Saturday’s Project

 Posted by at 1:13 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062023

It seems like we’ve always got some kind of project going on around here, whether it be a big one like getting a deck built or rehabbing the barn, or small ones like setting up Terry’s new Ooni wood fired pizza oven. One way or the other, we never get bored.

Yesterday’s project was assembling the new Vevor ATV dump trailer that was delivered the other day. The FedEx delivery man left it on the covered front porch, and since the box weighed 121 pounds, we decided that it would be easier to put it together there earlier in the day while the sun was still on the other side of the house and we had some shade. Since it was in the mid-90s with high humidity, it was still not the most comfortable job in the world.

I have told you before about how handy the Kawasaki Mule is around the property, doing everything from hauling gardening supplies, fertilizer and mulch, to carrying away downed tree limbs and so many other chores. It has a dump bed in the back with a 700 pound capacity, but there have been times when I needed more, which required me to make several trips back and forth.

When I saw the Vevor ATV trailer advertised online I checked it out and knew that it would be exactly what I needed. It’s made of heavy-duty steel with a 1500 pound capacity, has removable sides, and the bed dumps to make unloading easy. I ordered it Wednesday and it was delivered on Friday. That’s a quick turn around!

As with anything that requires tools, Miss Terry did the work and I was her “assistant,”  which basically means I fetched tools as she needed them and tried to stay out of the way as much as possible.

The bed came in two sections, and the first step was bolting them together.

Then we installed the axle and put on the tires.

The instructions were pretty easy to follow and all of the hardware seems more than adequate for our needs. It even came with a thick rubber mat to go on the bottom of the bed!

It took about an hour to put together using a couple of wrenches and a pair of pliers, and here it is hooked to the back of the Mule. I am looking forward to using it for our next projects, whatever they may be.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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