We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Hi. My camper's getting kind of old and I've been thinking of replacing it. The one criteria I have is that the hitch have a real good turning radius. That's always been the biggest problem, maneuvering in tight spaces."
"I see. What turning radius does your present rig have?"
"Only about seventy-five degrees. I'm always afraid of the hitch binding up and actually breaking something."
"Yes, that's always been the problem with those old-fashioned types of hitches."
"What do you mean? What's the turning radius of your model?"
I broke a '58 right in half going over some railroad tracks in Bellows Falls, VT, back in '73, so yeah, I know about that salt stuff. Poor li'l rascal cracked right in half. Had those flip-out turn flickers and everything. I had just bought it for fun, though. My real jewel was the '62 I had driven out there from CA. Red, black sunroof, dual tailpipes on the back. I had upgraded the stock 1200cc cylinders to the big, brutal 1400cc models, so it was pretty badass.
In three years in the delightful hamlet of New England, it had one problem. A generator brush froze at 10 below. I bonked it with the screwdriver to free it up and all was well.
I think it's pretty fair to say they don't make cars like that anymore.
Well, granted the old Bugs didn't have much extra, shall we say, "spare power", but pulling a trailer isn't that big a deal -- once it gets up to speed. And assuming you're not going uphill, of course. In the slightest. Stick to Texas and you've got it made in the shade. Assuming there's any shade in Texas.
Your loss Doc. It is a funny 50 second video. Some bicyclists are resting along side a mountain road when they hear an engine screaming. A look down the road shows a little Euroweenie car pulling a large camper trailer. White smoke is rolling out from under the car. The car continues to lose speed as it passes, engine roaring wide open. It disappears out of sight and then comes rolling backwards down the hill.
It is a testament to the stupidity and/or ignorance of some motorists.