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Old 01-01-2019, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
He hasn't put the tongue on yet.

That's slick....
Roll back can take care of that.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:44 AM
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That's slick....
Roll back can take care of that.
Hasnt put the coupler on I meant.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:39 AM
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I just don't understand why he's so slow at building these things. He's got another trailer to build after mine and he told me he out down down a deposit about the same time as me.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:45 AM
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I just don't understand why he's so slow at building these things. He's got another trailer to build after mine and he told me he out down down a deposit about the same time as me.
you are getting jerked around and going along with it

if it were me, i'd have collected all the parts, asked for my remaining money back, and gone to someone reputable

i can see the possibility of future issues, bad design, no support, etc, in your future
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:41 AM
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I guess I'll call him up today and demand an explanation. I still owe this guy another $1500 so you would think he would be motivated to finish the trailer up.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:56 AM
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you are getting jerked around and going along with it

if it were me, i'd have collected all the parts, asked for my remaining money back, and gone to someone reputable

i can see the possibility of future issues, bad design, no support, etc, in your future
You really think this guy has any money available to give back? Someone who runs his business like that is probably behind on every bill he has. And what trailer builder would take on another's work? As unfortunate as it is, at this point it is best to let the guy finish the trailer.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:26 AM
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I guess I'll call him up today and demand an explanation. I still owe this guy another $1500 so you would think he would be motivated to finish the trailer up.
I think you would be wasting your time asking for an explanation. I would ask him what time he's going to be at his shop and tell him that you are going to be there helping him so that he can finish your trailer and get you out of his hair.

He may be the type of person that would rather watch a football game, or go fishing, or sit in his yard drinking, than complete a job and get paid.

I can only imagine how frustrating it is for you at this point.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:26 AM
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I don't see what asking for my money back will do.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:44 AM
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A big reason why I prefer to pay for things via credit card. I have had maybe two issues in dozens and dozens of boat-related bills over the years. One time the yard made it right. The other time a yard refused. Made the call to Amex and got my money back (Amex is the best when it comes to chargebacks). I even offer to cover the additional expense (i.e. 3%) for accepting a credit card if a yard initially refuses and that usually gets them to change their mind (some yard flatout refuse to take Amex though). I also always ask for timelines up front and make that part of the agreement. I.e. if something really only takes a few days, but yard has busy schedule and can't commit, I add a little cushion of a week or so. Once you pass that cushion and things are not getting done, its time to move on. I got jerked around one summer by a dealer. Bought a $200k bought, they thought they heard a sound when it was in for unrelated maintenance, every week it was a different thing they thought it was and burned through $15k in parts (under warranty) and still couldn't figure it out. They ruined my summer, had the boat for 8+ weeks, we had to cancel most of our trips. I stuck with them because they were the dealer of the brand. Huge mistake. I brought it next door to another yard I used in the past that was certified for the make/model motor and they figured out the sound in seconds. From that point on, I pay close attention to details when making a deal, ask the right questions, and make sure things are progressing, not regressing. Always gotta look out for yourself. Its one thing for something to fall a few days or week behind but beyond that you are likely getting jerked around.

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There are some people that are excellent at a trade but often lazy. They do just enough to get by and make it to another day instead of being hungry. That sounds like your trailer builder. Threatening him with legal action, being a dick etc generally doesn’t motivate these types of personalities. I’d venture to guess he doesn’t have a nice new truck and the best of the best but is just a blue collar guy that does what he wants when he wants. He will generally have pride in his work but it progresses on his time line. If I were in your shoes, I would go down to his shop and ask him if he would mind you helping out so you can learn about how these are built and want a working knowledge in the event of a repair being needed down the road. This is assuming you have the free time. Most guys I’ve met like this would love the company and chance to share what they do with someone they would generally consider economically superior to them. Puts you on their level if that makes sense.

I know it’s not your problem but there’s no telling what’s going on in this guys life. Could have a sick kid or Wife at home or anything. Always good to make a new friend even when they are the hired help.

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Old 01-01-2019, 09:01 AM
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Well I haven't threatened him with anything yet. All I do is stop by every other day or so for 5 minutes since he actually started building it and just check up on the progress. I also do this to make sure it's getting done the way we agreed. He does a great job at doing what you want and remembers the little details. He just doesn't manage time well. I don't mind sticking around to help. I haven't offered though. I do have a strained groin muscle, that I've been trying to heal for several months so not sure how much help I will be. Lol
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Well I haven't threatened him with anything yet. All I do is stop by every other day or so for 5 minutes since he actually started building it and just check up on the progress. I also do this to make sure it's getting done the way we agreed. He does a great job at doing what you want and remembers the little details. He just doesn't manage time well. I don't mind sticking around to help. I haven't offered though. I do have a strained groin muscle, that I've been trying to heal for several months so not sure how much help I will be. Lol
For this I don’t think you’d be needed to do actual work rather just hang out with him. Is it right, no you paid for a product and it should come when agreed on. However, you’re wanting it and in my opinion spending time up there would get it done. I think I read it only needs 8 more hours of work right? Go hangout with the guy and offer to fetch him tools or just chat while he’s working. For some reason, I’ve always had great luck with this approach and the guy will remember you were involved. For bonus points being a 12 pack a beer and tell him when he’s done you two can open one and visit. Sounds like you’re in the home stretch.

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^^^^ I agree be nice just hang out as much as possible. Your presence will motivate him to work..

At this point being an azz wont help..
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:23 PM
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You still owe him $1500? Then if the tires were on it I’d buy a bolt on tongue go down and start bolting the thing on. He’s had it too long now. And weather he’s good or not it’s not getting done. I’ve had some Great workers work for me, but when they only show up to work 3 days a week there no good anymore. Sounds like you gave a inch he took the mile. Owning a business, the squeaky wheel always gets the office to get them on schedule. I’m not trying to be rude to you or him but you’ve been going nowhere for how long, somewhere around the middle of October. Good luck wish you were closer I’d tell you to pull it to the shop and we would weld it enough to get it to someone else
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:31 PM
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Yeah. I guess that's a good thing I haven't paid him all the money. I know i'm not that dumb
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:20 PM
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Name and place of business so others do not make same mistake!
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It looks okay so far. The part where they bent the I beams buckled a little bit but other than that it looks good.

metal doesnt buckle a little bit...it failed...
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Name and place of business so others do not make same mistake!
Yeah we need to know
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metal doesnt buckle a little bit...it failed...
I didn't like the sound of this either. Typically, if the beam buckles while being bent, a new beam is ordered and the buckled one is switched out. It's not that uncommon of a thing. I wonder what this one looks like.
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I wonder what this one looks like.
I formed a mental picture when I read that.
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