It was Friday morning and my fridge was bare.
I don’t like getting groceries on Friday (or even Saturday) mornings but I’d put it off and, if I wanted good grub, I had to do it.
After making coffee in my favorite St Augustine Beach travel mug… I hopped in the van and made the short trek to Freeport to restock the fridge.
Back At The Trailer
I was preparing to put everything in the fridge when I noticed the coil thing-a-ma-jigs (in the back of the fridge) were completely covered in thick ice.
These fridges need defrosting from time to time. I knew it needed defrosting a while back but, since it hadn’t magically melted on it’s own, it was time to do something about it.
There’s no better time to defrost the fridge than AFTER I bought a ton of food that needs to go in the fridge. Right?!?
Defrosting The Fridge
I grabbed a big thermal cooler bag from the van and placed everything from the fridge and freezer in to the bag.
The bag was stuffed but it all fit. I even got the zipper to close!
Then, the defrosting process began.
It was as simple as opening the fridge door, facing my electric heater in to the fridge and turning it on.
The melting ice fell into the drip tray in back of the fridge. The drip tray drains outside so there was no messy slop to wipe up and no worry about it flooding out of the fridge and into the trailer.
The process worked pretty slick! My fridge and freezer were defrosted quicker than I expected.
Since this adventure happened in my kitchen I thought it would be fun to give you a closer peek at my little kitchen…
Good Counter Space
Here’s what my kitchen looked like before I moved anything in to the trailer…
There’s a decent amount of counter space in my tiny trailer. I’ve been in bigger trailers where the counter space isn’t as plentiful.
Here’s the counter as I use it today…
The Stove Area
On the left side of the counter, I added an expandable shelf over the 2 burner stove. The shelf also has space for a little fall decor!
I (almost) never use 2 burners at once and the extra shelf space is nice to have.
In the rare event that I’d need to use both burners at once… the shelf easily moves out of the way.
Between the stove and wall…
I bought a little (black) bathroom toothbrush holder from Walmart. It’s technically suppose to hold toothpaste, hair brushes, etc but I use it to hold the few kitchen items I use most often.
The small holder fits perfectly between the stove and wall.
On the range hood…
I had a slew of magnetic hooks that I used in the van so I brought a few in and stuck them on the metal range hood.
The magnets hold a variety of things that I use and swap out as needed (such as the strainer you see hanging on the left side of the range hood, a dish brush and more).
When towing the trailer…
The shelf and other movable countertop items are stored in a cupboard or under the bed when towing the trailer.
Above The Sink
I added a paper towel holder above the sink and put a clock on the wall.
The clock is held securely in place via Picture Hanging Command Strips. The strips are like velcro and allow me to take the clock down to change batteries or time without having to replace the strips.
The grey basket…
That little plastic grey basket on the counter is used as a tiny countertop trash bin (for things like veggie peels, food scraps, coffee grounds, etc).
When the grey basket gets full I simply dump it in a trash bag.
I keep a trash bag in the tub where it’s out of the way and it’s not a problem if it happens to leak. The trash is disposed of every day.
The Big Silver Tower
On the right side of the counter sits my Berkey water filter system.
This is a gravity fed water filtering system (no electricity needed). I put water in the top chamber (where the filters are) and the water runs through the filters in to the bottom chamber.
When I open the spigot… clean water comes out.
The Berkey sits on a metal stand so I can get my cup, pots-n-pans and teapot under the spigot.
Beneath the Berkey sits a cute little (fake) plant that helps prettify the place!
There are a variety of Berkey sizes. I have the Travel Berkey which is the smallest option.
When I first got the Berkey I thought it was huge but I gave it a try and I love it!
I ditched my Propur for the Berkey…
In prior posts, I mentioned that I used a Propur water filter.
The Propur worked great the several years I used it but something changed.
I’d change the Propur filter every 3 months but, now, the filter wasn’t even lasting a week.
I started buying water at the store but that got expensive quick. These days, there’s also a possibility that there won’t be any water available for purchase.
That’s when I decided to get the Berkey…
The Berkey does some heavy duty filtering (more than the Propur).
I keep a couple gallons of store bought water in the van (just in case) but I save a lot of money not buying water from the store.
I’m also not dealing with empty plastic containers.
Depending on water quality and how well they’re taken care of… the Berkey filters last 3 to 8+ years!
If you’re interested, there’s a lot of info on the Berkey website.
When towing the trailer…
The Berkey snuggles safely away – with no water inside – when I’m towing the trailer.
The unit and filters need to be cleaned periodically so it’s not a big deal to take it down when towing as it’s a great time to clean it.
The refrigerator in the trailer is quite a bit bigger than the fridge I had in the van AND the trailer fridge also has a freezer!
Not many people get to peek inside my fridge but here you go:
If you noticed the store bought water bottles… I bought these quite a while ago. I like Fiji water but it’s expensive. So, I buy it, drink it and keep the bottles to refill from the Berkey.
The water bottles fit perfectly in the door of the fridge. Replacing them is as easy as buying another bottle of Fiji water.
Under The Sink Storage
There’s a bit of storage under the sink.
I keep spray bottles and other liquid items in a small (black) trash bin just in case they leak.
The jug is currently empty but I keep an extra gallon of water from the Berkey under the sink (to use for cooking, rinsing veggies, etc).
I don’t use the microwave often but it also serves as storage.
Upper Storage Cupboards
The storage area above the sink holds quite a bit. There’s even room for more!
Those little black bins are mini-crates that I used when I lived in the van.
These little crates make it easy to get stuff down and put it away.
I Love Command Hooks
On the door of the upper cupboard I added a couple Command Hooks to hold my lighter (for the stove) and a pair of scissors.
The bottom part of the scissors is held with velcro to keep it from clanking every time I open the door.
The End Of The Kitchen Tour
That’s the extent of my kitchen area tour (for now).
My non-perishable food, dishes, silverware, utensils and pots-n-pans are stored elsewhere in the trailer.
Some items – along with extra food, clothing, etc – are kept in the van. I’m still figured out how I want stuff arranged so who knows where it will end up.
In a few weeks I’ll begin heading south for the winter. This will be my first time heading south with the trailer.
I’m sure there will be interesting stories to tell and fun adventures to share as I head on down the road with my new cozy little home on wheels!