“I’m All Shook Up”

Imagine if your house experienced a medium severity earthquake every 5 days that lasted for 8 hours straight.  It would be reasonable to expect that some things might break, jiggle loose or leak.  In the past 30 days on the road, we’ve driven our RV for 73 hours and logged 3,093 miles.  The RV is our entire house on wheels with plumbing, electrical work, appliances and structure very similar to that of a regular house.  It’s not surprising that we had to do several repairs and maintenance to keep it in good working order.

We did a lot of work getting the RV livable prior to our departure.  We replaced the heating duct work because it smelled like mouse (yuck), put up towel racks and hooks for coats.  We also had it thoroughly serviced at Arbogast, an outstanding RV sales and service dealer in Troy, Ohio. 

Since hitting the road, we’ve performed the following repairs:
– Caulked the kitchen sink because it was leaking
– Tightened the kitchen sink pipe because it was leaking
– Replaced the hot water heater dump value because it was leaking
– Re-attached the stair molding
– Replaced the passenger side windshield wiper
– Replaced a cabinet latch above the driver’s head to prevent it from opening and dropping the contents on the driver
– Fixed a rock chip in the windshield (this was covered by insurance, nice!)
– Glued the refrigerator door shelves in place because they fell out every time we opened the door
– Unstopped the black water tank. It turns out, you really do need to use only marine/RV fast biodegrading toilet paper!

Here’s our kitchen, which Timm repaired of all the little leaks mentioned above.  Good use for that plumbers tape we brought from home!  The kitchen has everything we need to cook regular meals.  I especially like the gas stove and oven.
Seems every part of the kitchen has leaked at some point in the past 30 days.

The refrigerator is small but adequate. The door shelves kept falling out every time we opened the door, dumping everything on the floor. Timm can work wonders with Super Glue!  That and duct tape, seems we use quite a lot of both these days.
The inside of the RV refrigerator.

We have the following repairs yet to do:
– Replace the converter. We made a stupid mistake while installing 2 additional coach batteries. Not only did we destroy at least 1 of the batteries (the condition of the 2nd one is still to be determined) but we may have fried the converter.  The converter converts 110 to 12 volt electricity and is used when the RV is connected to an external electricity source.  We’re taking the RV into a shop Monday to get it checked out.
– Install a 12-volt charger connected to the coach battery so we can charge laptops, etc. while dry docking. Dry docking is when your RV is not connected to an external electricity source.
– Fix a leak in the toilet valve.  It’s a very slow leak and a complicated repair.  It will be expensive if done by an RV service shop so we’re waiting to see if it’s necessary.

All in all, the RV is holding up well with only minor repairs needed.  Fortunately, (knock on wood) we’ve had no engine problems, hydraulic systems or major appliance issues.  But RV repair is just part of living on the road.  We’ve come to realize that by shaking the whole “house” regularly, there will always be something to fix.

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