These were the first pictures I took upon investigating her new score.
What do I do?" My concern for her, quickly became blurred as the realization of what she had just said began to set in. Slowly the color began returning to my face, the synapses began firing again and I started the questions."What trailer?"
After work, with my mind still racing, I headed over to the in-laws, backed up our truck to theirs, and rolled the trailer into the bed of
ours and headed home.
She proceeded to fill in the blanks with the her story. She was trying to get on the freeway and was cut off, forcing her to either go
up a ways and turn around or just take back roads home. She was pretty upset about being cut off and worried about her pending surgery,
so she decided to
head home on the back roads. It wasn't a bad drive, didn't add that much to the trip, and she thought it might clear her head a little,
but she just wanted to be home. She was coming down the little two lane highway into town, when she passed a Suzuki Samari parked on the
side of the road towing a Single wheel trailer. As she passed, the driver had just hung a For Sale sign on the trailer. She turned
around at the next cross street, and as she pulled up, the driver of the trailer was still writing on the sign. She jumped out of her
car and was approaching the driver. He had already written a $ a 4 and 0, and she was expecting him to continue writing the last zero
onto the price before he turned around, but he turned around early. Unsure, she asked:
"How much do you want for the trailer?"
He replied "40 bucks."
Although she tried to play it cool, it wasn't happening, she ripped open her purse, and wallet and only found $25.
While she was pushing the money in the guys hands and telling him that she wanted it for what he was asking,
"Are you sure you don't want to talk to your husband?" followedby "I don't know why anybody would even want this little thing."
After she hung up, I realized, she didn't need my help, and had this deal all polished up and gift wrapped.
A half hour or so later, I got the call that the trailer was all loaded up and safe in the back of her Dad's truck. I had our truck with me at work and was "instructed" to go over to the in laws when I got off and pick up "Her" new trailer. As soon as I pulled in the driveway, she was out there to see her new Prize and to fill me in on any of the little details ... And to gloat about her $40 score.
That's how it all started, adding a $40 trailer to our stable.
The RebuildThe front, left, right and bottom where made out of foam board, which provided very little structure to the trailer, so those got removed. Next, we knocked out some of the metal clean up and removed a lot of brackets and metal that didn't fit into my plan.
There were some cool features that I did keep, like the wheel assembly lock that keeps the wheel assembly from spinning when you are moving the trailer by hand. I also kept the sleeves for the drop down wheels in the back. The front ones had to be moved to a more useable location.
Rebuilding and Allstate Wheel AssemblyThe tools needed for this rebuild are the following. Hammer, large crescent wrench, wire brush, lubricant (Liquid Wrench), Large flat head screw driver, and while it isn't necessary, an Impact Wrench comes in very handy