Wednesday, October 22. Day three. Early morning and I’m on my way back to Elvis. Gotta to ready him for 800 miles of highway. Before leaving Tennessee I had found a service center that was willing to pack bearings, swap tires and wheels, and check my running gear should I need it. More importantly, the shop was only 4 ½ miles from the trailer. Why make things hard on myself? OK, so I’m a wimp. I’m heading to Red Oak.The jack post was short and had sunk into the ground. Hitching was a bitch and proved impossible with my truck’s high ground clearance. So the seller backed his 4Runner into the alley and dropped the trailer on the ball. We took it to an adjacent church parking lot and transferred to my Titan using the Tradewind’s hitch. Parting words,
“You can bring it back here to the church for overnight, no one will say anything”.Red Oak Tire and Wheel is owned and operated by two Texas-sized gentlemen who must be angels from heaven. While they worked, I worked. I found aluminum tape and cable ties were my new best friends. To think the cable ties were an afterthought! These little zippety plastic strips are indispensable. I secured everything on the trailer that moved.. The most I could do with the vents was tape plastic sheeting over the interior and pray for dry weather. But alas, a storm front was moving in.