The word just sounds so, “austere”! And that just makes it worse, doesn’t it? After all, the government of the United States implemented an austerity plan that pretty much irritated the citizens. So who would want to live that way? Well, when you actually look at the definition of the word, many of us are already doing so. Not so much out of desire, but out of necessity. The economy has tanked, at least from the perspective of working class families. Maybe that’s not a track we want to follow!
They’re inexpensive, plastic 10 gallon buckets, or bins, from Walmart. I’ve been using them for several years for a variety of purposes. Initially, they saw the most use in packing for camping trips. One with miscellaneous kitchen items, like instant coffee, percolator, paper towels, washcloths, etc.. One with our Mountain House supplies for the trip. One larger one for things like our tent fans, camp axe, batteries, etc. Depending on how they’re packed, they can get heavy. Then again, I only need to carry them between the house and the car, then the car and the campsite. So far, we’ve always camped at a “modern” campground. Hmm, maybe I’ll work up an entry on setting up our camp.
My primary purpose for buying the trailer and all the goodies that go with it was for hauling stuff. I didn’t know what at the time, but it has come in handy on a couple of occasions.
So, the trailer is lowered onto the hitch and the safety chains connected.
The ball latch on the trailer is lowered to secure the trailer to the hitch.
Now that we’ve seen the bits to keep the trailer secure, it’s time to see what else goes with owning a trailer. At least in my cluttered brain.
After I bought the trailer I discovered I needed a couple of MONSTER wrenches to attach the ball, and a lug wrench for the trailer wheels, and some rope and/or bungee cords to secure the load and and and … I decided I didn’t want this stuff rattling around my trunk, which is where it all started out.
SO, I chose a relatively small truck box to mount on the tongue ahead of the trailer deck. Tractor Supply to the rescue again! This one is plastic, pretty compact, and inexpensive. It has a hasp to lock it closed. (I love my padlocks!) It’s also pretty spacious. Ok, maybe not spacious, but there’s enough room for me to put all my trailer gear in.
Thought I’d take this opportunity to describe why my trailer is set up the way it is.
Let’s face it, a trailer is a pretty easy thing to steal. Especially if it’s hooked to a vehicle. Ok, sitting on the ground isn’t so difficult either. I’ve towed my share of Uhaul Tow Dollies and Car Carriers, what with moving up and down California and across the country a few times. Those trailers are really easy to acquire! At least with mine, I have the option of locking it to the car.