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That's the place, Splitter!

This sounds like the Alberts in Vernon part of L.A. I had to help 3 other drivers back into their docks by stopping 4 lanes of traffic (two in each direction). Then having to keep them from hitting the others that were already there.

But Dave reminded me of a situation in TX that taught me a huge lesson. I was second in line at this receiver and was given an easy dock to pull into. But being a rookie & not being in any particular hurry, cost me big time.

That easy dock became a thread the needle type deal when the trucker behind me was given a dock ahead of mine. Had that driver waited, it would easy peezy for both of us. Instead I had to to an open area, make a u turn & do a blind side, pull up when I had enough room to squeeze between trailers in front of me & finish with an offset.

After all this, an older driver pulls into the lot. I offer to detach the tractor so that he could pull into his spot next to mine. He calmly declined $ waited for me to be unloaded. So I’m done, pull out to the right cause I don’t believe I fit trying to turn left. By the time I pulled to another open area, made my u turn & cane ariund, that driver had thread the needle between the truck that blocked me & the trailer I almost hit trying to do what he did. To this day I still wish I’d seen how he did it.

Splitter's Comment
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That's the place, Splitter!

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This sounds like the Alberts in Vernon part of L.A. I had to help 3 other drivers back into their docks by stopping 4 lanes of traffic (two in each direction). Then having to keep them from hitting the others that were already there.

But Dave reminded me of a situation in TX that taught me a huge lesson. I was second in line at this receiver and was given an easy dock to pull into. But being a rookie & not being in any particular hurry, cost me big time.

That easy dock became a thread the needle type deal when the trucker behind me was given a dock ahead of mine. Had that driver waited, it would easy peezy for both of us. Instead I had to to an open area, make a u turn & do a blind side, pull up when I had enough room to squeeze between trailers in front of me & finish with an offset.

After all this, an older driver pulls into the lot. I offer to detach the tractor so that he could pull into his spot next to mine. He calmly declined $ waited for me to be unloaded. So I’m done, pull out to the right cause I don’t believe I fit trying to turn left. By the time I pulled to another open area, made my u turn & cane ariund, that driver had thread the needle between the truck that blocked me & the trailer I almost hit trying to do what he did. To this day I still wish I’d seen how he did it.

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If you ever have to go back there, enter the block from S Soto, turn left into the lot of the building across the street & back straight across the street. You can see part of that lot in the pic I posted.

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