Trailer life


Since we moved into the 5th wheel in the driveway, the loss of daily routines has been among the most trying aspects of our daily life. The thought that you might be able to lay your hands on something you once knew the likely location of, and the ensuing little increment of frustration that comes with the realization that it may be lost to you until you once again move back into the house and unpack everything, moves you one step closer to a sort of low grade insanity that began with the inception of the very process that has become – remodeling.

We did extensive research into travel trailer options after we hatched the idea of staying on the property during our remodel adventure. For a brief time we thought maybe a trailer that could actually be towed behind my Ford Ranger would be kind of interesting. But the reality both of the minimal living space afforded by such an option and the fact that everyone and their brother is looking for just that little trailer at the height of travel season soon put an end to that notion. Then we thought that maybe we could find something big enough to accommodate both of us plus Lisa’s brother who would soon be living with us. But the thought of a trailer nearly the size of our house parked in our driveway also seemed a bit improbable. Then there is the fact that my 6’5″ frame put severe constraints upon the options available to us. So ignoring for the moment that what we really want is a teardrop trailer small enough to pull behind our Honda Civic, I soon discovered that the RV known as a 5th wheel (which requires hardware in the bed of your truck that I had no intention of purchasing) has, by its very design,  more than enough head room for me. How we got the thing head first into our driveway is another story.

So into our second month in the trailer the converter decided to go on the fritz. The first night was inconvenient since the converter takes the 110 volt power supplied via extension cord and turns it into usable 12 DC power for the lighting. But on the second night we soon realized that the igniter for the propane hot water heater also worked with DC power. Ooops . . .
On the third night we were awoken by a shrill sound emanating from somewhere in the the kitchen. I quickly realized it was coming from the LP gas leak detector which was conveniently designed to incorporate a low voltage alarm
By then, I was into research on what it would take to replace the defective converter. It soon became clear (as so often it does!) that I could obtain a replacement online for about half what it would cost me to buy it locally. Could we stand to wait the extra time? As soon as I had placed the order the answer came when the refrigerator stopped. Even thought it is cleverly designed to run on either electricity or propane gas, it still requires a small amount of electricity even to run on gas.

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