1st Day Home "To Do" List

My first day home was spent mostly on practicalities. I contacted our insurance agent at Amica and reviewed the accident that happened in Boulder, WY. He contacted an adjuster who will be out to assess the damage on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that the repair is quick and easy. I then spent some time online ordering items for the camper:

  • A Sink Drain Wrench so I can fix the leaky sink. I purchased the plumbers putty on the road so once it arrives I can correct that problem.
  • Replacement LED Bulbs for the Range Hood Light. Thanks to the folks on the Escape Trailer Forum, I know these will work and provide me with brighter, longer lasting light.
  • Wheel Chocks that are larger and stronger than the ones I currently have. I will continue to use the X Chocks between the tandem wheels and want to add these to the front and rear of the tires on both sides. I like that the X Chocks can be locked and that they help to stabilize the trailer,  but I want the added protection that these chocks will provide.
  • I want to wash the trailer and the folks on the forum recommend a good marine type wash like Meguiar's that will protect the gel coat exterior of the camper and will also not strip off the wax.
  • I needed a bug remover that will not harm the finish on my beautiful Wild Thing and the forum was again my source to find what I needed. Bug Melt by PPC was the winner here!
  • I had a Weber Q 1200 Grill in my trailer hope chest but learned that the propane -quick-connect port on Wild Thing provides propane that has already been regulated at the tank so any appliance connected through this quick connect should not have a regulator attached.  The Weber Q 1200 Grill came with a regulator attached so I need to modify it to use with the quick connect port on the camper. The Escape Trailer Forum folks helped me find the right thing, a conversion kit. There's even a YouTube video outlining how to make the modification with the Torjik Converta Q Kit!
  • I found wrangling the fresh water hose on the trip challenging. I have a 10' and a 25' water hose and both are sturdy, do not kink, but are stiff and difficult to wind up for storage. I'm going to try this mesh bag, the Storeahose by StoneWolves Products that promises to make the job easier.  I'll post a review after I give it a try.

The rest of the day was spent on laundry, errands, cooking, and snuggling with Dexter!

Final Paperwork

On Saturday, I received a packet of final documents from Escape Trailer Industries which included the Bill of Sale, HS-7 Importation Declaraton, NAFTA Certificate of Origin, Federal Certificate of Origin for a Trailer, Department of Homeland Security Entry Summary, Department of Homeland Security Importer ID Input Record, and the US Customs Invoice. Phew! Thankfully, Escape Trailer Industries is well versed in the process and are taking care of all these details well ahead of the completion date.

With paperwork in hand, I'll go to Amica tomorrow and finalize insurance for Wild Thing, then head to the DMV and get it registered. Once those practical matters are taken care of,  I'll have only a few items left on my to do list ... torque wrench, jumper cables, hair cut, computer battery, and packing up some food and clothes.

I'll be leaving a week from today!