Help for those who can’t jump as high as you used to

| 2/20/2012 10:44:38 PM

These days you can’t buy a nice full size pickup loaded with all the gadgets unless it has wheels 20 inches or larger.   In order to get into the cab of the truck, especially if you have a short 5’2” Mom like I do, you have to add running boards. That solves one problem.  It made it easier for me to get into the truck also, but we won’t tell Mom. I told her that I had them installed just for her. 

    Patches checking out my pallet of potting soil 

The second problem comes the first time you try to crawl into the bed of the truck.  As one who had back surgery and a knee replacement, crawling up into the back of the truck to unload a load of bagged gardening products was exhausting and painful after the first up and down, especially if the ole “Arthur” is acting up. 

 ladder folded up on tailgate 

Three years ago I drove my sales rep crazy looking for something to help me, and he referred me to an accessory shop that the dealer uses.  They had stopped carrying one that mounted in the tailgate as they had so much trouble with breakage, and showed me a ladder that mounted to the inside of the tailgate and folds out and down to the ground.   I recently noticed one of GRIT’s advertisers selling one that mounts into the hitch receiver and runs parallel to the bumper.  

Life is much easier now that I don’t have to do broad jumps.  The ladder did create another small problem, well two. If you drive down the road with your tailgate down, nice people are yelling at you at stop lights that you are about to loose something out of the back of your truck.  The second problem is when you get a load of bagged goods, the loaders are trying to move the ladder out of the way. 

2/27/2012 1:17:19 AM

I need to be careful of the knee, My doctor wants to do a replacement now. He said I had more arthritis than he expected from the MRI. I told him I'd see him in 10 yrs.

2/22/2012 1:50:38 PM

Mary, I abhor those high pickups, for the very reasons mentioned ....and I don't even own one, (I have a little Chevy S-10 with an extended bed; it's got a huge engine for a truck that small and is perfect for the amount of hauling stuff that I do). My experience with the bigger trucks comes from customers at the nursery. Using the front end loader, raising the bucket that high on the uneven ground where our bulk mulch and soils are, and maneuvering it over the high sides is just too scary for me....especially if it's a short-bed; I always get someone else to load the high-sided short-beds. Being only 5'2" it is impossible to stand on the ground and reach over the side when loading plants for customers. Stepping up on the bumper to climb into the bed for a short person requires the limberness of a high school cheerleader - and even when I WAS that age, I could never do the splits. It'd be really cool if the pick-ups all had ladders like the one you have - it'd make that part of my job a whole lot easier!!! Take care of that knee - I don't want to hear you've been practicing back-flips off your tailgate!

2/22/2012 3:10:47 AM

I failed to mention why I have to tie Patches up when changing the batteries; she knows that the collar is to keep her in, so she won’t let me put it back on her. I have to call Mom and have her come over and catch her. Dave I had a Dodge Dakota for 14 yrs and when the lease was up on my Jeep Grand Cherokee, I wanted one vehicle that could comfortably carry more than 2 folks, so I got the 4 door Ram. I don't know what they did with the suspension, but it's one of the best riding vehicles I've ridden in. You have to be real careful where you park it also with the length, no tight places. I’m waiting on the hybrids to come out. We had a bull that would go up to an electric fence and get his nose real close to it. If he didn’t get the static from the fence, out he would come. He was constantly out in the summer as polk salet or some other tall weed would fall over it and ground it out. He was a real irritant and we were so glad when Dad sold him.

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