So with the promise we would be able to move in December, Ken left for Florida to move the remainder of our furnishings and boxes.
The next night we here in Missouri experienced our first freeze. What does that mean in an aluminum trailer. Well lets just say it was a disaster and I got to face it all alone. The entire trailer froze up. No water, sewer line froze to the lagoon, and we were literally freezing the heating system couldn’t handle the cold.
I knew that the construction people had a propane heater blower type thing upstairs they used while working. So I made my way up the ladder and hauled it down. I put some boards around the bottom of the trailer to block wind and figured out how to get the propane blower working trying to warm the pipes so we could get water back. But all I could think about was if I was going to set the trailer on fire. But I couldn’t think of any other way to defrost the undecarraige.
I’d run it a little while, turn it off being afraid it was getting to hot. Then turn it on again. All I could imagine was setting our only place to live on fire and what was I going to do to get the water on again.
Then remember the lagoon I told you about in the beginning of the blog. Well the sewer lines, plastic accordion style pipes connect the trailer sewage to the lagoon but they lay outside in the open, so naturally they froze too. So we have no bathroom toilet now eiher.
The only way I could think to resolve this issue is to disconnect the pipes and empty the sewage tank by hand filling buckets then dumping them into the lagoon. I have to tell you, as I am emptying that tank into those, all I could think of was just a few short months ago, I wore business suits, expensive shoes, drove nice cars, and now here I am freezing to death pumping excrement into buckets and dumping it into a hole in the ground all the while expecting the trailer to blow up.
Well the good news is I did get it to defrost enough to get water from two faucets and quickly return the heater it to where I found it. I felt a little bettter we were not going to explode and as long as I kept water running in the two faucets I should have water.
Luckily the next day everything defrosted and I made sure to keep water running all the time during the cold weather. I was from Florida I didn’t know thats what your suppose to do. But it’s a lesson I won’t ever forget.