Backing Practice™ 22 Elite Spice

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Vendingdude has a backing "problem" for you:

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Elite Spice in Sparks Nevada. I drove from the truck stop to the east of here past the location and turned south on Purina Way on the left of the screen.

First time here, turned out to probably be the bast way to approach this anyway. I parked in bottom of lot (blue truck) out of everyone's way to find where to check in. Drivers entrance is NE corner of building, next to green dock. Yellow indicates dropped trailers in these doors. While inside, red truck pulls up and checks in after me. I am told to pull into door 7, the green dock (well, duh, the only one available). Red truck driver asks if he needs to move his truck, I smiled and said no, this will be fun. What was the fun way I approached this scenario and pretty much nailed it with one minor pullup halfway through?

Rather than list them here, l made a complete Backing Practice™ list in Google Docs. Here's the link. Each line is a link that will open to the correct Trucking Truth forum page. You might want to bookmark this.

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Eric G.'s Comment
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I would pure ally dock this one. Since there is room on the drivers side I would be real tight to it while pushing the trailer back into the spot. Then once I got my truck and trailer straighter with the hole I would begin to do s turns to get it aligned up exactly with the dock.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Vendingdude didn't mention this, but under the trees out from the dock are some parking spaces. If cars are parked there, the back-up is still possible, but just that much tighter.

My purpose for posting these Backing Practice™ situations is to show rookies and students there's more to trailer parking than a bunch of cones to drive around. Enjoy!!

Kurt G.'s Comment
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I don't know why the red truck would think he should move unless it was assumed that the way to do it was blindside. In that case maybe the "fun" way would be to pull out and block the street to make it a little straighter.

I think Elite Spice was one of the original spice girls, but she left the group early on because she felt she was better than the rest of them. rofl-3.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kurt doesn't know:

I don't know why the red truck would think he should move unless it was assumed that the way to do it was blindside.

Any time you find another driver this considerate, let others know such a person exists.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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Kurt doesn't know:

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I don't know why the red truck would think he should move unless it was assumed that the way to do it was blindside.

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Any time you find another driver this considerate, let others know such a person exists.

Fair enough. But in any case what I meant was, the way the story was told made it sound relevant to the backing situation.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kurt doesn't know:

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I don't know why the red truck would think he should move unless it was assumed that the way to do it was blindside.

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Any time you find another driver this considerate, let others know such a person exists.

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Fair enough. But in any case what I meant was, the way the story was told made it sound relevant to the backing situation.

I wasn't knocking you, I want to highlight the driver who was considerate enough to offer to move his truck.

From my point of view, this is a basic left side alley dock. But in the real world, you may have some stuff in the way, like red trucks, yellow posts and 4-wheel cars.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Looks like a run of the mill 90° sight side. Unless there are cars parked across, as you said, should be relatively straight forward. Red truck is irrelevant in this situation, but if you were assigned one of the SE side docks, then yes, he would have been in the way.

Shawn's Comment
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Theres a light post at the last parking spot too.

Vendingdude's Comment
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I should have pointed out that the white thing sticking out from the trees is a parking curb/grass area that bears the marks of tangling with many a truck's RF tire or bumper. This made an alley dock a risky option, in my opinion.

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