Friday, June 26, 2009

My Boat Trailer Tire - A Green Story

Sometimes the opportunity to be green comes at an unexpected time. In fact I didn't even consider this a green story until I told my business partner John about it.

Last week my sister flew up and we planned to all the family and my boat over to Chelan. It gets us the warm, sunny part of the State, but it's about a 4 hour drive and over mountain pass. Anyway I realized that I needed a new spare tire for my boat trailer since years before I had had a blowout in the middle of nowhere and trailer tires are specialized and it was hard to get one. Anyway, one shouldn't leave home without a spare, especially on a long trip. So, I starting calling around, and best price I could find for tire and rim was $250 pretty much anyway I sliced it.

Then my brother in law had an idea. Call the guy who fixes trailers and see if he has a spare 'spare' laying around. So, off we go, we had to jack up the trailer and take one of the tires off just to make sure if we found one the bolt pattern would match. So we go visit this guy who has a small business and he's got all kinds of spare stuff and old parts and sure enough, he sold me one for $50 that would work just fine.

So I saved a couple hundred dollars, put back into service something that was just laying around, and helped a small business guy put a few bucks into his pocket.

And that's the green story of my boat trailer tire.

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