All vehicles have their limits, and a narrow mountain trail over a 400-foot drop isn’t where a 38-foot-long RV towing a car belongs. A driver in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, Colorado, learned this lesson when the rear wheel of the camper van fell out of the narrow path leaving the vehicle stuck, as reported by the Herald Durango. He waited about a week to be rescued by a tow truck.
Photos show the motorhome stuck in a curve to the left with a rock face on one side and a cliff on the other.
“He just took the turn too tight,” Wayne Barger, owner of Animas Towing and Recovery in Silverton, which rescued the camper van, told the Durango Herald. “He said the road gave way and his left rear duel went off the road.”
The motorhome driver decided not to leave the vehicle, but the ground was not stable enough for him to stay inside. Instead, the man slept under a tarp nearby. There was no cell phone reception. A mountain biker named Brad Klipping (who also took these photos) discovered the damaged motorhome.
“The size and the road very narrow. And it was about 400 feet from where he was. It was very dangerous, and there was nowhere to turn around, so his only option was to continue, “Barger told Herald Durango.
The motorhome driver had driven about 5 miles on the narrow road before he got stuck. According to the tow truck driver, the motorhome could not have gone much further if it had not happened because rocks were blocking the path.
Photos courtesy of Brad Klipping