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Old 11-21-2007, 03:32 PM
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Default Parallel Parking a Semi

I have been practicing for the skills test here in Georgia. I have a handle on straight line backing and off set backing...I am picking up the sight side 90 degree alley dock BUT I cannot get a handle on the parallel parking. Either blind or sight side I can do it about 1 out of every 10 attempts. Do you veteran drivers have any tips and tricks for parallel parking? I would greatly appreciate whatever information you can supply. My skills test is on December 14 in the morning and I want to be really proficient by that time.

According to what I know about Georgia, I have a space the length of the truck plus 15 feet to park the truck and trailer in.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:47 PM
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treat like an angle back(offset).
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:06 PM
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OK here is the "low-down" on this. Set up with the trailer wheels about 5 feet off the foward cone and even with it. If it is to the drivers side turn the wheel ALL the way to the right. Start the turn and go til you see the corner tip of the left sand shoe in your right mirror. STOP!!! Turn your wheel ALL the way to the left. Back up until you see the tip of the right sand shoe in your left miror. STOP!!! Now turn it all the way back to the right and follow the trailer the rest of the way in. It will take a little time but you will learn to guage where you are to do it right. To do the blind side just do it the other way. There are tricks like this to doing the off-set too.

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Old 11-21-2007, 05:43 PM
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Thanks for the input. RR, I am going outside to try what you describe. I'll let you know how it turns out. If you could put up the tips and tricks for the off sets that would be great also.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for the input. RR, I am going outside to try what you describe. I'll let you know how it turns out. If you could put up the tips and tricks for the off sets that would be great also.

Thanks again.

I'll do that tonight. Got to get to bed. Been up all night at work.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:48 PM
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OK here is the "low-down" on this. Set up with the trailer wheels about 5 feet off the foward cone and even with it. If it is to the drivers side turn the wheel ALL the way to the right. Start the turn and go til you see the corner tip of the left sand shoe in your right mirror. STOP!!! Turn your wheel ALL the way to the left. Back up until you see the tip of the right sand shoe in your left miror. STOP!!! Now turn it all the way back to the right and follow the trailer the rest of the way in. It will take a little time but you will learn to guage where you are to do it right. To do the blind side just do it the other way. There are tricks like this to doing the off-set too.

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Old 11-21-2007, 10:52 PM
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It took me a few tries....ok about a dozen.....but I started getting the hang of it. I used the left mirror for the left sand cap and the right mirror for the right one. After a while I started getting the hang of it. I'll keep trying and practicing it.
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:58 AM
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what's a sand cap???? ops: .....(is it the fish eye lens??)
also....... any tips on off set (alley dock)** backing......and down shifting????

** these are what i'm having trouble with....i know.....take it slow and correct.....but i either over shoot or under shoot.

thanks........ 8) 8)
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:02 AM
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sorry sand shoe.... ops: mud flap?
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:27 AM
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Why would mud flaps ever change positions when you look in the mirror?
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