RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-05-2017, 05:38 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 557
5 minutes at the campground and in the ER.

Yesterday I backed into our site at Windcreek SP, put the labeing gear down, climbed on the dually to release the king pin and then broke my ankle stepping down from the dually. Not even at the campsite five minutes. Wife ordered a nice tire step while waiting in the ER. At least I get to recover watching the lake and the wife gets a crash course on how to break down camp and pull the fiver home next Sunday.

Be careful out there everyone and if you're camping have a little fun for me.
Sierra360PDEK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 06:03 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 716
I have one of those wheel steps and used it a couple of times. I now have a hard plastic two step, fold up wee ladder that I use to release the handle and I also use it to step up onto the Tgate of my dually. I bought it at a hardware store. Just like this one, I put it in the back of the truck when the tonneau cover is used or on the floor of the back seat when towing. I also use it to reach the fill cap on the aux. fuel tank. I get the strangest looks when people see me towering over the side of the truck, before they realize I'm on a step ladder. Oh yes sorry for your mishap....it's a pain in the......ankle
Pipeman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 06:10 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Life is great's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 640
Oh wow, that's not a good way to start a camping weekend. What a bummer.

Pray for a quick and painless recovery!!
__________________
2012 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8312SS riding on Gladiator rubber.
2004 Ford F350 (Black Beauty) CC, SB, 6sp, 6L work horse.

Camped
2016 - 21 nights
2017 - 42 + scheduled....
Life is great is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 06:12 AM   #4
RETIRED AND LOVING IT
 
n-e-d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Southern Worcester County
Posts: 1,090
Ouch!! I feel your pain...Broke my right ankle walking the dog, added 5 pins and a plate,fractured the left riding the bike 2 years latter. Good luck with your recovery and rehab, that boot is one PITA
__________________
Mary and Me 😷😷 Stay Safe
2015 2650s "Finally"
2015 Jeep Cherokee
2016 Ford Race Car Red 350HD Diesel Cargo Van HR DRW EXT "Red Roamer"
"I am in the prime of my decrepitude"
n-e-d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 06:46 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
BandJCarm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Between Pickles Gap and Toad Suck, AR
Posts: 6,061
Dang, dude!

Which ankle? IF left one, you can drive!! LOL

P.S.
Reminds me of sitting in a cold deer stand for days on end one year with a broken ankle and foot in a cast, and toes sticking out!!! Miserable....hard to climb that ladder, cold once I got there, and sure was hard tracking a deer! LOL
__________________
"Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man" Herbert Hoover
"American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God"Lewis Grizzard

FROG AR-0019-242
2016 GMC Denali 3500Dually--2017 CC 36CKTS
BandJCarm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 07:00 AM   #6
Site Team
 
KyDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 9,205
That sucks!
Wife broke her ankle on a trail in Big South Fork several years back.
We were about 1/3 mile from the truck.
I had to carry her piggy back to the truck!
Donno if I could do that today....
She was a trooper tho.
A pin and 3 screws later she has no lasting effects. We hike and bike and
she says it doesn't work for forecasting the weather! We use my hip for that!
__________________
Peace!
Dan & Rita D
2017 Nissan Titan 5.6L King cab 4wd
1999 Suzuki Intruder Motorcycle
Blue Ox WD hitch

Camping days 2010-53, 2011-47, 2012-41, 2013-41, 2014-31, 2015-40, 2016-44, 2017-63, 2018-75, 2019-32, 2020-41
KyDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 07:12 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
ben31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Middle GA
Posts: 1,281
Sorry to hear that! I hope you heal quickly and have an uneventful rest of your stay. One good thing, you're camping. It is better than sitting home with the messed up ankle!
__________________
Ben and Doreen
Home Away From Home - 2017 PT Crusader 315RST
TV - 2008 F250 Lariat SuperCrew 4X4 6.4 Diesel
Never Enough Time Camping!!
ben31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 12:37 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
dalspot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 103
Don't feel bad. Our very first trip ever 6 years ago, hubby threw the electrical cord under the back bumper from the side, reached under the back to grab it and proceeded to cut his wrist on the sharp edge of the diamond plate on the bumper. Came close to cutting the artery. All I could get to was the toilet paper as we hadn't put a first aid kit together yet. Luckily nurse daughter was on her way to help set up. She bandaged his arm, we ate dinner then he went and got stitches!

And what did you get in a step? We are looking for one too.
dalspot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 12:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Capt. Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Franklin County, MO
Posts: 2,612
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalspot View Post
Don't feel bad. Our very first trip ever 6 years ago, hubby threw the electrical cord under the back bumper from the side, reached under the back to grab it and proceeded to cut his wrist on the sharp edge of the diamond plate on the bumper. Came close to cutting the artery. All I could get to was the toilet paper as we hadn't put a first aid kit together yet. Luckily nurse daughter was on her way to help set up. She bandaged his arm, we ate dinner then he went and got stitches!

And what did you get in a step? We are looking for one too.

Check this one out from Harbor Freight. Light weight, sturdy, easy to set up. We've used ours for over 4 years and it works great for releasing the kingpin, putting DEF in (GM = under the hood filler), and getting up onto the tailgate of the truck. Usually $29.95, but they often put them on sale for $19.95.

https://www.harborfreight.com/step-s...orm-66911.html
__________________
Mike and Yvonne
and Sophie, the little white dog
2017 Columbus 320RSC
2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax 4X4
“It's not how old you are, it's how you are old.”Jules Renard
"It's not the years...it's the mileage." - Indiana Jones
Capt. Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 01:00 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 109
So sorry to hear about your broken ankle. Boy you guys will do anything to get out of work
Your wife will do great. I love driving our 41' fifth wheel BUT I too need a stool. I'm 4'10 and can't even reach over the back of my husbands 3500 diesel Allison Trans Durimax Silverado. I'll have to put that stool in the back seat so I can reach it when I need
Oh and I'm all for eating before getting stitches
alicemerrill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 01:05 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 26
Feeling your pain

We drove 2200 miles, got half way setup, and DH fell backwards over a rock. Hit his head on another rock, blood everywhere, nice campers called 911 and took care of our dog while we went to the ER. Happy camping for the rest of the trip........

