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Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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Anyone post pictures or have stories of some really bad docks? My step father told me one place on his route there was no way to turn around so you had to back up 5 blocks to drop your load.

Six

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Road closure!tractor trailer delivering parked blocking street

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I delivered to downtown Madison WI one time. The building was built a very long time ago, and the city built houses around it. Getting there was a challenge. But the backing was even more of a challenge. The employee had to stop 4 lanes of traffic so that I can make a u-turn. Basically the dock is on my blind side and there was a + intersection ahead of me. I turned right then backed up then make another right so the dock will be on my drivers side. The right turn was the toughest I've ever made. Some idiot decided to park so his car was completely in my way.

On that turn my trailer tandems were inches from the curb. And when you make a right turn the corner of your trailer sticks out. Well this corner was centimeters from the cars side mirror. I mean not even kidding it was that tight. I had to back up and turn right a little more a few times before I finally cleared his mirror by a hair.

The backing up was no easier. We had a long like of traffic just sitting there stopped. Talk about pressure! I couldn't go as forward as I wanted to because the cars didn't allow me to. I backed up with houses in front of me and all around me, trees that my trailer is touching. My steer tires inches away from the curb. I finally got it back in there! This dock really ruffled my feathers haha.

And the shipper charged 300$ if you hit a curb because the local residents keep complaining about black tires marks on their curbs. Thankfully I did not hit a curb. But I definitely lost a year of my life from the stress it took. I have a video of the surrounding area that would shock you but I'm not finding a way to post it on here.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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".

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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That's pretty crazy. At least you never went back there.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I never want to. It was only a 100 mile load!! I only did it as a favor for my dispatcher because there was no one else in the area who could get it in on time. Your dispatcher is the person who will make you miserable or make you happy. Sometimes you just got to go out of your way to build that friendship. Sure it sucks because you basically made no money that day but its good in the long run.

Dispatcher:

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.
James925's Comment
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Daniel where is that at? Looks like you're in the middle of nowhere, which from what I remember, Central sent me to the boondocks plenty of times...

Greg's Comment
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Im a local driver doing P/D, and i often have to back into the tight spots like that everyday multiple times. Backing up through a busy intersection is always fun

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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My father who drove for 43 years told me he got so used to backing up that a few times when at home he backed his car into a tree.. turning the wheel the wrong way..lol

He used to hull liquid oxygen for Arco out of Fostoria Ohio. Their contract with GM was they had to keep them supplied at all times. If GM ran out of liquid oxygen and the line shut down, Arco had to pay all the GM salliries until they were back up. No stress there.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Daniel where is that at? Looks like you're in the middle of nowhere, which from what I remember, Central sent me to the boondocks plenty of times...

El Dorado, Kansas. It was a beer load from Coors light from Golden, CO. The receiver is a local business that distributes beer throughout the state. That building was the size of a house with 1 dock and 1/4 mile from houses and downtown.

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