Home at last! The photo is Sunday morning in Ohio and does not do justice to the snow.(More photos on Monday) Since Anna was not able to go with me this weekend, my friend Alex acted as flight engineer and navigator. He previously lived in Cincinnati and his knowledge of Ohio was useful. Anyway, we picked up the Cadet from Barbara Saturday afternoon. We were unable to fix the previously mentioned rear light problem in the freezing rain, though the cashier at the Tractor Supply wondered what we were doing in the parking lot with 4 trips into the store to get one more thing that we were certain would fix the problem. In the dark we decided to quit, get into a hotel and find a restaurant serving beef.
Sunday morning at 7:00am the snow is falling. U-Haul
opens at 9am and we are the first in the door. The mechanics don't show up until 10am, so we decided to do a hillybill repair with a roll of electrical
tape and get on the road. Mr Science would have been proud of us as we mastered an elementary 12v wiring system and got the lights
working and we were onto the interstate heading south. Why couldn't we fix it Saturday?
All the way to Cincinnati we bucked a snowy headwind which made towing less than pleasant. Temps in the 20sF with mucho wind chill. Once into Kentucky things were somewhat better and we managed 60mph generally. Overall I figure I got 16 miles to the gallon and I know the headwinds messed up the numbers.
Tennessee was clear, windy, and not so cold. It was just a long, cold trip home, but uneventful once on the road. The chili at Wendy's at a Pilot somewhere in Kentucky was very tasty!
Before heading home we went to the car wash to remove the top layer of salt and crud. 7pm we are home. Now the Cadet sits in the driveway awaiting the big plans to refurbish it.
Donna...the leak around the front window presents a different problem, because there aren't windows
in the commonly accepted sense of the word. There are openings, front and rear; on the inside mesh is velcro'd in place; on the outside is a clear plexiglas covering, formed into the general shape of window covering like some sort of rock guard, and held shut with toggles. I'll post a pic of this soon. This is clearly designed as a mild weather trailer. Sunday morning there was snow on the front dinette table!
The interior wall fabric is very thin and not attached to the fiberglass interior, but it is more like a slipcover. That will come out.
This trailer needs some sort of attached tent to expand the living space and I'll be on the lookout for this as well. Mods to this will work well and doing them will keep us out of trouble.
In the nasty weather it towed very well; except for the leg to Cincinnati it was effortless.
Thanks for all the interest in our Cadet...which, by the way, on the documents is a "Taurus Cub Cadet", and there is a Taurus decal on the exterior. Nical is mentioned. And, this may be number 55. This has been a fun search, though often frustrating, and the support and encouragement of everyone on this forum has been great. Give yourself a pat on the back.
And now...to bed.