I bought this Harbor Frieght 4x8 folding trailer seven years ago for something like $209. We used it to move across town, when we moved from our last rental house into our newly purchased home. It is, for like of a better term, a janky piece of crap, but it did the job.

Every year when its license plate comes up for renewal, I debate whether or not it’s worth it to keep the trailer. But at only $18, that’s cheaper than renting a trailer even once, so I always end up doing it. Truth be told, over the years I have moved a TON of shit with this trailer.

It’s gotten progressively jankier over the years. I threw a new $16 light kit on it last year after a year where the lights didn’t work.

Well, today I found its limits. I filled it with soil and weeds (I haaaaate landscaping, but none of the landscapers I tried to hire would call me back). I knew the old tires weren’t happy about that, and since my air compressor is down I decided to head to the gas station to air them up before heading to the landscape waste dump. I cut the corner too sharp and the right side tire blew out against the broken curb.

Fuck

I decided to limp back home, take off the wheel, and see if the local trailer shop had a wheel and tire that would fit. I unhitched the trailer, put the tongue on its jack, and started jacking up the side of the trailer. That’s when this happened.

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Fuckity fuck fuck!!!

The tongue beam the jack was bolted to yielded and dropped it to the ground. The trailer was officially dead.

So, I got to spend the rest of the afternoon shoveling all this.

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Into the back of my truck

Here’s the aftermath.

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Tomorrow I have to get the dirt to the dump, then haul the trailer to the scrap yard.