I normally should have gotten it in with maybe one pull ahead, but due to the circumstances I had to do three. I had to dock next to the FedEx trailer, so I pulled it into position. As you can see, there is very little room to maneuver, plus it was a sea of mud and there are telephone poles positioned exactly where they need to be to be in your way... or worse if you lose track of where they are..
When I jacked the trailer to the right out of my vision, it was difficult to see the trailer out the rear window due to Freightliner placing the muffler right in your line of vision to the rear. When I got the rig jacked enough to see the rear of the trailer I was too close to FedEx. Trying to correct by following tighter didn't work because my steering axle just slid straight in the mud (when you have the weight of the load on 8 drive wheels that want to go straight and just 2 steering axle wheels trying to turn, the drivers may win when on slippery surfaces) rather than turn the tractor and correct the path of the trailer. Then the driver wheels began to spin on the mud, so I had to flip the differential lock switch to lock up the rears.
I pulled ahead in order to follow sooner and move further from the FedEx trailer and into the bay. I was then able to pull ahead to straighten the rig and reverse back to the dock.
I didn't zip it right in but I didn't make anyone wait a long, long time, as I've seen many times at old warehouses such as this which were built before rigs were as long as they are today. Sorry for all the head turning (I filmed with a hat cam so it could be seen where I was looking) but it really is necessary in order to keep track of every aspect of where all parts of the rig are and are headed. Fewer bent bumpers and broken hood units that way!