Mrs. D's Big Off-Grid Adventure

| 2/17/2015 12:27:00 PM

Finally the weather cleared and we were able to get some more repairs done on the tiny trailer so we could get started on our Big Off-Grid Adventure. First I sealed up the roof with elastomeric, hoping that I got all the leaks. Apparently not, because there is still a small leak somewhere. Upon inspection, I discovered the source: non-working running lights that were working their way loose from the frame. So I will be disconnecting the loose ones and sealing up the holes.

mrs d repairing roof 

sawdust toilet 

Next, I removed the cracked toilet bowl, which I could not get replacement parts for, and installed a sawdust toilet. Sawdust has a much less offensive smell than black water, and thus, conserves water usage, as well. This is a good thing, because my 10-gallon fresh water tank had a big hole in it that I could not patch. So our water system currently consists of two 2-gallon jugs with spigots, sitting (one at a time) on the kitchen sink. The water heater does not work and is a bit further down the budget ladder, so we are heating water on the stove for dishes and washing, as well as hot drinks and cooking.

dry rot repairs

Dry rot was causing the corners of the trailer siding to pull away, so I had to replace as much as I could get to without taking the whole trailer apart. The main problem was the front corners near the bottom. The siding is also so old that some of it is just deteriorating. It is looking very much like it is going to be wiser to just upgrade to a bigger trailer (we need the extra space) than to replace it. So for now, bandaid repairs until the right trailer meets up with our budget.

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