BACKING

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Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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Help me with this....turn in the direction of what you do not want is correct, yes? Like, I don't like that trailer going that way so I will turn slightly that way to "ward it off"!

Anyone have a way to install this in my brain?

Papa Pig's Comment
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“Turn towards the problem” That’s the way it was explained to me. It will seem complicated at first but it will become second nature . Heck it seems I back a trailer better than my car these days.

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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So kind of a "face your demon" in effect....I think that'll stick. Thanks!

Davy A.'s Comment
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Yep. Turn into the problem. Too much trailer in the left mirror? Turn the wheel to the left. Too much in the right mirror? Turn it to the right. Nice and even in both mirrors? Leave it alone.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Slow turns too, don't make full lefts or rights it screws ya up lol slow n easy, watch the trailer. Straight backs they told us to play "Hide the tire" on trailers. Hold wheel 10 and 2 o'clock 1 hand, if you see the trailer tire in left mirror, turn slightly til you don't see it, same for right side tire.

Funny ALL my co-drivers (4) always over turned on ANY backs, and they got twisted up, having to keep adjusting or resetting their backs....I wasn't perfect either, but could out back any of em.

My trainer it was funny, I had a weird uphill back to a dock, and trans kept saying "overheat" clutches slipping. He took over, thinking it was me, I told him its the tranny, well after he rest 7 times, I joked and asked him if he wanted me to do it now? lol his 9th back he got it in the dock.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Help me with this....turn in the direction of what you do not want is correct, yes? Like, I don't like that trailer going that way so I will turn slightly that way to "ward it off"!

Anyone have a way to install this in my brain?

Turn toward your problem.

Another trick is to put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand the direction you want the trailer to go.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The way my trainer explained it was basically the same, except it was "TURN TOWARDS THE TROUBLE". Those were magic words that made all the difference in my backing.

Many new drivers have trouble because they oversteer. You can see this when the driver is frantically turning the steering wheel far to one side and then back again over and over again. The best backers keep their steering movements to a minimum. I'm not there yet, but muscle memory is starting to kick in.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Just for fun, the term "Move towards the trouble" applies to another aspect of equipment management. Who knows what that is?

Kerry L.'s Comment
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The way my trainer explained it was basically the same, except it was "TURN TOWARDS THE TROUBLE". Those were magic words that made all the difference in my backing.

Many new drivers have trouble because they oversteer. You can see this when the driver is frantically turning the steering wheel far to one side and then back again over and over again. The best backers keep their steering movements to a minimum. I'm not there yet, but muscle memory is starting to kick in.

I was like this until one day it just clicked. I had the truck and trailer going all over the place just trying to straight line back. The idea of just little corrections finally made sense. Big steers got me into big problems, which got me correcting with more big steers. Finally figured out don't start off with a big steer. Easy peasy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Just for fun, the term "Move towards the trouble" applies to another aspect of equipment management. Who knows what that is?

Sliding tandems ?!?!? (Or 5th wheel?!?)

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~ Anne (& Tom, haha!) ~

Dangit, GARY!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU ?!?!?

Just for fun, the term "Move towards the trouble" applies to another aspect of equipment management. Who knows what that is?

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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".

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