We started this journey on August 1st, 2010. January is the sixth month. Do we regret it?
Could we have done some things better?
Oh, most assuredly!
Preparation, both in terms of our personal belongings and mentally, would have helped. Instead, it was a rapid decision, leaving us without the time to truly sort through and dispose of things, as well as take care of modifications to the travel trailer that we have had to do while living in it, or still need to do. Ideally, there would be no storage unit to pay for each month, but without the time to sell, give away, donate, or otherwise dispose of a lot of things, we were in a situation where we had to move fast…and we were not prepared.
Once the Great Repair is finally completed…which now is hung up with a missing vacuum hose of some kind, a dipstick tube that was damaged badly during its removal and we can’t buy a replacement for, and some kind of other gizmo that will be used to reconnect the exhaust system after being forced to cut…something, we’ll be able to get back to normal. Obviously, I am not the mechanic in this outfit! I had to laugh when it was suggested that it would be a simple and inexpensive solution to just go to Mobile or Gulfport to a “you pull it” junk yard and get the necessary items. I pointed out that our current transportation was a pair of bicycles that are chained to the bumper of the trailer when not in use…and either location was about a 5 day round trip to get the part. Someone who is 20something might be able to bike the 45-50 miles there in a single day, but few would get home the same day. I have searched unsuccessfully for a replacement oil dipstick tube on the internet, but every time I thought I’d struck gold…it wasn’t going to fit this engine. GM might regard this repair as time consuming and a nightmare, but it’s gone past that to me. It’s getting harder and harder to not be a nag, as I’m entirely fed up with waiting and the “a few more days” sort of finish date. I want to see that van running again! Once that happens, we can start resuming our lives without this incredible anchor weighing around our necks as we try to get through this problem.
Sometimes, the small things seem to become mountains that there is no way we can climb, but we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other…and before we know it, we’ve managed to get over that mountain.
My other mantra is “This too shall pass.” I have been saying it a lot lately as we have battled everything from the flu to the weather.