Brief Update

It has been a difficult day and I’m tired.  Although I phoned the fellow I’d hired to move the trailer yesterday to confirm that he would be there at 9 AM today (and he agreed he would be), he did not show up. At first I wasn’t worried because the woman selling the trailer had done NOTHING about unhooking it or putting in the pop out and although she claimed to be out she had left all manner of stuff inside the trailer.  I had to tell her no, I did not want her outdated issues of Family Circle magazine, nor her old lumpy brown bedspread!  But after a half hour or so I started to get concerned and tried calling the mover.  He didn’t answer his phone.  His brother responded to my frantic text message around 10:00 (after 2 calls went straight to voice mail) and said the fellow was on his way but had left his phone at home.  We waited another hour and then the seller’s new 5th wheel arrived (we were supposed to be out by 11) and the pressure was on.  I called an RV transport company but was told the trailer was too big for them to move.  I searched my email for other responses to my craigslist ad and called a couple of them (so glad I have a smart phone).  Finally I reached Robert (who I hadn’t contacted before since his $250 bid was twice the winning bid) and he responded that he would be on the road in minutes and I was able to reassure the seller and her transport fellow that we would be out shortly.  Shortly turned out not to be an accurate measurement as once Robert arrived it turned out that he didn’t have the correct ball hitch for the trailer.  He took off to find one, came back about 15 minutes later with it.  But it didn’t fit his receiver.  At this point (past noon) I was beginning to feel a wee bit stressed – especially since my younger two kids were getting out of VBS at noon and our very helpful neighbor planned on delivering them back to me by 12:30!  Robert was able to borrow a hitch from a neighbor and at last around 1:00 we were on our way.  The next challenge was going to be fitting the trailer into the space next to our old one.As you can see we managed!  The entire day was spent getting the trailer here and beginning to set it up – still need to level it and put jacks under it tomorrow.  The seller didn’t provide any hoses or connections or propane tanks so I pulled our propane tanks, discovered they didn’t fit the regulator on the new trailer, pulled our old regulator, went and filled the tanks ($50) and hooked that up.  The sewer connection didn’t fit the hose we had so I went to the rv store and bought a new one and got that hooked up.  The water hose was the one easy connection – we had a spare, it fit and I put on the new pressure regulator before turning on the water!  We just need to add a new water filter.  We are very lucky to have neighbors who took an interest in our situation and came to help (and even provided some dinner – crepes- for the kids while I was off buying parts and filling the propane tanks).  While I dealt with all the hook ups and took another trip to the rv store to buy levelers and chocks for the wheels (we had a nasty surprise when our neighbor was helping us jack up the trailer and it rolled back a foot and bumped into the fence behind us), the kids began wiping down surfaces and washing the walls with TSP.  The trailer was not very clean inside and the smell is even more noticeable now.  As we explored we found new issues to deal with – like the fact that all of the guards on the door shelves in the refrigerator had been broken off, and the kitchen sink was totally blocked (it appears the seller opted to dump a box of baking soda down it).  There are holes in the walls that had been hidden, and we discovered more things left behind that we will just have to put in the trash.  We managed to just start putting primer on the walls in the (very) small bedroom before quiting around 10:00.  It’s been a long, somewhat difficult and much more expensive day than I had planned and we don’t feel as though we have accomplished much.  Somewhere in all of this the door to our current/old trailer became jammed and can no longer be closed (after my oldest daughter crawled through a window and rescued her sister by unscrewing the door plate)!  We have much to do tomorrow.  Our current trailer will be hauled away at 9 AM on Friday!

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8 Responses to Brief Update

  1. Jeannette says:

    I wish I lived closer, I would gladly bring my strength and two hands,
    hang on in a month you will be so glad you did

  2. Margaret says:

    The new home is downright spacious! Good thing you called Robert. His service charges may have been higher than others but he did deliver. Job done. What a challenging day, but you sure made it through with flying colors! The previous owner had a lot of things in the available space, and because the holes may not have been visible, she probably forgot about them or was distracted by her own move requirements. That’s the nature of moving. You and your family along with neighbors, friends, an RV store and whatever affordable professional services necessary will whip your lovely new home into sparkling shape. We use Resolve for carpet cleaning and find it is quite effective but there are many products available to help in the tasks ahead. You are doing great! Thanks for the update!

  3. V's Herbie says:

    wow! look at how much bigger the new one is!

    I hope you’re able to get the smell out or at least lessened until you can replace the floor. I’ve had luck with the carpet foam stuff that you scrub into the carpets, let dry, and then vacuum out. There’s several on the market, I think I went with the woolite brand. It got rid of a persistent cat pee smell that water based carpet cleaners left behind.

  4. Nancy says:

    Zowie! Sounds like a rough day, but it will be over soon! You are so resourceful! I am amazed at the difference in size in trailers, that is your old trailer on the left of the picture?

  5. Rachael says:

    Wow. That is a lot! Strength to you- you’ll make it but good vibes can’t hurt!

  6. Maryl says:

    Oh, my, you really did have a tough day! The good thing is, that was yesterday, and so you can all start off with a clean slate. Hope it is a smoother road today.

  7. Mamie says:

    Alas and alack, things rarely go as planned! Despite all the setbacks, hopefully when it is all said and done the extra space provided by the new trailer will ease other issues enough to make these hassles worthwhile.

    Thinking of your family and sending good energy!

  8. Rita says:

    Boy, this was a difficult day. I wish the lady you bought the house from would have been kinder. She still had lots to do but did not. And was not honest about the holes in the walls etc. You could have done most of these things ahead had you known about them and it would have made for a much less stressful day. When it is finished you should have a party. There is much work to do so that time probably seems a ways down the road. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you.

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