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Axles, pool noodles and toilet paper

Now what do axles, pool noodles and toilet paper all have in common you wanna know?

Loading our precious cars into the container is what they have in common as today was L-day (aka D-day) and after a long night yesterday, we were ready for it!

We had enough time this morning to pick up a last parcel (our safe) at the DHL office which we were hoping to have fitted to the car before leaving, but at least we can shove it into the car so we can have it installed in Malaysia.

As we were waiting for the others who still had to finish vacuum packing the last rolls of toilet paper for the first 3 months of the trip into their trucks, we opened the box and tested the safe. And that’s when the key got stuck. Not just a little stuck, but very stuck. To cut a long story short, it’s still stuck and currently sitting in our living room with the key still in it. We decided that a safe which cannot be opened is a little bit too safe for our liking….

Luckily the loading went a lot smoother.

First up was Lara. It was an easy reverse drive in with plenty of space on all sides. Tied down with 4 ratchet straps and 4 chocks she won’t be able to move for the next 3-4 weeks. Next up was the Wanderoos truck from Rob and Robyn which was reversed into the same container. She needed to be pushed in the last meter as you can’t open the doors to get out once she is in, that’s how close the fit is for these big earth cruisers. They had brought some pool noodles for cushioning, but didn’t need them in the end as the big forklift truck was used to shift her over a bit more to the middle. Quite handy having those big toys driving around.

Last today was Bumblebee, the yellow truck from Guy and Cheryl. The fit is even tighter for this one and she needed 2 smaller wheels at the back to get her in. Guy managed to reverse her into their container in one go (apart from some height and space checks). Nice work. Climbing over and under the back axle to fit the chocks and add the straps was pretty hot work (but heaps of fun).

And that was it. It’s all done. She is loaded and will be transferred to the docks later today. The ship (Xutra Bhum) will be loaded on Monday and will sail on Tuesday we have been told, taking some weeks to get to Kuala Lumpur where we will be anxiously waiting for the containers to be opened again.

our ship to get Lara across to KL

our ship to get Lara across to KL (yes, she is really going on this ship)

In the mean time we are back home (thanks for the lift home Rob and Robyn and thanks for lunch Guy and Cheryl!!), wondering what we have forgotten 🙂 and getting ready for our next challenge: packing up the house and getting everything into a 10m2 storage loft.

Here are some pictures from today:

sealing the vents before loading

sealing the vents before loading

reversing Lara into the container

reversing Lara into the container

strapping Lara

strapping Lara

Lara ready for transportation

Lara ready to go!

using the big toys to move it to the middle

using the big toys to move the truck to the middle

Jon getting dirty

Jon getting dirty

Rob & Robyn with their truck in the container

Rob & Robyn with their truck in the container (Lara is behind their truck)

ready to go!

ready to go!

Jude getting dirty

Jude getting dirty

Guy & Cheryl and their truck Bumble Bee

Guy & Cheryl and their truck Bumble Bee

Aluminium and more wooden boxes for Lara

On Friday 16 November we dropped off Lara at the local sheet metal work place where she was fitted with some aluminium shelves to create more easy storage options. They did a great job and we now have a space for our table and chairs, and the clothes area has been separated from the main storage area which means you can now only access the clothes area via the gull wing doors.

main storage area

The main storage area with the chairs and table in their own spaces.

clothes area

Clothes area with the gull wing door open

Kitchen box

Our kitchen box with everything that needs to go in it…

As we have already made some cloth bags with velcro to hang them up, we have now also attached the velcro to the inside of the clothes pods. We’ll take some pictures once the glue has dried up properly and we can hang the bags in there.

Our next job is to make some some wooden boxes to go onto the shelves. The first two we are working on is the kitchen box and the wine rack.

The kitchen box is heavy!! and will sit in the bottom right hand corner. The wine rack will sit on the left hand side in the middle, just above the chairs.

All the kitchen stuff we want to bring is in the kitchen box already, but we are going to make some dividers to keep it all in place. We’ll post a piccie when it is finished (and painted!)

The 3 plastic tubs you see at the top will be our food pantry. They fit perfectly on the top shelf and all they need is a strap in front of them to stop them from sliding out.

The making of the clothes pods

We borrow Zoe’s sewing machine (thanks Zoe!) to get started on the clothes pods. We will have 4 each and will be accessible from the gull wing doors. The idea is to hang them with velcro into our current storage bins above the rear wheels. We’ll add some photos of that once the gull wing doors are in and the aluminium shelving is in place.

This way we should have plenty of space for all our clothes and shoes.

Jon cutting the clothes pods

Jude sewing the clothes pods