Actually that was not the first question, but it became the one that we went back and forth about the most.
Over the years and trips back and forth across this great country of ours, we have outfitted the little Rav4 with just about every rack set-up you can imagine.
But we had more stuff in Atlanta than any of our versions could handle. So the first question was what to do with our stuff. Do we store it? It didn't look like we were going to be in Atlanta for a while and even paying for storage for a year would be cheaper than going the trailer option.
Do we give the stuff away? I liked this option, Cindy was pretty attached to these chairs and as we started going through the list of just how much and what we would have to give away to get everything to fit, it was more than either of us were willing to part with. We were still pretty burnt out on the whole, "let's just buy everything again, cause it's cheaper" scenario as well.
We finally decided to go the trailer route. The next question was indeed, whether to rent or buy.
I'm still not sure that buying this trailer was the right thing to do. We'll know for sure down the road. But there are somethings I would have done differently.
I would have researched where and how to get my liscense plate and tags, so I wouldn't have wasted hours running all over Atlanta when I was already way behind on time. I also would have went ahead and spent the extra money while I was at the trailer store and bought a lock and a spare tire. Hopefully I won't regret that second mistake more than I already do.
Last night I wrapped a cable through the trailer and then back to the rack on top of the car and all over the place to take up the slack, realizing mid-way through the task what a mute point it was.
It's official. Now I've got a Georgia license plate to go with my Georgia driver's license.
Backing and Packing
I knew backing up the trailer was going to be difficult and a pain, I just didn't know how difficult and what a pain.
Trying to just get it in the drive-way took around half an hour and held up traffic more than a couple of times. I finally got it to the mouth of our drive and dropped and muscled it in the rest of the way.
I wasn't going to be able to do this once it was loaded, which is why at the end of a long day of driving, we ended up spending an extra 20 minutes backing up to a space in a nearly empty parking lot at the hotel.
I'd never hauled a trailer before. It can be a little nerve racking. And it definitely slows you down.
But once you get the hang of it, it's not so bad.
And it's unlikely we'll have an incident like the bike-rack debacle we had on our last trip.
And we get to keep all of our stuff.
Just going to have to figure out what to do with the trailer and the stuff when we get to LA.
And then will have to figure it out again when we leave LA, which will be a couple of weeks after that, more likely than not.
The ups and downs and quandaries of modern-day nomads.