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Bill S.'s Comment
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I will be attending a driving program later this summer at a community college. But in the meantime I'm wanting to practice my backing skills. Without having any experience w/ backing or pulling a trailer, would it be a good idea to maybe rent a trailer from a Uhaul?

Bleemus's Comment
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I will be attending a driving program later this summer at a community college. But in the meantime I'm wanting to practice my backing skills. Without having any experience w/ backing or pulling a trailer, would it be a good idea to maybe rent a trailer from a Uhaul?

A landscaping trailer is much cheaper then renting a Uhaul. Just saying.

Old School's Comment
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Bill, welcome to Trucking Truth!

Personally I think one of the best things you can do for yourself right now is go through our High Road Training Program. It is absolutely free and it will help you more than anything else right now. You've got the time to get through the whole thing before school, and you will seem like the genius of the school when they realize how much of a grasp you have on all that information already.

Personally I don't think any kind of trailer available to you is going to help you. These things are 53 feet long and they are nothing like backing a 16 footer or even a 24 foot trailer. Since you are going through a community college you will get plenty of time on the practice pad at backing. Concentrate on the academics right now - that is the part everyone will be stressing over the first few weeks of school, and you will already be an expert if you follow my advice. Put yourself ahead of the class and just wait till you get your turn at the school for backing practice. You're gonna feel like an idiot at first, along with most of your other class mates, but it will come together for you in good time.

Hey this reminds me of an article that Brett wrote about backing class, you should follow that link and take a look. It's a comical look at what it takes to learn this unique skill.

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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