Setting it Straight

I think I should set something straight for those people who might prefer there weren't any patents granted on my inventions. Naturally some might think it would cost less money if they could have them built down at their corner fabrication shop. I think it is safe to say that Affirmative Action may have misled some people to think so. Well I've even spoke to some of the managers of private fabrication shops and I've been told by a few of them that their insurance company won't insure them if they built ladder racks for trucks.

I've worked at a couple shops where we built trailers and things like ladder racks though. When I started one of those jobs, an employee there told me that the boss was an asshole.  I'd known the job was in the paper every month and thought there had to be a reason for it to be there so often and said, " I don't care. It doesn't matter how much he pays me -- it isn't enough."      
         While working there I welded together about two dozen water craft trailers per day. At times I found trailers that had already been galvanized and in the process of being outfitted with lights and fenders had welds missing in places. One day when I ran out of pre-bent parts to weld, I was sent home because I was too expensive at $7.50 per hour to do what the other guys were doing. Do you think the assemblers were paid enough to notice missing welds? 

I worked at another place where I was paid $8.00 per hour. There a trailer started out as a flatbed trailer. Then later it was turned into a beaver tail type car trailer, (having the tail end that sloped down). Once it was finished, it was delivered to a dealer. Shortly there after, it found its way back to the shop. Then the owner of the shop let me get away with taking more than a half hour for lunch, so I could go home and fetch my reciprocating saw, so I used it to cut-out the welds to make it back into a flatbed trailer.

With the .180 tube, or was it .120? I didn't know what to think. I felt sorry for the sucker who was going to buy the piece of junk. If that tail end of the trailer gives out and a car falls off the back. It could cause an accident and who are the victims going to sue? Would it be a guy who files bankruptcy and puts a new name on the sign in front of the building?

I heard a statistic on the radio that between 1992 and 2000, trailer related accidents had increased by 36%.

Sounds to me like people are requiring more versatility from their vehicles and they're adopting an obsolete way of achieving it. Therefore everyone is to paying for the increased risk on their auto insurance policies. Another way to put it is my truck would save every driver some money on their car insurance, even if they didn't own one of my trucks. Since we don't have it on the road, we're paying the price for it whether we like it or not. Suckers....

I'll bet car trailers are among the highest risk factors, because they bounce around and sway. Hell I've got that problems solved, but the public is still doing things the hokey way.

Then say -- you bought your system in Texas, from a guy who bought it in Ohio from one of those Tom, Dick or Harrys' -- and someone happens to run into it with their car. Your insurance company may not be able to find replacement parts for it. The company that built it may have gone bankrupt, or no longer exist, or maybe they've been bought up by another company and doesn't make or stock the parts any more. In that case your insurance company would be looking at the cost of having the parts custom made. Meaning: the replacement cost would be unknown and that method of coming up with replacement parts is a bit spendy if you ask me. Not necessarily like having someone run into the tail gate on your obsolete motorized tin can.

Another thing to consider is if my inventions were to be built by every Tom, Dick, and Harry. As to the ability of them being able to manufacture my system for less -- just check out the price of hydraulic components. You'll find out that if you're not buying a hundred of each component, you're not buying shit. Therefore the local corner fabrication shops can't compete.



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