Yesterday, our dog ducked under the trailer to race one of us to the back yard. In doing so, she struck her back and hip on the backside of the framing for the steps. If you take a close look at them, you will see a very dangerous sharp point:
(I circled the sharp point so you can see what I am referring to.)
Abby sustained a 4" laceration on her back and is now recuperating at home. We are $341 poorer but she is doing well.
This morning, I got out my sawzall and a file, cut off those sharp points on the backside of both trailer steps, and then filed all the edges smooth and gently rounded. Even if she hits one of them again, it will likely do far less damage and may not even break the skin. Here's the "after" shot:
There's not a lot of space to put some protective edge grommeting on these areas. If I put some there, it would probably interfere with moving the steps in and out. I might get some angle iron pieces and connect them from the bottom of the step back to the frame. That would prevent her from even getting into that area again.
Just thought I would share this with all of you. If you have a dog that likes to get under the trailer, this might be a safety issue that you may want to look into.[/url]
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