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Old 12-30-2012, 01:08 AM   #1
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haste makes waste (literally)

Today I rushed home to do a few quick home jobs before rushing back to work - on a very limited time frame. When I went behind the MH to grab some recycling I noticed the leak around the water intake hose was leaking worse than before - needed a new washer. I quickly turned off a water valve - the little black on/off switch. Opened the bay thinking I would let it dry out until I came home from work bringing a new washer.

I decided to disconnect the hose from the MH and take one more super quick look at the situation. When I pulled the hose off water went everywhere. My pea brain said "I guess I didn't really shut the valve off". (lesson #1 always listen to the little inner voice).

So I proceeded to pick up a few more things, and was standing by the front door when I noticed water running off the (rolled up) awning. For a few seconds I had a brain thing - thinking I didn't know it rained last night - much less THAT much rain ! as water was running ALL down the side. Then I smelled a very faint smell that we all know too well. I ran to the bathroom to see the toilet bowl almost to the brim with brown soup.

I flew on my 65 year old legs to the other side- by then I was thinking what in the H did I do! I looked inside the bay door and quickly pulled the handle. I ran to the hoses and realized in my haste I had not turned OFF the fresh water but turned ON the tank flush. Of course the black water handle was closed as it should be. I had kept the flush hose all hooked up on a second connector so that I could easily turn it on for flushing the system. (lesson # 2 - easy isn't always the best choice)

I unhooked that hose and will KEEP it unhooked. Never again to make that mistake. I was VERY lucky. Seconds away from nasty carpet and who know's what else.

After you all stop laughing please tell me - have I done any damage to vents or anything?
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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YIKES!!
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Do you think you got (brown soup) up the vent pipe. If so I would think you would have to flush it out. Other than the toilet and vent I don't think anything else would be involved.
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Keep an eye on the toilet bowl for a day or so. I had a similar experience (without water filling the plumbing vent) while flushing the black tank and let it overfill, damaged the valve n toilet causing it to leak by and fill the bowl. Had to shut the water off to the toilet each night until I got the valve replaced.
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Brown all around

We've all done something similar, but I admit I was in stitches laughing. Sounded like a movie with Robin Williams.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #7
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It could have been worse.. Imagine if the seal on your toilet had leaked so instead of running off the easily cleaned and flushed roof and awning............

Now.. A word of warning to many.

One of the things I have found on my RV is that the vent pipe on the roof is not the vent pipe at all, the real vent pipe is smaller and "Rattles" around inside. So If i tried the Robin Williams thing.. It would run down INSIDE THE WALLS of the motor home.. A very very bad thing.
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OMG I was SO lucky. It was no surprise that my dreams that night had a VERY graphic poo scene I will not share the details, suffice it to say if I had not had that experience but only the dream it could have been a case study for psychiatry.

There have been no after affects that I can see. All seems to be okay - toilet etc. I do wonder if moisture like that will cause damage to the awning. We were told not to open it here because of the wind. But I would like to open it a little and dry it out.
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Boy, if I were you I would look up there and inspect the roof. You might have something up there that needs to be washed off.
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