Hi Guys. Although it’s not a permanent fix (is anything ever?), I have found a home for Sparta and it was sitting right under my nose, er, tongue (as in hitch) all along. She is staying where she is in a rustic and bucolic Sonoma County setting. This makes sense on so many levels. For one, I need a place to live in the northern Bay Area during the 5 month catering peak season. Rents here are astronomical ( north of $2,000 minimum) and it simply doesn’t make sense to put down that kinda ‘dough year round for a seasonal domicile. I have negotiated a sweet deal with my landlord that contains a two-step rent, higher for when we’re in the trailer and lower when we’re not. The Spartanette moves to Quincy, first chance I get. I can now travel to Italy to see my son, Quincy to see my daughter ( where we will restore the ’48) and wherever else for extended periods without hearing that huge sucking sound back home. Whew, what a relief! Also, with my axle problem, moving Sparta right now isn’t a great option. Finally, Sonoma County has a nice, moderate climate and with a portable air conditioner we’ll get through the summers just fine (I will have access to power to supplement my yet-to-be-installed solar system and water to refill my 63 gallon on-board water supply).
So there is a hell of a lot to do before our 5/1/20 move in. In no particular order:
- Buy and install propane oven/stove combo.
- Install lighting
- Raise trailer onto semi-permanent blocks.
- Make and install curtains.
- Install and vent wood stove.
- Finish cabinetry (interior shelving, knobs, slides, etc.)
- Buy furniture (sofa bed for guests, mattress for us, dining table, odds and ends)
- Run propane system (original is shot).
- Finish electrical closet.
- Begin solar install
- Install flooring.
- Yikes, I nearly forgot composting toilet!
As it relates to #11, here are some floor samples in vinyl that I am considering compliments of www.greenbuildingsupply.com.
So, clearly, I have some work to do.