First off, apologies on not posting on the 1st of September. I was up late that night going over final gear check and packing. For all the sheep hunters out there my pack weight
was 50 lbs heading in for 7 days, not including my rifle but including two full liters of water.
Ann arrived! I didn't actually lay eyes on her or the trailer until around 9:00am this morning when I rolled into town from Coldfoot. I did go hunting for one week and I left early on the 2nd of September, my 31st birthday, while Ann rolled into Fairbanks from Whitehorse later that evening to reunite with the little ones and all the grandparents who rallied to look after them. So we missed each other that day and I was up in the mountains until late last night.
Ann averaged a little over 600 miles a day the last two days of her journey so she could get into town without the girls spending a night without her. What a champ! She completely washed and scrubbed the trailer down and then hand waxed the entire thing except for the very top. I got the full tour from her today, complete with birthday gifts and a cake, from top to bottom - inside and out. What a treat! Greta and Sadie couldn't be more thrilled with the bunk beds and I'm impressed with the length of bench that it folds into. Four skinny adults could easily sit side by side and eat lunch off of a paper plate in their laps if neccessary. And when we are on the Copper River dipnetting and the wind is blowing glacier silt 400 miles an hour it is going to be neccessary.
We now have a brand new egg with 4000 miles on it, of course, and it weathered the trip pretty well. We lost both front light
covers and lights
to rocks and there are miscellaneous nicks along the bottom of the front of the trailer and in the wheel wells. The new pickup came with a hitch but I forgot to ask about mud flaps so those are obviously in order for our full time pickup. I'm wondering if nicks in the wheel well of the trailer can be avoided? Otherwise, is there a little pock mark patching I should do to the front? Except for the road wear from rocks, expected in Alaska, everything else appears perfect.
Question already: what are folks putting down in the floor of the shower? Drain mats? Seems like if you run the shower a little there is always a puddle that doesn't drain. Maybe the trailer isn't level or something.
Let's see. First impressions are that I love the awning
and the porch light
. Second impressions are that I'm glad we upped to vinyl. Third impressions are that the trailer is perfect. We are going to squeeze in an overnight trip this weekend before we put her to bed for winter. Mornings are a little frosty but there isn't any snow so we shouldn't have trouble pulling and this might be the last weekend available for a long time.
There is more to cover, i.e. selling the truck, so I'm going to keep updating frequently. I'll fill in about the weekend overnighter as well. For now I've attached a picture of the happy family taken this evening in the dining wing. Good night!