Backing Up

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John D.'s Comment
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I don't have a CDL , but I do have a job that requires me to move rigs on and off warehouse dock and park them in the yard. I'm just looking for some advice or tips to improve my ability to move the rigs. I probably just over think it, usually get mixed up when backing up having to do everything in reverse.


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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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Daniel B.'s Comment
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There's no real secret. We can only truly help you if we watch you.

But just a few things. First, take it slow. Second, get out and look. You can't see everything that's behind you but if you G.O.A.L you can gauge the distance between your trailer and other trailers near yours. Thirdly, do not oversteer. And do a pull up as many times as you want. Don't ever let anyone rush you.

RedGator's Comment
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Wanna know what helped me. Setting up where I wasnt jacked. When you roll up to your parking space judge your room if you have little room to stretch out pull 2 spaces past your spot and line yourself up with where the driver would sit in the 2nd space then stop. Cut your wheel all the way to the right snd roll forward. When you reach a 45 degree angle stop. Straighten out youur wheel and drive straight until your tractor is straight underneath your trailer then turn alittle to the left just enough to see the last 4 feet of your trailer. Stop then look at where you are in relation to your space. You should be centered in the spot and should only have to move alittle to the right (turn the wheel no more than a half turn) and just dance it back. Practice makes perfect and each back is different but this set up should help u. It did me. Dont over steer. Turn alittle and roll back slowly feathering the clutch. Stop as many times as u need and do as many corrections as you need.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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Backing was designed by Satan....that is all.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I am in training and the advice RedGator gave is exactly what my trainer has taught as well. Daniel B is correct too: Get Out And Look. I was told if you are not 100% sure if you are clear then you might as well fold your mirrors and mash the gas because you are gonna hit something either way. I have gotten much better backing the with practice. Focus on what works and dismiss the bad techniques.

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