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Old 10-18-2019, 06:10 PM   #1
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Cautionary Tale

This was only our 7th trip in the MH. My husband does an excellent job driving and DYI maintenance. I made a terrible rookie mistake. I noticed a cabinet had come open...so waited for a nice flat, no traffic section of road and dashed back to close it. As I dashed back to my co-captain seat my husband suddenly braked for an animal in the road. I face-planted into the dash. Ouch!
Nothing broken...being only 2 hours from homeó-we put ice on my face and drove home. EMS neighbor checked for possible concussion, etc. 3 days later: black eyes, bruised chin and forehead. Could have been tragic. I learned a valuable lesson, one that may save my life or someone elseís. I am fine, just wanted to remind others of my dumb mistake.

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Old 10-18-2019, 06:24 PM   #2
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Ouch. Glad you're ok, and thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure others have done the exact thing and gotten away with it. Hopefully, everyone thinks twice before doing this.

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Old 10-19-2019, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing. Hopefully you may have saved someone else the pain. Hope you recover soon!
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:36 PM   #4
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Glad you are ok.
Two thoughts:
1. We NEVER leave our seats when the MH is in motion. Red lights maybe otherwise we pull over.
2. What does the other guy look like
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:42 PM   #5
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Glad you are ok.
Two thoughts:
1. We NEVER leave our seats when the MH is in motion. Red lights maybe otherwise we pull over.
2. What does the other guy look like
Same here, no one unbelts unless we're stopped. All it takes is one microsecond for something to go wrong and change (or end) a person's life forever.

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Old 10-21-2019, 10:06 AM   #6
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Wow, I'm sorry that it happened to you but I must admit, we do get up from time to time on the highway thinking it would be okay. You are 100% correct it can happen in an instant. Our methods will change today. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:24 PM   #7
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I remember reading about someone that had this happen a few years ago. A tiny woman. She ended up on the bottom step of the front entry DP, badly hurt. Enough that she was taken away by ambulance, and never did fully recover. The husband felt so bad, he sold the motorhome, as I recall.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:38 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about your experience and I too hope you recover soon.

I'm trying to figure out how to keep my wife from doing the same thing. She has fallen a number of times, but just won't stay put in her seat. Last year she had two pretty bad falls that could have been more serious. At this point I seriously thinking of going back to a TC before she hurts herself badly.

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Old 10-22-2019, 10:17 PM   #9
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Many years ago DW #1 got up and went to get something from the bedroom; a car ran a red light, I slammed on the brakes, DW #1 came flying up front and suddenly stopped at the dash.
Two broken wrists, twisted neck and back; next day she looked like she lost a title bout with Mike Tyson. Had we not been in city traffic, it could have been much worse.

If I remember correctly that was the last time she unbuckled when underway.
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I used to be one who got up, while underway, for a variety of tasks. Everything from shutting that drawer I forgot to latch that came open, to making snacks, getting drinks from the fridge. It took just one instance of an unexpected/quick stop & a rather bad contusion to my hip from colliding with the edge of the dining table to stop that practice. Before leaving, I make sandwiches then put them & a couple juice boxes in a soft-sided,lunchbox-sized cooler within reach of my seat without unbuckling. At least if that thing goes flying, it won't do much damage. If anything else is needed, it waits until a gas/rest stop. There's no reason, the least of which is being a bit hungry, to risk injury by moving about in a nearly 20 ton bullet doing 65mph.

Be safe, not sorry. Stay buckled up.

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Old 10-25-2019, 09:28 PM   #11
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I'm a practical, situational ethic, kind of guy. Our rules are:

#1. Never get up while the coach is in motion.

#2. If you must get up, ask the driver for a brief stop. Wanting a cold soda is not an emergency.

#3. If you absolutely must break rules #1 & #2 (anybody ever get diarrhea?), observe extreme caution cause anything can happen at any time. The driver needs to shout warnings for even potential maneuvers, and the mover needs to keep a hand on something to help brace, walk slowly and deliberately, etc. Be ready to sit down on the floor if needed be - anything is better than a flying body!
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:38 PM   #12
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Well that's a horrible story, but I'm glad you're okay. If anyone asks you, it was a pack of wild bears that attacked you. And they had baseball bats! I didn't even know bears could use baseball bats, but they had 'em! And you were defending some kittens that the bears were trying to eat. And I'm pretty sure there were some orphans around too...

Mostly, I'm glad you're okay. Things like that can end very badly.

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