Trailer envy

Just look at these fine trailers that two of our Queensborough neighbours have. How practical! I am deeply envious.

Just look at these fine trailers that two of our Queensborough neighbours have. I am envious.

Good internet acces (with wi-fi) is pretty high on the list of things that would make our stays at the Manse easier and more enjoyable. Also up there: a permanent end to wasp sightings, and a wood stove to cut down on the oil bills. But do you know what Raymond and I really, really want?

A trailer.

Raked-up dead leaves and one of the fallen branches (thanks to the ice storm) in the back yard last weekend. A trailer would make hauling it away so much easier!

Raked-up dead leaves and one of the fallen branches (thanks to the ice storm) in the back yard last weekend. A trailer would make hauling it away so much easier!

When we bought the Manse and started spending weekends in Queensborough, we felt a little out of place as one of the only households for miles around without a pickup truck. Since then, of course, Raymond has rectified the situation with the purchase of a far-from-new (but bright-red) truck. But lately we’ve realized that we are also ill-equipped in that we don’t have a two-wheeled trailer to hitch up to that truck. Everybody else seems to have one, and it makes perfect sense that they should: what could be more practical for hauling all the stuff you rake up from your yard this time of year (including fallen branches from the recent ice storm) to the dump? After our raking marathon at the Manse last week we have 20 big bags full of debris stashed in the garage, and that means two or more trips in the little truck to get rid of it all. If we just had a trailer like everyone else, we could do it in a single run.

(A trailer would also, of course, make it much easier to bring home nice old pieces of furniture that might catch one’s eye at the auction sale.)

If you had told me a couple of years ago that one of things I would be wanting most in life was a trailer, I would have thought it was crazy talk. But rural life just – well, it changes one’s perspective on what’s important.

In a whole lot of ways.

6 thoughts on “Trailer envy

  1. Katherine, when we bought Riverbend, our city neighbours actually had a bet going that we would own a trailer by the end of the first year. Better to borrow but I know one will appear one day.

    • Your city neighbours clearly had some insight into what’s important to people in the country, Jo-Ann! Geez, and it took me more than a year to figure out that that’s what we need.

  2. Borrowing beats owning but if you decide to buy, do get one with 13″ wheels (small car tire size). The small 8″ tires are NOT meant for long highway trips. Ed Hyde in Madoc builds owsaome ones. 473-4862. Good luck.

  3. Jos will build you one…whatever dimensions you desire. For the axle, a $50 rear axle with 14″ or 15″ wheels attached from a front wheel drive car at an auto salvage yard [ie, Hillcrest in Belleville] is ideal

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