OK – I’m just back from signing our lease (9 months!) and getting a tour of the laundry room/showers and receiving a copy of the rules. No storage permitted outside, although I told Glenda we have a table with a tablecloth that reaches to the ground and we keep a rubbermaid tub under there with bike helmets and Legos and she was fine with that. Kids must be accompanied to the restroom, pool, club house or playarea. Only 1 small pet (ooops – I confessed to owning 2 rat terriers and that was given the ok but I’m afraid we will have to find a new home for our cat). We pay electricity (that wasn’t mentioned, I should have asked) so that will offset the small savings in rent.
After that I drove over to our spot to assess it. I have to say that while the park as a whole should be better our personal space will be worse- much reduced in size and there’s no vegetation anywhere – just an asphalt strip. We are in the middle of the row and the space between trailers is only around 3 or 4 feet wide. Right now “our” space is filled with 3 cars, one of which has a flat tire! There’s just no place adjacent to the trailer for the kids to play and they aren’t allowed in the pool or at the small play structure without an adult so there’s no sending them out to play while I work inside. Which means more time inside the way I see it. We are so cramped inside and with no space outside I foresee some difficulties.
Which means my #1 goal now is trying to come up with enough money for a larger trailer! There’s a 31 ft Holiday Rambler on our local craigslist – down to $9800 from $12,000 at the beginning of the summer. It has 2 bunk beds and a full slide out and a kitchen with counterspace! I wonder if someone will snap it up now that the price has gone down. I’m printing up business cards today – offering eBay listing/shipping for folks who want to sell but don’t want to bother with doing it themselves. I’ll cut whatever corners I can. And my daughter is going to see if the mobile home residents might need a babysitter and will add her money to the pot (although I’d rather she save towards a trip to Europe that the art teacher is going to conduct next summer). I’m going to clear out as much as possible from our storage unit and sell, sell, sell!
In the meantime today we are sorting and cleaning and getting ship shape – we pull out tomorrow morning!