As it turns out, professional sand blasting and painting is extremely expensive and outside our budget! We got a few quotes around town, and all were much more than we were expecting. I don’t know if this has to do with the fact that most shops are doing work in compliance with offshore steel requirements, or if that just really is how much they charge regularly. After very little deliberation, we decided to hack it ourselves, out at the build site. Three visits to motor registration later, in search of clarification on the rules of transporting the trailer, we finally received an in-transit permit on August 14th! This permit is basically a one-time-use document that allows you to move a trailer or other vehicle from one location to another, on an agreed upon date. The conditions of this permit require you to have working electric brakes and all lights (tail and signal lights, front, and side amber marker lights), and the trailer must be unloaded. It was $15, and hassle-free; my favourite kind of permit! The next day, my kind and helpful brother stopped by and helped us wire up everything (he’s an electrician). We didn’t want to permanently affix anything to the trailer since it was all going to come off once we got it out to the build site anyway for rust removal and painting. So, we attached all the lights and wires to the steel with plastic zip-ties! Brilliant invention. I wish we had had black ones though instead of the white, as they would be a little less conspicuous. After we had finished, the trailer ominously looked as if it were held together by those zip-ties. I will discuss the ins and outs of the wiring later when we do it in a permanent way, since the focus right now was just to get it working for the time being.
On Sunday, August 16th, the trailer made its way from St. John’s out to the bottom of Trinity Bay without a hitch! Well that’s a lie, it did have a hitch, to attach it to the truck. HA! I wasn’t able to attend this monumental event since I had previously committed to coming out of retirement and attending a track and field meet in honour of my coach. I think this was for the best because I would have been super nervous and anxious about things that could possibly go wrong. Tim’s cousin who is a professional truck driver kindly offered to give us a hand and towed the trailer for us from A to B. We were so grateful to have someone so experienced help us with this! Apparently there were no issues encountered, and the trailer was just fine in transit! With the safety chains hooked on, and the 7-pin plug plugged in, away they went. Tim followed behind in our car. He said the only thing was that since the trailer was so light, completely unloaded, it did a bit of bouncing up and down when going over bumps. I was so excited to see the picture of the trailer from behind on the highway with the functioning tail lights!! This past week we’ve just been getting our things packed up and ready to head out to the build site for what we hope will be about a month of construction work to complete the shell of our tiny house. We are staying in a summer home out there so we can stay close to the build and have steady progress every day.