Offset To The Left

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Team Staples's Comment
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Ok fellow truckers and students. Im finally able to nail my straight back and now Im asking for some tips for the offset. Im struggling. When im outside the truck watching others it looks like cake. When I get behind the wheel its like everything goes out the window. They are teaching us a certain way because the way the Illinois DMV is. So we come out of the box after a straight line, hugging the cones on the left side. Turn a slight right and then a slight left so that the trailer is at a very slight angle to the box on the left of us and the tractor is pretty much straight in front of the front barrier cones. Then we are supposed to back straight back slowly as the trailer slowly moves back at a slight angle. That Ive got. Im having a hard time from there. I loose sight of the cone and I feel lost from there.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Shiva's Comment
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Ok fellow truckers and students. Im finally able to nail my straight back and now Im asking for some tips for the offset. Im struggling. When im outside the truck watching others it looks like cake. When I get behind the wheel its like everything goes out the window. They are teaching us a certain way because the way the Illinois DMV is. So we come out of the box after a straight line, hugging the cones on the left side. Turn a slight right and then a slight left so that the trailer is at a very slight angle to the box on the left of us and the tractor is pretty much straight in front of the front barrier cones. Then we are supposed to back straight back slowly as the trailer slowly moves back at a slight angle. That Ive got. Im having a hard time from there. I loose sight of the cone and I feel lost from there.

Look at the convex mirror on your driver's side, when the driver's side back corner looks like it's going to touch the cone on the left side (as your back is to the cones) turn your steers to the left, but not hard left, to straighten out your trailer. Once straight, the cone on your right (passenger side) will be seen in your convex mirror on the passenger side. Then straight back til your trailer is in front of the box. As your trailer starts to enter the box, turn your steers to the left to straighten your trailer in the box and then follow it up with your tractor

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Shiva's Comment
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Here is a good video that explains it perfect. Helped me tons. It's opposite (offset right) but same concept just reversed http://youtu.be/Y-KOMbD7EA4

Team Staples's Comment
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Here is a good video that explains it perfect. Helped me tons. It's opposite (offset right) but same concept just reversed http://youtu.be/Y-KOMbD7EA4

Hey so are u still here at Henderson?

Shiva's Comment
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Here is a good video that explains it perfect. Helped me tons. It's opposite (offset right) but same concept just reversed http://youtu.be/Y-KOMbD7EA4

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Hey so are u still here at Henderson?

Yep. I'm in AM class, but I've been on Joyce's course the last couple of days. Test on Friday

Shiva's Comment
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Just remember, the way they are showing us, do not oversteer. It's easy to do, that was my big problem. Small adjustments, wait for your trailer to react.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Team Staples's Comment
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Just remember, the way they are showing us, do not oversteer. It's easy to do, that was my big problem. Small adjustments, wait for your trailer to react.

Ok now its really bugging the **** outta me....who are you.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Shiva's Comment
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Just remember, the way they are showing us, do not oversteer. It's easy to do, that was my big problem. Small adjustments, wait for your trailer to react.

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Ok now its really bugging the **** outta me....who are you.

Sox cap

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Susan D. 's Comment
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The way we do the offset, is as you said.. do a straight line back first, then pull up all the way to the cones and stop. Think about which direction you need to turn the wheels to aim for your target box.

1. Turn your wheel hard (as far as it will go) then slowly begin to pivot your trailer towards the box you need to get in.

2. As soon as you see the corner of the back end of your trailer pointed directly at the FRONT CENTER cone (looks like its about 1 ft away in the convex mirror) countersteer hard and quick quick to get your tractor back under the trailer fast without traveling too far.. maybe about 8 to 10 ft. Then stop. Find straight on your wheel.. this is important.

3. Begin straight line backing and then do what you need to do to pivot the back of the trailer around that center cone and barely into the box. You may not need a pull up if you set it up good. If you can't straighten it into your box then:

4. Pull up to straighten out if needed and then do a simple straight line back.

tip. If your trailer tandems are all the way forward youll have lots of tail swing at the very back of the trailer.. be careful not to have an encroachment knocking down cones.

I hope this helps.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Sami's Comment
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Here is a good video that explains it perfect. Helped me tons. It's opposite (offset right) but same concept just reversed http://youtu.be/Y-KOMbD7EA4

Thank you so much for this! I've been having a hard time with parallel, this helps!

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