Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dealing With RV Chores

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.


Over the Cubicle Wall said...

Good that you caught it early.

Go for it. If it breaks that often, you will know exactly what to do the next time. If you can't fix it, you are just out the cost for the parts and the time, and you can always get the repair to fix it.

Daizy said...

Too bad I frittered away my maintenance fund on rat poison and steel wool. Perhaps I can stop flushing my toilet to put off the repair :P

Lizzie @ her homeworld said...

Its never dull at your place for sure. Will living in the mobile home be better or just a different set of problems?

Good luck, you can do it!

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

I'm not sure you can fritter away money on rat poison. Frittering is more for things like chocolate bars or etch a sketches :p

Daizy said...

You know Lizzie, that's the first thing I thought...gee, it will be so much easier when I move out of this RV. But realistically, it will just be different problems. Oh well.

Daizy said...

Over the Cubicle, I will have to disagree on the 'frittering' on chocolate bars. I consider chocolate an investment in my sanity. Oh, and I still have my etch a sketch from when I was a kid so buying another would indeed be frittering. :P