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Errol V.'s Comment
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Persian Conversion prescribes:

Go straight to the top and turn around. On your way back down, enter the lot from the top driveway apron, but then continue going south straight down through the lot, keeping as close to the docked trailers as possible. When you reach the second apron, go as far as you can then cut a sharp turn out into the street and go straight across (at a slight northward angle) into the lot on the opposite side until you're straight. Then you should be set up to back in at about a 20-30 degree angle, with a correction after your tractor clears the grass planter in order to come straight in to the door.

That's exactly what I did!

It didn't work. I pulled out to the street and started over.

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Lol it's good to see that not-so-great minds think alike!

Persian Conversion prescribes:

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Go straight to the top and turn around. On your way back down, enter the lot from the top driveway apron, but then continue going south straight down through the lot, keeping as close to the docked trailers as possible. When you reach the second apron, go as far as you can then cut a sharp turn out into the street and go straight across (at a slight northward angle) into the lot on the opposite side until you're straight. Then you should be set up to back in at about a 20-30 degree angle, with a correction after your tractor clears the grass planter in order to come straight in to the door.

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That's exactly what I did!

It didn't work. I pulled out to the street and started over.

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Kevin H.'s Comment
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Hmm..I was with the coming from the top and cutting right idea, but since we already know that didn't work...I guess pull in to the driveway across the street as far as you can and blind side it in? There's so much space between those trailers that I think even I could do it with out hitting anything. And you'd only have to get it in there enough to pull up straight.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I watched a driver do this as I was being unloaded. Enter from the bottom, and pull into the driveway opposite. If you do it right, your tandems should be lined up to back in blind sided. The driver I watched backed in, but wasn't really lined up for the dock. He turned sharp right, made a few see-saw moves and turned it into a driver side backup.

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".

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

James P.'s Comment
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I would ask the ladies or gentlemen at the Receiving Desk if they have any suggestions, then possibly walk across the street to ask the business proprietor what he knows what has worked for other truckers, and consider that part of my solution...smile.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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I would ask the ladies or gentlemen at the Receiving Desk if they have any suggestions, then possibly walk across the street to ask the business proprietor what he knows what has worked for other truckers, and consider that part of my solution...smile.gif

Hello, James! So Backing Practice™ gets the honor of your First Post! Welcome to Trucking Truth.

Actually, the dock workers might be a better source of suggestions, since the receiving office are mostly office workers. But at any rate, the people who work there might have a few suggestions.

But then again, most men don't ask for directions!
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James P.'s Comment
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I would ask the ladies or gentlemen at the Receiving Desk if they have any suggestions, then possibly walk across the street to ask the business proprietor what he knows what has worked for other truckers, and consider that part of my solution...smile.gif

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Hello, James! So Backing Practice™ gets the honor of your First Post! Welcome to Trucking Truth.

Actually, the dock workers might be a better source of suggestions, since the receiving office are mostly office workers. But at any rate, the people who work there might have a few suggestions.

But then again, most men don't ask for directions!
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Thank you for the welcome, but "Oh, how he doth cut me to the quick!" embarrassed.gifrofl-3.gif

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Verily, James, I doth naught wasteth thy time nor mine.

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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This is a tight fit. You enter from the bottom, there's a turn-around at the top. You have two driveway aprons separated by grass planters. The roadway barely can hold two semis side by side. There's a driveway apron on the opposite side you can pull into. (Don't look at those parked cars, your not going there!)

Straight out from your assigned dock is one of those grass planters so you can't simply back straight in.

So, what's your plan?

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Pull up, blind side back. Get Out and Look several times. It's a huge hole in the picture, at least three trailers wide. You should be able to turn the blind side back into a straight back with little problem, and then worm around as needed.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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