Backing Practice™ 10

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Jim S.'s Comment
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So your 're saying I shouldn't give up my day job just yet 😃... Like I said, I like your honest answers Errol. I was thinking two 90's. At first...The first would be to get the tractor facing Ferguson Dr and then I guess could you do a 45 into the dock? I will leave it at that, probably creating too much work like you said, but it is fun trying to figure these things out... And I probably am not explaining myself right, just learning a lot of the terminology.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jim, "playing" with these things now will pay off in school. When the instructor shows you a backing maneuver, you'll go "Oh! I get it now!"

Go get yourself a small toy semi. Practice backing on the dinner table - back in between two table knives.

Jim S.'s Comment
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Right on Errol, already asked my wife to get me the toy semi for my birthday. Taking baby steps over here 😃.

Pianoman's Comment
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Sears dealer. The GPS sends you in from the top of the picture (Green line). The outdoor dock is under the "Dock" label, the tiny white square on the back of the building. Ferguson Dr. is a through street, traffic goes both ways.

How do you get the back end of the trailer up against that dock?

Unfortunately it really does look like the easiest way is a blindside back off the street (truck facing toward the top of the picture).

Errol V.'s Comment
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Paul uses reverse psychology:

... truck facing toward the top of the picture.

How do you propose to get the truck turned around? Your answer is incomplete.

Pianoman's Comment
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Paul uses reverse psychology:

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... truck facing toward the top of the picture.

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How do you propose to get the truck turned around? Your answer is incomplete.

Like JakeBreak said, reroute myself to come in from the bottom--find a few streets I can use to loop myself back around. It might take a few minutes but it would be worth the trouble. If there is a truck stop or business with a spacious lot (think Walmart) nearby, pull into that and turn around.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Paul would do what I did. But in Benton, AR, getting that turn around wasn't easy. I ended up going five miles on the interstate and coming back. But I knew which street to turn so I could come from the bottom.

You might think this is the dreaded blind side back. But the angle of that bend in the street made it more of a "bent" straight line in.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Tman's Comment
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1110 Ferguson Dr, Benton, AR 72015

I don't like blind side backing. Just come down on Ferguson as your yellow arrow points and Driver side back in from the street. Street doesn't look that busy. Or possibly turn into parking lot and take hard left at back of lot, but I don't think there is enough room to drive straight in and hard left over the curb and dirt and get your trailer lined up to the dock. Looks like a parking lot and docking space made for box trucks only. I would guess your truck is going to end up over the curb and dirt to actually get it in the hole.

Vendingdude's Comment
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Go to Street view. Looks pretty tight to drive south on wrong side of street and driver's side back it in. Also looks like Errol ran over someone's boot at the entrance.

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