I had been haunting craigslist for weeks looking for a fridge
small enough for my trailer. I had almost snagged two different fridges from VW Westfalia campers, but they sold before I could get to them. In some ways I was concerned about the fussy snout that is used for both the intake and exhaust on them, which makes them harder to light
and challenges their cooling capacity.
But I hadn't seen anything else that was shallow enough.
Was this the ONE?
It was too late to call so I waited as rapidly as possible for 9am (it is
a Sunday, after all, and some people like to sleep in). I made the call but only got the recording so I left a message. Because the ad hadn't said anything about the size or model number I asked for the dimensions.
I had the windows
open so I could hear the phone while I worked on the kitchen refurb, but I would check the answering machine from time to time in case I hasn't heard the phone.
Then at 12:37 I got the call.
It is a Dometic RM2190 and is 20 1/2" deep, 21 1/2" high, and 17 3/4" wide.
It will fit!!
So I tell the seller that I am coming right down, but I will need to rent a small trailer from U-Haul
first, which usually takes about half an hour, and that I expect to arrive between 3 and 4pm. I also ask him to call the cell phone if he sells the fridge
before I get there so I don't have to travel all the way.
He tells me he will not sell the fridge
out from under me if I am really coming.
I am! I am!
My wife and I jump in the car and head to U-Haul
. Well, U-Haul
is hopping with students returning trucks, renting trucks, buying boxes, and the line is almost out the door. Umm, this will take a while....
It only took 48 minutes, but now we were stuck in the everybody is driving home to LA at the end of the weekend
traffic, or as a friend likes to call it, the linear parking lot
So we call and tell the seller that the ETA has shifted to no earlier than 4:30. He seems fine with that.
We drive and drive, then drive some more. We call to say that we're about 15 minutes away from his house -- no answer. But he had said he was working around the yard and to leave a message, so we did.
He called back just as I came to an intersection that redirected traffic differently than what I had planned as my route. He guided us through the maze and we got to his house.
Guess what we saw? A really nice guy with a Trillium
4500 in his driveway, and beyond it a Scamp!
Hey, this is looking good!
We toured the Trill, then looked at the fridge which he had hooked up to propane
and had running to show that it really worked. Then he showed me how to light it. So I bought it -- what else could I do?
It turns out James and his friend rebuild and customize "canned ham" trailers, but for themselves prefer the much lighter and easier to tow molded fiberglass trailers.
I'll be asking him for a price for making a new popup skirt and a few other things. Further details will be posted as they become available.
And dinner with our dear friend? Upstaged by the