Brrr…. It’s getting cold in here.

Dec 07

Brrr…. It’s getting cold in here.

Here’s how you know the propane is out.  The furnace stops working. Now for the tricky part — where can you refill propane tanks at 8:00 pm on a Friday night on the coldest night of the year? In my case, that took about 90 minutes to answer. Fortunately we got some help from Walt and Susie at Vasa Park and a guy who stayed late at Factoria Shell to resolve the problem. Now, we should not have run out of propane after only 3 days but I think what happened is that when I got one of the tanks refilled, they only filled it about 1/2 way and the other tank was probably about 1/2 full to begin with. They are definitely full now and we are returning to a more normal temperature. 65 inside while it’s 21 (and still dropping)...

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Frosty Mornings at Vasa Park

Dec 05

Frosty Mornings at Vasa Park

It’s going to be a very cold week in Bellevue, WA. Part of the reason we moved the trailer down to Vasa Park in Bellevue, WA for this month is so we can keep it plugged in and work through any last issues before we take off on the big trip though we didn’t quite expect to get this cold! The overnight lows this week will get down into the teens and that has changed some of the ways we are living in the trailer.  For one, we won’t leave the fresh water hooked up to the city water while it gets this cold since the hose would certainly freeze overnight so we are using our fresh water tank and filling it up then putting away to hose so it won’t freeze. The tanks are heated by the furnace so we SHOULD be ok (fingers crossed). We woke up Wednesday to a very frosty morning with ice crystals creeping across the roof and the walls of the Tardis, making some lovely patterns on the aluminum shell. While it was really cold outside, the trailer was cozy warm inside.  One of the great things about living in about 200 square feet is it doesn’t take too long for it to warm up. Our one challenge when we arrived at the park was unwinterizing the trailer.  Our dealer had winterized the water system while they installed our solar panels and they left all of the drains open. This is a totally reasonable thing to do, but we just didn’t know it. So when I started filling the water tank, it immediately started draining from the bottom. The nice thing is that this is certainly easy to fix, just close a couple of valves but then I needed to find the rest of the places where they had either opened or bypassed parts of our plumbing. A quick call to the dealership got me the total list. Fresh water tank white and red valved needed to be switched. Turn off the hot water heater bypass (yellow valve behind the water heater) The water heater’s drain valve was already closed. Close the drain after the water heater bypass (white valve next to the...

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