backing up a double trailer

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by subsailor, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. d-man57

    d-man57 Light Load Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Criky! Ya got me there mate.
  2. Otter

    Otter Light Load Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Milton, VT.
    I pulled turnpike doubles with 45 & 48 foot trailers, two axle converter dolly, with some practice they can be backed up.
  3. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    I could back a set of doubles when I was pulling trips but it takes alot of practice. The truck in the video is much easier to back than a set of 28' doubles. The reason is because he has more axles and the trailers won't pivot as fast. When you have just one axle it will pivot fast and you'll be in trouble before you know it. The trick is not to oversteer and go slow slow slow. BTW, I could not back a set now if my life depended on it. It's something you've got to do alot.
  4. prisonerofthehwy

    prisonerofthehwy <strong>Ball and Chains</strong>

    Sep 30, 2007
    Somerset Kentucky
    You don't back up doubles or triples.:biggrin_25522: You have to unhook all but one, and then back them into where they need to go one at a time, or park them whereever they need to go. But that's a question on the endorsement test if I remember right.
  5. Truck Driver

    Truck Driver Medium Load Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    A short drawbar seems to be easier than a long one. The tanker set i used to pull had a drawbar about 12 feet long and backing them up was like pushing a rope. A short bar and good alignment usually let me get backed up straight a good 30 or so feet if i need to. Shouldn't be backing up hoppers and tankers anyway when you think ahead
  6. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    They sure didn't look like that when I was in the service.:biggrin_25525:
    Must be the result of better recruiting. :biggrin_2559:
  7. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Nah -

    they've just evolved better wimmins since the neandertal days
  8. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    I disagree on that one. But I'm driving a truck and trailer and the drawbar was over 20'. You don't have to steer as fast with a longer draw bar. I came from driving triples to driving a truck and trailer and at first I could not back the tanker up at all until I got use to it. I was turning too fast.

    And to prisonerofthehwy you can back up doubles if you do it alot but trips can only back about 10 feet or so. I could back the set of doubles but I had a little trouble putting the box in the dock but I've seen drivers that can do it all day long. Most of them are yard jockeys.
    Working Class Patriot Thanks this.
  9. Freebird135

    Freebird135 Road Train Member

    May 7, 2009
    In the air conditioning
    only if its b train doubles

    most doubles in america, that ive seen atleast, use a dolly, making it 3 pivot u are still turning the wheel right to make the trailer go left and vice versa

    i have backed doubles but never into tight spaces, its hard as hell, it just feels like theres so much slack and the trailers do whatever the hell they want
  10. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    I have pulled doubles in Ca, 28' vans and bottom dumps. You can back them haphazardly for a short distance, unless you set yourself up for a straight line back, then you can get them backed into a dock for instance. I've seen it done with Viking Freight and UPS drivers. It is something to be aquired with a lot of practice. To me it was much easier to break the set and do them one at a time. :biggrin_25520:
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