Turning Area Size

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by MikeHasQuestions, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. MikeHasQuestions

    MikeHasQuestions Bobtail Member

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    And in layman's terms, the types of trucks and semi you mentioned should have no problem with my road size? And if the road is paved with asphalt, then even the 20% will be OK? And how wide do you think the diagonal blue line should be (i.e., the 'mouth' of the road going in/out of the building pad)? Thanks to you all!
     
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  3. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    When I edited your picture of "what I would do", that assumed the blue line being the same width as the rest. (30') If they bring in semi trucks, 90% of successfully backing up is the setup. So you want to give them plenty of room for that first swing-in. If you can't get set up right, you'll need a football field to get turned around. So make it as big as you can there in the beginning, and then adjust it when you're nearing the end of construction.
     
  4. MikeHasQuestions

    MikeHasQuestions Bobtail Member

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    OK, I think I got it. So the 'mouth' should be as close to 30' wide as possible, even though the road itself will probably be 14' wide.
     
  5. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Well, the mouth can be the same size as the road, if that's what you've got to work with. If the 90* you drew is really 30' wide, they should be able to get set up with a 14' mouth as long as they hug the left side coming in. They'll know what to do. And you can also have their dispatch tell the driver to call you, and they can walk it before they get in a bind. I built monster houses for a while, and I only saw semi trucks show up when we needed loads of 48' LVL's, or some really long floor trusses, or TJI's. They'll always try to use a straight truck when they can.
     
  6. MikeHasQuestions

    MikeHasQuestions Bobtail Member

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    I will have some 48' trusses, and lots of fill to raise the pad. I'll try to make the mouth as wide as I can, but at least 18'. And if most trucks are straight trucks, will that make my specified road measurements better or worse for such trucks?
     
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    randomname Light Load Member

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    I work for an equipment rental company and I take my semi to these places where semi trucks will never need to go. There may be instances when builders will need a machine that won’t fit on a straight truck. Kudos to you for having the foresight to plan this. Because if you own that house long enough, eventually you will need a big truck there, and a little extra effort now will keep the driver from having to do some acrobatic and risky manouvering while you hold your breath wondering how much stuff he’s gonna tear up. If there is a grade (a hill or funky angles) involved, it makes it tougher for the truck also.
    Most home owners are not realistic and don’t want to trade curb appeal for logistical ease. I salute you.
     
  8. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    @MikeHasQuestions
    I applaud you for your fore thought.
    Show up at site, the homeowner says he has no problem with his truck. Look around and see his truck is a F350.
    And like any other industry, some can make a job look easy, some make alot of work out of it.
    Thanks again for thinking ahead.
     
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    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Better. If you can get a semi in there, a straight truck will have no problems.
     
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    abyliks Road Train Member

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    wE gEt BiG tRuCkS iN hErE aLl ThE tImE

    most local delivery’s will be fine, not getting my tractor/trailer in there though
     
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    Razorwyr Road Train Member

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    Also, make sure all power lines are hung at least 14 feet high
     
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