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.
Safety Chains Attached
The ball latch on the trailer is lowered to secure the trailer to the hitch.
Tongue Latch Closed
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.
I own a 2002 Saturn SL. It’s a nice little four-door that has plenty of room. The main reason I’m doing my best to keep it is simple. It gets 40mpg on the highway! Now, that’s with just me driving and not a lot of “stuff” in the car. Still, even when I load her down, she’s getting close to 38mpg. In today’s economy, that’s nothing to sneeze at! I know motorcycles that don’t do that well!
Last year I got a burr under my saddle (insert your own metaphoric euphemism, if you like) and wanted to have a trailer. Why? I don’t know, it just seemed like it might be helpful. The first thing I had to figure out was could I even get a trailer hitch for it and if so, how much could I haul? Turned out that, yes, a hitch could be installed, and the towing capacity of my little five-speed is 2000 pounds. Woohoo!
When my wife got the job as the Store Manager of the local Tractor Supply Company (TSC), a few opportunities became apparent. First, TSC carries small trailers. They also carry a wide assortment of accessories for them. (Had I known just how many, I wouldn’t have gotten some of the basic necessities with the hitch.) Second, there’s that employee discount benefit. We had taken great advantage of her discount while she worked for Walmart, for almost ten years. It didn’t seem likely, to me, that TSC would be of as much benefit. However, when you can save 15% on a $700 trailer, that adds up!
Saturn with Trailer