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Old 03-21-2018, 03:57 AM   #29
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my opinion get out there you will figure things out. all the stuff from us wont help much until you just do it yourself we all had to learn.

unfortunately I am not a great backer but I don't care I finally get stevie backed in and she is happy!

it helps to have a helper though!

good luck you will figure it out!

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:Bob where I really learned to back up was with tandem trailers which is not a easy feat at any time or even back 53' trailers in and knowing when to stop so one can open the doors. I have seen some tractor drivers who work for Fed Ex and another company who can do 3 trailers at once how they do it is beyond me.
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:16 AM   #30
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: I have seen some tractor drivers who work for Fed Ex and another company who can do 3 trailers at once how they do it is beyond me. Stude
Had a good friend that pulled triples, never really said anything about backing but did say that looking in the mirrors the third trailer was scary to see as it was moving around so much. Would be interesting to try backing it though.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:37 AM   #31
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backing

my business loading was in a narrow allay I had a couple of semi rodeo drivers who would take the alley ahead of me back in there power poles all sorts of obstackles to get to my shipping door.

they loved showing off their backing abilities then we would have a good laugh! not only things in their way low but high as well!

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Old 03-21-2018, 08:52 AM   #32
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Two important things I found out on the 22 hour drive home with my trailer:

1, You WILL at some point, nose up to a curb with your trailer behind, and have to back out. Think "small moves" and "I have time" and you'll figure it out sooner than you expect.

2. You will forget the trailer is back there. Don't.

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Old 03-21-2018, 09:15 AM   #33
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Two important things I found out on the 22 hour drive home with my trailer:

1, You WILL at some point, nose up to a curb with your trailer behind, and have to back out. Think "small moves" and "I have time" and you'll figure it out sooner than you expect.

2. You will forget the trailer is back there. Don't.

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Good advice! Never get in a hurry or succumb to the pressure of watching eyes.

We were just determined to have lunch at In 'n Out. No RV parking, no double spaces, no on-street parking, no nearby parking lots... Finally settled on a single head-in spot on the end, curb in front and all along the passenger side, just enough room for cars to get around the trailer, which extended well into the driving zone. Risky, but it worked because the trailer is so small. And yup, backing out perfectly straight was challenging...

If you have trained yourself to scan your mirrors regularly, each glance in the rearview mirror will remind you you're pulling a trailer.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:00 AM   #34
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I always figured that triples, and doubles get backed very little if at all. I could be wrong, but I doubt anyone backs triples into a dock. I'm bet some have tried. I expect they get dropped in yards.
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tom I think you are right ever seen those funny looking tugs at ups terminal?


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I always figured that triples, and doubles get backed very little if at all. I could be wrong, but I doubt anyone backs triples into a dock. I'm bet some have tried. I expect they get dropped in yards.
: Tom the easiest items to back up is tandem trailer with car or truck on back, hauled a lot of old cars and trucks around N. America when younger, so easy.
But single Axle to this day not so easy and like they all say slow and easy and you will get there faster than you know. I used to love backing into our driveway as the City changed our access by raising the drive way slope both ways uphill to get part way in the drop off to the point you cannot see it anymore once in your safe, sometimes just out of spite I would make several tries getting in to piss them off a little bit more.
But 97% of the time in there real quick.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:02 PM   #38
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Stude, I may have misunderstood. I was referring to a semi truck pulling two trailers, or three trailers behind one semi tractor. In Colorado I frequently see FedEx and UPS pulling triples (3 trailers), always at night. I don't think they are legal during the day.

Getting back to backing up, it is hard for me to imagine a semi backing up 3 connected trailers.

No expert here, but I think I heard about drop yards in each city enroute, very close to the interstates where they drop one trailer at a time, and then reverse the process. 3-2-1, then 1-2-3 roundtrip, returning with empties? overnight. My guess is that semis with 3 trailers are restricted to interstates and within a mile or so of them.

PS, I don't think the second and third trailers connect with the usual pin and 5th wheel. I think they have a metal loop that locks into a jaw. This would seem to provide less control.

I have never seen 5 trailers pulled. I would not want to run into him on a one-lane mountain road. "You back up! ...No, you back up!" Imagine a traffic circle.
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Tandem semi-trailers can be backed, but it's more of a truck rodeo activity, not an everyday practice. If a tandem can be backed, then in theory a triple could be backed, too, but it would take lots of practice and acres of space to hit a target. I didn't know they were legal anywhere. I've never seen one on the roads I travel, and I'd just as soon keep it that way.

None of this has much to do with helping the OP get started going backward or forward with her new single axle/single trailer Havasu. But I suspect she's getting along fine in spite of our "help."
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Tandems can be backed, but it's more of a truck rodeo activity, not an everyday practice. If a tandem can be backed, then in theory a triple could be backed, too. I didn't know they were legal anywhere. I've never seen one on the roads I travel, and I'd just as soon keep it that way.
Jon, be glad you've not had the pleasure. It's really scary to see a triple going at highway speed with crosswinds! That last trailer swings back and forth from line to line taking the whole lane. Whenever I saw them I would either speed up to get ahead of them or slow down and let them pull far far away from me.
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I haven’t picked her up yet. Apparently there are car tires on her
that need to be changed along with some additional work
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If you want to get some practice in while you're waiting, it's pretty inexpensive to rent a small U-Haul box trailer for a day. Drive it around town, take it out on the freeway (changing lanes takes some getting used to, especially merging right), take it to an empty parking lot and practice backing.

I'm sure you're anxious to get your new treasure home, and this will make the time pass faster!
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