As I Am Parked For The Night I Watch...

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Other drivers but their trucks into the smallest box you can imagine. Some do it without even a pull-up. The ones that amaze me or the flat bedders. Even in the dark I watch them throw it into the hole. I had to drop a trailer at a Walmart Distribution Center yesterday, and I couldn't believe how narrow the parking slots were? In the area I had to drop I was lucky to find two Open Spaces next to each other. And I put it in easily. But I made sure to put it tight next to the other trailer so the person next to me was able to get it in. I'm not kidding I'm a bigger guy and I had to go underneath the trailers to drop the landing gear. It was that close quarters. So I'm proud of myself and as I'm about ready to drive out of the yard I remember I left the pad lock on the trailer.... Stupid rookie SMH I had to do the drive of Shame back to the area to get my padlock. And once again go underneath the trailers to get it because the hole I left was already filled. It's stupid things like this that make me so frustrated. I think I got it made and then I remember I forgot something. My trainer tried to instill into me always start from the front and work to the back or vice versa but make sure you do that so you don't forget anything. I just didn't go far enough back.... One time I forgot to remove the wheel chocks... feeling stupid why the truck won't go forward.... I am very aware of the space around me. I tried to pull onto the scale today and it was very tight in the parking lot because it was early in the morning. There was a truck that obviously decided to create an extra parking space and it was very tight to get around him. It was total BS but I had to back up then straighten out to get to the scale. A Crete driver watched what happened and gave me a thumbs up...kinda made my day.

Cwc's Comment
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Walmart usually makes you get out to check in right? I always kept the key to my padlock on a nylon loop with a drawstring ball. I would loosely roll my Bill's into the nylon rope and draw it around my paperwork. Never got out without the keys after that first Cruze of shame.

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When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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When dropping a trailer into a tight space, and you are almost all the way in, get out and lower the landing gear until it's about one to two inches off the ground. Finish your back and drop it.

Dave Reid's Comment
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JD, soon enough that Walmart drop lot will look huge to you....all in good time :-) (I realize that the spaces will always be close together, but since there are no tractors in front of the trailers, that is actually some of the easiest parking there is....after you've been at it a while)

don't sweat the lock - anyone who says they've never done that is either lying or just speaking too soon :-) At least you thought of it before you got many miles down the road!

Other drivers but their trucks into the smallest box you can imagine. Some do it without even a pull-up. The ones that amaze me or the flat bedders. Even in the dark I watch them throw it into the hole. I had to drop a trailer at a Walmart Distribution Center yesterday, and I couldn't believe how narrow the parking slots were? In the area I had to drop I was lucky to find two Open Spaces next to each other. And I put it in easily. But I made sure to put it tight next to the other trailer so the person next to me was able to get it in. I'm not kidding I'm a bigger guy and I had to go underneath the trailers to drop the landing gear. It was that close quarters. So I'm proud of myself and as I'm about ready to drive out of the yard I remember I left the pad lock on the trailer.... Stupid rookie SMH I had to do the drive of Shame back to the area to get my padlock. And once again go underneath the trailers to get it because the hole I left was already filled. It's stupid things like this that make me so frustrated. I think I got it made and then I remember I forgot something. My trainer tried to instill into me always start from the front and work to the back or vice versa but make sure you do that so you don't forget anything. I just didn't go far enough back.... One time I forgot to remove the wheel chocks... feeling stupid why the truck won't go forward.... I am very aware of the space around me. I tried to pull onto the scale today and it was very tight in the parking lot because it was early in the morning. There was a truck that obviously decided to create an extra parking space and it was very tight to get around him. It was total BS but I had to back up then straighten out to get to the scale. A Crete driver watched what happened and gave me a thumbs up...kinda made my day.

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