Let me catch you up (with pictures)

We got to Colorado without the trailer, cuz it was getting worked on. We have a love hate relationship with work, but I mean is manageable.

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Plus this place is gorgeous!!!

 

Okay so then we went back to Utah, and we finally made our engagement official!

Then our truck broke down and my parents had to come rescue us and we got to haul our trailer back with a dodge durango, and now we are back in Colorado.

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Our Trailer Sucks

Okay so if you have read my other posts you know what a chaos my personal life is, but I wanted this blog to be more than just the sad stories of everyday life. We live in a travel trailer and we started to do something call workamping. I have posted maybe twice about this and while I rant I have mentioned it. But I really wanted to blog about that because it is awesome! Like things suck, but if this goes well it’s gonna be amazing you know?

We have a Jayco, Jayflight 23RB in case you were wondering. It is 23 feet of living space, so like maybe 200sq feet? I don’t know many measurements. Anyway, it is falling apart!

Cam tore the awning because he spent like two hours dragging the trailer all through downtown Seattle, because he was looking for you know what, and then he finally found some and couldn’t wait 30 more seconds to park somewhere safe so he decided to just pull of on the side of this road. And once he was doing done his business, he pulled away and we heard a crack. He hit some tree and caught the branches in the awning and completely tore it. I mean the canvas was torn, the arm things where bent, the cables where cut. We had been in Washington for like two days when that happened. I should have known that was a bad omen.

Okay so that’s how it started. Kinda. Then once we where at our work camp spot, we noticed our hitch was bent. And then we noticed there was a hole under the trailer. So as time went by we kept getting mice inside our trailer. But it’s so wet we can’t really patch it up. Then we started to get mold everywhere. Then our bed broke, so we sleep all slanted. Then something in our bathroom is leaking. We don’t know if it’s the shower head or the faucet or the tub. But then we noticed it does it when it rains a lot too, so we don’t know what it could be but we have all kinds of water damage from that. Then our stove was leaking too?? And the kitchen outlet doesn’t work, and neither does the outlet in our bathroom. And the light in our bedroom is broken too, and the fan over the kitchen doesn’t work either. And then just recently the diverter from the faucet in our shower is being finicky so sometimes we can shower but sometimes we can’t. And our door lock doesn’t work either, it’s like stuck and we have tried to fix it but I think overtime we have made it worse. Oh and we broke our towel rack too. And we lost the cover to our propane tanks.

So that’s whats wrong with our trailer. I may have forgotten some things, but in a nut shell that’s it. I hope once we drive back home, we can get it into the shop and have it looked at or something. We don’t have much time between jobs and I really don’t want to risk loosing the next job!

How it started

My fiancé has always loved the outdoors, he is happiest when out biking, backpacking, hiking, climbing etc. so after a car accident that left him with a herniated disk in his back, things looked pretty bleak. He lost his job, his anxiety and depression were getting harder and harder for him to manage, and he kept turning to alcohol and prescription pills for comfort. We started planning a trip for him to get out of the city and go out and enjoy the desert for a few months, and hopefully get him out of the funk.  But the more we planned the more excited we got, and the more we realized that we were running out of savings, I was the only working full time and living in the city was expensive. With what we paid for rent alone we could pay off a cheap motor home in just a few months.

We always knew we were going to be living in a small space because we were both fascinated with tiny houses, so downsizing wasn’t a big deal to us. We rushed into the decision; we knew we needed to get the ball rolling fast before our savings went away and before he lost what little bit of control he had left of himself to his depression and addiction. We were lucky that we had and still have an amazing support system in our lives. Our parents and family members have been wonderful and supportive, maybe a little apprehensive but that’s understandable.

We have had our trailer for about 6 months, and in those 6 months we broke the hydraulic jack by dragging it because we forgot to lift it, we caught our awning on a tree branch and tore it, we bent our tow hitch on our truck, and we just found a hole under the trailer that we think a mice made. Our first two months we had no plans, we moved from the city to the St. George desert in Utah and boondocked out in public land. Then finally we got hired on our first job in Forks, Washington.

I am 24 and he is 28, we plan on doing this hopefully for at least 5 years,  after that we will see where we are and decide from there. Right now we are just excited to be away from the city.  We know we still have many challenges ahead of us, but we feel like being young gives us an advantage, because even though we are inexperience we can be molded into anything that any employer might need of us.

Some days are worse than others, my fiancé is still struggling, but every day that he is able to get up and be clean is an accomplishment we would not have in the city. Being out on the road gives us a sense of freedom, and happiness we have never experienced. We are seriously broke, where we don’t eat anything but ramen or rice or oatmeal for weeks, and we don’t have propane, but luckily we do have power and water and we have met the most kindest of people that are willing to help us. We are loving every minute of this experience. We both strongly believe that the most important part is that we are doing what we felt was right for us, and that we tried it out and even if the outcome isn’t ideal, we still have a great story to tell our grandchildren.