DRIVER to now has mentioned working INSIDE 53' Trailers with NO A/C or HEAT. INSIDE Temps are much HOTTER in Summer, and Winter is Much COLDER, yet you'll also be Sweating in Winter.

Example: it's 112 degrees F. including humidity, in, say, FLORIDA, yet in the Trailer it'll be 125+ degrees F. and you're only at the 2nd of 5 stops and it's 10:30 a.m. There's NO VENTILATION in 53' Dry Van Trailers (even the so called "ventilated" trailers) and a fan at the back blows in about 3 feet and it's not close to you.

Sound like "a good time"?

If so, you're on the Right Track. If Not, Just Say NO!!

You'll have plenty of opportunities inside Trailers at MANY Shippers/Receivers to get a "feel for the environment".

This post has been for the BENEFIT of Cecelia......Thanks B-2-U-4 Your Time! CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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How hosed am I?

Got a little bored and tried to see if I couldn't find the place this occurred. KJ please correct me if I'm wrong, this is Southeast of Paducah.

0668935001565549043.jpg0277642001565549275.jpg0427412001565549294.jpg if this indeed is the corner I can see what you mean about a blind corner...HOWEVER, you were clearly going too fast. You can see the signs warning you of a turn, and if you were following GPS you'd see a tight turn is ahead. You even said had you hit the brakes you'd have hit the car. That's admitting you're going too fast. Having your trailer run over some grass (had you been correct about the ditch being level with the road) instead of hitting a car is the right move. BUT you never should have put yourself into that situation. Had you been going slower you would have had more time to react. I'm not sure how getting out to look around the corner would have helped you with traffic coming at 45 mph, by the time you climb back in the truck there may be cars there weren't when you looked. Be prepared to own up to it and explain to a potential employer what you learned from this and how you will avoid it in the future. Truck rollovers are ALWAYS preventable and they're extremely serious. I wish you luck.

Rob. T.,

EXCELLENT RESEARCH!! That Curve looks almost exactly like a entrance/exit road in Cheraw, SC., to Carolina Containers. Same style, right turn in with a driveway/road to the left in middle of turn. - -There is too a invisible ditch on that road, but only ENTERING.- - ___________________________________________________________________________

KJ,

Even at NIGHT with HEADLIGHTS, that invisible Ditch isn't.

Just like a Load is a Load, a Rollover is a Rollover regardless of what Natural/Unnatural circumstances (hidden Ditch) are involved.

SLOW IS SAFE!! 4 WHEELERS HAVE BRAKES!!

Could have been in Mountainous Terrain (NC., PA., KY., VA., W.VA., AR.) and there are many spooky, winding, STEEP 2 lane Truck Roads.

- - A Rollover CAUSED BY (SUDDEN) HIGH WINDS is NOT Driver Error unless there were Statements made by the STATE warning HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES of Potentially Dangerous Winds, etc., like have been and will be Nationwide and the MANY DRIVERS that Chose/Choose to IGNORE WARNINGS.- -

Sorry Mate, 3 Years (MAYBE a bit Less) before a Company will possibly accept you for Training seems right.

Thanks ALL!! CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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How to plan a trip like this - dispatch told I can do it

Empty miles: 156 app time: 8/11 4pm ET

Loaded miles: 451 app time: 8/12 5am ET

Total miles: 607 (My GPS is showing 630 miles)

So I am thinking about leaving truck stop around 12pm today thinking it will take me 3 hours to reach loc 01 and I also have to stop for fuel and washout.

I am guessing that I can leave shipper by 6pm and at that time I will have 8 hours drive time left. I hope I can cover 451 miles in 8 hours depends on traffic and road conditions.

So I can reach there by 2 am and by then there won't be anytime left on my 14 hour clock.

Factoring just LOADED MILES, 451/8 = a average of 56 mph and that's inconveivable. Factoring TIME for 1st leg including Wadhout and Fuel, you would NOT have a remainder of 8 hours in your Factoring. Figuring, using Logic, that the Load ACTUALLY LOADS at the Load Time AND takes no more than a mere 2 hours, load delivery time is highly questionable however as state above, you would have LESS THAN 8 hours to SAFELY travel 451(+) miles (and that goofy 1/2 hour "break") AND that NO ONE can consistently drive 8 hours at a set speed, therefore unless having arrived at Shipper as stated by Turtle, such Load isn't feasible.

This has been of MY OPINION and merely reflects Logic. Thank You For Your Time. CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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DUI/Intoxalock (only curious)

GREETINGS ALL,

I've been Clean & Sober since June, 1992 and a Commercial (Class A) Licensed Driver since November, 1998.

