Do You Twist, Slide or Just Jump to Dismount?

Oct 29, 2016
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Hi everyone, happy new year!
As some of you may know we are fairly new to mh,s having just got our new van, its a low profile on a Fiat Cab. Having done a couple of trips out now, we have a problem (For TinaL) at least, in getting out of the passenger cab seat. The van has 16 inch wheels and seems very high off the ground, especially when you open the door to get out and look down, so you have to concentrate hard, and pick out your spot that you would ideally like to land on, as its so high.
I now have to get out first, run around TinaL, side and take her hands to help with her disembarkation, as there is not much to use as a firm hold support as the door is not fixed open and can move. She has tried all angles of disembarking the van, she twists round to bum in my face position, her reversing bleeper comes on,(or thats what she tells me it is) but no joy, still very awkward.
She tries to slip out sideways, placing left foot in lower foot well, but cant reach, as her legs isn't long enough, as the seat is too high. So all that is left is for her to put both hands on my shoulders and I take the strain as she climbs out & down.
Ok understandably she is not very confident at jumping out as she has Parkinsons which makes her a bit stiff at times, but I am concerned, as its not always easy to use the hab door exit with electric step in some places.
I think I will have to look at some way of fitting an HD hand rail or something similar, or grab a caravan type step to place on the ground.
Question is are all van cabs this high?, how do the elderly amongst us cope, is there a technique we have not been using yet other than a parachute?
Have fun everyone, as you can see we try to.
Les:D
 

Stretto Boy

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After fallling out in a crumpled heap a few times, I tend to stick to the habitation door! I think the caravan step option may be best for those times when you want to use the passenger door.

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Oct 7, 2013
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Mrs Maison has a folding plastic step from IKEA (other brands are available:rolleyes:).

It stows in the door pocket. She has a piece of string attached so lowers it out of the cab and uses the step to reduce the drop. Getting in, the step is deployed, get into cab, lift the step via the string and stow in door pocket.

She has two artificial knees due to arthritis but it works for her.

I must warn you that the steps are expensive........







.......£5 in IKEA.
 

Cat53

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I have seen one if those platform lift things fitted to a cab door.

It's not getting out I have a problem with....it's getting back in. As you say, the step is high.
 
Mar 16, 2010
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If I use the cab doors I tend to slide out but it doesn’t always work and I have ended up in a heap using habitation door is so much easier.

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TheBig1

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add an electric slide out step below the wheel arch and wire the relay to a door switch. open the door and the step slides out, close and it retracts
 
Oct 30, 2010
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Our LHD A class doesn't have a passenger door so the Memsahib has to use the hab door. I do use the drivers door occasionally, petrol stations etc, but mostly use the hab door. It really isn't a problem.

Richard.
 
May 29, 2013
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When we are going thro France the toll pay machines are on our passenger side, usually the machine thinks we are a truck and slides the ticket out of a high slot, which means Mrs Geordie had to get out of the cab door to reach right up to it. When we come to pay she also has to get out of the cab door to insert the money or cards, And usually there is not a lot of space to get out of the door due to the narrowness of the lanes. The air can turn quite blue sometimes when she tires of this activity !! Still, keeps her slim as I tell her, which doesn't seem to pacify her surprisingly !!

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Feb 24, 2013
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we never use the cab door on ours, in fact the well is full of bottled water and only ever gets emptied for servicing, far more civilised using the hab door with proper step :)(y)

we also have Lola our Bernese to consider who could never get out of the cab door anyway
 

Cal54

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@TinaL not sure if this will help but I carry a mobility aid in both my car and MH, primarily for my elderly mother. Works well at supporting her getting in and out of my car, and is very easy to use/store.
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Amongst we aging retired and near retired lorry drivers (baggy arses) it is a rather well known injury to the feet, ankles, knees, hips and backs from continued launching ourselves from our seats to land like a dismounting gymnast beside our trucks. Many moons ago on the M1 northbound I was stopped by a traffic cop whilst driving a brand new Volvo FH12. He climbed into the passenger seat and sat awestruck as I twisted a little knob .... on the dashboard ... to retrieve my tachograph disc. He did his checks and then said he had stopped me specifically for driver hours checks but also for the chance to look inside this new fangled beasty, a very nice traffic cop and after a few minutes he said his goodbyes, opened the passenger door twisted himself on the seat and launched himself .... at that very instant I screamed "NOOOOOOOOO" too late, he is in mid flight, micro seconds later I heard the soggy slap of his size 11's on the hard shoulder and a sound as if he had been hit very hard in the stomach "ooooooopfh" then silence "you all right"? I asked daring not to laugh ... a further pause then a little weak voice said "yes ... thank you ... take care when re-entering the main carrageway" and in my mirror I saw this once tall officer bend double return to his cat and mate. DO NOT jump out of the seat, you are no longer that teenage sprightly form you once were. Whilst I did grow to have a healthy dislike for the health and safety zealots in the UK in the latter years their advice, and mine too these days, oh how our views change with the passing of time is "always maintain THREE points of contact at any time" ie two hands one foot, two feet and one hand or any other combination you strange people can come up with. May we all have happy and safe dismounts :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 
Apr 28, 2010
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When I was young I dismounted in different ways depending on position aquired but don't get mounted these days :rolleyes:

Management has forbidden me from answering the original question. Sorry. :)

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Jul 5, 2013
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We have an A class and the step down on the passenger's side cab door is higher than our previous C class. Angela's hips are getting dodgy so the door is permanently locked and dead bolted. Instead we use the hab door and always put out the electric step to do so. Never parked anywhere we couldn't use the step, it sticks out less than the door when open.
 
