I wrote this tid bit back in the olden olden days,, some of you remember them days..  yea, before the internet. lol. Admit it,, if you can remeber that, Your OLD. If you dont believe your old, then why are you carrying an AARP card in your wallet?. LOL. Anywho,, I had a ranting with a twist of common sense and no common sense about Catalog auto and trailer parts, Then seeing commercials saying order by catalog its better than waiting in line at auto store. This brings up a really Redundant commercial, Rock Auto, The guy says why wait i8n line at the auto parts store when you can get the part through them online. 

Ok picture this scenario,, You burn up an alternator on Northbound I-35 around the Austin Texas area during rush hour, Your sitting on the shoulder as traffic screams by at mach 1 speeds. Down the ramp up ahead is a name box store auto parts. You sit and ponder,, should I walk down there and get a new alternator and come back and put it on and be on my way, OR,, Get on my phone and go online and order one from Rock auto and wait 7 to 10 days on the shoulder of the road with NO adress for the delivery truck to deliver to... Thats a bit of a pickle,, Unless ya have a neighbor get it delivered to their house, and when it arrives,, drive it from where ever you call home base to you. Meanwhile your camped out on the shoulder of the interstate. I myself will opt for the parts store. 

Another point while I ramble on. Never ever ever ever ever never believe a P.O. when they say they put NEW BRAKES on the trailer before you buy it. (A top member here knows that to well). Figure in spending $300. and up to get new brakes and bearings and bearing seals. And more than likely the tires are older than 5 years, unless you read the sidewall. And last but not least,, when they say it HAD a Teensy tiny leak, picture in your mind the RV at one time was a convertable withy the top down during a rainstorm.

Ok,, nuff of that,, Remember, lifes a jpourney,Make memories and adventures, and dont be shy to take your time and stop at something that catches your attention along the way. And most of all, Have fun and be safe, and never drive faster than your angel can fly.

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Comment by David W. Davis on January 2, 2019 at 11:48pm

Yep, mine had new brakes, BUT retaining springs were not correctly installed in the rear drum brakes. Had to redo, and on my 1973 that means removing the axles to get the drums off! I am also still fixing leaks after replacing a lot of flooring.

Comment by Rich Thomas on November 18, 2018 at 7:45pm

Good read Lakota, I always chuckle at that rock auto commercial for the same reason.



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