Backing Practice 07

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Tarren W.'s Comment
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My answer is:

I'm a Flatbedder! I don't bump docks!!!!!

Just kidding!

I tend to agree with the others. Get turned around either in the dock area up by your arrow, or in the parking area before the parked rig. I would assume that kind of turn could be done with a regular van trailer. However, should not be attempted with the spread axel trailer I haul all of the time.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I am stealing this one since you did not trademark it....embarrassed.gif

Pat M.'s Comment
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The grass will grow back and the fence can be fixed... LOL

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'm glad someone else said it. ... My thoughts were to back down the street and do a 90 to the drivers side

This is exactly what I did. Oh, the joys of straight backing 150 yards!

When I was done, a more experienced driver made a clockwise/ driver side turn around in the light area to the left of the arrow point. Not so much backing.

Errol V.'s Comment
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For the drivers who live at the bottom of the ocean: the docks are not your docks, they belong to the shipper or receiver. If you don't know what to do, park somewhere and find the shipping office. They'll tell you when and where to back in.

Yes there are places you'll go to where you pull into an empty dock, or wait in line for your turn at one dock, of go to dock 249, or something else all together.

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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@Tman, lots of detail in your answer, and I think you'll get into the dock.

@Tarren, your spread axles keep you from tight turns backing into docks. BTW, I kept my tandems forward to make the turns easier, then slid then all the way back per the dock man's requirements.

@Pat M, and your Flatbed Variety is public domain, right?

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".

Pat M.'s Comment
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@Pat M, and your Flatbed Variety is public domain, right?

Not mine, it belongs to Brett... I just started the thread. And yes it is.

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