Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Trailer Retrieval Saga

During the week of Thanksgiving I went to Arizona to visit the folks and collect my little travel trailer. Here she is in Arizona. Isn't she cute!?! She'll be even cuter when she has been spiffed up with a new paint job.

In the past week or so I have learned a lot. Here are a few of the things I have learned:

1. Trailer hitches come in a vast variety of heights, even if the guy at U-Haul who installed your hitch neglected to mention this fact.
2. Trailer tires cost more than regular car tires.
3. Soon after learning fact #2, Murphey's Law guarantees that other expensive auto repair will suddenly be required.
4. Single-axle trailers are a bit tricky to back up.
5. When you mention you are buying a trailer, people you don't even know show up to give you advice on how to back it up.
6. Your ability to back it gracefully is inversely proportionate to the number of people who are watching.
7. It is important to have trailer bearings repacked, because a former owner may have done it himself and bungled the job.
8. If you carefully park the trailer in a back corner of a parking lot, leaving just enough room to pull out, other drivers will think you know something special and carefully wedge their SUVs into the narrow spots at either end.
9. When you finally find coffee during the long trip across the Nevada Desert, it will come in a cup with a mysterious, yet persistant dribble.

She is now comfy and cozy under a tarp in my driveway, waiting for spring.


Sharon said...

I've been waiting for this post, she types with cat on her lap and laptop. I look forward to meeting "her" but wonder if the planned remodel paint job of the trailer might be modified forward to include the bright red object pulling it? Lavendar and red often need a moderator, she types with no qualifiers.

Birdsong said...

Funny stuff! Glad you made it safely home from this adventure, and can now dive in and re-design her.

Beryl Moody said...

I'm sure you will be backing her up like a pro come next spring. I'll bet you will visualize the process a million times in your head all winter!