Learning: Sum of Right

by jaycadmus

Went in search of a utility trailer. Returned to Big-Tex Corporate Dealership on I-45 in Houston. I had started the process one year ago. Project put on hold, while I assisted in ending others. Bringing me back to the original thought came coincident to a coming major life event.
I had purchased a commercial trailer from Big-Tex in the past. In this case, differences in application created new parameters.
Unfortunately, I put the trailer before the towing vehicle. Talked with David – my salesman. We discussed my needs considering GVW; Max Towing Capacity; hitch requirements; and other amenities of the trailers available through this dealership. He took my raw data and scoured inventory by computer. Producing two quotes that would fit my needs.
I was very satisfied. Happy that the surfaced idea, generated by vision into something concrete. Serviceable. Purchasable. A trailer to tote my stuff wherever I would land to plant my flag.
That afternoon I spent an hour with the service advisor at Southfork Dodge dealership. Wanted the Dodge dealership to install the hitch and wiring harness. Having received quotes from two after-market companies. Thinking the investment in “doing it right” would pay off in the end. (Not that the after-marketers could not have performed the same job; given the proper equipment and knowledge of the vehicle.)
I was financially able to cover the cost – due to changes I had made and throwing myself into a new adventure.
The learning began. The word “Unibody,” took on the position of further limiting my choice of trailer. My mind worked to recalculate the laden weight of the towed trailer.
Placement of the hitch would be a MOPAR product. Designed and engineered for the ProMaster City model.
Everything OK – up to this point. Super!
Next came the discussion for the tow-specific wiring harness. I assumed that the ProMaster series came with an optional towing package. Being that: it is a commercial vehicle; and, considered it being touted as a work van.
My expectation, assumptions and anticipation were lining up to complete the vision. We were having an open discussion. Nothing negative. No nagging feeling. The service management at the Pearland dealership were straight shooters. I am always comfortable in my dealings with them.
I was told how they would have to route the wiring harness from below the double, back-doors; through the stripped interior side-panels; to the engine compartment; and, into a module at the electrical heart of the motivating power-plant.
When I arrived home, I took all the prepared documents, notes and numbers. Pulled a file started in 2016. Spreading them all on the table.Working the math.
My overall vision of attempting to establish simplicity, now stood as an opposing force against a mounting financial cash-outlay. Trying to make something work, can cost us more than accepting something much simpler.
When a simpler solution exists, a tendency might be to overlook it. In the case of some, appearance might weigh heavier in the decision-making process. Others – as in my case – look at the numbers: in longevity, the interim period and immediate need. My finding of goals-in-conflict created dilemma.
What of the Big-Tex salesman, David? He did what trained to do. Using his product knowledge to match my paraments and raw data. Spending time. Not knowing the other part of the equation. I now know, I wasted his time!
We are individual. Yet, we are in society. Interacting. Not so much, with persons outside our circle. But when we do, we should be mindful of those we’re interacting with – surmising the affectation of our entry into their space.
The sum of right is in learning what doesn’t work. Simplicity late in one’s career, is a desired attainment. Putting my vision of the trailer before the pulling power-unit, was my mistake. My goals-in-conflict dilemma made me look closer at each – and, their own required interaction.
It gave cause for accepting the simple option…and, an apology to David.