The disorganized mess of moving into the trailer is almost done and we can almost find everything we need. We have been in the trailer now (sorry, new home) for two weeks and it is looking really good. Only 2 1/2 weeks left until we actually hit the road on our six month journey across the States and Canada so I had better begin the upgrades.
1st project, add solar to the trailer. We purchased 4 panels at 100 watts each and will add two more batteries. This will now always give us power to the lights, hot water tank, furnace and the kitchen. We are going to run a 1000W inverter as well and add two new ac plugs in the living room and kitchen which will give us the power to run small appliances and the tv when we are not plugged in anywhere. (dry camping is something we want to do now that we are capable).
As you can see by the pics we are over half way there now. The roof panels are now installed, wiring in and roof sealed. In the electrical room in the basement we have set up the inverter, two charge controllers and extra fuses for safety. Today I will get and instal the batteries and the rest of the wiring can be finished.
Huge thanks goes out to my brother in law Dave who had just finished the same install on his trailer and guided me through it on ours. This is going to be so much fun!!!
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It has been quite a day. I have made more than half a dozen trips in my truck to various places…loads to the trailer, loads to the dump, loads to our storage area and even loads to the local charity.
That’s right, it is transition day. I go from home owner to full time rv’er!! It is a weird time, I sit here in my new home (a cougar 327res 5th wheel trailer) writing this knowing I will not roam the halls of the building I have called home for more than fourteen years.
There is a definite sadness there yet I also pause and look ahead to what awaits and I smile. Have I done the right thing? I think yes but time will tell and eventually justify this whole change. Does anyone think I’m nuts, probably but I don’t care. It’s what we have been wanting for a long time.
I finally get the chance to see parts of the country that we have long dreamed of seeing. For Colleen and I the adventure is just beginning, as with our title we are taking chances.
We have crossed the threshold now and no turning back (with no will to do so). So here’s to the journey ahead and the hopes that you will all joins us.
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June and July have been extremely busy and have neglected the main site. Fear not though, today I managed to bring most of it up to date. For those following it, once you land on the main page just hit your F5 (refresh) in case your pc just shows you stored pages. I will eventually put up an auto refresh so that you will see new content as it is made. For now though, don’t forget to visit our main web site. 3Brew.Com
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Things are progressing at a rapid rate now towards our full timing goal. Today we picked up our new home, a 2011 Cougar 327RES. This is the third major step we have accomplished towards our goal. We upgraded to a 2500 Heavy Duty, We have sold our sticks and bricks home and we now have our new trailer.
The next task, daunting as it may be is to downsize a house full of stuff that will fit into the Cougar. We have exactly two months left before the house closes to accomplish this mammoth task!
That being said, it’s gonna be fun. Our countdown clock to full time is rapidly running down to zero. For those who live close by, there will be a gigantic yard sale very soon LOL.
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