Sometimes life throws in mishaps so we don't have too much fun!
maryanna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 01:09 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Wayne Joan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South West Michigan
Posts: 181
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pipeman View Post
I have one of those wheel steps and used it a couple of times. I now have a hard plastic two step, fold up wee ladder that I use to release the handle and I also use it to step up onto the Tgate of my dually. I bought it at a hardware store. Just like this one, I put it in the back of the truck when the tonneau cover is used or on the floor of the back seat when towing. I also use it to reach the fill cap on the aux. fuel tank. I get the strangest looks when people see me towering over the side of the truck, before they realize I'm on a step ladder. Oh yes sorry for your mishap....it's a pain in the......ankle

I use to use a step ladder like yours. Had it collapse on me twice. Took a couple of bad falls to convince to get something better. I now use a three step metal ladder to hook up and un-hook. I have a Ford with the tailgate step to use when I need to get up in the bed of the truck. Please be careful when using your plastic step stool.
__________________
2015 Flagstaff 8528IKWS Diamond Package
2013 Ford F-150 Super Crew, EcoBoost, Max Tow,
6.5 bed, Roadmaster Active Suspension, E rated tires
98 days camping 2017 98 days camping 2018
94 days camping 2019 49 days camping 2020
Wayne Joan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 01:47 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
CaptnJohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Eastern NC
Posts: 3,822
Sorry to hear about your ankle. I bought a stool that folds flat at CW and it stays in the truck. Rarely used except to attach/remove the lock on the hitch. Now we have another inside the 5er wifey uses to reach in the upper cabinets.
__________________
2019 Montana 3761 FL
2019 F350 6.7 4X4 LB Dually
Edgewater 205 EX 150 Yamaha
CaptnJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 02:15 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 557
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalspot View Post
Don't feel bad. Our very first trip ever 6 years ago, hubby threw the electrical cord under the back bumper from the side, reached under the back to grab it and proceeded to cut his wrist on the sharp edge of the diamond plate on the bumper. Came close to cutting the artery. All I could get to was the toilet paper as we hadn't put a first aid kit together yet. Luckily nurse daughter was on her way to help set up. She bandaged his arm, we ate dinner then he went and got stitches!

And what did you get in a step? We are looking for one too.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Screenshot_20170605-141349.jpeg
Views:	175
Size:	46.7 KB
ID:	140199
This is the one the wife ordered, just wish we thought about this earlier.
Sierra360PDEK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 02:20 PM   #15
Moderator Emeritus
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 11,069
Sorry to hear about your ankle. Hopefully it will heal quickly. Not to sound preachy but this is why I am a big believer in having your traveling companion learn to drive your rig and both should know how to set up and take down everything because you never know what can happen.
__________________
<a href=https://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>https://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 02:49 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
lesptr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 793
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquared View Post
Sorry to hear about your ankle. Hopefully it will heal quickly. Not to sound preachy but this is why I am a big believer in having your traveling companion learn to drive your rig and both should know how to set up and take down everything because you never know what can happen.


Agreed! Perhaps you could speak to my wife about it this weekend. She'll drive from rest area to rest area on the interstate, but that's it.
__________________
2017 Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK
2015 F350 6.7
lesptr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 02:49 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 557
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquared View Post
Sorry to hear about your ankle. Hopefully it will heal quickly. Not to sound preachy but this is why I am a big believer in having your traveling companion learn to drive your rig and both should know how to set up and take down everything because you never know what can happen.
The funny thing is we talked about this on Friday, that she needs to learn to pull the fifth wheel and setup and break down camp in case something happened to me. Shouldn't have opened my mouth.
Sierra360PDEK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 02:52 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
RusLwt001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Dacula GA
Posts: 467
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pipeman View Post
I have one of those wheel steps and used it a couple of times. I now have a hard plastic two step, fold up wee ladder that I use to release the handle and I also use it to step up onto the Tgate of my dually. I bought it at a hardware store. Just like this one, I put it in the back of the truck when the tonneau cover is used or on the floor of the back seat when towing. I also use it to reach the fill cap on the aux. fuel tank. I get the strangest looks when people see me towering over the side of the truck, before they realize I'm on a step ladder. Oh yes sorry for your mishap....it's a pain in the......ankle
X2! My truck sits to high and I'm too old to jump. Get well soon.
__________________
Russ
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3025W
Diamond Package
2016 Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi 4x4
RusLwt001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 03:11 PM   #19
Moderator Emeritus
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 11,069
Quote:
Originally Posted by lesptr View Post
Agreed! Perhaps you could speak to my wife about it this weekend. She'll drive from rest area to rest area on the interstate, but that's it.
I will be glad to... I do over 90% of the driving and 100% of the backing while my husband plays navigator, DJ and babysitter to our DD. My DH can back if necessary. I can set up the whole outside, hook the rig up by myself if needed and even went to Mayberry a couple days in advance of DH. DH can drive and alternates with me on long trips, does the set up outside but knows the inside set up/take down as well. If she needs encouragement or driving lessons I'm happy to give them. I taught my DH an am willing to teach others.
__________________
<a href=https://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>https://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2017, 04:16 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 353
My DW doesn't want anything to do with towing she won't even drive my truck when not hooked to trailer. That can be a pain when snowbirding having to take her everywhere.
packrat48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
mpg

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:15 AM.