Monday, 9 January 2012

Requiem for a Trailer


One thing guaranteed when my brother-in-law visits: the talk will be exclusively of vehicles. This might have saved our bacon however in the form of preventing us being left at the side of the road witnessing the death of our beloved trailer. Launching into one of his stories, M told us of a friend who owned a trailer of the same vintage as ours - about 30 years old - and he happened to look underneath it one day. To his horror he saw that rust had advanced to the point that the chassis was about to part company from both axles.  Alarm bells ringing, my husband inspected his own trailer's nether regions. We must have been one trip away from disaster.  Our trailer is in almost constant use; in its long life it has carted loads for us over bumpy ground roads in the Karoo, it's been on holiday with us to the Kruger Park and on camping trips in Botswana.  Perhaps its most arduous tasks have been helping us move house on several occasions.  Finally, living at the coast has taken its toll. After spending some hours steeped in gloom (our house also urgently needs painting and the well-point needs repair), husband rallied briefly and decided that he could make a temporary fix which should last about 4 months during which time we can save up for a new one.  He has cut out the offending rusted parts and screwed in long pieces of square steel tubing down both sides of the chassis to which he has reattached the axles.  Now the trailer is back on its feet and we can breathe again. Fingers crossed.

6 comments:

  1. Raising my glass of ice water to Disaster Averted!

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  2. Thank God you found that problem. We had a very nasty trailer accident here about 5 years ago. The trailer didn't fail, it was not properly hitched. It was a three ton wood chipper on the back of tree cutting service truck. The guy in the tree service was drunk and didn't properly hitch the chipper. It broke free from the truck at about 50 mph and crashed head on into a mini van coming the opposite direct at about 50 mph. A father and 2 of 3 four year old triplets were killed in the accident. The third triplet was seriously injured. Very very nasty.

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  3. How awful! We had damage to our boat once when my husband hadn't hitched it properly to the trailer and the boat veered off sideways during launching.

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  4. Hello, June. Thanks for popping in.

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  6. Oh, sorry for the demise of your trailer. One thing is for sure: that trailer had its day and it brought along with it a wealth of memories, but its time has come and there's a need for a new one. Look at the bright side though: a replacement would be like going on a new chapter filled adventures!

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