I'm up now....with a double pot of coffee on, Jamies strong brew wafting in the air and Annies sweet giggle I just could not stay in bed any longer.
Sure glad I do not have to work persee - I must have needed that sleep.
Jamie nothing really that serious - but nevertheless - if we got caught in the little white fib you know who would not have been too happy.
It turned out that the seller said he had clear title well enough - but it was not in his name - and his father who recently passed away also did not get the trailer plated as they never used it! The older couple that owned it traveled to "flea" markets and that is where this fellows father met up with them on a family vacation in CA. He liked the trailer (back then all polished up must have been a real looker) Gave them an offer to buy it and the older couple said accepted. It was a long time before the father went back to pick up the trailer.
The son (who we dealt with - really nice fellow) remembers he was about 9 or so when his Dad bought it off the lady but never went camping in it.
When his Dad finally brought her home from CA that was her last trip since Feb 16th 2007 On that previous trip back in the 60-70's?? she lost her back window on a bad bump in the road that is still there! just 2 miles from his house. Somewhere along the way the roof ven also disappeard. He never fixed either just a temporary fix with tars over. Well the trailer (now - LadyBug) sat at the old fellows property (now the sons) nicely tarped for many years and at some point was a storage trailer for fertilizer.
The old fellow had a thing about buying trailers and storing things in them and this little one suffered the same fate. The Son is presently going through all the trailers and salvaging the items to clear up the property.
Now it was a matter of hmm do we leave her behind after traveling 600 miles and spending 4 hours getting her road ready - or do we miraculously find NAN to get her to sign the Bill of Sale too. We found NAN
is all I have to say.
Then of course there is the shopping issues many of us have all experienced - anything to declare???? Yep - the trailer and how much was it Yep well uh.
Complete hitch system, Intelli Power, Charge Wizard, Prodigy new cook top, new blue buggy (PS anyone looking for a low profile 15 gallon - only $49.99 Camping World in Elkhart and I almost paid $112 at Battle Creek MANF) and the list goes on.
As many know all the arrangements we did do for the trip this is what we did not do...
Put in the updated Insurance slip in the car - expired Oct 06!
Update the registration for the Yukon - expired guess when - YEP Ground Hog Day!
Declare those real nice fancy wheels that appeared on an $800.00 trailer yep turned out they were almost more than the trailer!!!!
We are missing a step on the Import process somewhere that gives you a FLIPPIN PLATE FOR THE TRAILER - but no one can tell us where in the process that is and who gives it to you and whether it is a metal or paper sticker or what????
So we made it through the cutoms - with a few raised eyebrows but nothing really serious.
Let off with a warning on the Insurance card
Slapped with a $110.00 fine for a non current registration
And told by the cop that he is "99.9% that MTO and Transport Canada is wrong in saying that you can drive down the hi-way without a plate on your trailer( I was about to tell him too that DOT, DMV and the State Troupers say you can as well - as long as you have the bill of sale, title and your customs papers)
But this guy seemed like fresh meat with an attitude - woodstock is near the Academy - they all have a point to prove and to build up their knowledge and confidence on us unsuspecting citizens.....
Headed on our way and then it got dark and we found out we had no rear lights - so we headed home with the 4 -ways on for the last 4 hours of our trip....I can still hear the tick tick tick tick in my head...or could that be from all the chocolate I have eaten in the last four days!
Never a dull moment and I learned on this trip that I am not perfect
and that I am Human and can forget to do things - which brough my Husband great pleasure!!!! Although he was the one who forgot to pick up the insurance slip that I had put out for him. Of course I get the big fine.
I am wondering if I could challenge this one - under the grounds that if the cop new his job and took the papers for the trailer plate - he would have said oh thanks have a nice day and be on your way.... instead of arguing for 15 minutes that there was no way an MTO told me that I could drive down the hi-way with no trailer plate! Which then resulted in him asking for my vehicle info (that was out of date) - but would he have got that far if he new his job - is the real question. sort of you can't be incriminated without probably cause - and if the cause was false then it is tossed??? any lawers out there....
I will be off today to take care of all this - and start on the LadyBug inside clean up.
PS our suspcisions are correct - dead axle!!!! - but dead in the torsion arm down position.... remember ladies you can not just make the decision on where the arm is positioned. You have to do several other tests as well - with the best one is jacking it up and seeing how far the arm travels with the wheel still attached. Or having people inside jump up and down and see how far the shell travels over the wheel - and not just the rubber on the wheel squishing
and it has shock mounts too - YIKES
Too long a post must keep them short
We are very happy to be home safe with our new LadyBug - and for the record NO we are NOT in the business of buying these trailers and SELLING them - as both Customs and the Police man tried to tell us....