D.U.I./D.W.I./O.U.I. Check Points have been for Decades and while I anymore rarely see any such events, I'm sure they've probably become a bit stringent (but I'm just guessing). I've NEVER been through such a Check Point in any vehicle bigger than a Class C vehicle. My LAST DUI conviction was August, 1991, and of course it's permanently on my Driving Record and has caused little conflicts with Trucking Employers mainly in the L.T.L. realm.

--Schneider stated in 2008 that the conviction would be a problem with their Insurance--

I've known about some folks in early to mid 90's that had such restrictive devices in their personal conveyances and some folks found ways to side step the devices and drive their conveyances, yet they were not drinking or otherwise intaking of mezmerizing substances.

I'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT OR HAVE EVER SEEN SUCH A DEVICE (INTOXALOT OR IGNITION INTERRUPT) INSTALLED IN A CLASS B OR A VEHICLE and hopefully will never view such device. Such has NO PLACE in TRUCKING!!

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Things that make you say CMON MAN!!!

Blindside Backing is much more FUN in Rain at Night whilst wiped out. Daytime Blindside is simply another ADVENTURE regardless of "available room". Such merely EMPHASIZES GET OUT AND LOOK!!

Pull Throughs are for Double Pups and Newbies, in MY opinion.

C'MON MAN, get a grip!! CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Game: Thing Change Constantly. Why You Need Flexibility Thread

GREETINGS RAINY and OTHER DRIVERS,

In '02, I, for 8 months, drove for a local O/O leased to P.T.L. (Murray, KY) and in the beginning (about 3 months) I Picked Up/Delivered both H.M. and non H.M. After the 3 or so Months, I usually arrived to Shippers to receive TEAM loads (that I learned when sending Loaded calls) with impossible SOLO delivery times, therefore "Pass The Load". P.T.L. then was known as Pay The Lady (as the owner and wife were divorcing), Pass The Load, Park The Load, Pay The Lumper, Pass The Laugh, Pathetic Truck Line and other creative bits.

I usually swapped trailers with O/O Teams or if I hooked a dropped Loaded trailer, there were things wrong and usually had to sit and wait on repairs OR just transport reasonably "safe" (questionable Brakes) Trailers to another Local Location and Drop (for some other unfortunate Driver). - - - - >>Times of Loading and Unloading interfered with REST and SLEEP, like today! DIRECTIONS: >>Qualcomm messages to Drivers that were significantly INCORRECT as to updated ADDRESSES, like Today! >>Pick Up and Destination Points were OLD (as much as 6 months) and either abandoned buildings OR another Company wondering WHY I was there, like Today! >>Directions (usually) from opposite direction of travel so WE Lost and Forlorn Drivers ended up on Snake Trails, Goat Paths, Dead Ends and sometimes, Residential Communities, like Today! >>This was when WE had no "cell phones" or "g.p.s.", when Truckers were defined by their PROFESSIONALISM and ABILITIES as in [B]REAL TRUCKERS!![/B] Few of US remain and we're TIRED OF THE HOSTILITY from many "newbies".

>>I ONCE spent 24 hours at a Shipper in Northern MD and, the next day, P.T.L. Dispatch offered a mere $50.00 which I refused and offered a not so humorous descriptive idea of where to place it. That incident was minor. Ford Motor Company Factory in Missouri was far worse and once on the property, they "held" the trailer hostage, for 2.5 days, then were hostile when I wanted to leave EMPTY, like MANY S & R Companies today!

I've MANY TRUTHFUL STORIES of MANY ADVENTURES in Ground Transportation and shall continue a bit later.

Thanks For Reading1 CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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About to finally train to get my CDL but having a hard time choosing a company sponsored training.

GREETINGS Michael B. and WELCOME ABOARD!!

Whichever company YOU CHOOSE needs to satisfy YOUR requirements.

When I decided to begin in Trucking in late 1998, I chose a Private Driver Training School, then went Company hunting. I've ONLY done Flatbed and Dry Van.

TALK TO COMPANY DRIVERS because not all single recommendations are consistently truthful and not all in house Company Training programs deliver enough Training. Find those Drivers with 5, 10, 15+ years at your choice of company.

Find out the needed information BEFORE agreeing to any Orientation. Recruiters are paid to FILL SEATS and will tell you what you want to hear, regardless of Truth. NEVER believe most of what is said by a recruiter. TOO MANY Students (and there will be more) have stated "But my recruiter told me.......add whine here......"

A "simulator" is no trainer (we had some in High School in the 70's for Driver Ed and were worthless) and it might "prepare" one for driving yet "preparation" is not Experience. The ONLY WAY to get Experience is to be in the Driver Seat of the specific Vehicle(s).

