Ever since my tire delamination incident, I've had a hard time trusting those tires. I spent the rest of the several trips I took that weekend with my eyes glued to the rearview mirror, going slower that I needed to.
|The only situation in which you're grateful to see a police car pull up behind you with his lights on.|
I had originally planned on trying to make my tires last until the end of the show season, but I did bring my spare in this week to get it replaced (Trailer King Load Range E ST's, 10-ply, to replace my Hi-Run Load Range C ST's, 8-ply). When the bill only came to $100, I was like, "You know...I'm making two more trips than I thought I was before the blowout, and it really sucks not to trust your tires with your horse on board, what's $300 more to ensure I won't have a blowout on I-465 this weekend, really?"
|Answer: we're never doing this again.|
There's still a lot of work that needs done to this trailer, which is why I got such a good deal on it which is the only reason I could afford it in the first place, thanks JenJ! With the tires taken care of, though, the rest of the work can absolutely wait until my show season ends the first week of October. Happy birthday to me! This is my list:
"Must do" List:
- Rebuild upper back doors - currently off the trailer
- Replace fender and steps - mine is somewhere on IN-37 South
- Check integrity of ramp - It's held Connor's weight so far, but I'm feeling/seeing some movement where there shouldn't be movement.
- Add lots of rings on the inside. This trailer has exactly one ring on each stall, and it holds the hay bag so far away Connor can't really eat, poor guy. I want to add rings and a hay manger bag for him.
- Overall inspection
- Fiberglass work (DIY): scrub the oxidizing fiberglass smooth, paint with RV paint? If anyone has had to do this process before, leave me a comment, I'm going off what I've read on the internet.
- Mount license plate. The old one is riveted on, underneath my brake lights, and must be swapped out by a pro. Luckily my two year old Texas plates in Indiana haven't gotten me pulled over so far, and I have the trailer plate in the truck cab.
- Fix/replace weatherstripping
- Wash it. I have avoided taking it through truck washes since it doesn't have back doors, that seemed like a bad idea, but I also don't really have room for it at my house, so I haven't had the opportunity to hand wash it either. Needs to happen one way or another.
"Will check the cost on and possibly do" List:
- Removing all hooks and bars from one tack room wall - current hooks are spaced out really far, and I'd like to install organizers on that wall (Paige from L. Williams' barn inspired me! She needs to do a guest post!)
- Mount spare on outside? - currently taking up valuable floor space in the tack room
- Removing rust from/repainting hitch - I do cover it, at least.
- Adding a weight distributing hitch to the truck - This really needs to happen if I ever haul two horses. It's honestly not a bad idea just for Connor, based on tongue weight.
Anyone else ever had to do a trailer overhaul before? Tips?