In preparation for the trailer we needed to get a 7-pin connector and a brake controller installed along with a 2" ball which needs to sit 19" above the ground. Yesterday I got this done. I had talked with several places that do this sort of work and a few of them did not leave me with much confidence nor that they even knew what I was talking about, then I discovered Wright Trailer in Seekonk, Mass, a short five miles from home. I arrived at their shop just as they were opening up, my appointment was at 7:00, the gate opened and I drove around to the service entrance.
I was met by Adam who was friendly, quite knowledgeable and very helpful. Now I know that this might not be a big deal for most people but this is the sort of thing I end up fretting over. I gave Adam all of the specification I had received from Vistabule and he assured me that it should be done by noon. Since our Subaru is our only car, my plan was to walk back home. It was a great morning and a fine day for a walk although this area of Route 6 in Seekonk didn't have any sidewalks and provided an interesting walk for the first coupe of miles.
It turned out to be a fantastic walk. I passed the Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant, the former German Restaurant Swartzwald Haus where our wedding reception was held, 48 years ago. Seems like yesterday. Boy has this place changed.
Further along the route I passed Alex's Restaurant, a family favorite where we ate breakfast many many times over 30+ years, they closed down a couple of years ago, so sad to see them go. Today the building is in quite a state of disrepair. Further along the route I saw a carnival set up in a parking lot...this area of Seekonk is very commercial and is all shopping and fast food eateries. I left Wright Trailers shortly after 7 am and arrived home back in East Providence around 8:40 - a decent walk. The walk started off cold and I was wearing my gloves and was a bit bundled up. By the time I made it home I was hot and sweaty.
I got the call at 11:30 that the car was done and fortunately we had borrowed my daughters truck so Carol dropped me off at the trailer place and I didn't have to make the walk back. I was kind of sorry that I didn't walk back but glad to have the ride too. . . The car seems to be great. I have a brake controller under the dash, a 7 pin connector in the rear and a 2" ball on a hitch with the proper rise. All is right with the world and the car is all set to tow the Vistabule home when it is ready. May is getting closer.