Some Companies seemingly force the Team thing, yet many do not after the Trainer certifies or eliminates the Trainee. *certify = GOOD JOB! Your Truck is waiting! / eliminate = go away or not trainable. C. R. England states such forced to lease AND team issue on all their Trailers: Lease, Train, Drive Team and people keep a waiting line. Unless you're financially comfortable, do NOT sign anything regarding Lease To Own until after at least 2 years O.T.R., and then, well, Your Choice.

Have ALL DUCKS IN A ROW as a good amount of Students in Orientations get the BOOT. U. S. Express for example has eliminated (and will eliminate) many Students during Orientation for various reasons. ANY Company has the option for any number of reasons.

The ONLY DRIVER SHORTAGE is QUALIFIED and EXPERIENCED Drivers.

Trucking is not a "employment solution" for those otherwise non employable people although MANY keep giving a go.

YOU'LL DO WELL!!

Keep The Shiny Side UP and The Greasy Side DOWN!

There Is NO LOAD So Hot It Has To COOL OFF In A Ditch!

DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!!

NO Lot Lizards!

Thanks 4 Yur Tym! CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Self driving trucks "will hit like a train"

I'm just getting into trucking and according to this article I better play it smart and prepare for the worst. I may only have a decade before the robots replace us.

http://m.fleetowner.com/technology/report-driverless-trucks-will-eliminate-millions-jobs#

GREETINGS Adam S.,

No need to be concerned about robots replacing you. Trucking will most likely be "conquered" LAST.

Self driving cars are still driving into solid objects as well other self driving cars, so No Worries Mate! CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Need Advice. New driver. Can't decide.

GREETINGS SCroller,

WELCOME ABOARD!!

2 YEARS since getting your CDL?

What are you awaiting?

Jump In, The Water's Fine!!

I suggest Schneider yet never drove for them, however one RARELY reads about Accidents, Crashes, Wrecks in Schneider equipment.

All Mega Carriers have been and will be around for a long time.

-->MY opinion<-- Reefer is good if you prefer a lawnmower behind the sleeper and stringent Rules/Requirements at Shipper/Receivers. Seems many Students travel that route.

I prefer Dry Van, yet every option has Good and Bad bits, so No Worries Mate. There's also Flatbed (Skateboards), Tanker, RGN/Bulk, Heavy Haul, Containers, Car Haulers (Parking Lots), so choices vary.

Do a THOROUGH SEARCH of all Companies of interest and go to Truck Stops and ask Drivers of Companies their opinions and be prepared for some wild responses. Just remember: At EVERY COMPANY there are Drivers that have been up to and beyond 10-20 years, so something's working for them.

GOOD LUCK Mate. "Ain't No Feelin' Like 40 Ton Wheelin'!! KEEP US UPDATED! CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Failing at backing and driving at Truck Driving can I ever make it as a driver?

GREETINGS ALL,

When I was in Truck Driver Training School in Goodlettsville, TN., in late 1998, I LEARNED a few things of which I had zero ideas about and they helped immensely in going forward as well Backing. Alley docking, 45 & 90 degrees, is useful in some locations yet I've rarely used it yet occasionally give those movements a go when there's Plenty Of Room.

Shifting (manual) seems to be going the way of the Dodo bird (extinct), which is sad yet that's the way it rolls, so No Worries Mate.

USE ALL AVAILABLE ROOM FOR SET UP!!

Backing is the biggest challenge for everyone as well the biggest chance for accidents.

There is absolutely NO REASON TO RUSH when Backing as such inevitably causes problems. People blowing horns and other noises only slow me down and I then do multiple G.O.A.L.'s whether or not needed. Trucking of today, other drivers seem not to want to WAIT till you're done and will pass whether or not you are done, so just relax and continue with your movement as you are able. There ARE Drivers, like myself, that will BLOCK travel from my side to ALLOW Drivers their Backing movements and many times both directions are BLOCKED, like in the good ole days. NO ONE can "back in their sleep" although some Drivers at many locations appear to BE asleep (because of hitting vehicles (cars, trucks), poles (Light, other), buildings (Guard posts, outhouses, etc.) trash bins (cans, dumpsters, lot lizards, etc,).

Backing in Training Schools gives Students ideas about how it is performed and like has already been stated, there are no "measuring sticks" used in the Real World nor are there "penalties" for as many NEEDED forward movements to be correct in Backing performance. Schools, for no known reason, have their goofy limits in Combo movements. I generally do at least 3 pull ups on every Backing Movement, more when/where REQUIRED. Every Location is different and You Are In Control! (Take a few DEEP BREATHS to) RELAX, (Matters NOT where you are so) TAKE YOUR TIME, (Do Not Rush so) GET OUT AND LOOK!

MANY locations will be challenging and I'm still challenged Daily because when WE think we have nothing to LEARN, it's time to park the Truck! For Me, EVERY BACKING MOVEMENT IS BACKING 101, regardless of how many times I've been to a specific location. --I currently run 10 wheel Day Cabs with 53' Trailers and it's BACKING 101.--

YOU Will Do WELL!! Breathe, Relax, Take Your Time!!

CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Does Backing Scare And Frustrate you? Of course! Here Are Some Stories To Help Calm The Nerves.

Didn't mean to cause a ruckus.

In my limited experience it's worked out easier to have them forward when in tight conditions.

Again, my experience/feel for the situation. With the shorter wheel base the back of the trailer swung faster and with less steering input, which at the last time was critical since I had zero room up front to swing the nose.

With the tandems back I couldn't get the trailer pivot started in time to make the push into the hole.

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It depends a lot upon the angle you're coming in at. If you have the room to bring the trailer around and get it lined up pretty straight with the hole before you have to enter that narrow opening it doesn't matter where your tandems are. If you're coming in at a shallow angle, say a 45 degree angle, having your tandems slid forward is going to create a lot of swing on the back of that trailer and it's going to make it much more difficult to get it backed in there. It would be easier to have your tandems slid back when approaching from a shallow angle.

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That pretty much was the situation. 45 if not less, almost zero room for head swing.

Tandems forward is probably a bane for most of us rookies since we tend to overseer / overcorrect. But once you slow down and relax, it will work.

The back I was doing I had tried 3 different times with slightly different setups. With the tandems back I didn't have enough run out room to get them to start pivoting.

The guys that finally assisted me on my final, after I slid them forward all agreed and said that in that instance it worked best.

GREETINGS MC1371,

I've been running these many Highways, Byways, Back Roads, Side Roads, Goat Roads, Snake Trails, some Alley Ways, a few Dirt Roads from Maine to Florida and across into California (I-8, I-10, I-40) from San Diego (on I-5) through Shaky Town (L.A.) to Sacramento (as well trips along the I-40 extension (RT. 58) from Barstool (Barstow) to Bakersfield and beyond. So MANY wonderful companies and truck stops visited and backed into forgotten amounts of slots, docks, a few 2 lane roads (because of low overpasses) and EVERY TIME I BACK UP IT IS BACKING 101!!

MANY places offered small tight access to docks where I made a walking observation to mentally "set up".

The Northeast offers too many "backup training" locations not just the Pickle Parks (Rest Areas). What does one do other than Just Do It?

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, there are some options available: One may ask a Switcher Driver to place Trailer in dock. One may ask another Driver to place in dock and I've done such a few times for FREE because it's Old School Rules: Helping A Fellow Driver. As has been mentioned, if possible, slide Tandems FORWARD and leave Fifth Wheel ALONE as it usually only helps to eliminate the Bat Wings (Fairings). ALWAYS Turn the C.B. OFF unless you prefer being tormented!! ALWAYS roll Slow and Easy and the horns you hear are usually impatient drivers (yet could be from getting too close to other trucks), so stop as many times as needed (or not needed) to G.O.A.L. There's no prize for fast other than possibly a wrecker and possible Points on Your Sacred License. EVERY BACKING SITUATION IS DIFFERENT even at the same locations.

Women tend to be more secure than men in their driving capabilities, probably from the lack of Testosterone as well the I don't need any help cause I know what I'm doing mentality. You'll hear some (aged) Veterans as well some Newbies saying such, so just look at their equipment for assurance.

I've been locally driving a switcher truck as well other road trucks lately and it'll continue to be: BACKING 101!!

MY Qualifications since late 1998: I learned to drive trucks in a C.O.E. (Cab Over Engine) with a 10-speed Manual AFTER Driver Training School. I've driven mainly Sleeper Condos: Peterbilt 379 Long Nose reverse 9 or standard 10 speed manual, Kenworth t2000 back to W800 with either a 13 speed manual, 10-speed Manual reverse or 9 speed, Ford Sterling 10 speed Manual, International Pro Star ( called Cornbinder from International Harvester) 10 speed Manual, a LOT of Freight Liners with either 10 speed manual or Super 10 or autoshift, Mack 10 speed triple shaft transmission. A few Ford and other make Cement Trucks as well Dump (Bucket) Trucks. I drive ALL EQUIPMENT like I OWN IT because when I'm in it, IT'S MINE.

ALL EQUIPMENT OPERATION REQUIRES: Common Sense, - -Sadly it's not as Common as it used to be but You will Prove this Wrong. PATIENCE, - -PLEASE let the Clutch Brake stop the Clutch before slipping into Gear- -Grinding Gears just clearly alerts others you don't care about Equipment, and PLEASE ARRIVE ALIVE! Determination,- - You WILL SUCCEED!! Perseverance,- -See Determination. Humility.- -Without which nothing can be accomplished. Say Thank You for any or no reason

The Real World SCHOOL demands LEARNING SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!

Thanks B-2-U! CHEERS!!

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