Yesterday I turned on the water in the shower and it came out orange. Uh-oh...not good. I turned it off and went outside to check the RV water tank. It looked ok. In the winter I can get away with adding bleach to my water supply every 2 or 3 weeks. This week it reached 100 degrees. I can't skip the bleach anymore.
I got the bleach bottle and added 3 ounces to my tank. I was being overly aggressive because I still thought that the whole tank was orange even though it really didn't look orange. One ounce would have been plenty. I thought that I would have to take my shower by pouring bottles of fresh water (the ones I keep for drinking and cooking) over my head so I didn't think the extra bleach would matter. I went inside and tried the water at the sink. It looked clear. I tried it again at the shower. It was clear too. Turns out only the little bit of water in the hot water lines was orange. So I took my shower as usually even though it made me smell like I had bathed in an over-chlorinated pool. That's part of the fun of supplying my own water!
While I was checking out the water tank in the basement storage compartment, I noticed that there was a leak coming from the toilet inlet pipe. If it's not one thing it's another. That is going to be much harder to fix. This happened before and I didn't notice the leak until the carpet was damp. I called the repairman to fix it that time. Now my RV repairman costs $80 just to show up. I think I should trot on down to the Camping World store, find some replacement connectors and attempt to fix it myself. Who knows, I might get lucky and actually fix it for less than $80.