Backing straight truck vs trailer

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  1. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    At my current job now I occasionally have to drive a straight back truck to do deliveries. Back on target isn't a problem at all seemed to come right to me. I wanna know how much more difficult would backing a trailer be and what are the similarities to backing a straight truck?
     
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  3. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Medium Load Member

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    there are no similiarities. To get the trailer on target its the opposite of what you are doing. Practice with a lawn and garden mower and trailer. Those are harder to back up. Hell you can even practice with a match box car 18 wheeler to get the idea
     
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  4. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

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    If you got gta v it got both straight truck and tractor trailer so you can see difference
    App store also has free simulators
     
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  5. Pumpkin Oval Head

    Pumpkin Oval Head Road Train Member

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    It will take a lot of practice to back a trailer. In CDL school , half our time was spent backing. Backing in a straight line, offset dock back, parallel backing, 90 degree angle backing. A day cab tractor is easier than a sleeper cab.

    Your experience using the truck mirrors is similar between a straight truck and semi. Also using the clutch and reverse is similar.

    Some guys needed a lot more practice than others, and never really got good at it. My boss would give me the blind alley backs as he knew I could do it.

    I had driven farm tractors as a kid, and backed hay racks, and manure spreaders....so it was like second nature to me. I didn’t have to think about which way to turn the steering wheel when backing, it was more of an automatic reaction. I couldn’t tell someone else how to back a trailer, as I couldn’t unless I was in the drivers seat.

    Sounds like you are not afraid of backing, which is a good start.
     
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  6. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I admit I have spent some time driving truck in the gta games. The best part is when someone cuts you off you can just get out and blow them away.
     
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  7. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

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  8. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Medium Load Member

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    Cheat spawn tank, problem solved.

    OP, this will not help with your backing..
     
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  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    It's a out 200% more difficult backing a trailer than a straight truck. It's just a little more muscle but a lot more thinking about when, where, and what to do. I wouldn't bother trying to teach yourself using anything but a semi truck and trailer. Smaller vehicles turn much much faster and aremore difficult. Plus it's better to have zero experience until you start learning on the 18-wheeler. It's tough gor nearly everyone but it's far harder if you have a bad habit to unlearn.

    Watch YouTube videos on backing to try and understand what you will be doing.
     
  10. Zues

    Zues Bobtail Member

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    If able and willing to learn you can however one caveat is all is bass ackwards and must learn distinction:). I started 16 foot box now run tractor trailer:). Easy Peasy good luck
     
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  11. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Backing a straight truck is just like backing a car.

    Hook a trailer to your car and try it. That is the simplest (and cheapest) way to see the difference.
     
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