So last April, when we had the carport fire, there were a few things that were destroyed... some things we've not bothered replacing like the lawnmower... however, the structure to the carport, well, we had to fix that... which Kevin did. And our ATV, Kevin rebuilt and it looks like new (click here if you missed seeing the ATV transformation)... but our little trailer, which I used to collect manure seemed completely unsalvageable. We looked in all the obvious places, here in Costa Rica, to see if we could simply buy another one, but no luck.
I loved that little trailer... it hooked up to the ATV easily and, although backing up with a trailer is always tricky, it was much easier than with our big, clunky trailer. I figured we would simply have to do without and I'd have to get used to using the big trailer. C'est la vie!
The picture above is what the trailer looked like in its original state, when we bought it.
This is all that was left of it after the fire. I thought it was just garbage. Kevin thought differently. He was determined to rebuild it.
Ta-da... and this is our new trailer! Kevin bought some aluminium, he had to make his own jigs to bend the sheet metal... he sanded and repainted the frame and had to reshape the warp pieces to make them straight again. We bought the wheels online, but could only have them delivered in the States. Thanks to our good friends, Alan and Karin, when they came to visit last November, they brought them in their suitcase!
Look how sparkly it is... it's so beautiful, I'm afraid to use it! I don't want to get it dirty.
And it tilts just like the old one did. It's light but sturdy! It makes a great wheelbarrow, too. I'm thrilled to have my little trailer back... it's even better than the original! And yes, I continue to be amazed by Kevin's talents... they just keep on coming. I know I embarrass him when I write things like this, for the world to read, but for someone like me who wouldn't know where to start... it impresses me to no end.
For those of you who are interested in the step-by-step making of the trailer, visit our Gallery page by clicking here. Kevin took pictures of the whole process.
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