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Old 10-31-2012, 07:39 AM   #43
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You have not gotten the three most important pieces of advice that I think should be written on the bulkhead of all self contained RVs.
1 - If on city water, shut it off at the post when it is not required and run from the tank.
2 - If running from the potable tank, shut the power off to the pump when water is not required. (This and item one will prevent most flooding.)
3 - Have a pre-departure checklist. Use it every time. Even things you think of a stupid should be on that list.

I am glad that you seem to have gotten through all the original water problem. Unfortunately, I can say that there will be other tests of your endurance, but they will all turn out to be the experiences that make for good stories.


A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:28 AM   #44
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Keep your chin up. I do it all for my wife and grand kids... and worth every second and penny.

Where kids are concerned, an open water faucet can be a terrible thing. I know... who am I tellin', right? Anyway... one of these $10 water alarms with the sensor placed somewhere around the shower will solve the threat. Cheap piece of mind.

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Old 10-31-2012, 05:40 PM   #45
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Thanks to all of my Rving Friends....

You are all so wonderfull, and where could I find this kind of support? The Rv is in the driveway now. The carpet seems to be dry and the interior seems sweet-smelling. I am concerned about the de-lam issue that I now have to address unrelated to the flooding. Again, thank you to all of you who sent me addresses of facilities that can help us....You guys are so wonderful in your tips and suggestions about help to "fix" things. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family to offer me support.

With tears in my eyes....I thank all of you so much!!!

I hope that some day I can meet all of you and give you a hug.....


Faith and Bob, Bitsy the Papillon and Bosco the Chi-weenie....RIP Truffles
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:25 PM   #46
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Flooded RV.

I am so glad you have got the support from the fantastic members of irv2. No matter how long you have owned an RV stuff just happens. On our last trip out we had a bad stem on a tire and a broken part in our trailer suspension. It is a long story,but we were able to tow it back to get the suspension fixed at our RV dealer. $5.00 tire repair,$89.00 new jack and $500.00 suspension repair bill. Had to wait a week and a half for parts. Now a story from when my daughter was about 14 years old. Dad towed us to a campsite about 200 miles from our home and he returned home to work. I got the weather report and decided to use the rainy day before our departure to do a good cleaning of the RV and to do laundry. Daughter said she had to go to the BR and i told her the RV wasn"t locked. When i came back from my laundry she said"I don't think you want to look in the BR. Of course my tired self had to look. I thought the toilet had "reverse exploded"She made a good deposit with the toilet seat closed. She thought the seat was up. So much for my clean BR. Out came the gloves and the cleaning supplies. What a mess!! Cleaned it all up and layed my tired hurting back on the bed. Moral of the story always have plenty of disposable gloves and an old toothbrush for deep cleaning. Cleaned the BR again when i got home to make sure it was really clean. Good thing i am a Nurse. This goes along with my job description. Daughter kept saying how sorry she was.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:31 PM   #47
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well my heart goes out to you, what an ordeal,, nothing like water inside your residance,,,
all I can say is I'm glad you were on the ground ,, life is much easier on the ground,,
I flew for 34 years and things aren't as easy in the air, as a matter of fact its a "B...H"...if something goes wrong ...
Really had rather be on the ground when the S..T hits the fan....

But this doesn't dry your floors.....
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:55 PM   #48
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As yet another care-giver, think about this: Put the grandkids to work! (Obviously depends on how old they are) When we had our trailer, I gave them all jobs once we got to the campground. Simple stuff like locate the trash-can(s) for the young ones, plug in for the older ones, collect firewood, etc. Made setting up much easier, especially after having to drive all day.

Oh, and even old hands screw up. Just today for example. In our new to us '94 Southwind there is a gizmo that looked like a soap dispenser. Could not get it apart to fill it so opened the cabinets to see what looks like plastic water-line connected to it. Trace it to the other side of the sink cabinet behind some drawers. Remove those to finally reveal the end of the plastic pipe which is hanging loose, i.e., not connected to anything. Also see what looks like a water filter that the end should connect to.

Now, I'm 57, do almost all of my own repairs, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc. I've put several weeks into fixing the plumbing on this MH so I know how it works. I also screwed in the water-hose to the city supply several days ago. So what do I do when I see this unused water-filter? You got it, I attempt to remove it. Water sprays everywhere, under the sink cabinet. I frantically try to re-fasten the filter so the water will stop while laughing my head off for being such a dummy and not thinking things through.

I succeeded in getting the filter back in place and stopping the flow but I know have the cabinets open and airing out......

Bill & Sharon along with Choo-Choo & Caboose (long-hair chihuahuas), new caretakers of a '94 Fleetwood Southwind
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