Loading the truck didn’t quite go as planned but all vehicles are prepped and ready for the trek to the pacific northwest. Josh and Jim are my other pilots on this journey and they will lend some levity to what has been a sad departure. Andrea and Amelia and their entourage will head out on Thursday.

I’m ready to get going and leave the heat behind. But the life I’m leaving will be pulling on my heart.

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Written on August 30th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: ,

The truck is loaded, the trailer mostly done, and tomorrow we ride. By loaded I mean stuffed from floor to ceiling with our stuff. I underestimated the amount of stuff we had. There is an abundance of great stuff in front of our house right now if you want it.

Written on August 29th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags:

Intended today to be easy but there was plenty to do. After the road test last night I brought the trailer home so I could have it weighed before the trip. So I thought it would be a good idea to take it up to Amelia’s school. I had no idea how excited she would be to see it this morning when we left for school. She did a little happy dance and said, “Daddy, it is beautiful!” Which will probably be the absolute bestest compliment I’ll ever get. She climbed inside like a pro and got up into her future sleeping area with wide eyes and a big smile. Best part of the day.

Pulled the trailer through rush hour traffic without incident and got to the scales. Folks running the scales were confused why I wanted the weight but did it anyway. When I pulled around to get the ticket there were a few guys around the docks eyeing it.
One asked,”Is that for grey hounds?” “No, I’m going to camp in it,” I said.
His buddy piped up, “I saw a show on the travel channel or national geographic about those! Where did you buy it?”
“I built everything but that axle and the windows!” I replied, my chest inflating. I’m amazed at how proud I am of this little trailer.

I headed off to get the weight ticket and walked inside. An older man with long, grey hair and a beard asked me, “What are you weighing it for? A title?”
“No I just want to see what it weighs.”
“Well let me take a look at it,” he says as we walk outside.
“I’m not going to charge you for it if you aren’t needing the slip but they wouldn’t understand that,” he says as we step outside. “That’s cherry man! Did you make it”
“Yep, with help from a friend on the cabinetry and skin,” I reply.
“I saw one the other day made out of a VW. Kitchen where the engine was.”
“I’m pretty proud of it. Still needs a little work. But I’m towing it to Oregon next Tuesday so I gotta get it finished up.”

He goes on to tell me he looked at renting one but they go for $60/day. I tell him he should build one, but not use tubing. He’s genuinely impressed and I think it made his day. As he walks off he tells me to make sure there are chains on it and says, “Keep Austin weird man!” I’ll do my best. Damn I’m going to miss this town.

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Written on August 25th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: , ,

We took the trailer up to 75 mph today to check for issues. Mostly everyone was fine, a little shimmy at 60 and a latch that may not close easily but all resolved. In the end it did well at 70 and 65 and should pull just fine at highway speeds.

I’ll weigh it tomorrow for good measure but I think with a little weather sealing we should be fine for our trip. I’ll still be worrying about it till I encounter our first rain shower but I think it will pull just fine. It better, I don’t know what I’ll do if it doesn’t.

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Written on August 25th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: ,

Another late night. It was unexpected as we thought we were further along. But we got it far enough along to do a road test this evening. We got door exteriors mostly done, windows in and drip edges.

The whole water proofing design is theoretical since we haven’t seen rain in months here. The only chance to test will be the trip.

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Written on August 24th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: ,

With Gary Cross’ help I’m almost done with the teardrop. Last night we worked until 1 am on getting it sealed up, vents installed and external fittings. Today I took Dad’s utility trailer and tools to his house in Cuero, Texas. 220 miles of driving I didn’t want to do. But that’s handled now.

Tonight is another working night. Hopefully we’ll get the doors done and prep for a road test tomorrow.

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Written on August 23rd, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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