Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-02-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
Rivet Master
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
How not to test break away switch

On my way back from the RMVAC rally in Gunnison I stopped to get something out of the back of the Jeep. It was on the other side of the tailgate opening, so rather than walking around the TV or Argosy, I decided to step over the hitch, something I don't often do.

When I did, my shoe caught on the break away lanyard and I did a face plant on the gravel. Left knee and elbow are damaged, along with my right wrist and right forehead. The lanyard did pull out of the switch just fine though.

Since my left side is screwed up with the knee damage, I am having a hard time walking. The right hand is barely operable too, so no matter what I do somethings wrong.

A crappy way to travel, everything hurts and is difficult. Walking, shaving, spreading peanut butter with a knife, getting water, using the dump station, all is slow and painful. And typing this post is difficult. You may not be hearing much from me for a while. (I can hear sighs of relief).

So, test the break away switch by pulling out the lanyard with your hand, not your foot and tripping into the gravel.

idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #2
Rivet Master
SteveSueMac's Avatar

2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 5,743
Ugh! Sorry to hear that! I know I've come close to doing the same thing but have only ended up with bloody knees and shins from hitting the top of the draw bar. You're not alone...

I'm wondering if the extra minute to walk around the truck is worth if :-)

SteveSueMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
3 Rivet Member
1967 26' Overlander
Bugtussel , Oklahoma
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 142
That's awful, idroba. Sorry you got hurt out there on the road. A quick search of the forums would have brought up many threads on the proper way to check that switch.
1967 Overlander International 26ft
2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 520hp 530ft-lbs torque 7700lb towing capacity
mikextr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 10:34 AM   #4
Rivet Master
drboyd's Avatar

1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,430
Ouch, ouch, ouch!! Is anything bad enough to warrant a doctor visit?
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 10:57 AM   #5
Rivet Slave
Rocinante's Avatar

2014 27' FB International
Green Cove Springs , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4,159
Blog Entries: 49
So sorry to hear of your trip & fall, here's hoping for a quick recovery! I'll definitely think twice and take careful aim before stepping over the trailer hitch again.
Rocinante is our 2014 International Signature 27FB
(Named for John Steinbeck's camper from "Travels With Charley")

Rocinante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
Rivet Master
cwf's Avatar
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,073
Images: 2
Hey pard! I did similar! Ouchie! Instead of face plant, Ithe wrench in my hand dented the trailer as I reached out to steady myself.

So, the trailer has another "character" mArk... Instead of my face.

Get better and hope all is well..
Peace and Blessings..
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 03:25 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Foiled Again's Avatar
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 6,078
I'm VERY sorry to hear about your injury. I sincerely thank you for posting though - someone else might avoid the same thing because of your story.

Do your best to heal fast, and while I know you're currently out camping so just remember ICE the first 24 hours, HEAT thereafter. If you've lost a lot of skin on the wrist and hand seriously consider getting a wrist brace (bowling style or medical). It makes it a lot easier to do simple stuff like cut meat or even rest your wrist on a table while typing or playing cards. I still like good old Bactine because it does numb the skin of painful injuries - and over half of the nerves in your body are in your hands and face. Getting a massage could also help a lot with the knee and wrist pain - just make sure the it's certified therapeutic because they often assist even orthopedic patients through their recoveries.

I would also like to thank you for giving me something positive about being to effen old and stiff to even THINK about over the hitch.

I DO cautiously put one hand on the tailgate of the truck, the other on the propane tank cover and step up onto the hitch with one foot, get the other up and over, and then ease myself down on the other side. Alternately I put both hands on the tailgate, step all the way over with my right foot, then trail the left foot --- and in spite of that I did once catch my foot on the break away switch and yank it out trying to disentangle it. No way to fall though.

If you'd like to borrow a "senior skill" that's my adaptive way of being too darn lazy to walk around the truck.

get well soon!

Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 03:32 PM   #8
Rivet Master
AnnArborBob's Avatar
2014 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Chelsea , Michigan
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,792
Images: 12
Ugh. I always walk around the truck (i.e., the long way) when hitched and often wonder if I could just "jump" over the hitch. I've always resisted and now I'm glad that I did.

Be well.


Bob Martel
WBCCI# 5766
AnnArborBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
Rivet Master
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
Thanks folks for all the sympathy. When you are alone it is nice to know someone else cares. I have thought about never going up and over the hitch, and generally have not for a long time. But occasionally I get too uppity to go around, like yesterday and look what it got me. I am fond of the depressing saying "As I get older, I find myself doing more things for the last time, and fewer things for the first time" I am NEVER going up an over the hitch again. I did that for the last time yesterday. LOL.

At least I am resting in a great FS campground, Stoddard Creek, on the Idaho/Montana border, just off I 15. The campground host was kind enough to take me in her golf cart to the pay post and back. The knee would have been really uptight about that hike. Good 4G Verizon service here.

This is my 15 th night out, all without any hookups including the time at the RMVAC rally in Gunnason. Solar power is great and I have had all the power I need for lights and computer, pump and heat now and then. I have found water and dump stations to take care of that issue.
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 10:02 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
FCloud9's Avatar
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Mohnton , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 377
Images: 1
So sorry about your awful for you. Cannot imagine boondocking alone with all your injuries. Please take care & get lot of rest to allow recovery. Enjoy all your posts, so glad your spirits are not dampened too much & you are able to keep in touch. If you were in my neck of the woods, I'd be over with a get-better-really soon goodie basket!

Sent from my iPad using Airstream Forums

FCloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
break away switch Cochese Brakes & Brake Controllers 2 04-26-2010 07:45 PM
Break-away switch recommendation? transy416 Hitches, Couplers & Balls 15 11-22-2009 07:36 AM
Testing Break Away Switch Sundance Brakes & Brake Controllers 11 11-15-2007 04:02 PM
Break Away Switch and Lanyard Question RBolton Brakes & Brake Controllers 6 01-10-2007 02:10 PM
Break Away Brake Switch davespann Brakes & Brake Controllers 1 07-30-2003 08:22 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:46 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.