Thursday, January 6, 2011

You Get What You Pay For: The Jones Trailer

My Outfit (in New Mexico)
When I retired from the airline business in 2005, I decided it was time to upgrade my ride- actually, my dogs' ride.  For many years, I looked like the Klampetts on the way to "Californy" as I pulled out of the driveway to head north or west. Dog boxes, food containers, luggage, etc., were stacked up in the back of the truck.  It was workable, but it wasn't the most elegant solution to the problem, by any means. I researched trailers, talked to friends, inspected, poked, inquired and did web searches for six months.  Finally, I settled on Jones Trailers out of Woodson, TX.  Don't get me wrong- they don't give these things away.  They are darn proud of them, actually. I told the Ball and Chain I'd be gone for a few days and rode on out there to pick one up.  My six-holer (Lone Star Model-shown above) was waiting for me.  Since then, I've pulled it on a lot of hunting trips confident my dogs were warm and protected, enclosed in stainless steel comfort.  By the way, I added a fan and battery, but it came with all the neat stuff the others charge to add on- make sure you "compare apples to apples", as they say.  

Recently, I damaged a fender and I've been pondering how to fix it.  I figured I'd have to either, (a) use the existing bent one, or (b) send for a new one and rivet it on.  Just on a whim, I called Jones and talked to John.  He, in his Texas drawl, allowed as how that was about a 45 minute fix, and "Why don't you stop by on your way to New Mexico, and we'll fix that fender for you right here?  We're only 50 miles north of I-40."  Dude, that's customer service.  I'm just sayin'......