Drip, Drip, Drip - A Sound I Hate
An erratic metronome of water droplets assaults my ears as soon as I move back into the RV. The flush button on the toilet is leaking again. This has got to STOP! Storm has repaired this delicate electronic part before and I remember the “cuss”tom fit he employed working upside down and backward in this confined plumbing space.
Since Storm had made this repair before, I know who to call to assist me. The folks at Headhunter have a tech department to help troubleshoot problems and order parts. I even call them back after I receive the part to ask for detailed installation instructions. For some bizarre reason they don’t ship directions with the parts. Even though the tech forgets to tell me how to get the old valve out, he does help me understand how to hook up the new quick connect lines.
Using fingers, toes, mouth, forehead and elbows I tackle the weeping flush button. Storm made holding a mirror, a flashlight, tools and parts simultaneously look tricky. It is – no wonder he fussed so much about it!!!
Every time I place the mirror so I can see what I am working on, my hands get in the way and I cannot see what I am doing. I finally learn to look with the mirror, then memorize the layout. Once I have a pretty good idea where everything is, I use both hands to try the braille method of repair.
A Family Affair
As a precaution before I begin this repair/potential disaster, I ask my sister Valerie to please come watch me at least until I get the old part out. As usual, her calm evaluation of the situation saves me when after 30 minutes I exhaust any ideas for removing the old valve. She serenely assumes the position over the commode and quickly decides to just unscrew the old trim. Eureka! That was the answer! Also thanks to my brother-in-law, Weldon for siliconing the pushbutton back on the toilet for me. After re-connecting and leak-testing my repair, that last detail is more than I can handle.
A Preview of My Future Plans
It may seem as though I plan to remain parked at my sister’s working on the RV for the rest of my life. With luck, I truly hope to get this rolling catastrophe competition on the road soon. Below I have listed my proposed travel plans. I hope that my RV friends will reach out to me if they may be near my proposed travel routes. Traveling together or just meeting along the way to share a Jeep adventure (on road or off road – you chose), a meal, or a toast to Storm will be so appreciated by me!
- Mid-October – I head to Florida to start a volunteer job at a National Wildlife Refuge. I will be there until the end of January. My sister plans to ride down with me, but I am open to joining a caravan of friends if anyone else is going that way.
- February 1 – I need to work my way to Benson, AZ. I would love to find others headed this way so we can travel together. I plan to stay in Benson until the first week in April.
- Mid-April thru Mid-May – I will be in Moab, Utah. Hoping to find someone to join me on the ride up from Arizona. I am also open to guests while in Moab. Come help me test the jeep on the trails here!
- Summer 2020 – I hope to find a scenic and cool (but NOT cold) volunteer opportunity. I have been given some great suggestions from my volunteer friends and would love to find a place where I can join some of those friends for the summer.