The time is a flyin’ and there are only two more months until I head off to Chilliwack, BC to pick up my camper!!!
Moving along with the prep. I sold my Honda Civic which was bittersweet. I knew I had to do it in order to get a proper tow vehicle for my camper but this had been an awesome car and I had intended it to be my last car ever purchased. The moment the deal was done, I had quite an awakening: this is REALLY HAPPENING!!!
Friends and family have been awesome. Cheri drove me out to Mentor a couple of weeks ago to pick up my 2009 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, purchased from my son (thank you Cher!). I have never named vehicles but named the Tahoe “The Beast” because it just seemed so monstrously huge to me. I was very nervous driving it home but got used to it quickly and feel so good about having the power needed to pull the trailer around the country and up and down mountains. Thank you Johnny! ♥
Pulling a trailer! Ever done it? Quite the challenge, I’ve found. My dear friend of thirty-five years, Patty, took me out last week to practice pulling her boat.
Yesterday she took me out to pull her horse trailer. (This time with the Tahoe)
Easier than the last time — By George, I think I’m getting it!
I’m so grateful to have had this practice time. If I had not had these crucial lessons from Patty (WIDE turns, watching the wheels of the trailer in the rear mirror so as not to let them slip into a ditch, allowing enough time when pulling into traffic so the trailer can make it AS WELL AS the car!!!, I would have been in real trouble and very likely knocking over a gas pump and/or jack-knifing when backing up.
I turned in my Build Sheet 7/30. The Build Sheet is the final list sent to Escape Trailer Industries with all the option-decisions made. It took me NINE MONTHS to determine this list–kind of like birthing a baby. Won’t bore you with the details but there are hundreds of decisions, as large as getting solar (YES OF COURSE!!!) and as small as how many 12V outlets to put on the inside and outside of the trailer and if so, do I want USB connections. But it’s done, I feel good about my choices–no looking back.
So now it comes down to getting my condo ready to rent and renting it. I have so many piles on the floor that they’re starting to talk to one another. Throw away, give away, sell on ebay, store at Johnny’s, store in my storage room, take on the trip west to transfer to the trailer and, of course, the “undecided” pile. Yikes!!! But . . . it will all get done. It always does.
I’m very excited about this next life adventure! Thanks for coming along for the ride!!!