I should have seen the red flags starting the journey to Algonac

You know that superstition about things happen in three’s? Ya, and it always seems like its bad things? Oh and they need to be in a similar theme? Well? I can say without a doubt now, THEY DO! And the critical aspect of it all is the theme.

#1 – Leaving my driveway. AFTER CHECKING BTW THE WAY, the trailer slipped off the ball. And BAM into the back of the truck. But it would not slow us down. We made the repair and on we went with a 30 minute delay.

So…. #2 – So we are cruising along at 70 ish entering into Ohio on our way home and we start hearing a horn and a guy is flagging us down. And oh boy, the trailer tire is a smok’n! CRAP. BTW, this is a kinda new trailer and YES, we went through it all, and yes it was perfect. So. And yes, I failed to grab an image of all that. I was in the throws of dealing with it. Including a dead Opossum next to the trailer on the road. NOT MY FAULT BTW

Found this on the internet. Hey, they all look the same

We cleaned it up, grease everywhere, and tried to devise a repair plan. Good thing we were near Sandusky and were able to limp to a Auto Zone!

Pulling the wheel

Auto Zone had a new bearing hub. And yes we now have a spare

Wayne is the trailer king and had stuff fixed up in no time

We did have tools, and a jack etc, so thankfully Waynes premparidness did save us

We did get a new grease gun. You can never have enough of those.

BAM, new and all good, and yes we checked the other wheel.

OKAY, this is where the debate is. I mentioned as we got back into the car. OKAY, we are done, thats was three. Three breakdowns. 1- the trailer ball inci-dent, 2. ART’s Reed exit, and now 3 -the trailer bearing. Right, we are good to go. RIGHT! And then, while still in the Auto zone parking lot WAYNE says. Oh no.. Arts deal was different. And this is just all a superstition. Wayne challenged the gods! SHIP! No, yes, no yes. So we set out, me thinking we are done, and Wayne not thinking its anything, and George is just thinking. Dear Lord, get me home, this guy is nuts.

AAAAAAAAAND! BAM! THUD, WOMP. we had gotten on the road in town, and must have driven over some sort of piece of metal. And BLINK, the flat tire light comes on. REALLY? I Mean come on. REALLY? Like some sort of 1,2 punch. This is comedy gold.

Yup, its flat alright.. with a large gash. No nail. , You can see Wayne laughing a bit here. It honestly was so silly, all we could all do was laugh.

And so, to the universe I claim, we had three similar issues. And the rest of the journey home was trouble free.

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21 Responses to “Things Happen in Three’s Right?”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    What a bummer. I won’t even ask what time you got home last night.
    We really enjoyed you guys being part of the party and I know the WoodyBoater community really enjoyed all your great livish reporting. We voted yesterday to make you, Wayne and George honorary members of the Michigan gang. Your official indoctrination will be during your next visit to Algonac!

    • Greg Lewandowski

      Also wish you guys could have joined us for the Old Club event. We had a great morning!

  2. John Rothert

    There is a Chevy Chase movie in there somewhere….

    Good trip…good reporting…good repairs…good fellowship…that’s WoodyBoating!

    John in Va.

    • ART

      Yes John and I think….no I know that, I have made GOOD friends with the 3 amigos……………Thanks again guys.

  3. Diane Laenen

    Thank you…. all 3 of you, for making the time to come to Algonac to join in the Celebration. We were hoping to get you all out for an evening cruise, but everyone was exhausted, including us. So, next time you’re in Michigan let’s make a plan! Quite a trip all they way around for you. Glad everyone made it home safe!

  4. BT

    How lucky are you to travel around with a couple of magic mechanics? When this happens to me, I’m usually grabbing the duct tape and bailing wire and scratching my head. Or my traveling companions take an Uber to the nearest watering hole and ask me to pick them up when everything is fixed. By the way, if you counted to 3 prior to the tire blowout, then the tire was the start of a new grouping so be careful.

  5. floyd r turbo

    Nice to have an elderly NASCAR crew along for the ride (work) lol. Try this by yourself. Headed out on a whim at 6pm to get the jump on an aluminum double axle trailer for sale 120 miles away, but you had to take the 24′ boat with it which looked like a Lancer. After loading truck with tools, jack, spares, my arrival was in the dark, tires were sketchy so thought if I drive under 60 mph tires would make it. 30 miles in and one tire shredded and other de laminating on port side, but I brought 4 spares. Little did I know, no known socket in this universe would fit the frozen lug nuts. So spent the night in the truck in Walmart parking lot until the next morning and walked to Autozone for hubs/bearings and lots of PB Blaster spray. Rear hub done in 1.5 hours. Front disc brake hub took at least 4 hours, the wheel and disc brake hub assembly had to be completely disassembled to remove hub and the last lug nut had to be drilled out to remove wheel to get to disc brake with bolts frozen from use in salt water. Finally, new hub/bearings installed with spare 14″ tires on one side, the other side 15″ made it home without blowing. But the boat turned out to be a late 70’s model ‘glass Seabird i/o with a beautifully flared hull (anyone want a nice project for $250 plus $1 a mile delivery (subject to fuel surcharge).

  6. Steve Horn

    Once was pulling my twin axle trailer on an 8-lane highway just outside of Dallas. Looked in the rearview mirror and saw lots of smoke. Pulled off the highway to find all 4 tires had blown out. Looked to my right, and there we were parked on the frontage road right in front of Discount Tire. Bad luck/good luck. Forty minutes and $650 later I was back on the highway.

    • floyd r turbo

      All 4? you are living a charmed life. While you’re at it, buy a couple of lottery tickets.

  7. Walter Legett

    First thing you do when buying a trailer or having new tires installed is get a 4 way lug wrench and loosen all of the lugs that some idiot put on with an impact wrench. Need a cheater bar to get them off. Put some never-seize on the threads and tighten up with the wrench until it squeaks. you can always get them off and the salt water does not freeze the nuts. First thing you learn when living near the ocean.

  8. Mark in da U P

    I’m glad you guys finally made it home. Does sound like a challenging trip at the very least. Like I said yesterday I wish I could’ve met up with you guys at the Show. I stopped by your boat but you weren’t there. Rumor has it you guys were at a strip joint in Detroit on Saturday afternoon. If so that will make for some good stories that will get Troy‘s interest. Glad you all made it home safe😃

    • Dennis Mykols

      Same here. Sorry we missed you Saturday. But I did get to yell at ya, as you were pulling out of the big parking garage as we were pulling in!

  9. Philip Andrew

    Premparidness. There’s the 4th ‘thing’ that happened.

  10. Reddog

    Can someone tell me what episode (story/post) about the trailer hitch. I think I missed that one.

    • Reddog

      Just reread the hole story, hitch ball problem was the first picture. (Not everyone just looks at the pictures)