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StirCrazy

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Posted: 06/13/21 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always go by, if I can drive the truck and turn it around with out having to back up I can do it with the 5th wheel as the 5th wheel tracks narrower. so if you want to know if you can do somthing try it with out the 5th first and see how much room you have.

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It is stressful on tires and wheels. Spread some sand on the street before your maneuver.

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"I always go by, if I can drive the truck and turn it around with out having to back up I can do it with the 5th wheel as the 5th wheel tracks narrower"

Good point!

On another note if double towing the back trailer rides outside the RV. I was parked along a curb double towing. I cranked hard left to cross traffic and head the other direction. When I was part way out I looked at the second trailer hop up and over the curb that it was 8" from when parked. Glad I had my Motorcycle secured well.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

snip... When I was part way out I looked at the second trailer hop up and over the curb that it was 8" from when parked. Glad I had my Motorcycle secured well.

That is because of the long extension of just about all trailers behind the axles. For the newbees, that is called "tail swing" and if you are not careful it can get you in trouble.
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BarneyS wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

snip... When I was part way out I looked at the second trailer hop up and over the curb that it was 8" from when parked. Glad I had my Motorcycle secured well.

That is because of the long extension of just about all trailers behind the axles. For the newbees, that is called "tail swing" and if you are not careful it can get you in trouble.
Barney


It was a real eye opener for sure. Nice to pass that info along.

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I have a similar setup as described. I can manage the turn if no one is parked on the loop I have to make. Last time I attempted this, there were two cars parked and I gave it a shot anyway. Big mistake. I got it around. But it tested my nerves and skills to the hilt. Next time that happens, I'll be trying the back-in method.


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Got a neighbours driveway that can be put to use in breaking down that 180' turn?


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Big Firetruck can do it you can also.


What's "big"?

100" aerial w/tiller = yes...piece of cake! (Tractor/trailer with steered rear wheels).
The steered rears make the/a big difference between him & them.

The 85' Snorkel (48' 6" long) I drove, would not.

Among other reasons, that's why FDs in communities with PRD (private residential developments - narrow streets & cul-de-sacs) go to aerial apparatus with tillers for their Truck Companies.

OP - save your equipment! Practice making "adjustments" as/if needed.

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Posted: 06/24/21 10:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I probably don’t worry enough about things but why not just pull in frontwards and try going around the cul-de-sac. If you don’t like the way the tires are scrubbing simply back out … turn into the cross street and back up your street.

I once was travelling down the highway with a 90 foot long 14 foot wide piece of equipment in tow when I thought a coke and burger would taste pretty good. I drove into the next town going right through their downtown area and found a McDonalds. I pulled into the parking lot and low and behold there was a place just right for me to pull into. The hardest part was constantly ignoring the voice of reason that kept nagging me from the front passenger seat.


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