Offset Backing Issues

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Unknown's Comment
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A month ago I was looking into trucking school. Worried bout my drug test. I passed.. now week 3 last week.. im able to offset back the too axle trucks... Not the 3 axle trucks... The tip move it a full 12 to the right with a hard left don't work.. the angle back in ...

That's not working. Any tips?

Joseph L.'s Comment
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"A month ago I was looking into trucking school. Worried bout my drug test. I passed" Your looking into becoming a truck driver and you were worried about passing a drug test???? Are the Red flags becoming visible????

Errol V.'s Comment
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Unk., please clarify: by "two axle truck" do you mean a straight/ box truck? If so, that's like backing a really long car, or a bus.

And "three axle truck"? A semi actually has 5 ales, and a "joint" in the middle which makes backing and maneuvering 10 times harder.

A quick hint for starting your offset in a semi: start by turning the opposite of the way you want to go and back up. Watch in the lower convex mirror to see the drive wheels "point" right into the central Vee of the landing gear, stop, then turn your steering wheel all the way over in the other direction from where you started. Then back up and let the tractor swing around to be straight with the trailer.

Mike H.'s Comment
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Unk., please clarify: by "two axle truck" do you mean a straight/ box truck? If so, that's like backing a really long car, or a bus.

And "three axle truck"? A semi actually has 5 ales, and a "joint" in the middle which makes backing and maneuvering 10 times harder.

A quick hint for starting your offset in a semi: start by turning the opposite of the way you want to go and back up. Watch in the lower convex mirror to see the drive wheels "point" right into the central Vee of the landing gear, stop, then turn your steering wheel all the way over in the other direction from where you started. Then back up and let the tractor swing around to be straight with the trailer.

3 axle truck is probably a day cab ,single drive tractor with a single axle trailer around 30-32 feet long.These are the same type trucks we trained and tested in at my school

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.

Unknown's Comment
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Some of the trucks have six wheels while the others have 4.(not including the trailer)

Unk., please clarify: by "two axle truck" do you mean a straight/ box truck? If so, that's like backing a really long car, or a bus.

And "three axle truck"? A semi actually has 5 ales, and a "joint" in the middle which makes backing and maneuvering 10 times harder.

A quick hint for starting your offset in a semi: start by turning the opposite of the way you want to go and back up. Watch in the lower convex mirror to see the drive wheels "point" right into the central Vee of the landing gear, stop, then turn your steering wheel all the way over in the other direction from where you started. Then back up and let the tractor swing around to be straight with the trailer.

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