We’ve been pretty good at editing unnecessary and wasteful things out of our lives. That really is an essential first step toward sustainable living and I’m pleased with our progress. But that doesn’t mean I never find myself wanting something and falling into the familiar trap of rationalizing why I need it.
Lately I’ve been suffering from trailer envy. It seems that everyone has one (or more) of them. Everyone except me.
How have I managed to survive this long without a stock trailer? A utility trailer? A hay trailer? A trailer to convert to a chicken tractor? How can we function without a fleet of trailers?
Of course we’ll need another equipment shed to store the trailers in. It wouldn’t be prudent to get the trailers then leave them out in the weather.
It might be a good idea to get a goose neck trailer. So I’ll need to install a goose neck hitch in my truck. But that would prevent me from using the bed for other things, so maybe I should get a second truck.
If I don’t get the trailers I’ll have to continue hauling hay in the bed of my truck on the one day each year that I bale hay. And on the one day each year when I haul hogs I’ll have to continue borrowing my neighbor’s trailer. Once every few years I might need to take my lawnmower to the shop. Without my own trailer, when that happens I’ll have to continue borrowing my mother’s trailer.
It seems fairly obvious to me that our own personal trailers are just indispensible necessities around here. And sometimes I can find one for not much more than a thousand dollars. Of course I need more than one, but a few thousand dollars seems a reasonable price to pay to overcome the stigma of being the last trailerless farm in America.