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Carson Truck Trailer Rebuild

Cinderella’s New Axles

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

You know the story of Cinderella. She was the stepchild that got no respect and was always put to work without any of the admiration the other kids got. That’s pretty much the story of our red Carson car trailer. It sees lots of work but not a whole lot of love. Sure, we wash the deck off after one of our cherished wheelin’ rigs leaks gear lube all over it, but heaven forbid we actually work on or service the big ol’ steel deck trailer. The trailer isn’t there to be cherished like the crawlers and trail rigs it hauls. Nope, it’s just there to work like a dog and not break.

This red 18-foot (23-foot total length) trailer came from Carson nearly 12 years ago, and since then it has been back and forth across America many times, plus bounced down dirt roads, banged off curbs, and generally used and abused with little regard for mechanical wellbeing. It gets the hubs checked sometimes and the brakes looked over, but probably not as much as we should. That it has survived so long in the face of such neglect is a testament to the original build quality, but now the lack of respect and service on our part has come back to bite us hard. This year we lollygagged around and didn’t do any annual maintenance on Big Red, and next thing you know we were sidelined on the roadside with a broken Cinderella. And not just once but twice, on one big trip to Utah. Our evil stepmother ways were not getting us anywhere but frustrated with a busted trailer axle.

Lucky for us, Carson Trailer (also known as the fairy godmother if you’re still following the fairytale subline) showed up to prep out Cinderella for the next trip to the ball—er, trail.

Given the original build quality of our long-hauler, we only wanted Carson laying hands on our pumpkin. The Carson trailer crew welcomed it back and made it good as new again.