Backing Practice™ 06

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Errol V.'s Comment
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You enter from the left side, and door 1 and 2 are right in front of you. You get door 2. Simple! Just make a 180 and back to the door.

But do you circle left/ counterclockwise or right/ clockwise? Does it make any difference? Who won? You decide!

2016-03-21%2009.13.39_zpsvybgqmui.pngLink to a larger photo

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I'm gonna circle left as to keep everything on my sight side. It looks as if there's enough room to almost line it up for a straight line back which is golden. Unless I'm feeling salty and want to blind side, then I'd circle right. I do enough of that in the oil field though lol.

murderspolywog's Comment
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I am with Robert on this one I always try to keep everything on the driver side. And looks like there is enough room for a strait line. Unless there is something I missed my phone would not blow up the photo today.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes, there's plenty of room for a turn-around. Not lots, but you don't need to worry about a mysterious crunch sound.

m-p'wog, the link under the photo doesn't help? That goes to a genuine enlargeable jpg.

So far, two votes for left turn/ counter clockwise.

Turtle's Comment
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I'm not a driver yet, but based on what I can see, I'd choose the left-counterclockwise turn. Looks to be plenty of room for a safe sight-side u-turn, with a near straight back to the dock.

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Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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Ok I come in from gate go left back counterclockwise with the intent to line up for a driver side back in to dock2. This gets me lined up for a safer maneuver

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ok I come in from gate go left back counterclockwise with the intent to line up for a driver side back in to dock2. This gets me lined up for a safer maneuver

How about dock #1? Do the same thing?

murderspolywog's Comment
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No my phone is the one having problems not you link. If you did a clock wise turn you would have to get your truck close to the wall, and still probly have your tandoms to far out to do a back into spot 2 with out additional turning and you would make a blind side turn followed by a driver side off set back . if you came in and did counter clock wise turn it would be a stait back and every thing would be brivers side. So I always say keep it simple. If i was going to spot 1 I would do the samething but I might have todo a bit of drivers side offset after my counter clock wise turn. Might not be able to line my tandoms up for a stait back. Now let's make it interesting and put a light poll in the middle of the yard. That's makes sense for a shipper or reserver todo.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I don't really consider this a "problem" like the others. This'd one gets you thinking about which way to turn. Clockwise or counterclockwise puts your tandems closer to one dock over the other. You could get into either dock with either direction of turning.

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M-wog put all his thinking down here, and considered where the tandems would be set for the backing. Something can be said about the right hand/ blind side turn because of a safety thing. But the area is wide open and if you pay attention right turns aren't a problem.

M-wog (sorry, the long form is hard to spell out on a swipe KB.) says keep it simple. Sure! My idea is for dock 1 to go across and turn left right at the dock, making a counterclockwise turn. See picture 1. Pass the open area, turn left in front of the dock, go around then straighten out so your tandems are ready to go into dock 1.

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For dock 2, turn left right away then go right along the wall then right again along the dock, pull past dock 2 into the drive and finally go right (going back the way you came) and straighten out fit dock 2.

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There are several ways to do this, but thought main goal in a set up is to put your tandems where you want them.

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".

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