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    Help with Setting up trailer!

    I'm in trucking school right now ...doing well in alley docking, offset etc ,but If I have to set up truck the instructor always has to take over to make sure tires and trailer is straight in line



    I have tendency to have a crooked trailer mostly to the left ,but some times to the right also or my truck not staying in lane completely at times .. I'm just starting,but once I get this down with help... I'll be a pretty decent rookie


    I want to get to the point where I can move the truck and tractor to one position..ie if I want the back trailer wheel by a cone maybe two feet apart... my truck wheels would also be there.. instead of pulling up and then losing that spot and having trouble getting back there again

    I'm also in truck many times and it looks crooked from mirrors ,but when I get out and look it's perfect... messing up my judgement even more

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    Make sure the mirrors are vertically straight; if they are not, the view may be distorted.

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    And you may be focusing too much (or only) on the nose of the trailer as you're backing up to it. Equally divide your attention to the nose of the trailer as well as along the side of the trailer to the rear. If you can see the rear of the trailer in one mirror but not the other, you're not aligned parallel with the trailer.

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    Use your convex mirrors, not the flat mirrors.

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    The best way I have found to make sure all is straight if there are not lines. Make sure the drive tires are straight with the the trailer. Same goes with hooking as well.

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    Thanks for the tips... will use them!

    Also when I see my instructors straighten the trailer they do it pretty quick... while for me I have to drive completely forward... they might fix the crooked left side trailer by going I think right a little then going left.. and bam or they can reverse the tire where ever they want it to go and then end up with a striaght trailer ... while... my trailer ends up at an angle mostly towards the left

    I got to work on set up... especially when I want tires by cone not to far off it... they're able to back up and get truck and trailer aligned perfectly straight and correct distance from cone... to do offset, and parallel

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    ​When you say the instructor "takes over", do you mean he gets in the drivers seat ? If so, how are YOU to learn anything with him doing the deed ? Ask him.

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    be careful not to "overcorrect", take your time and learn how the trailer responds with what your trying to do.

    eventually it'll click.

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    Experience, practice, take your time, its not a race.


    Happy Holidays.

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    ever play with a toy tractor trailer and back it up. seriously! lol

    it gives you an idea of the dynamics. then just have the image in your head of what should happen.

    even us old veteran drivers have trouble sometimes, so don't beat yourself.

    had it happen last week. dock was off center to building and had me all screwed up !!! lol
    all it was is an optical illusion of straight, but,NOT.

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