Craziest Places You've Had To Back Into?

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Chris D.'s Comment
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I know everyone must have some stories about having some crazy place they've had to back into. I'd love to hear them!

Heavy C's Comment
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I'll do better than tell I'll show

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Ok so let me explain this. This place is in a small town in rural mass. All the roads are narrow and the buildings are from the 1800s. So in the picture the square is the loading dock that's angled toward the left. The circle is the only way in and out of the loading area which is very narrow. The X means that there is no room to turn around. And the long squiggly...... That's a verticle drop off to the brook that shows in the picture. Because of the small space and being parked at an angle to get loaded the dock workers have to come out and direct you to get turned around. It takes like a twenty point turn to get back out. And the only way you'll get a 53' in there is if you have a day can with a single axle. Otherwise it better be a 48' or less. Add to all that the driveway being part cobble stone part dirt and it's just an unpleasant place to go.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Probably not as bad as the above but my worst so far was a delivery in downtown Chicago in China Town. First of all, getting through the city streets there is rough because there are lots of turns that can't be made "legally" even with tandems all the way up, not to mention low clearance viaducts all over the place.

But it delivers to this place designed for small box trucks, there is a very narrow, very busy two lane road in front of the docks and I'm delivering at 8 am in the morning. There are three dock doors tight to each other and the drive is no wider than the three doors. Did I mention cars are parked all up and down the road?

Well I hop the curb across the street with my steers and give a small tree a little brush with my cab but get docked...and my tractor is blocking an entire lane of traffic.

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".

Chris D.'s Comment
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I'll do better than tell I'll show

Screenshot_2015-06-02-09-25-03_1_zpsylpv

Ok so let me explain this. This place is in a small town in rural mass. All the roads are narrow and the buildings are from the 1800s. So in the picture the square is the loading dock that's angled toward the left. The circle is the only way in and out of the loading area which is very narrow. The X means that there is no room to turn around. And the long squiggly...... That's a verticle drop off to the brook that shows in the picture. Because of the small space and being parked at an angle to get loaded the dock workers have to come out and direct you to get turned around. It takes like a twenty point turn to get back out. And the only way you'll get a 53' in there is if you have a day can with a single axle. Otherwise it better be a 48' or less. Add to all that the driveway being part cobble stone part dirt and it's just an unpleasant place to go.

That sounds like a mess, good God. Lol.

Chris D.'s Comment
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Probably not as bad as the above but my worst so far was a delivery in downtown Chicago in China Town. First of all, getting through the city streets there is rough because there are lots of turns that can't be made "legally" even with tandems all the way up, not to mention low clearance viaducts all over the place.

But it delivers to this place designed for small box trucks, there is a very narrow, very busy two lane road in front of the docks and I'm delivering at 8 am in the morning. There are three dock doors tight to each other and the drive is no wider than the three doors. Did I mention cars are parked all up and down the road?

Well I hop the curb across the street with my steers and give a small tree a little brush with my cab but get docked...and my tractor is blocking an entire lane of traffic.

Do you have to go there often or was it a one time thing?

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".

Matt M.'s Comment
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Just the once, so far. I've had some other ugly downtown deliveries but I believe that was the worst. My wife said some kid was cheering when I hopped the curb so at least I made his day, ha.

Doug 's Comment
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I got in and out of there in an International Prostar with a sleeper and a 53 foot trailer. The place is so old you cant bump the dock because there is an over hang over the dock thats too low to clear the trailer. They had to use a ramp from the dock to the trailer and load me with pallet jacks.

When I first started over a year ago I would have been terrified just getting in the driveway. Now its just all in a days work.

Heavy C's Comment
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I got in and out of there in an International Prostar with a sleeper and a 53 foot trailer. The place is so old you cant bump the dock because there is an over hang over the dock thats too low to clear the trailer. They had to use a ramp from the dock to the trailer and load me with pallet jacks.

When I first started over a year ago I would have been terrified just getting in the driveway. Now its just all in a days work.

Lol you know it well. I've only been a couple times but to hell with doing it on a sleeper. First time I went there nobody told me there was a dock in the back so I used the front bay which is right on the street so I was almost blocking both lanes of the road haha.

Doug 's Comment
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I went to the place on the other side of the little brook first hoping that was it. The lady pointed over my shoulder up the hill. Of course thats where I have to go lol. It is one of the tightest places I have gone with out a doubt. Only been there once but you dont forget places like that lol.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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This was a very hard backing situation. The video below shows me leaving the place. Had to back through 2 gates. The inner gate of the prison I had about an inch on either side of my mirrors. Not a fun place to back into. Normally reserved for 30 foot pup trailers and days cabs.

This was the first stop of two. Turns out I was supposed to go around to the back of the building that was made for 53 foot trailers and delivery both stops there. Lol

YouTube video of me at this place. Copy and paste it into your browser cause I don't not know how to embed it into a post on TT.

https://youtu.be/HXH1feg5a_k

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