Am I Ever Gonna Getthis Backing?

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Donna M.'s Comment
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The weird part is I’ve never had a problem with straight line. I watched a video before I ever started on the pad always no problems. No problems with parallel nailed them everytime. Off sets kicked my butt, and I’m starting understand why—I didn’t understand how to follow my trailer. I wanted to put the trailer in the hole but not the truck so I get all twisted up. I’m working on it!!!

Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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The weird part is I’ve never had a problem with straight line. I watched a video before I ever started on the pad always no problems. No problems with parallel nailed them everytime. Off sets kicked my butt, and I’m starting understand why—I didn’t understand how to follow my trailer. I wanted to put the trailer in the hole but not the truck so I get all twisted up. I’m working on it!!!

I have always thought that a proper set up is the most important thing.. Especially when trying to hit a spot, or door.. I always look at my area and try to approach it from the Driver side.. Something I do not think they teach anymore, is the 1 to 4 sweep maneuver... (it maybe have another term now).. Basically you 1, approach and place your driver door center of the space or Dock.. 2. make a hard right with steering till your trailer tandems are near the middle of the spot or door.. 3. make a hard left again till end of your trailer is now in the middle of spot or door.. then finally 4, cut wheel to left while backing to sweep the front of the truck back into the hole with the trailer.. Adjust as needed and again Get out and look after the 3rd maneuver..

There is many tricks like this one to help you along.. It takes time and nobody out there is perfect.. The day they think they are perfect they should get off the road..

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".

Splitter's Comment
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The weird part is I’ve never had a problem with straight line. I watched a video before I ever started on the pad always no problems. No problems with parallel nailed them everytime. Off sets kicked my butt, and I’m starting understand why—I didn’t understand how to follow my trailer. I wanted to put the trailer in the hole but not the truck so I get all twisted up. I’m working on it!!!

Your last sentence is the only way to get past it. It’s not that you won’t make mistakes in the future, it’s that they’ll be a lot less frequent.

The fact that your understanding where you have to focus your attention is also key! Now it’s about trial & error. Figuring what works for YOU! Watch what others do, how they set up, where do they start to get under the trailer, etc.

Keep your chin up Donna! You’re not alone. There are many of us in the same shoes that you’re in now.

Also, don’t forget the progress you’ve made up to this point. It’s very easy to focus on this hiccup & beat yourself up for it. Remember where you were just a few months ago & how much progress you’ve made along the way. A good pat on the back is not a bad thing!

Dave Reid's Comment
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Sorry, apparently I misunderstood the first part of your original post.

The weird part is I’ve never had a problem with straight line.

G-Town's Comment
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Sorry, apparently I misunderstood the first part of your original post.

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The weird part is I’ve never had a problem with straight line.

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Ditto here...!

Kim T.'s Comment
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Like Splitter said, look at how far you’ve come. You will get it, I know you will. You have conquered every other part of this so far. Don’t let this kick your butt.

Deb R.'s Comment
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I had a yard driver approach me and say “you must be new, I can see you are way oversteering”, that actaully helped me a lot - just relax, and don’t crank the wheel so hard. I also went to WalMart and got some small orange cones from the sports section, and set them out for visuals. It’s better when you get on your own and don’t have a trainer watching. Take as much time as you need. Rushing always seems to end badly.

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