Saturday, October 31, 2020

Checking in

Oh, the horrors! Imagine, a bedroom in Kentucky with a single, spent, .22 shell casing. The only thing unusual is that it is ".22 shell casing" singular. Like the guy from Alaska who nevere had never heard the term "mosquito bite" in the singular.



No boarding-up in Eaton Rapids.

I will suggest to "the kids" that they top-off their gas tanks Monday but they are adults.


12' long by 7' wide

I am in the market for a trailer in a casual kind of way.

Michigan has a stupid way of licensing trailers. It is a one-time fee of $200 good for as along as you own a trailer. That kills the market for low-end trailers in Michigan. In other states, a person with a modest budget can buy a trailer and get a few years out of it and it works out. In Michigan, that $300 trailer is $500 out-of-pocket to get it on the road.

The reason Michigan went that way was to balance the budget by pulling future income forward in time. They figured that it was better to get the $20 fee X 10 years up-front and that solved a problem...for them...for one year.

This one was priced right but it was very heavy and the axle was welded to the frame. I imagine it would shake the fillings out of your teeth at highway speeds.

I passed on it.

The guy selling it had lots of other stuff for sale

4" wide tow-straps. He had piles of them.


  1. Nice stove.

    If you can't find what you want in a trailer, consider building your own. It ain't hard if you can weld, and you can make exactly what you want.

    1. The cost of materials is high right now. I keep expecting people to have trouble with budgets and start selling toys and toy-haulers.

      If I am patient, I should be able to pick one up for less than the cost of fabricating.

      But this has been a very weird recession.

  2. I read somewhere that you can cut the back end off of a junker front wheel drive car and turn it into a trailer pretty easy. I've never tried it myself though.

  3. When Colorado used to be Republican trailers were 18$ a year license. Today 50$. I have nine trailers now and a single license plate. The idiots who determine fees don't care that I would pay more for plates than what the cheapo trailers are worth.
    Say you want to go boat fishing: 40$ for boat trailer, 35$ boat tag, 15$ aquatic invasive species inspection, 55$ fish license, 80$ park pass. Death by a thousand paper cuts.

  4. It sure isn't worth it for a low end utility trailer, but it's handy for travel trailers. I have 2, one for Michigan camping and a 27 footer I keep in Florida for wintering over.


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