I should start off this post by thanking everyone for their contribution to my Kickstarter to raise money to be able to finish rebuilding the trailer and to be able to bring it to Maine. Without you right now I would be creating a Craigslist For Sale post and having to say goodbye to the project that has meant an incredible amount to me. I give you a heart felt, Thank You!
It is now less than a month till the major move. I have started to pack and set aside a bunch of items for a yard sale. I am really packing more than I need to though I am sure. I over pack for an overnight, never mind moving across the country. We got an amazing deal on our moving truck though and feel like we can be a little bit more open to what we bring.
Today, I did some major things. The first thing was to get our site reserved at Yellowstone. We are lucky that we got a spot. With our 17′ trailer (really 24′) and my trailer we are 35′ long. That means we need a larger trailer parking spot. We got a spot at one of the more rustic camp sites (no water or electricity) yet this should be fine. We are used to camping in a tent anyway and the trailer will be way more comfortable than this. The bed itself has a foundation in foam. I took apart a really nice futon mattress that we had and stuffed new covers with this. Lets just say that we will be sleeping really well on this trip! I bought ear plugs and we have face masks in case it is too bright as well.
This is going to be an amazing place to stay! It changes how I look at this trip. Looking past the stress of a major move and onto what is about to await us makes the stress seem trivial. It is such a relief!
So, lets go into further what the rest of my day lead to. Last year I bought a propane tank at a flea market and realized later that it was an old design. The connections were different and did not hook up. Apparently a lot of places will take old propane tanks and trade them in for a new one for $20. I did this at Ace Hardware today and was thrilled! This means that my propane tanks will now balance out properly. Since we are going to be off grid camping at Yellowstone, it will be nice to be able to use the gaslight that Stuart bought me for light at night.
The second major thing was figuring out how to fix the water tank. I had ripped it out and then replaced the old inlet with one that is not the same. I had the help of Mike and Bob to figure out how to make it work. They were amazing! In the next few days I am going to see if it is going to work. We will also need water in order to camp in it off grid and this will be necessary since we will not have water hook ups here.
I am polishing up the trailer after getting it out of the driveway and soon it will be back to its new normal looking self! Tomorrow I will continue to work on it (save for having to move it since the electric company is going to be trimming trees on my street the last few days) and picking strawberries at Sauvie’s Island for the last time (something that I have done every summer since living out here).
Stay tuned for exciting updates on how I am making the trailer ready for the road!