So this weekend was scheduled to be our shakedown weekend in the N2U RV.
DW, DD, and DS are all loading items into the MH putting clothes into the closets, and food into the pantry.
As part of my maintenance, it was time to sterilize the freshwater tank for mainly two reasons... 1. it was our first outing of the season and 2. the previous owner never used it, and just ran on city hookups.
I ran a hose from the stick house down to the MH and connected to the city inlet, pressurized the system and verified there were no leaks.
Then I turned the valve to divert water to the FW tank.... <sound of running water coming from underneath the coach>
I turn the water back off and investigate..... This could be a show-stopper for the weekend.
Somewhere along the line, a previous owner must have had an issue with the pipes freezing, because there were two open ends of piping where a T fitting and petcock should have been. From what I can tell, it was a straight razor knife cut and they were gone.
Realizing that this would bring our schedule weekend to a screeching halt, I headed up to our local big-box hardware store where i got a few 90* elbows, a "t" fitting and a brass 1/4 turn ball valve, a dozen small hose clamps and 5 feet of PEX plumbing (mainly because that was the shortest length they would sell me) and returned back home.
I plumbed the connection and tightened everything up. No drips... yet.
Restarted the hose and began filling the tank with water. At last! The sound of water in the tank, rising.....
I filled it about a quarter of the way up, and turned on the pump...... silence.
Checked inline fuse at pump and had 12v power.....
Great.... another item needing replacement due to lack of use....
I picked the pump in and gave it a thump. WHIRRRRR!!!!
So apparently, like most other electrical motors, when they don't get used regularly, you have to give them a little persuasion.
Next on the agenda is the HWH which fires, runs for about 4-5 seconds then shuts the gas off. I can restart the heater, and the process repeats. But the heater never stays fired for more than 5 seconds. I have checked for obstructions in the vent pipe, and its clear. Anyone have an idea?
I have LP (albeit less than 1/4 tank according to the gauge on the tank) and the stove-top, oven and LP fridge all fire and operate normally. I have not even ventured to the furnace at this point. Its going to be near 80* this weekend. I don't think I'm gonna need it. But we wont have hot water yet either...
So our shakedown run is back on....., but with cautious optimism.