Yes, folks. It’s finally time for another lesson in Living in an RV.
Most regular readers know, we live in an RV (1996 32′ fifth wheel Prowler), and a small 10×14 cabin.
Fact is, RVs are (of course) not really meant to be lived in 24/7, all year long, and we’re at one year just about now. It’s a good idea to check things out once a year or more, make sure everything is up to snuff and working like it should. I replaced the pump during the Winter. The AC/Fan is in great shape. I’m having our propane company out to clean and check the furnace. And today, I checked out three of the remaining biggees – the hydraulic slide-out, the condition of the (euphemistically named) blackwater tank, plumbing, and the seals around the outside edges.
As for the plumbing, everything looks mostly okay. Except under the kitchen sink. A rail came off the back of the drawers, and bumped and jangled a PVC pipe around. We have a little bit of a leak. Nothing terrible, and no water damage, but I’ll have to fix it.
The awning needs a little repair on the outside edges. Easy. The hardware store has RV stuff, and I know they have awning repair tape. Other than the climbing, that will be simple. The electric/propane hot water heater seems fine, and it looks pretty clean. Microwave, oven, and stove are in good shape (if a bit dirty!).
Why is there a garden hose running through my living room? I’m checking and cleaning the blackwater tank. To do this, I empty the tank into the septic, run a hose with a nozzle into the bathroom, turn the pump off, and well … have a look down there. To our credit … clean as a whistle. (Well, maybe not a whistle.) But pretty much, not a spec of gunk or muck. I still used the hose and jetted it out though.
As for the hydro slide (the hydraulic system that pushes the side room of the RV out), all I really do is go outside to make sure nothing is in the way, go back in, and push a button to check that it moves and works fine. No real issues, it works fine, but it was a little sticky. Perhaps something involving the rails needing to be greased. I’ll look into that. This is what the underneath of the slide looks like –
As far as the caulking and corner seals go, I suspected that I needed to do a little work. And in fact, I do need to do a little work. I noticed it was damp in both corner closets. Didn’t think much of it, with the potential condensation from the cold and heat, but in fact, I need to caulk outside and seal some things up. I’ll get on that next week. Evidently, this is a “thing” with not-brand-new RVs. Ya know, corners get knocked, caulking pulls away. See how this corner seriously needs some attention? No wonder the closet was a little dank!!
And finally, in the neat-and-tidy department, I’m heading out to Oxyclean the rust stains from where we fill the water tank.
I fear I’ve turned into one of those dad-always-has-a-project type people. I was actually getting ready to use the phrase, “If you want things to stay nice …” Whew. Can I have my sloppy joe for lunch now? Awesome.
You have a great day too!