Having Some Difficulty Backing

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Adam E.'s Comment
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So I’m a recent school graduate and new employee of Swift and I am awful at backing. I’m more of a written learner and I’m struggling to get it right cause it’s difficult for me to get what my mentor is trying to tell me to do which is making me frustrated (which I’ve heard time and time again it’ll destroy me out here and boy howdy ain’t that the truth). I was hoping if I could get some written processes for different types of backs, angled, dock, little space, etc. Thanks in advance!

JuiceBox's Comment
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I was awful at backing too, so I went flatbed. That was too much backing, so I went car haul. I'm thinking doubles and triples next cause I still back more than I want...

Jokes aside, most new drivers struggle with backing. Repetition is the best teacher and you WILL get better. Stay positive brother you got this.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Adam E.'s Comment
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I was awful at backing too, so I went flatbed. That was too much backing, so I went car haul. I'm thinking doubles and triples next cause I still back more than I want...

Jokes aside, most new drivers struggle with backing. Repetition is the best teacher and you WILL get better. Stay positive brother you got this.

I appreciate the kind words my friend!

How does parking with doubles and triples work? I assume it’s a different subset of truck stops so pre-planning must be super important?

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

JuiceBox's Comment
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I will have to leave your questions for one of the guys who actually pulls doubles/triples to answer. I believe they have to drop the trailers and break them down to back each trailer individually.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Banks's Comment
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How does parking with doubles and triples work? I assume it’s a different subset of truck stops so pre-planning must be super important?

I tried to back doubles once. I said "it can't be that hard" and I had to put my money where my mouth is. It's not impossible because I've seen people do it, but it was for me.

Generally, any companies policy will state you have to break a set down and move pups individually. Believe it or not, it's harder than a full length trailer. It reacts to your steering immediately and a little oversteer will kill what you're trying to do.

Backing is hard for most people. It took me a long time to get it down. I'm not great at it, but I get better as I go and you will too. The majority of the time people fail because they quit. As long as you stay focused, learn and focus on your goal you'll be fine.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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How does parking with doubles and triples work? I assume it’s a different subset of truck stops so pre-planning must be super important?

It is against our company policy to back a set, some people can do it pretty well, I have tried it a couple times and stop before I break something. Truck stops are hard because lazy drivers do not want to back their 53 foot trailers and take all of the pull through spots so sometimes we have to get creative.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Errol V.'s Comment
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At the beginning of this year I delivered tractors (truck power units) to truck dealers. Often I would have three trucks stacked ("decked") on a lead truck, technically a triple.

I did back up a few times. It is mind bending - to make the back one go left, I turn the steering wheel right! Or is it Left?? And the oversteer is multiplied by each trailer, so that was crazy, too! Lots of pull-ups, and twice I actually got backed into the place I wanted to go - I guess by lucky accident!

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