There were many doors, all well marked and organized by size. Unfortunately, they only had one door that was cheap enough and the right size. It was $15 but had no door knob or hinges. I decided to go back to the Habistore and buy whatever I could find there.
I picked out a white door with door knob and hinges attached. It was a little bit smaller than I needed, only 26" wide instead of 27 1/2" and no price tag. I hauled it off to someone who worked there and he said it was $10 because it was hollow and that they would throw in the door knob for free. He took it to my truck and I paid my $10.
After that I stopped by the thrift store to see if they had any dog leashes or food bowls. I found one bowl but no leashes. I also found 4 shirts that were half off which made them $2 a piece. Hmmm, how did I end up in the clothes aisle if I was looking for pet things?
I headed home and wouldn't you know it, I was almost home when it started to pour down rain. I turned down my dirt road and saw the wash flowing like a mini river.
The palm fronds that were dumped upstream were now in the road and the gaping hole that shows up every year is now back. I stopped the truck, took some pictures, dragged the palms off the road, tested the road for stability, got back in my truck and plowed through. I got my door inside and wiped it off. I think the white paint protected it from the water.
I started working on installing the door right away. I found some scrap wood and nailed it to the door frame. Then I looked for something to rest the door on while I screwed in the hinges. My old broken DVD player was just the right height.
That still left a large gap on the other side of the door so I nailed another piece of scrap wood on the other side of the frame, 2 more pieces to hold the metal plate, and one more as a bumper for the door when it shuts. I know it doesn't look pretty but my mobile home is basically my club house, I can do whatever I want to it without worrying about resale value because the place is trashed anyway. But in my defense, at least I didn't use any duct tape!
The door opens and closes nicely and although there is a gap, it is not big enough for a puppy to fit through. $10 for a puppy barrier is a pretty good deal.
PS. I just saw a snake through my RV window. It went under my mobile home. Small head and tail so it must have been a gopher snake or a king snake. I would love it to be a king snake since he would keep rattle snakes away for me. Gopher snake would be good too. Eat those pack rats!