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trailernovice

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Just learned a painful lesson about aging and idiocy

Hooking up TT today in preparation for return leg back to home...have the standard Reese round bar...to those familiar, we understand that bars need to be connected on both sides of the hitch

so what do I do, when done with one side? With my almost 55 years of life experience? Do I do the sensible thing, and walk around the front of the truck to get to the other side of the hitch? NO!!! I step onto the hitch, to lift myself up and over.....so, what happens??? (drum roll).....I catch my toe under the breakaway cable or something, lose balance and fall straight onto my lower leg....now I have 'road rash' that makes it looked like I dropped a motorcycle or something...about 4 inches across and 6 inches high, completely scraped

and I KNOW better!!! I'll often say, "I USED to jump off pickup tailgates....but now I step down gently"

Putting this out there for benefit of others....not as some sort of a 'clickbait' thing


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tailernovice - You are no longer a novice and we all learn! Thanks for sharing your story! [emoticon]


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All of us have done the same (or something similar) at some point. I stopped jumping off tailgates in 1991...





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That hitch is also heavier than I remember too!


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Posted: 03/15/22 10:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, the rule is never go between truck and trailer...but we all lose track and do stupid things from time to time.

Couple years back, stopped to pull lunch out of the fridge. Didn't bother to pull the steps out. Jumped down, thought I landed OK but my back was killing me for 3 days. Don't jump so much anymore.


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When we had a TT, I used to jump over. One hard fall later, and I'd step over. Then, one hard fall later after getting my foot caught like the OP, I began to WALK around...and made it part of my safety check.

Yes, I think the older we get the fear of breaking bones gets higher on the list of things to avoid. At least for me!

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I no longer leave the ground. If I can't do it from the ground I find it doesn't need doing or hire someone to do it.

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Before my hip replacement I couldn't hop over the hitch. Now I can...but so far haven't.


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Yeah, I still catch myself stepping over the hitch, even after catching pants or shoes on something. Somewhere in my punkin head, it thinks I’ll save time by not walking around, I guess.
Hopefully, you’ll heal up just fine.


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Posted: 03/16/22 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stepped over my flat bed trailer hitch while getting gas last year. I caught my toe on the coupler as I was stepping over and ended up doing the most ungracious face plant. I am a certifiable old guy that looks like I have been rode hard and put away wet When my face hit the pavement, I didn't get any prettier. I looked up to see a beautiful young lady coming over to help the senior citizen out. I think back 40 years and would have liked to make a better impression.


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