About 15 years ago, I switched from driving a pickup truck to an SUV. Still wanting the option to carry 4’x8’ sheet goods and the occasional pile of lumber, I purchased a utility trailer. Having a trailer isn’t a perfect solution, but it works fairly well. I bought a small SUV this summer, and one of the features I ordered was a hitch-receiver so I could tow my utility trailer.
Last week, when I was in Boston for a couple of meetings, the casual conversation turned to home repairs. I was describing the project to replace the various steps and decks that I have been working on. I mentioned having to obtain a significant number of 12′(3.6m) pressure-treated 2x8s, and one of my friends asked how I managed to fit those in my trailer.
I explained that, while my trailer can be configured to carry 12’ lumber, my wife suggested that the $35 delivery fee was actually quite a bargain. It would save time and eliminate the need for me to pick and load the lumber I would later have to unload. My friend commented:
“We all need a little more estrogen from time to time.”
I’m not certain the desire to hitch up a trailer, drive it to the lumber yard, put on work gloves, load the trailer, secure the load with cargo straps, staple on a red flag and drag it home is a male thing. It is a new car, and I haven’t yet had the opportunity to drag my trailer around. That said, I did appreciate my wife’s ability to consider the larger picture in this case. I can use the trailer to haul some brush to the dump.
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