Backing

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WesternPlains, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Yesterday I observed a lease O/O (?) operator repeatedly hit a shipping container while backing. I couldn’t believe he’d do that. It wasn’t his trailer. Seemed he didn’t care. Was in a place very tight seems all places with shipping containers are. I took a picture. Then decided I didn’t want to post it. Would have identified everything. Didn’t want to “squeal”. It’s between him and the company trailer owners.
    It also bugged me he didn’t bother to drop the tandems back. Always in tight spots I do that. Eliminates trailer swing. Then I make the lack of turning radius work if at all possible. I’ve even gotten to where I always drop the tandems back. It’s just so much easier to back.
     
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  3. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    If somebody was repeatedly banging into one of your trailers or cans......wouldn't you want to know who did it??
     
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  4. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Medium Load Member

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    I don't know why but some guys refuse to slide their tandems.
     
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  5. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

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    I have the opposite problem I can’t back with those tandems in the rear takes too long to react. I’ve done tons of New York tight dock deliveries easy to compensate for trailer swing just needs a little imagination and you have to do most of your corrections before you’re in the zone all about the set up before getting it in there.
     
  6. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I’d like to slide mine. It would give all the wormins a chance to see me doing manly things besides just driving and unloading but, alas, they don’t slide... *sigh*
     
  7. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Medium Load Member

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    Maybe you're just not trying hard enough.
     
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  8. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    An inspiring message! I’m going to proceed with a newly acquired vigor and call the boss and express my desire to be the first tanker driver on my block to have a tank with sliding tandems!
     
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  9. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Medium Load Member

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    Copy That!
    You'll undoubtedly start a, albeit miniscule trend, with some of those "mysterious and spooky drivers" not able to comprehend.
     
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  10. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Don’t put that past a mega driver.
     
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  11. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    That would be nice to have a 43’ trailer with sliding tandems.
     
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