BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The broken down trailer on Highway 17/74/76 was removed from the area around 6:00 pm tonight.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Drivers call it a piece of junk and an eyesore. The broken down travel trailer has been sitting on the side of the road near Leland for more than a week. Many say it’s time for the trailer to go.
Anyone driving west on US 17/74/76 the past week has most likely noticed this beauty: an aging trailer equipped with shabby electrical wiring and broken windows.
“It maybe trashed, but they ought to take it to the dump if it’s trash,” driver Dorothy Healy said.
We decided to take a closer look. The rear axle looked busted, some windows were boarded up, others were not. The trailer seemed empty inside besides a few items we were able to make out, like a pair of roller skates.
But we did find a clue as to where the trailer came from. There’s a mobile home inspection sticker from New Hanover County dating back to the 1980s.
Regardless of why it’s sitting on the side of the road, drivers and residents want the trailer to go, calling it a dangerous hazard for drivers.
“Because somebody can be texting, like they do, or talking on their cell phones like they do. They can accidentally turn the wrong way,” Healy said.
The trailer does have a “For Rent” sign, but it appears to be the work of a jokester.
Also stuck to the mobile home are bright orange stickers from Highway Patrol that lets the owners know they have 24 hours before the vehicle is towed and stored at their expense. If the date is correct, this sticker has been on the trailer since Wednesday.
“We try very hard to keep our area beautiful, especially this time of the year with the tourist coming into town through the Wilmington-Southport area,” driver Alexis Saunders said. “I think something needs to be done to get it off the side of the road.”
Instead, the mobile home sits very much immobile.
We checked with Highway Patrol in Brunswick County about the trailer. Tpr. John King said he would check into it and let us know what he found out. So far, we have not heard back from him.