Day 3 With Veriha Went Pretty Well.

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Classroom, SL backing, Offset introduced.

Today was last day to break contract w.o. penalty. Didn't!

My SL backing still not great. No one believed I find offset easier... Hank (1 instructor) thinks it is hardest of the 3 (WI currently doesn't do parallel though he said it is replacing 90, I think soon).

He taught it differently than my school instructor who was able to get those who struggled with other instructors to pass.

School teach taught it as 1.5 turns of the wheel to the right (1.0 in a Volvo) and letting it move slowly before chasing / correcting - makes it sort of a sepentine (lazy S) maneuver.

Hank (here) has us crank it all the way right, after just 5 feet (maybe a bit more) we come back ASAP. Trailer moves quickly and points towards the lane so only real error is going too far too fast. Upside is after just an attempt or two with a little coaching all 4 of us (one former driver with CDL , 2 CLP holders and myself) got it in. I was pretty impressed with his method. Hank was happy too. I did pretty well, though still oversteering a bit - mostly on the straight backing part. By doing it his way it is mostly a straight line back. We are all showing progress, which is all he wants / expects. I almost nailed one or two of the 3 or four - could have skipped a single pullup on one! Hank says he drove for 35 years, 6-million accident free miles, 7 years here.

I was assigned my trainer who runs out of Green Bay. I move Friday or Saturday and go out approximately 3AM Sunday (to be confirmed once we make contact, maybe tomorrow). I have a FB / hometown friend near there and I know a few NA meetings and a couple recovering peeps from my two weeks with Schneider.

Looks like I will get that AYCE Sushi again after all!


If still there in December a Packer's home game with my Bro is a possibility.

Moving motorhome up here (initially to the campground) , running out of here and (eventually) buying land where I could live in my bus or a tiny or mobile home are all looking viable. Maybe a "teardown" with water, septic and electricity (large propane tank even) could work. (Farm) Land here is about $1,000 / acre.

Had several hours of homework... all done and due tomorrow.

Hoping to get to campground Thursday or Friday to check it out.

Night all!

thank-you.gif for continued help and support!


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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Keep it up Marc......When we did straight backs was playing "Hide the tire" (of trailer) bobble head left and right, along with hand turning wheel to hide tire as you seen it appear on either side kinda funny, but worked good.

Hand about 12 o'clock, turn your head, to the side you turn St. wheel, to hide tire lol

Been home too long, (12 days) need get back at it, soon as my DM finds me/us a new tractor..... So be headin back to the Riverside terminal....Now that my team mates finally back off the training road


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PJ's Comment
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Sounds good Marc. Think back to what we discussed, sound familiar?? Over steering. Only use what you need, in small increments. Focus on that. Treat every backing situation as it is the first. The last one is done and over. The only one that matters is the one your presently doing.

I’m thrilled to hear you are progressing Sir!! Keep it up👍

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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What PJ said... Small turns on the Wheel. And take your time. At first I didn't understand the idea of dropping the 90-degree for the parallel backing. I thought when do you ever use it? But if you're parking on a side street or even some rest areas that's when you use it. Still I think it's a great idea to use the 90 especially in tight backing in situations. Had to do it yesterday first time in several months. And was really proud of myself. I did do about a half a dozen goals to make sure I was set up properly and then to make sure I didn't hit anything.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Once you are straight, put your hands at 3 and 9, and pretend they are glued there. That limits how far you can steer. As soon as it starts to correct, you have to bring the wheel back so it doesn’t correct too far.

If you are still oversteering, lock your elbows to your ribs.

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