Don't Be "That Guy".

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Someone doing it wrong can mess it up for everyone to follow. This morning I am delivering to BUNZL in SouthHaven, MS. It is on the south side of Memphis, TN. An individual had dropped a trailer in the door next to the one I was assigned. To back into the docks it is a blindside back. A day cab MIGHT get away with doing a sight side back. Anyways, the trailer was so crooked in the dock, I couldn't even pull forward and straighten out to back straight into the dock. If I tried, I would of hit it.

If you are putting a trailer in a door, try to get at least mostly straight in the dock. Don't be "That Guy".

Please note the angle between the tandems and the yellow guide lines. Also of note is how far off from center that trailer is. Centered at this BUNZL is the outside of your tandems touching the yellow lines.

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Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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".

G-Town's Comment
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I agree. Rather sloppy. I deal with same thing on the Wally docks, and worse trailers dropped right smack in the middle of setup areas.

Be the "Professional",...not the lazy amateur. Doesn't take more that 1 minute to pull-up and get the trailer centered and straight.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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You would think that the shipper/receiver would check the trailer dropped before allowing the driver to depart. It surely was not a professional drop by no means. It could have even been done by their hostler if they have one. That driver definitely needs some corrective training or butt chewing.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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He was so lazy, he didn't even stow the handle for cranking down the landing gear.

PackRat's Comment
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I hate it when this happens. As a result, every trailer down the line for several docks ends up going in crooked as well. GRRRR!

PackRat's Comment
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After looking more at your photos, it makes it more of a head-scratcher because that looks like the easiest door to back a trailer into.wtf.gif

Patrick C.'s Comment
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It is the 2nd easiest here. The easiest is the the dock to the far right as you have the exit road to completely use and can do a straightline back.. but yeah, doing a blind side with no chance of a trailer on the outside of your turn. You could even cheat a little towards the stairs then do a short pull-up to straighten it out.

Daniel C.'s Comment
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I have seen that stuff a few times. never nice.

Rob S.'s Comment
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I had a drop and hook at a small business with only a few dock doors. I was backing in before sunrise and there wasn't a lot of light to see by. Next to my door was a box truck that was parked really crooked. I didn't realize how crooked until my third or fourth GOAL. It was an easy dock and I don't normally GOAL that much for such an easy, straight shot. I was having a hard time because my only reference point was this crooked box truck. The moral of the story is, When you're having an unusually hard time, it might be the other guy.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I had a drop and hook at a small business with only a few dock doors. I was backing in before sunrise and there wasn't a lot of light to see by. Next to my door was a box truck that was parked really crooked. I didn't realize how crooked until my third or fourth GOAL. It was an easy dock and I don't normally GOAL that much for such an easy, straight shot. I was having a hard time because my only reference point was this crooked box truck. The moral of the story is, When you're having an unusually hard time, it might be the other guy.

I was having some issues backing in. I have been to this place enough that backing in is usually not a problem.. it probably took me 10 mins to get in the door. I should of been in, in less than 5.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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