Apr 12, 2010
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When we are going thro France the toll pay machines are on our passenger side, usually the machine thinks we are a truck and slides the ticket out of a high slot, which means Mrs Geordie had to get out of the cab door to reach right up to it. When we come to pay she also has to get out of the cab door to insert the money or cards, And usually there is not a lot of space to get out of the door due to the narrowness of the lanes. The air can turn quite blue sometimes when she tires of this activity !! Still, keeps her slim as I tell her, which doesn't seem to pacify her surprisingly !!
A good case for getting the Sanef Toll tag which is easy to set up online. The C&MHC have a deal on it.
Phil
 

Xabia

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A good case for getting the Sanef Toll tag which is easy to set up online. The C&MHC have a deal on it.
Phil
Good advice there, so much easier going through the tolls, 30km speed ones are great. Eurotunnel do an offer as well.

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Mr Chrysalis

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We nearly always use the Hab door. Our Rapido A class has easy to use in board steps. The Hab door is in the right, the cab door is in the left. We do use the cab door when in a UK lay-by to stay away from traffic, but it is more difficult to use. @Cal54 ’s gadget looks useful. Might be worth a try.
 

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WE are still young & fit (I think), always use the hab door even when we had a low profile used to use the hab door most of the time. If you are in a position where you can't use the hab door not a place I'd want to park. As @TheBig1 says you could add an electric step, we have one on our drivers door.

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SUGGY

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and ...always remember the handbrake lever i've had it up the leg of my shorts a few times and ended up dangling in mid air :Eeek: .

Rosie has the same in out problem with her being FUN sized as well ,especially at the French toll booths , dose not help that the window doesn't wind completely down ...
 
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Being relatively young (54) and long legged , I just slide and step . I sometimes use the footwell step , but not always . I’ve found Having swivel seats makes them higher up. It’s not as higher drop from Ralph’s pickup cab . Though the gap is narrower between seat and dash that makes it more awkward.
I think I’d use the cab door if I was short or had hip/knee problems like others . I suppose it’s getting yourself into the habit .
 

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and ...always remember the handbrake lever i've had it up the leg of my shorts a few times and ended up dangling in mid air :Eeek: .
Been there done that, another reason for only using the hab door.:)

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SUGGY

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Being relatively young (54) and long legged , I just slide and step . I sometimes use the footwell step , but not always . I’ve found Having swivel seats makes them higher up. It’s not as higher drop from Ralph’s pickup cab . Though the gap is narrower between seat and dash that makes it more awkward.
I think I’d use the cab door if I was short or had hip/knee problems like others .

I suppose it’s getting yourself into the habit ........... well ..That's what the Priest said :cry:
 

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and ...always remember the handbrake lever i've had it up the leg of my shorts a few times and ended up dangling in mid air :Eeek: .

Rosie has the same in out problem with her being FUN sized as well ,especially at the French toll booths , dose not help that the window doesn't wind completely down ...
I would have to be quite a contortionist to get the handbrake up my trousers. It is in a small cab about 3” wide between the right side of the drivers seat and where-the-cab-door-would-be.
 
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Amongst we aging retired and near retired lorry drivers (baggy arses) it is a rather well known injury to the feet, ankles, knees, hips and backs from continued launching ourselves from our seats to land like a dismounting gymnast beside our trucks. Many moons ago on the M1 northbound I was stopped by a traffic cop whilst driving a brand new Volvo FH12. He climbed into the passenger seat and sat awestruck as I twisted a little knob .... on the dashboard ... to retrieve my tachograph disc. He did his checks and then said he had stopped me specifically for driver hours checks but also for the chance to look inside this new fangled beasty, a very nice traffic cop and after a few minutes he said his goodbyes, opened the passenger door twisted himself on the seat and launched himself .... at that very instant I screamed "NOOOOOOOOO" too late, he is in mid flight, micro seconds later I heard the soggy slap of his size 11's on the hard shoulder and a sound as if he had been hit very hard in the stomach "ooooooopfh" then silence "you all right"? I asked daring not to laugh ... a further pause then a little weak voice said "yes ... thank you ... take care when re-entering the main carrageway" and in my mirror I saw this once tall officer bend double return to his cat and mate. DO NOT jump out of the seat, you are no longer that teenage sprightly form you once were. Whilst I did grow to have a healthy dislike for the health and safety zealots in the UK in the latter years their advice, and mine too these days, oh how our views change with the passing of time is "always maintain THREE points of contact at any time" ie two hands one foot, two feet and one hand or any other combination you strange people can come up with. May we all have happy and safe dismounts :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

The wife always said i was doing it wrong,,now i know,,:D:D BUSBY.

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and ...always remember the handbrake lever i've had it up the leg of my shorts a few times and ended up dangling in mid air :Eeek: .

Rosie has the same in out problem with her being FUN sized as well ,especially at the French toll booths , dose not help that the window doesn't wind completely down ...
Another vote from me for a tag. Does not have to be Sanef, ATMB cheaper on running charges.
 

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only ok , if you are less than 3.5 ton .

The original post was about getting in out of the MH ,
 

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@TinaL not sure if this will help but I carry a mobility aid in both my car and MH, primarily for my elderly mother. Works well at supporting her getting in and out of my car, and is very easy to use/store. View attachment 206223
What's that? It looks dangerous

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