Re: First Flop
Welcome to the rubber up club.
Now that you got the first one out of the way, you need to come up and wheel with me.
Going over on your side usually isn’t too bad unless it’s off a ledge or steep hill.
When you get over on your lid, and when you keep going is when it sucks.
It goes from “no big deal, pose for some pics” to “oh @#$%, are you alright and spending the next hour picking up the yard sale that you left scattered down the trail and refilling fluids and tending to the wounded.
I was an unbelted passenger the first time I rolled over. My buddy was driving my rig down a service road, low speed, got crossed up on the hill, ran up on the bank and over we went. I hung on to the dash bar for dear life. As I saw the ground coming I covered my head with my right arm. When we hit, my arm went through the glass and hit the ground. I thought “that wasn’t bad” and I felt the ground leave my arm “Uh oh”. I strained myself hanging on until we stopped on the drivers side wheels facing up hill. It was pretty violent, smashed the windshield down to about 8-inches in the lowest spot, and folded the top of the doors down. We had to crawl out the wind shield hole on the driver’s side. I was cut from my arm going through the glass, but we were ok. The next day my abdomen was sore from straining. The top was on, and most stuff strapped in – so the clean up wasn’t too bad. It damaged every panel on the rig, knocked the motor out of the motor mount, crushed the tub on the passenger’s side. We used a cable hoist to pull it back over, checked the fluids and drove about 5-miles back to the house. You would think I would have learned about the seat belts.
I was getting lax about wearing a belt this year. The trail was in a rocky hollow, not much side hill or off camber. If anyone ever did roll over it would probably be a minor flop. Well, I put it on its lid with my wife in it and neither one of us belted in. The trail head had washed out since the last time I ran the trail, and as I dropped over the bank with my blind side right front first, I thought “this doesn’t feel right” as I started to slide and reach for reverse, I told my wife “Hang on, we’re going over”. Luckily the front bumper hung us upside down before impacting on the roof. Both of us were ok, but I now wear my lap belt at all times, and my shoulder harness when in the bad stuff. Most roll over happen where you least expect them. If you expected them, you would stop before it happened.
Rules to roll overs:
Wear your belts at all times. (even on the weenie trails and service roads
Have your tools/equipment secured (walking around at night bleeding using a mini mag light to pick up your junk is no fun)
Have your passengers trained to hang on and cover up
Hang on and enjoy the ride.