Tough Local Backing For A Newbie

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Rainy 's Comment
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Here's a picture of a place I would have thought was really tough as a new driver. The receiver said he is a regional distribution center so has a bunch of local drivers.

Not only is there not enough room to straight back but coming in at an angle was made difficult by a fire hydrant and safety poles in the middle. I had to get within about 4 inches of that pole to make this door. Then, the passenger door cannot be opened while docked because of the wall.

To get out of this dock and not rip off my trailer door, i am going to have to pull to the left, do an alley dock into a parking lot full of cars, so that i can make a right turn out of here.

This is the kind of thing we mean when we say local is hard for new drivers

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Can't make a right out of dock because of no room

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Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Ugh! Ever get the feeling some places purposely put obstacles in the way to make backing in more challenging?

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job Rainy, way to get it done!

Ugh! Ever get the feeling some places purposely put obstacles in the way to make backing in more challenging?

Sure seems that way. It's almost as if they simply dont care as they're not the ones backing it in.

PlanB's Comment
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Overhead view. Looks like fun!

Those cars parked in the first few spots definitely increase the challenge.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy 's Comment
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Great PlanB! Thanx for the overhead.

That car lot is where I parked past night. When i came in i uave to manuever around them to set up.

Wasnt too bad for me now.... but the me of 4 years ago???? heck no! I would have paid one of the local guys to back it in hahahhah

Amish country's Comment
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This is the most fun I have when it comes to local backing. Back from the one way street through the gate into the tan section with the garage door. Theres only at most a foot from the passenger door to the brick wall. It's also very dark in the building you have to back into with not much wiggle room.

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Rainy 's Comment
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Here is one i did last week. It has 2 sides of the building. The one is normally easy, but the yard was torn up with construction. i had to blindside alley dock to get in the door and didnt have enough room to pull forward to starighten out cause of the construction. The yellow line was my door

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The other side of the building is horrendous and FEMA should declare it a disaster zone.

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Noob_Driver's Comment
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I dread indoor docks. For some reason beer distributors love them. And for some reason they also love the dark god forbid they put some lights in there. I did go to obe last week that had skylights and it was so much easier. To make matters worse we have trailer tails which means the doors dont close flush to the trailer so i cant see the reflective yellow on the dock. At that point its just guessing when your wedged in the doorway and cant get out.

Rainy 's Comment
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I dread indoor docks. For some reason beer distributors love them. And for some reason they also love the dark god forbid they put some lights in there. I did go to obe last week that had skylights and it was so much easier. To make matters worse we have trailer tails which means the doors dont close flush to the trailer so i cant see the reflective yellow on the dock. At that point its just guessing when your wedged in the doorway and cant get out.

and when we are long and stick out, the sun blinds us. the shorter trailers back and dont deal with the sun the same way.

Donna M.'s Comment
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I had to go to Kansas cold storage today. U have to drive past your dock, back into another dock to turn truck around and go back to your dock so as to be in correct direction. No turn arounds, had to back around giant rock pillows. It took me a good hour.

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