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Old 02-06-2016, 08:19 PM   #1
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highway road construction, narrow

Some of the interstate when there is a road construction, the lanes becomes a very narrow 2 lanes. With 7 feet wide trailer, I already keep looking at the mirror fearing that it would scrape those concrete road divider, or fearing that it would scrape other vehicle passing by causing accident .
I'm particularly concerned when a semi pass my by on a narrow road.

What do you all do with 8 feet wide trailers in narrrow road like that?
Even with sway control, there would at least be a little bit of tail wagging when a semi pass by.
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I have a friend who usually just avoid interstate altogether when travelling and go on the state road network. But I think that's just too much
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Woof! I share your pain Pawn. We pulled our first TT from Fla to Tx a few years ago and the by-pass around New Orleans was like that. WHITE knuckles! My comments are go as slow as necessary to be comfortable. For me that's been in the 40's in a 65 zone. I've also noticed that when driving next to a right hand barricade, it looks CLOSE out the passenger window. What looks like inches is actually 2 feet when I look in the mirror.
Slow down and stay alert and calm IMHO.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:03 PM   #4
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I can watch the center and keep it close to the center lane mark and drive slow. However, my concern is a crazy semi just pass by and driving pass that middle lane marker, and boom!! When that happen, how to proof that it's actually them that drive pass the middle lane marker, that is if we are still alive
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At one time there was a grey hound bus that did that to me. Luckily I steer to the right quickly. He was probably mad for me driving too slow
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I do the same thing RedHorse does, slow down and do what's comfortable for me. You're really not as close to the barrier as you think you are, and another thing to remember is that the semi drivers don't want to hit you either.

Made the mistake of not planning my route properly a couple of years ago when we were brand new to camping and ended up pulling through the I-90 construction in IL. I was WHITE knuckle for over an hour, and DW ended up just closing her eyes out of sheer fright. Two years, and many trips later, I still don't like going over either of the bridges to Cape Cod as both are narrow, but have to deal with it in order to camp there - one of our favorite places to go.
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Woof! I share your pain Pawn. We pulled our first TT from Fla to Tx a few years ago and the by-pass around New Orleans was like that. WHITE knuckles! My comments are go as slow as necessary to be comfortable. For me that's been in the 40's in a 65 zone. I've also noticed that when driving next to a right hand barricade, it looks CLOSE out the passenger window. What looks like inches is actually 2 feet when I look in the mirror.
Slow down and stay alert and calm IMHO.
Great advice!!!!
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Got caught up in one of these messes a few years ago going through a construction zone near Giants stadium in NJ. 3 pothole filled lanes of bumper to bumper at 70mph with concrete barriers on either side. All I could do was grip the wheel a little tighter and tell myself to stop worrying about side clearances in the mirror. Focus on what's ahead and keep it between the lines. Those narrow lanes are still wider than they appear.
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SparkDr has it right...just stop looking in the mirrors except for quick glances to look for passing vehicles. I focus on driving my truck in the center of my lane and the camper just follows. With the ProPride hitch, I am usually the one passing the slow, nervous drivers.
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I However, my concern is a crazy semi just pass by and driving pass that middle lane marker, and boom!! When that happen, how to proof that it's actually them that drive pass the middle lane marker, that is if we are still alive
Buy a dash-cam even for when driving in non construction areas.
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SparkDr has it right...just stop looking in the mirrors except for quick glances to look for passing vehicles. I focus on driving my truck in the center of my lane and the camper just follows. With the ProPride hitch, I am usually the one passing the slow, nervous drivers.
X 3 on this. Most states will maintain at least 10' lanes and usually shot for 11', so in reality, it's not as tight as it feels. Slowing down is good, but you have to balance that against the speed of others. Driving at near half the speed of others could end badly, even of its not your fault.

I, like the others have said, have found that looking at the mirrors less and focusing on keeping the truck centered in the lane, with occasional glances to the mirrors makes it easier. Haven't hit anything yet!!
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It gets easier the more you do it. 102" wide x 75 ft x 750,000 miles = no worries. Here is what I learned in a CDL class and as a professional driver for 6 years or so.
Concentrate on staying centered in your lane, watch the road the trailer will follow the tow unit. Straight lines are no issue turns, curves have an added dimension, off tracking. Whats off tracking? Anyone turned a corner just fine till the trailer got there, then it goes over the curb? That's off track, the trailer does not follow the tow vehicles track in curves and corners. The more you pull the less issue it is, watch the inside corner in turns and curves. Mirrors should be adjusted low enough to watch the trailer as it comes around curves, just a quick glance to see where the track is.
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I am a commercial truck driver and have pent my entire career pulling doubles and triples. They can wag a bunch. The industry nick name for them is " wiggle wagons". With that in mind, I 'll offer my advice.

The less you look back, the less likely you are to actually wiggle. People have a tendency of looking in the mirror and then compensate without consciously making a decision to do so. What results is a exaggerated wiggle that makes the problem worse. If your TV and mirrors (set as wide as the trailer) fit, then you've got room. Just pay attention to staying centered, traveling at an appropriate speed, and watching your off tracking and you'll be fine.
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I am a commercial truck driver and have pent my entire career pulling doubles and triples. They can wag a bunch. The industry nick name for them is " wiggle wagons". With that in mind, I 'll offer my advice.

The less you look back, the less likely you are to actually wiggle. People have a tendency of looking in the mirror and then compensate without consciously making a decision to do so. What results is a exaggerated wiggle that makes the problem worse. If your TV and mirrors (set as wide as the trailer) fit, then you've got room. Just pay attention to staying centered, traveling at an appropriate speed, and watching your off tracking and you'll be fine.

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Try to relax and remember, the lane they give you is wide enough for much wider vehicles to run through. It takes experience to avoid the mirrors, but work on it. You don't have to run Old Route 66! Stay centered in your lane, eyes forward, avoid knee jerk reaction to passing vehicles.
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I am a commercial truck driver and have pent my entire career pulling doubles and triples. They can wag a bunch. The industry nick name for them is " wiggle wagons". With that in mind, I 'll offer my advice.

The less you look back, the less likely you are to actually wiggle. People have a tendency of looking in the mirror and then compensate without consciously making a decision to do so. What results is a exaggerated wiggle that makes the problem worse. If your TV and mirrors (set as wide as the trailer) fit, then you've got room. Just pay attention to staying centered, traveling at an appropriate speed, and watching your off tracking and you'll be fine.

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