here is a demonstration about how tough backing and maneuvering in tights places can be

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by TomCougar, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. shogun

    shogun Road Train Member

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    Does it have an option where you back in six inches off another truck into a building? Your mirrors are looking into direct sunlight so you have your left hand trying to shield it from your eyes, all while swatting the love bugs swarming and trying to come into your open window? And it is pitch black where your trailer is going, fun times. I just did it about ten mins ago.

    OP, that's the constant type thing you deal with out here. Its very unnerving. You start sweating somedays just trying to get in places by feel.
     
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  2. buddyd157

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    if a state college, they got funding to get it. otherwise, to this day, i have never seen any other for profit CDL schools, not even a mega fleet have one.
     
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    JolliRoger Medium Load Member

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    Sounds a lot like the old fitted cut outs in the Federal Compress cotton warehouses. Knocked an opening
    in a side wall, measured a 34' flatbed, added 6" on sides, and Skil Sawed the old floor. Ground was dry and solid for the first 4 or five uses.
    Then a little rocking to march the ruts. Good part was clamp truck op could come around to ether side and
    touch up the shaggy bale to inside the rub rails. "Dark in here" was your common greeting to the loader.
     
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  4. shogun

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    I know all about em. I hauled cotton seed and cotton bales out of Drew, Ms to Clarksdale and to West Memphis. In Clarksdale the dock was really crooked and you had to hunt down the clamp truck driver in the pitch black.
     
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    What about 60k on a spread, backing in a machine shop in the Cleveland heights. 4pm on a Friday, crack head helping you back in off the street next to a check cashing place and won't stand still in to a dark building that was built when 35 foot trailer and a day cab were huge, plus a fire plug on the corner? Have a simulator?
     
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    What about backing up a kilometer on a twisty, narrow bushroad to the loader. Pitch black at 2 am and only four, 55 watt spot lights mounted to the headache rack for illumination?

    For added difficulty, try it in winter with 2 or 3 sets of triples on.
     
  7. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Actually, no we don't. Such information as learned on the simulator is irrelevant because it is going to be dependant on the specific truck and trailer configuration in use; steer axle location (set forward/set back), wheelbase, drive axles spread, fifth wheel setting, pin location, trailer axles location, spread, tail overhang, etc. Sure, you can learn the concept, but no, you're not going to learn the specifics.
     
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  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    The biggest flaw with the simulator and games is there is no feedback. Biggest thing I HATED about the simulator was trying to see. In a truck you can lean over to see a different angle from the mirror. You can sit up higher in the seat to see closer in front of the truck or better out the side windows. All those strategies are useless in a game.
     
  9. Just passing by

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    The school Halliburton used back in 2007 had one. A big rig with I don't know how many monitors inside. The reason I don't know is because I insisted in going out to the lot and practicing in the real thing. I believe I called the sim "a video game, not real life" ... I am technologically challenged...


     
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    The truck is not required to have any placard on it for HazMat. The trailer is required to have placards on all 4 sides.
     
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