The Transition

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 13, 2010

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Flag of United States  , California
Monday, May 10, 2010

We have been living in the trailer for 3 weeks as of yesterday. The transition has been easier then we thought. We had to deal with some wet muddy weather but it has dried up quite a bit now. Violet and I are suffering from hay fever/allergies being out in the country. Some days are worse then others, of course. We also have to deal with bugs and mainly tics. I'd never had any tics around me before. Now I've had to pull 3 or 4 of them off of me since we've been out there. We will find them crawling on the bed sometimes. We have to check ourselves daily and Vonnie does a lot of vacuuming. Once I had to pull off the side of the road cuz I felt one making its way up my inside thigh! Little bastards! As for the trailer living.... we had to get used to no cable tv or internet. That's still getting to me the worst but Vi and Vonnie don't seem to mind. We watch a lot of movies now and we have the Wii set up. We aceess the internet using our cel phones so it's really not bad. We have our gray water running out to the field so we can take showers and do dished without any worry of filling up the tanks. Our black (waste) water tank is getting full now, after 3 weeks of use, and we will have to empty that soon. I will probably have to break camp and take the trailer somewhere to dump. I hate to do it cuz we are all settled in but it's gotta be done as we have 3 more weeks of "camping" to do before we depart. 

As far as utilities go, we are able to run a hose and extension cord for power from Larry's house. Hopefully it won't be too large of an impact on his utility bills, but we'll offer him some money of course so as not to be complete "free-loaders". It looks like we are using about 14 gallons of propane per month. About $45 worth. That usage will probably go down as Summer and warmer weather approaches so not too bad. I think we ought to be able to save quite a bit of money living like this for a while. Once we get back from our trip we'll continue to live the "trailer life" as long as we can while we replenish the savings account.

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schwartz on

Sick volleyball court. irrigate the neighbor's yard with waste water, no need to break off camp.

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