Needing a trailer for the bike (my Burgman 650 maxi scooter), I’d been searching Craig’s List and found a unique swivel wheel trailer for sale at a thousand bucks. Smoking deal, so off I go with Roamward Bound to meet Stephen the seller at the Anthem Outlet mall north of Phoenix.
Rolling along I-17 for a bit, I start hearing bang, bang bang, bang bang bang. I pull off to the side, walk around, and find nothing. Everything seems secure, tires good, hmm. Drive off again and at about 55 mph the bang starts again, so again I pull over. Now I can see the TV antenna peaking over the roof at an odd angle. The antenna is broken off its mount and is flopping around by just the coax cable. I can’t undo the cable and don’t have a wrench or wire cutters with me. There doesn’t seem to be any roof damage, and the antenna is a lightweight plastic thing, so I move on to Anthem at reduced speed.
Stephen, the seller turns out to be the nicest person in the world. Carefully explaining every detail of the unique trailer, operation and his experience with it, when he hears me mention the TV antenna, he is on the roof with a wrench practically before I know what’s happening and has the antenna disconnected in a flash. Then when he finds the solid steel 2″ post of the trailer hitch is 1/8th of an inch too long for my receiver, he takes it home and uses a diamond saw to trim that 1/8″ off and brings it back.
All hitched up I drive it around the Anthem Outlet mall parking lot, park a few times, then head back home. This is where it gets ugly. You see, pulling back into my space at the RV park I manage to hit the rear bumper of my parked car with the trailer. I’d have probably crushed the car if a neighbor hadn’t come running out waving his arms to rescue me. The damage is minor, cracked plastic bumper, but the embarrassment is extreme.